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Janet Mason: My Husband's Not Gay? Low Chuckles and Hard Reality Interview with Bonnie Kaye - counselor to women married to gay husband. When my partner first heard about the TLC show My Husband's Not Gay, she emitted a low chuckle. It does sound funny -- at the very least it has a humorous title.... This is bad for the women who marry these not-gay men who are admitting that they're attracted to other men (but marry women because that is what their religion tells them to do). 1 

Bob Patterson: Red Herring news to the rescue! Are the U S Supreme Court and the main stream media setting citizens up for another gotcha decision announcement? 1 

Katie Singer: Real EMF Solutions To protect yourself from man-made electromagnetic radiation (EMR), you need to reduce your exposure to it. Immediately, you can: 1 

Bernard Starr: A New Play, Looking for Parcifal, Tackles Death -- With Humor in her new play, "Looking for Parcifal," playwright Brenda Shoshanna explores the full range of mechanisms different people employ in coping with the death of a loved one. Shoshanna's entertaining and provocative play raises the question:is love the antidote to fear? 1 

Kevin Tully: Thoughts on Reviews of "American Sniper" I haven't seen The movie "American Sniper." I've read many reviews and commentaries here and elsewhere. The overwhelming verdict from the left is that it is wrong. I viscerally believe this to be true. However, there is a flaw that seems to travel through most of the lefty writing on the movie. Or, maybe I should say: from my experience as a young man growing up a young man the reviews are flawed. 12 
Frank Asch: I feel like I should send you a poem or something A new poem by noted Children's book author/illustrator Frank Asch
Mark Hazlitt: A review of American Sniper I nearly came to tears at the end of the movie. But watching Chris Kyle come to life in American Sniper made me walk out of the theater with a smile on my face as it gave me a renewed sense of strength. 2 

Joan Brunwasser: Magistrate's Deceit Discovered in Siegelman Case - Does Anyone Care? The bipartisan criticism of the Siegelman case has come because the former governor and codefendant engaged in standard behavior in our political system. That has never been considered illegal, but it was in the Siegelman case. Obama has appointed donors to ambassadorships and other positions; Reagan did the same, never dr[awing] the whiff of an investigation, much less an indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration. 16 
Suzana Megles: A Classic Argument for Veganism I am a simple writer so it should not come as a surprise to anyone that I am guided usually by simple life statements and principles. Here I have copied David Coats "classic" and simple explanation re the benefits of veganism--though I only needed one reason to become vegan and that was compassion. 1 

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life in Photos View American civil rights leader and minister, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. poses in his vestments as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., in the mid-1950s. pictures and other Martin Luther King Jr.'s 94 Birthday photos at ABC News

Bob Gaydos: On acting my age, whatever that means It's my observation that a lot of people of a certain age are not thrilled with trying something new. It's as if they feel they have lived long enough and done enough. No need to learn anything else. So, they have flip phones. They don't text or Google. They barely e-mail. Kindle, schmindle; give 'em a real book. And not a Facebook. That's just too confusing. Change is for the young. I don't get it. 8 
Cathy Lynn Pagano: The Cosmic Story: Aquarius New Moon 2015 Every year as the Sun journeys through Capricorn, our archetypal consciousness turns toward our place in society. What is our dharma? Our purpose? What life-enhancing talent can we bring to our society? When the Sun moves into Aquarius, there's a completely different feeling in the air. Aquarius' archetypal consciousness focuses on ideals, community, freedom, innovation, rebellion and the future. 1 

Rob Kall: Do You See What I See in this Cloud? okay, so this is oddball, but kind of fun. 12 

Burl Hall: Goddess Calling: The Pioneering Work of Author and On-Line Radio Show Host, Karen Tate One of the drivers to the insanity of modern day is our beliefs about gender and sexuality. The issue goes back 6 to 10,000 years when Eve was said to be ruled over by Adam. This issue has led to our destruction of the Earth's ecosystems and the suppression of our minds or psyches . This article speaks to the work of Karen Tate, on-line radio host and author who is one of the leading advocates of Feminist Spirituality 1 
Thomas Farrell: *Know the Enemy: Conservative American Catholic Reactionaries Most progressives and liberals know that the Roman Catholic bishops in the United States and their lay American Catholic collaborators are conservative reactionaries on certain issues. In the book GOD, PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITIES: A SELECTIVE HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHY (2011), Alasdair MacIntyre, professor emeritus in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, unwittingly offers us a deeper glimpse at Catholic thought. 1 

