This week, I joined San Francisco organizer Michael Petrelis and Box Turtle Bulletin editor Jim Burroway in launching an international boycott against Jamaica (www.boycottJamaica.org). While the island appears laid back, gays are under attack.
Within the next ten years the size, shape, efficiency, fuel and numbers of private automobiles is going to undergo a radical change. The nine million barrells of gasoline we currently use in the U.S. each day simply will not be available in the quantities desired at any price. If a […]
The founding of the United States and ratification of its Constitution were critical turning points in the history of humankind’s development on the planet. It moved the species beyond government by arbitrary authority, secured through religious superstition and coercion, to one grounded in secular virtue, reason, compassion and justice.
Last Saturday, Oklahoma State Head Football Coach Mike Gundy tore into columnist Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman. He ranted, he raved, he declared her article on quarterback Bobby Reid’s benching inaccurate — eviscerating her credibility as a journalist — and then declared he didn’t read newspapers because of articles like […]
In the wake of sex scandals involving children, the Roman Catholic Church should either change its mores or close its doors. Since 1950, the United States arm of the church has paid an astounding $2 billion to settle claims of childhood sexual abuse. Yes, that is billions with a capital […]
Strategies for Getting Warm: Wedding Flights to Toastiness to Wider Purposes.
The first track sounds like the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. The third track is modern radio pop, the sixth tune is a country song and the 10th reminds of rhythm and blues. The vast gamut of sounds (you can find an Irish ballad and some Spanish-sounding strings) found on […]
Rebuilding. It seems to be a term linked to almost every Washington sports team right now. The Nationals, the Caps, the Wizards … well, they’re not really rebuilding, but they’re not exactly encouraging either. For starters, right now even the Washington Generals could make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, […]
Members of the Falls Church City Council all agreed that they were duly proud of a two-page “vision statement” they crafted over the last month and a half, and formally adopted by a unanimous vote Monday night. The idea for the statement was to fashion an image of an ideal […]
Leave it to the Religious Right to turn Santa Claus into a wedge issue and exchange the gift of seasonal cheer for a box of holiday fear. Thanks to their histrionic “War on Christmas” campaign, major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Walgreen Co. are now dumping “Happy Holidays” for “Merry Christmas” […]