Donald R Barbera's Blog (131)

Name That Tune

Boom-shakalockalocka--boom shakalockalocka—ramalama ding dong—fee  fee-fy fy-fo fo fum—na na nana, na na nana hey hey hey—doowahdidhe—sha la la--day o umba day o mambu ji ay o-- Iko iko, iko iko unday Jockomo feeno ah na nay Jockomo feena…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 4, 2013 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

WHY?

President Barack Hussein Obama is an educated man. He is a family man. He was re-elected to a second term. Yet, from his first day in office he has faced an uphill battle. Why? 



As, mentioned he has credentials as good or better than any President and far…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

Go Away! Religious Proselytizing

When it comes to irritants, religious recruiters rank two steps lower than telemarketers on my tolerance scale. Making assumptions about anyone’s spiritual condition is not only presumptuous, but is borderline dangerous, as proselytizers have no way of judging the mental state of those they approach. In a…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — 27 Comments

Book Review of "All God's Mistakes"

"All God's Mistakes" by Charles L. Bosk, is an interesting read if for no other reason than the book's title. The book is a piece of research dealing with birth anomalies from the stand point of the bearer of bad news. Speaking of his research, Bosk details the often difficult decisions that confront parents of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 23, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Those Weird and Wacky Preachers

As a former Catholic. Wait a minute. I am still a Catholic. I haven't been excommunicated, my name is still on the parish records in Nashville and no one has come to my door asking for my Catholic card, so, I guess I still am a Catholic, at least for counting membership purposes.

What I have here is a list of those models of decorum--Protestant pastors and all of their wacky and weird shenanigans. I…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 22, 2013 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Have I Lost My Mind? I Like an Evangelical!

When I hear the word evangelical, the hairs on the back of neck start to rise, my blood pressure starts to rise and a sea of anger begins to boil in my throat. However, there is one Evangelical Christian that I like and even admire even though I think his religion daily tries to make progress a…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 35 Comments

Socialized Medicine, It's Closer Than You Think

Nearly 20 years ago, my father, Dr. Porter E. Barbera, MD, told me that socialized medicine would be coming to the United States and he was right. 

He said that his practice was during what he termed “the golden age of medicine.” He also…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 5, 2013 at 7:30pm — 12 Comments

Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious [Book Review]

Faitheist is a new book by humanist and interfaith promoter, Chris Stedman. Bearing the full title, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, promises an interest read filled with personal revelation regarding the intersection atheism and religion, a task that seems…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 31, 2013 at 9:30am — 21 Comments

You Must Watch This! Click the link at the bottom of the page!!!!!!

Science Finally Proves It:

Prayer Changes Your Brain

in 4 Astonishing Ways . . .

Millions of Americans believe prayer works. . . Yet the mainstream media tends to avoid the subject altogether.

But our Mind Health…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 27, 2013 at 7:36pm — 27 Comments

Mean Spirits in Texas

With the exception of Alaska, Texas is the largest state in the Union and has a population of over 25 million. Texas also has the highest number of uninsured residents in the entire United States with over a fourth, or 6 million, of its residents lacking healthcare insurance.

Houston has the dubious distinction…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 27, 2013 at 7:09pm — 2 Comments

UNdeniable

It is no mistake that nearly half of the American population doesn’t attend church as over the past 30 years religion turned intolerant.

“UNChristian,” reveals why it is happening, but surprisingly doesn't recognize the role of Christianity, the group that nurtures them, as a part of the reason for…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 13, 2013 at 9:40pm — 23 Comments

Stupid is as Stupid Does (Book Review)

“Stupid is as Stupid Does These words uttered by Forest Gump in the movie of the same name, pretty much describes Americans, at least in the eyes of Charles P. Pierce, in his book, “Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free.”

I would like to report that Pierce is off base in…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 8, 2013 at 4:46am — 37 Comments

Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa (Book Review)

I Read “Out of America " when it was published several years ago, but I felt it was time to bring it out of the closet with the human rights problems currently going on around the world to show that this phase is nothing new and represents a part of Africa most African-Americans know nothing about or try hard to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 18, 2013 at 4:30am — 57 Comments

The Tinkerbell Effect

"If you believe," he shouted to them, "clap your hands; don't let Tink die." J. M. Barrie 1860–1937

 

The Tinkerbell Effect and the National Day of Prayer in my way of thinking are identical. When the Disney fairy is about to die, she speaks to Peter Pan and tells him that she could get…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 11, 2013 at 7:05am — 8 Comments

Free Will?

Many of the basic principles that guide human behavior rest on the idea of free will, like the concept of individual responsibility and choices.

Free will is an important concept that affects a variety of serious thought. Legally it is assumed criminals have a choice in committing a crime, but science shows…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2013 at 6:40pm — 16 Comments

Compared to What?

The President, he's got his war, 

Folks don't know just what it's for,

Nobody gives us rhyme or reason,

Have one doubt, they call it treason,

We're chicken-feathers, all without one gut

Tryin' to make it real — compared to what?

When Les McCann and Eddie Harris…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 23, 2013 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

Poor People Food

"I want grease in my gravy and fatback in my greens"--Doug McCloud



There is a class divide among some blacks in this country that if it weren't for the gravity of the split would otherwise be comical. Over a year ago I heard one of my friends speak of poor people's…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 4, 2013 at 11:00am — 27 Comments

Blasphemy Laws vs. Free Speech

To the point, blasphemy laws intrude on the right of free speech and reflect a religious affectation meant to control what others say about theologically based matters. The idea of offending religious sensibilities to the point of punishment is in and of itself disgusting and distasteful, but…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 2, 2013 at 6:04pm — 7 Comments

Blasphemy vs. Free Speech

To the point, blasphemy laws intrude on the right of free speech and reflect a religious affectation meant to control what others say about theologically based matters. The idea of offending religious sensibilities to the point of punishment is in and of itself disgusting and distasteful, but…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 31, 2013 at 8:00am — 26 Comments

Love & Happiness

Not many people ever find one much less the other; in fact, what they tend to do is settle or agree to strive no more, which, in my opinion, is the same as giving up. There are few things in this world worthy of one’s life or dedicated energy, but if there is one it is either love or happiness.

Many…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 30, 2013 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

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