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Author, columnist, and blogger with a long career in business management, management consulting and executive coaching. I've authored and published six books: "You, Your Self and the 21st Century,"The Flowers Are Talking to Me," and "Faith Stirred Not Shaken," Christianity in America,"The Martian Prelude," Faith Stirred not Shaken, 2nd edition." Something I try to keep in mind when I write: Sometime back I was watching an old movie titled Biloxi Blues. At one point a young man named Epstein, warns the protagonist, a fledgling writer, played by a very young Matthew Broderick, "when you compromise your true opinions you commit yourself to mediocrity."
Announcing: My latest book is coming soon. Unexplained Consciousness Events: Exploring the Possibilities.
Willful Ignorance: An American Ideal?
Economist Paul Krugman's, comment explains what will happen, "When faith meets evidence, evidence doesn't stand a chance." And this is the culture media for willful ignorance to flourish.
Monday, September 15, 2014(16 comments)
Who's Responsible for Your Morality?
Although most elements of our unique brand of American Christian extremism have earned our rebuke, we might dismiss something very important in the process of our rejection. Religion is, in more instances than not, a practical road to individual moral development. The problems show up when people don't complete the journey.
Thursday, September 11, 2014(2 comments)
Bombing ISIS or Not.
It shouldn't be difficult to understand the emergence of this wave of religious fundamentalism around the world. When revered models have remained undisturbed for long periods and are suddenly disturbed, any kind of aberrant behavior is to be expected. A return to the most fundamental beliefs of that model seems like the most grounded place from which to defend against the disturbance.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014(13 comments)
Bad President, Bad, Bad!
Recently, I developed two theories about the constant nitpicking complaints and downright obscene insults thrown at this president. The obvious reason is his color. In a country with institutionalized racism, a tan-colored man in the White House is an omen. But the deeper reason that probably exists at a subconscious level: Bush II
Tuesday, August 26, 2014(19 comments)
Blame it on Luther.
What we're seeing is society honoring the moral authority of unqualified people who may or may not even be mentally stable. When we decree the individual and his epistemology to be sacrosanct with no further investigations or qualifications we have the moral chaos we see in America today.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Not More of the Same on Ferguson, MO
While Americans line up on either side of the events in Ferguson we are missing an important tool for reconciliation. Our racial tensions arise from very fundamental differences in our cultural contexts and the meanings that shape who we are as individuals. The issue is not color of skin. That's the marker. The issues are shaped by historical narratives that create the moods that predispose behaviors on both sides.
The Obscene Asymmetry in Gaza
There is an obscenity being perpetrated on the Palestinian people as I write this essay. And please don't obscure it with talk of Hamas and its intentions. I'm writing clear-eyed about the inhumanity involved in Gaza.
Friday, August 1, 2014(123 comments)
Children, You're Not Welcome Here!
On the surface one might ask what happened to America's big heart? The one that donates time, money, physical help to people in natural disasters in foreign countries. The country that is the home of tens of thousands of young men and women who have given their lives in defense of other homelands?
Tuesday, July 8, 2014(17 comments)
A New Transubstantiation: Contraception Becomes Abortion if One Believes Deeply
Here's a thought experiment for you: Roman Catholics believe in transubstantiation; the communion wafer becomes the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ during the Mass. How many of you Protestants, Jews and Muslims think that because a Roman Catholic believes in transubstantiation deeply, the communion wafer actually becomes the body and blood of Jesus? I thought so.
Friday, May 9, 2014(18 comments)
Thou Shalt Have No False Gods Before Me.
I don't believe in a god who only loves the superstitious, anti-intellectual, heterosexual, white Anglo-Saxon, Protestant archetype. You know, the false idol of the extremes of American Christianity.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014(2 comments)
Is Duty of Care Dead?
Wikipedia defines Duty of Care thusly, "In tort law, a duty of care is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others."
Thursday, April 3, 2014(4 comments)
The Death of Our Democracy
We're suffering continual erosion of our democracy as the wealthy elite take over the political and governing process.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Does Jan Brewer's Veto Unlock the Gates of Hell?
The very effect the Christian right fears is being caused by their own extreme and misguided ideology. In the void created by the absence of religion, our young people are learning their values from popular culture.
