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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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Whats defines what is right and what is wrong, in the past it was religions, traditions, culture. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Religions took their "rules" from social conventions that arose from the need to protect the clan and then, claimed that they were handed down from a god. It sounded better than saying, "Hey, these are societal norms we need to follow."
This is pretty funny. People keep destroying 45's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yes, it has ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I tell myself, "Vandalism is vandalism, regardless," but inside, I am chortling.
I'm at a complete loss why most people think everything has to be so binary. It either is or is not ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 25, 2018:
It is the either/or fallacy. Things are seldom either/or and, most often, have multiple aspects or solutions. It easier to decide what is wrong, what is right, and what should be done with there are only two choices. I am not sure of ALL people are born multi-faceted but if they are, they chose to be single faceted. The world is not black and white or various shades of gray, but has many colors; I s'pose the binary people are colorblind--but by choice.
SO frustrated...honestly shocked to realize how fractured my relationship with my kids is now that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 25, 2018:
What do your kids say?
Soooo, what is wrong with this picture?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Where do I begin???
Why are there so many people who are lonely? Why is it so hard for people to make real connections ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Why do people need a partner in order to not be lonely? Except for two times when my son and his wife lived with me, I have lived alone for the last 12 years because I prefer to live alone. My last two boyfriends wanted to marry or at least live together, but I cannot imagine living with anyone or being in an ultra "strict" relationship. Most people pin their happiness on others and do not even try to be happy within and of themselves. I was lonelier in my 25 year marriage and seven year live-in relationship than I have ever been living alone. Being lonely is one of the worst reasons that I can think of to have a relationship. But one answer to not being able to find a partner is, in my experience (which may or may not be widespread) is that people want more than they are capable of attracting. On dating sites, old, ugly, obese men with scraggly beards want good-looking, thin, sexually aggressive women. Women say they want a "good" man, but they want that good man to be handsome and to have money. I used to go into forums on a dating site and they would be filled with men and women who SAID they wanted the same things from a mate. When I asked them why they did not hook up, they never replied. Perhaps the eye candy on dating sites has changed what is "acceptable" for people.
If you were given 1,000 acres of land that you didn't have to pay taxes on but couldn't sell, what ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 23, 2018:
I would make it into a sanctuary for wild animals, not humans.
Do you think there is good to reinvent yourself sometimes or to keep doing the old way?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 23, 2018:
I reinvented myself in my 40s, losing 100 pounds, leaving an empty 25 year marriage, moving halfway across the country, and finally, going back to school at 47 to get an MA. It was not truly a "reinvention," though, because I finally became the woman who had been hiding inside me for a very long time; she came out because the prospect of staying where she/I were was scarier than the prospect of leaving the safe rut. However, change must be realistic. I had a student who tried to reinvent herself at about 59. She planned on getting an AA, transferring to a local uni that has high standards, get a BA and then, make millions by being an accountant. She did not have the intelligence and I doubt that she ever got the AA.
So, it is just me, or is it infuriating when other adults tell your child that they are not old ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 23, 2018:
I have never heard anyone say this! However, as you note, the reverse can be said: children are too young to know if they believe in a god. When I was a child, I believed because everyone around me believed. However, I saw god as a 200 feet giant who used a huge watering can to water trees. Children believe what adults tell them. I never believed in Santa Claus because my mother told me that he did not exist. I told my sons the same.
If I converted to Islam, instead of going to heaven and getting 72 virgins, could I go to Hell and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Where the heck are they finding all of those virgins? Are they like the movement from years back where girls were "born again" virgins?
Pro and cons of homeschool....pour them out if you are able,waiting to read....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 21, 2018:
As someone else wrote, it depends on why the person wants to homeschool. I wrote this in another discussion but as a college instructor, I have never had a homeschool student in one of my classes who could write worth beans. Of course, these days, that applies to a lot of my students. However, the issue still boils down to the reason why.
Trump said in a tweet, . . . Your favorite president did nothing wrong." That is right , Donald: ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Someone posted this tweet on Facebook and a comment was, "What does Kennedy have to do with this?" I keep telling my student not to use any form of "you" in their essays because it assumes too much about the readers. This tweet shows to whom he is catering.
Because I am a glutton for punishment, I signed back up on POF today. In the first few hours I have ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 21, 2018:
If you have any hopes for POF, they are delusional! I stay on it for laughs--such as the times the Trumpsters email me to tell me that I am the spawn of Satan.
