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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 22. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 11:20am

Oh, Mindy, kiss her little nose for me!  I love torties!  (And orange tabbies, black cats, and every other color of cat....)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 11:03am

Nice, GC. That is pure, unadulterated truth.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 10:57am

The Republicans are indeed masters of convincing people to vote against their own best interests! VOTING REPUBLICAN - Working man: "I vote Republican to keep Foreigners, Minorities, Women, Socialist, Gays, and Liberals from ruining my life." Fat cat, pointing and laughing at him: "I vote Republican to keep this moron from realizing I'm the only one ruining his life."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 10:11am

Mindy, I LOVE Charlie.  What a cutie.  She's a very fortunate kitty to be moving into such a loving home. 

I'm going to finish my coffee, take a shower and then go vote.  I'm prepared for the worst of outcomes (Republican victories) but there have been some glimmers of hope in the past week that upsets may occur in several national races.  I can only wait and see. 

What really gets under my skin is that so many of these far-right candidates are so divorced from reality, yet so many dumb-ass people vote for them and put them in office. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 10:05am

Postscript: I also got tired of SUVs full of kids from other neighborhoods coming around for more goodies....and I noticed this year that more than half of our neighbors  also don't turn on their porch lights..

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 10:01am

I stoped handing out Trick-or-treat candy about 10 years ago, when very few children (or even grandchildren) lived in our neighborhood, and my back would not tolerate bending over to drop stuff in pillowcases and plastic pumpkins.  Once I stopped doing that, my JW sister decided it was "safe" for her to stay in the house on Oct. 31, instead of sitting in the farthest corner of the back yard and freezing her ass off.

Witlesses are so weird....what's the harm of little kids dressing up like ballerinas, cowboys, or even sheet-covered "ghosts"?

I used to love Halloween, but the people who started the rumors and fears about "tainted treats" ruined it for everyone.  Before I stopped handing out treats altogether, I went from homemade cookies (which people stopped accepting) to wrapped candies without chocolate just because everything chocolate gets boring after a while.

Comment by booklover on November 4, 2014 at 9:17am

Thanks guys!  We're so excited to get her home!  My husband and I voted earlier in the week. :)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:56am

Also, it's far from a sure thing that Republicans might take the Senate:

Expect the Unexpected: 5 U.S. Senate Races Where the National Media Is Probably Misreading Polls

If you live in [Iowa, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, or North Carolina], your vote really counts.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2014/expect-unexpected-5-us-senate...

(h/t Bertold Brautigan)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:51am

For folks in the US today:

Make sure this is at the TOP of your to-do list on November 4: VOTE (NARAL Pro-Choice America)Your Vote Matters. Elections can be won or lost by narrow margins. Your vote can make all the difference. (Examples of elections decided by 291, 312, 567, and 2,371 votes) (NARAL Pro-Choice America)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:48am

Mindy, the "two sides to an argument" graphic is a keeper; thanks! And it's great that Charlie is getting a wonderful home!

 

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