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Better to be Thought a Fool

I don’t know how many times I heard my father say, “It is better to be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” The first time I heard those words came while I was bragging about my Honor Roll performance in the sixth grade. I didn't know precisely what it meant, but I figured it out quickly…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 25, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Gershwin Got It Right

Ira and George Gershwin had it right in the stage play "Porgy and Bess," which is set in an imaginary town in South Carolina. In the play, Porgy sings "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwin's got it right with that tune as The…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 20, 2015 at 4:41pm — 26 Comments

BULLETIN! BULLETIN! BULLETIN!

MUSIC YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN!

A friend asked me to find some music for him. He thought that me being a working musician for more than 30 years that I might have an inside handle on certain music. He was right, but my contacts are only good if they're still alive and still have ties to record labels. However, I have an enormous record collection and had the piece he was looking for at my finger tips.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 10, 2015 at 8:54am — 4 Comments

Midnight, 24:00, 12 AM

What is the difference between an assassin, killer or murderer? Without resorting to purposeful nuance and practiced subtlety, the differences are negligible and more often than not rely on degree and perspective to sort out the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — 14 Comments

Equivocation, Lying & Apologists

Before tripping lightly over the wagging tongues of Christian apologists and their fathomless chasms of excuses, defenses and, well, apologies, I wanted to define a few terms to set the scale.

First, the word equivocate. To…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 4, 2015 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Right? Wrong! (Humor)

I found out long ago that not only does the messenger often end up six feet under, but also more often than not the message goes to the grave along with the unfortunate bearer of bad news. As a journalist, I once covered civil court as a rookie reporter and found that depending upon the point of view the Court…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 2, 2015 at 7:47am — 6 Comments

Exodus: Entrances and Exits

For me, reviewing a movie based on religious document is much like reporting on any other film. Although I am not a believer in any god, when it comes to movies, of which I happen to be a big fan, I hold no bias artistically speaking. This past week I…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 30, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 14--Last Installment)



Part 14

Warning Signs Everywhere

Christianity's reputation is declining especially among young Americans, concludes a study by evangelical Christian researcher, George Barna. Recent research by The Barna Group…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 12, 2014 at 6:07am — 5 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 12-13 in 14 Part Series)

Part 12

And Then, There's the Bible

Homosexuality has been condemned by religious leaders for centuries. For many, homophobia is a prejudice largely created and sustained by the scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Citing the Bible as the ultimate proof-source, many may find that it is not as clear as one might think on the subject.

Essentially, there are seven biblical passages cited by Christians to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 11, 2014 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 11in14 Part Series)

Part 11

Same Sex Marriage

There is probably no other issue that highlights the Black Church's view of homosexuality than same-sex marriages. A recent Pew study indicated that the Black Church community was more opposed to these marriages…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 10, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really KNow? (Part 9 & 10)

Part 9

Let the Church be Recognized

Talking about homosexuals without mentioning religion is impossible. As with many other subjects, the church unfailingly injects itself into a social…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 8, 2014 at 3:41pm — 4 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 8)

(The following articles contain graphic information concerning disease and sexual activity. Proceed at your own risk.)



Part 8



The Looming Specter of AIDS



Bigotry against homosexuals in the black community contributes greatly to the AIDS epidemic. Today, AIDS drifts in and out of the top position as the number one killer of African…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Homosexuals (Part 6 & Part 7)

Part 6

Gays in the Community

In many ways, the discrimination against gays brings about reminders of how whites tried to move away from blacks once segregation brought newly minted Negroes to the neighborhood. The media…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 1, 2014 at 8:17am — 20 Comments

What Does Science Say (Part 4 & 5 Homosexuals)

Part 4&5

What Does Science Say?

In a famous letter to an American mother, world renowned psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, wrote in 1935: "Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 24, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

In the Closet (Part 3 Homosexuality)

Part 3

In the Closet

"In the closet" means keeping one’s homosexual orientation hidden, often acting as a heterosexual to avoid discovery. At one time in…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 21, 2014 at 8:00am — 26 Comments

Homosexuals (Part 2)

Part 2

Any Community, USA

In the United States, no welcome sign ever hung out for homosexuals, but they have been here since the nation began. Although no one ever said anything about it, homosexuals lived in my…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — 48 Comments

Homosexuals!

I wrote this piece as a freelance reporter for a black magazine six years ago. It was in response to homophobia in the black community and the reaction of the black church. Although this article was aimed at a particular audience, I believe what I found can be applied to any group or ethnicity. I wrote this article…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — 61 Comments

Lewd, Licentious & Lecherous Confessions

Peering too closely at one's self can be harmful to the framed and mounted picture you have in your mind. Taking stock of my inventory of foibles, I found one in particular that bothered me more than I believed it should. Evidently, I am a licentious and lecherous old man formerly addicted to strip clubs. There, I've…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 29 Comments

Let Me Drive the Hearse

Notheist—(ˈno,-thē-ˌizt)—A person that believes gods are not relevant. As opposed to an atheist that believes there are no gods, the notheist believes that whether god or gods exist or not is of no importance. To notheists, gods are irrelevant to living and unworthy to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

Much Is Asked

Watching television last week, a commercial caught my eye and made me think. Normally, commercials are unable to crack my consciousness, but this one did. It went so deep as to infuriate me.

As a veteran of the Vietnam War era the treatment of former soldiers always was a concern.

Suddenly, this…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2014 at 1:50pm — 22 Comments

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