If there really was a God, he'd create some better Christian rock bands.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Apparently, ***She*** has been too busy trying to keep the world from being blown up.
Double standards or not!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Not if they were "real" Christians.
At what age did you realize the Earth wasn't flat?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 20, 2018:
What are you saying? That it is NOT flat?
Meet the new member of global politics. vladionald trumputin, from the united states of russia. The ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Scary as hell, laughable, but scary.
Any teachers out there? I have an interview Monday morning with a highschool. No experience in ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Wait . . . you have a teaching credential, right? How did you get through school without doing student teaching?
Middle children are going extinct because Millennial family planning
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
I can't see that this is a problem.
What do you think of parents who home school their children? The question is about parents,not the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
As a college instructor, I have never had a homeschooled student who did well in my composition classes. Over 20 years ago, when I still lived in California, I knew parents who homeschooled and most were not doing a good job. I see stats where homeschooled children do better on standardized tests, but in my limited experience, this has not been the case. I knew a woman who was, ahem, less than intelligent who tried to school one of her five children, and the kid learned nothing. He needed to be in special ed classes, which is why she took him out of the school. I also subbed several times in a sixth grade class in a public school and had a couple of kids who had attended small, liberal private school. They did not know how to read a map and they did not know how to multiply, among other things.
Why is it expected to respect the opinions and comments of those who preach/post God, but not ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
I don't respect opinions or comments; I respect people (and I respect damn few). I do acknowledge the right to believe what one wants to believe, but their right to say what they want ends at my right to not listen. Most people whom I meet soon know I am not religious, but I don't care to discuss what I don't believe and what they do believe. I have met only a couple of people who were disrespectful.
What is the most bizarre apologetic you have come across?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Where to begin? The only place where I have actually encountered apologetics was on two chats--Firetalk, now defunct, and Paltalk. Matt Slick was on both and had the biggest mouth (he had a website). He was asking me to imagine a scenario once and I told him to imagine MY scenario (no memory of what it was), and he said that there was NO way he would even try to imagine my line because it was blasphemous--even if he did not "mean it." However, the two most outlandish claims I have read are 1. Satan planted dinosaur bones to make the earth look older than it is. 2. Satan started the myth of the dying and resurrecting deity because he knew Jesus would come one day and die/resurrect--the earlier myths were to fool people.
Rambling's of a mad woman (warning, LONG)
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Claiming and taking possession are two different things. And Jesus would be appalled if he heard her claim a house in his name. She is supposed to be saving her brownie points for a mansion in heaven.
What is happening to our Community? I hope this doesn't turn into a rant... I just want to express ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 19, 2018:
I wouldn't say that all of us have lost respect for the opinions of others, but some have. I have blocked one man, but there are several to whom I just do not respond any longer.
Does aggressive antitheism beget anti-atheism?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 18, 2018:
Agreed.
Many television shows are based on god or religious themes, and was wondering if any of my fellow ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 17, 2018:
I love Supernatural, but I would hardly say it has a "religious" theme, per se. It is quite blasphemous in light of Christianity.
Dystheism: The belief that god is not wholly good. The Roman and Egyptian gods had good and bad ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Humans make gods in our image, and cultures tailor them to their wants and needs. Ancient gods symbolized the spectrum of human emotions and were basically humans with superpowers. Egyptian, Sumerian, and Norse gods even died, but Greek gods did not. The Hebrew god is also embodies aspects of humans--he is jealous, he gets angry, and he has favorites. However, the Jews and Christians turned these human "faults" into righteous actions and feelings. God favored Abel because he had a better attitude than did Cain; he could destroy people in a flood because they deserved to die. Gods are but tools to a culture.
So, I was at a book club. It is an atheist/Christian book club. We discuss an atheist book one month...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Long ago, I left a church that I had been attending for over a decade. The former minister and his wife came to town and she and another church lady wanted to talk to me. They knew why I left the church, but did not understand why I left Christianity (I had become a pagan at that point). I explained that I could no longer pretend to believe what The Bible spouted out as truth, and that women should be submissive to their husbands and the husband should be the head of the family and decide what was right and wrong was illogical. Not all men, including my ex-husband, are suited to make such decisions--not all women are, either, but making men the decision makers by default is just silly and women are just as capable as making decisions are men. The minister's wife said (I paraphrase, it has been a long time, but the meaning is the same), "In this country, we have the mistaken idea that just because someone is good at a job, that the person should have that job." Say what? Conversation over.
