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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2017 at 2:12pm

Randy, I'm glad you were able to see the eclipse as well.  In fact, I'm happy for anyone here who had that wonderful opportunity.

In 2024, Carbondale, Illinois is once again lucky enough to get 100% totality.  Since I missed this last one, and I don't have a car, I should seriously look into taking the train there and back on that day.

I have always loved hiking and taking walks, especially in nature settings.  Unfortunately, that is an activity I can no longer enjoy like I used to.  Uneven surfaces cause huge risks of losing my balance and falling.  Even on flat surfaces I need to pay close attention to each step I take.  Running errands outside is both physically and mentally taxing.  I can't enjoy walking because I need to constantly look down and monitor each step.   

Comment by Loren Miller on August 23, 2017 at 7:54am

Mostly I watched the eclipse on The Discovery Channel and CNN, but seven years from now, I'll be watching it live and in person, 'cuz the next one has Cleveland in its sights!  How neat is THAT?

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2017 at 7:48am

Walk while you can! I was never very strong but I liked to walk very much. Now that my back and knees cooperate only reluctantly I miss the walks. The best I can do is take public transport to get out of town and take a calm walk for an hour, then take transport home. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2017 at 6:57am

I'll add my two bits worth of eclipse news.

I, too, saw totality, but not without enormous headaches dealing with traffic. I couldn't cross the Ohio River south of Evansville because it was at a standstill. I backtracked over the Wabash into Illinois. State parks were jammed. I had to park on the side of the road to observe the eclipse. But it was worth it! Amazing sight. And few clouds, luckily. As Carl mentioned, driving out and back into Indiana, it took at least twice as long. I was exhausted from driving. I stayed at a motel overnight.

By the way, I did two major hikes in state parks (IL and IN), 5 miles each, and saw only one other hiker total! What, nobody walks any more?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2017 at 6:36am

Here in Pocatello, the garbage and recycling pick-up people were given the day off because of the expected traffic.  They were several hours later than normal the next day, probably because there still being a lot of traffic.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2017 at 10:28pm

Kathy, your story of traffic gridlock is totally understandable.  The stories are coming in about the nightmare traffic back to Chicago.  The normal six hour drive from southern Illinois was taking people 13, 14, plus hours.  They drove all night long into Tuesday morning.  Unbelievable!

http://cltv.com/2017/08/22/illinois-drivers-returning-from-eclipse-...       

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 22, 2017 at 7:20pm

Theoterrorism. I was just reading about how the KKK is explicitly Protestant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2017 at 5:35pm

Ian, a very fine cartoon! One that sparks my imagination!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2017 at 3:23pm

I always love a new word. Especially this one.

The Challenge of Theoterrorism


Theoterrorism is the type of terrorism that legitimizes violence by referring to “God.”

Church and State

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2017 at 3:22pm

Love that cartoon, Ian.  

 

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