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Joan Denoo replied to James M. Martin's discussion Queerty Interview With Author of New Book About Judy Garland, Big LGBTQ Icon: Judy on Religion in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Judy Garland was a complex person according to what I read of her over the years. I suppose, being in the entertainment industry, she had exposure to all kinds of people who did not follow the dictates of religious values. As I remember, especially…"
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Queerty Interview With Author of New Book About Judy Garland, Big LGBTQ Icon: Judy on Religion

In answer to a question from Queerty about a new biography on Judy Garland, inquiring of her knowledge she had a huge gay following: "Although Judy rarely addressed her gay audience as her “gay audience,” she did seem to come to their defense from time to time. In a 1965 press conference — in San Francisco, actually — she was asked how she felt about her gay following. She told those gathered, “I couldn’t care less. I sing to people!” Several years later, another interviewer asked about the…See More
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James M. Martin replied to Sky God's discussion Correlation doesn't mean causation.
"Why do you suppose the Roman Church trots out new candidates for saints now and then, producing eye witness accounts of miracles done by the saints-to-be. If one listens to these accounts, once immediately recognizes post hoc reasoning in every…"
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Loren Miller replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"I have to say, though, having glanced at the article, Rand is less about changing his mind than the is repackaging the same old crap he's been hawking since Letter A.  How this makes him look "interesting" is beyond me.  I…"
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Sentient Biped replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"Pat, you got it in a nutshell."
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matthew greenberg replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"he is interesting.  when you change your mind based on whichever way the wind blows in the era of videos everywhere the whole experience is quite interesting.  or maybe startling is a better adjective, since the supposed serious media…"
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James M. Martin replied to James M. Martin's discussion Clown Show Coming: Why the Republitards Will Lose in 2016 Unless They Wise Up and Pick a Charismatic Candidate
"As you know, "interesting" is a worthless adjective. Everything is interesting to a baby."
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An Imperfect Start and Beautiful Finish to a Lovely Day of a Lovely Week in Paradise

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:54pm 8 Comments

I am a fan of Christopher Marlowe, the Elizabethan poet, dramatist, rogue, and (in all likelihood) espionage agent, whose Doctor Faustus inspired everyone from the American poet, Hart Crane, to the Welsh stage and screen star, Richard Burton. Goethe's version of the Faust legend was remarkable for its time, but I love Marlowe's better. And legend it was, too, for, apparently, there really was such a person roving about Western Europe with a black dog many…

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Many are Called but Few are Chosen: My Belief -- Yes, Belief -- in Euhemerus

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

This is essentially a piece I originally wrote in one of my occult fanzines either late 80s or early 90s, when I was still in the thrall of Crowleyanity (also known as Thelema) and began to really wonder why man makes deities in his own image. I consulted many works on mythology and god-making, learning that all religions begin as cults, so it is redundant to call, say, Scientology a cult of Old Mother Hubbard. It's a religion we could even call Hubbardism. I read of an ancient Greek…

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"Justin Bieber is Gay" -- 12-Year-Old Fan

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:16am 2 Comments

When my little friend Lilia told me of her heartbreaking shift in affections from Justin to One Direction's Harry Styles, it simply broke my heart. I had just begun to appreciate Justin. Who is this Styles guy? A name like that, you'd think he was a fashion model, but he comes off as a scruffy kid with a lot of energy. About the only thing the two have in common is tattoos. Harry does not have that fabulous Bieber chest, abs, and tattoos. Justin has more of them. I guess. Lilia, when asked…

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George Will and the IRS: Conservative Ideology Blinds Pundit to the IRS's Biggest Problem: Underfunding Their Watchdog Operations

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:37am 2 Comments

It is a talking point on Fox and at the conservative caucuses that the IRS should be abolished or replaced with a more equitable taxing system such as ad valorem, no matter that institution of the latter would result in many if not most of us sleeping on discount off-brand mattresses while the Koch Cabal buys the major mattress factories (if they do not already own them). My interest in George Will as a spokesman for the Cabal (my word for the 1% owning 40% or more of the wealth) was dormant…

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Meeting William S. Burroughs

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

A friend took me to a dinner at the home of a Manhattan dowager who turned out to be the agent there for the paintings of Brion Gysin, Burroughs' co-conspirator in magickal displacement of time and space known as the cut-up (slicing pages of a manuscript in half or quarters, then, John Cage-like, rearranging the pieces in such a way that they create in a kind of Flash Gordonesque, Hegelian manner, new messages, some actually predicting future events. I had long been fascinated by Burroughs,…

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At 10:54am on September 24, 2014, JanBodh said…
Agreed sir, 100%. It "circular". Depends upon perspective. Got to change that perspective of believers.
At 2:32pm on July 16, 2014, Patricia said…

Thanks for the request James. Gladly accepted.

At 10:48am on June 3, 2013, Ezra said…

Self-expression is individuality, and our individuality is our self, which ought to be our chief concern.

At 12:04pm on April 21, 2013, Ezra said…

I appreciate your comment.

Hope you're doing well.

At 9:44pm on March 7, 2013, Deepak Gupta said…

Thanks for the comments James.

Good to know about Osteen, the #1 Fraud in America today. Can we call Chopra #2? Pun intended.

At 12:16pm on October 16, 2012, Joan Denoo said…

I appreciate and value your comments and thoughts. Thank you for friendship.  

At 12:24pm on March 22, 2012, Sentient Biped said…

James, in case you are interested in discussions on this topic:

Justice For All

Justice For All

Atheists have our own ideas about what is just and what is unjust.  This group will explore the elusive concept of justice.  Topics include racial injustice, death penalty, imprisonment, crime, and other aspects of justice in modern society and in history.  Without gods, what is the basis for justice?  What do humanists and others say about justice?  What do you think about current controversies and cases regarding justice or injustice?

At 7:43pm on March 8, 2012, Aria Royce said…

I just posted my question up for duscussion. 

http://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/who-do-you-think-jesus-is

I'd be honored if you answered this. Thank you

At 7:41pm on March 8, 2012, Aria Royce said…

Can I ask you a question, privately? I added you as a friend. Please accept so I can message you. I think you are a great mind. I would like to know what you think about a simple question

At 5:35pm on February 10, 2012, Lilium Baden said…

I wanted to thank you. Your blog about the super bowl brought me to this wonderful site. Seriously, you have my gratitude.

 
 
 

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