Christian Minister: ‘Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos’
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 17, 2018:
If this were not so pathetic, it would be laughable. Ok, it's laughable anyway.
I’ve been shot in combat. And as a veteran, I’m telling you: allowing teachers to be armed is an...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 16, 2018:
I teach online, but I agree 100%.
This morning I watched Donald Trump betray his country in front of the world, and even though i'm ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 16, 2018:
If you are incensed, think of how incensed loyal US citizens are! I think Trumpass is senile--he is in over his head, easily manipulated, and used to getting his way without any questions. He is not a politician, but Nixon was.
I agree! Get Educated!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 16, 2018:
So, I have to take this as a warning not to go to college.
Dress Code for atheists: I remember watching a very old video taken in a bar where if memory ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 15, 2018:
By the way, I know people who have an issue with my clothing already, but it has nothing to do with being an atheist. It seems that for an old woman of 65.5 years, I wear skirts too short and show too much cleavage. People read intent into what others wear all the time.
Jim Bakker: God Sent Two Doctors To Cure Cancer, But They Were Aborted - The Intellectualist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Actually, the intended sperm overshot the egg and and the one behind "him" made the score.
Dress Code for atheists: I remember watching a very old video taken in a bar where if memory ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 15, 2018:
This is a joke, right? What type of clothing would someone wear other than a t-shirt proclaiming, "I am a rational thinker," which, in fact, would prove nothing. I have known (and heard, including in these forums) atheists who are not rational and do not appear to think much at all. Just sayin'.
I have never been known for my self control, especially when it comes to food. More so when it comes...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
I eat an ounce of dark chocolate everyday; I eat it in the morning and it helps curb my desire for sweets for the rest of the day. However, I eat two scoops of ice cream at Braums every third day. About every three months or so, I buy a half gallon of ice cream and eat it all in two days. I have cake on special occasions with family, but otherwise avoid sweets. Do not deny yourself, but pace it--eat a scoop at an ice cream parlor instead of bring it home. Eat an ounce of chocolate instead of a whole bar. Don't keep sweet temptations in the house, but do not cut them out totally. I used to weigh 250 pounds and I have done this for years and have kept off the weight.
The humbling of the atheists: How religion survived the progress of science "Not so long ago, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Myth is a form of primitive science, and it is the underpinning of religions, all of them. Joseph Campbell names four functions of myth and one is "cosmological": the attempt to explain the universe based upon what the ancients observed and "thought" that they observed. They tracked the planets and knew the movement of heavenly bodies, but assignment mythic meaning. They explained their world/universe as best they could but their resources were very limited. Science seeks to do the same: to explain and know the world and the universe.
Just to explain my profile name... it is a term used by Richard Dawkins. He says that this day and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
How is a "militant" atheist any different from militant theists?
Free will?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
How do you define "freewill"? Is is the ability to totally shed cultural and biological traits?
Sometimes I really don't like my patients especially when they cause an rtc with a family and then ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
And you are allowed to not like your patients! Just as I am allowed not to like rude students. It does not affect their grade but in reviewing the handful I have had in 18 years of teaching college, they all did themselves in.
Its one of those nights.. I want to put my tux on and go out...I just have no where to go.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
When I feel like that, I put on pantyhose and heels (and a dress) and go to Walmart.
When will the men in politics realize they do not have the right to dictate rights and then to take ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
When some men AND some women realize that women are not inferior replicas of men.
Why Are You Single? AsapSCIENCE [youtube.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I didn't watch the video, but I am single because I choose to be single.
POETIC & SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES What poets and scientists have in common is that both make ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 13, 2018:
The least appeal of poetry is its lack of restrictions (well, I am not sure what they means, and I have two degrees in literature and teach lit courses) or the subjectivity of the poet's description.
Annunaki and other EBEs
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 13, 2018:
If humans were created by other beings, how did the other beings come into existence? The gods were not aliens.
Guy who says God sends natural disasters to punish gays has his home destroyed in a natural disaster...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Guess god does not love him any longer.
Damn my head! Anxiety makes me relive forty years of old mistakes over and over, randomly. And ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I used to do this, too, but I was able to stop by leaving Christianity in my mid-40s, becoming pagan, and learning how to meditate. Christianity was a button because it promotes guilt, and meditation lead me to examine who I am. I still think about the issues from time to time, but I tend to live in the present. Good luck!
