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Hey guys.

I probably shouldn't put this off anymore, so I'm just going to jump on it and improvise. I'm pretty sure the show is over. It was a ton of fun doing it, but with work and my son and my wife in school I simply don't have time to do it anymore.

Other folks have offered to take over but I don't really feel comfortable with that. Quit while you're ahead, sez I.

Anyhow, I payed for another year of hosting, so the archive of podcasts will be available for at least that long.

I really enjoyed podcasting, so I might do something again in the future. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks guys and gals! It was AMAZING.



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Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop (

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 12. 51 Replies

I am just going to get out of the way of this one ... though when I saw the headline on…Continue

Tags: police, Indiana, proselytize

S.E. Cupp: I’m a ‘Better’ Atheist than Bill Maher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Regina Goodwin Oct 12. 45 Replies

In a new online video for Crossfire the pundit makes the claim that conservative atheists are actually “better” than liberal ones,…Continue

Anti-Islam ads coming to NYC buses, subways (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat Sep 20. 1 Reply

NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week.The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before…Continue

Tags: islam, ads, American Freedom Defense Initiative, Islamophobia

Pennsylvania teen faces two years in jail for Facebook photo of "desecration"

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 13. 21 Replies

A 14-year-old in Everett, Pennsyltucky Pennsylvania has been charged with…Continue

Tags: trespassing, photos, stupidity, 'right' not to be offended, Facebook

Judges rule that Ground Zero Cross can stay at 9/11 museum

Started by Joe. Last reply by Luara Aug 3. 4 Replies

In 2011, the American Atheists – a group dedicated to fight to “protect the absolute separation of religion from government and raise the profile of atheism in the public discourse” - sued to keep…Continue

Atheist TV Officially Launches; David Silverman Criticizes History Channel for Presenting Bible as History

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Aug 1. 5 Replies

The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere.…Continue

Atheist Philanthropist Makes $10,000 Donation to Support Right Wing Watch Blog

Started by Joe Aug 1. 0 Replies

People For the American Way and Right Wing Watch do critical work uncovering the vicious language the Right uses to attack anyone whose religious beliefs differ from their own — especially those with…Continue

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 30. 1 Reply

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956 - "In God We Trust" is adopted as the official motto of the United States.…Continue

Pierce County Council approves displaying “In God We Trust” after volatile debate

Started by Joe Jul 30. 0 Replies

After more than two hours of volatile debate, the Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in the Council Chambers.…Continue

Ireland: Atheists not hopeful of ‘blasphemy’ referendum, in spite of UN pressure

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 29. 2 Replies

The offense — controversially re-introduced in 2009 — states that a person found guilty of the publication or utterance of “blasphemous matter” can be fined up to €25,000.…Continue

This Church Service In Tennessee Includes Everything But God

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 29. 5 Replies

There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church…Continue

Not Just the Adults – Secular Kids’ IQs also Higher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 28. 2 Replies

Not one major news outlet has brought attention to the fact that peer-reviewed studies have been ongoing and consistently show the IQs of Atheist to be higher than those of Christians.…Continue

GOP candidate claims fossil record proves humans lived with dinosaurs

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Jul 25. 5 Replies

Frey, a Michele Bachmann ally, testified before the Minnesota Senate Education Committee, speaking against the inclusion of the theory of evolution in proposed state science education standards.…Continue

N. TX Atheist group makes appeal to Hispanic non-believers

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joe Tomberlin Jul 25. 1 Reply

The group behind the billboard, the DFW Coalition of Reason, has targeted Christians and African Americans in the past, but it’s especially making an appeal to Hispanic non-believers now.…Continue

Atheist TV Channel Will Launch by the End of the Month

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 25. 6 Replies

After first mentioning the idea this past spring, American Atheists has announced that a TV channel dedicated to Atheist programming will launch on July 29th.…Continue

Warren city Atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall

Started by Joe. Last reply by Future Jul 25. 4 Replies

A Warren atheist filed a federal lawsuit today saying his free speech rights were violated when Warren Mayor Jim Fouts turned down his request to place what he called a “reason station” inside city…Continue

Atheists End Teacher-Led Prayer in Indiana School District

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 24. 1 Reply

A prominent Atheist organization has convinced an Indiana school district to end teacher-led prayer at area public schools following a complaint from an anonymous parent.…Continue

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 23. 2 Replies

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.…Continue

Calvary Chapel Creation Conference Starts Today But Draws Atheist Protesters Thursday

