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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 5 hours ago. 12 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 16 hours ago. 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 Randall Smith on August 6, 2016 at 7:00am
Speaking of books, I just finished reading "A Hundred Year Walk" (by ? because I returned the library book yest.). It was about a lady's grandfather who survived the Armenian massacre 100 years ago. I knew very little about any of that horrific period in Turkish history. Very good book, but very upsetting.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2016 at 2:52am

That's a great video, Joan.  What a beautiful facility for those who need it, both the elderly and the young.

Kathy, I've been thinking recently about Pat (from southern Illinois) as well.  I noticed he hasn't been around for some time. I hope he's OK.

Comment by Plinius on August 6, 2016 at 12:36am

Thanks Joan! The Humanitas care homes are very good with a kind humanist view on life. They have grat ideas!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2016 at 8:58pm
Comment by k.h. ky on August 5, 2016 at 8:45pm
Damned auto correct! That should have been ky of course ;)
Comment by k.h. ky on August 5, 2016 at 8:43pm
Loren, you're weather is also very similar to ours' here in western NY.
Have you caught the new show *Full Frontal* with Samantha Bee on the comedy central network? If you haven't I highly recommend it. I remember you too are a fan of Jon Stewart's. Samantha Bee is the next best thing IMHO.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2016 at 2:08pm

Here is the citation for Minsky:

Hyman P. Minsky 1982, 2016

Minsky, Hyman (2016-04-14). Can "It" Happen Again?: Essays on Instability and Finance (Routledge Classics) (Kindle Location 38). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2016 at 12:03pm

At 8 AM this morning in Cleveland, Ohio, it was 82°F, and right now (1:02 PM) it is 93!!!  I've heard of Dog Days, but this is ridiculous!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2016 at 11:39am

Crazy weather, cold one day searing hot the next. I, too, spend a lot of my time reading. 

True to my nature, I am reading 

Can "It" Happen Again?: Essays on Instability and Finance (Routledge Classics) by Hyman Minsky. 
 

Comment by k.h. ky on August 5, 2016 at 11:18am
Carl, I believe you and I are caught in the same heat/rain cycle. Except we're getting more rain and flash floods in the south. Hopefully you're surviving this summer and getting stronger.
I haven't seen a post from Pat lately have you?
 

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