Would you have done anything differently?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I would have asked if she were ok and if I could call for help. If she refused help, I would have called the police. Many decades ago, my family lived in a rural area with a road behind the where a railroad used to be; the road was a favorite hang out place for teens. One night, someone knocked on our door and it was a teen-aged girl wearing only a bra. We wrapped her in a blanket and, of course, called the cops. It turned out that she run away from home days before. She was drugged up, confused, and the man with whom she had run away with had dumped her down the road. I shudder to think what might have happened to her if she had not reached our house.
Why Post Pics With Your Kids on a Dating Site?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I see quite a few older men holding newborn babies or toddlers in their profile pics. I think it is like the fish pictures: they don't have their pictures taken unless they're holding a baby or a fish. In this day and age, I cannot fathom why parents post dating site pics of their kids; it's like saying, "Hey, perverts, here they are."
Been watching today's Congressional hearing. I've not seen such pontificating from the republicans ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I saw a clip on Facebook and read an article on Yahoo. The Trumpster's were insisting that the Repubs pulverized Strzok and I had to wonder if we saw the same video. The man demolished their arguments.
I had been talking to a guy for a month. Tried to meet up several times but he either had something ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
If I had the answer, I would tell you. :(
Tell us how your toddlers would pronouce certain words,
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
My youngest son used to say, "Hey, buster," but it came out as "Hey, bastard."
Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week - The ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Because people are stupidly ignorant. Smart ignorant people can be educated, but stupid ignorant people cannot.
Morality, what is it and where does it come from?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I agree that ethics are based on empathy, but they are also based on the need to protect the clan. Humans had a better chance of surviving if the tribe stuck together without internal issues, so no lying, stealing, murdering, etc. However, it could be quite acceptable to inflict those actions on/to an enemy. Getting rid of the enemy also increased the tribe's chance of survival. Some tribes cooperated and some did not. This is abundantly clear in the supposed exodus from Egypt wherein the Hebrews killed just about everyone with whom they came into contact with.
Today in work a patient about to go to sleep for major surgery said I can't believe how calm I am. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
My Southern Baptist sister had breast cancer about 30 years ago; it came back four years ago and metastasized in her bones. However, she is in remission and her cancer markers have been normal for at least three years. When she has a check-up, she posts the results on Facebook, her friends write, "Thank the Lord!" There will be about five or six such comments and then, Gwen posts: "Thank medical science!" No one ever agrees with me.
Do sacred sites move you?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
It depends. Old churches do not move me, but I guarantee the pyramids would, so would Stonehenge, Newgrange, and Gobekli Tepes. I think Delphi would, as well as sacred sites such as springs, rock edifices, etc. Yes, I am still pagan at heart.
Perfection, baby!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Humans are imperfect. I am imperfect; therefore, I am the perfect human being.
Post a photo of yourself in high school and then today.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Graduation night, 1971. And 2018.
I’m just curious on the highest compatibility Percentage everyone has seen?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
I have never had 100% or even close to it. I have had men try to convince me that we had things in common when we did not. I had a student who met her boyfriend on a well known dating site that promises compatibility. Their percentage was high and she said that would have meant something IF he had not lied in reply to most of the questions. They parted soon after.
Is anti-theism on a par with racism?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Comparing anti-theism to racism is a logical fallacy. It might be a form of bias, but the root cause is entirely different.
