Monthly Archives: December 2013

Publishers Need You!

A Dream Come True

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If you’re a writer, a poet or a photographer, I’m sure you dream of having your work published.  Perhaps you’ve already accomplished that goal and can add the publication of your work to your list of credits when submitting your future work to publishers. But, what if there were no more markets for your hard work?  What if print magazines became a thing of the past or e-zines become extinct due to lack of support?  Where are we to go? What happens to those great short stories, those touching poems or those amazing photos?

No one will see them.  That’s what happens.  How can we prevent that? We can support the publishers that do take a chance on us…who dedicate their time and resources to helping others to get our work in front of the public.

Many of these magazines are run by people who take no salary; they make…

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Chamber of Commerce Wants to Rein in GOP: No More ‘Fools,’ ‘Loser Candidates’

The Fifth Column

Good luck with that COC…

The Raw Story

The GOP’s corporate allies have set a New Year’s resolution they hope will lead to electoral victory in the 2014 midterms: “No fools on our ticket.”

Republican House leaders are planning to impose discipline on unruly members to help avert the party squabbles that badly damaged the GOP brand, and major donors and advocacy groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads intend to develop and fund more centrist candidates.

“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” said Scott Reed, the top political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told the Wall Street Journal. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”

Presumably, Reed’s talking about candidates such as Mark JacobsBob Vander Plaats,  Chris McDaniel and David Barton

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‘Knockout game’ attack leads to hate crime charge

The Fifth Column

The fools that invoke this horrible “game” need a serious wake-up call.  Hate Crime charges  toward the perps  should be a game changer in this horrific “past-time”.  

Let me be perfectly clear here, contrary to Fox News painting this as solely a Black teen gang issue, both Black and White teens are perpetrating these crimes.   So hate crime charges should also apply to any Black youth who attack any White person as well. 

The Houston Chronicle

A white Houston-area man was arrested Thursday on federal hate crimes charges for allegedly shooting video of himself sucker-punching a 79-year-old black man in a “knockout game”-style attack.

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, made a brief appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy, who scheduled a detention hearing for the Katy man on Friday.

According to prosecutors, the attack happened Nov. 24 in Katy, but it wasn’t until 12 days later…

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REFUSING MY RELIGION to speak and cover first ever ‘Sunday Assembly’ in the U.S.

I thought one of the benefits of not believing was that you could just sleep late on Sat. and Sun. and watch football or something.

Refusing My Religion

NYC’s First Sunday Assembly – June 30 at 12:30 – In A Bikini Bar

The idea of a “Sunday Assembly” is not entirely novel.  Atheist or godless congregations have been springing up around America and Canada for a few years now.  Mike Aus, a member of The Clergy Project, spearheaded Houston Oasis – a Sunday morning “service for nonbelievers” after leaving a 20-year career in ministry.  Gretta Vosper told her congregation in Ontario she didn’t believe in God or the fundamental tenets of Christianity, and her church’s board supported her and much of the flock happily went along.  So, this is already happening.  What’s novel is the modified concept of British comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, who started London’s Sunday Assembly in early 2013.  They’re now trying to get them started in America.  Executive Director of The Clergy Project Catherine Dunphy contacted us in April to put us in…

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Duck Dynasty Alert

Steve, I don’t see a problem with this. Poppa Duck gets to say whatever he wants about gays, and gays get to say whatever they want about what Poppa Duck said about them. Since neither side is being silenced, I am happy to have them both able to speak about each other.

Wisdomforlife

Phil Robertson, star and patriarch of A&E reality show, Duck Dynasty, has been put on “indefinite suspension” by the Network. Why?  For sharing his personal views about homosexual behavior in an interview.

Among other comments, Robertson said, “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. … Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Robertson than quoted the scripture that says, “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” (I Corinthians 6:9-10)

Robertson went on to say, “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all…

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Psychology, big business and theology

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For almost three decades of pastoral ministry, I’ve had a deeply personal interest in sources behind human behavior. It’s an area of research that has occupied consistent space in my studies.

Over the past decade or so, I’ve felt a growing uneasiness about the relationship between psychology and business. The new authority in behavioral science involves a dangerous merger of biopsychology, pharmacology, medicine and the insurance industry.

The time has come for more thoughtful conversation about this alliance.

As the fields of counseling, psychotherapy and bio-psychiatry have become profit-driven, I’ve grown more concerned about the market interests behind these disciplines. It’s worth asking if the narratives used for assessing behavior are potentially self-serving to business interests in ways that could hurt the very people in need of help.

Major shift  


Professional opinion on sources behind human behavior has undergone a relatively recent social revolution. The two most prominent…

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Women Paid More Than Men! Everything you thought you knew about the wage gap is false!

The pay gap is due in large part to women attending and graduating from colleges in much higher numbers than men. This educational advantage has created a predicted future culture of women doing better-paying white collar jobs and men doing lesser-paying blue collar jobs.

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December 17, 2013 · 8:01 pm