Why Coke’s “America The Beautiful” Superbowl Ad Brought Out America’s Ugly

Let me start by saying that I may be a few day's late to this party having been engaged in other life event activities over Superbowl Sunday and not having turned on a television until last night.  Why? That being said, I am aware that I apparently missed a doozy of a backlash against one … Continue reading Why Coke’s “America The Beautiful” Superbowl Ad Brought Out America’s Ugly

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Putting Federal Ruling about Gay Marraige In Context: A Look Back to Roe V. Wade and A Discussion of Human Opinion V. Social Science

One funny thing about being human is we tend to get pretty emotional about the topic of human rights.   Hilarious, right?  I mean, why do we have to take this stuff so personally?  😉   And that's not the only funny thing about humans.  Another is, on the one hand - especially in America where we … Continue reading Putting Federal Ruling about Gay Marraige In Context: A Look Back to Roe V. Wade and A Discussion of Human Opinion V. Social Science

The Nature Of Peace

In honor of the late Martin Luther King Junior and the inauguration of President Obama to his second term, I thought I would share this thoughtful perspective on the concept of Peace and our challenge as humans living in a “civilized” society.

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The Palos Verdes Blue - Rare And FragileWhat is peace?

The definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary (online) says this:

1 : a state of tranquillity or quiet: as

a: freedom from civil disturbance

b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace>

2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3 : harmony in personal relations

4

a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments

b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

5: used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

at peace

: in a state of concord or tranquillity

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The Democratic Coast: What’s With The West Coast Swing To The Left?

It's official: our new president is our incumbent president: A democrat who's social and economic politices lean decidedly left. If you look at the voting maps, in addition to dominating the Northeast United states and a couple of more forward-leaning states "in the middle", one thing is clear. Obama dominated the west coast, which is … Continue reading The Democratic Coast: What’s With The West Coast Swing To The Left?

National Coming Out Day: A Modern American Ritual Rooted In Cultural Conflict

October 11th is National Coming Out Day.  Unlike the Gay Pride marches and festivities you see around the country (typically on the last Sunday in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village that sparked the gay rights movement), National Coming Out day is a more awareness and empathy oriented commemoration. According … Continue reading National Coming Out Day: A Modern American Ritual Rooted In Cultural Conflict

Chic-Fil-A Doesn’t Want Gays To Get Married: But Can I Stil Eat Thier Sammiches?

What an interesting dilemma the folks at Chick-Fil-A have put consumers in.  They have publicly expressed a very polarizing point of view on social hot-topic:  Gay Marriage. In case you haven't heard: they are not in the equal rights camp. Rather, the CEO of the company has come out publicly on several occasions letting America … Continue reading Chic-Fil-A Doesn’t Want Gays To Get Married: But Can I Stil Eat Thier Sammiches?

Who is Dolly Madison?

Hint...its' not the snack cake. Remember the story from the war of 1812 where Canadians burnt down the White House and Dolly Madison (James Madison's first last) came running out of the flaming building with a painting of George Washington under her arm? Well, of you are an American then the definitive answer is "no". … Continue reading Who is Dolly Madison?