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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 Grinning Cat on August 13, 2013 at 12:14am

"...my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers..."

That's one big bear of a cat!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2013 at 11:47pm

Thanks for the LOLcat booklover, and the Jerry tummy rub story, Patricia.

When I'm at the computer my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers, asking for me to lean down and pet her on the floor.

Is that your cat, Flying Atheist?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2013 at 10:48pm

Felaine, your commitment and compassion for the well-being of other living creatures is so inspiring.  I can't say enough how much I respect you for your benevolent actions. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 10:17pm

Oh, Melinda!  I absotively wanna kiss that grey love-cat!  My Pumpkin has always jumped into my lap when I'm at the keyboard, and I have to reach around his chest and butt to type with both hands because he just stands there.  Won't lie down, or even sit, he just purrs like a motorboat and "makes biscuits" on my thighs.

Since Jerry has been gone, he has started coming in my bedroom with me, but since he spent the first 12 years of his life (He was 14 this New Years Eve, or Day) in the Cat Hotel, he hasn't ever learned to bond with any particular human., so he doesn't know how to settle down and go to sleep with me. Yet.

He will lie beside me and let me pet his tummy forever, but as soon as I stop, he jumps up and looks for something else to do.

He's known about tummy rubs since he was a baby...his umbilical didn't close, and he peed out of his belly-button till he was big enough for a (VERY talented) vet to close it up and connect his plumbing, and neuter him. So we had to wash his tummy many times a day (and night), and apply a little ointment to keep his skin from getting burned. 

I don't know if he remembers that, but he loves to have his tummy rubbed...and the fur is SO soft there....

Comment by booklover on August 12, 2013 at 6:27pm

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 5:13pm

Babel Fish produces a literal translation of each word. Sometimes the real meaning is a little vague.  But it's a useful web site, anyway.

http://www.babelfish.com/

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 5:11pm

From BabelFish:

  • Sachez écouter, et soyez sûr que le silence produit souvent le même effet que la science. (French)
  • Know listening, and be sure that silence often produces the same effect as the science. (English)
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2013 at 2:25pm

Napoleon, is this the correct translation?

"Be a good listener, and be sure that silence often produces the same effect as science."

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2013 at 2:24pm

Patricia, you may not be a computer nerd, but whatever you did, it worked. A good team effort. Thanks to you and Mindy for bringing me fun. 

Comment by booklover on August 12, 2013 at 9:20am

Joan, I don't know either why you're not seeing what I put up.  I haven't done anything differently.  I'm glad you liked it!

Patricia, thanks!

 

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