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To paraphrase another crooked president, let me make something perfectly clear: If you are a Trump supporter, do not both sending a PM to me.

And now, for something completely different . . .

It was one of those days when a woman just wanted to walk around singing the marching song of the soldiers of the Wicked Witch of the West: "O e O, O-O. O e O, O-OOOOOOOO." Gwen looked down at her feet and saw that she was wearing the boots for the task, but her stylish brown cable-knit sweater didn't begin to match the Russian soldier style coat of the WWW's cadre. Sighing, Gwen tried to get the "O e O" out of her head, but it was a difficult task.

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If a woman says, "Pick a place and time and let me know," and then ignores whichever part of my ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Off topic a bit but related to allowing strangers to decide where to eat: Years ago, I had an internet date with a man who did not ask, but told, me that he was taking me to a quaint little retro place for our first meeting. I met him there and when I looked at the menu, it had beef chili, ham sandwiches, and burgers. I do not eat cows or pigs. I said, "There's nothing here that I will eat." The look in his eye said, "Oh, she's difficult," but he said, "You didn't tell me that you had dietary restrictions." I replied, "I have never been to a restaurant that did not have chicken or fish." The server said they could make a grilled cheese sandwich for me and I opted for it. It had to have been grilled alongside the ham sandwiches and was greasy as heck. I was sick for the rest of the day--stomach clenching sick. Never again did (or would) I meet someone for a meal without knowing the place and agreeing to it.
If a woman says, "Pick a place and time and let me know," and then ignores whichever part of my ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Me and my ex-husband driving down the road to an unspecified place for dinner. Me: What would you like to eat? Him: It doesn't matter--pick a place. Me: OK, pizza. Him: No, I don't want pizza--anything but pizza. Me: Well, then, let's just get a hamburger. Him: I don't want fast food. Me: Denny's? Him: No. Me: You pick a place. Him: It really doesn't matter. Me: Pick a place or turn around and go home. Him: You don't have to get mad. True story--the names of the places might be different, but you get it. So, shut up about what "women" do.
Societal religiosity has fostered this notion that sex is this holy spiritual enactment. News Flash:...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 17, 2018:
Sex is regulated by religions because controlling sex equals control of people. Women were put at a "disadvantage" in the control aspects because monotheistic religions are patriarchal. With women, the control aspect is stronger and harsher. In part, this is because women get pregnant: a man needed to be sure that any offspring were his own. This was not the case in some early polytheistic cultures. Sumeria/Babylon were much more liberal in the early days than later when they were very controlling of women. Sacred prostitutes existed--this does not mean that they were sexually liberated, though, as they needed to "service" men who came to the temples. STDs were rampant. Compare the idea of sexual priestesses to the Vestal Virgins and Catholic nuns to whom sex was denied. Hinduism celebrated sex. Sex is not sacred: it is a means to perpetuate the species. It is pleasurable because people are more likely to procreate pleasurably than if it is blah or painful. Any sacredness is assigned by religions to control people--cultural norms were established to benefit men, not women. Rape laws are relatively new for any instances outside of the rich and noble, and our culture is shameful in the views and practices on rape. As with religion, rapists rape for power, not sex.
Seriously? Please tell me there aren't still guys out there asking this question like it was still ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 16, 2018:
No man has ever asked me this question.
“Either God wants to get rid of evil, but he can’t; or God can, but he doesn’t want to; or God...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 16, 2018:
To test us and make us strong. Duh. One of the reasons why I left Christianity was because I could not reconcile an all good god and the existence of evil. If god created everything, then "he" created evil; he could not create evil if he did not understand evil. To understand evil is to be evil--or it would be in Jesus' idea that to lust in the heart is the same as doing the deed. Every single Christian I asked about this said, "Well, god gave us freewill." If god did not create evil, we would not have "abused" our freewill to commit evil.
In light of a recent discussion about what women want... [bryanreeves.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 16, 2018:
The person who wrote this has NO IDEA what I want--that's for sure.
Flashing lights..
