gaymarriage

Gay Marriage Matters — More Than I Ever Realized

I’m almost forty years old, and I’m single.  I’ve been single for almost all of my thirties.  I’ve not even really dated anyone during all of that time.  I’ve just been alone.  This did not bother me for most of that time.  I was focused on other aspects of life,...

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#FilmThePolice – Little Brother’s Role in Police Encounters

Yesterday, I had my first direct encounter with a police officer in probably a decade.  When I was younger, they used to harass me quite a lot and I can’t say I have a great deal of respect for them as a result.  I can say in absolute honesty that...

gaybigot

Christians Don’t Need Protecting

Our country, at its very core, within its very fabric, places religious freedom as one of the cornerstones of our republic.  It’s encoded into our Bill of Rights, within the very First Amendment itself.  It has been fiercely defended throughout the more than two hundred years we have been a...

Street Stop Training

Racial Bias of Police: An Anecdotal Account

There’s a lot of thoughts I have about what is going on in our country right now surrounding race relations.  They run the full spectrum of different issues and aspects of this very complicated subject.  I’m not going to attempt to share those thoughts with you now as I don’t feel I...

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Facebook Is Ethically Corrupt and I’m Done

Today, I’ve made the decision to eliminate Facebook from my personal life.  This was not a decision I made lightly.  There are aspects to Facebook that are good.  I reconnected with many of my friends and family as a result of the social network, including the very first friend I...

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Nothing’s Free, Everything’s For Sale

We live in a world where nothing is free and everything is for sale.  This is something that I am only just now, at the age of thirty-seven, beginning to truly recognize and understand.  There are many things about our world that have often puzzled me throughout the first half of my...

USA

American Politics are Embarrassing and Juvenile

Well over two hundred years ago, passionate men of various ideologies got together and formed a new country.  They didn’t all share the same political beliefs, but they shared a similar desire.  These were intelligent men who argued ardently for their beliefs, while remaining flexible enough to reach a compromise...

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It’s a Dangerous World Out There

These past few days, I’ve been mired with thoughts of a post-apocalyptic world.  I’m concerned about the state of world affairs.  The number of conflicts, at home and abroad, as well as the direction they appear to be heading in have left me deeply concerned.  I don’t think we are...

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Labels are for Losers

Throughout the whole of my life, I can honestly say I’ve always disliked labels.  It’s not the labels themselves that I dislike so much as the stereotypes and assumptions people derive from hearing them.  I feel labels are oversimplifications of complex things.  As such, I think using them to describe others...

Dexter

Done with Dexter

I’m one of those people that’s really out of touch with pop culture.  I don’t listen to the radio or watch television.  I don’t gossip about the latest from gossip websites (despite the fact I’m actually the publisher of PopStar.com).  I don’t keep up with the news.  I cut cable...