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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 6 hours ago. 20 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 on Wednesday. 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 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

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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 2:12am

Did you lose a cat?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 7, 2013 at 9:39pm

'I seez a caption!' 'Me too!'

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2013 at 6:55pm

This one's for you booklover.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 7, 2013 at 5:55pm

Patricia, sorry to hear of your dental and emotional ordeals!

Felaine, I'm glad things are going better... and Eloise would undoubtedly make a better pope than 99% of the cardinals!

BTW, there is a one-sentence bill in the U.S. House that would simply repeal the s*q**st*r: HR 900, the Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013. Signon.org has a petition.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 7, 2013 at 2:45pm

The major pain vanished around midnight last night, and I'M FINE! Thanks! I think I was a little goofy lasy night because I came up with the following (wishing Kay Thompson was still alive...and sane.)

ELOISE

IN

THE VATICAN

Eloise, Nanny, and Weenie are in Rome when Rat-Boy quits; they take the usual tour of the public parts of the Vatican, wander away from the group, and get lost. They end up sequestered (pardon that dirty word!) with the cardinals, etc. when the convocation starts.

Lots of snarky comments about the men's "costumes." And the inside power politicking. Maybe she opens a door and finds two priests in bed together...or an all-out Borgia-style orgy going on.

Eloise scribbles her name all over the place, including the ballots and is ”miraculously" elected pope...I dunno.

I just don't have the Thompson Touch.

I'm only ME,

FELAINE!

Comment by booklover on March 7, 2013 at 1:37pm

Spud, I had no pain when my wisdom teeth were pulled.  I was pretty much out of it too!  I guess it's worse for adults because the teeth are set in the bones for so long.  That's what they said when they pulled mine anyway.  The horrible ACHE is what went on for so long. Ugh~

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 7, 2013 at 11:17am

OUCH, OH Felaine!  That sounds horrible!   And, Patricia, I don’t like the thought of you having all your teeth pulled either.  I’ve got a few sympathy pains for you guys.

Chris’ doctor sounds like he had the answer about injections not entering the swollen area.   I’m going to try to remember that.  

I'm a chicken about pain and won't put-up with it anymore, but I’m usually lucky to have little pain due to surgery.  Melinda, when I had my wisdom teeth extracted, I had almost no pain afterwards and none during because I had a surgeon that laid me down and put me out completely.   I wonder if experiencing a lot of pain during a procedure somehow makes the recovery pain worse.

Patricia, I’m glad to hear you’re done with toxic people.  

Interesting pie chart Steph.  I especially like the “helping the poor/sick/needy” slice approaching zero.  

As for humor, I don’t like slapstick either Joan, and Carol B. had too much of it for my taste, so, although I thought the elephant sketch and a few others were funny, most of her humor did nothing for me.

I enjoyed Cosby for a long time, but got tired of him calling his children and teenagers “brain dead” along with other names, even though it appears to be true.

I don’t like violent “humor” either.  The exception was the 3 stooges when I was young.  For some reason, I liked them as a child (and I do think males like them a lot more than females).  As I’ve aged, I’ve outgrown them.  They’re mostly dumb now and the violence is disturbing.

Comment by booklover on March 7, 2013 at 7:28am

Comment by booklover on March 7, 2013 at 7:27am

Grinning Cat and Steph, love your LOL cats!

Joan, I know he had a temper, and he did the same job as my husband so he probably was stressed.  He had a wife, 2 ex-wives, 5 grown kids (The_youngest one wouldn't talk to him because she believed all the stuff her mother, whom I know, said bad about him), and a grandson.  The daughter who had his grandson had been in drug-rehab. He and his wife, although they both had good jobs and great benefits both delivered newspapers before work each morning!!!!!!!  We used to joke about it.  I think they were either big spenders, or big savers!  I think it was spending according to when I used to know him. We will be on vacation when they have the funeral.  My husband says he knows what his friend would have said.  Something along the lines of rather being on vacation than at someones funeral, so have fun and think about him.  He was an Atheist.  It is just such a shock when someone about your own age dies suddenly.  It takes a while to register.  Yes, I will live each day even better now.  Less time online, etc. and more paying attention to my family and animals.  I will make this vacation a memorable one by staying offline and really paying attention to each and every family member, especially my kids.~ Melinda

Comment by booklover on March 7, 2013 at 7:15am

Thanks Lillie, you're so sweet. :)

Steph, love your graph. Funny how the orange is missing, hunh?

Felaine, I hope you are out of pain today. If not, you can start trying the heat on it.

 

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