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How has a teenager showed faith in you?
jondspen comments on Aug 31, 2018:
Good for her...and you!
I could tell my parents hated me.My bath toys were a toaster and radio
jondspen comments on Aug 31, 2018:
Lol...thats a good one
Was life in the 1980`s simpler? [youtu.be]
jondspen comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Yes....in that we didn't have the internet or social media. We had moved from written news, to radio, then to TV...and while it did change things, the format and input feed wasn't as overwhelming as it is today. It's a lot easier to fact check, but now we are aware of so much more, that checking facts on everything we're told is near impossible. I believe being inundated with so much data is forcing us as a species to evolve. There is no way our old analog brain can receive, process, evaluate, and act upon all the digital information we are receiving today. In that way it was simpler. Survival was always hard, for many of the reasons other have mentioned, but now you have to work more, for essentially less (TY - Federal Reserve), and also process so much data being thrown at you. It's no wonder so many turn their brains off; they can't deal with it.
Another question for the group. I have been seeing this guy for about 3 weeks. I get a call a couple...
jondspen comments on Aug 29, 2018:
Though about asking him directly, since we don't know the specif dynamic of the relationship? 3 weeks isn't long, but how close the relationship is makes a big difference. But since we can't get that...here are some thoughts from a complete random stranger that literally doesn't know what he's talking about... (1) Women go for bad boys, so nice guys gotta do borderline a-hole stuff like this to keep woman's attention. (2) He spent money on you for flowers. Granted, IMO kinda tacky...but oh well. And of course it wasn't good enough. (3) Implying you can't keep plants alive 3 weeks in is kinda rude, but if you guys ARE REALLY CLOSE ALREADY (hint hint) then not crossing boundaries IMO. If not, then kinda a little too familiar, at least in my view after only 3 weeks, but that's just me. Everyone has their own sense of humor and boundaries. (4) Would you have been happier to not have received them? Seems like it... (5) Sit him down and give him a list of approved gestures, so next time he spends money on you letting you know he's thinking about you, he doesn't mess it up. And women wonder why there are no good guys left. That b/c all the good ones are tired of trying to do something good, and being made to feel like it's not good enough. I'm not MGTOW...but I definitely understand the movement.
I really dislike changing clocks twice a year. It seems arbitrary, useless and disruptive. Should ...
jondspen comments on Aug 28, 2018:
I missed a flight b/c of this. Was on leave from Marine Corps (Camp Pendleton, CA back to Memphis Tn), and had a layover in Phoenix. Knew the time went from Pacific to Mountain, but stepped up to the gate and found out the plane had left an hour early b/c "We don't observe daylight saving time here." Ever since then....staunch opponent of the system!
Anyone else check out the backgrounds of profile pics? I feel like we all can make ourselves look ...
jondspen comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Good point. Never thought about how the cubical shot could negatively influence how people perceive me. :)
Girls Night Out
jondspen comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Ha...oldie but still a goodie
Toward a New Theology of Foreign Policy - TheHumanist.com
jondspen comments on Aug 28, 2018:
Jewish scholars have pretty much agreed that the exodus story didn't happen. So doesn't that undermine their divine claim to the land? Also, you are considered a second class citizen unless you prescribe to their state sanctioned religion. Based on these two, I do not support this country or it's "right to exist". Holocaust was horrible, but I don't see us creating a nation-states for gypsys, handicap, or any of the other groups that were targeted. I will say that if the land grab and genocide stopped, and all citizens of the nation were see as equal in the eyes of the government (essentially remove the whole religion aspect and influence), I would be more supportive.
Trumper is the least moral,religious,faithful,truthful president in US history.Why does the ...
jondspen comments on Aug 28, 2018:
He ran under the Republican ticket, and they have been told Republicans are the Christian party. I would say a very large majority of people who vote don't bother to look at the candidates, their proposed platforms, or their history of prior government service. Thinking is too hard, so much easier to be naive and vote as your told. After all, God is in control, so no need for me to spend the energy trying to make things better.