Is being self-sufficient only rewarded in “winning” people?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Yup, I have known people who are assholes who attract people; they are not even necessarily attractive, but have some elusive quality that I cannot see or relate to. I also know a few people who are attracted to assholes for whatever reason--because they are attractive, witty, or have that facet that I cannot see. However, at my great age, I cannot see that the greatest majority of people are attracted to the assholes. When they are, the a-hole usually has money or the person who is attracted has self-esteem or other issues. Most couples are not comprised of an a-hole and a non a-hole. I have also seen people who are not "good" at attracting members of the opposite sex (or same sex, doesn't matter) who blame being a "nice guy" or a "nice woman" on their inability to find a partner. Being nice is a good quality, but I have met many nice guys who are boring as hell. I also know a lot of nice women who are also boring as hell. I find that people in general have bland personalities--maybe that's why the witty a-holes stick out. OP, I am not saying that you have a bland personality because I do not know you, but this comment sticks out in your post: [ I ] want to be relatively picky about who I date." There is nothing wrong with that, but other people might well want to be picky about whom they date, and if you are not showing the qualities that the women whom you want to date like, then you cannot blame them for being attracted to men who do have those qualities. I am picky not only about whom I date, but whom I have as a friend. Since my last relationship ended almost a year ago, I have not met any men who have contacted me on dating sites or encouraged any men who approached me offline. Simply said, they just do not attract me. I have few friends, my choice, because I am not willing to spend time in the company of people who cannot hold a conversation about more than TV shows, who voted for Trumpass, or know nothing about the subjects that interest me. This means that I spend a lot of time alone, and I prefer it that way. If women are not interested in you, you cannot change them. If you are not willing to date women who are interested in you because you are picky, that is your choice. Your path is your path, but speaking from my own experience, I did not become an independent, emotionally strong person until I was in my 40s. It was, and is, ironic, that once I decided that the opinions of others did not matter much and did buck the status quo, I became "attractive" physically (lost 100 pounds) and personality wise. I live by the adage "know thyself" and to stop blaming others for what might be our own shortcomings or what we simply do not see in ourselves. Again, not saying that's you, but it worked for me....
How's everybody? This is how my day started, I hate this crap...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
I glow after I scrub myself with apricot pits. I guess god make apricots so I can glow.
Any other Absurdists here?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I dunno--I am still waiting for Godot.
Question on terminology.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I have no idea what others call them, but I refer to them as "evangelical atheists."
"The American people are a welcoming and generous people. But those who enter our country illegally,...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 8, 2018:
Ya know, folks, trying to present facts or logically explain anything to the OP is useless. This isn't to open up a dialog of give and take: it is trolling to make the OP feel superior to the libtards. And "libtards" is anyone who disagrees with him.
Would you rather work day shifts, night shifts or graveyard shifts?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
I would rather work online so I can work when the mood hits me (and I do).
Gotta admit I fall a little short, but this article is so true. "If you know a strong woman or ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
It is strange, for lack of a better word, how some women realize that wasting their time on asshole men just needs to stop--and they stop. And yet other women keep on doing it. I am 65 years old, and I stopped a long time ago, but I know women my age who still waste their time on assholes. They think that the men will change or they are so lonely, they will accept the assholedness. And as others wrote, this applies to men, too.
Psychology of women's profile for men they would/want to date
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Agreed. My pet peeve is when men write on their profiles, "If you are a scammer or a player, do not contact me." Women do this, too. I can just imagine the scammer or the player saying, "Oh, boy! I better not contact this person!" Uh-huh.
Favorite Desserts
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Never been there, but the Sahara.
What Is one thing I can do to improve or to make my profile more appealing to women? : ) thanks!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Learn when to start a new paragraph.
The old debate rises again! (or closes again)
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Double standard? Let's see, you think women should not complain if you leave the seat up, but it seems that you think women should not leave it down? Perhaps you could explain this point more concisely. And I am consistently reminded why I live alone and will never live with another old fart.
“The salvation of a civilization has to be predicated on a resurrection from the corruption of its...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Language undergoes constant change and evolution; saying something good is "wicked" is no different from the evolution of "awful" which originally meant to be "full of awe" to something that is negative. For this reason, I do not see that language can be "corrupted" but rather how language is manipulated to control people. Trumpass is not a good manipulator, but Hitler was; Trumpass' appeal is not in how he uses language but how his ignorantly stupid followers perceive how he uses it. Yup, he says the "right" things, but he does not do so eloquently or even with passion. I have had Brits tell me that Americans do not speak "English," but we do: we speak American English. Brits have also told me that they speak "pure English"; when I ask them what constitutes "pure English," it has always been the language of Shakespeare. Ha! Modern Brits do not speak Elizabethan English. Not only that, but they have many speech varieties. As an English teacher, I "believe" in using precise language in writing and speaking that clearly conveys the intent and uses the correct words in context. However, a concise and correct speaker who uses words in context can still lie if that is his/her intent. In fact, a true orator can disguise the lies even better than the poor speaker. Tone also plays a part in speaking. Going back to Trumpass, people believe what he says because they want to believe; it would not matter who said the words. On the other hand, I once read an account of a woman who lived in Nazi Germany who opposed Hitler. She and her sister went to hear him one night, though, and both of them came out of the lecture supporting him. He did not change his rhetoric, but the compelling nature of how he said what he said changed their minds.
