It was a cold January afternoon in 2009 when USAir flight 1549 departed LaGuardia airport with 150 passengers, three flight attendants and pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and first officer Jeff Skiles at the controls of the Airbus 320. Beginning their climb to 15,000 feet, everything was ordinary and routine, just another milk run to Charlotte, North Carolina, right up to the point where Captain Sullenberger noted: “Birds.” Hardly half a breath later, several dozen Canada geese… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on January 2, 2017 at 11:00am —
Know this from the get-go: I do not claim to know Donald Trump very well if well at all. What I’m laying out here is something which may be semi-plausible, based on what little I DO know and have seen of the words and behaviors of the man who is now the president-elect of these United States. Continue
There can be no doubt but that the healthiest (or at least most active) characteristic of Donald Trump’s psychology is his ego. Regardless of what he has or has not accomplished, Trump is…
Added by Loren Miller on December 12, 2016 at 7:45am —
Well, yours truly has been at it again, throwing hand grenades in the form of bits and bytes or pieces of paper with words arranged in particular sequence on them. This time, in the light of the recent events in Paris, France and the US response to that, my intended recipient is this country's chief executive: Continue
President Barack Hussein Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500-0001
Dear Mr. President:
Not quite a year…
Added by Loren Miller on November 17, 2015 at 10:26am —
So a little while ago I joined the forums at the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) in the hopes of being able to actually have some productive discussions with Christians rather than the typical troll fests I often have on Sodahead. Ironically enough, there are far more trolls on CARM than there are on Sodahead, but I digress. After a few weeks of extremely bad arguments from the Christians on the forum, I eventually noticed that the vice president of CARM, Diane Sellner,… Continue
Added by Fanghur1123 on June 15, 2013 at 7:55pm —
I have cancer. I wrestled with chemotherapy for six months then stopped treatment to gather my health. I mention this to tell a story that is related to my cancer. To keep my veins from collapsing during my treatment, a doctor placed a PowerPort on a large blood vessel just under my skin to allow treatment through the port. The surgery takes about 20 minutes. Before they put me under, the doctor asked if I minded if they prayed for me. Without hesitation I said that I didn't mind. After that,… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on March 24, 2011 at 12:14am —
If only other species could lead for awhile. . .since our species seems so inept.
I might actually suggest The Newts--gentle, deliberate, slow, peaceful, amphibious, non-theist. . .if Mr. Faith-of-Our-Flounders wasn't desecrating the word:
Added by Chris Highland on February 27, 2011 at 12:15pm —
Every year since 1994 whenever I have taught Intro to Sociology I have administered a 15 item opinion survey. I have used this exercise primarily to talk about methodology, but also to explore trends in American popular opinion. In all years previous, three of the questions asked were "All factors being equal, I would feel comfortable voting for a [female, African-American, gay person] for President." This year I added "atheist" to this series of questions. The results of… Continue
Added by tom arcaro on February 11, 2010 at 10:14am —
Three weeks after saying he would release the pictures, President Obama is moving to prevent the press from obtaining the pictures of the confirmed acts of torture. The courts have already ruled that any “secrecy” considerations are insufficient to overrule the first amendment right to free press. Obama, ignoring the court and taking a play, from the Bush Administration’s playbook, said today he would try to block the release of the… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on May 14, 2009 at 12:57am —
As expected, Barack Obama did have to swear the Oath of Office a second time, this time in a more intimate setting with just a few of the press corp. However, some Americans may feel the new President has made yet another blunder by not swearing on the Bible. Amazingly, given the God-squad in America, not a bible was found anywhere near the swearing in. As the TimesOnline reported, one blogger snarled "Expect a third oath when bitter small town gun- and Bible-toting America finds… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 23, 2009 at 2:38pm —
Outwardly, Barack Obama projects an image of himself as a good Christian man. He goes to church on Sunday and proclaims "God bless America". This has me wondering, is this a means to an end, or is Barack a true believer? After all, the young Barack was raised by a woman who, if not an atheist, was at the very least, agnostic. Ann Dunham, his mother, was a freethinker who was unencumbered by strong ties to a particular religion. She introduced Barack not just to one particular religion, but to… Continue
Added by Buford Twain on November 9, 2008 at 3:00pm —
Good for you, America! I was so happy that americans (at least the majority of voters) voted in Obama as the newest president of the US. Way to go, congrats on making the right choice!
Added by Natalie on November 5, 2008 at 9:00pm —
By many accounts Rick Warren, bestselling author, Pastor of the Christian Saddleback Church and host to a recent Presidential debate, is a well meaning and sincere guy. Based on what he says though, I have to ask, “Is there any slam on non-believers that would be too ridiculous for him to make?”
Pastor Rick appears to pretty open to electing Presidential Candidates of differing religious perspectives. Taking him at his word, he could support candidates from faith traditions that vary… Continue
Added by Russ on September 7, 2008 at 11:30am —
America was not founded as a christian nation. I've gathered some quotes on my regular blog
from several of the Founding Fathers to help fellow Americans refute that false argument.
Selected quotes are from:
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) played a major role in the American Revolution. Atheist.
John Adams (1735-1826) The second President of the United States.
Thomas Jefferson… Continue
Added by Neece on August 2, 2008 at 10:55am —