A pastor told me today that he is sorry that I have not felt the love of god. Pastor, I am the one ...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
According to Christianity, the Holy Spirit is the one who leads you to God. So if you haven't felt the love of God, it stands to reason that God the Third (holy spook) wasn't sent to make you aware of it. It also stands that in that case, God the First (Pappy G) didn't send #3 (Holy Casper) so you can have a necrophilia relationship with God, Part Deux (Jesus), and is therefore sending you to hell b/c he wants you there. Critical Thinking - just another of Satan's evil ploys to steal your soul!!!
What moral code do you follow now that you are non-religious?
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
While I don't believe in any of the bible stories, I do think the golden rule is probably the only thing out of it that is any good. Can't see anything wrong with treating others with the same courtesy, kindness, and respect you would want from them.
Anyone else struggle with loving and respecting religious parents while maintaining your own ...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Nope...I have nothing to do with my dad anymore. I was adopted and it has more to do with him being a selfish a-hole who has never considered me his son...but being told I am cursed by god b/c I'm a bastard didn't help either. Oh, and being kicked off his dinner table b/c I wouldn't hold hands and pray with them, forgot about that one. Oh, and I have a masters in computer engineering, he barely graduated high school...but even though I can stand toe to toe on him quoting scripture, I'm just confused. Regardless if he is or isn't blood, I don't see the benefit in maintaining a relationship with someone that doesn't love you and accept you for who you are. I can understand you wanting to keep your relationship with them, but then again, shouldn't they also not want to do anything to jeopardize the precious time they have left with you? It's your relationship, and only you know the full dynamics of it...so take anything I or anyone else says with a grain of salt. Only you can determine what is right and acceptable in your relationships.
I used to have an Imaginary friend.. lol
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Every time someone asks me why I don't believe in god, I say, "Because I stopped believing in imaginary friends when I was five!"
I don't think Regan wanted Gorbachev to tear down the wall, just so we could use the pieces to build...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
I don't see how a wall on a nearly 2000 mile border will protect America and keep out illegals, when we have the open coast lines of the Gulf, Pacific, and Atlantic to contend with.
We are getting a shot of cooler air must be that dammed global warming once again.
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Yea...happens every year...it's called the seasons. Only difference now is the mean temperatures are rising annually, as well as ocean levels as the ice caps recede.
Did anyone else go through the stages of Atheism?
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
No - I have acceptance in the sense of "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink" regarding discussions with some religious people, but I have never believed "plenty of good also comes from religion". Good, kind, caring people are that way regardless of religion. Hateful, malicious, selfish people are the same. Religion is just the clothes worn over the person, and most often twists people into doing evil things in the name of good.
New Research Claims Octopuses Came From Space [thespaceacademy.org]
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Makes sense, esp with science discovering more about Horizontal Gene Transfer.
Demographics @ Agnostic.com : People here from almost everywhere. All around the world! Nothing ...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Not really surprising, if you think about it. I'm in Tennessee now, but lived out in Dallas area for about 9 years. Given the close mindedness of the general population in these areas, online is essentially the only respite non-theist have to go to talk to others. If you're in an area that has a large non-religious population, you can more easily find local friends to hang out and engage with.
I once read somewhere that the worker never gets what he deserves or merits rather they receive what...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Sad to say that this country only respects business owners and not the worker who is responsible for them being a success. In over 100 years, we are pretty much back treating the workers like crap, just as it was around the time of the New York Triangle factory fire incident. "I ain't a communist necessarily, but I been in the red all my life." - Woody Guthrie
Warrior nation mentality. Anyone else concerned by the jingoism often displayed in this country?...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
I first tell people when they thank me for my service, "You should spit in my face for supporting a government that is so obviously against the concepts of freedom and democracy, both at home and in our foreign policy. Next, unless you are involved with your city, county, state, and federal officials and let them know your thoughts about how government should be serving the people on current proposed legislation, you don't really appreciate my service. Voting once every 2 or 4 years in a popularity contest, then sitting back and letting them think for you isn't honoring those who died and suffered for your freedom!"
Many Libertarians point to 19th-century laissez-faire America as the supreme example of how well a ...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
I stopped reading when the OP mentioned a 1960's sit-com. I don't base my belief in god or religion on fantasy; I'm sure not going to do it with society or government. And this is coming from a person who agrees with more of the Libertarian platform than any other (Dem, Rep, Green, etc).
