A Matter Of Survival

I’ve been thinking about music a lot lately. Or, more precisely, what, if anything, I intend to do with my life musically. Right now I’m playing in two bands, and neither is very satisfying, so I don’t expect to charge up the proverbial hill as a bass player in a great band (which, of old,… Continue reading A Matter Of Survival

Obama And Racism

All I need to know about President Obama and the issue of racism I can gather from the fact that the same people who sent me jokes about black people in New Orleans after Hurrican Katrina, or jokes about the White House dinners being fried chicken and Kool-Aid if Obama was elected, are the same… Continue reading Obama And Racism

Rep. Joe Wilson’s “Big Lie” Outburst Offends Many “Real Americans”

What is one to think about Republican Rep. Joe Wilson heckling President Obama during the president’s speech to Congress last Wednesday? For myself, I think my seventy six year old, conservative (in the old school way), deeply spiritual Christian mother summed it up best. She said, “It figures he would be from South Carolina”. She… Continue reading Rep. Joe Wilson’s “Big Lie” Outburst Offends Many “Real Americans”

When Facts And Reason Are Thrown Overboard

“When facts and reason are thrown overboard and only timidity passes for wisdom, and we can no longer even engage in a civil conversation with each other over the things that truly matter – that at that point we don’t merely lose our capacity to solve big challenges. We lose something essential about ourselves.” –… Continue reading When Facts And Reason Are Thrown Overboard

Another Lie: President Obama Approves Muslim Stamp

An e-mail is circulating which contends that President Obama has approved a new stamp which celebrates a Muslim holiday. While the stamp exists, it was approved during the reign of his predecessor, not by President Obama, and it was released as part of a series by the U.S. Postal Service, not by some vaguely ominous… Continue reading Another Lie: President Obama Approves Muslim Stamp

Lies And Misinformation: Separating the Truth from the Fantasy

So many people write me each week asking if one or another rumor is true, such as any number of the daily misinformation e-mails that they receive each day in their in-box, that I’ve decided to start posting the mist egregious here on The Watch. This doesn’t mean that this will become a reservoir for… Continue reading Lies And Misinformation: Separating the Truth from the Fantasy