Can you "read" a person?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Yes, and 98% of the time, I have been right.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when religious people say God told them to do something instead of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
I was sitting in a McD's one day and a woman said that GOD told her to switch from being a democrat to a republican. She said that people were only democrats because their parents were democrats but by gosh, GOD gave her the revelation that democrats were wrong and were evil. This was about 13 years ago, but it explains people who voted for Trumpass.
Jim Bakker: God Personally Told Me He Sent Donald Trump to Delay the End Times – Friendly Atheist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
My first exposure to Bakker was over 40 years ago when I saw him on TV telling the flock that god wanted him to have fancy cars, a big house, etc. He said that if a person did not have those things, they were not doing enough to glorify god. Right. I also saw him while channel surfing after he got out of prison and set up in Branson, MO, just down the road from me. He said that "true science" did not disagree with the word of god. He went on to insult his audience by telling them that he knew more things than they did. He proved it by telling them about tectonic plates and how ivory tusks are found in Alaska. You see, a long time ago, a meteorite hit North America right on the edge of a tectonic plate. It hit so hard that it caused the plate to tilt; when it tilted, all of the elephants in that area slid into Alaska, instantly dying when they hit the cold. No kidding folks! I could NOT make this up! Never mind that there were never elephants in the Americas and walrus have ivory tusks.
I've been a vegetarian for over 8 years. I'm not an overly healthy vegetarian but vegetarian none ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 5, 2018:
I was a vegetarian for three years (vegan for three months, that ended quickly) but have been eating fowl and fish for many years now. I had a couple of negative comments when I was a vegetarian; my then boyfriend's sister-in-law said, "Well, that's just stupid." I refrained from saying, "No stupider than your low IQ makes you." The only "issue" I had in dating was after I returned to fish and fowl; a man took me to a retro restaurant and they had NO chicken or fish on the menu. I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich, which must have been grilled with the ham, and was sick for the rest of the day. I am "weird" in general, so I guess most people just accept my diet as another part of my weirdness.
Do you like to fly?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 4, 2018:
I tried flying once. It didn't work. No matter how hard I flapped my arms when I jumped off the roof, I plummeted straight to the ground.
Swear words?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 4, 2018:
It is interesting how blasphemous words have changed over the centuries. Many people might never have heard the phrase "odds bodkins" but if they did, they would think that it is made of nonsense words. It actually means "by god's body," which is blasphemy.
Would you want a Christian God to be real?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 2, 2018:
No.
I don't know how to put this. I have heard people say that a debate with a theist is pointless(IE ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 2, 2018:
Discussion is one thing, debate is another. Debates are conducted to prove a claim. Debating a Christian is pointless; discussing religion with a Christian can be interesting (but usually is not as all most have is rhetoric).
There are many in here who have confused not believing in the judeo Christian God with atheism. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 2, 2018:
The prefix "a" = without. "Theist" = belief in a god. "Atheist" = without a belief in a god.
Do you think that duality in thoughts and actions limit the living "experience"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 2, 2018:
What do you mean by "duality in thoughts"? Oxymorons? Paradoxes?
I am officially, (we actually got out the measuring tape this time) the shortest person in my ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
I am the shortest one in my family, too. I am 5'6", but my sister is 5'10" and my sons are both over six feet. My last boyfriend is 6'6"--he still likes to tell me how short I am. I am average height, dammit. And why does it even matter????
Anyone have a positive experience with Reiki?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
I have a Native American friend in Canada. We met online in a chat room and have only met in person once. She is a reiki master--she also believes that she is psychic and gets "vibes" from pictures. She once told me that I had the ghost of a good looking quiet man in the old farmhouse I rented. Another time, I posted a picture of an old stone/cement retaining wall on a dry river on Facebook. She told me that something horrible had happened there and it involved an Native American woman who lived there when Europeans came into Missouri. By the time Europeans got here, there were no NA tribes in the area. However, she did tell me that I had an incredibly strong aura that radiated in every direction for ten feet. I had an experience with another reiki master that almost made be believe that, but that's another story.
I can't believe the eggies this BLOTUS has. He's so unaware of the stupid shit he does and thinks ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
Argh. Just argh. An angry argh.
