Reflecting on Those “Underserved” after being “Ravaged by Abuse”

The New York Times is reporting that Bob Jones University is faulted for halting an abuse study. The first paragraph starts with a bang and gets more heartbreaking from there. GREENVILLE, S.C. — For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist… Continue reading

After Pondering a Bit…

I’m responding with five thoughts on the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. I actually have a lot to say because this is my profession, one of my passions, and the foundation of our future as a nation. 1. I am sick to death of the charlatans of religious extremism always using tragedies like this to hop on their bandwagons… Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren Absolutely Rocks My World!

@ElizabethWarren is absolutely one of my contemporary heroines! Last week she said, “Let me make clear, I am not backing down, the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, said, ‘Corporations are people.’ No, Mitt, corporations are not people,” she said to cheers. “People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick, they laugh, they cry, they dance, they live… Continue reading

Fascinating! Completely Fascinating! But What Does It Mean?

On Friday, January 12, 2007, about 1,100 people passed by a street musician, in the D.C. subway, playing a violin. Very few people hesitated, let alone stopped even for a couple of minutes, to listen to him play. He played for about 45 minutes, and a few passersby gave him pennies, quarters, etc. He took in $32.17. But that’s a… Continue reading

Fourth Branch of American Government

I have had growing concerns about the growing surveillance state in the USSA:  The United Surveillance State of America.  Apparently the Washington Post has them too. The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs,… Continue reading

Photography As Democracy in Action

Image via Wikipedia I harp on this topic, I know.  But it’s that important to me:  Democracy is a public affair.  Elections need to be transparent.  Our public discourse needs to be public.  Our national history needs to be open and free.  Photography and videography are marvelous tools for documenting and disseminating the machinations of democracy and thereby promoting the… Continue reading

Al Gore Speaks Today

…The President and I agree on one thing. The threat from terrorism is all too real. There is simply no question that we continue to face new challenges in the wake of the attack on September 11th and that we must be ever-vigilant in protecting our citizens from harm. Where we disagree is that we have to break the law… Continue reading