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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 20 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 on Thursday. 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 Aug 21. 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 Lillie on March 10, 2013 at 11:45pm

Flying A, get an electric toothbrush.  The biggest problem with teeth is gums and the electric toothbrush is the best for gums.  Use it for about six months prior to going to the dentist to get everything healthy again.  This might save you some gum treatment.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 10, 2013 at 11:42pm

The Flying Atheist, skipping regular dental cleaning doesn't make you a bad person, it only raises your risk of mortality. There are lists of the most critical things you can do to avoid dying prematurely, like hire someone else to climb a ladder to clean your gutters (so you don't fall off). Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is right near the top of the list. Bacteria you never notice in your gumline can "get loose" and infect your heart. BTW, I did not see that walking stick till the third time I looked.

Yes, sk8eycat, the horrors of metal on metal joints has been newsworthy for months.

Ian, that Satanic Leaf Gecko will inspire a horror movie. Those red eyes and sharp features *shudder*.

Steph, I would not want to wake up with that cat staring in my face. I'd leap out of bed screaming and hit the wall or something.

Nice to hear from you. Hugs

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2013 at 8:58pm

Wow!!!  I leave town and I'm seven pages behind upon my return.  Finally caught up. 

Felaine, I'm glad your tooth pain went away and that you're back to 'normal.'  I'm very embarrassed to admit this, but I haven't been to a dentist in nine years.  That's really bad, I know.  I haven't had any problems, but I know I'm long overdue for a regular checkup, etc.  I pay a very low insurance premium for dental care every year through work, so there's no excuse.  Just me being a very bad and irresponsible person.

Joan, I enjoyed you reminiscing about days gone by.  I still remember "telephone exchanges."  My childhood home phone exchange was TU9 (Tuxedo 9) or today known as 889.  You also mentioned Amos and Andy.  They are a favorite of mine as well, as are many of the old radio shows.  I listen almost daily to them.  I sometimes feel as though I was born a few decades too late.  You might enjoy the following links that I use all the time:  Amos & Andy audio page 1, Amos & Andy audio page 2 and Old Time Radio archive.

Ian, I love the Satanic Gecko.  Nature never fails to amaze and 'wow' me.  I've always been fascinated with the walking stick insects.

Oh, and I too signed the DST petition.  Changing clocks twice a year may have been necessary in the bygone farming era of pre-industrialization, but it's just not relative to today's modern society......kinda like religion. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 10, 2013 at 8:31pm

I have a question for everybody/anybody: my friend that I cat-sit for v occasionally needs a hip replacement job, and has asked me to research what works best, what lasts longest, and everything else about hip prosthese.  Where do I start?  Has anyone had any experience with this problem?

What I've come up so far is the lawsuit settlement by Johnson & Johnson for their faulty metal-on-metal device. Metal-on-metal doesn't last long...and constantly sheds teeny-tiny fragments into the body. (But all the materials used in these devices does that.)

I've also sent an e-mail to a friend who has had to have the same hip operated on 3 times because of various screw-ups.  I haven't told Sue about that.

Anyroad, any information at all would be greatly appreciated.  I just need to know where to start...a lot of the links that come up on Google and other search engines are paid ads, and I'm trying to avoid those.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 10, 2013 at 8:14pm

Oh, yes.  Our "Pale Blue Dot" in space.  Her biggest problem for the past 2,000 years or so is that the two most powerful organizations have convinced (without any evidence at all) billions and billions of people that there's a better home waiting for them...after they die.  So they leave this one filled with trash.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2013 at 6:16pm

"Humanity; The most intelligent species on the planet, capable of anything, but is governed by its aggression and youth. A species fast in developing, but slow in maturing.

Once a species that cared about its home, its provider, let its ego dominate its decision. A period of ignorance and neglect has had profound effects across the world. Effect which can be reversed, if nature is given the time to repair the damage.

Remember … We only have one home.”

~ David Bayliss 

EARTH - One video you NEED to see

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 10, 2013 at 5:18pm

On Daylight Saving Time: I agree -- let's stop messing with the clocks and eliminate an annual cause of increased car accidents in the spring. (Energy savings are questionable, too, especially in the southern U.S. where increased A/C use more than offsets reduced evening lighting use.)

On a facetious note, I like the DST proposal someone mentioned on Car Talk some years ago:

Every afternoon at 2:00 pm, we'd move the clocks forward to 3:00 pm. We'd skip an entire useless hour at the office where nothing gets accomplished, except perhaps for meetings, but that's being redundant. And we'd get to enjoy an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

Every night/morning at 3:00 am, we'd move the clocks back to 2:00 am. With modern electronics that's easily automated. So we'd get an extra hour of sleep.

It's a win-win-win situation!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 10, 2013 at 2:48pm

Pet Semetary horror? How about this? Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko

Comment by Lillie on March 10, 2013 at 2:27pm

I hate DST.  I have this internal clock that doesn't switch.  I get up grumpy every morning until it changes back in November.  And they keep extending the hours.  Leave it one way or the other preferably the traditional way.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2013 at 1:52pm

sk8eycat, I signed the petition and fervently hope 1,000,000 sign on. Let the people decide. 

 

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