Started by Joe Jul 23. 0 Replies

Stirring things up, according to "Orange County's most famous atheist" Bruce Gleason, will be members of his group Backyard Skeptics, Riverside Atheists and Free Thinkers (RAFT) and the Freethought…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 8:49pm
@Mike, I thought you had some interesting, informative, life-enriching subject to bring up. No pressure, mind you, just anticipation.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 8:36pm
@NoSacredCow There was something strange about the deaths of two close friends last month. We knew they were dying, we knew their life's journey was ending and yet there was a calm and peace about their passing. In both cases, they were relieved from horrid pain, but in another way we understood that the lives they led were rich and full, with many people loving them and caring for them to the end. We had no illusions of going somewhere else or being with dead loved ones. We knew their immortality lives on in the lives of their families, friends, and the community that gained such treasures from them while they were alive.

My elderly friend was Santa Clause at my neighborhood winter solstice party and he told the kids wonderful stories about the preparations he made for winter. Their eyes shone with wonder and excitement. As his health deteriorated over spring and summer, the neighborhood children wrote him letters and drew pictures that I took to him in the nursing home and hospital. These little boys and girls will grow and mature into compassionate adults because of their gentle parents and the sweet neighbors who participated in their development.

My chef friend knew the end was near and wrote this:
"I love to cook, but it's the mystery of sharing food that is my real passion. It is the ceremony of affection and love that is shared around the table ... the celebration of each other ... an intimacy that is cultured between all sexes, all levels of friendship, loveship and familyship. It's the walls coming down, the common ground that we daily have the opportunity to share. I have witnessed the shedding of face and ego, the complete exposure of heart and spirit within community of good food and relaxed conversation; remaining, in my mind, the true essence of the meal's perfume."
Char Zyskowski (1948-2010)
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 8:13pm
@Natalie, I appreciate the tensions that build up in families and neighborhoods when one breaks away from traditions. There is something about remaining calm during such stress that provides courage when you need it and a model for your children, husband and community to observe. I am not talking about denying who you are and what you think, but about knowing yourself with confidence and competence. I like your modeling critical thinking strategy; that should serve you well.

The nice thing about being 74 and no longer accountable to a spouse and children and schools and neighbors is you can let your beliefs, learned knowledge and experience guide you and even give you the courage to speak up and speak out, especially in the face of foolish attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values. (This is my A.B.C.T.V. of life.

I wish you well in your journey through life. We live in a splendid era; we can be honest and open and not be sentenced to beatings and stonings.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 3:09pm
OK Mike, offer a subject that is more than "twit-on-my-face".
Comment by Pat Burke on September 14, 2010 at 2:28pm
A Friend is all we need to know of heaven. Goodbye is all we need to know of hell.
Comment by Natalie on September 14, 2010 at 1:59pm
@Joan -- I enjoyed reading your posts and am so sorry for your recent losses. I struggle with coming out as an atheist as I have children at home that live in a community that is very religious and go to school with kids that are raised in bible believing homes. I married as a Christian, my husband is a Christian (although we don't attend church thanks to the pastor having several affiairs -- ha) and I am slowly, but surely, introducing skeptical thinking to my kids. Reading your posts comfort me in a way that is hard to describe -- thank you.
Comment by Jo Jerome on September 14, 2010 at 12:17pm
@Joan - So very sorry about your many losses. Mine comes in the form of a generation gap. Parents old enough to be my grandparents, siblings all old enough to be my parents. Have had to face the fact that I will almost certainly outlive all of my immediate family (and have already lost most of them). It can't be easy when you reach the age where you start losing so many of your own age group. ((( Hugs )))
Comment by Jo Jerome on September 14, 2010 at 12:13pm
@Susan - Yes you can block games like Farmville/frontierville. But there are a thousand little individual apps associated with them that each need to be blocked individually. I'm guessing the app providers do this intentionally so they can keep getting through. It's ok; I just keep blocking.

@Joan - If you mouse around to the right of someone's post there's a hidden "X" that will appear when you mouse over it. Click on it and if the post came via an app it will give you the option to block the person 'OR' block just the app.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 11:05am
@NoSacredCow, I knew you were a person I wanted to know better; I guess it was your passion, your conviction. And, I do like the more reasoned correspondence better. Thank you for your kind words.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 11:02am
So sorry, you got a double dose! I could not get into Atheist News and thought my first article was erased.

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