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Is Obama Too Compromised By Investor or Corporate Money to Push Republicans To the Wall?

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Are Congressional Democrats too compromised by money from the same sources?If you follow the news you've heard what President Obama will propose in the SOTU address.Unless the Republicans in Congress…Continue

Tags: SOTU, Republicans, Obama, Democrats, 2016

Do Corporate Leaders Pay Attention to Their Bottom Line: Their Profits?

Started Nov 9, 2014 0 Replies

Customer protests have moved a few companies to quit ALEC (the most extreme of the many conservative lobbying organizations).Will customer protests move companies to reconsider their use of our…Continue

Tags: politics, corruption

Theodore Roosevelt, Like Many of America's Founders, Not A Theist?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Mathews Sep 17, 2014. 3 Replies

My evidence is in the early minutes of Part Two of Ken Burns' documentary.On TR's first day in the Executive Mansion, September 23 1901, he denied Xianity's promise of immortality when he gave…Continue

Tags: founders, presidents, America, theism, deism

What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane Aug 31, 2014. 45 Replies

Let me name the ways. (I will limit myself to three.)With any intelligence would he/she/it have designed:1) Tooth decay?2) An amygdala that when squeezed by cancer results in a young man's becoming a…Continue

Tags: design, evolution

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Tom Sarbeck replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Perfect Irony'
"Those words could describe an xian who, for a man who adored her, tried agnosticism but had doubts analogous to the doubts you had as you tried xianity. She returned to what she knew ... and needed. "
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Michael's discussion 'You think there's a multiverse?'
"Re the edge dot org article, I read it to mean that someone has at last applied Occam's Razor to theories of anything. The Sci Am guest blog has a flaw. Its author, probably with tongue in cheek, wrote: Inflation has predicted anything? Despite…"
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Michael's discussion 'You think there's a multiverse?'
"Davis, thanks. I will check out your cites."
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Michael's discussion 'You think there's a multiverse?'
"Beanie: Mulitversists are motivated to explain life cycles of a universe, irrespective of God's existence or non-existence. Not quite. Mulitversists are left with the Big Bang hypothesis. From its inception around 1927, not from its naming in…"
Tuesday
Tom Sarbeck posted a discussion

Is Obama Too Compromised By Investor or Corporate Money to Push Republicans To the Wall?

Are Congressional Democrats too compromised by money from the same sources?If you follow the news you've heard what President Obama will propose in the SOTU address.Unless the Republicans in Congress do an about face, Obama and the Democrats can hope for little more than to arm Democrats for the 2016 elections.What do you want Democrats to do?What will they do?See More
Monday
Tom Sarbeck replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"Those words read like those produced by the poster once known as Dr. Bob. Are they? _Robert_, I wasn't in school when the early church was doing its thing on the people of its time. I have no knowledge of the uses to which they put the trinity.…"
Jan 17
Tom Sarbeck replied to IkeArrumba's discussion 'Do Christians read the Bible? Newsweek article says "no".'
"Bob, children believe that crap, especially those children who hear it often. Are you able to recognize that children's minds don't function like yours? "
Jan 17
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Hey you all, I'm going to quit this discussion. There's too much repetition. Have fun."
Jan 15
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"LMFAO. That's an end I didn't expect. "
Jan 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"You may continue asking the question. Ask it long enough and you might conclude that I don't have enough money to rent enough lawmakers to draw the line where I want it. "
Jan 14
Davis Goodman left a comment for Tom Sarbeck
"Great line. I think that applies even more broadly. Humour: Start a line clearly leading to an obvious and expected conclusion and then finish it with an entertaining line that is equally plausible (or better implausible) but catches you off guard.…"
Jan 14
Davis Goodman and Tom Sarbeck are now friends
Jan 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"It wasn't I, Davis. For most of my life I've lived in urban areas where a bad guy with a gun would finish his work and be far away before the police arrived...if the bad guy had left someone able to call the police. Give it up, Davis; you…"
Jan 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Davis, the US government has little power to draw lines between ordinary weapons Americans may lawfully own and beyond-the ordinary weapons we may not lawfully own. Given your penchant for exaggeration, I used the word "ordinary" above to…"
Jan 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I'm curious Tom where you think the US should draw the line in which weapons US citizens should be allowed to have and why. Allowed by who"
Jan 14
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"U, You omitted the most effective possibility, creating in predators' minds a fear that their intended victims might have guns. "
Jan 14

