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August 16, 2019

Lets make this the law

Filed under: Cartoons, Ideas, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:30

Liberal Memes


August 5, 2019

It’s Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren v the ‘No We Can’t’ Democrats

Filed under: Economics, Education, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 17:21

Delaney complained that the two progressive candidates were going to take away people’s health insurance and that ordinary people wouldn’t like that. Warren dismissed those concerns by pointing to how broken the current system is. She shared the story of a friend who, in the middle of battling a disease, was burdened by exorbitant medical bills and insurance-related paperwork – an experience that millions of Americans can relate to. And when an exasperated Delaney complained that his colleagues didn’t understand healthcare from a business perspective, Sanders told him that was the point: it shouldn’t be a business. That might have been difficult to hear for a congressman who has made money off the industry for years.


Sanders replied by reminding him that every credible poll has him beating Trump. He runs especially strongly in battleground states, where he can expose Trump as a “fraud” and a “phony”. What’s extremist about giving people a living wage, or having them pay less for prescription drugs?


Despite polling showing how popular the core progressive agenda of universal healthcare, jobs, and free education is, centrists are desperate to portray themselves as the only sane, electable option out there. This isn’t just the strategy of some long-shots in a crowded field – it’s the argument keeping Joe Biden at the top of Democratic polls.

But the electability bubble is in danger of bursting. Centrists used to run on lofty rhetoric: the “Yes, we can”, “hope and change” stuff. Now they’ve ceded that ground completely to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

July 29, 2019

Not the same

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Education, Health, Ideas, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Tags: , , — Scottie @ 06:15


July 27, 2019

Some advice from Randy

Filed under: Cartoons, Ideas, Reason — Scottie @ 07:22

How to save humanity

July 21, 2019

Because your REAL question

Filed under: Children, Education, Family, History, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:48

The best way to end the sentence

Filed under: Cartoons, Ideas, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:32


July 20, 2019

What the Republicans call “radical, extreme-left agenda”

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Health, Ideas, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:09

July 18, 2019

Let’s talk about solutions to the conditions….

Filed under: Children, Education, Health, Ideas, People I like, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 18:03

July 3, 2019

We need Medicare for all

Filed under: Health, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:08

June 29, 2019

Right, wrong, and detail.

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Family, Health, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 10:52

Recently I have put out information that in some ways was correct, in some ways wrong, and in all ways needing more detail.   

On the criminality of crossing the border I said it was not a criminal but a civil misdemeanor.     I got that correct and wrong.  The people crossing the border for asylum are NOT breaking the law.   It is not a crime.  According to both international laws and US laws it is not a crime to cross a border to ask for asylum.  However it is a crime to cross the border for non-asylum reasons like looking for a better job.  That is a misdemeanor crime.   It has been dealt with in the past with an evaluation and if you were not a criminal you were given a date to appear for a hearing.   This is what tRump labeled catch and release.   It was the tRump admin that claimed everyone crossing the border had to be held.  They made a false claim that immigrants did not return for their hearings, but in fact they do.  Because all the adults were being held and kids detentions were governed by a court settlement the tRump administration came up with a cruel policy of child separation.   They were not even letting go of the children who had family here willing to come get them.   They also were making it harder for families with mixed immigration status to pick up the children.  The idea this administration has is that not one brown person should get to stay in the US, not one of them.   The idea that has been voiced by the administration is the more dehumanizing, the more cruel, the more despicable the conditions these people are held in the more of them will volunteer to be deported and the fewer will arrive.   That is false as I have explained.  These people for the most part are fleeing such horrors that they had no choice but come here and they can not go back to that no matter how badly they are treated here.   

I misspoke also on the Medicare for All policy proposal.  I said there would be premiums.  I was wrong.  It will be entirely supported by taxes and will cost a lot less than we are paying as a country now.  The drug prices that are so high will be greatly reduced due to price negotiation that the republicans made against the law for the government to do even though every insurance company gets to do it.  The fact is most people will save money and get much better coverage than they do now.   The idea that people love their insurance coverage is not true.  People love that they have coverage, and people love their doctors.   People do not claim to love an insurance company that denies then needed coverage, that they have to fight with and jump through hoops to get care.  They do not love the high prices that are going up every year.  People do not love not being able to afford their medications.   When everything is covered by Medicare for All there will not only not be a need for private insurance, it would be defeating.   First if private insurance is allowed to cover the same things then healthy people would be paying twice for the same coverage.   Sick people wouldn’t be able to get insurance as happens today.   If there is some procedures that are not covered such as electives for cosmetic reasons or if a person wants a fancy experience like today’s more expensive concierge coverage that makes people feel more special than everyone else, then they can pay for that above the Medicare for all.  Understand there will be no need to have insurance.  You cannot be denied needed medical care or medications, you won’t need referrals, you wont need to worry about pre-existing conditions, you wont need to worry about changing jobs.   It will also be much cheaper.   Think of this, no country with universal healthcare is willing to give it up to go to an insurance based system like ours.   Why not?  

