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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 Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:32pm

However, the smoke is dreadful!. The Okanogan Forest is in the middle of the state. Spokane is very near the Idaho border in eastern Washington state. The prevailing winds come from the west. However, with these variable winds, Williwaw". This is the correct spelling. Our situation doesn't fit the definition of 

"In meteorology, a williwaw is a sudden blast of wind descending from a mountainous coast to the sea. The word is of unknown origin, but was earliest used by British seamen in the 19th century. The usage appears for winds found in the Strait of Magellan, the Aleutian Islands and the coastal fjords of the Alaskan Panhandle, where the terms outflow wind and squamish wind are also used for the same phenomenon."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williwaw

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 3:43pm

Ruth, no, the Spokane area isn't close to the Okanogan Valley where all those fires are burning. We do have close fire allegedly started by three men in a yellow pick-up shooting off explosives. The wind is like what my grandmother called a "Willowa", winds that shift and come from all directions. I can't find it by Googling, and I may have misspelled it. However, that is exactly what is happening. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 20, 2014 at 2:45pm

You beat me to it, Ian.  I was about to post that edition of Non Sequitur until I saw that you already had it up.

Anyone here get the feeling that Wiley is an atheist?!?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 2:43pm

Ruth, what an awful looking heat map. Makes me want to crawl underground and stay there until the smoke clears. That is a tremendous amount of the country under threat of drought and fires. 

My electric bill has gone down substantially since installing the new furnace. My water bill will be higher than last summer. Oh well, win one, lose one. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 20, 2014 at 2:26pm

Have a great time with your family, Joan. I was looking at the extent of the Carlton fire. Is your home anywhere close to the perimeter?

Comment by booklover on July 20, 2014 at 1:57pm
That's great Joan! Have a wonderful time with your family, and congratulations on Brooklyn! That's so terrific what you do for the firefighters. :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 1:50pm

I have a description of my water problems and solutions in Godless in the Garden. Here is the rest of the story. 

Task done, everything is on timers, and I am off tomorrow to spend a week with my daughter and son from Littleton, CO and his two sons. All my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be there and I should have some photos to share next week.

All the adult members of Laura's family are on the volunteer fire dept. and we are all prepared to provide back up for those who go to fight the fires. We take water, healthy sandwiches and fresh fruits and vegetables. We also take along plenty of buckets and basins and towels so the firefighters can splash themselves down to cool off.  

Added to this excitement, my granddaughter's baby, Brooklyn is expected to be born on Monday. I won't be wanting for entertainment and excitement.

Laurie, my granddaughter, already told me she didn't want me in the room when she delivered. I am sure glad to know that because I don't like to watch pain, even it has such a fine outcome as a new great-granddaughter.  

Comment by booklover on July 20, 2014 at 1:50pm
Yes, we also had cooler weather all week Ruth, right Carl? It's been beautiful here, and we have had all the windows open. Here we are enjoying it, and then we watch the nightly news and see the horrible conditions in other parts of the country. What horrible fires and drought.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 20, 2014 at 1:23pm

Here's an image of how the jet stream wave bringing me cooler weather brought you fire-prone conditions at the same time, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 1:18pm

Ian, Wonderful cartoon! Makes a whole lot more sense that fish will talk together about humans, then humans will ever get over their fetish for being right and killing each other to prove it. I'm sharing. 

 

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