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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 42 minutes ago. 3 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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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.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 5:26pm

I ain't never seen people talk that way before other then me.  Is their a problem with that? 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 11:40am

No idea, Chris. I just know that I love his work, from The Star Beast to Stranger in a Strange Land to Time Enough for Love and even works like Starship Troopers, which is a lot harder to take and process because of the philosophy being put forward.

You may like Robert Heinlein or you may hate him, but it's hard to be indifferent about his work, because he will make you THINK, he will make you evaluate what you think and why. For that reason and many others, he has earned the moniker: Dean of Science-Fiction.

 

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