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Coming Apart at the Seams

I blogged before about the issue of Bob Jones University having Chuck Phelps remain on its board of trustees after the facts about Phelps’ inappropriate conduct became public as a result of Ernie Willis’ trial for the rape of 15 year old Tina Anderson. In that previous post, I stated that I could see no […]


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Metal Gears

Process Versus Outcomes

I actually think that the way we go about (process) achieving goals (outcomes) matters. But, I probably generally believe that outcomes tip the scale and matter a bit more than the process. I mean, haven’t we all sat through meetings (process) where we felt like screaming, “Just make a decision, and let’s get on with […]


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Al Jazeera America?

Have I been living under a rock? How did I miss this? Al Jazeera is starting a news channel in the US? I’m sure Fox trotted out the usual parade of ignorance. CNN no doubt has a vested interest in reporting this negatively. But, let’s be honest. American cable news is so lacking, Al Jazeera America […]


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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Christian Taliban

Yes, I believe these homegrown religious extremists are every bit as dangerous as their Muslim fundamentalist counterparts. They want to combine church and state and force all of us to live by their ancient and culturally irrelevant beliefs—their narrow lifestyle of choice. Since the SCOTUS rulings, the Christian Taliban has been doing its best to […]


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Beta Breakers

Every time I hear the name, I think of people that test beta software and try to break it. But the name has nothing to do with that. In fact, the name really is: Bay to Breakers: the famous, annual, 30,000 people race that starts on the bay side of San Francisco and ends Oceanside, […]


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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotation

Orwellian Doublespeak

OK, let’s carefully look at this quotation from CNN’s website today, with a critical eye focused a bit more precisely on reality and not Orwellian doublespeak: After Jason Collins came out as gay, ESPN’s Chris Broussard said the NBA player was living in “open rebellion to God” — sparking a backlash against the sportswriter. That’s proof, […]


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Cut and Paste

Brilliant! Churnalism versus Journalism

I’ve noticed for some time now that so much of what I read online and in my RSS aggregator feels like press releases. I’ve even got in the habit of asking myself, “Who is paying for me to read this ‘news’ story?!” Well, the good folks at the Sunlight Foundation (I’ve blogged about them before!) […]


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Equality

I Would Be Remiss…

if I didn’t note the significance of this day (along with tomorrow) in our nation’s ongoing struggle with civil rights for all Americans. As the SCOTUS hears arguments (today) in the case centered around marriage equality for all American adults and the Defense of Marriage Act (tomorrow) I pause to reflect, uncertain that the court […]


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Predator Drone firing missile

Bravo Senator Ron Wyden! (D – Oregon)

Every American has the right to know when their government believes that it is allowed to kill them.” — Senator Wyden in the confirmation hearings for potential CIA director, John Brennan I know I frequently take the cautious stance, but we need a serious public discussion about the use of drones and oversight of the […]


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