THE PAVILION ANNEX

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby FrankChurch » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:36 pm

Wow, a pretty good inside joke going over their heads. Come on guys, we need some time to laugh. The world is so bad.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Robert Nason » Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:24 pm

I'm not a Buddhist so unfortunately I believe that all this exists.

What did the Buddhist say to the hot-dog vender?
"Make me one with everything."


But of course you already knew.that.
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Moderator » Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:25 pm

Mark Tiedemann wrote:I went to a Lutheran grade school. (Don't ask, it was complicated, my dad never let me just swallow the propaganda.)

Dad chewed on that for a few moments, then said. "Boy, you don't think much of yourself, do ya?"

I have never forgotten that exchange. For me, it sums up everything there is to know about Young Earth Creationists.



That is a brilliant retort. I nailed Neocon Jim one night after just such an argument (he refuses to be pinned to a universal age, but "it's a bit longer than that" when I pushed him on 6,000 years).

The debate involved the age of the universe and evolution.

After he expounded on the Garden of Eden, etc, I stopped him.

"Your God is finite."

"Wha...?"

"Your god. Is finite."

He fumbled and huffed. "God is infinite!"

"No. A God who only thinks in terms of a single planet bearing intelligence and a few thousand years history...is very small. Truth be told: isn't a God who launched the Big Bang billions of years ago -- allowed natural forces to coalesce tiny bits of matter into suns and worlds and nebulae and black holes...then allowed evolution to run a natural course creating intelligent beings with a curiousity about the universe...with trillions of worlds in a billion galaxies...far more impressive than yours?"

(This is a rough version of what I said after several bottles of wine. It was something like that.)

End of discussion, never since repeated.
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Rick Keeney » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:21 pm

This string has taken on a decidedly hilarious tone. Because I said it has.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Ezra Lb. » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:08 pm

Tim Raven wrote:If I had to pick one, I'd go with that "Maya" thing. Much more interesting than an old white man with a beard that lives in the sky.


I gotta go with the Hindu Ganesh who has the head of an elephant. Elephants are such marvelous beasts, how could you not go for a god with the head of an elephant? I have a small pewter image of Ganesh on my desk in my office.

Hey...what can I say? It fulfills my need for whimsy.
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:03 pm

You like neo-con Jim because you can easily win the debates you two have. That's pretty Thom Hartmann of you lover. :)

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Moderator » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:33 pm

FrankChurch wrote:You like neo-con Jim because you can easily win the debates you two have. That's pretty Thom Hartmann of you lover. :)


Define "win". Jim hasn't changed his thinking, he simply doesn't engage with me at that level any more.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby diane bartels » Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:21 pm

you all argue on these threads two much.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Steve Evil » Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:57 pm

Robert Nason wrote:I'm not a Buddhist so unfortunately I believe that all this exists.

What did the Buddhist say to the hot-dog vender?
"Make me one with everything."


But of course you already knew.that.


Ah, but there's more. When the Buddhist asked for his change, the vendor replied:

"Change comes from within"

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby diane bartels » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:08 pm

Much better. Carry on.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Moderator » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:57 pm

diane bartels wrote:you all argue on these threads two much.


No we don't.

Take that back!

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Rick Keeney » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:10 pm

yes we do...wait.

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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Robert Nason » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:48 am

Steve Evil wrote:Ah, but there's more. When the Buddhist asked for his change, the vendor replied:

"Change comes from within"

Steve, that's a great topper. I never heard it before, but now I'm going to use it whenever I tell that joke Thanks!
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby Ezra Lb. » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:35 am

Maybe we do and maybe we don't...




Why can't a Buddhist vacuum under the sofa?

Because he has no attachments.




That's all I got. :)
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Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Postby FrankChurch » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:32 am

We are a bickering bunch.

Diane, forgive our dark tower gaze.


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