by Donald R Barbera
Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the…Continue
Now, for something different! I wrote this story four years ago for a Dallas magazine because for some reason stripping and strip clubs received a face-lift over the past decade. That was the reason for the following piece. I knew most of…Continue
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"It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God." Denis Diderot [i]
One of my sons asked me if I was a nonbeliever and of course I asked, "a nonbeliever in what?" I was not trying to be flippant, but there are…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
You may know of Loewen from his popular "Lies" books including "Lies My Teacher Told Me," "Lies Across America" and "Lies My…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
"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…Continue
What I have here is a list of those models of decorum--Protestant pastors and all of their wacky and weird shenanigans. I…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue