“~ Prince of Peace~”

Since: Apr 08

~ And the greatest is LOVE~

#585147 Sep 5, 2013
Senecus wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, the 'gutter' is no place for a professor <smiles>
Sure , read back(and, anyone can btw) you were mild in your beginnings here, well, except to a few. And some you were at odds with, later became friends.
On current events, haven't caught up on the whole "back story"...plots and sub-plots (nor do I deeply care to, right now) but if anyone wants to know what another said it's all "public record" here, search engines and a little detective work go far.
Your beginnings here start on pg.15468 (registered ,that is - was posting unregistered as "God" starting around 15405), a good frame would be there to around 15565 ,which really only spans little more than a week.
My best to All, have a great day...
Hey Jack.....Add Deb also to the group that thought Duane said he was a College Professor....Was Duane here before you came?

You also have a great day

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

justify your deity?

#585148 Sep 5, 2013
Rider on the Storm wrote:
<quoted text>
No I dont swing that way.
If you heard his wisdom i think you would be impressed also. He was definitely what you would call an old soul..........
I had nothing against the people or God as Ians tried to insinuate. Just the religion in general. I realized, in a rather quick period of time, what i was fighting for a good part of my adult life, and the walls came tumbling down and that was that it was all a sham.........I probably was just as pissed at myself then anyone else for falling for it. It was all so clear all of a sudden.
And just to be clear. I did have anger at some christians, but they were topix christians. I lashed out for awhile on topix, but soon realized alot of these folks were good people, just believed differently then me.....
Ah, well, I'm happy for you then.
Clearwater

Miami, FL

#585149 Sep 5, 2013
Skombolis wrote:
<quoted text>
I see you didn't even bother to deny your lies
Maybe that is progress?
ed to learn Mexicans have been treating you poorly for being white. Are you sure its not just because u are a loser?
What happened to even he local government being solicitous to you and the whole community waning you to feel welcome?
Meh...just change your stories as your delusions require:)
And considering I don't have a doctor prescribing me daily addictive narcotics and I know better now and chances are I won't have to protect any friends from an attack, I should be good
What would you do if these Mexicans that discriminate against you for being white were confrontational or even touchy-feely with your wife? Would you cry and run away flailing your hands like a little girl?
~snicker
Man this guy is good for laughs if nothing else.

“The eye has it...”

Since: May 09

Russell's Teapot

#585150 Sep 5, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
<quoted text> Yes and remember the Horse breeders have to cull the undesirable many times.
As do dog breeders and any breeders of livestock that induce inbreeding to gain a trait. You can't do that with humans.
From what I understand there's a religious myth in which the deity does that.

Its chosen method to kill the undesirables was death by drowning in a flood.

Since: Mar 09

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#585151 Sep 5, 2013
Rider on the Storm wrote:
<quoted text>
Good seeing you Jack......
My business is doing real well, keeps growing, I'm finally at that stage where word of mouth is starting to kick in..........What a boost.
I think i should take a cue from you and just get out of here for awhile. Topix has seen its better days I believe.......... Really good to see you though.
Word of mouth is big

Better than all the advertising put together

Means sometimes you gotta suck it up for a pain in the butt customer even when they are dead wrong because negative word of mouth travels fast too

Also may want to consider what car you use. My brother got in an accident and the rental car was a foreign car and literally two potential customers said they wouldn'use him because he was driving a foreign car. He even showed them the rental slip. He ended up having to switch it out!

But many times people won't ever say the reason

You know what grew his business a lot?

Atime he did a job he would make "neighborhood fliers". He would pass them out up and down the block where he just did work saying "just serviced Mr and Mrs ______ at 1234 service street. I am a lifelong resident and we offer free quotes"

You get the trust factor, the word of mouth as they can always ask the neighbor what kind of job you did re otherwise it might not come up, and sometimes people will want to have work done just because a neighbor did.

He also would knock a small amount off the bill if they were willing to put up a sign on their lawn that had the name of his business for one month. Or he may even have switched to just telling them that is part of the deal and do they have a problem with that. If they did he wouldn't put it up but most would say "i don't care, go right ahead". Most would leave it up for way longer than a month. Especially if it is off to the side or by the street and not really messing with the view. But it gives you more free advertising and the same effect as the neighborhood fliers

But these two things helped him a lot.