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 15, 2018:
I have been pulled maybe four or five times in my life (I am almost 66) and received my first and only speeding ticket in my 50s. I have white, gender, and now, age privilege, and I have never felt threatened. I also have the gift of knowing the right thing to say and how to say it. I was pulled over once for a headlight that was out--I had a headlight in the backseat but Walmart had been unable to install it due to a stripped screw. This was in a small town known for speed traps. The officer was gruff at first but despite being a feminist, I appealed to his maleness, asking him if he knew a place where I could get the light installed. I received no fix-it ticket and by the end of the exchange, he was sayin, "Ma'am, please get that fixed. I hate to think of you driving home from school in the dark and that other headlight go out." (I was teaching on campus then.) I KNOW I have privilege. My last BF was black and when he got pulled over, he told me that he put his hands on the wheel and started sweating. His friend, who had been asleep, woke up and said, "Oh, shit!" and put his hands on the dashboard. All ended well, but still . . .
What is an item you've inherited that you most treasure?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 14, 2018:
I have my great-great-grandfather's mantel clock. It is about 160 years old and has long stopped working. I thought about getting it fixed, but just having it is enough. I also have my grandmother's china cabinet, which she called a "dish safe." It must be at least 96 years old. It needs to be refinished but it also needs some structural work--anyone a woodworker?
I just had a mind blowing conversation with my fundamental christian mother. We discussed the bible,...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 13, 2018:
My sister used to be about as Southern Baptist as someone could be; she thought that without a full immersion baptism, people were not saved. Imagine my surprise several years ago when she said that evolution had to have happened because there was too much evidence for it. I am not sure if my mouth dropped, but I know my eyes bugged out. Since then, she says that gays are born gay, The Bible is not infallible, got a divorce (well, he did commit serial adultery--the only defense for divorce), and that IF god exists (saying that she thinks/is sure "it" does), no one knows its nature. She agrees with me that the tenets of Christianity were instituted by men for men. She remains a Christian, though, and if god exists, says she will have lost nothing. The thought of Jesus and salvation is comforting to her, but she also says that no one knows who will get into heaven. She does not seek to convert and does not preach. Fair enough for me.
First impressions can be over-looked?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 13, 2018:
I rely on first impressions but will give a person a second chance based on the reasons why the first impression is not good. Surly and obnoxious? That guy, or woman, would not have gotten a second chance. I estimate, though, that 99% of the time when I did give a person a second chance, I should have gone with the first impression. Of course, I have had positive impressions that did not bear out. Usually, the person had a great personality, but was flaky as heck. I have had men whose first impressions of me have been waaaay off-base; they think that because I am friendly, it means a sexual interest. Really, dude.
Would you pay someone to date you?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 12, 2018:
No, I would not pay a man to date me. At 40, you are much too young to be thinking of putting yourself out to pasture. Between the ages of 43-45, I totally revamped my life, left a 25 year marriage, and lost 100 pounds. I ended my last relationship a year ago and since then, the problem is finding a man who pleases me in all ways, and I will not date a man who does not. The reason I tell you these things is because only you can change your situation. Paying a classy, urbane man to date you will only cause more problems for you. It is not easy, but work on yourself.
All spies should be teenage girls: Their blood seems coldest. When I was a teenager, if a boy ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 10, 2018:
This is incredibly sexist in several ways. First, it stereotypes teenaged girls. Second, it is a fallacy based on your experience. Third, when girls operate in this manner, it is how they have been taught to act by example and culturally. You say if a boy wanted to take down another boy, he would be direct about--what does that mean? That he would knock the crap out of the offending person? If so, that is how boys are taught and expected to act. It is not how girls are taught and expected to act. Girls learn to use words to fight their battles, not fists. They might use subterfuge, as well, because girls are not to avoid direct confrontations. In MY high school experience, which is also anecdotal, boys also used words to hurt others. They would label girls as "whores" and other unflattering names for various reasons. I was never called a whore, but I was humiliated by teenaged boys more than once. I remember a bunch of them standing on the sidewalk and I was trying to get past them. I said, "Excuse me" and one said, "You're excused; you're also ugly." Oh, but wait! That was direct, wasn't it? Oh, and "tool boy." Yeah, those boys have no volition despite being direct.
What do you do better than anyone else?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 6, 2018:
I am better at being me than all of the impostors.
"Gender" is a grammatical term. It has no relevance in a biological context.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 5, 2018:
Gender was originally a grammatical term, but now, it is synonymous with sexual identity. The definition of words change and this one changed. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/gender After all, "awful" once meant "full of awe"; now, it means something terrible. Oh, and "terrible" meant to instill terror. Now, it can mean anything that is bad.
How does one go about being a polite atheist?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 5, 2018:
Why broach the subject? If they do not bring it up, I let it go.
