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Living In Oz

Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said, “The flag is moving.”   The other said, “The wind is moving.”  A sage happened to be passing by. He told them, “Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving.”  – a Zen koan Freud said that society is a universal human fantasy.  The nations, […]

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If It Walks Like A Duck

In 2012, the United States will spend more than $1 trillion on the defense department and war.  We spend more on the military than we do anything else in the federal budget.  The 2012 allocation for education is $77.4 billion, or approximately 7% of what we splurge on defending ourselves.  Cancelling the space shuttle saved […]

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The Rampage of Sgt. Bales

“My rage, my fury would drive me now to hack your flesh away and eat you raw – such agonies you have caused me.”  -Achilles At the beginning of the Iliad, we find Achilles sulking in his tent.  Refusing to fight, because Agamemnon took his sexy, blonde war prize, Achilles doesn’t lift a finger even […]

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Penn State and Us

When I worked with drug addicts, I had a client named Ben.  Ben was in his early twenties, a warehouse worker, a high school drop-out, and an alcoholic who snorted cocaine occasionally.  He was in treatment because the beer and coke exacerbated his temper.  Ben was not a friendly drunk.  Fights with his girlfriends often […]

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One Nation Under God- Part 2

While courts may view the phrase one nation under God with some skepticism, the American people do not.  An amazing eighty-five percent of us believe the sentiment belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance.  That’s a degree of unanimity Americans share about very few things, and it makes me wonder if people have thought this through. […]

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Holy Terror

God said to Abraham, kill me a son. Abe said, Man, you must be puttin’ me on. God say no.  Abe say what. God say you can do what you want, Abe, but the next time you see me comin’ you better run. Well, Abe say where you want this killin’ done? God say down […]

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