Donald R Barbera's Blog (157)

Life and Death: Unreal Expectations

It is with some trepidation that I write this article because the death of a child is probably the worst thing that can ever happen to a parent. The case of Jahi McMath who was declared brain dead after a "routine" tonsillectomy" made headlines after her parents refused to allow doctors to shut down the ventilator keep her…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 23, 2014 at 8:49am — 8 Comments

The Negro Motorist Green Book

Today, most folks wouldn't believe unless they saw it, but “The Negro Motorist Green Book” was a necessity for African Americans traveling around the United States during the Jim Crow era when discrimination against “people of color,” e…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on January 12, 2014 at 9:20pm — 10 Comments

Violence Revisited

Chickens Come Home to Roost

Note: I wrote this piece in 2010 because of US involvement in constant war. I knew about many of the wars via the movies (World Wars I & II, Korea). I was in the Army during Vietnam and witnessed several other US "interventions since then. This piece is only here because of one paragraph, which I highlighted in red. I will say up front that it took no…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 30, 2013 at 7:24pm — 22 Comments

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism--A Book Review

Most known for his books "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and "Lies Across America," James Loewen tackles a subject that few white and just as many blacks Americans know little about and that is racism in small town America. "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism," is a kick in head for those believing…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 19, 2013 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Book Review--The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White

“The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White," a book written by James Loewen in 1971, is an important look at race in the United States, especially in the Deep South.

You may know of Loewen from his popular "Lies" books including "Lies My Teacher Told Me," "Lies Across America" and "Lies My…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 15, 2013 at 11:55pm — 4 Comments

Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible

Steve Wells' "Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible," is a book-by-book tally of God's killings in the Bible. Reading Wells' book is a gruesome reminder of the Bible's flood of genocide, slaughter, massacres and murder. Wells strings yellow tape around all the crime scenes in the Bible where God's…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 9, 2013 at 11:33pm — 14 Comments

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

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