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tom sarbeck's Discussions

The anti-gun cause deserves consideration but will you martyr yourself for it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish on Saturday. 22 Replies

The early xians were not the only people in history who martyred themselves for their beliefs, and xianity gained from their sacrifice.People who wish to martyr themselves are free to do so. For…Continue

Tags: violence., guns

Did You, When You Were Young, Read Books of Quotations (such as Bartlett's)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Feb 18. 7 Replies

I ask that because I see so many posters, myself included, who in their posts use famous quotations by famous people.I read such books assiduously during my teens. I still read them but less…Continue

Tags: paraphrases, sayings, proverbs, quotations

Is Obama Too Compromised By Investor or Corporate Money to Push Republicans To the Wall?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jan 21. 18 Replies

Are Congressional Democrats too compromised by money from the same sources?If you follow the news you've heard what President Obama will propose in the SOTU address.Unless the Republicans in Congress…Continue

Tags: 2016., Obama, Republicans, Democrats

A Child's Bill of Rights

Started this discussion. Last reply by Plinius Jan 8. 6 Replies

The following, without an author's name, appeared on the internet in its early years.When children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. When children live with hostility, they learn to fight.…Continue

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tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must offend religion more: Islam, Christianity and our tolerance for ancient myths, harmful ideas
"Joan, I once responded to a noisy xian in a restaurant as you did. My remark achieved its intended result and I was happy that I had asserted my right. I attribute the happiness I felt to my having learned how to assert my rights. I needed to learn…"
8 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must offend religion more: Islam, Christianity and our tolerance for ancient myths, harmful ideas
"Bertold, grammar has its uses but requiring me to name to what doesn't exist isn't one of them. I also like to remind xians that their right to claim a diety doesn't diminish the rights of others to make similar claims. BTW, the…"
9 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must offend religion more: Islam, Christianity and our tolerance for ancient myths, harmful ideas
"sk8eycat, do cats allow mere homo semi-sapiens to hug them? They are sovereign monarchs with tails. And don't they treat us well? They catch mice without our having to bait traps and then empty the traps. "
10 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must offend religion more: Islam, Christianity and our tolerance for ancient myths, harmful ideas
"Donald, xian behavior deserves satire. Unthinkingly obedient fundamentalist xians don't recognize ordinary satire; their behavior deserves the strongest satire. "
10 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion We must offend religion more: Islam, Christianity and our tolerance for ancient myths, harmful ideas
"Leon, I agree, Leon, and hope you won't write the word 'god' with a 'G'. Twice. Yeah, I have to proofread some of my writing too."
10 hours ago
tom sarbeck commented on Daniel W's group Justice For All
"Daniel W et al (lawyers' talk for "and others'), SCOTUS has evolved since the 1790s. In early opinions the first paragraph looked like an argument for bringing cases to the courts rather than settling them by dueling. They succeeded;…"
20 hours ago
tom sarbeck joined Daniel W's group
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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?See More
21 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Amy B's discussion Affiliations?
"No god has ever told me he, she, or it exists. The state will tell me it exists, Cenek; don't ask me for bail money. "
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tom sarbeck replied to Asa Watcher's discussion Do you suffer from hopolophobia?
"The many words, probably thousands, filling these screen have changed no minds. Get lives, folks, and stop the dividing that xians are happy to see us do."
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Asa Watcher's discussion Do you suffer from hopolophobia?
"Donald, you seem unwilling or unable to understand that bribing legislators BOUGHT the laws that caused the present economic inequality. Wake Up! "
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Asa Watcher's discussion Do you suffer from hopolophobia?
"Asa, the 20th Century has shown us that idealism can lead to horrific slaughter. Your may remember the Thousand Year Reich, the Greater East Asia Coprosperity Sphere, and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. If you were to gain dictatorial power,…"
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Asa Watcher's discussion Do you suffer from hopolophobia?
"It is a dilemma, Asa. Here's some positive thinking: until reason prevails, the arms race will help us deal with overpopulation. "
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Amy B's discussion Affiliations?
"I agree, Kathy. When the Greens start running local races, training members for state and national offices. I will support them. btw, whiskey gave me spectacular hangovers and vodka didn't. With vodka, flavors, and sugar syrup I make my own…"
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Amy B's discussion Affiliations?
"In politics the words 'good' and 'evil' have ONLY political value. I can use them to persuade the naive to vote for what helps me or against what harms me. I tend toward pragmatism. Yes, extreme pragmatism is sociopathy. "
Tuesday
tom sarbeck replied to Amy B's discussion Affiliations?
"Thank you, Amy. About 25 years a Libertarian friend asked me to register with the party to get it on the California ballot and I did so. I also asked him how he felt about having his issues stolen by one of the  major parties. His face lit up…"
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tom sarbeck replied to Amy B's discussion Affiliations?
"Cenek, you either haven't looked for an argument or your position is entirely emotion-driven. You are wise to not label yourself an anarchist. "
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About Me:
Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 1:52pm on February 20, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks for the invite, Tom.  Hope to have some good discussions with you.  Since we are close to the same age, there probably won't be too many disagreements though..

