Donald R Barbera's Blog (147)

Curious George

Nobody talks about it, especially Republicans even though it is election season. The corporate media avoid it with studied efficiency. Even in Dallas, the city he now calls home there is scant evidence that former President George W. Bush resides there. I live in Dallas and in the years the former president has lived here there has been scant evidence of that fact.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 3, 2012 at 8:50am — 3 Comments

Slave Ships: Worse Than Imagined

Book Review: The Slave Ship

by Donald R Barbera, October 30, 2012

Rating: Five Stars of Five

 

Among abominations, American slavery holds a particularly odious distinction among atrocities not only because of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 31, 2012 at 10:36am — 12 Comments

Book Review: Slavery by Another Name

I saw the documentary and now I’ve read the book. I consider both as enlightening experiences. The following is a high-level review of the book, including a note as to how it affected m e.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 20, 2012 at 3:32pm — 9 Comments

Intelligent Design vs. The Great Karnak!

Intelligent Design?

I did something I rarely do at a debate—I lost my temper. Normally, I can let ignorance roll like water from a duck’s back, but sometimes there are such stunning and dazzling displays of dunce-hood that make it hard to catch…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 23, 2012 at 8:56am — 7 Comments

Off Side and Holding

 

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.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 7, 2012 at 4:28pm — 9 Comments

Chicken Little and Gay Skys

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 — 14 Comments

Let Me Drive the Hearse



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.

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 2, 2012 at 7:53pm — 4 Comments

I'd Rather Be Lucky

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.”



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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 27, 2012 at 6:34pm — 2 Comments

It's Just a Word

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 — 18 Comments

Eye Bites

"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."

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 19, 2012 at 7:24am — 5 Comments

To Whom It May Concern!

“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…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 17, 2012 at 12:21pm — 4 Comments

Making the Right Choice is Easy If . . .

Men and women are social beings for a variety of reasons, but primary among them is survival of the species. Despite the encroachment of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 24, 2012 at 8:15pm — 5 Comments

Year of the Bible? Give Me a Break

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."…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 7, 2012 at 9:51pm — 11 Comments

A Reluctant Review: Joseph Prince's "Destined to Reign"

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%…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 4, 2012 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Negative Reaction to Presidents Stand on Gay Marriage Predictable

(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 — 2 Comments

Underhanded and Illegal

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…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2012 at 7:16pm — 2 Comments

Millions Leaving the Church, While Legislators Waste Time and Money

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”…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 17, 2012 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Enough Already--They Ain't That Great

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…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

MORAL TUNNEL VISION

 

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…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 9, 2012 at 10:33am — 10 Comments

Bible Bills—Insult to Injury

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…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 5, 2012 at 11:18pm — 1 Comment

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