The latest mass shooting in Jacksonville, Fl, was a terrible event. All reasonable people are ...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
I agree that we need a culture shift, b/c gun legislation isn't going to do it. We share nearly 2000 mile border with Mexico where guns are legal, and huge coastal areas on the east and west coast. Prohibition in the 1920s just empowered criminals and gave rise to the mafia. The War On Drugs in the 1980s just gave mid/south american cartels vast amounts of money and power. A prohibition on guns won't help much IMHO. From what I can tell, most of the proposed gun legislation wouldn't have made a difference in most of these shootings anyway. We have a serious mental health problem in the USA. People are depressed, suicidal, violent, tribal, and alone. We praise individuality and the entrepreneur, yet have millions with full time jobs that live below the poverty level b/c businesses can't pay a livable wage. We have a government mandated education-camp system that is falling behind the rest of industrialized nations, and is nothing more than a place for kids to get bullied (a.k.a, prision-lite). But hey, we have the biggest military in the world so we can maintain $2 gas! Go America!!!!
Just wondering, how many feel like I do. I am a vet, so maybe that does influence my thoughts. I am ...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Me too...didn't agree with his policies (I am assuming b/c he was republican, but I also don't like the democratic platform), but from what I could tell he was level headed, had integrity, and understood that compromise was a necessity in a country with so many different beliefs.
Think Socialist Programs Are UnAmerican?
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Of course, if the government wasn't so anti-labor and in bed with corporations, people wouldn't need Social Security, Medicare, and could afford to put their kids in a private school where they actually learned stuff. But you're right. My bible thumper dad and step-mom are republicans, believe in small government, and protested when Tennessee was creating their scholarship lottery about 20 yrs ago b/c it was sinful gambling. BTW, he hasn't worked in 20 yrs (was stay at home-schooling dad) and now pulls in SS, she has her masters and works for the state as a prison school teacher, and my half sister went to school on that same lottery scholarship. Kinda hard to get behind small government when every cent coming into your household is the product of big government. I don't mind people standing up for their beliefs...just don't be a hypocrite about it. BTW...out of all mentioned, the local fire department may be the only one not completely mismanaged, bloated, inefficient, in serious decay, or worse, killing us via poison or as unarmed citizens with no repercussions. If you're argument was that moderate socialism in America can be productive and beneficial, you might want to rethink your examples.
Let me just say that Shooting people and killing them because you came in second place over a game ...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
OMG...is that what prompted the shooting?!?! We really need to address the mental health problems in this country.
What's the big deal about Level 8?
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Guess if you're a nudist then it really doesn't matter :)
My ex is trying to claim divorce costs from me, my solicitor and I are asking him to drop the claim ...
jondspen comments on Aug 27, 2018:
Here in the USA, filing for legal costs incurred is just part of it, but very very seldom are the other parties held responsible for anything other than their legal costs. It's just a game - nothing about being fair or reasonable. You ask for everything under the sun, then act with indignation when you have to compromise away things you didn't really care for or expect in the first place. Another reason why I think government has no need to be involved with who should marry whom. It's just a racket for the lawyers/judges to fleece the public.
What do you do on Sundays?
jondspen comments on Aug 26, 2018:
I watch The Atheist Experience, or enjoy the lack of crowds by getting out in the morning while all the bible thumpers are at church.
Buddhism, the Good and the Bad - Scientific American Blog Network
jondspen comments on Aug 26, 2018:
Atheism can be argued as anti-scientific or anti-intellectual since it avoids wrestling with big "why" questions. All it really addresses is the disbelief in the existence of deities. Now many atheist may believe in the scientific method (most do) and logic/reason, but by strict definition it only deals with the question of supernatural gods. Seems the article critiques Theravada or Mahayana (or their offshoots) approach to Buddhism, but attributes the deceit and deficits to "Western Buddhists". It has been my experience that W.B. don't follow the dogma of the old schools, and do concentrate more on their personal struggle with anger, desire, and how they individually affect the world. Some may even be defined Atheist Buddhist on evaluation of their belief system, denying reincarnation, and defining karma as nothing more than the logical conclusion that if you live in a community and do bad stuff, the people there are going to know you as a bad person and treat you in kind. Given the above, I think this article is disingenuous.
