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Pat replied to Loren Miller's discussion Turns out that lawsuits have rules (Daily Kos) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"You may be correct, James. I certainly hope so. Am currently a witness to a knock down, drag out, public fight between Mitch (I Hope America,Through The President, Fails) McConnell, and Alison (Take No Prisoners) Grimes. She is going after his…"
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Pat commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Joan, I do have an electric sharpener. Kitchen Aid stainless steel knives here. I use the sharpener sparingly. Whenever I'm going to slice some things up - tomatoes included - I use the steel rod to straighten the blade. It helps a lot."
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Pat commented on Ivy's group Atheist Humor
"I'm of the opinion Judas got a bum rap. Did you ever stop to think, maybe the guy just really needed the money?"
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Pat replied to Loren Miller's discussion Turns out that lawsuits have rules (Daily Kos) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Boehner (a/k/a The National Tear Duct From Ohio), knows damn well he doesn't have standing to bring such an assinine suit. If such a suit were allowed, I would be the first to file suit against Palin and Weepy - for being ignorant on pretty…"
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Pat commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Carl, I always, ALWAYS, keep my knives razor sharp. Now, if I only could figure out how to use them!"
Pat replied to James M. Martin's discussion Walk on the Wild Side: Conservative Yiddish Sect in North London Openly Misogynistic
"James, just wondering. Do you really think there is anything as a truly "monotheistic" religion? The magical fantasy worlds of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all populated by devils, jinns, golems, angels. fallen angels, and…"
Pat commented on Sentient Biped's group Food!
"Pumpkin is among my top 3 favorite pies. And, like Felaine, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin anything is great.  Tazewell may be the biggest pumpkin producing county here in the Land of Lincoln, but right now, I'm…"
Pat replied to Travis Hedglin's discussion Whats the deal with feminism?
"I should have elaborated. Most cases where women with children are abused are not those where the women seek the protection of the justice system. For those that do seek legal protection, they deserve all the protection the justice system can…"

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Posted on May 24, 2014 at 1:43pm 29 Comments

One of the truisms of life is this. That which is alive will die.  It happens to be true of every living thing we see or have ever come in contact with. Cats, dogs, birds, deer, crocodiles, cockroaches, flies, trees, grass, flowering plants, and the myriad varieties of bacteria. All will eventually die. Each and every one of us included. It was the American author William Saroyan who famously said, Everybody has to…


On The Passing Of An American Icon

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:37pm 1 Comment

I guess this is nothing more than personal musings on the passing of an American icon.  On Saturday, August 25th, Neil Armstrong died at 82 years of age. In a very large sense he, along with the rest of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts, can be compared to Christopher Columbus, Roald Amundsen, and the first south seas sailor in a dugout canoe to spot the Hawaiian Islands. There was the obligatory 5 minute news coverage of his death and his magnum opus achievement – being…



Posted on September 27, 2010 at 11:40am 3 Comments

There currently exists a highly active, and insidious, effort to convert members of the U.S. military to evangelical Christianity. From what I have thus far read, this is being done inside the armed services by high ranking officers working with the likes Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s be-knighted offspring), and others. On September 25, 2010, a concert was…


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At 7:27am on September 13, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Pat!

I'm about half-way through Baskin v. Bogan and about all I can say is WOW!  Talk about THOROUGH!  Whoever wrote this did his or her homework in spades!  Again, thanks for posting that!

At 12:10pm on August 22, 2014, Loren Miller said…

First of all, thanks a LOT for getting back to me, Pat.  I agree that the behavior of Congress, particularly toward the president, has all the quality of a BAD Gilbert & Sullivan (to borrow from a fictional Georgia senator).

Here's the hell of it, too: there's a better than average chance that the first black president will be followed in office by the first FEMALE president.  If that proves to be the case,I have to say that I'm afraid this whole business will just continue as it has been and for similar reasons.

I'd love to be wrong, but...

At 3:24pm on August 21, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

Thanks for your advice Pat, It means a lot...If others  can fake it  for the sake  of friends and family, not to mention  the camaraderie, I guess I can too.... 

At 9:43am on August 21, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

Pat.....I read the link you provided and appreciate you bringing it to my attention......It was heartbreaking for me to realize I was duped  along with so many.......I considered  myself an Atheist  because I don't believe in god or  miracles of any kind......However  I did  believe  in the characters  of the Old Testament.  So now  I feel betrayed and angry and feel like  I had belonged  in a cult all these years...No more  Passover for me I guess....

At 3:10pm on August 1, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Yo, Pat!

In the light of the recent legal action taken by John "The Tan" Boehner against President Obama, I thought you'd be interested in something I found on the Daily Kos.


At 7:36am on February 6, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Hey Pat. Thanks for the condolenses (or however you spell it) on my niece's death. Like your brother-in-law, it's probably for the best.

At 8:10am on January 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

I think I've only seen one pro football game, too (L.A. Rams vs. Wash, back in 1967!). But I have see many college games--both football and basketball-and several pro baseball games. Alas, those days are gone. Hard, cold seats don't compare to my recliner. My old boney body with an enlarged prostate couldn't take sitting in the cold for 4-5 hours. Appreciate your comments.

At 8:25am on December 24, 2013, Loren Miller said…

Pat, it's been a privilege to interact, discuss, and laugh with you during the time we've spent on A|N together.  It's as good a Christmas present as I could as for and far better than most.

The VERY best of the holiday season by yours, my friend.  I look forward to much more in the new year to come.

At 6:41am on September 18, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks Pat. I sometimes forget I'm going to have "a blast". I'm in the anxiety stage right now. I plan to drink lots of wine!

At 6:45am on August 30, 2013, Randall Smith said…
Amazingly, this particular farmer friend that can't identify trees, etc., is a Purdue graduate (1970)! You'd think he'd know. Further, his grammar is awful ("we was.."). Otherwise, he's a good guy and friend. To your point, sorry you don't have access to that 4 acres you referred to. I hope it's being taken care and advantage of.

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