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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 27, 2014 at 4:54pm

Thanks for the references, Joan.  As it happens, I've been intermittently rereading Double Star over the last month or so, and I'm maybe a third of the way into it.

While I think of it, have you finished Stranger and if so, what did you think of it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 4:53pm

Comment by Ian Mason on March 27, 2014 at 3:44pm

Thanks for your support and kind thoughts everyone.

That's great for your daughter, Mindy. Hope she enjoys herself.

As Schulz saw it:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2014 at 3:27pm

Great news concerning your daughter, Melinda.  It's so important to do what you love. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2014 at 3:22pm

Ian, welcome back home.  Sorry to hear about your family health issues.  The situation you describe must be very difficult for you.  I do have to say, at least you are balancing the tough times by treating yourself to the beauty of the Fine Arts.  Good for you!!

Mindy, that quartet of young ladies is outstanding.  They appear to be college age, I suspect.  They really nailed everything.  Not a bad note in the the whole performance and awesome energy. 

Folks, I admit I am a Starbucks connoisseur.  I buy their beans (Kenya blend) to make here at home.  When traveling, I'll pass by Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's (horrible coffee) to wait in line at Starbucks.  I drink my coffee black, and I like the rich, bold flavor.  I can't stand week coffee. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 3:21pm

Good to hear your daughter is happier doing what she likes where she likes, and being closer to you.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 11:31am

Thanks Mindy, WOW!  the Girls Quartet is fantastic!  Watched them 4 times this morning and they bring tears to my eyes every time.

I love a cappella barbershop harmonizing, and these gals are right up there with the best I've heard.  The 60s songs are an added bonus.

I started watching them last evening, but was tired and quit a third of the way through.  My hearing is not the best.  I don't hear all the high notes anymore, and the ones I do hear quickly become grating on my nerves if they don't have enough low notes to go with them.  That was my main problem last night.  That echoing room emphasizes the high notes, and being tired, I couldn't take it. 

Last night, I even thought I heard some bad notes, but not this morning.  They sound perfect now. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:33am

“If Satan should ever replace God he would find it necessary to assume the attributes of Divinity.” 
― Robert A. HeinleinDouble Star

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:32am

“A slave cannot be freed, save he do it himself. Nor can you enslave a free man; the very most you can do is kill him!” 
― Robert A. HeinleinDouble Star

A restatement of Heinlein's thought: 

A woman cannot be freed, save she do it herself. Nar can you enslave a free woman; the very most you can do is kill her! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 12:30am

“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong — but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.”

~  Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star

 

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