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Mortal Sins, a MUST READ New Book, for All Conscious Human Beings

(8) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 12:56 PM

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Michael D'Antonio deserves another one. Another Pulitzer prize, that is, for his new book, "Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and the Era of Catholic Scandal." This work is a 343 page offering that with a flick of a switch floods light onto the dark side of the...

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A Conversation With Anonymous

(320) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 3:02 PM

A monstrous crime allegedly took place in Steubenville, OH this August -- the rape and sodomization of a 16-year-old girl over the course of several hours by a group of local high school athletes known to their peers as "The Rape Crew." The story began making headlines in December, but...

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The Brown Cross: A Modern Day Robin Hood

(17) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 5:16 PM

I traveled to Hurricane Sandy six weeks after it decimated the east coast and one week after my Mom passed away. I was doing some contract work for a new start up called Yiftee. The founders and I were convinced their technology could help those affected by the storm, allowing...

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The Price of Politics: Why Humpty Dumpty Died

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 12:22 PM

Bob Woodward's new book, The Price of Politics is a whopper. Similar to the author's description of President Obama's reaction after the Republicans swept the mid-term elections, it was a gut-punch to my solar plexus. The true account, laid out through intense and meticulous interviews with President Obama and members...

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The Life of Blush Author, Harvey Helms

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 11:16 AM

One of my all-time favorite authors is Pat Conroy. From his exquisite writing I learned the rhythm of the tides and of the shallow marshes of the south. I avidly read sentences, and then stopped to re-read them; over and over again. My mind sees vivid images of oysters and...

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The Courage of Matt Sandusky

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:34 PM

This weekend, like many Americans, I watched my TV and waited with bated breath and hoped. CNN was on "Verdict Watch" for the Jerry Sandusky trial, in which a former Penn State assistant coach was on trail for 48 counts of sexual abuse with minors. For me personally, this ruling...

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Why I'm Running for President of the United States!

(6) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Last week, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. A regular guest on Fox News, pointed out that the "greatest mistake America made was allowing women to vote." At this rate, I won't be surprised to see a national dialogue on revoking women 's driver's licenses sometime soon. The idea will...

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The Hollow Ring of Liberty

(17) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 2:11 PM

Wake up, America! We have become far too complacent and trusting. We have been asleep at the wheel while our civil liberties are taken from us piece by piece. In only the past few years, Americans have suffered several egregious blows, with basic human dignities being stripped by our government....

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Pills for Prostitutes and the GOP's Latest 'Booty' Pageant

(21) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Guilty as charged. I possess a vagina, but lack the will to become a baby factory for religious conservatives. One cannot ponder the issue without including a discussion of world population and the many children born in this world unwanted and unloved. Therefore, I am one of those who use...

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Are 'Anchor Babies' Sinking the American Economy?

(29) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 2:05 PM

In the wake of the Civil War, many newly freed slaves were struggling to try and establish themselves. Lacking many of the same rights, these African Americans were relegated to political purgatory. This was particularly true in ex-slave states, which refused to issue even basic human rights to black Americans....

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We All Failed Whitney Houston!

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 12:21 PM

I went to hear a dear friend, writer, and activist Kevin Powell speak to a sexual assault group at Stanford University this week. We have known each other since we shared a panel at the United Nations. Kevin is one of the premier voices in black America today. At Stanford,...

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What Do Nancy and the "Gracettes," Rupert Murdoch and Other Human Beings Have in Common?

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2011 | 7:05 PM

We have ALL failed the children in our world.

There is nothing worse in a community than the unexpected and shocking loss of a young child. A child of any age. For family and friends who lose a child, it's life's worst circumstance. For community members who may not...

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Could Prenatal Ultrasounds Contribute To Cases Of Autism?

(12) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 1:00 PM

A conversation with Health Science Consultant, Nancy Evans:

I have known Health Science Consultant, Nancy Evans for several years through our mutual interest in women's health. Nancy is best known for her work on environmental connections to breast cancer, including the documentary film "Rachel's Daughters: Searching for the...

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Godwin's The Fear a Brilliant Witness to Mugabe's Continued Massacre of Zimbabweans

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 2:40 PM

Peter Godwin, author of The Fear, Robert Mugabe and the martyrdom of Zimbawe, is responsible for my sleep deprivation. Days of nail laden wooden planks, beaten buttocks and broken, irreparable limbs haunt me and I am in a fog. The truth of what he writes in his new memoir, a...

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The 'Abortion' Debate Needs to Include Men Who Impregnate Women

(107) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 4:25 PM

Imagine that you are in a country that allows the murder of a doctor that has provided abortion care. Or picture yourself living in a place where rape is qualified; you must have the physical proof in bruises to show that you fought back. Envision a child that is...

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If My Child Put a Teacher in the Crosshairs of a Gun on a Website He'd Be Expelled

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 4:19 PM

There, I said it. It's true. However, with the past few weeks hoopla and game-playing around the Arizona massacre, I did an experiment with the headline. I wanted to see if this resulted in more readers than usual. The truth is, Sarah Palin might be hard to tolerate with her...

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Cuba: 90 Miles to "Freedom"

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 12:48 PM

The southernmost tip of the United States is Key West, Florida. Straight out from Key West, a mere 90 miles away, is the island of Cuba. The two countries are geographically so close. This short distance has been noted as significant on several occasions, including President John F. Kennedy during...

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The African Library Project Goal: Eradicate Illiteracy in Africa

(9) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 2:48 PM

Did you know that most African children grow up without ever seeing or working with any books, that this continent has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world and that by adulthood most Africans lose their ability to read due to lack of available materials?

Chris Bradshaw of...

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Catholic Church -- Blasphemy as a Way of Life

(16) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 6:56 PM

I miss the Catholic Church. It's the not the archaic rules and the mantra of mortal unworthiness in weekly prayers but the community bonding and sweet rituals of the house of God. The experience floods my mind with memories of growing up in the Midwest with many of those happy...

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Do Americans Care About Violence Against Women and Kids?

(4) Comments | Posted October 10, 2010 | 1:31 PM

As scary as it is to admit, I don't think Americans care much about violence against women and children. As heartbreaking as this statement is, particularly for a human rights activist -- I believe it to be true. Perhaps I am scared it is true. This past week we launched...

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