How about raising the age to buy firearms?
jondspen comments on Aug 26, 2018:
How about raising the age to go to war and die? Seems pretty stupid you can be a parent of a 3 year old (or maybe older depending on your state's age of consent laws), have went to war and come back with sever emotional and physical traumas, but you're not considered mature enough to handle alcohol. How about government protecting our children in these government mandated education camps? How about school admins take action against bullying students. How about instead of us spending over 50% of our budget on military and a foreign policy that does more harm than good, we up an percent or two to educating and protecting our kids at home? Or maybe even tackling our mental health problem in this country? I think there are a lot of other things we can do that would have better and immediate results instead of spinning our wheels on gun legislation,esp. since most of what has been proposed wouldn't have made any difference in the shooting sprees that have happened in the past few years anyway. I truly fear our government more than I do a random mentally disturbed person shooting or stabbing me.
Where are all the evangelicals support for the homeless and those less fortunate than ...
jondspen comments on Aug 25, 2018:
Regardless if you are for or against, I find it amazing that those most vocal about illegal aliens, sanctaury cities, and have no problem ripping apart families and scarring children are typically bible thumping christians who seem to never have hear of NIV Luke 3:11, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same."
Tomorrow’s Sunday Morning Bible Lesson... For the Sunday morning Bible lesson I have chosen two...
jondspen comments on Aug 25, 2018:
You had better wear a rain coat and galoshes, b/c when the Christian's head explodes, you're gonna wish you had them on.
The Original Double Slit Experiment - YouTube
jondspen comments on Aug 25, 2018:
Dr. Dean Radin did an experiment on the effect of consciousness in the double split experiment. I know this is an atheist/agnostic site, but I do believe there are things in the "supernatural" realm today that will be explained and proven as true in the future.
I am going to miss John McCain so damn much. The man is the best Republican on the national stage in...
jondspen comments on Aug 25, 2018:
I agree. I don't agree with his platform or politics all the time, but he is probably the only person in government I have any respect for. I've always felt regardless of ideas, he consistently served with integrity. Best wishes to him going forward and also to his family.
I'm disgusted... Video shows Houston security guard ignoring police officers’ pleas for help
jondspen comments on Aug 25, 2018:
Well since the supreme court said cops don't have to come to your aid... Might not be right, but cops are reaping the rewards for their assholeness over the past 20-30 years. Wasn't this bad before....I seem to remember relationships with the community start going down hill in the 80's with the "War on Drugs". Wars are shitty things...probably wasn't a good way to tackle the problem by casting it in this kind of light.
This food truck was stranded on the 105 Freeway after a fiery crash closed all lanes. So it opened ...
jondspen comments on Aug 25, 2018:
Lol...makes perfect sense to me...and how convenient for all. btw...any word on the people in the crash? Hope they are ok...
This is the response I got from one of my state senators when I wrote regarding 45's crimes and lack...
jondspen comments on Aug 24, 2018:
Actually the American people didn't vote him in, it was antiquated process involving the electoral college.
Ok so what’s everyone doing tonight? I’m home making a low carb version of “spaghetti”.
jondspen comments on Aug 24, 2018:
I'm baby sitting the grand-daughter. It's a Cat In The Hat marathon on PBS tonight!!! lol
Depression doesn't define my life, but it's something I deal with.
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Life is hard, and most of the time kinda sucks, but your bio says you just got over an illness. Hope the fear of the unknown doesn't overpower the excitement and possibilities of the unknown. Good luck and best wishes to you!
Is Sessions growing a spine? At loooonnngg last?
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
He's only growning what the Republican party says he can grow, and they are taking their orders from the corporate cabal.
Rambling's of a mad woman (warning, LONG)
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
That's funny, I though Jesus preached about letting go of the riches of this world, wandered around in poverty, and never owned a home. Guess it's another one of those, "You don't understand (our hypocrisy) b/c you don't have faith" things.
