Donald R Barbera's Blog (188)

CASTING STONES IN GLASS HOUSES

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?-- Matthew 7:1-3King James Version (KJV)

“Let Him Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone,” is a well-known quotation from the Bible. In many neighborhoods, the equivalent advice was “people who live in…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 29, 2015 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Just When You Thought It Was Safe . . .



Just when Former Texas Rick was beginning to fade into the seas of ignorance after his blunders in the Presidential Debates, he rises from the depths of stupidity to land on the shores of absurdity. Recently, Perry stated he thought trained gun owners should be allowed to carry guns into…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 26, 2015 at 9:30pm — 17 Comments

The Pareto Principle and Christians

When the behavior and belief of Christians in the United States, an economic theory developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Paretto may hold the answer as to why in a majority Christian nation adherence basic dogma of their philosophy seem unrecognizable. Paretto posited that in nearly every situation the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 20, 2015 at 8:11am — 4 Comments

Transformer, Transition—Transgender

Growing up in a medical household certainly had its advantages as my brother, sisters and I had opportunities many kids never had chance to do. We were up to date, well educated and consciously modest because of those things. Yes, coming from that medical household also…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 9, 2015 at 12:32am — 13 Comments

OH, Grow Up! Marriage Hypocrites

It is past time for American religionist to grow up. For decades, Christians used the  Bible to force their religion on others to conform to their beliefs while egregiously failing to follow their own beliefs, which they want to force on others. The US Supreme Court's decision to approve gay marriage across the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Whoa—Put on the Brakes!

Gay and lesbian couples around the nation can now legally marry. It is indeed a victory for equality, love and unity. It is a step in the United States moving into the 20th century. It is a potential financial bonanza for wedding planners, cake makers and flower shops. It’s all coming up roses. In…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 26, 2015 at 10:53pm — 6 Comments

ST. THOMAS, ST. LOUIS BRIDGE

ST. THOMAS, ST. LOUIS BRIDGE

This is a first place prose poetry in a Kansas City poetry contest reflected what the author thought was a social issue of grave importance at the time. I wrote this in 1981,I found it while moving my books to their new home. Book shelves! It is extremely long and may be difficult to read, but it has cadence and all the things demanded in the formal world of literary poems

Around every corner it waits-silent,

never making its presence…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 9, 2015 at 11:59am — No Comments

You Do the Math

With the rise of Evangelical Christianity in the United States a corresponding increase in finger pointing and blame claiming that the country is in moral decline accompanied it. The usual culprits fingered for the alleged deterioration are liberals, non-Christians and unbelievers, but a look at the numbers…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 27, 2015 at 6:55am — 3 Comments

Mad Max: Fury Road—Don't Believe the Hype

Don't-don't-don't don't believe the hype. Mad Max has it all except for two things: a story worth following and characters that anyone cares about with the noted exception of Imperator Furiosa played by Charlize Theron. The main character Max Rockatansky played by Tom Hardy doesn’t really speak until nearly the middle…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 20, 2015 at 9:14am — 5 Comments

Way After the Fact

But for a slip of the pen, Christians might have an entirely different outlook on “original sin.” In fact, what is also known as “ancestral sin” might never gained a foothold in the Catholic Church if not for a simple mistranslation of a two-letter Greek preposition by St. Augustine, which has led Christian…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 18, 2015 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken

I am bipolar. I tried every way I could to put together a snappy lead sentence that would provide a little suspense, curiosity and provoke an old-fashioned interest in dirty laundry, but none of it seemed appropriate for a disease that can for many, be so crippling as to ruin or end lives.

Bipolar is now an official part of my medical record that is interesting if not colorful. My life took a significant turn with a heart attack while I was…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 14, 2015 at 7:00am — 18 Comments

Homosexuality and the Bible: Give Me a Break!

With the recent controversy over laws in Indiana and Arkansas that allow Christian discrimination against homosexuals, I am compelled to point out the hypocrisy of those implementing such laws, as being incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial.



Constant debate regarding homosexuality is tiring,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 3, 2015 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

The “A” Word

I have long ago grown weary of euphemisms used to blur, mislead or hide actuality. For instance, once I am dead, I died. I did not “pass on;” “go to a better place” or “transition.” I died. Although, I have a personal euphemism that I like, some people would not like hearing that I “croaked.” My thoughts about using…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 29, 2015 at 2:55pm — 11 Comments

Emotion Commotion, Agh!

A few years ago, I am sure that someone slipped into my house and drugged me. I don’t know what they gave me, but it has turned me into an emotional wreck. That has to be the case. Simply said, I was drugged because the person I am now would be despicable to my former self. It may not seem a big deal to some, but lately…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 22, 2015 at 5:19pm — 6 Comments

The Biggest Part of Me

I'm a joker

I'm a smoker

I'm a midnight toker . . .

Some people call me the space cowboy; some call me the gangster of love . . .

I'm none of those, although I might just be a bit of a joker. If you must choose how to label me, I made a short list. I am a published author, a million dollar sales manager, a musician capable of playing woodwinds, brass and keyboards, a marksman, a journalist, a teacher, a…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 11, 2015 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment

Red Light District

Okay. I tried to sucker you thinking this was going to be about prostitutes or at least the ones familiar to all of us. However, this about the so-called red-light traffic management systems used around the country and how they are full of whole for legal challenges, but to challenge the accuracy and effectiveness of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 8, 2015 at 5:23pm — 4 Comments

Book Review Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It

Not very often does a book come along that I feel is about me until I read Ian Leslie’s book “Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” I shouldn’t be writing this review because I am biased, which a reporter should never be. However, within six-pages, “Curiosity,” it made me feel as if I had…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on March 3, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Better to be Thought a Fool

I don’t know how many times I heard my father say, “It is better to be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” The first time I heard those words came while I was bragging about my Honor Roll performance in the sixth grade. I didn't know precisely what it meant, but I figured it out quickly…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 25, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Gershwin Got It Right

Ira and George Gershwin had it right in the stage play "Porgy and Bess," which is set in an imaginary town in South Carolina. In the play, Porgy sings "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwin's got it right with that tune as The…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 20, 2015 at 4:41pm — 22 Comments

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