“I.Spirit.Son.God”

Since: Jan 12

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#585152 Sep 5, 2013
Skombolis wrote:
<quoted text>
Notice how he refuses to address this
I have suspected for a while this just another lie he has been caught in and he never was a Christian
But if h actually is telling the truth this time, it is quite fascinating a guy that goes around Topix saying things like "chicken on a stick" so it sounds like religion is such a foreign concept to him actually came to the faith on his own, without indoctrination, as an adult
Poor Iansy, things had been going so well for him before he came here:)
Exactly. He got the equivalent of an intellectual foot up his azz after rushing in here bashing Christianity. And not only got his religion bashed more ferocious and his declaration of Christianity dying laughed at and refuted, he even got non Christians calling him out. I hope he is not emotionally attached to topix. Because if he is, his ego and self-esteem will be permanently scarred being on this billboard. HA!. Yosemite Clown.

“Why does my ignorance”

Since: Mar 11

justify your deity?

#585153 Sep 5, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
<quoted text>
You are not an authority on morality. You sit back and watch one of your own flail and fall and do nothing about it. "It's not my job", you say. That's the failed moral system of the Humanist.
How so?

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#585154 Sep 5, 2013
Clearwater wrote:
<quoted text>Man this guy is good for laughs if nothing else.
Its something anyway:)

My God-child is going on 5 and he knows when he is playing make-believe. I am waiting for Ians to display the same ability

I bet you at least one the Mexicans that discriminated against him for being white (allegedly) was wearing some sort of religious symbol like a cross. Ians most definitely took the rude behavior without so much as a peep. But i bet he rode his donkey home as fast as he could to get online and start criticizing Christianity right after! Probably with tears running down his cheeks:)

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#585155 Sep 5, 2013
Here For Now wrote:
Your posts have shown more hate than RR’s have. You came on here to attack. Man you are something else and it ain’t good.
You're one voice in a chorus singing a one note tune. You people have pretty much isolated yourselves and lost the respect of everyone except one another, mutual respect based on nothing but a shared delusion and a shared predicament.

Hiding sees some good in Christianity. I don't. The church cranks out people like the ones in this thread. The rare Christians that are likeable have pretty much repudiated Christian values and adopted humanist values.

You have chosen to isolate yourselves from our world and demean it at the instruction of your church. You demean humanity as well, and scapegoat particular groups in it. Your values are an abomination, and your church a pox.

The evidence against your vile religion is overwhelming. And the contempt you receive - what you call hate in your one-note tune - is well earned.

Since: Oct 12

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#585156 Sep 5, 2013
There was a funeral held out here last night of opinions on this thread. No one ask me for my two cents worth so I took them out and buried them in the back yard. With prayer and meditation this is what came to mind.

Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1

But if ye bite and devour one another take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. Galatians 5:15.

For the Lord seeth not as man seeth for man looketh on the outward appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

Tis easy to preach
But Tis also hard to practice
For you see I am a sinner not worthy of standing in the shadow of the I AM.
God Bless all.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#585157 Sep 5, 2013
scaritual wrote:
I've always said that if a person feels their belief in a deity or religion found in a book - that they truly believe is real - prevents them from killing the world, or that it makes them moral or provides them with morality, and stops them from committing all sorts of crimes and heinous acts against their fellow man and society, do not drop that belief.

They must need it, and if their belief prevents that, then keep believing. Please, keep that belief, because the world cannot afford them going off the deep end and losing the belief that a deity provides them sanity and humanity.

Please.

Do not let it go.
“Atheist are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.”- Amanda Marcotte

Since: Mar 09

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#585158 Sep 5, 2013
trifecta1 wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly. He got the equivalent of an intellectual foot up his azz after rushing in here bashing Christianity. And not only got his religion bashed more ferocious and his declaration of Christianity dying laughed at and refuted, he even got non Christians calling him out. I hope he is not emotionally attached to topix. Because if he is, his ego and self-esteem will be permanently scarred being on this billboard. HA!. Yosemite Clown.
Heh

The guy pretends people emailed him so he can post more of his lists and made of a fake constitution for the fake demographic he created of secular humanist that exists only on Topix. I am thinking he is very emotionally attached!

I wonder if when he first started he thought it would carry more weight to claim he was an ex-Christian so nobody could say he just didn't understand and he can claim he 'broke free' from indoctrination? Except now that left him looking silly when he tries to look more atheist by saying "chicken on a stick" and is left with no explanation how he tells everyone else their thinking is a bi-product of the 'church' and indoctrination yet he chose to follow Christ as an adult

He was used to nobody looking too closely at his claims. He has largely discredited himself with his own posts. Its makes it all the more funny to watch!

