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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 on Thursday. 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 The Flying Atheist on March 18, 2014 at 12:29pm

Ian, I LOVE puns, too.  If you post more, I"ll love puns, two!   

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2014 at 12:05pm

Mindy, hope all turns out well for your son and you. It sounds like your floating down the Salmon River on a rubber boat and hit a batch of rapids. Hang on! You will get through this. 

By the way, I had terrible menstrual pains since I started and they got worse until I was in my late 30s. Fibroids and that other thing that I can't remember were removed as well as all my reproductive organs. After years of agonizing pain, I am now pain free from that area. 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 11:56am

Randall, I think you meant the 1971 Sylmar (or "San Fernando") quake that destroyed two hospitals, one was the newly-built Olive View County Hospital that was supposed to be earthquake-proof.  Some older, unreinforced masonry/brick buildings at the VA Hospital...many of the most severe injuries and fatalities were patients at the VA.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1971_02_09.php

I live in Burbank...in 1972, the power was off for most of the day, but in the parts of the Valley that are really City of Los Angeles, people were without utilities for days, even weeks. 

The 1994 Northridge quake was similar.  Both destroyed freeway overpasses that were supposed to be engineered to resist most quakes.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/events/1994_01_17.php

Both scared the Pea-turkey outta me...and my cats.  I have wished for years that I could afford to move to someplace boring.

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 10:03am

It's the best plan! Hug a cat and sweet dreams, Mindy!

Comment by booklover on March 18, 2014 at 9:34am

Chris, I'm going to do that too! lol :) When we eventually come out, it will all be gone, won't it? ;)

Comment by Plinius on March 18, 2014 at 9:29am

Wishing you all the very best!

Life is so funny, Booklover! Here I am, in the middle of the day, totally out of energy and looking at a mountain of work. I think I'll hide under a blanket untill it all goes away...

Comment by booklover on March 18, 2014 at 8:35am

Very punny Ian.  Have a safe trip.

Going to the Hematologist today with my son so they can do some tests to see if they can figure out what's wrong with his knee.  Ugh.  If they can't, the next thing is scoping the knee.  And I get to have an ultrasound on my reproductive-parts next week to see if I have fibroids or anything else.  Sometimes life is so fun...

Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am

Anyone living in the Northridge area of LA, and old enough, will remember the 1972 (I think) earthquake that killed 67 (I think) and did considerable damage to freeways being built. I lived in Pomona 30 miles away and was shaken out of bed. I left So. Calif. the next year!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 18, 2014 at 4:27am

Ian, you're SO baaaaddd!  (Thank you.  I love puns!)

Comment by Ian Mason on March 18, 2014 at 4:20am

Couldn't resist this.

 

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