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…Continue
I was just a kid when I first saw limbo dancers bend back a scoot themselves under a thin pole nearly walking…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
I 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…Continue
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.…
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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 …Continue
Giving praise to God for saving a person’s life is one of the most irrational responses to recovery by a seriously ill or injured patient. Not only is it irrational, it is surely insulting and blasphemous to an all-knowing and all-powerful god. The idea that a person can petition God to perform special favors denies that God knows of his children’s needs and by default indicts him for failure to respond to the incantations and the prayers of his…Continue
In the story of Jesus' crucifixion, Pontius Pilate acted as judge in the trial. Pilate actually lobbied the crowd to spare Jesus' life, but the crowd would not relent. Seeing that the crowd would have its way, Pilate made a great show of washing his…Continue
by Donald R Barbera
Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the…Continue