Newtown School Shooting Tragedy: The Overflowing Cauldron Is a Better Metaphor than Dominoes

Everybody should watch the Public Broadcasting Service Independent Lens documentary Newtown. The appropriate responses should then be a determination to reduce violence. Is gun control part of that? Probably, but it can’t be the only part. Is widening access to quality mental health care essential? Yes, but that’s not what I’m talking about either. Continue reading

Bill Maher’s Use of Opinion Polls of Muslims is Ahistorical and May Justify Violations of Their Human Rights

A friend forwarded me a September 2014 video telling me “you’re swimming upstream in your defense of Islam.” Not knowing I was defending Islam (I see my political stances as defenses of human rights of people, including Muslims.), I replied, “only out of respect for you did I waste 3 minutes listening to Bill Maher.” He then wrote, “Who better than you, to point out where he’s right and where he’s wrong? Please share your thoughts.” Of course, there are many better qualified than me (see after the blog post.) But, after some delay, here they are. Continue reading

Augusta Docudrama Premiere of “The Sultan & The Saint” Apr 30, 3 pm

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During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.

Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others.

Join us for the Augusta Premiere to learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they took for peace.

Eventbrite - Sultan & Saint Augusta Film Premiere - April 30

Ask Community Foundation of the CSRA to Explain its Donation to White Supremacist Organization

Update: Additional information in Atlanta Journal Constitution article, March 21

Augusta, Georgia-based Community Foundation of the Central Savannah River Area was the largest donor in recent years to the white supremacist National Policy Institute headed by #45Regime adviser Richard Spencer. Read this excerpt from Matt Pearce’s article in the March 20, 2017 Los Angeles Times. Continue reading

I Non-Metaphorically Want You to Recognize I Don’t Unintentionally Misuse “Literally” and “Random”

img_1399-e1440438276607A 20-something relative visited me recently. It was a struggle to remain calm as I overheard her on the phone misuse random & literally. So I’ve decided to begin saying things like, “Come downstairs, your coffee is non-metaphorically getting cold.” She: “Who was that on the phone?” Me: “Some intentional person.”

I’ve also added “Doesn’t misuse ‘random’ and ‘literally’” as a skill on my LinkedIn profile. Please endorse. Continue reading

I Independently Came Up with a Sudoku Heuristic. Yeah, me!

78d5be370952736fcf5e2de8d9b491c7A little accomplishment of which I’m proud: I devised a new Sudoku heuristic. I’m going to try to explain it to see if I can do so economically. I am sure others have figured this out and published it in books. But honestly, I came up with this independently. Yeah, me!

If two squares in any row or column or section may only be x or y, no other squares in that row or column or section, respectively, can be x or y.

Note: A section is a 3 square by 3 square group of squares which must contain one and only one of each digit 1-9.

My favorite site to play Sudoku is WebSudoku.com. I was playing my first Level Medium game when I came up with this heuristic to help me solve the puzzle.

Is heuristic the right word for it? Or is it rule? Or something else.

P.S. I did this while listening to my Pandora channel, New Jack Hustler (Nino’s Theme).

Support Tavis Smiley & PBS Against Zionist Attacks

I sent the following comment to the PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler. I encourage you to submit a comment supporting Tavis Smiley and PBS.

I only learned about the February 2, 2017 interview with Miko Peled on Tavis Smiley’s show this morning. I watched the episode. What Mr. Peled said is only shocking and extreme because many media outlets never allow critiques of Zionism. The tag “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at FAIR Media Watch is endless, yet worth reading.

I appreciated your response to the criticism of Mr. Smiley. I guess I just wanted to let you know that at least this viewer thought the segment was excellent.

 

Finally, it’s worth noting that the United States Department of State definition of anti-Semitism which CAMERA uses is designed to suppress criticism of Zionism and Israel. South Carolina is now attempting to force universities to apply it to on-campus activities. The inevitable result will be suppression of speech critical of Zionism and Israel. Continue reading