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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 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

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Comment by Steph S. on January 18, 2013 at 10:14am

I want all those cats booklover. I pick them all.

That was great James. Thanks. I enjoyed reading your comment.

So it's Friday!! Yay!

I hope everyone is having a good day today.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 18, 2013 at 10:09am

Cat's ready for harvest is very funny!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 18, 2013 at 9:08am

Patricia, I love your examples of what the US could learn from other countries.

Comment by Future on January 18, 2013 at 8:20am

I detect a hint of sarcasm in your tone, James.

Comment by James Kz on January 18, 2013 at 6:02am

Steph: Those other countries only think they are succeeding. They are really failing, and they just don't know it yet.

Consider: Health care for all? Why would any God-fearing gun-loving Christian want that?

Spanking illegal (like in Finland)? How do you work off your stress if you can't whale on your kid now and again?

Jail the bankers? Aren't they the job creators for short-selling market speculators?

Gun restrictions? How can they possibly keep their small arms manufactures afloat, and parliamentarians rolling in graft? They might actually have to tax the people to pay legislators!

They don't know the first thing about running the world's largest prison system or managing one of the worst health care systems in the First World.

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2013 at 3:53am

It's a comfort to hear you talk, Sk8eycat! Here it's 11 AM, so I'm doing chores and reading the forum in between. Have a good weekend, all of you!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 18, 2013 at 2:28am

Ruth, re:Simple things: YES! 

Ever since I had that 4-night insomnia attack last week, I've been craving "comfort food."  So a few days ago I made some baked custard (with Splenda)...it' so easy that I don't know why I don't make it more often.  I bake it in the same (stainless) bowl that I mix it in,,,in a water bath, of course.  Next time I think I'm going to bake it longer at 300 deg, without the Bain Marie, and see how it comes out.

A couple of days later I made chicken vegetable soup with a lot of leftover Schwan's chicken and veg that I had in the freezer. I cheated by using Homestyle Broth concentrate....but it was GOOD! 

Today I made cranberry sauce (with Splenda again)...I bought about 6 bags of berries when they were on sale during the holidays, and they keep forever when you freeze them.  So I used one bag. When it's done, and cooled, I put a heaping tbsp of cran sauce on plain or vanilla yogurt...SO good!  I don't understand why nobody makes cranberry sorbet or yogurt.

All of those things are so simple to make, and they are comforting....both to make and to eat. I love playing in the kitchen, but so many recipes seem complicated, and use half the equipment in the cupboards.

I'm feeling satisfied and relaxed, so I wish you all a good night, and an easy 3-day weekend.

Felaine

PS Patricia, I'm e-mailing that group of  pictures to about 20 people...including a few old f*rts who have developed Tea Party leanings. I hope a few of them will start thinking again.

I've been signing "We the People" petitionsto get the gov't to convict the Wall St. criminals who got us into this mess for years...it's not working. I don''t understand why Congress, et al can't see what's wrong in this country.  I guess they believe that if they "god bless America"  and pray often enough that their imaginary friend will make everything all right.  Hah! 

Nobody can run a country on wishful thinking and bullsh*t.

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 9:22pm

Patricia those examples of how America does things is so true. Why don't we look at the other countries who are successful in their endeavors? We are doing things backwards. I agree with all those statements.

Ruth I just love your secret to happiness picture. I agree that you should enjoy the simple things.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 17, 2013 at 9:08pm

Hey, Patricia. What great examples! I love all of them.

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 5:20pm

 

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