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Pat commented on Daniel W's group Food!
"Went to a local farmer this morning and got 20 lbs. of green beans. Now that they're snapped and cleaned, time to can them. Pressure canner is cranked up, and should be done by bed time."
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Pat commented on Claire Donnelly's group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Time's article is spot on. But, like Loren said, premature. I hope to see the day government lives up to the admonition that Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion by giving them tax exemptions. Unfortunately,…"
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"Morality is doing what is right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right. Attributed to H.L. Mencken"
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STARING MORTALITY IN THE FACE

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 1:43pm 23 Comments

One of the truisms of life is this. That which is alive will die.  It happens to be true of every living thing we see or have ever come in contact with. Cats, dogs, birds, deer, crocodiles, cockroaches, flies, trees, grass, flowering plants, and the myriad varieties of bacteria. All will eventually die. Each and every one of us included. It was the American author William Saroyan who famously said, Everybody has to…

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On The Passing Of An American Icon

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:37pm 1 Comment

I guess this is nothing more than personal musings on the passing of an American icon.  On Saturday, August 25th, Neil Armstrong died at 82 years of age. In a very large sense he, along with the rest of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts, can be compared to Christopher Columbus, Roald Amundsen, and the first south seas sailor in a dugout canoe to spot the Hawaiian Islands. There was the obligatory 5 minute news coverage of his death and his magnum opus achievement – being…

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THE INSIDIOUS "CHRISTIANIZATION" OF THE US MILITARY

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 11:40am 3 Comments

There currently exists a highly active, and insidious, effort to convert members of the U.S. military to evangelical Christianity. From what I have thus far read, this is being done inside the armed services by high ranking officers working with the likes Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s be-knighted offspring), and others. On September 25, 2010, a concert was…

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At 7:27am on September 13, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Pat!

I'm about half-way through Baskin v. Bogan and about all I can say is WOW!  Talk about THOROUGH!  Whoever wrote this did his or her homework in spades!  Again, thanks for posting that!

At 12:10pm on August 22, 2014, Loren Miller said…

First of all, thanks a LOT for getting back to me, Pat.  I agree that the behavior of Congress, particularly toward the president, has all the quality of a BAD Gilbert & Sullivan (to borrow from a fictional Georgia senator).

Here's the hell of it, too: there's a better than average chance that the first black president will be followed in office by the first FEMALE president.  If that proves to be the case,I have to say that I'm afraid this whole business will just continue as it has been and for similar reasons.

I'd love to be wrong, but...

At 3:24pm on August 21, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

Thanks for your advice Pat, It means a lot...If others  can fake it  for the sake  of friends and family, not to mention  the camaraderie, I guess I can too.... 

At 9:43am on August 21, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

Pat.....I read the link you provided and appreciate you bringing it to my attention......It was heartbreaking for me to realize I was duped  along with so many.......I considered  myself an Atheist  because I don't believe in god or  miracles of any kind......However  I did  believe  in the characters  of the Old Testament.  So now  I feel betrayed and angry and feel like  I had belonged  in a cult all these years...No more  Passover for me I guess....

At 3:10pm on August 1, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Yo, Pat!

In the light of the recent legal action taken by John "The Tan" Boehner against President Obama, I thought you'd be interested in something I found on the Daily Kos.

Enjoy!

At 7:36am on February 6, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Hey Pat. Thanks for the condolenses (or however you spell it) on my niece's death. Like your brother-in-law, it's probably for the best.

At 8:10am on January 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

I think I've only seen one pro football game, too (L.A. Rams vs. Wash, back in 1967!). But I have see many college games--both football and basketball-and several pro baseball games. Alas, those days are gone. Hard, cold seats don't compare to my recliner. My old boney body with an enlarged prostate couldn't take sitting in the cold for 4-5 hours. Appreciate your comments.

At 8:25am on December 24, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Pat, it's been a privilege to interact, discuss, and laugh with you during the time we've spent on A|N together.  It's as good a Christmas present as I could as for and far better than most.

The VERY best of the holiday season by yours, my friend.  I look forward to much more in the new year to come.

At 6:41am on September 18, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks Pat. I sometimes forget I'm going to have "a blast". I'm in the anxiety stage right now. I plan to drink lots of wine!

At 6:45am on August 30, 2013, Randall Smith said…
Amazingly, this particular farmer friend that can't identify trees, etc., is a Purdue graduate (1970)! You'd think he'd know. Further, his grammar is awful ("we was.."). Otherwise, he's a good guy and friend. To your point, sorry you don't have access to that 4 acres you referred to. I hope it's being taken care and advantage of.
 
 
 

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