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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 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

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2014 at 7:40am

We Hoosiers have never thought much of Kentuckians. It's now confirmed. They're a bunch of idiots--re-electing Mitch McClueless. Here in Indiana, we didn't have any major races, but Republicans swept all the locals. I'm so disgusted, but resigned, and will not get upset over the results. Like a good Cub fan, "wait'll next year"!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 4:27pm

Joan, you are absolutely right about how hard it is doing campaign and political work.  In years past I've volunteered for the election campaign of a city alderwoman.  That's very time consuming and you have encounters with every type of citizen and viewpoint imaginable. 

I've worked on election day at the polling place (that was fun.)  But the toughest job was going door to door getting enough signatures on a petition to have a liquor license revoked for a neighborhood skid-row tavern.  Pretty much everyone dislikes having unexpected visitors ringing their door bell, myself included.  It can be very difficult getting people engaged in the political and democratic process 

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 4:06pm

I've also participated in door-to-door campaigning, a few years ago, and more recently (including yesterday and today) with various progressive organizations that let you call voters from home.

The system makes one (long) call to your phone number, and connects you to different people. (To them, it shows an in-state number for caller ID, not your actual number.) You see the script and enter information in your web browser.

People react more positively to a live human being volunteering for MoveOn, or Democracy for America, or whatever, as opposed to those annoying robocalls. Some still don't want any political cold calls, but some will talk with you. Helping progressive voters have a plan in mind (such as driving to the school where the polling place is, in the evening after work) makes them more likely to actually vote.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 3:34pm

Before the primaries, I had a personal call from a candidate who was running as a "no-party"....we talked for about 15 minutes about a lot of things, and he fascinated me.  So I voted for him, and he beat the rethuglican challenger, but not the incumbent (who has been in DC too long).  Anyroad, he was on the final ballot, so I voted for him again.  The results will be interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2014 at 3:19pm

Oh! I used to be the person who made personal calls on behalf of candidates I supported. I must say, there were other jobs I liked better. Some people liked the calls, some had questions, some needed rides to vote some had questions for the candidate for whom I would find the correct answers. 

I really like writing position papers for candidates. That was a challenge, because there were so many interests that had to be addressed.

I really liked doorbelling in neighborhoods. I got an ear-full and would get the information back to the candidates. 

The planning sessions with candidates were exciting, with a lot of debating and having to find options that were compatible with the candidate. Facing people who held opposing views was a challenge and good training. 

So, the next time you have a live call, or a person knocking on the door, think of me and my tiny little bits of effort to get a candidate elected. 

Comment by booklover on November 4, 2014 at 2:16pm
Thanks, Ian and C.L.A.W.S! Charlie is in the bedroom with all her "stuff." Dora hissed under the door at her, Lula took one look and left, and Dale couldn't care less. :)
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 1:32pm

@sk8eycat - no, you're not overreacting. I used to absolutely hate those robo-calls too, for exactly the same reason. If the scumbags can't even be bothered to have a real human talk to you, they are cordially invited to go f*ck themselves.

Comment by C.L.A.W.S. on November 4, 2014 at 1:25pm

Beautiful little kitty!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 12:54pm

I am seriously considering sending a letter to the Los Angeles Times to let every politician and initiative supporter/opponent know that if I get a robo-call from ANY of them, I will vote against them, or not vote at all.  I don't know if the Times will publish it, but I'm worn out from running to catch the phone (and sometimes tripping over a cat running in front of me) only to hear an impersonal recorded voice.  If they can't be bothered to talk to ME, as a live person, I can't be bothered to vote for them, or their cause(s).  I may also include the tons of begging emails I've received from candidates in other states and congressional districts...I delete them immediately, but that takes up more of my personal time.

Am I over-reacting?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 12:28pm

Almost funny Ian, but too close to the truth to get a smile out of me.

 

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