'In God We Trust' now must be displayed in all Florida schools - wptv.com
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Same here in Tennessee. Would like to see how much that trust helps these kids out when they can't get a job b/c the education they received was crap compared to the EU or Asia....or when they are bullied at school...or when they are killed b/c another school attack claims more lives. But hey, we got a F-ing plaque that says we trust god to make everything a-ok, just keep drinking the kool-aid.
Proof of no god?
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
It's the same proof that there are no unicorns, leprechauns, fairies, etc., which is the lack of ANY evidence they exist or influence the physical world in any way. Do you feel the same about these mythical creatures as you do about 'gods'?
Should prostitution be illegal?
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
I voted other b/c I don't think the government has a right to stick their nose into a relationship between two people, be they a woman and her john, an inter-racial married couple, a hetro-couple, gay couple, etc. IMHO saying the government should legalize it is implying they have a right to dictate it in the first place.
Prayers at meetings
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
To OP: unfortunately it sounds like you need to just move on. I miss some of the people from my old church, but then again when I became atheist, they didn't seem to care or still continue a relationship. That hurt to realize these people I considered friends did not feel the same toward me, but I moved on and learned to only value relationships that have merit and real value. Much like spring cleaning the house, pain in the ass while you're doing it, but you feel so much better and enjoy your home much more after.
I am new to this site, so this may be an old and common question, but here goes. I have always felt...
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
I wish I was, but sorry, no. Grew up in the south, and religion is like...well...a religion down here. Trust me, you didn't miss out on anything, other than self-loathing, guilt, and years of depression.
Twenty-two states ask U.S. appeals court to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Government can't (legally at least) limit free speech, so they pressure corporations to do it for them. USA is getting to a breaking point I'm afraid.
"It's not what I say, it's what the Bible says."
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
I typically pull out do you agree with slavery, genocide, raping young girls, stoning people, etc.? These are things the bible is ok with, so you should support them 100%.
Well I went to the barber shop there was several people in there. They started talking about jesus ...
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
I agree. I don't mind discussing my disbelief, but I don't go around preaching ANY gospel anymore. I wasn't over the top when I was religious, but I seized any opportunity to share my faith, b/c that's what I was taught you were suppose to do. Now I look back and realize how intrusive and obnoxious I may have seemed to some.
What if you are wrong and there IS a god
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Just b/c I end up being wrong, doesn't necessarily mean that Christians got it right. What if the Jews are right, Jesus is a phony, not the Messiah...and Yahweh sends you to hell for worshiping a false god? What if the Muslims are right, still the same god of Abraham, Issac, and Joshua...but you worshiped Jesus, so to the eternal human BBQ for you! What if there is a god who's named Odin, or Zeus, or Osiris? How do you know Protestant Christianity is right and not Orthodox, Catholic, Restorationism or Nontrinitarianism (Mormon or Jehovah Witness)? How do you know there is a god and ALL our religions didn't get it completely wrong? Even if some proof of a god can be provided, there is still a huge burden of proof left to be addressed that your interpretation is 100% correct and infallible to 1) prove he/she/it made a hell and 2) what do I have to do to avoid it. Following your religion just because mommy and daddy told you too, when you have never practiced any others to see if they better miracles and revelations, isn't just putting all your eggs in one basket. It seeing the other baskets, and without any reasoning or experimentation, determining they won't hold your eggs b/c they aren't real baskets to begin with. Although I must say, most religious people I meet are 100% basket cases! :)
So, I'm getting off my butt and volunteering for a candidate running for Congress in my district. We...
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
I disagree...just being a member of a political organization doesn't make one qualified for the office, nor the best candidate. I do applaud you though for getting involved, and hope that you keep it up. Please stay involved and continue to hold the elected official accountable throughout the term, not just voting them in and then trusting them to do the right thing.
Are you an open or closet agnostic/atheist, and why?
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Very open. Why - because I believe in integrity and being honest about who I am and what I believe. I don't go around preaching the gospel of it though. Did that when I was a Christian, and vowed never to make the same mistake twice.
Should public nudity be legal?
