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Cary Part 2

I followed Cary around. First I worked at the boys' ranches after his release. The Community Colleges needed someone to teach at the prison, which I did after Cary left; I taught Life Skills to men who had been in prison for long periods and were about to return to the public life. They had to learn how to get a job, manage money, control anger, communication skills, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. Many had wives and children "on the outside" and my task was to help them…


Added by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2016 at 11:14pm — 1 Comment

Cary Part 1

Cary, my son who was a real handful from the moment we picked him up from Deaconess Hospital in Spokane when the nurses put me in a wheelchair with Cary in my arms, and we went to the door. The nurse said all babies ride in the arms of their adopted mothers so no one can know the baby is adopted. We waited for six months for his birth. We didn't meet his birth mother; however, we knew she was just a kid, 17 or 18 years old. His birth father was an airman at Fairchild Airforce Base near…


Added by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2016 at 9:55pm — 8 Comments


TIED MY ASS—I'm a day late and a dollar short in publishing this, because I wrote it over two months ago, which is a long time in political hogwash.

It's August and I'd be willing to bet my last dollar that by the time voting begins in November the media will say the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on September 14, 2016 at 10:16pm — 29 Comments

Odd observations

Google advertising has policies against "advertiser unfriendly" videos on YouTube, allowing them to pull ads from video's. While most videos seem to have a single ad, and many You-Tubers that focus on topics like Atheism, LGTB, and basic news and information have ads pulled from perfectly reasonable video content. Mr. Hagee's video calling for the end of the world December 29'th 2016 has 19 ads for a 27min long video!!!!!

WHY? This seems beyond crazy on so many levels. I…


Added by BenGee on September 9, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The 10 biological imperatives of life, including Homo sapiens

The 10 biological imperatives of life, including Homo sapiens


1/ Oxygen (air). The element oxygen is imperative for almost all life on Earth. Our atmosphere is 21% oxygen with the rest made up almost entirely of nitrogen along with other gases at pretty much trace levels. Oxygen is the element in air that allows animals, including humans, to conduct the chemistry of life. The 21% is critical because below 17% not enough oxygen is present to allow for comfortable…


Added by Martin A. Moe, Jr on September 7, 2016 at 12:19pm — 6 Comments

7 Words that can change the world

Hi there - I run an online learning website and a speaker has been making the secular circuit in my neck of the woods talking about a reality based approach to life.

I asked him to create an online program - and this is what he came up with -  (It's free - no sign up required - just log in as a guest)



Added by Jennifer Hancock on September 6, 2016 at 11:48am — 3 Comments

Why We Hate You and Why We Fight You – What ISIS Really Wants (Sam Harris)

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Added by Loren Miller on September 5, 2016 at 10:00am — 17 Comments

Mother Teresa was no Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is being canonized today. Thanks to the people here, actually, they showed me a Christopher Hitchens documentary on her showing her cruelty, extortion, supporting evil dictators, and the appalling conditions for her hospice in Calcutta.

Not that her sainthood title means anything to us atheists, but it spreads the propaganda that she was a good person. Mother Teresa was one of the greatest con artists of our lifetime and got away with it with impunity.

Added by Jennifer W on September 4, 2016 at 8:49am — 11 Comments

Farmers Markets

This post has nothing to do with atheism, and it doesn't fit into any group. So I'll just add it here.

As some of you may know, my daughter and her husband (Emily and Nate) operate an organic vegetable (mostly) farm. Tillable land is about 100 acres, so it's fairly large.

For close to 10 years they've been taking their produce to farmers markets on Saturday mornings. They started with one, then expanded to three. They're back to one, and after this year, there will be… Continue

Added by Randall Smith on September 4, 2016 at 8:12am — 7 Comments

I wonder . .

Dear friend,
Today is my birthday. I went running.
While I was running, my thoughts turned to this beautiful Earth and the wonderful peoples of this earth and why we do what we do, what makes us live, what gives us purpose.  Unlike animals, we are  aware of our existence. Therefore we need, no, in fact…

Added by Randy Hatly on September 1, 2016 at 10:27am — 4 Comments

The Historicality of Jesus Christ. Who cares?