Ok if you can think of anything else I may have misspoke or been wrong about, please let me know so I can check it out.  If I am wrong I will correct myself as unless you are a Republican cult of tRump member, who wants to be wrong?   Hugs

April 16, 2019

We need to think about this.

Filed under: Economics, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 14:52

China gets what it needs without war because military industrial complex is not tied to Chinese banks.

They invest in other countries in order to get their resources. We go to war.

“China today has the largest military on the planet, with two million active personnel in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). However, China only spends slightly over one-third as much as the United States, accounting for thirteen percent of annual global military spending in 2017, compared to thirty-five percent by the United States.”

April 10, 2019

Science: what it really is unlike religion

Filed under: Atheism, Ideas, Questions, Reason, Science, Things I like — Scottie @ 16:53

Cosmos: “Velikovsky”

March 30, 2019

Country Happiness Rankings

Filed under: Facts, Health, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 08:33

Please note that the US is 19th.   It will blow the minds of Fox News ( If they have any left ) to notice that the countries that rank higher than the US all have some form of democratic socialism.    Seems universal health care without worrying if you can afford it, schooling without being saddled with mountains of debt, having the social safety nets to help the people, having higher taxes is a positive thing, less devotion to religion, having a cleaner environment, and having governments that work for the good of the people not the corporations.   Basically people are happier in countries that are progressive not regressive.  In the US one party is trying to take us into the future and have more happiness and the other party is trying to drag us into the past and be more restrictive.   Progressives need to hammer these points home every day.   Hugs

Figure 2.7: Ranking of Happiness 2016-2018

February 18, 2019

Funny cat stuff

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Ideas, Love, Things I like — Scottie @ 10:04







Anonymous asked:

Could you spread your pussy for us?

lost-lil-kitty answered:

She is not going to enjoy this very much



February 8, 2019

Christianity in a Nutshell

Filed under: Atheism, Education, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, Ideas, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 08:14

I wish there was a transcript of this as many of my viewers do not care for videos or have time for them.   If anyone knows of one please let me know and I will add it to the post.  Thanks.  Hugs

January 27, 2019

The last speech of Ronald Reagan as president was on immigration

Filed under: Economics, Family, History, Ideas, News, Political, Questions, Reason, You Tube — Scottie @ 16:10

I got this off a comment Jim left on Nan’s latest post.  Thanks Jim

January 22, 2019

Yes !!!!!

Filed under: Ideas, News, Political, Reason — Scottie @ 18:44


January 14, 2019

We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film)

January 13, 2019

Think about it! No really think about it!

Filed under: Atheism, Cartoons, Ideas, Memes, Questions, Reason, Religion, Science — Scottie @ 08:14



Remember the time 150 years of evolutionary research was debunked when Robbo from Butcrak Illinois said “why are there still monkeys”?
Me either.

“ religion-is-a-mental-illness:
““Also, he will set me on fire if I don’t.” ”
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” ~ 1 John 4:8
“Many of us grow up doubting the love of God because of the relationships...


Well, aren’t you lucky?
(And they say we’re the arrogant ones.)


January 9, 2019

Fatema’s proof of god

Filed under: Ideas, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 15:45
It took me forever to figure out how to post this.  The PDF file did not want to go to WordPress.  I was able to get this from the original site.  Hugs
Hello everyone.   I had received from Fatema somethings she claims prove God.  She was very excited for me to read them, and I have, sharing them with Ron.  I am going to answer her but I am waiting for her to tell me is she speaks english.   As some of you may know typing is hard for me with stiff arthritic fingers and I could do a more complete job in video , but if need be I will try to do so in writing.  I hope everyone will engage Fatema in conversation and discussion on her proofs, but I would remind everyone to not do personal attacks.  We attack and debate ideas here, and I prefer that to be how we influence people on my Toy Box.  If you feel you have been personally attacked tell me and I will moderate the situation.  But otherwise I love the debates and discussions and I learn so much from them I hope all will join in.  Thank you everyone.   Hugs
Does God Exist? - Photo of young woman walking in a crowded city street, looking deep in thought.


Does God exist? Here are six straightforward reasons to believe that God is really there.

