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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 8 hours ago. 18 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Steph S. on March 23, 2013 at 9:37am

Comment by Steph S. on March 23, 2013 at 9:34am

Nice to have you back here Ian. I give to many animal causes Patricia. I enjoy helping animals.

Booklover I hope your cat Lula is Ok. Maybe she is under the weather and just needs a checkup at the vet. MAybe the vet can give her something and get her going. I am thinking about you and I hope everything goes OK.

That is so nice of you to help out that friend of yours. It is so nice to have a friend there when you need one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2013 at 9:20am

Ruth, does part of the Memetic Evolution set that is outside of US mean that other animals have memes also?

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2013 at 3:01am

Nice that you're back, Ian! It's hard work, taking care of your elder family and making the care-homes and other instititions do what they should do.  

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2013 at 12:02am

Got back from England late last night  and trying to catch up.

Good luck with Jerry, Sk8eycat.

Joan; one of the best books on memes is "The Meme Machine" by Susan Blackmore but that's also an academic tome.

Language: euphamisms must be one of America's largest exports. Shakespeare could do great, new things with English but most advertising copywrighters aren't him.

Situation in England: Stepmum now out of intensive care but still very ill. The diagnosis is COPD, a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysemia. If/when she pulls through, the future will be care home and oxygen bottle and the possibilty that the next cold or flu will kill her.

Mum. Had a meeting with her, social worker and one of the care-home staff. Most of the talk seemed to be at cross purposes. The social worker clearly wanted Mum where ever the cost was lowest, the care-home worker seemed determined to play down any problem and we seemed condemned to the role of ungrateful children. We were aware that it was one of Mum's "good" days, where she could put up a good front. Her stay at the home was extended until December, however but the clinical assesment won't start for at least 2-3 months. Very frustrating.

It was nice, though, to have a couple of days with my brother and his family, arthritic dog and haughty cat. Will be going back again in 12 days time and taking my daughter with me. If there's no medical crisis we'll be going to the theatre to see Rowan Atkinson in a comedy.

It's nice to be back among you.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 10:02pm

Patricia, There are a couple of local organizations that give limited grants for veterinary bills (usually for surgery) to qualified low-income people; I'm taking my 2012 Social Security 1099 form with me when I do take Jerry in. The vet has to apply for the grant, not the pet owner. 

One was started by a vet that I took my cats (and one big dog who was a pet-sitting client) to...I don't know if he's still involved with the day-to-day business of the org (he had to retire from DVM work when he ruined his shoulder lifting a dog onto the exam table), but he is/was one of the sweetest, funniest men I've ever met anywhere, anytime.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2013 at 8:37pm

sk8eycat, you send very good news! Thankfully, fear of a cat fight unsettled him, and would unsettle me to. Yes, we lose country space to urban and suburban development. It grew so fast; where orchards and strawberry patches and little farms existed have become homes and pavement. It surely has to stop at some point. We built on all the excellent farmland and the remaining land is either rocky mountains or desertified land. 

I like your suggestion, Patricia, about SPCA. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 22, 2013 at 8:34pm

Joan, getting a feel for memetics has a lot to do with giving up the idea we're in complete control. We tend to think we create words, poems, ideas, songs, and inventions. While that's true in on sense, there's another sense in which words, poems, ideas, songs and inventions that we've learned from one another also created us - in evolutionary terms.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2013 at 3:25pm

Joan, Jerry is behaving normally today...woke me up, demanded to be fed, and then took an extended nap in a patch of sunshine (which has moved on, but he's still asleep in the same spot).  I guess all the crouching, and sticking closer than usual to me last night was due to a loud and long cat fight outside.  Both cats were acting spooky long after the outdoor toms took their disagreement elsewhere.

S'peculiar, we haven't been bothered by outdoor cats in years...due to the influx of coyotes, I'm afraid.  We're about a mile from where the real hills begin, but developers keep building higher and higher up there, and totally destroying not only coyote habitat, but that of their normal prey. 

THEN the idiots who buy those tacky McMansions in the hills complain when their pets are killed by predators.  (There are pumas and bobcats up there, too.)

This used to be a nice little town...

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 22, 2013 at 2:57pm

Sk8ey, I wish I were within driving distance to help!

The discussion of un/clear writing reminds me of the quote attributed to Albert Einstein: "Things should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler."

My pet peeve among manipulative commercial euphemisms is real estate agents buying and selling "homes". A home is someplace you actually live, that you've settled into, that's emotionally yours. (And, for some of us, that you share with a furry friend or two!) An empty place is a house (or a townhouse or condo).

And Booklover, you're right: why can't I walk into a Target and help myself to a meal, if I'm a "guest" there?

 

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