There is some debate among scholars on the historicality of Jesus Christ. Was the story given in the New Testament about Jesus based on a real historical figure? There is a movement that now poses it as a serious question but they are mostly considered fringe radicals. Most Christian scholars scoff at the question which is no surprise due to their Christian beliefs. Honestly, I believe that the “radicals” offer much compelling evidence for the case of a fictional Jesus though I…


Added by Compelledunbeliever on August 25, 2016 at 9:49pm — 12 Comments

Why Answers in Genesis deny the real Ark has not been found

Simple. If the real Ark was found, who would want to visit Ken Ham's ridiculous fraud?

Added by Dave Godfrey on August 21, 2016 at 2:26am — 3 Comments

“Alhamdulillah”, proclaimed my friend

His name was Bukhari, a sunni Muslim. He was the Training Manager at BHEL, Trichy (India). He used to invite me from Madras for conducting 3 to 5 day training programmes & workshops for his middle level & senior level managers. During the lunch break, I would walk from the conference hall to his cabin in the next building for a chit-chat.

I never took lunch since it would make me sleepy. I had to be at my best…


Added by V.N.K.Kumar on August 21, 2016 at 1:46am — 4 Comments

Coolee Treats

I am starting a new business in Northeast ohio called Coolee Treats. It will be a sorbet, banana n'ice cream and vegan grab n go snack biz, sustainable, tasty and fun! I am looking for backers. If you can help me out, please reach out to me at Here are some of the tasty treats I'm going to sell!…


Added by Marniphocles on August 20, 2016 at 12:16pm — No Comments

What reason is there to believe "God" as spoken by theists is a coherently defined word?

Why don't you atheists who believe "God" is a coherently defined term like the terms "unicorn" and "Santa Claus" give me a reason to believe that it is?  Don't you think that would be a better plan than just dissing me because I don't happen to know of any reason to believe "God" is a coherently defined word?

Added by Edwin McCravy on August 20, 2016 at 1:07am — 7 Comments

Which gods can the Gen Next worship w/o getting embarrassed?

I had a disturbing dream recently. I had renounced non-belief in the supernatural phenomena like gods, soul, afterlife, heaven, Karma, reincarnation and become a devout Hindu brahmin once again. I was doing maha mangalarthi to Durga mata by dancing like the Bengalis do. I woke up in cold sweat and felt relieved that my secular humanism was in tact. Perhaps it was the consumption of too many vadas my loving wife had made the previous night.

In real life, this can happen only if my…


Added by V.N.K.Kumar on August 17, 2016 at 11:28am — 12 Comments

Teaching Humanism to the Military

I have a serious question. The Vermont National Guard put out a request for sources - for a program that is a LOT like my Living Made Simpler program in terms of topics they want discussed. (see:

Obviously - it's the military - a non-religious secular approach to a discussion of ethics and personal responsibility and the dignity and worth of each…


Added by Jennifer Hancock on August 16, 2016 at 9:05am — 7 Comments

Why Islam should be outlawed (until it's the next religions turn)

  Bare with me this is not hate speech.  

Let's say the Aztec religion becomes very prolific in the U.S.   There's temples through out the country. Our Constitution protects the freedom of religion. Great especially if it also protects freedom from religion. One day these Aztec theist decide to sacrifice a random citizen at each temple every day to ensure the sun rises. Would their freedom of religion then be protected. Of course not. It would be deemed unconstitutional on the basis…


Added by Compelledunbeliever on August 11, 2016 at 7:57pm — 8 Comments

some changes going on around here

something about hitting up for money. ain't got none to spare. amazed this is still here..not the site itself this blog. since '09? wow how time flies. updated to indicate parent to young adult now. 18! currently going thru transitions w/ Social Security Disability re: her benefits. not fun. messes everything else up in terms of other aid sources so not just one thing but more than that. anyway... hopefully get it sorted out this week at least for this month. given how SS works it may take…


Added by Cyn X on August 7, 2016 at 10:15am — 2 Comments

Let Us Not Praise the Prosperity Gospel With Faint Damn: It’s Worse than its Theology!

“Joel Osteen’s Fake, Heretical ‘Christianity’ Isn’t Any Better Than Atheism.”

That’s the title of an article from blogger Matt Walsh published yesterday on The Blaze. If Matt Walsh ever does have a thought worthy of publication, he will no mistake it for a bad cold, and there is certainly no chance The Blaze would publish anything that challenges the grade-school…


Added by Dan Wall on August 5, 2016 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

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