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Wild, Wild West Board / Re: Forum Posters
« on: Dec 07 16 07:39 »
are they all on holidays?  a pleasure cruise?  cruising for pleasure?

More like cruising the streets, lol. :)

Discover Seattle! / Re: My Land
« on: Nov 25 16 08:38 »
Lol, nice to see you again chief. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without you.

Wild, Wild West Board / Re: Hard Luck
« on: Nov 23 16 08:28 »
Wonderful news the National Geographic show Nazi Megastructures  is featuring Trump Tower this month.

LOL :)

Discover Seattle! / Re: My Trip To Cambodia
« on: Nov 15 16 09:45 »
You know, it's been almost 10 years since my first trip, and I have to say things couldn't have worked out better. Sakha and I are as happy as I can be, her sister is now here and happily married, and mom is here as well.

Discover Seattle! / Re: My Trip To Cambodia
« on: Nov 15 16 09:43 »
A few boring vids from my most recent trip.

Are you still alive?

More alive than ever before. :)

We're not that different, RDL...I just believe in one less god than you do.

I am a believer in God, but I do share many views with atheists.

I am tolerant.
I am humane.
Of course I support the right of gays to marry -- since I am gay.  In fact I'll go even further than most, and say that self-marriage should be legal.
I'm not happy about women ending pregnancies, since life is life, but I suppose it's safer than the back alley abortions that used to take place before abortion was legal, so ok.
I support halting the death penalty.
I support legalizing marijuana, but with the same rules and regulations as alcohol and tobacco.
I support universal health care.

In fact, I even voted Liberal in the 2015 Canadian federal election.

By James A. Haught
Tribune News Service

Western civilization has entered the long-predicted Secular Age, when the power of religion over society gradually recedes.

Europe started the shift after World War II. Churchgoing diminished until only a fringe of Europeans attend worship today. The young especially ignore faith. The secularizing trend spread to Canada and other democracies.

Now it’s occurring in America. People who tell pollsters their religion is “none” have increased to one-fourth of the U.S. population. They’re expected to continue rising because one-third of Americans under 30 have ceased worshiping.

This trend has political significance, because those who don’t attend church are strongly liberal. The “none” segment may decide the presidency.

“The Decline of Religion is the GOP’s Real Demographic Crisis” is the title of a research report by journalist Matthew Sheffield, who is writing a book on the trend.

He points out Republican Mitt Romney won the 2012 presidential election, as far as U.S. churchgoers are concerned – but churchless voters killed Romney.

Polls show “none” voters backed Democrat Barack Obama in 2012 by huge margins: Virginia, 78 percent to 22 – Florida, 72 to 26 – etc.

“It is safe to say that the Godless Gap cost Mitt Romney the election,” Sheffield concluded.

Young “nones” generally are tolerant and humane. They support the right of gays to marry and women’s right to end pregnancies. They would halt the death penalty and legalize marijuana. They support universal health care. They reject most of the GOP and its fundemantalist wing’s harsh Puritanism.

White evangelicals vote Republican as forcefully as “nones” vote Democratic. Both groups are now even – each comprising one-fifth to one-fourth of voters.

But white evangelicals are shrinking, while the churchless grow relentlessly. The trend bodes a brighter future for liberal politics (although many “nones” don’t vote).

It’s fascinating to watch the culture evolve. When I became a young reporter in Charleston, W.Va., the 1950s, Appalachian Bible Belt taboos were locked into law. It was a felony to be gay or for a desperate girl to end a pregnancy. Mixed-race marriage was against the law. It was a crime to sell a cocktail, lottery ticket or anything akin to a Playboy magazine. Schools had mandatory teacher-led prayer. It was a crime for an unwed couple to live together or even share a bedroom.

All those religion-based laws slowly vanished as society turned more secular. Few people noticed, because we all were too busy with daily life.

The secularizing trend seems unstoppable. It gradually bolsters progressive values of the Democratic Party. White evangelicals remain the heart of the GOP – but they’re losing ground as “nones” slowly outnumber them.

Husband: My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday and hasn't come home.

Sergeant: What is her height?

Husband: Gee, I’m not sure. A little over five-feet tall.

Sergeant: Weight?

Husband: Don’t know. Not slim, not really fat.

Sergeant: Color of eyes?

Husband: Never noticed.

Sergeant: Color of hair?

Husband: Changes a couple times a year. Maybe dark brown.

Sergeant: What was she wearing?

Husband: Could have been a skirt or shorts. I don’t remember exactly.

Sergeant: What kind of car did she go in?

Husband: She went in my truck.

Sergeant: What kind of truck was it?

Husband: Brand new 2015 Ford F150 King Ranch 4X4 with eco-boost 5.0L V8 engine special ordered with manual transmission. It has a custom matching white cover for the bed. Custom leather seats and “Bubba” floor mats. Trailer package with gold hitch. DVD with navigation, 21-channel CB radio, six cup holders, and four power outlets. Added special alloy wheels and off-road Michelins. Wife put a small scratch on the drivers door.

At this point the husband started choking up.

Sergeant: Don’t worry buddy. We’ll find your truck.

Discover Seattle! / Dying
« on: Aug 24 16 07:24 »
It's finally happening....finally.  :)

Pew Survey: Americans giving up on God, miracles

Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.

Pew Research Center said Wednesday that 49 percent of what they term "nones" left their church and religion because they "don't believe." Another 20 percent said they don't like organized religion. Other reasons included "common sense" and a lack of believe in miracles.

The survey is the latest from Pew that demonstrates a growing trend in America: More and more people are junking religion and many are giving up on God.

Pew interviewed several respondents to try and find a reason. Pew Said for example:

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"About half of current religious 'nones' who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention 'science' as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said 'I'm a scientist now, and I don't believe in miracles.' Others reference 'common sense,' 'logic' or a 'lack of evidence' – or simply say they do not believe in God."

your heritage is Cambodian or camboge in French or French indo china

No, it's not. My heritage is American and I'm Caucasian, as were my parents and their parents before them.

You are thinking of my wife, who is Cambodian by both birth and heritage.

Tehborken is not from Southeast Asia.  You are a liar.

Correct, RDL.

I was born and raised in America. I never set foot in SE Asia until 2006.

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