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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 Loren Miller on September 28, 2014 at 10:46am

My wife and I went to her high school reunion last night, and in the process of that event, I managed to catch this:

Comment by booklover on September 26, 2014 at 1:49pm
Yes, she did a thourough exam and took lots of blood. I'm waiting for a call back.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2014 at 12:05pm

Mindy, call the vet NOW!  (If you haven't already.)  Did she check his mouth, teeth, and throat when you took him in for the exam earlier this week? 

This is sounding seriouser and seriouser.....

Comment by booklover on September 26, 2014 at 9:28am

Thanks Felaine and Chris!  This morning he wouldn't eat his treats.  Dora promptly took care of that for him.  I put him on the bathroom counter for his drink from the faucet, but he only took a few licks.  He doesn't hide or anything though.  He's in the hallway looking around to see what everyone is doing.

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2014 at 3:29am

Thinking of you and Dale, Mindy

Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2014 at 10:07pm

I will be thinking kind thoughts, and hoping it's treatable. 

Comment by booklover on September 25, 2014 at 9:56pm
Thanks Nick. :)
We are doing all we can for Dale, Felaine. He's scheduled for his X-ray and ultrasound. He's not eating, but drinking a little. Our last cat lived to be 19 & 1/2. We've never let our cats outside. Indoor cats live much longer. He doesn't act as if he's in pain or hiding like some animals do when they know they are going to die. He looks around bright- eyed at what's going on. Poor guy. I hope the vet finds out what's wrong and there is a treatment!
Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2014 at 8:27pm

IMO you have to do everything you can to help Dale.  13 1/2 is quite young for a cat these days, so you so need to find out what the problem is, IF it can be treated, and go from there.  Find out if he needs a special diet, etc. 

I wish I could afford to give my cats raw meat...I mean, they did NOT evolve in the wild eating kibble.  BUT Pumpkin and Black Beauty both grew up in catteries, and won't even taste raw chicken, they just sniff it and then try to cover it up.  I am NOT going to go out hunting for lizards and rodents for them....

(I used to have a tortie who tried to help with the grocery expenses; she'd go outside, kill a rodent, and leave the body by the kitchen door.  Freaked my sister out, but I just praised her, and told her what a mighty hunter she was.  She seemed to understand.

I don't let my cats go outside at all anymore, too many hungry coyotes roaming around....

Comment by booklover on September 25, 2014 at 2:25pm
Thanks, Ian! Me too!
Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2014 at 2:01pm

My sympathies, Mindy. I hope the tests give some clarity. 

 

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