Donald R Barbera's Blog (163)

Things That Make You Go Hmmm . . . (Humor)

Have you ever asked yourself why we do things? Why do we do things that irritate others? What is it we do or say that make other laugh. Have you ever wondered why the most embarrassing things always happen when you think no one is around? Why? The following are just a few things that make us wonder what people are thinking.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 23, 2014 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Nipples, Nipples, Nipples

There, I’ve said it. Outside of a conversation on breast feeding, nipples seem to be off limits for television. Recently, a television show featuring reconstructive surgery featured breast augmentation among other procedures aired on The Learning Channel. Breasts of all shapes, sizes and colors filled the screen, but…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 20, 2014 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Skin Politics: Propaganda and Reality

Do You Know Any of These People?

Skin politics in the African American community is dirty laundry rarely discussed in public…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 11, 2014 at 8:06pm — 26 Comments

To Weave or Not to Weave? That is the question.

Controversial topics never made me hide my pen or computer. In fact, the more contentious the subject, the more I am inclined to include it my repertoire of taboo themes. However, there are some areas I only touch only with thick kid gloves. In the black community, any discussion of skin and hair can be a highly…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 28, 2014 at 5:00pm — 35 Comments

How Low Can You Go? (Part II in Places to Visit Series)

“The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon his sons unto the 7th generation”—Wording may change, depending on which of the hundreds of biblical conversions available.

I was just a kid when I first saw limbo dancers bend back a scoot themselves under a thin pole nearly walking…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 21, 2014 at 8:41am — 7 Comments

Heaven or Hell (First in Series)

Do we go directly to heaven or hell when we die?

This question is of no importance to readers in this community, but for Christians it should be an interrogative of great concern.

While it seems a straightforward query it seems that Christian scholars cannot provide a "yes" or "no" answer. Instead,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 19, 2014 at 8:06am — 19 Comments

World Reaction/Capital Punishment

Warning: This is a long essay!

Although capital punishment received a three-year hiatus in 1973, it was right back on the books by 1976.

Since then, the United States executed more than 1,000 prisoners placing it in the limelight with…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 8, 2014 at 10:33am — 16 Comments

What’s Wrong with this Picture

The surety of the death penalty proponent’s is a major issue as aside from Jesus, no one has ever come back from the dead after an execution. This is sad commentary on a vengeful, biased system and for a variety of reasons; first among them is the inescapable fact…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 6, 2014 at 10:00am — 26 Comments

Short Summary of Bungled Executions

With the recent lethal injection debacle in Oklahoma what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment jumped back into death penalty spotlight. The botched execution of Clayton Lockett…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — 13 Comments

The Benefits of Reading

must apologize up front for the length of this article. Although it is long, it contains a list of book I've encouraged my sons to read and so far they have done as I asked. I don't know where any of them stand spiritually, but I know that none of them attend church or…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 1, 2014 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

35 Things That Piss Me Off When it Comes to Relationships

Life does many things to an individual. There are things we overlook most of our waking moments until something happens to shake our sense of self. For me, I’ve found it and find it nearly every day. Maybe it is because I have become more self-aware, more sensitive or, maybe, I’m just old.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — 17 Comments

Euphemisms R Us

What do collateral damage, friendly fire, special rendition and disposition matrix have in common? They are euphemisms for distasteful operations done by the military. For instance,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2014 at 5:00am — 15 Comments

Blues and Blacks

Negro specific pamphlets, magazines and registries were common in black communities around the United States during the late 1800s up until the 1950s. One publication, The Negro Travelers’ Green Book was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It provided Negro motorists and tourists information pointing out safe venues to stay, eat and sightsee during…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 17, 2014 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

Breaking Tradition Instead of Breaking Bones



Dallas--A Dallas woman who kicked and beat her 2-year-old daughter and superglued her hands to a wall of their apartment recently received a 99-year prison sentence. This one…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2014 at 1:30pm — 16 Comments

Who Outed Al Sharpton?

With the revelation that the Reverend Al Sharpton acted as an informant for the FBI raises some serious questions like who threw him under the bus? Sharpton who hosts the MSNBC show, "PoliticsNation," found himself under fire in a story by "The Smoking…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 9, 2014 at 10:00pm — 10 Comments

Noah—An Accident No Longer Looking for a Place to Happen

Darren Aronofsky is an atheist. AND? With unsurpassed cinematography and stunning hits like "Black 

Swan" and "Pi" to his credit, he is also an excellent teller of stories. Unfortunately, "Noah" isn't one of them.

"Noah" starts on a low note and shrinks until it finally slides off the scale,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 2, 2014 at 11:01am — 13 Comments

Upcoming Book Reviews

I never tried this before. Book Reviews--I have them. I've been doing it for years. However, I was paid to do them. So, I'm going to post some of them that venture into other areas besides atheism. Here's a list of the first I plan to put on the site.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 26, 2014 at 6:57pm — 5 Comments

Review--Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

It is nearly impossible to imagine that FOX News and Cosmos appear on the same network. It is difficult to believe that they are even on the same planet, but often ignorance and intelligence team up to become strange…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 20, 2014 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

WTF?

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In the racial politics of the United States, I have been involved in a good portion of them that centered on the Civil Rights Movement. During that time, there was great solidarity among all African Americans, although at that time we were designated black or Afro American by the mysterious group that hands racial naming…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Foreigners are not particularly impressed with most Americans' mental abilities and with good reason in some cases. For instance, nearly 25% of the American people believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance, but even worse 30% of Americans did not know when 9/11 …

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

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