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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 — 24 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 — 7 Comments

Black Hearts, Mean Spirits

The states are not free, under the guise of protecting maternal health or potential life, to intimidate women into continuing pregnancies.—Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Roe v. Wade, January 22, 1973

Recently the Texas State Legislature walked all over Justice Blackmun’s ground breaking insight…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 14, 2013 at 8:20pm — 7 Comments

Try, Tried, Phst!

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 28, 2013 at 7:32am — 2 Comments

Just Say No

Abortion, Gay Marriage & the GRA

I promised to avoid discussing these issues because I believe most Americans 

cannot intelligently discuss the topics because of prior conditioning and outright ignorance. Today the

 United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act a decision that mad

e some happy and upset others. The first groups to complain were church groups speaking of degrading the v

alue of marriage totally…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 26, 2013 at 10:19pm — 9 Comments

el or elohim?

As a humanist, it is often difficult to remain mute when Christian religionists start quoting the Bible to support everything from bad weather to alien sightings. Since the Bible is its own proof source those ignorant of its roots have no idea to its authenticity or lack thereof. One need not go very deep into the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 8, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

1984! (Accessing Internet Info not New)

As Usual—Americans Missed It!

There is much gnashing of teeth about the government accessing Internet files as…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 6, 2013 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

A Church Centered Woman--RUN!

I’m a married man and have been for 31 years, but if I were of the age to be seeking a wife I know where I wouldn't be looking. From my standpoint any woman centered on the church is the kiss of death for any serious relationship. I’ve been an equal opportunity dater all of my life, but for this article my focus is…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 6, 2013 at 10:07pm — 9 Comments

R.I.F.

A little poetry from my perspective. Working with veterans constantly reminds of how puny the idea of a god is when amputations, loss of sight and worse are not  have no hope of restoration except for the gigantic talents of men and women that create prosthetics and perform life saving surgery.

Reduction in Force

Your attendance has been abysmal.

Your attitude leaves a lot to be desired. Your work habits have been at best inept.

You’re lucky that you…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 3, 2013 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

Coming to a Head?

This one waited in the wings for me at least 20 years, but it took a gift from a well meaning friend to make it into an issue. This past December a friend of my wife gave her a Christmas gift in the form of a plaque which ended with the word’s “God Bless the Barbera’s.”

It had some other ridiculous schlock…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Love of the Game



I've been away working on another book. I am in the checking of sources phase and have managed time away from staring at words. While away I…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 11, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Child Abuse & Religion

Red States Whip Ass

A recent case that involved an infant stuck to a wall with super-glue and another dropped into a pot of scalding water set my parental fluids to a boil. Almost every evening there is another case of horrific child abuse or kidnapping and neglect. Living in the “Bible Belt”…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 7, 2013 at 9:00pm — 12 Comments

Moving Forward

The Urge to Explore

Scientists nearly all agree that human life started in mid-Africa thousands of years ago and migrated to all points on the globe. Even though various indigenous groups try to deny it, the trail of humanoids out of Africa is clear in the fossils, historical digs and technology. One question that comes up frequently in tracing humans out of Africa is why did one society thrive and another fail when…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 4, 2013 at 7:30pm — 14 Comments

That’s a Rap (Science)

Science is not a subject that is often pushed in the African American community except during black history month when the same scientists of the 20th century and earlier are trotted out again and again to the point that they have lost their meaning other than as place holders. With exception of Neil deGrasse Tyson, most African Americans would be hard pressed…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 2, 2013 at 9:07am — 6 Comments

Tough Problems, Even Tougher Solutions

Although the rate of black on black homicide dropped from the rates of crack-fueled 90's, according to FBI statistics murder of black males under 20 is still the number the number one cause of death, nor is it any surprise that the majority of those numbers are…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 1, 2013 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Nails on the Blackboard

I try to spend time with my wife just by being in the same room. Just that little proximity leads to better communication, understanding and sometimes the equivalent of fingernails dragging over a blackboard.

She often watches shows not…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 19, 2013 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

A Word From the Sponsors

I thought you might like to read this to give you a better understanding of the extremes of religion.



JESUIT Extreme Oath of Induction

 as recorded in the Journals of the 62D Congress, 3d Session of the U.S.

 (House Calendar No. 397. Report No. 1523)

 Congressional Record---House, 15 Feb. 1913, pp3215-3216



 



I_______________ , now in the presence of Almighty God, the blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles, St.… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on February 12, 2013 at 3:27pm — 4 Comments

Wagging the Dog--Still!

Watching the Catholic Church since the birth control pill came to civilization has been an Olympic caliber gymnastics act as the Vatican has tried to vault, twist and slither over and under science, common sense and the desires of its followers. 

Recently, the government made…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 4, 2013 at 10:48pm — 6 Comments

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