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The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 11 hours ago. 1 Reply

And so they have, in a big way, since Lincoln did his thing 150 years ago.  This business hasn't escaped the attention of American's Best Christian, either, and Ms. Bowers has no problem in holding forth with observations of her own about this…Continue

Tags: south, GOP, Republican, Betty Bowers

Descartes' OTHER Job

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 11 hours ago. 3 Replies

Trying to keep your head above water financially as a philosopher must have been hard for Rene Descartes.  Got to make ends meet SOMEHOW, so...!Continue

Tags: Descartes

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

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Comment by booklover on July 11, 2013 at 7:03pm

Cute Carl!  My mom, sister, and I are Grover fans. lol.  I love Sesame Street! :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2013 at 12:19pm

When I was a little kid a good family friend of my parents used to call me The Cookie Monster. 

Comment by booklover on July 11, 2013 at 10:50am

Good Morning Steph and Carl!  It's beautiful outside here too Carl.  I love your coffee cat picture. :)  I've already been to the dentist for a cleaning. ugh.  I have to have 2 fillings replaced.  It's always something! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2013 at 10:35am

Good morning, Steph.  I'm still enjoying my morning coffee.  It's an absolutely gorgeous summer day here in Chicago.  Sunny and 71 degrees.  I hope class is going well for you.  And I hope you're getting enough time to get out to enjoy the summer. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 11, 2013 at 10:21am

Hello everyone!

How is everyone doing?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2013 at 9:53am

Grinning Cat, you are so right.  The worst puns are the best. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 11, 2013 at 4:00am

Patricia, those elephants remind me of "The Shining"! I too relapse into bad grammar when in England and revert to my native Thames estuary version of English.

I've read some Heinlien through the years and from what I remember the early stuff is mostly "greenie-bashing", i.e. all aliens are dangerous foreigners who have to be killed. I'll have a go at some of the later works and see what I think of them.

Comment by Patricia on July 11, 2013 at 1:21am

Well I guess my language skills won't measure up......

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 11, 2013 at 1:20am

Speaking of language and humor, a "good pun" and a "bad pun" are one and the same!

Also, I know someone who won't "dial" a phone unless it has that ancient finger-wheel for entering numbers.

Carl, I'm with you in cringing at atrocious grammar (and ignorance in the content). Two of my specific pet peeves are "grocer's quotes" misused for emphasis -- a sign that says "FRESH" FISH isn't actually an attractive advertisement! -- and apostrophes misused to indicate "Beware of oncoming 'S'!"

(mocked at GrammarBlog)

Also check out the rogues' gallery at funnytypos.com When Not to Use "Quotation Marks".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 11:18pm

Ruth, can you send me your PIN number? 

Actually, I really don't have a problem with "ATM machine" and other phrases like that.  They are incidental to me.  However, good grammar, both spoken and written, is important to me.  That's one of the reasons why I often cringe when reading the public comments sections online.  (That and the racist, sexist, ignorant remarks that people make.  But that's a whole other discussion.)  

Language can be very entertaining, which is why I think puns are so funny.  

Also.....if someone confides in me that they had bad diarrhea,  I'll ask them, "Is there such a thing as good diarrhea?"  But that's just my crazy bathroom humor kicking in.  I ain't never said I was high brow. 

 

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