:)

Since: Mar 09

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#585159 Sep 5, 2013
Rider on the Storm wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey skom good seein ya..........
I would also add it is never too late to do the neighborhood fliers

Even if you did a job a while ago, you can still say you serviced so and so down the block. As long as it was a good interaction, you know they will talk and it just helps get the word out

You can also offer like a 10% referral to any customer that sends new jobs your way

Just a few ideas anyway

For some reason I seem to remember us having a similar discussion a long time ago and you were doing some of these things already. Although if any of the suggestions seem worthwhile then I am more than happy to have posted them again

I know my brother's business saw a lot of positive results from it

(T) Peace

“MEET ROSEMARY-She Seeks Home”

Since: Oct 10

With Established Harem

#585160 Sep 5, 2013
Bongo wrote:
<quoted text> AnnieJ wrote:
<quoted text>
I was confused when I read Bongo's post. I have often heard it said...it is not being a homosexual that is sinful...it is acting upon it that is the sin. Yet...when the man in the story followed that belief...he still was condemned.
I came to the conclusion..."not acting upon it" was just lip service... You use the word condemn so freely is that projection or are you prescient? He didn't follow that belief, he lamented and felt he lived an unfulfilled life. Lust is sin, his heart was unchanged. According to you if a man wants to commit a sin but doesn't act on it its ok? Only if you repent of it. He had worldly sorrow, a game loser. Using an unsuspecting wife and children is despicable. I guarantee he indulged in his sin betimes. Mormons are despicable a cult for sure.


<< riding away >>

“Ditat Deus”

Since: Jul 12

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#585161 Sep 5, 2013
Hidingfromyou wrote:
<quoted text>
1. You plagiarized that.
2. The original author doesn't list his sources, so why shouldn't I assume all the above figures are made up?
Let's pretend it's all true:
3. It's an enormous leap to tie the lack of prayers in school to every subsequent outcome you mention above.
3a. Where's your evidence demonstrating each of those is linked to the lack of school prayer?
Because some preacher tells you isn't good enough.
4. You specifically wrote that it was the fault of one of:
1. black rights
2. women's rights
3. atheism
Please discuss how each of the three - black rights, women's rights and atheism - could possibly have contributed to the myriad social factors you mention.
I'm pretty sure you aren't up to the task. Sorry. I expect to be disappointed. I can't see you daring to defend what you've written above. You'll just write something like "I believe it so" w/out bothering to think through what you are actually claiming. You are certainly not going to provide any detailed evidence to bolster your claims, and you're not going to talk about why you choose black rights, women's rights and atheism as the only possible answers to the myriad conditions you mention above.
1. The list, yes. Here. http://www.inplainsite.org/what_happened_when...

2. Ok, pretend.

3. Here's a good one; THE RISE OF DIVORCE

The divorce revolution of the 1960s and '70s was over-determined. The nearly universal introduction of no-fault divorce helped to open the floodgates, especially because these laws facilitated unilateral divorce and lent moral legitimacy to the dissolution of marriages. The sexual revolution, too, fueled the marital tumult of the times: Spouses found it easier in the Swinging Seventies to find extramarital partners, and came to have higher, and often unrealistic, expectations of their marital relationships. Increases in women's employment as well as feminist consciousness-raising also did their part to drive up the divorce rate, as wives felt freer in the late '60s and '70s to leave marriages that were abusive or that they found unsatisfying.

http://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/d...

3a. Then explain the correlation.

4. No, that's not what I wrote, so I can't comment on it. I never said that all three have something to do with it. I said that one did.

“Educating the uneducated”

Since: Aug 12

Montreal

#585162 Sep 5, 2013
Rosa Winkel wrote:
<quoted text>
There are plenty of "Christians" in real life, that's the point.
Yeah, sadly.

“MEET ROSEMARY-She Seeks Home”

Since: Oct 10

With Established Harem

#585163 Sep 5, 2013
Epiphany2 wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for your opinion Le_le....Its not just RA....I asked alot of other older posters and they pretty much all same the same thing.....
.. does it really matter ??..

“BE BRAVE ENOUGH ”

Since: Oct 09

TO STEP IN MUD PUDDLES

#585164 Sep 5, 2013
Bongo wrote:
<quoted text>

AnnieJ wrote:
<quoted text>
I was confused when I read Bongo's post. I have often heard it said...it is not being a homosexual that is sinful...it is acting upon it that is the sin. Yet...when the man in the story followed that belief...he still was condemned.
I came to the conclusion..."not acting upon it" was just lip service...

