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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 July 11, 2013 at 10:35am

Good morning, Steph.  I'm still enjoying my morning coffee.  It's an absolutely gorgeous summer day here in Chicago.  Sunny and 71 degrees.  I hope class is going well for you.  And I hope you're getting enough time to get out to enjoy the summer. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 11, 2013 at 10:21am

Hello everyone!

How is everyone doing?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2013 at 9:53am

Grinning Cat, you are so right.  The worst puns are the best. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 11, 2013 at 4:00am

Patricia, those elephants remind me of "The Shining"! I too relapse into bad grammar when in England and revert to my native Thames estuary version of English.

I've read some Heinlien through the years and from what I remember the early stuff is mostly "greenie-bashing", i.e. all aliens are dangerous foreigners who have to be killed. I'll have a go at some of the later works and see what I think of them.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 11, 2013 at 1:20am

Speaking of language and humor, a "good pun" and a "bad pun" are one and the same!

Also, I know someone who won't "dial" a phone unless it has that ancient finger-wheel for entering numbers.

Carl, I'm with you in cringing at atrocious grammar (and ignorance in the content). Two of my specific pet peeves are "grocer's quotes" misused for emphasis -- a sign that says "FRESH" FISH isn't actually an attractive advertisement! -- and apostrophes misused to indicate "Beware of oncoming 'S'!"

(mocked at GrammarBlog)

Also check out the rogues' gallery at funnytypos.com When Not to Use "Quotation Marks".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 11:18pm

Ruth, can you send me your PIN number? 

Actually, I really don't have a problem with "ATM machine" and other phrases like that.  They are incidental to me.  However, good grammar, both spoken and written, is important to me.  That's one of the reasons why I often cringe when reading the public comments sections online.  (That and the racist, sexist, ignorant remarks that people make.  But that's a whole other discussion.)  

Language can be very entertaining, which is why I think puns are so funny.  

Also.....if someone confides in me that they had bad diarrhea,  I'll ask them, "Is there such a thing as good diarrhea?"  But that's just my crazy bathroom humor kicking in.  I ain't never said I was high brow. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2013 at 9:23pm

ROFL over that awkward moment, Flying Atheist. Thanks.
Robert Heinlein had a big influence on me as a teenager.

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
Robert A. Heinlein


Funny ecard, Loren.


Steph, Day three is funny but the photoshop is too obvious.


Patricia, is that elephant topiary supposed to be real? It looks too complicated. How would vines or shrubs get down those trunks?
Thanks for the cat bathing LOL and the self-important cat., booklover. My cats don’t watch me eat, but when I do they think it means they should be eating treats. Double negatives bother me too. It sounds so ignorant. My husband finds double references just as irritating, such as MLB Baseball and ATM machine.

Comment by Lillie on July 10, 2013 at 8:19pm

I think I must always be super lazy.  Will have to make myself a cape.

Comment by Steph S. on July 10, 2013 at 7:03pm

Comment by Steph S. on July 10, 2013 at 7:02pm

Melinda that is such a cute picture!!

That made me laugh.

Well just 4 more weeks to go of this class.

Then things will be back to normal.

How is everyone?

I really miss coming here as often.

 

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