Does anyone feel this? I have come to the conclusion that my mother does not attribute her ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 3, 2018:
When I was in the church, I would look at less fortunate people and say, "But for the grace of god, there go I." I attributed any material goods or good works to god. Now, I am better off financially, physically, and mentally than I ever was while a practicing Christian. Christians, whether they think it or not, put on an appearance of humility; to claim good deeds, doing well, whatever, is a sign of pride. If your mother is happy (or unhappy), let her attribute her goodness to god--she is not going to change her mind. However, you know.
How much does it bother you when a person on the internet corrects your spelling, grammar, or misuse...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 2, 2018:
People will not hesitate to correct someone who writes 2 + 2 = 15, and the person who is corrected is not likely to take offense. Writing has standardized spelling and grammar rules (albeit with exceptions), so why get huffy if someone lets you know that a word is misspelled or the grammar is incorrect?
Could god microwave a burrito that is so hot that he himself couldn't eat it?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 2, 2018:
Can he make a rock so heavy that he can't lift it? Can he place two mountains side by side without making a valley in between?
How much does it bother you when a person on the internet corrects your spelling, grammar, or misuse...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 2, 2018:
How much it annoys me depends on context. If it is an honest typo (we all make them) not a big deal. If the person is semi-literate, it is annoying but hey, nothing I can do about it (even though I am a writing instructor). What really annoys me is when people write illegibly and when I write, "I can't understand you," they get snippy. It happened recently.
I got asked to "dinner" by one of my Sunday atheist lady's brunch friends. She is bi-sexual. And ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 1, 2018:
Oh, I had a similar experience and I am not strictly heterosexual. The problem was that the woman had zero appeal for me. We taught at the same community college and had lunch one or two times a month. After lunch one day, she walked me to my car, said, "Hey, Gwen, if you ever want to try a woman, here I am." She had on muscle pants and liked to wear a crappy man's "jungle" hat. I laughed nervously, said nothing, got into my car and drove away. I am used to turning down men, but I did not know how to handle this woman. She sent me emails asking when we could get together again and instead of telling her the truth so as not to hurt her feelings, I kept saying I was busy until she stopped asking. I did not see her for quite some time and then, saw her in a store when I was with a boyfriend. He knew the story. She looked at him like she wanted him to die, said nothing, and walked out of the store. I said, "That's . . . " and before the name came out, he said, "I know who she is--she fit your description. The hat gave it away." The "thing" is that if she had been attractive, I would have gone for it. I am shallow, no apologies.
What's the shortest time you worked for a company before you discovered its a great big mistake?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 1, 2018:
It wasn't a company, but a sheriff's office. I was hired as a dispatcher and within a week, knew it was a mistake. I stuck it out for six weeks. Walmart was the I worked at Walmart for two years, and it wasn't until about three months in that I begin to see it was not a good idea.
What's the most ridiculous experience you've had with religion?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 1, 2018:
Where to start? When I was still in attending church, I bought my youngest son a fossilized shark's tooth. He took it to church and was showing it to one of the elders, saying how old it was. The elder said, "Now, we know it can't be that old because the earth is only six thousand years old." I was not a good enough Christian to buy into that and my son looked at him as if he were crazy. Another was also from when I was still in church. A friend of mine homeschooled her kids and was telling me about telling her daughter about evolution (which, of course, she did not believe in). The girl grasped the concept and fell into uncontrollable laughter at the thought that humans evolve from one celled animals. Even then, I thought that was more conceivable that a man died and returned from the dead. The pastor saying that Noah took dinosaurs on the ark.
How did religion affect you personally?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 31, 2018:
I would say that religion has no lingering effects on me, but even unconsciously, it does. Although this is no longer the case, religion contributed to my former obesity. Being raised a Baptist, guilt was spoon fed to me, consciously and unconsciously, by my mother and the church. I was made to feel guilty for not wanting to go to church, not offering to get baptized, for having sexual feelings, and other issues, as well. The guilt manifested in eating to make myself feel better. When I left the church at 43, I weighed 250 pounds. In two years, I weighed 150. Ironically, paganism helped me lose the weight because for the first time, I had a positive female religious role model in the perception of the goddess. I am now a pagan atheist and have kept the weight off for 20 years. I gain some, lose some, but the gains have been due to not exercising and letting the "creeping pounds" add up when I threw out my scale (bad move). I love food, but I love myself more, now.