By Marilyn Adamson      PDF    Listen

Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.” Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons which suggest that God exists.

But first consider this. When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, the Bible says that there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God.1 On the other hand, for those who want to know God if he is there, he says, “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.”2Before you look at the facts surrounding his existence, ask yourself, If God does exist, would I want to know him? Here then, are some reasons to consider…

1. The complexity of our planet points to a deliberate Designer who not only created our universe, but sustains it today.

Many examples showing God’s design could be given, possibly with no end. But here are a few:

The Earth…its size is perfect. The Earth’s size and corresponding gravity holds a thin layer of mostly nitrogen and oxygen gases, only extending about 50 miles above the Earth’s surface. If Earth were smaller, an atmosphere would be impossible, like the planet Mercury. If Earth were larger, its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, like Jupiter.3 Earth is the only known planet equipped with an atmosphere of the right mixture of gases to sustain plant, animal and human life.

Evidence for God - Photo showing the earth's perfect distance from the sun and its relative size to the sun.The Earth is located the right distance from the sun. Consider the temperature swings we encounter, roughly -30 degrees to +120 degrees. If the Earth were any further away from the sun, we would all freeze. Any closer and we would burn up. Even a fractional variance in the Earth’s position to the sun would make life on Earth impossible. The Earth remains this perfect distance from the sun while it rotates around the sun at a speed of nearly 67,000 mph. It is also rotating on its axis, allowing the entire surface of the Earth to be properly warmed and cooled every day.

And our moon is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for its gravitational pull. The moon creates important ocean tides and movement so ocean waters do not stagnate, and yet our massive oceans are restrained from spilling over across the continents.4

Water…colorless, odorless and without taste, and yet no living thing can survive without it. Plants, animals and human beings consist mostly of water (about two-thirds of the human body is water). You’ll see why the characteristics of water are uniquely suited to life:

It has wide margin between its boiling point and freezing point. Water allows us to live in an environment of fluctuating temperature changes, while keeping our bodies a steady 98.6 degrees.

Existence of God - Photo from below the water in an ocean or lake, to illustrate that water freezes from the top down, allowing fish to live in the winter. Water is a universal solvent. This property of water means that various chemicals, minerals and nutrients can be carried throughout our bodies and into the smallest blood vessels.5

Water is also chemically neutral. Without affecting the makeup of the substances it carries, water enables food, medicines and minerals to be absorbed and used by the body.

Water has a unique surface tension. Water in plants can therefore flow upward against gravity, bringing life-giving water and nutrients to the top of even the tallest trees.

Water freezes from the top down and floats, so fish can live in the winter.

God's creation - Photo of rain falling on plants, showing the process of evaporation and water distribution on our planet.Ninety-seven percent of the Earth’s water is in the oceans. But on our Earth, there is a system designed which removes salt from the water and then distributes that water throughout the globe. Evaporation takes the ocean waters, leaving the salt, and forms clouds which are easily moved by the wind to disperse water over the land, for vegetation, animals and people. It is a system of purification and supply that sustains life on this planet, a system of recycled and reused water.6

The human brain…simultaneously processes an amazing amount of information. Your brain takes in all the colors and objects you see, the temperature around you, the pressure of your feet against the floor, the sounds around you, the dryness of your mouth, even the texture of your keyboard. Your brain holds and processes all your emotions, thoughts and memories. At the same time your brain keeps track of the ongoing functions of your body like your breathing pattern, eyelid movement, hunger and movement of the muscles in your hands.

Is there a God? - Photo of woman thinking, to illustrate the processing power of the human brain, at a million messages a second.The human brain processes more than a million messages a second.7 Your brain weighs the importance of all this data, filtering out the relatively unimportant. This screening function is what allows you to focus and operate effectively in your world. The brain functions differently than other organs. There is an intelligence to it, the ability to reason, to produce feelings, to dream and plan, to take action, and relate to other people.

The eye…can distinguish among seven million colors. It has automatic focusing and handles an astounding 1.5 million messages — simultaneously.8 Evolution focuses on mutations and changes from and within existing organisms. Yet evolution alone does not fully explain the initial source of the eye or the brain — the start of living organisms from nonliving matter.

2. The universe had a start – what caused it?

Did God start the universe - Photo shows an explosion of light to illustrate the start of the universe referred to as the Big Bang.Scientists are convinced that our universe began with one enormous explosion of energy and light, which we now call the Big Bang. This was the singular start to everything that exists: the beginning of the universe, the start of space, and even the initial start of time itself.

Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, a self-described agnostic, stated, “The seed of everything that has happened in the Universe was planted in that first instant; every star, every planet and every living creature in the Universe came into being as a result of events that were set in motion in the moment of the cosmic explosion…The Universe flashed into being, and we cannot find out what caused that to happen.”9

Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate in Physics, said at the moment of this explosion, “the universe was about a hundred thousands million degrees Centigrade…and the universe was filled with light.”10

The universe has not always existed. It had a start…what caused that? Scientists have no explanation for the sudden explosion of light and matter.

3. The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. Why does it?

Much of life may seem uncertain, but look at what we can count on day after day: gravity remains consistent, a hot cup of coffee left on a counter will get cold, the earth rotates in the same 24 hours, and the speed of light doesn’t change — on earth or in galaxies far from us.

Did God design the laws of the universe - Photo of mathematical equations on a blackboard to illustrate the mathematical consistency of natural laws.How is it that we can identify laws of nature that never change? Why is the universe so orderly, so reliable?

“The greatest scientists have been struck by how strange this is. There is no logical necessity for a universe that obeys rules, let alone one that abides by the rules of mathematics. This astonishment springs from the recognition that the universe doesn’t have to behave this way. It is easy to imagine a universe in which conditions change unpredictably from instant to instant, or even a universe in which things pop in and out of existence.”11

Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winner for quantum electrodynamics, said, “Why nature is mathematical is a mystery…The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle.”12

4. The DNA code informs, programs a cell’s behavior.

Proof God is real - Photo shows a wall of computer binary code of zeros and ones to illustrate that DNA is like a computer program.All instruction, all teaching, all training comes with intent. Someone who writes an instruction manual does so with purpose. Did you know that in every cell of our bodies there exists a very detailed instruction code, much like a miniature computer program? As you may know, a computer program is made up of ones and zeros, like this: 110010101011000. The way they are arranged tell the computer program what to do. The DNA code in each of our cells is very similar. It’s made up of four chemicals that scientists abbreviate as A, T, G, and C. These are arranged in the human cell like this: CGTGTGACTCGCTCCTGAT and so on. There are three billion of these letters in every human cell!!

Well, just like you can program your phone to beep for specific reasons, DNA instructs the cell. DNA is a three-billion-lettered program telling the cell to act in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual.13

Proof God exists - Photo of closeup DNA letters of CGTA with a magnifying loop, to illustrate the ordered 3 billion chemicals of DNA within each human cell.Why is this so amazing? One has to ask….how did this information program wind up in each human cell? These are not just chemicals. These are chemicals that instruct, that code in a very detailed way exactly how the person’s body should develop.

Natural, biological causes are completely lacking as an explanation when programmed information is involved. You cannot find instruction, precise information like this, without someone intentionally constructing it.

5. We know God exists because he pursues us. He is constantly initiating and seeking for us to come to him.

I was an atheist at one time. And like many atheists, the issue of people believing in God bothered me greatly. What is it about atheists that we would spend so much time, attention, and energy refuting something that we don’t believe even exists?! What causes us to do that? When I was an atheist, I attributed my intentions as caring for those poor, delusional people…to help them realize their hope was completely ill-founded. To be honest, I also had another motive. As I challenged those who believed in God, I was deeply curious to see if they could convince me otherwise. Part of my quest was to become free from the question of God. If I could conclusively prove to believers that they were wrong, then the issue is off the table, and I would be free to go about my life.

God seeks to know us - Photo of sunset on an ocean shore to illustrate the warmth of God's love and desire for us to know him.I didn’t realize that the reason the topic of God weighed so heavily on my mind, was because God was pressing the issue. I have come to find out that God wants to be known. He created us with the intention that we would know him. He has surrounded us with evidence of himself and he keeps the question of his existence squarely before us. It was as if I couldn’t escape thinking about the possibility of God. In fact, the day I chose to acknowledge God’s existence, my prayer began with, “Ok, you win…” It might be that the underlying reason atheists are bothered by people believing in God is because God is actively pursuing them.

I am not the only one who has experienced this. Malcolm Muggeridge, socialist and philosophical author, wrote, “I had a notion that somehow, besides questing, I was being pursued.” C.S. Lewis said he remembered, “…night after night, feeling whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England.”

Lewis went on to write a book titled, “Surprised by Joy” as a result of knowing God. I too had no expectations other than rightfully admitting God’s existence. Yet over the following several months, I became amazed by his love for me.

6. Unlike any other revelation of God, Jesus Christ is the clearest, most specific picture of God revealing himself to us.