At 9:56pm on February 4, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Thanks for clarifying. The reason I used the collective 'we' instead of the singular 'I' was because I was aiming for something inside the comfort zone of the reader. Hoping to rattle cages enough that maybe I get some folks to reconsider their stance on self-ownership. Sorry about misunderstanding your comment.

At 12:54pm on February 2, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

The place where you left the comment is at this link:
http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/personal-responsibility#comments

If you could let me know who I plagiarize I'd appreciate it. I didn't mean to.

At 11:55am on January 21, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

You wrote as a comment on my blog titled 'personal responsibility':

"Consider the words you borrowed from someone you didn't acknowledge:

As long as we are living the only power over us is that which we allow."

Tom, The idea is hardly new but from whom did I plagiarize?? I take it seriously, and I looked online to double check and found no quote that I failed to attribute.

At 12:52pm on January 15, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Hey Tom, you said I borrowed words without acknowledging their source. From where??

I'm asking here instead of bumping an old post. I only just read the comments.

At 10:37pm on October 30, 2014, Daniel W said…

Thanks Tom. 

I have lost whole, complicated, entries due to the damn system selecting something and deleting it.  Didn't know about the control-z, thanks.  Since initially posting that, I submitted to the  Borg, and was assimilated into Win 8.1.  So far I don't see a difference from 8.0 except now it screws up some links.  How much fun is that?

At 12:19pm on October 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Thanks, Tom, for your comment on my blog post. I like the "sheriff" bit!

At 4:32pm on August 20, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

What a surprise  Tom....You have been so critical of me in the past, but I must admit  I enjoyed  our  back and forth....I look forward  to our  future  debates...Glad  we are friends now..... 

At 7:58am on August 11, 2014, Bertold Brautigan said…

I know what you mean about how the responses can make you sad. It's disconcerting to see how many people are so wrapped up around utter bullshit. I also wonder why they're so afraid of anyone questioning what they believe that they have to deny that we even exist. Their "argument" that it "takes more faith" to believe in the big bang or evolution than it does to believe in Jesus, THEREFORE there are no true atheists is just pathetic. It's not all, "Oh these poor victims of bad programming" though. I'm reading a pretty disturbing book titled Religious Right - the Greatest Threat to Democracy by A.F. Alexander. There are tons of unscrupulous people out there raising billions of dollars and stealthily plotting to install old testament law that wouldn't be all that different from sharia law. If we don't collectively watch it, the dark ages could be back with a vengeance.

At 12:37am on August 11, 2014, Chris G said…

Hi Tom,

I didn't know "Hi. You perhaps know of the Vallejo Navy League's raising money to make the Iowa a museum. They didn't succeed and the ship went to SoCal.

I'm all for making ship monuments where their history can be told about the vessile and war.

It's a shame that Vallejo didn't aggressively persuade the museum. I don't know what's wrong with Vallejo and it's terrible handling of Mare Island.

Chris

 
 
 

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