Interesting read and I suppose it makes sense. Isn't true for me but I would be curious how many of...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 30, 2018:
When I was a child, my mother would get mad at someone at church and not go for awhile; then, she would start again. I was happy over the down time because it meant I was not pressured into going to church. But no, her hypocrisy and inconsistencies did not affect my atheism.
Everyone is asking why did the chicken cross the road. As intellectuals, we should not question why,...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 30, 2018:
For the chicken or the human who died running off the road into a tree to avoid the chicken in the road? You must be a city guy--I haven't seen many dead chickens who unsuccessfully tried to cross the road. However, if you like 'possums and armadillos . . .
The sad state of education in the US
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 30, 2018:
While I agree that education is in a sad state--and I am an educator--do not blame this on the school system. I had a college student who wanted to write a paper about Noah's ark being a sound argument for a topic; I cannot even remember what it was. I let him know in a rough draft that The Bible does not constitute research or a factual, academic source. You guessed it: the final draft had the info about Noah's Ark. Schooling often cannot overcome what students are taught at home and church and while the ignorant can learn, the willfully ignorant and the stupid cannot.
Pillow talk: ever discuss academic subjects?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 30, 2018:
Yes. One of my ex BFs was quite literate and we discussed literature (I teach lit).
“An almond doesn’t lactate:” FDA to crack down on use of the word “milk” | Ars Technica
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 29, 2018:
While almonds do not lactate, there ARE other definitions of "milk": The white juice of certain plants. ‘coconut milk’ More example sentences 1.3 A creamy-textured liquid with a particular ingredient or use. ‘cleansing milk’ As a verb: Extract sap, venom, or other substances from. ‘scientists have found a new way of producing an anti-clotting agent—by milking a leech’ No one is going to be confused by almond or soy "milk" or, if they are, they are truly ignorant. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/milk
Which is potentially more violent: threatened male identity or threatened 'white' identity? The ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I would say threatened white male identity.
Is your workplace atheist friendly.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I work from home so, yes, it is. My lack of faith does not come up in the classes that I teach--it is of no consequence.
Does this seem "off" to you? Not as in tokens of friendships like necklaces or rings, but the idea ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I haven't had this happen to me, but I have seen it happen. My last boyfriend was quite jealous that I had former boyfriends still as friends (only one reason why we are no longer together). I dated one man and it ended for a couple of reasons, but we remained friends; he lives a couple of hours from me. When he finally did meet a woman with whom he wanted to share his life, she became my friend, too. My ex BF COULD NOT understand how this could be. Easy: she knew that if the man and I wanted to be together, we would have been together. Maturity is a wonderful thing.
For believers, fear of atheists is fueled by fear of death
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 29, 2018:
I buy into this. If a believer accepts that there is no god, then heaven is nonexistent--they also cannot wish their enemies into hell. HOWEVER, I have heard atheists propose that an afterlife is not dependent on a deity. In fact, there is a thread on this site that proposes or asks if this were possible. The fear of death and the hope of an afterlife is not just for believers.
How long should you go without sex before giving up?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 28, 2018:
I guess this is the difference between choosing not to have sex with a partner or not finding anyone who willing.
Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia - VICE
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 28, 2018:
I have a flip phone. My phone does not listen to me.
Are we all basically selfish apes?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 26, 2018:
Are apes selfish?
What is something positive that came out of your divorce or separation? I'm at that point when I ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 26, 2018:
I moved halfway across the country, went back to school to get an MA, bought a house, and became self-supporting. I control my money, have been able to save for retirement, and do not have to consult anyone about what I do and when/how I do it.
How would you handle unsolicited touching?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 25, 2018:
I would have blistered his ear and he would have felt castrated. I have had "total" stranger grope me, but I have had a couple of internet dates (out of dozens) where a man did something inappropriate. Once in a restaurant where the guy said he could not hear me because of the music and asked if could sit next to me in the booth. I agreed, but he kept creeping closer and closer until his thigh was pushed up next to mine and he made a play on putting his arms around my neck. I said, VERY loudly, 'YOU ARE IN MY SPACE! GET OUT!" The people in the booths/tables around us started laughing and jumped away from me as if he had been burnt. I related the story to a friend of mine and he said, "He was burned." The other was when a date grabbed me after leaving Barnes and Nobles and planted his tongue in my mouth. I pushed him away, forcefully, and stalked to my car with him following behind saying, "I wanted to do that since I laid eyes on you." Apparently, what I wanted was of no consequence. I have a couple of other stories, but these are the worst. What ARE these men thinking? Can they not read body language?
