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You Do the Math

With the rise of Evangelical Christianity in the United States a corresponding increase in finger pointing and blame claiming that the country is in moral decline accompanied it. The usual culprits fingered for the alleged deterioration are liberals, non-Christians and unbelievers, but a look at the numbers…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 27, 2015 at 6:55am — 3 Comments

Mad Max: Fury Road—Don't Believe the Hype

Don't-don't-don't don't believe the hype. Mad Max has it all except for two things: a story worth following and characters that anyone cares about with the noted exception of Imperator Furiosa played by Charlize Theron. The main character Max Rockatansky played by Tom Hardy doesn’t really speak until nearly the middle…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 20, 2015 at 9:14am — 5 Comments

Way After the Fact

But for a slip of the pen, Christians might have an entirely different outlook on “original sin.” In fact, what is also known as “ancestral sin” might never gained a foothold in the Catholic Church if not for a simple mistranslation of a two-letter Greek preposition by St. Augustine, which has led Christian…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 18, 2015 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken

I am bipolar. I tried every way I could to put together a snappy lead sentence that would provide a little suspense, curiosity and provoke an old-fashioned interest in dirty laundry, but none of it seemed appropriate for a disease that can for many, be so crippling as to ruin or end lives.

Bipolar is now an official part of my medical record that is interesting if not colorful. My life took a significant turn with a heart attack while I was…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 14, 2015 at 7:00am — 19 Comments

Homosexuality and the Bible: Give Me a Break!

With the recent controversy over laws in Indiana and Arkansas that allow Christian discrimination against homosexuals, I am compelled to point out the hypocrisy of those implementing such laws, as being incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial.



Constant debate regarding homosexuality is tiring,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 3, 2015 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

The “A” Word

I have long ago grown weary of euphemisms used to blur, mislead or hide actuality. For instance, once I am dead, I died. I did not “pass on;” “go to a better place” or “transition.” I died. Although, I have a personal euphemism that I like, some people would not like hearing that I “croaked.” My thoughts about using…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 29, 2015 at 2:55pm — 11 Comments

Emotion Commotion, Agh!

A few years ago, I am sure that someone slipped into my house and drugged me. I don’t know what they gave me, but it has turned me into an emotional wreck. That has to be the case. Simply said, I was drugged because the person I am now would be despicable to my former self. It may not seem a big deal to some, but lately…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 22, 2015 at 5:19pm — 6 Comments

The Biggest Part of Me

I'm a joker

I'm a smoker

I'm a midnight toker . . .

Some people call me the space cowboy; some call me the gangster of love . . .

I'm none of those, although I might just be a bit of a joker. If you must choose how to label me, I made a short list. I am a published author, a million dollar sales manager, a musician capable of playing woodwinds, brass and keyboards, a marksman, a journalist, a teacher, a…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 11, 2015 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment

Red Light District

Okay. I tried to sucker you thinking this was going to be about prostitutes or at least the ones familiar to all of us. However, this about the so-called red-light traffic management systems used around the country and how they are full of whole for legal challenges, but to challenge the accuracy and effectiveness of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 8, 2015 at 5:23pm — 4 Comments

Book Review Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It

Not very often does a book come along that I feel is about me until I read Ian Leslie’s book “Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” I shouldn’t be writing this review because I am biased, which a reporter should never be. However, within six-pages, “Curiosity,” it made me feel as if I had…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 3, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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

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