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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2013 at 12:26pm

Uh...greetings.  I've been hanging out at Jeffs Cats Book Club on the Cheezburger site.  I haven't been to Cheezburger much lately, but Jeff decided to expand his SF "collection," and I couldn't resist:

DARKOVER LANDFALL

So many books, so little time...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 20, 2013 at 12:03pm

You're a good mom, Mindy.  Sometimes that means embarrassing your kids.  lol

Comment by booklover on September 20, 2013 at 9:50am

Good Friday Morning Friends!

Carl, my Mom's cats are JUST starting to adjust.  She just got to bring them home yesterday.  I'll take pictures next time I go over there!  Thanks for asking!  Also, the dinner she made was vegetarian, and it had lots of stuff like spinach in the main dish, and the salad had artichoke-hearts in it, and the dessert had walnuts on it.  My husband and son would never eat those healthy things!  I wish they would!!!! Cool about taco night!  Nice memories!  My husband, daughter, and I have Chinese food when my son isn't home.  He doesn't like it!

So, my son has a girlfriend.  She kept dating him, then saying she liked him, but didn't want a boyfriend right now, etc., so he told her he wasn't playing that game and got over her.  Then he started texting with my friends daughter, and word got back to the first 'girl' (she's 22), and suddenly she apologized and said she knows now she was wrong, and really wants to be his girlfriend, yada-yada-yada (Seinfeld! lol).  He's 19 and she's 22.  He told her if she ever does it again, she'll never see him again (even though they hang-out with the same group of people.)  I am hoping this doesn't end in heartbreak for my son, but I can't protect him anymore.  Speaking of protection, I embarrassed him by telling him to go buy protection and use it EVERY TIME.  He has never been with anyone, I know, because this is really his first girlfriend.  He's been on a few dates, but being homeschooled, there wasn't a big pool of girls to ask out.  He said he KNOWS, and HE WILL.  Too bad, but that's my job to tell him things, even if he knows! lol.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 20, 2013 at 4:55am

I know that calling down curses is not usually our thing but couldn't resist this.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on September 20, 2013 at 4:48am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2013 at 11:44pm

Chicago lost a television icon earlier this week. 

Jerry Bishop, the original Svengoolie, dead at 77

Chicago Tribune

Jerry G. Bishop, as the original Svengoolie on Chicago's horror-movie showcase SCREAMING YELLOW THEATER (1970-73), sings a parody version of "Button Up Your Overcoat," accompanied by a talking skull named Zelda.

This is from a time when television was completely different and had many locally produced shows.  It doesn't get any cornier than this.....which is why I love it.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2013 at 11:25pm

And Hello back to you Steph.  Hope you are keeping things rational in Texas.  I read that Wendy Davis is being courted to run for governor.  That would be sweet!!  I hope she does.  It's way past time for some sanity from the executive office of TX.  

Mindy, how are your mother's cats?  Will we get to see some pictures?  :)    Also, I'm just a little curious.....what dinner did your mother make for you and your daughter that the boys won't have any part of?  When I was a kid, my father never liked tacos, so when he had his monthly union meeting and missed dinner.......union night was taco night!! 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2013 at 8:17pm

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 8:13pm

That is really cute Loren - now we can all be like Pirates and annoy everyone - haha

Comment by booklover on September 19, 2013 at 5:27pm

ha ha ha Loren! :)

 

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