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
Korean War veteran, was an electrician aboard a US Navy destroyer. BA in math and economics from the University of Florida. Married for 6 years to a freethinker, and for reasons too complicated to tell here we chose to remain childless. Retired from computer manufacturing. Running for election to Arizona Legislature was another education; I learned a lot but happily the incumbent won. Now living in SF Bay Area's Napa County and loving it.
Age
83-88
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
In 1957 I chose agnosticism. In 2009 I came out atheist at a home for retired veterans. Many of the 1000+ residents are fallen-away xians; a very few are extremely conservative. About 70% are Dems. A few know I don't pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth; I tell them I will discuss the issue when they pledge allegiance to the Constitution. I enjoy the mental exercise I get in chats on atheist websites.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
When my parents told me I was going to college because I was too lazy to get a job, I threw them and their god out of my life. Several years later I made a peace of sorts with my parents. In April of 2012, in a Toastmasters Club here, I told of my leaving Catholicism for agnosticism and 50 years later leaving agnosticism for atheism. I tell polite xians that were it not for 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe a god exists. To xians who try to recruit me, I say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. They stop trying.
Think Atheist Travel Network Couch Availability - Are you able to host anyone now?
No
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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At 8:10pm on January 14, 2015, Davis Goodman said…

Great line. I think that applies even more broadly.

Humour: Start a line clearly leading to an obvious and expected conclusion and then finish it with an entertaining line that is equally plausible (or better implausible) but catches you off guard. :)

At 3:38pm on December 23, 2014, Belle Rose said…
Thanks Tom! Hmmm award winning plays, now there's an idea!
At 8:51am on August 4, 2014, Ed said…

Ah yes, we've come a long way since the Prohibitionists marched down the streets garbed in black and carrying placards bemoaning the evils of spirits

At 10:15am on August 3, 2014, Ari said…

Hey there, thanks for being my friend! :) I start school on the 27th and I really don't know what to do. I'm just going for computer science because I know it'll be useful but don't know if I'd enjoy it. I hope I do so I don't have to change my major, but it's a big risk. It's pretty stressful and scary thinking about it because of the expenses. :/

At 11:34pm on August 1, 2014, Ed said…

Tom,

Napa County huh? Wine country if I'm correct. I have a small vineyard here in Arkansas. En vino veritas.

At 2:35pm on June 17, 2014, Abdulrahman Aliyu said…
That's right friend, if we can really rely on the unseenism we will be free from internet's brain damage.
At 9:22pm on May 12, 2014, Ari said…

I'm sorry that you and your brothers had to go through that.

At first I was thinking along the lines of a huge steal. Sorry, that I misunderstood. :(

At 1:27am on May 12, 2014, Ari said…

Wait a second. I compared the message you've sent here to the initial one I received by mail about my discussion and I find it funny but scary at the same time. You stole things in the past? I appreciate your advice but what was left on the e-mail is very questionable. I would find it very scary to come back to see my home a mess and I'd feel very violated. I really don't know what to think about to this. I guess what is done is done, but I wouldn't see stealing as necessary unless your life of yourself or someone you love is at high risk. :s

At 2:25am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Hi Tom!  Just joined so I only have said hello!  Hello!

At 2:32pm on June 9, 2013, Simon Paynton said…

Thanks Tom.  I'm glad to hear it.  Yes I am. 

 
 
 

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