Bongo wrote...

You use the word condemn so freely is that projection or are you prescient? He didn't follow that belief, he lamented and felt he lived an unfulfilled life. Lust is sin, his heart was unchanged. According to you if a man wants to commit a sin but doesn't act on it its ok? Only if you repent of it. He had worldly sorrow, a game loser. Using an unsuspecting wife and children is despicable. I guarantee he indulged in his sin betimes. Mormons are despicable a cult for sure.
Yes...I used the word condemned...

My usage of that word is because it is my belief that you condemn someone when you make that prediction that one will "burn in hell" if they break the rules of your faith. It is condemning someone when you think they are a "pervert" if they are not just like you. It is condemnation when you relegate someone to a second-class human being...a POS...because you read something in a book that tells you they are dog vomit...an abomination...perverted...etc. ..etc.

It has often been said..."it is the act" that is sinful...ask your brothers and sisters about that one.

You judged this man based on very little knowledge...you came to the conclusion that his family suffered because of his remaining silent...he stayed in the closet in other words...a place where many Christians believe that all gay people should stay. Again...ask your own brothers and sisters about that.

Did your Sunday school teacher teach you that Mormons were despicable? Did your preacher stand behind the pulpit and pound it in to your that Mormons are a cult...condemned to hell...judged to be unworthy?

I understand that...at one time people tried to teach me that Baptist weren't Christians either...they would surely burn in hell.

You...have judged and condemned him in your very words when you said...

"He had worldly sorrow, a game loser."

"Using an unsuspecting wife and children is despicable."

"I guarantee he indulged in his sin betimes."

You know none of this...you are guessing...assigning his life as to how you want it to be. You conjured up his life in your mind...so that is the way it must have been???

Here is another phrase you used..."his heart was unchanged". Maybe he prayed for a change...and God didn't answer.

Since: Mar 09

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#585165 Sep 5, 2013
It aint necessarily so wrote:
<quoted text>
“Atheist are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.”- Amanda Marcotte
Yeah because Amanda Marcotte has such great morals

She called anybody who defended the Duke Lacrosse players from what turned out to be false allegations " "rape-loving scum."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Marcotte

^ Last Call for "Rape-Crisis" Feminism?- Reason Magazine

She also published her first book called "It's a jungle out there" with racists pictures depicting a white woman being attacked by blacks in a jungle

http://hoydenabouttown.com/20080425.1646/raci...

That is quite an example you have used to show morality from someone who scoffs at the idea of questioning following personal morals over those given to us by Christ

She is an attention seeker who uses whatever controversial and exploitative means she can find to get press for herself

I am not surprised you quoted her on moral though

“Ditat Deus”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#585166 Sep 5, 2013
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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1. I doubt it entirely. It's trash thinking of the worst kind. I'm not surprised you posted it, actually. Saddened, but not surprised. You are, you continue to admit, not an academic and so not discerning about the sources you trust for your information.
Anyways, I looked up just one of your claims - SAT scores. It's quite a lot more complex than your silly conclusions:
"The 50+ point decline in mean SAT-verbal scores between 1963 and 1979 is widely attributed to changes in the composition of the test-takers. Several inconsistencies in that explanation are identified. That explanation also ignores the pervasive decline In the difficulty of schoolbooks found by analyzing the texts of 800 elementary middle, and high school books published between 1919-1991. When this text simplification series is linked to the SAT verbal series, there is a general fit for the three major periods:
before, during, and after the decline. Long-term exposure to simpler texts may induce a cumulating deficit in the breadth and depth of domain-specific knowledge, lowering reading comprehension and verbal achievement. The two time series are so sufficiently linked that the cumulating knowledge deficit hypothesis may be a major explanation
for the changes in verbal achievement. Only an experiment can establish whether this is causal, so we describe a simple, low-cost experiment schools can use to test how schoolbook difficulty affects their students’ verbal achievement levels."
So...not only do the experts not bother to mention what your plagiarized Christian apologetic site claims,'cause it's so ridiculous it's contemptible, the people they're arguing against don't even mention it - your "hypothesis" is so silly, it's not even on the radar.
http://www.indiana.edu/~educy520/sec6342/week...
But they did comment on it, without being specific.

"changes in the composition of the test-takers"

That's the problem. Starting in 1963, kids were stopped from mandatory morning prayers at schools. By 1979, those kids were now adults and likely had kids of their own in school. Again, not praying.

I think that's the "changes in the composition of the test-takers".

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