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Celebrating the America Ideal

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Tolerance and the Rule of Law Two hundred years ago this year, in 1815, America was embroiled in a war with England during which our capitol city was destroyed.  The war was fiercely unpopular with many Americans even though we were under direct attack. And, in 1915, one hundred years ago, we were once again […]

On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics

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“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”                                     Justice Anthony Kennedy  Twenty-five years from now folks will look back on this week’s Supreme Court Decision declaring marriage for gays a fundamental right and say, “How could they […]

Formula for Mayhem: Booth, Oswald & Dylann Roof

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The Inner Struggle The news that Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old, was the murderer of nine black church-goers in Charleston, SC, has caused both grief and consternation as Americans express deep concern over his “radicalization” and racist views. Dylann Roof has historic company where acts of infamy and horror are concerned. He was a young American, […]

Race: The Colored Purpose

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How Quickly We Forget Rachel Dolezal, apparently of caucasic origin but who wished to be seen as black, has resigned from her leadership post at the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Times reports that Ms. Dolezal told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that “I identify as […]

Islam, Conservatives and Science

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When Blue Jeans Are to Blame Fox News reported yesterday that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a conservative Pakistani politician and cleric, proclaimed that blue jean-clad-women were responsible for “earthquakes, inflation and natural disasters.” Does Rehman present another easy opportunity to heap scorn on Islam? The real object of scorn is so called “conservatism” wherever it is found, […]

War: Truth, Trust & Betrayal

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Mathew Goldsteyn and the CIA US Army Major Mathew Goldsteyn revealed to the CIA during a 2011 job interview that he had “captured and shot and buried a suspected IED bomb maker” while deployed in 2010 to Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Never one to keep a secret (or kill a collateral quasi-combatant either,) the CIA notified […]

Slavery: Ben Affleck and Buyer’s Remorse

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 A Complicated Matter Hacked Sony emails show that Actor Ben Affleck, while participating in PBS’s Finding Your Roots, found his and wasn’t so thrilled. His very great granddaddy owned African slaves. I can remember when the scandal would have been the discovery of African blood coursing in “white” veins, certainly not owning a few. Is Affleck’s […]

Nepal to Rescue Teams: Bye-Bye

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Pack it Up Nepali officials have requested that all foreign rescue teams leave the country with a Friday deadline. NYT reports that some rescue teams, such as one from Spain, said they had no intention of leaving. Sounds like the nasty in-laws who refuse to depart. Don’t expect to be invited back next time. Should […]

Our American Sharia

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Executed for Committing Suicide It was reported last week that an ISIS sheikh had his head lopped off for smoking a cig. That’s not precisely accurate as smoking is apparently legal under the dictates of Sharia. The exact reason is that the Sharia masters had apparently decided that smoking cigs was tantamount to committing a […]

Lincoln (and Liberty), Captive

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Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago this morning here in Washington, D.C., as he lay propped sideways on a too small bed, unconscious and insensible. His costly triumph was the saving of the Union. In modern consciousness he not only freed the slaves but is a civil rights super hero, too. Busy man. Lincoln famously suspended the […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Mike Lambert
Farewell to Dave McCormack
Hi, Eric...you probably don't remember me, I worked at the IAFF in the late 80s and throughout the 90s about the same time you were there. Ironically enough, my wife and I were discussing just last night the several (REALLY enjoyable!) Christmas parties that the McCormacks hosted back in that timeframe. I happened to pick…
2015-07-01 16:15:24
Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
I marvel at your ability to entirely miss the point. I did not choose those verses. They were chosen by the supporters of slavery to justify their actions. Does the historical truth offend you so?
2015-06-28 01:41:06
Smiles
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
You two do realize that exodus and Leviticus is pretty much a history lesson for the days of Moses. People had different rules and lived in a time far gone by. I don't know what kind of Christian people you two deal with but as a Christian who grew up attending and currently still attends…
2015-06-28 00:47:28
Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
Thank you,Tim. Eric
2015-06-27 21:27:36
Tim McMenamin
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
Eric my Brother, I agree with your comparison of slavery and LGBTQ rights. Because you were trying to show how the Rethuglicans were using the bible to justify LGBTQ discrimination, when the bible also justified slavery. Blair the LGBTQ community or "the gays" as you referred to are not using bullying tactics, they were demanding…
2015-06-27 21:06:41
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