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
I wouldn't want someones dingle dangle and pubs around my burger and fries, but at beaches or such I don't see a problem with it. Yes, you do have those that abuse it, and per typical government SOP, instead of dealing with the individual, you make policy for all because of the 1% that cause a problem. Honestly, most places it wouldn't make sense, just for hygienic reasons (ballpark or Mcdonalds, I don't want your scrotum sweat on the seat I'm about to sit in)! My Jehovah Witness daughter (raised in south US and went to Protestant church with me b4 I became atheist) just went to Jamaica. She was telling me (and I could hear the surprise and disbelief) about a 10 y/o girl she saw topless. I've spent time overseas, so I'm use to experiencing those kind of cultural differences. The girl was at a waterfall with her family. I told her yea, other than muslim countries, most of the world isn't as uptight or hypocritical about nudity as the US is. Plus, she was 10 years old, not like she was a sexualized being anyway (although US media sexualizes everything, including kids - just watch tween disney programs). It seemed she just couldn't get her head wrapped around that concept. But then again she is 24, and thinks she's got it all figured out how the world is 'suppose' to be now that she's an adult.
Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion? A Skeptic’s Guide to the Debate - CSI
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
Honestly, if it wasn't religion, it would be something else. Race, political affiliation, cultural identity, nationalism. We are a tribal creature, religion is just one way to draw tribal lines.
Episode 3 of "Stupid things Christians say to me" A coworker and I were discussing the ...
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
I wouldn't advise getting into it at work, but just watched Matt Dillahunty on "Atheist Experience" give an excellent response to this. Essentially, it was, why do you have to have faith? In the OT, Yahweh showed himself, both physically to some, and by signs and miracles to the masses. He even hardend Pharos heart so he could 1) subjugate free will and 2) show off his awesome powers of blights. So why did the playbook change? Why was it ok to not rely on faith then, but now it's required? The woman who called in was quiet for about 5 seconds and finally responded with something along the lines of, "Hmmm, that's a good question. I don't know." LOL - yea, one of the main tenants of your religion and you never thought to examine the logic behind the beliefs. Honestly, not surprising though... I think he later started talking about the hypothetical Hitler accepted Jesus right before dying, but a good person devoted their life to peace and helping others, yet Hitler gets to heaven and the good person goes to hell. Where is the logic, love, or justice in that? Again, you could actually hear the rusted gears in her head trying to turn!
YouTube Punishes Atheist for Exposing Christian Who Wants Gay People Executed – Friendly Atheist
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
While I don't agree with what Alex Jones says on InfoWars, this kind of stuff is no surprise anymore. Gov isn't suppose to directly limit your free speech rights (although they do from time to time), so they threaten private corporations with legislation if they don't suppress it for them. That way they get what they want, but can claim ignorance, innocence, and outrage.
A New Day - TheHumanist.com
jondspen comments on Aug 23, 2018:
What?!? The American prison system is F-ed up and in serious need of reform? Sorry...this isn't news, it's just olds!
Atheist Business Owner in The Bible Belt
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
You're religion, or lack there-of is none of their business. I wouldn't outright lie about it, as that could bite you in the ass (i.e., you are not considered honest and trustworthy), but just because someone assumes something about you, that's on them. And as a side note, would the service you provide or they expected be any different if you were Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Satanist, Atheist? If no, then as far as your business goes...it doesn't matter. Finally, just did a search for Harrison Arkansas on google, and the auto fill first choice was "Harrison Arkansas KKK Headquarters". In a town of "Christians" that would allow that kind of hate group to be headquartered...I wouldn't give a rats ass about what they thought, assumed, or believed. You're personal life and beliefs are just that, personal.
Are we living in an era of "post-truth" ?
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I agree with others; the lies and propaganda isn't new...but we live in an age where people are overwhelmed with information. They are also completely unprepared, via the government sanctioned (lack of) education camps, to exercise critical thinking and logic. On top of that, you (and now your spouse too) come home exhausted, because you work more hours than any other person in other industrialized nations. Also, unlike 50-70 yrs ago, it now takes you both working to make ends meet, so you come home and have to deal with all the house stuff that before one spouse was able to handle. So with all the above, you're now inundated with so much data from so many sources, after putting in a full day at one job and more at your part time "home" job, it's no wonder people have problems trying to process it all. Thus the perfect fertile mental pasture to take short cuts in reasoning. It's always been around, but I would argue it's never been as easy to dupe people. On the other hand , it's also never been as easy for a person to do the research themselves and figure this out. But again, based on what a family has to do to make it today....most adults just don't feel they have the time or energy to figure out the BS from the facts, much less properly interpret those facts and make logical, coherent conclusions.
