May 8, 2007
Can't help but chortle at the images that the phrase "rouge soldiers" evokes... (Wednesday Nov 27 | post #187823)
Actually, I play a Rogue copy of the violin shaped Hofner. I'm playing mostly jazz a les Cats and the Fiddle and other Harlem stylists. I've taken to playing with a fellow burnout who's girlfriend sings like an angel, too. Fun--and he manages to find well-paying gigs from time to time, too. Dang, I wish I could truck myself down to your piece of Mexican Heaven for a little jamming. (Nov 15, 2013 | post #184272)
Well, it's always fun to meet with groups of musicians, especially to enjoy a performance by one of the bands in my area. Groups of atheists? That's okay, too, until the beer runs out. (Nov 13, 2013 | post #184073)
It's more likely that most of those 500,000 simply moved from one strain of Christianity to another or perhaps gained a new enthusiasm for their existing beliefs. The only way to assess trends in belief is to keep up with statistical trends, and few, if any, of the Christian apologists on this forum have displayed any understanding of statistics. I haven't had my fingers on the pulse for a few months now, but I doubt that the trends have reversed: the nonreligious subpopulation is growing as a percentage in almost ever population that has been studied over the last decade. I don't particularly care which way the trends go, actually. Each person is responsible for their own choices, and I believe that pressuring others to follow the same path that I do would be disrespectful. But the trends are what they are. trying to twist the data out of shape to mold it into one's desired world view is understandable, but it is still intellectually dishonest. (Nov 13, 2013 | post #4)
I suspect it has more to do with anger than arousal. When I get a chance, which is rare, I suggest that parents try to remember what they were feeling when they hit their kids. Most will admit that they had lost their tempers or were frustrated at being on the losing end of a contest of wills if I can get them to look deeply enough. It's hard to accept that "because I say so" works so little of the time, that coherent explanations are required even by very young children if they are to change their ways of thinking and behaving. It all goes back to my basic thesis that the burden of proof in an argument always falls on the person who wants to change others' viewpoints. It's even true with parents and children. (Nov 13, 2013 | post #18)
I can' help but wonder how many children are being abused in a similar manner by "parents " who have read this book. It seems that until a child actually dies, abuses like this receive various levels of toleration, even acceptance. A person who strikes a child has lost control, and is resorting to mindless barbarism because the planned approach failed. It makes more sense to revise or abandon a plan that doesn't work than to bolster it with violence and abuse. When will parents learn to refrain from hitting their children? (Nov 12, 2013 | post #15)
Life here seems to go on just as it did before. Nice to no some things don't change, even if they probably should. We still insult each other with no apparent purpose, post the same assertions even if they have been refuted many times, and argue about Hitler. Booring!!! But comforting, too, in an odd way, like an affable if dysfunctional family. Time for another cup of tea. (Nov 5, 2013 | post #182915)
and you probably saw all of my "likes" on your facebook page, right? (Nov 5, 2013 | post #182914)
Oh, ,yeah, same ol' same ol', then, eh? (Nov 5, 2013 | post #182744)
cool. i've never gotten one, myself, but I enjoy seeing pretty ones on pretty ladies. (Nov 5, 2013 | post #182743)
I think you're confusing J.C. with Maimonides. (Nov 5, 2013 | post #3336)
Hi everybody. I'm back. I didn't die, just took a long sabbatical of sorts. Anything new? (Nov 5, 2013 | post #182739)
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