Bob Patterson: Charlie don't surf! Will tourists be too frightened to enjoy "April in Paris"? 1 
Martin Weiss: probably the best 100-page book for serious thinkers, ever. A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind. A journey through history of lives, ideas, and accomplishments and cycles of war and conquest. A must-read for objective analysis of current events in a five-thousand-year perspective. A treasure. 12 
Suzana Megles: Thank You Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois for Your Concern for Animals I am always happy to read that there are indeed political leaders of compassion and that one of them is outgoing Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois. May God bless him for his compassionate concern for animals while governor. Sadly, I also read that outgoing Nebraska Governor David Heineman is the opposite of Governor Quinn, lacking in compassion. I hope whoever succeeds him will be a much needed improvement for the animals.

Phil Nelson: In the Wake of Selma Movie Reviews, Confusion Abounds This article is about the widely disparate reviews of the movie Selma, regarding how LBJ was portrayed. The perspectives of the reviewers reflect their basic opinions of President Johnson, formed by years of myth-making by his sycophants, then and now. The myths are so great that they have become "legend" which means they are regarded as "truth" despite their being based upon lies. 7 
Gk Thomas: Prodigy Poem.

Kevin Tully: America: Je Suis Not Interested The USA didn't send a meaningful representative to the Charlie Hebdo march in France. I think this situation should have all Americans asking themselves -- what are we? The scale of this symbolic blunder is huge and we should be asking what the folks that run this place are truly made of? We can make big movies about snipers but we can't send a meaningful symbol to represent what we claim that sniper was killing for? 3 

John Bessa: Wingate Contagion: A 1930s Mandate soldier assured Arab/Jew conflict forever Orde Wingate was an English commander during the 1930s Israel/Palestine Mandate as Jews started immigrating in numbers. He converted Zionism from a hopeful collaboration between Arab and Jew (as it was meant) into permanent conflict. He introduced the racist English strategies against the Irish such that Arab and Jew would always be in conflict --for the most part. 2 

3 New NEA Reports on the Arts Offer Surprises Three reports from the National Endowment for the Arts reveal new findings about the impact of arts and cultural industries on GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate in certain arts activities. The data for the three reports is all from 2012, so for the first time the NEA can show a comprehensive view of a single year in the life of the arts and cultural sector from three different angles: supply, demand, and motiva...

Legendary Cartoonist Robert Crumb on the Massacre in Paris Robert Crumb is considered by many to be the single best cartoonist America has ever produced. The creator of counter culture icons like Fritz the Cat, the Keep On Truckin guy and Mr Natural, Mr. Crumb was inducted into the comic book Hall of Fame in 1991, the same year he moved his family to France, where he has resided ever since. Writer Celia Farber reached him at his home on Friday, January 9, 2015, to talk about the massa... 1 

Je suis Michel (Houellebecq) A review of French author Houellebecq's novel Soumission (Submission) that caused outrage in France when released, on the day of the January attacks in Paris. The review challenges most media analyses of the novel that simply lambasted it for being anti-Islam - the novel has for general theme the election of a Muslim president, in France. The review shows that it actually deals with a general submission of French elites, liter...
Karl Grossman: Advertising at the Movies -- Obnoxious, Punishing Advertising at movie theatres is obnoxious, pushing. And counter-productive for the film industry. 2 

Study: Optimists twice as likely as pessimists to have healthy hearts Optimism doesn't just lead to a better outlook on life, but possibly an improved one as well, as a new study finds it can lead to a healthier heart. "Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts." "This association remains significant, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health."... 2 

You Tube: The Science of Persuasion-- Six Ideas This is a helpful video. If any of the ideas prove useful, it's worth the less than 12 minutes it takes to watch it.

Anne Nordhaus-Bike: Astrological Year 2015: New Hope, Lighter Energies After some difficult, shocking, almost unbearable years, we're due for kinder times. Find out why in this detailed article on the astrological year 2015. It covers how upcoming planetary shifts promise to lighten our burdens--and our spirits--and how energies of change can help get us closer to our ideals. It also includes key Sun, Moon, and Mercury retrograde dates plus dates for other important planetary shifts. 5 

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