Tell me a heartwarming story, I could use some kindness and cheering up today.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 24, 2018:
An elderly woman (80+) in a wheelchair stopped me in Walmart today to tell me that I am beautiful and have gorgeous hair. She also asked me if I knew Jesus, but I just overlooked that part. I mean, she thinks that I am beautiful--she cannot be too delusional, can she?
Movie time What are your all time favorite movies from any source? My picks: Ten commandments...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 24, 2018:
In no specific order: *LOTR's Return of the King* *Monty Python and the Holy Grail.* *Oh, Brother, Where art Thou?* The original *Road Warrior* I gauge favorite movies by my willingness to watch them more than once.
I just read a quote that I wanted to share and see what others think. "Fear can only be completely ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Hmmm . . . sometimes, the truth is scarier than the fear instilled by not knowing it.
Why is it so difficult for people to accept facts over fiction with regard to religion?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Because if they accept the facts, they are wrong. If they are wrong, there is no heaven.
How does a good christian rationalize electing trump who has released the worse people of human ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 23, 2018:
"Good" Christians do not. My sister is as good a Christian as any, and she has NO idea how other Christians can stand the man.
Goodbye to Joe, a great dog and a good friend.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 23, 2018:
I cried for three weeks when my cat died. Most of us empathize. You are a better man for having known Joe.
Do you "dress your age"? Exactly what does that actually mean anyway? What does that mean to you? Do...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 23, 2018:
My sister and the gossipy woman at McD's think that I do not dress appropriately for my age; I am almost 66. I wear short skirts, high heels, and show a bit of cleavage (tank tops). I also shop in the junior department; not only are the dresses cuter, but they are cheaper. I either wear jeans or dresses, no slacks or anything in between. I do wear pantyhose because they make my legs look better. In part, society "says" that women (even more so than men) need to dress in a certain way because short skirts and cleavage are "advertising" and the older we get, we should stop advertising our sexuality. In the past, women my age were not even supposed to be sexual. I don't wear short skirts to advertise my sexuality: I wear what I wear because I like the way it looks. Men can read any article of clothing as they wish, but it does not reflect the intent of the woman. The same with hair: my hair reaches the bottom of my derriere. Again, in the past, old women wore their hair up because hair is strongly associated with sexuality and fertility. Now, most older women cut their hair and either perm it or spike it. I inherited the ability to grow long hair but not every woman did, so I understand why many older women do not wear theirs long. My sister and I were going shopping once and I put on a short dress and leggings. She thought I had dressed too young (I love my sister!). We were waiting in line to pay for our purchases and I was next. As I approached the cashier, she said, "You look so cute!" I turned to my sister and said, "Hear that?" She later said that no one ever told her that she looked "cute." That's because she does not dress "cute."
Remains of hybrid human girl with Neanderthal mother discovered in Siberian cave | The Independent
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Fascinating. As I understand it, my freckles and red hair are a part of a Neanderthal heritage. Thoughts about our ancient ancestors have changed drastically since I was young.
Poll. How many know or think Mother, now Saint, Teresa was a money grubbing cash cow for the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 22, 2018:
If there were a hell, I am curious as to how many good Christians would wind up there--Falwell, for sure. Mother Teresa . . . could be.
Donald Trump is losing his war on truth
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 22, 2018:
If I were a Christian, I would say, "amen."
Which do you like better, Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Why should anyone have to pick one over the other?
Is there such a thing as "cultural theft"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 22, 2018:
All cultures and languages are bastardized. Cultures learn from each other and are in a constant state of flux due to influences from associating with one another. To me, "theft" occurs when people in a culture appropriate aspects of another culture and then claims that they "invented" it, i.e. the Ten Commandments contain nothing new or original. While that is a religious example, it is also cultural. Purists become upset when long held traditions are changed by other cultures, but that is the way of life. Personally, I think it is ridiculous when I see people adopting elements from another culture and identifying with said culture, or religion, when they have no clue. One example is dreamcatchers--how many people have those hanging in their houses or from their rearview mirror with no true concept of what they represent?
If you could learn one thing that you don't know yet, what would it be?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Everything.
