It’s Advent (Sigh) Pt V

It’s usually around this point that I begin wondering why I chose to do a series of blog posts and this time is no exception. Chalk it up to my ADHD, but maintaining focus on a subject for more than a couple of posts can be difficult, to say the least. But, we’ve come this […]

The New Jim Crow? Pt II

Just when I thought conservative Christians couldn’t treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks any worse, they actually found a way. Since denying them the right of marriage wasn’t enough to force those perverts back into the closet where we could pretend they didn’t exist,  several states are working on laws that legalize discrimination against LGBT […]

It’s My Bible, I Can Tear If I Want To

Recently, I read the story of Isaiah Smith, a Texas high school student who was suspended for tearing pages out of a Bible. It seems Mr. Smith brought his Bible into his first period class and tore out the pages from Leviticus that some folks use to condemn their LGBT brothers and sisters. He says […]

All Things Being Equal

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case about California’s Proposition 8. Today, the federal Defense of Marriage Act is on the docket. Now, any long-time reader of this blog knows where I stand on this issue; God knows, I’ve written enough about it. I write about yet again because we stand at a […]

On This Day in History

53 years ago today, four N. C. A&T students walked in and sat down at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N. C. A group of people sitting down at the lunch counter wasn’t a big deal, it happened every day. But, these four young men, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair (now Jibreel Khazan) and David Richmond, were […]

Mixing it Up

via YouTube On October 30, schools across the country will take part in something called “Mix It Up At Lunch”, an anti-bullying effort that encourages kids to sit with someone outside their regular peer group. Started 11 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the program hopes to break up cliques and prevent bullying. […]

This is a Luxury?

In the last 5 years, I’ve experienced much that our health-care system has to offer and, I can tell, it’s not good. It’s expensive, it’s unresponsive (at times) and it’s rigged against you  unless you have excellent insurance and plenty of money. Fortunately, I’ve had good insurance (standard health care and supplemental), so the cost […]

What the He…?!?

If you think all the craziness from the right is coming from preachers in fundamentalist congregations, I suggest you take another look at things. It appears that the Republican Party has lost their mind. Either that, or they’re just scared of the Tea Party. I think it’s a little of both. If you’d like a few examples, check these […]

Turning Back The Clock

Is it just me or does there seem to be a concerted effort to turn the clock back to the 1950’s? Recently, we’ve seen major arguments about birth control, over whether it should be covered under insurance or even allowed at all. Several Catholic Universities have cancelled all health care for students rather than comply with the […]

Fred Who?

Wednesday, Steve Jobs and Fred Shuttlesworth both passed away.  More than once, I’ve seen people say how Jobs made the world a better place.  I beg to differ, however.  At best, Jobs made this world easier and more enjoyable.  Fred Shuttlesworth, however, truly made the world a better place.  And, most of us have never heard […]