Thrown To The Wolves

This post has been inspired by the news reports surrounding the discovery of the bodies of 11 women (so far) in and around the residence of a sexual predator in Cleveland, Ohio. While I’m sure that everyone who has seen these reports share my feelings of outrage at this news, I’m am equally sure that…

The Discrimination Legacy

Right after I published another post in my series on intolerance: Tolerance… Not! Nature, I came across some information that adds even more fuel to the raging fire burning in my heart. Do you remember my attempt to point out how silly and counter-productive our treating Gays as ‘unnatural’ is in my post Tolerance… Not!…

Tolerance… Not! Nature

This post has been inspired by the philosophical issues involved in the big debate over health care reform. As I hope to demonstrate, this issue relates not just to the politics of the day, but to the much larger issue of our responsibilities to each other as a species, and to the natural world as…

Tolerance… Not! Smoking

At the risk of wasting even more of my precious breath, I want to talk about the new taxes being levied against us smokers. No, I’m not going to try to defend smoking – I know it’s bad for me. Blah, blah, blah. Instead, I want to defend my right to be treated as an…

Tolerance… Not! Perfection

Because I had a tendency to hold up the process of testing and quality control on my job, my supervisor once remarked that, “if we waited for every system to be perfect, we’d never ship anything.” I had to agree that he was right, but that doesn’t mean that I was ever comfortable with that…

Tolerance… Not! Race

Because of the profound effect that this issue has had on me personally, deciding how to tackle the subject of racial intolerance has been a difficult task. Growing up in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s as the offspring of racially mixed parents has provided me with more than a little experience with racism. So much…

Tolerance… Not! Religion

Right from the start, I must state that I have difficulty tolerating religion of any kind. While I’ve found the majority of the religious people I have known to be kind and decent in general, I doubt that I’ll ever really trust anyone who’s choices are guided by belief in the supernatural. This mistrust is…

Tolerance… Not! Prostitution

Prostitution. It’s not called “the world’s oldest profession” for nothing. I think it’s safe to say that as long as there have been people desiring sex without entanglements there have been prostitutes to meet the demand. And it’s no doubt equally safe to say that prostitutes have always been reviled by those who think that…

Tolerance… Not! Drugs

All the news coverage of the various congressional hearings going on have reminded me of a funny scenario I once envisioned. The thought came about after a conversation I had with a couple of the local dope boys. I had overheard them complaining about being harassed by Five-O and I just couldn’t resist pointing out…