OK, you have lived your whole life as an atheist, and now, you are on your deathbed, moments away...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Actually, I have had two dreams relating to this! The first was about 13 years when I was a practicing pagan and in the dream a tornado was coming and I was fervently praying to Jesus. Then, I stopped, said aloud (in the dream) "Wait! I'm pagan!" and started invoking the goddess. The tornado picked me up and put me down safely in on a haystack. The other was last year when I was dealing with the first shock of Trumpass pretending to be president. In the dream, North Koreans were invading my bedroom. This time, I said, "If I weren't an atheist, I would be praying right now."
OK, you have lived your whole life as an atheist, and now, you are on your deathbed, moments away...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Why not?
Personal stories harm caused by religion.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 21, 2018:
Realistically, "religion" does not cause harm: religions were started and run by humans, mainly men. The religious edicts were and are interpreted by the people in any given religion. "Religion" has never hurt me: humans have. Humans will corrupt even positive aspects of religious teachings to further their goals and to control people.
I'm stressed out. I went to my 45th reunion Saturday night, with my 35 year old friend (female) who ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 20, 2018:
I am truly sorry.
I think all the recent news of pedophile priests proves once and for all that atheists do in fact ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 20, 2018:
Pedophilia is not confined to the Catholic Church, nor are cover ups.
Does anybody else seem to have a strange talent for attracting weirdos like me?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 20, 2018:
I am a weirdo magnet.
How do you address people that are acquaintances but you don't know their name? Not that you've ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 20, 2018:
I say, "I am horrible with names--remind me of yours."
Prayers at meetings
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 20, 2018:
I was in a similar situation at an Xmas dinner for Walmart employees. I bit my tongue when a prayer was said, but when the hired music started to sing along the lines of "better get your shit together or you are going to hell," I got up and walked out. I like traditional Xmas carols, but not specific Christian songs promoting getting saved. I complained to management and they were so nervous, they called in the district manager to speak with me. He tried to explain it away, but I was not satisfied. However, I quit shortly after and did not pursue the matter. Walmart policy is not to promote religion. If the organization is private, I cannot think of any options for you. Even at businesses such at Hobby Lobby, there would be no recourse.
What do you do on Sundays?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 19, 2018:
The same things that I do every other day of the week.
Can any one tell me that why white girls are not interested in Asian guys like me?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Without intending to be rude, do not assume that it is because you are Asian that white girls are not interested in you. There could well be other reasons.
I have been working all day on my computer. Anyone else missing the weekend? 2 more weeks and I will...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 19, 2018:
I teach online and I work everyday; sometimes, it is an hour or so and sometimes, 8+. I could do everything in five 8 hour days, but I choose not to. I graded a set of journals and a discussion board today.
I've noticed that quite a few people here are awfully religious about their atheism.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 19, 2018:
I will go against the trend here and say that I agree.
Just sayin
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Willful ignorance is the worst. Some people stay ignorant because they are stupid; others wallow in it because to admit that they are wrong does not fit with their superiority complexes. However, the superiority complexes usually hide feelings of inferior. Except for my superiority complex: I am superior. Just ask me.
A weight lifted off my shoulders, I confronted a friend about something that really bothered me ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 19, 2018:
I have not done this often, but I have done it. It is hard, for sure, but I never regretted any of my actions.
This is sad ?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 18, 2018:
Define "pays to live."
I just told a woman we should stop seeing each other yet somehow I'm the one who feels dumped
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 18, 2018:
Maybe it is because you ended because you thought she was going to end it--you just beat her to the punch. With my last boyfriend, I knew it was over before he did, but I let him make the decision to end it.
Does anyone else have any words of wisdom, a quote, saying or mantra that they fall back on when ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 18, 2018:
"This, too, shall pass."
Episode 3 of "Stupid things Christians say to me" A coworker and I were discussing the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 18, 2018:
I have had several people say much the same. The stupidest thing that I have ever heard a Christian say (other than dinosaurs were on the ark) is when I said that men being default head of the household did not mean they were good at it. The response was "We have this mistaken notion in the US that people who are best at a job should do it." Well, yeah.
If religions can do charity why can't we does large charity stem from oppression?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 18, 2018:
Not sure of your question.
This following below is the profile from a Plenty of Fish site. (and yes, I am sure it is a fake ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 18, 2018:
That is hilarious. She is relying on her looks to attract men, but I am not sure how she will answer their emails. It might not be a fake profile!
The Enlightenment and the origins of racism
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 18, 2018:
There was no "Enlightenment" for women: it was for white males.
How can I have free will, by todays deffinition, if my behavior is so predictable it is written in a...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 18, 2018:
Because, as Milton's Yahweh says, just because he knows the future, he did not determine it.
And that is all I have to say on the subject of conspiracy theories
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Well, no. It means that logical people see through the BS. I have talked to one many "conspiracy theorists" who, when I ask them for their sources, say, "It's online" and usually, cannot even name the website. BS online is the same as BS offline. I have two degrees in English, and I was taught how to research and how to distinguish reliable sources from nonreliable sources.
Bill Donohue: The PA Priests Molested Teens, Not Toddlers, So It’s Not That Bad – Friendly ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 17, 2018:
And it isn't just the Catholics--or only religious people. Our nation is a fraud when it comes to the rights and protection of children. This nation sacrifices children to Ba'al every single day. Men like this prove it.
Christian bumper sticker of the day. "Jesus is the answer!" I don't think the know that the question...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 17, 2018:
I believe that someone named "Jesus" existed, but his tale is shrouded in myth. Many myths have a basis in reality.
It you made it to a good old age of 65x I think several advises are appropriate. 1) spend as much...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 17, 2018:
1) spend as much money as you can! Do not save for anyone anymore. At 65, I save money for my retirement.
Christian activist: ‘God will curse the children and grandchildren of those who opposed Trump’ ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Ya know, the Christians should just let the godless heathens do what they want to do--god can sort us out in the end.
LET'S PLAY A GAME - With the exception of his bewildered supporters, those of us paying ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Umm . . . Umm . . . Umm . . . Well . . .
FUTURE TRUMP SCANDALS - Since the Chee-toh in Chief can't go 10 mins without a scandal here's ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Trump grabs the wrong woman by the pussy and she wrestles him to the ground, breaking his arm in the process.
One of my favorite trees - black walnut
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Black walnut trees grow in Missouri like weeds! However, I cannot see the leaves in your picture to see if they are the same tree.
Is there a current religion that women are treated as equals to men in every way?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Quakers?
R.I.P. "Legendary" Aretha Franklin Here are some of her greatest performances of all time. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 16, 2018:
I was never a fan of the genre, but I have the utmost for Aretha and what she accomplished in her life. She did what few have done or could do.
Lately the people at my work have been extra, extra preachy. normally I can take it no big deal. but...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Another reason to work from home.
I'm playing hooky from work today....let's call it a "mental health" day. Making tortillas, watching...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Grading poorly written essays.
I get that at 61 I am not making any fashion statements. I work remotely and went into the office ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Oh, one more thing: he might have bought these, cheap, on the clearance rack.
Ok...I need to make a decision about my future...going back to school is a daunting idea at ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I returned to school at 47, but I already had a BA and a teaching credential; I finished an MA at 51. My degree is in British Lit and Creative Writing. I knew that I wanted to teach and that is what I do--I have three adjunct positions, all online. I have had students in their 60s, but they were taking classes for "fun" and not with a career in mind. I have had some in their 50s, and they were there for a degree ranging from an AA to a BA. I teach grad courses, too; I have one in her 50s this term, but she is already teaching. I did not go for a PhD because of my age; not because of the workload but because of ageism in academia, and ageism extends beyond academia. If I had gotten a PhD, I would be doing the same thing I am doing now but would have another $35000 in student loans. I am laying it on the line for you: at 50, seriously consider how long it will take you to get a degree (few finish in four years), and the real possibility of finding employment in the field that you want. Also, if you will be taking out student loans, be aware that you will be paying them off for the rest of your life if you go for the BA. I owed $35,000 for three years of school (I went an extra year to get the dual degree). I have been paying on them for 16 years and still owe in the high $20,000s. I was supposed to get them paid off in 20 years but I still have another 11 years to pay on them. "They" have never given me a satisfactory explanation how this happened--I never took any forbearances in that time. On the other hand, my son has an AA in networking. He went to a community college, did not have loans (other than from the Bank of Mom); tuition was much cheaper than a four year school. He has a great job and at 35, is making more money than I am juggling three schools. BUT the bottom line is what do you want to do and why? I followed my bliss in getting an MA so I could teach college/uni courses. I live alone and make more than enough money for my needs and wants. My son is a computer whiz and, in a sense, is following his bliss, but he and his wife have two kids to support. Do you want a degree because you want a degree or it is "just" a means to an end in finding a job? By the way, my son's wife recently quit a very lucrative position to go to school to become a teacher. The money was not worth the stress and she wants to be a teacher.
