In general, when it comes to women I am slow to recognize any signal even when as obvious as a stick in the eye. Being the typical dumb guy, that any woman would turn me down registered as a clear sign that I wasn't trying hard enough. After a woman told me, "I think you're an ass with no common sense.… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 7, 2012 at 4:28pm —
My heyday came and went years ago. It was a time when people were in the streets protesting the fat cats, the Vietnam War, and politicians. We were empowered to scare the shit out my father's generation that wanted everything to go back to the "Good Old Days." It didn't, at least temporarily. Now many of those that dodged the draft because of rich families have become the fat cats, the war mongers and politicians. Perhaps, that is merely the way of the world as the dregs always seem to make… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 3, 2012 at 5:51pm —
Most people grant religion far more respect than befits it. Over the centuries, the claims of religionists have proved to be not only false, but blatantly superstitious distortions, unsubstantiated myth and totally lacking in reason or logic. Mighty gods perished along with their policies and prayers long ago now holding less significance than a microbe.
Added by Donald R Barbera on August 2, 2012 at 7:53pm —
Paul Kelly was my first football coach. Since he was a bit overweight with a stomach that would make a Sumo wrestler proud, we called him “Jelly Belly Kelly,” behind his back. Nevertheless, when it came to coaching football, he not only knew the game; he knew how to develop people. Of course, like any coach, he had a list of truisms he spouted regularly which we came to know by heart. One saying he particularly liked was ““Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 27, 2012 at 6:34pm —
One of my kids asked me if I'm nonbeliever and of course, I asked, "A nonbeliever of what?" I wasn't trying to be flippant, but there are so many things not to believe in that it is difficult deciding where to start. Then I said, "I suppose you mean am I a nonbeliever in god?" That prompted a long discussion, but I think he understood when we finished talking.
He was trying to find a way of categorizing me to a few of his friends that read my books. I hadn't given it much thought,… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 25, 2012 at 9:08pm —
"I am getting old. I am irritated by Facebook picture posts of slogans, pithy sayings, homilies, truisms and inspirational bullshit that show up in ever inceasing volume. Does anyone have a frickin' thought of their own? Does anyone have a sense of humor or wit? I pulled a gun on myself and forced myself to write this."
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 19, 2012 at 7:24am —
“By now, you may already know the story of Alexander Aan of Indonesia: Earlier this year, after stating on Facebook his doubt about the existence of… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 17, 2012 at 12:21pm —
Men and women are social beings for a variety of reasons, but primary among them is survival of the species. Despite the encroachment of… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 24, 2012 at 8:15pm —
Pennsylvania legislators recently adopted a resolution that among other things encourages Pennsylvanians to study the tenets of the Bible and says there is a "national need to study and apply scripture." The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit charging that the resolution violates the "separation of church and state."…
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 7, 2012 at 9:51pm —
I am a compulsive reader. I'll read nearly anything. Last night my wife brought home a book given to her by a work acquaintance. Apparently, the lady thought I needed to read a Christian book after she read my most recent publishing, "The 80%… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on June 4, 2012 at 9:30pm —
(this blog is longer than usual and I apologize for taking advantage of your better nature, but I think the negative reaction of many in the black community to the President's announcement uninformed, superstitious and unChristian.)
I'd like to say I'm surprised by the negative reaction many in the black community had to the President's announcement that he favored gay marriage, but I'm not. A recent Pew study indicated that the Black Church community was more opposed to these… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on May 11, 2012 at 6:30pm —
The Pledge of Allegiance
This is one that I should leave alone, but this morning I got one of those “Bible bumper notes” talking about the pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. People are free to write whatever they want, but as thinking people I think it is important that we hold ourselves to higher standard moral excellence.
The Facts… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2012 at 7:16pm —
In the past decade more than 100 million people have left the Christian Church, but that has not stopped conservative religionist from trying to force their point of view into public schools. Since Texas passed its “prayer bill” in 2006, numerous “Bible Belt”… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 17, 2012 at 7:30am —
After the famed “Scopes Monkey Trial,” it might seem the state of Tennessee would avoid doing anything that put religion on display in a public place. Apparently, no wise men reside in the state because an old truism says, "a word to the wise is… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2012 at 6:00pm —
When it comes to morals, it seems that Christian eyesight never rises above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down by the Catholic Church… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 9, 2012 at 10:33am —
In the past decade more than 100 million people have left the Christian Church, but that has not stopped conservative religionist from trying to force their point of view into public schools. Since Texas passed… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 5, 2012 at 11:18pm —
Almost 70 percent of anti-abortion forces will never become pregnant; it is not because they are infertile, celibate, or use contraception. It is because they are men. Three-fourths of anti-abortion leaders are male and unless their last names are names “Beatie,” they never will have a baby. Thomas Beatie was the transgender man who made headlines as the so-called "pregnant man."
What we witness with the GOP’s drive to curtail abortion and contraception is yellow bellied,… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on March 4, 2012 at 9:27am —
ME: The following came to me from a friend’s distribution list. It immediately pissed me off! Normally, I let such ignorance slide so as not to rock the boat, but it was a bad day in Muddville. I replied to “all.” A move that brought several scathing letters from so-called friends that I had taken a shot at their imaginary friends. I lost at least two “friends” on this one, but I figure that anyone that believes this crap is a risk to intelligence. Anyway, here is the joke, letter or whatever… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 28, 2012 at 6:59am —
“The acceptability of birth control has always depended on a morality that separates sex from reproduction. In the nineteenth century, when the birth control movement began, such a separation was widely considered immoral. The eventual widespread public acceptance of birth control required a major reorientation of sexual values”—Linda Gordon, The Moral Property of Women
Contraception should not be a difficult subject to approach, but obviously, religion blinds… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 20, 2012 at 5:06pm —
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. While considered only a rumor, the acrid aroma of rosin coming from the US House of Representatives is not. While the economy burns, the Republican led House is fiddling with "birth control."
As much as some men may desire it, becoming octomom is not a goal of today's woman, nor is staying barefoot and pregnant a desired state. Watching the shameful antediluvian political display of men discussing birth control for women would be laughable if not for… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 17, 2012 at 10:58am —