Have you ever been in a newspaper story?
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I wrote an Op-Ed to the college paper against the idea of invading Iraq prior to us going in. Disabled vet, 6 yrs in the Marine Corps, so not like I'm a liberal or anti-military, just my time in Somalia woke me up to what war was about...and that wasn't even a war! Of course post 9-11, you couldn't reason or argue with people...even on a college campus, the need to deepen the Bush family oil pockets was just too important - oh...and and getting rid of Saddam who masterminded the 9-11 attack with his WMDs, yea, yea...that too. The war fever was like a religion at that time...and unfortunately not much has changed.
For those of us who live in the thick of it. Which denomination do you think has the craziest ...
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Assembly of God - they are essentially Pentecostals that don't wear denim all the time.
God, mental disorder ?
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
According to courts, it's perfect sanity, but only because the person believes in it. That was the argument given to debunk Pastafarianism as a religion, cause while you believe in an imaginary friend in some other dimension that is one god but in three parts, where one is a son but no mother (im talking pre-earth visit savior), and then came to earth to sacrifice yourself to yourself to create a loophole for rules yourself made...believing in a spaghetti monster is just absurd. But of course Schizophrenia is obviously not a religion, since they really believe it , but that is obviously just crazy talk. I wonder what cracker jack box that judge got his credentials from?
What did you learn today? (I learned not to eat salmon that's been in the fridge too long)
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Using Duolingo to learn spanish. Did you know the word dress (el vestido) in spanish is a masculine word? That makes a lot of F-ing sense, huh?
Which do you like better, Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I think the question should be qualified as pre/post TLJ. After that cluster fuk of a movie, Star Trek it is...although some of the Trek TV shows were pretty bad. I think Sci-Fiction is cool, but I've always leaned more to Sci-Fantasy. BTW...why isn't Buck Rogers in the mix. Is it b/c Twiki is about as popular as Jar Jar?!?
I've always argued against the biggest islamic claim that the Quran is somehow unaltered since it ...
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
What?!? You mean people make shit up to accommodate their desires and fears? Say it ain't so!!!
Poll. How many know or think Mother, now Saint, Teresa was a money grubbing cash cow for the ...
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I have heard about her 'compassion' for those suffering. Don't know how much is true, but knowing religions and governments, seems the ends justifies the means. Funny how she would let these people suffer in their pain, but when her end was approaching, she moved to a more industrialized area to received top-notch health care. I wasn't there, nor do I know any first hand accounts, but given current priests record of child molestation and abuse...would anyone be surprised she was fast tracked to sainthood?
Just wanted to say hello! Hello! 😊
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Heya back at'cha!
Do you ever miss the religious life?
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I miss the friendships...but then again, once I became an atheist...those 'friends' disappeared, so guess they weren't really friends to begin with. Overall, no. I don't miss feeling like I was not worthy of love. I don't miss feeling guilty about nearly every part of my life. And I definitely don't miss the programmed self-loathing you must have to be a good Christian. It was hard changing my beliefs after such zeal for such a long time, but the emotional weight off my shoulders was almost immediate and so liberating.
Dating after 50
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Lmao And you must be in a better part of the US than I have been. Tennessee and Texas mostly, so back that date up a couple of decades.
What is your response when people threaten you with religious punishments? (i.e. Hell/Jahannam)
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I ask them what religion they believe, then with that I ask them how much time they spent following other religions (Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindi, etc). When they say they have never practiced another religion, I ask them how much arrogance you have to know you got the right one on the first try out of the 3 thousand+ others that have existed over the years. Then when they say "I just know"...I reply back that "I'm not going to hell, because I just know!" Love seeing the confusion on their faces as their jaw just sit there on the floor and that deer in headlights look glazes over their eyes!
How do you respond to religious conversation?