A little reminder about perfection.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
By default, humans are imperfect--or we are by the standards we set for ourselves. I am an imperfect human; therefore, I am a perfect human.
As the Earth travels a 1000 miles an hour creating our present we thrive because of what was left ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Whoa, dude . . . Deep.
I get that at 61 I am not making any fashion statements. I work remotely and went into the office ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I have at least 150 pairs of shoes--these are not my style but hey, to each his/her own! The old biddies at McD's think that my high heels are inappropriate for a woman of 65.
Went to the bank today & was asked for ID. I presented my passport. The woman at the counter didn't ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Laughing, but this is not funny!
My mother wants to take my daughter to church every sunday. It makes her feel good and my daughter ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Yes, are allowing her to be brainwashed. Or, rather, you are allowing a door to open that could cause problems down the road. There are no "maybes" about Jesus in church: everything is absolute. You should not be forced to do anything, not even by your mother. Your daughter is your daughter, not hers. My son is atheist and his wife is a very liberal, non practicing Christian. They agreed to not raise the kids as Christian and to let them make up their own minds when they are old enough to understand the concepts. If they went to church, they would be indoctrinated.
An acquaintance of mine who is aware I am not a believer, keeps inviting me church functions like ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 13, 2018:
At that point, no.
Thoughts on why so many single men mention their porn habits on dating sites and/or this one? Do ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 12, 2018:
Two reasons that I can think of: 1. They hope that women will be titillated by the thought of watching porn with them. 2. They are letting women know that porn is a routine aspect of their lives and deal with it or do not bother. And believe it or not, women watch porn, too, but I doubt that very many say so on their profiles--it just is not necessary.
Can you survive? Say all transportation which brings in food was disabled. Would you know what ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 10, 2018:
You lost me at "transpiration."
Got stopped in Walmart today again by a local church... Salesman? Enthusiast? Recruiter? Anyway, I ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 10, 2018:
When they hit me up for donations, I say, "I am an atheist and do not contribute to religious causes." They usually look surprised. I do not suffer fools gladly, as well, and will not listen to drivel unless I am paid to do so.
I believe in fluid truth. At any time, our truth changes. In 11th century Europe it was true that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 9, 2018:
There might be fluid truth, but not fluid TRUTH, aka "facts." Much of what some people call "truth" is their subjective truth; the earth was never flat, that is a fact. People relied on their subjective perspective based on what they "saw" to make this decision. The sky was never a bowl suspended over the earth and it was never solid. Facts can change,to an extent, but subjective truths do not "change," per se: they are discarded when more information is found. On the other hand, it is a fact that the Sahara Desert is a desert, but it was not always a desert--that fact "changed" and is measurable. Believing something does not make it a TRUTH or god would exist.
The Baptists have lost their minds: Elevation Church Debuts Water Slide Baptismal. I love it, in the...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 9, 2018:
When did the Baptists have minds?
What the early church thought about God's gender
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 9, 2018:
In The Hebrew Scriptures, deity is referred to as both Yahweh, singular and masculine, and Elohim, feminine and plural. It is Elohim who says, "Let us make humans in our image," which is not a physical image, but something more esoteric. (Do not ask me what because I do not know.) Most scholars agree that there were five authors of the The Hebrew Scriptures; two are the Yahweh/Jehovah authors who used the name "Yahweh" and the Elohists, using "Elohim." I have asked two rabbis about the seemingly contradiction and they say that there is none; the names of deity reflect that deity is all--male and female (though not bodily) and it. By the way, "man" comes from Anglo-Saxon wherein it was an indefinite pronoun meaning he, she, it, the dog; it was not sexist to say "mankind" because it was an indefinite pronoun. Today, though, "man" means a male human. After the term became specific to male humans, "mankind/race of men" continued because men were just more important than women. After all, woman was made from man's rib, right? Oh, wait! That damned Lilith was made of the same stuff as was Adam.
Why does the left constantly use identity politics and politically correct terms to all their ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 8, 2018:
Why do you use so many question marks when only one is needed?
Where are you on Narcissistic Spectrum? The truth is, each and every one of us has narcissistic ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Aug 8, 2018:
My friend Eloise who teaches psychology told me that I am not narcissistic, just egocentric/egotistical. So there.

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