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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 10:08pm

Sk8eycat, a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned about attending a Johnny Carson taping back in 1988......Pete Fountain was the musical guest for that show. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 10:01pm

I had the honor of seeing Woody Herman and his Big Band three times in my life.  Twice in high school in a concert setting.  The third and final time I was probably just 21 and able to legally get into bars/clubs.  Woody was performing at Rick's Cafe Americain here in Chicago.  A classic jazz club.  A fairly small room.  Small round tables tightly arranged together and each with a candle.  I was seated right up front, an arms length away from the piano.  And before me, just several feet away, was one row each of saxophones, trombones and trumpets.  A wall of intense, electrifying music fronted by Woody Herman and his clarinet.  It's one of those unforgettable and sublime musical memories.  

When I used to work in downtown Chicago, my office was just three blocks from The Jazz Showcase, another infamous jazz club.  Occasionally by boss and I would go have dinner after work and then head to the jazz club.  I recall seeing both Tal Farlow and Ray Brown perform there. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 8:26pm

Oh, la!  It seems like 100 years since I've been to a jazz club (Shelly's Manne- Hole in Hollywood)A friend worked there as a maitre d' and he would slip me in...

We also used to hit a lot of the better clubs in the French Quarter when we played New Orleans...different kind of jazz, but fun.  Double fun to actually meet, and shake hands with the likes of Al Hirt and Pete Fountain. (Sometimes the musicians who toured with us would sit in with the "big names" for a few sets.  So cool!)

Them wuz the dayz.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 7:33pm

No argument, Carl, though I'd likely opt for a snifter of a good single-malt.  It's one for the desert island, for sure.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 7:30pm

Ah, yes, Loren.  A great choice of music.  I have this album.  It's a classic.  Pair this with a glass of wine and it will take you to wonderful places. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 7:17pm

In anticipation of Friday and the weekend, here's something to ease down with.  I can truthfully say that this has been a favorite of mine for crowding half a century.

Ladies and gentlemen: Messrs. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - Corcovado.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 3:59pm

Now bleu cheese I WON'T give up, especially not bleu cheese dressing for my Buffalo Hot Wings (which I'm also not giving up!).

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 6, 2014 at 3:57pm

I'm giving-up 800 year old pickled eggs, and blue cheese.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 2:24pm
Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 1:29pm

I'm way ahead of you, Carl.  Gave up haggis years ago ... along with Brussels sprouts.  :-P~~~~~

 

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