Why Jesus? Look throughout the major world religions and you’ll find that Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius and Moses all identified themselves as teachers or prophets. None of them ever claimed to be equal to God. Surprisingly, Jesus did. That is what sets Jesus apart from all the others. He said God exists and you’re looking at him. Though he talked about his Father in heaven, it was not from the position of separation, but of very close union, unique to all humankind. Jesus said that anyone who had seen Him had seen the Father, anyone who believed in him, believed in the Father.

Jesus Christ reveals God to us - Photo of a man reading the Bible to learn more about Jesus Christ.He said, “I am the light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”14 He claimed attributes belonging only to God: to be able to forgive people of their sin, free them from habits of sin, give people a more abundant life and give them eternal life in heaven. Unlike other teachers who focused people on their words, Jesus pointed people to himself. He did not say, “follow my words and you will find truth.” He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me.”15

What proof did Jesus give for claiming to be divine? He did what people can’t do. Jesus performed miracles. He healed people…blind, crippled, deaf, even raised a couple of people from the dead. He had power over objects…created food out of thin air, enough to feed crowds of several thousand people. He performed miracles over nature…walked on top of a lake, commanding a raging storm to stop for some friends. People everywhere followed Jesus, because he constantly met their needs, doing the miraculous. He said if you do not want to believe what I’m telling you, you should at least believe in me based on the miracles you’re seeing.16

Jesus Christ showed God to be gentle, loving, aware of our self-centeredness and shortcomings, yet deeply wanting a relationship with us. Jesus revealed that although he views us as sinners, worthy of his punishment, his love for us ruled and he came up with a different plan. God himself took on the form of man and accepted the punishment for our sin on our behalf. Sounds ludicrous? Perhaps, but many loving fathers would gladly trade places with their child in a cancer ward if they could. The Bible says that the reason we would love God is because he first loved us.

Jesus died in our place so we could be forgiven. Of all the religions known to humanity, only through Jesus will you see God reaching toward humanity, providing a way for us to have a relationship with him. Jesus proves a divine heart of love, meeting our needs, drawing us to himself. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, he offers us a new life today. We can be forgiven, fully accepted by God and genuinely loved by God. He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”17 This is God, in action.

Does God exist - Photo of a young woman, drinking a cup of coffee and reading the Bible, to learn about a relationship with God.Does God exist? If you want to know, investigate Jesus Christ. We’re told that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”18

God does not force us to believe in him, though he could. Instead, he has provided sufficient proof of his existence for us to willingly respond to him. The earth’s perfect distance from the sun, the unique chemical properties of water, the human brain, DNA, the number of people who attest to knowing God, the gnawing in our hearts and minds to determine if God is there, the willingness for God to be known through Jesus Christ. If you need to know more about Jesus and reasons to believe in him, please see: Beyond Blind Faith.

If you want to begin a relationship with God now, you can.

This is your decision, no coercion here. But if you want to be forgiven by God and come into a relationship with him, you can do so right now by asking him to forgive you and come into your life. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. He who hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him [or her].”19 If you want to do this, but aren’t sure how to put it into words, this may help: “Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins. You know my life and that I need to be forgiven. I ask you to forgive me right now and come into my life. I want to know you in a real way. Come into my life now. Thank you that you wanted a relationship with me. Amen.”

God views your relationship with him as permanent. Referring to all those who believe in him, Jesus Christ said of us, “I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.”20

Looking at all these facts, one can conclude that a loving God does exist and can be known in an intimate, personal way.

I just asked Jesus into my life (some helpful information follows)…
I may want to ask Jesus into my life, please explain this more fully…
I have a question or comment…

Footnotes: (1) Romans 1:19-21 (2) Jeremiah 29:13-14 (3) R.E.D. Clark, Creation (London: Tyndale Press, 1946), p. 20 (4) The Wonders of God’s Creation, Moody Institute of Science (Chicago, IL) (5) Ibid. (6) Ibid. (7) Ibid. (8) Hugh Davson, Physiology of the Eye, 5th ed (New York: McGraw Hill, 1991) (9) Robert Jastrow; “Message from Professor Robert Jastrow”;; 2002. (10) Steven Weinberg; The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe; (Basic Books,1988); p 5. (11) Dinesh D’Souza, What’s So Great about Christianity; (Regnery Publishing, Inc, 2007, chapter 11). (12) Richard Feynman, The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist (New York: BasicBooks, 1998), 43. (13) Francis S. Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, and author of The Language of God, (Free Press, New York, NY), 2006 (14) John 8:12 (15) John 14:6 (16) John 14:11 (17) Jeremiah 31:3 (18) John 3:16 (19) Revelation 3:20 (20) John 10:27-29

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