Well, it looks like the supreme court will be set back to 50s mindset for the next generation or so....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
This depresses me so much, I cannot even put it into words.
Born again Christian
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
No, but Mary who sits at McD's with her ancient husband (you all know Mary, right?) has expressed her disapproval of the way that I dress to at least two people (who told me, of course). It seems that I dress too young for my age. I have never spoken to Mary, but I will bet that she is a Christian, born again or not. I think it is jealousy, though, not her Christianity, that makes her disapprove of my attire.
Why can't a man have a friendship with a women like he does with another man? My best friend and I, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 26, 2018:
I have had several platonic male friends. However, I have found that most men who say that they want to be friends really mean that they want to be friends because they think it will eventually lead to "romance."
The summer mental drag is in full swing. Seems as I get older and lonelier the more I have to trudge...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
No offense, but if you need sex to make your life happy and fulfilled, perhaps you should do some reassessing.
I think I have good news. I have struggled with my job since I started, almost 2 years. It has ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
Alas, one must take the good along with the--or vice versa. I started getting Medicare last year and I am very relieved. I am healthy, but one never knows . . . Hang in there, kid.
Is organised religion dangerous, just a harmless benign fantasy or somewhere in between? My own ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
Organized "religion" isn't dangerous: it's the people who organize it.
A Jury May Have Sentenced a Man to Death Because He’s Gay. And the Justices Don’t Care.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
"Well, not only that. There’s also the matter of his committing an especially heinous murder in 1992. Rhines, caught burglarizing a doughnut shop in Rapid City, South Dakota by an employee named Donnivan Schaeffer, stabbed the 22-year old in the abdomen and back. Then, as Schaeffer pleaded for his life, Rhines thrust the blade into the base of his skull." https://www.snopes.com/news/2018/06/25/gay-man-sentenced-death/ Just sayin'.
Have you found your "calling" in life? Are you doing what you want to do, either as an occupation ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
I knew that I wanted to be a teacher in second grade when my teacher tapped me to help other kids read. After getting an elementary credential and subbing for seven years (then working at Walmart for two years), I returned to school to get an MA. Since then, I have been an adjunct at various colleges/universities. At present, I am all online. Other than having time to write, I don't want to do anything else.
Things like this bother me a bit. Should authors be posthumously punished for attitudes that were ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
As a literature instructor, I think the books should be read and taken in the context of the time. Children old enough to read the Wilder books are old enough to understand the historical context--it should be explained to them. Same with the works of Mark Twain.
Where's all my single secular ladies at? :-)
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
You own some secular ladies?
Who here performs acts of charity? What kind? Do you give money to the homeless, rescue animals— ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Although I am an atheist, I still subscribe to the Christian idea that our acts of charity and kindness should remain private.
Sometimes, I feel like religion is a state sponsored control mechanism to control the sheep. Anyone ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Of course.
I don't know what the school curriculum teaches these days. What is the classic literature that is ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
I cannot speak for high school, but I have taught lit at two schools and it depends on the level of the course and other factors. For example, I taught intro to lit at a community college and we read mostly contemporary short stories. However, I have used Frankenstein and Great Expectations for the novel. We also read Oedipus Rex, a translation of the Greek play, and Death of a Salesman. I discussed the canon and how it changed in recent times. There are also classes centered around a specific genre or author, i.e. science fiction, the Beat poets, or Shakespeare. I teach myth classes and we read Frankenstein, Dracula, and in one, I am Legend. I teach grad courses in British lit on the Victorian era and selected topics in British lit. The Victorian lit is classic and in the other, we read both classics and contemporary works (of course, "contemporary" is subjective). The canon has changed in recent times to include women and people of color; the works used to be overwhelmingly by old white men. It is not static.
What If You Were Never Born.....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 23, 2018:
I do not believe that we have a purpose in life and it is impossible to predict (in hindsight) what our nonexistence would have meant. Take the example of your niece--she might never have been born because the life of your sister would have been much different without you. She might not have married the man she married; she might not have had children. I have heard many people say that everything happens for a reason, but we make the reason in consideration of the event. It is the same with purpose; in hindsight (that word, again), we decide the purpose of an event or our "missions" in life.
Just another thought in passing. I have those on occasion. There are as many philosophies of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 23, 2018:
Spot on. The Golden Rule is based on empathy; people without empathy are, well, soulless (in a manner of speaking).

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