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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2013 at 2:40am

Tony, that "Chammak Challo" video is fun to watch and very colorful.  I found two things to be very interesting.  Everyone was very light-skinned and the lead male had searing blue eyes.  I wasn't expecting that from India.  I hope Bollywood isn't purposefully making such drastic changes to their performers in order to make their films more marketable.  I admit, I know absolutely nothing about Bollywood movies, so perhaps this clip is an anomaly.  I've watched independent films from India but not from mainstream Bollywood.  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 9, 2013 at 12:08am

Mushrooms sound good in chili. Will have to try it.

I like the old song and dance movies from the 30's and 40's. Grew up watching them with my mom. Song and dance is still alive in India. This is from the movie RA.One. Chammak Challo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:57pm

Patricia, I so wanted to be a tap dancer when I was a kid.  I grew up watching all those Fred Astaire and Shirley Temple type of movies and I've always loved the music from that era.

Sauteing the mushrooms first is a good idea.  I suspect that brings out more of the flavor. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:42pm

Here's a little gem I discovered.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:37pm

And now for something completely different.

Ian, try this when your back is better. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:24pm

Tony, that's a wonderful clip.  It sure is a mood enhancer. 

Patricia, I forgot to mention, I've never had chili with mushrooms.....at least that I know of.  I'm curious what kind you use.  I imagine the little button mushrooms would be very appropriate as well. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2013 at 11:08pm

Sorry to hear about your back also Ian. When I get feeling bad, I like to watch old movies. I hope this helps. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Swing Time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:57pm

Sorry to hear about your back, Ian.  As someone who occasionally has their back "go out" on them, I totally understand.  Last time it happened to me, about two years ago, I was literally in tears one night from the horrendous pain and using a folding chair as a walker to get from my bed to the bathroom. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:48pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2013 at 11:37am

Such fun things. Thanks, all. 

The "Rappin' fo' Jesus" reminds me of Dawkins saying "it works, bitches". An old man trying to be hip.

Haven't been around much the past few days. The  weekend was spent doing some much-needed cleaning around the flat. The sort of cleaning that includes inside kitchen cupboards and draws, under and behind funiture etc. Hurt my back doing it too! Still, most of it is done for the year. Only the living room left and that is a project in itself.

The one piece of pure pleasure was a concert Saturday evening: Caroline Henderson and her trio with their unique form for jazz, including some interpretations of Brecht/Weill. Can't find anything recent on You Tube so you'll just have to trust me when I say she has a great voice.

 

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