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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 Idaho Spud on April 14, 2013 at 7:47am

Tony, the Smurf-eating baby is funny to me also.

Comment by Tony Carroll on April 14, 2013 at 5:54am

Okay, this is just cute and silly, and made me smile real big.

Wonder how they taste? lol :)

Comment by Plinius on April 14, 2013 at 1:30am

" the arias of rot that rise at empire's end"

That is beautiful, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 12:38am
Here is a new, to me, version of the 5-step problem solving process.
The Secular Life Coach: Critical thinking:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=488603757867890&set=a.4...
Comment by sk8eycat on April 13, 2013 at 9:04pm

Thanks, Chris, that sounds encouraging.  I've been noticing that Jerry is eating more often, but he eats less than usual each session.

Years ago I had a vet who makes house calls come euthanize a sweet old orange fellow who was in kidney failure.  It cost 10 times the price of an office visit, but it was worth it.  We sat on the floor in a patch of sunlight; in was very peaceful. She first made a clay pawprint plaque for us to keep, lit a candle, and read a short poem (I was VERY glad she didn't read the "Rainbow Bridge" thing!), and gave Lyle the drugs.  He was so weak that the first shot, the anaesthetic, probably stopped his heart.

I wish I could afford to do something like that for Jerry, but it's just not possible.  I was still working full-time when we had Lyle's "funeral."  However, The Animal Hospital I took him to is always very calming...no hysterical dogs in the waiting room, and stuff like that.  (There is a cat specialist closer to us, but I don't like him. Very brusque "bedside manner.")

I'll stick with Media City and "Doc Liz."

And no matter what happens, I'll still have my little Pumpkin.  He's 14 years old, and still roars around the house like a kitten.  Or sits on my knees and purrs when I'm trying to type. 

 

Comment by Steph S. on April 13, 2013 at 8:37pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 5:01pm
Sorry, that should read Grinning Cat!
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 5:00pm
Grinning Car, I like this "awesome" website you recommend. http://www.logicalfallacies.info/
I know I am not dumb, but frankly, a lot of the fallacy names make no sense to me. Guess I just don't have the lawyer's mind. People often state, "that is an XXX fallacy" and I don't get it. Why is it a fallacy? I welcome any instructions. In the meantime, I am going to look at this list and see if it is any clearer than the other lists I have read. Thanks G. Cat!
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 4:42pm

I posted a long piece that is rather somber, as the author often is, that you may be interested in reading at Politics, Economics, and Religion. Here is a paragraph from it. 

"When engaged in discourse with belligerently ignorant teabagger types and self-impressed democratic partisans, remember this: Their convictions and attendant acts are ushering the present order to its demise. They are part of the soul's song i.e., the arias of rot that rise at empire's end."

Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Plinius on April 13, 2013 at 2:53pm

Thanks Sk8eycat, I wasn't fully awake when I wrote the question. Then I remembered just when the vet told me that Prednizone boosts cancer: when my own red and white Plinius had a lump. On Prednizone he had six weeks more of the best sort of life we could give him, and when the pain came through we had him put to sleep.  I do hope Hairy Jerry will have an easy end too.

 

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