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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 16, 2013 at 12:47am

What a day! The southern branch of the thermohaline circulation is faltering. We're suddenly at a major Climate Destabilization tipping point. Is it in the news? Of course not.  A couple of small bombs killed and injured people in the Boston Marathon. Some numbnuts needed to make headlines, and every media outlet obliged them.

*sigh*

As sk8eycat says, "It's crazy."

So you have a regular skunk yard resident, Joan. I don't envy you.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 11:06pm

One othmer thing that bothers me is that readers are already commenting on the Yahoo "news" pages that it's the President's fault, or that Muslims did it, or that the uncostitutional Patriot Act is/was Obama's doing (when that piece of obscenity was passed during Cheney's administration), and on and on and on.

Yet they want to keep their semi-automatic assault weapons...to "protect" themselves.  From WHAT?  You can't stop a bomb with a gun.  You can't even stop a bullet with another bullet.

As for who has died (so far) in Boston, I don't think whoever did this was targeting any particular persons...he/she/they just wanted to cause as much damage and panic as possible. The weirdest thing is that airports all over the country (even LAX) are laying on more "security." What good does THAT do?

Reminds me of the old saying about "running around like a chicken with its head cut off."  We've been doing that since 9-11-01, and what have we accomplished?  Two futile wars, and how many thousands of dead civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq...not to mention our own dead and maimed military personnel.

It's crazy.

Sorry.  I'm ranting, and it's time for Hairy Jerry to get his meds.  I love this trans-dermal stuff!  It's so much easier than trying to stuff a pill down his poor throat.

Comment by booklover on April 15, 2013 at 7:10pm
I agree Felaine. I don't know if it's confirmed or not, but it said on the news that one of those killed was an 8-year old child. What satisfaction could ANY sicko get from that. When I think of the family that lost that child it's unbearable.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 5:47pm

Our society is sick, sick, sick.  I don't want to know who did this nearly as much as I want to know WHY!  (Lack of serious mental health services for one thing.)

We need more of these everywhere:

http://laist.com/2013/04/15/therapy_dogs_roaming_lax.php

Comment by Steph S. on April 15, 2013 at 5:30pm

I took a smile Grinning Cat.

Love those cat commandments booklover.

I am reading the news about the Boston Marathon bombing.

Comment by booklover on April 15, 2013 at 4:10pm

I know Joan, isn't it sick?!!!  Now people can't even have a MARATHON without fear of being killed?!!!  Just. Wow.  So horrible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 2:58pm

Boston Marathon bomb explosion Tweeter reports: 

Boston Marathon bomb

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2013 at 9:28am

Melinda, it's just begun to rain here, too...very lightly, so far.

Joan, you aren't out of date regarding the Smurfs, they are! They hit American TV in the early 1980s, aimed at little kids who would have been better off watching "Sesame Street" and "MisteRogers' Neighborhood" ... IF they had to be plonked in front of the TV set at all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 9:27am

A very good morning to you all. The second night of frost and one more to go before nights warm up again. There are some leaves piled at the entrance way to the skunk den so we know she is back. We can smell her when we go in the tool shed. Our attempts to block her way under have failed. We used really big concrete blocks the last time to seal her out. She will go under there and have babies, and I wont block her until they are gone. 

Melinda, your Cat' 10 Commandments sound just about right. Tho I do't have a cat, my neighbor cats believe these rules apply in my yard ... and I love it. 

Ian, good news hat our spring has arrived. Are you in the garden? It is too cold for me to be out for very long; my fingers get cold, even with winter garden gloves. Next week will be better. 

Grinning Cat, glad you are able to get the Facebook photos. There often are real treasures. 

Steph, "I see skies blue, clouds white, bright blessed days, dark nights, and I think to myself, 'What a wonderful world'"

What a Wonderful World, Playing For Change

Comment by booklover on April 15, 2013 at 8:39am

Good Monday Morning Everyone!  Unfortunately it's supposed to rain here all week.  I want sun! :)  Grinning Cat, I love the "take a smile."

Glad you're here for a few more days Felaine, but sorry your friend is sick!

 

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