What race is President Obama?

Barack Obama mixed genetics

President Obama is often referred to as the first Black President, but for a man that is genetically half black and half white, he could be equally considered just another white man in a long line of other white men who have served as president. Obama is more than a black man, he is a man with a story as unique as many other contemporary Americans. His story is not one that can be easily categorized. He is neither black nor white, but he is a mix that is inclusive…

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Why is the Government in the Marriage business?

Marriage in front of a judge

One of the hottest topics in the last 10 years is that of so-called gay-marriage. Everybody knows you have to go to the local county government to get a valid marriage license, but why? The history of marriage is about property. Marriage was a way that kingdoms could unite, wealth could be shared and the offspring of men could be counted. Marriage today is less about uniting kingdoms or fortunes, and more about love and attraction, nevertheless, when that attraction dies, or the faithfulness to the institution deteriorates, it is…

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Knee-Jerk Reactionarianism

The Casey Anthony trial didn’t interest me a bit, until it was over. Better than the drama of the trial itself is listening to the knee-jerk reactionaries jump up and down in righteous indignation that justice has not prevailed. It just goes to show that most people don’t see much more of the justice system than what is served up by Hollywood and all their feel good endings. Real life is not wrapped up so cleanly. Let’s recap; a very public trial is televised, the prosecution fails to prove the…

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Supporting Families in New York – Gay Marriage

Gay families are families too.

In a bold move to support families of all shapes and sizes, the New York State legislature recently joined Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa and Washington, D.C., in legally recognizing gay marriage. In our country, states issue marriage licenses in order to grant legal privileges, rights and responsibilities to a spouse in the interest of preserving family unity. Some of these rights include financial benefits in the form of tax incentives to hold the family together, tax free inheritance and social security benefits in the event of the death…

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The Search for a Purpose in Life

Chilean Volcano Eruption

Years ago I read the book by Orange County mega pastor Rick Warren, A Purpose Driven Life. The premise of the book is that successful lives are born of those people that make living Biblical principles their purpose. In other words, make God your main purpose in life and all else will fall into place. Pastor Warren and his book left me unconvinced that I should adopt his prescribed purpose into my own life. However this idea of humans needing a purpose to organize their lives has percolated in my…

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No Religious Test Shall Ever Be Required For the President. Article VI – US Constitution

No Religious Test for the President

In American politics today there is a faction of right wing conservative Christians who judge every candidate by their religion. There are those who have long maintained that President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, and therefore unqualified for the presidency. During his 2008 bid for the presidency former Governor Mitt Romney was incessantly questioned about his Mormon faith. It was so bad he had to give a famed “Faith in America” speech specifically declaring that electing him was not the same as putting the LDS church in charge of…

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We Have More in Common, Than We are Different

Tornados are equal opportunity destroyers

We’ve heard it a thousand times. A person is called out for promoting views that are exclusionary to a group other than their own, and their first response is, ‘well, I have friends that are, (fill in the blank) but I have standards, and these people don’t meet my standards.’ Such language is code for: Yea, but… Whenever I hear this phrase, I am convinced that the person is guilty of the charge, be it racism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamaphobia, Catholiphobia, or an irrational fear of anybody else that is a…

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Second Amendment Remedies are Common Sentiments

Common poet visits white house

In June of 2010, Conservative Senate Candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada, a darling of the Tea Party movement declared her position that the second amendment was needed because it constituted a solution to the problem of an overbearing government:   You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it’s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years.     Recently…

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US Senate Resolution 159, Honoring the Military and Intelligence Community

  On Tuesday May 3rd,  2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution to honor the efforts of the military and intelligence community for their work in finding and killing Osama bin Laden, as well as their work in the war on terror in general. This document provides an official view of how these events will probably be interpreted in future history texts. Full text of the resolution is below:   112TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION SENATE RESOLUTION.#159 Honoring the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the…

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Osama bin Laden is dead, but Americans had to sell their soul to find him.

The sun sets on Osama bin laden. A terrorist is dead

The announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden came as welcome news to most Americans. His life and work of organizing terror has taken our country down a path that lead to the anti-personal-liberty Patriot Act, two wars that were placed on the national credit card, and the moral abyss that is called torture in Guantanamo Bay and other undisclosed anti-terrorist prisons around the world. In many ways, bin Laden has succeeded in destroying the best things about America. For nearly ten years after he organized the terrorist attacks…

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