Monday, February 24, 2014(33 comments)
General Boykin: Owning an AR-15 is Biblical.
So in this unique American version of fundamentalist Christianity, the Lord has cleaved society into at least two camps: Those who will do the slaying and those who will be slain. What better reason to own an automatic weapon, as General Boykin urges, than to be on the side of those doing the slaying, in the name of Jesus, of course?
Friday, February 21, 2014(54 comments)
More Guns: Symptom of Illness in Society
As counter-intuitive as it may sound, that the social norms are the reason for the pathology, the evidence is undeniable. We are living in a society that is tearing itself apart, ostensibly to save itself.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014(101 comments)
Mood of Fear = Need for Concealed Carry
Here's something to think about: "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
Thursday, February 13, 2014(36 comments)
Illinois Is Now on Board. We Can Carry Concealed Weapons in Every State.
I don't propose taking guns away from hunters and sports enthusiasts. I have no illusions about getting rid of almost 300 million guns. But I do have confidence that if we were to simply agree that the statistics point to something real and decide to do something productive about them, I believe we can come up with a solution that would honor our 2nd amendment rights and protect innocent people from lethal gun violen
Saturday, February 8, 2014(9 comments)
Real America is Full of Real Conservatives.
Creating another reality with people to hate has been going on a long time. Like since the old days in the south where even the lowliest white man, no matter how locked in poverty he was by the system, was made to believe he was still better than that "lazy, ignorant Negro" down the road.
Thursday, February 6, 2014(7 comments)
The Fox News Alternative Reality Makes Any Middle Ground Impossible.
The reality show advertised as the O'Reilly interview of President Obama on Super Bowl Sunday was revealing. As usual, O'Reilly was the star. This time he had Mr. Obama as a prop, there to be interrupted for the purposes of proving O'Reilly's brilliance and improving his ratings (and income, of course), as he pandered to his loyal followers.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014(4 comments)
Pope Francis = 1: Paul Ryan = 0
A couple of offhand thoughts: Mr. Ryan is a Roman Catholic, so I know he wouldn't lie. I think he just misunderstood the pope. Or maybe he's just so convinced that his party's positions are so correct that he is willing to risk the ire of the Church to correct this pope.
Thursday, January 30, 2014(7 comments)
Pope Francis Strikes Again: This Time It's Abortion
Even though I am no longer a practicing member, I was raised and educated Roman Catholic and I still believe abortion is morally wrong for any reason. But even though I abhor the practice, I don't think it's my place to dictate how another person lives her life.Even though I am no longer a practicing member, I was raised and educated Roman Catholic and I still believe abortion is morally wrong for any reason.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014(10 comments)
Open Posthumous Letter to President Reagan
The government didn't protect me from the one threat that still lies at the foundation of the problems in our society remains: A breathtaking ignorance and lack of curiosity that allows lies, myths and superstitions to fill the void it creates.
Friday, January 24, 2014(4 comments)
Don't be Fooled: Black Racism Causes White Racism
So even though I've got my theories about why racism is worse now than before President Obama's election, the final question has remained open until today. But finally I found an answer, in of all places, a piece on Fox News by Travis Gettys on rawstory.com.
The Fading Artifice of American Democracy
The American illusion of a representative democracy has strayed too far from the reality. Regardless of what he or she says during elections, no individual politician's promises will ever shape his or her party's platform. Collaboration for the benefit of our society is an obsolete concept.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014(15 comments)
Popcorn, M&M's and Ammunition
So this unfortunate situation was the toxic combination I've written about before. This time it was on steroids. A categorical thinking, gun toting, retired cop who hates texting in theaters, in Florida, "the" stand your ground state. Add to this, people feel more aggressive when they carry guns and the pop corn seemed like a drone attack to this good guy.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014(4 comments)
Should Medicare Really Pay for Seniors' Penis Pumps?
I need to laugh because if I don't, I will cry uncontrollably. Why? I read the above item the morning after I was reviewing charges to Medicare for the foam rubber filter on my CPAP breathing machine. It is approximately 1 & inches by inch by inch and Medicare is charged $13.99. It's a stretch to say it has $.01 worth of material in it.