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I put Intrigue, but my answer would be "Engage in conversation". I actually filled in as youth pastor one summer for our Teen Ministry, and is what lead me to research (b/c I didn't want to mis-represent anything) and eventually walk away from my faith. I really do enjoy talking to Christians about their faith, b/c I have read/studied the bible, researched the history of early christianity and how the church today came about, and am able to quote back scripture to them that undermines their beliefs. First - it gets them to see how to use critical thinking skills to evaluate what they just accept as truth, and from their own "Moral Authority Guidebook. Second - shows them that I am not an evil Hitler-loving Nazi Satanist. My travels overseas in the Marine Corps taught me that once you start to understand the point of view of others, you see them just as a person who isn't really that different from yourself. That is the best weapon IMHO against small minded people, to plant seeds that will hopefully one day expand their minds.
I have a friend with a drinking problem. I've been aware that she's struggling with it recently but ...
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Well...I don't believe in going around snitching on people, but then again, I would feel bad if I did nothing and a friend ended up killing someone. Not as bad as they would, but still I would feel I was partly responsible. Are you an enabler? Do you host holiday parties where she comes over and gets drunk and then leaves DWI? I wouldn't condone or support it in anyway, but also realize that you can only do so much beyond your own interactions with her. Maybe a sit down, non-confrontational, but just voice your concerns about her health and future by engaging in this behavior. Also put in you're willingness to help her (if you are), say being a DD or a call up taxi from time to time to keep her off the road.
Weirdest food
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Squid chips and fish cheese. BTW...if you're ever in Japan or Okinawa, don't get anything out of a vending machine. :)
How do you address people that are acquaintances but you don't know their name? Not that you've ...
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I ask them their name. How hard is that?
I’ve been very involved in my local town hall. At this month’s meeting they started the ...
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Well...from the brief google search I just did...you are both right. Seems the Supreme Court ruled about a decade ago that it was ok...but also ruled against schools organizing prayer type functions. Of course the Supreme Court upheld slavery at one time, and other injustices, that were only changed once people in general got their heads out of their colons. I don't give too much moral or justice credence to them. Seems they typically just rubber stamp whatever is in the governments interest at the time. I would do some research, possibly reach out to the ACLU or similar organizations to get knowledgeable legal input. I would also see about recruiting other religious organizations to come in and pray (wiccians, Jewish Rabbis, Native American Shamans, Satanists, etc). From what I can tell, they can do it, but can't only allow certain religions (Christians) while refusing others (Muslim Imans). On another note, how important is this issue to you. You might be right and get it blocked, but at what cost to your ability to chime in on other topics. While it shouldn't matter, we all know that if you raise a ruckus on this, all the Bibe-thumpers will ignore you on anything and everything else you might say going forward.
I don't think any nation through the history has sufferd from religion than we are doing in Iran. We...
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I went to grad school with a woman from Iran. Much like Americans...she loved her country but hated the abuse and idiocracy of its government. Get religion out of the way, and it becomes easier to see that most people in the world just want to live life and love their family. I hope both our countries wake up soon and start moving more to this.
I have a master's degree I was born to my parents, in an apartment, in Tacoma, WA. The same ...
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
Good for you trying to overcome the real demons of your past. Wishing you luck and strength in your journey!
Is there such a thing as "cultural theft"?
jondspen comments on Aug 22, 2018:
I don't believe there is such a thing as "cultural theft" or "cultural appropriation". Culture as defined by Wikipedia is "...the social behavior and norms found in human societies. " Societies are not static. Ideas and beliefs change, on a wide range of items. Sometimes someone else builds a better mouse trap, and then people recognize it's a better way, so they adopt it. Now that is not to say that people don't adopt styles, attitudes, language, etc., and do not respect the original value or importance of the thing, or give credit to the original group. Very seldom have I seen it done with "the intent to deprive the lawful owner of it" (theft definition at wikipedia). I can understand Native Americans, Blacks, Polynesian, etc. being upset at their culture being misrepresented by blatant greedy capitalist companies to make a buck, but that is a separate issue. I think the problem comes when it is not done out of respect, but only for personal gains or outright disrespect. As far as disrespect, that is another tough problem since it's near impossible to gauge someone's intent.

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