Monday, January 13, 2014(8 comments)
We Don't Need No Stinking Jobs. We Got Government Benies.
The theory X advocate says most people are inherently lazy, dislike work and will avoid it if they can. The theory Y advocate says that most people are ambitious and self-motivated and will exercise self-control. They are motivated to work. So who's right?
Saturday, January 11, 2014(15 comments)
If Corporations Are People, Pope Francis is Exorcist.
Well, contrary to the Vatican's official position, I think the Pope is an exorcist. One of the most important exorcists ever. I'll call him an Exorcist Extraordinaire. And he is appearing at exactly the right time in history.
Ethan Couch: An Example of the Pathology of Wealth
Ethan Couch is a victim of an illness that is destroying this country and the democracy we all love to brag about. It's, in Chris Hedges' words, "the pathology of wealth." A pathology manifest in our adulation of the super rich; allowed by the unexamined belief that our day will come and we will join their ranks. Why? Because we still believe in an American dream that's been dying for the last four decades.
O'Reilly's War On Christmas
But think about it. Is there really a war on Christmas? Christmas is the longest season of the year, opening up retail stores on Thanksgiving day for pre-season shopping. Those same stores are decorated, some starting in October, with seasonal trimmings from stem to stern.
Is This President that Bad? Really?
As an individual non-story being disguised as a news item this seems harmless enough. But when added together with a constant stream, its accumulative effect results in a distorted notion of this president's performance.
Saturday, November 16, 2013(42 comments)
Do We Hate Each Other in America?
The truth is the nation was never unified. It was dominated by an archetype from one of the eleven nations that make up America. And the upheaval we suffer is shaped by a futile effort of that group (think Republican Party here) to maintain domination rather than share power.
Monday, October 14, 2013(18 comments)
A Reflection on a God in America
Here's the key question: Am I being blasphemous by asking these questions or are those who believe in this particular and peculiar American god? Let's explore together.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013(3 comments)
Government Shutdown: A Ploy of the Christian Right?
It should concern us all that there is a well-funded movement pressing science, intellectual discourse, and reason out of the public domain and attempting to replace them with pre-enlightenment thinking or, in Harris's words, with "a vastitude of ignorance."
Monday, October 7, 2013(13 comments)
Anyone but the deluded, clueless and/or marginally conscious can see the crisis is being created by the very congress that claims it's Mr. Obama's fault for not being willing to negotiate away a law passed by the congress, tested by the Supreme Court and ratified again by an election of the same president.
Thursday, October 3, 2013(11 comments)
Where are the Unions?
What was once the gateway to the middle class has become an artifact of a non-existent era: Partly because some unions became rackets and partly because management decided that vast majority of the benefits of healthy companies should go to the owners of the capital.
Facts Don't Matter In Politics
Why try to provide the facts to support an argument? Why spend countless hours scanning the Internet for information that will expose the truths underlying the artifice we call reality?
Thursday, September 26, 2013(12 comments)
SAT Scores Under 50 Percent - Again
Is there a causal relationship between cuts in social welfare and education funding and poor performance on the SAT or is it just a statistical fluke?
Are Christian Principles to be Found in Capitalism? Scalia Thinks So!
As with so many other issues, we Americans like to debate the symptoms and not the causes. In the supposedly best capitalist system in the world, why do so many people need charity, whether it be from the church of government? And why has the number been growing for the last three decades? And exactly what Christian virtues are manifested in a form of capitalism that makes this country one the of the worst for income equality
Speaking Truth to the PowerLESS
Speaking truth to the powerful is considered a valiant act, although in most instances, it's also futile. The reason seems to be that the powerful have a lot to conserve and aren't much interested in anyone's truth but their own.
The Yin and Yang of Racism in America
Yes, racism is a big problem in America. But there are least two sides to the story and lame-brained commentary doesn't make it easier to understand.
Friday, August 23, 2013(16 comments)
What, Me Worry?
Why do we focus on the ridiculous and ignore the substantive issues we face in the country today?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013(3 comments)
Impeachment Would Solve Lots of Problems.
Impeachment fever is raging in the Republican party. Or is it defunding Obamacare? Or shutting the government down? Whatever it is, it has nothing to do with governing.