April 2008

Inflammation vs. Inspiration

Yesterday, Senator Barack Obama spoke out against the inflammatory remarks made by his former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Last Friday, Wright gave a performance before the National Press Club in Washington that can politely be described as all show and no substance.  He blustered, … Read More

Crossing the Line

Moral relativists won’t lose any sleep over this one. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (“The Fog of War,” “The Thin Blue Line”) has apparently pulled off another controversial winner with his new film “Standard Operating Procedure” which examines the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison … Read More

Three Friends

Three friends were called to the bedside of a friend who was dying.  The dying man says, “Look, I’ve led a good and happy life.  I’ve provided for my family, and settled with my business partners.  There’s just one thing I would like the three … Read More

If Fire Fighters Ran Congress

There’s a new TV commercial making the rounds.  It shows a large group of fire fighters assembled in a room that looks much like the House of Representatives.

The House speaker is a fireman, and the man at the podium is a fire chief.  The … Read More

Human Rights

“The promotion of human rights remains the most effective strategy for eliminating inequalities between countries and social groups, and for increasing security,” Pope Benedict XVI told the United Nations General Assembly in a speech Friday (April 18).

“Indeed, the victims of hardship and despair, whose … Read More

Conflicts of Interest

“I don’t pick the winner,” Air Force Major General Stephen Goldfein reportedly said, “but if I did, I’d pick SMS.”

That statement comes as part of a report that found that Goldfein helped award a $50 million contract to a favored company. According to the … Read More

Driving Miss Pilar

The Washington Post reported that Pilar O’Leary, head of the Smithsonian Latino Center resigned last February due to 14 ethical and conflict-of-interest violations.

According to a report the Post received in response to a Freedom of Information request, “The investigation revealed that O’Leary has not … Read More

All for One

Matt Sanchez left Santa Barbara only twice – once when he joined the Marines, the other, when he went to prison.

In 1987, as the leader of the Eastside Hoods, Matt called the heads of the area’s other twelve gangs together. After several shootings, he … Read More

April 2008 Ethical Hero – Beverly Torok

Beverly Torok is the best example of an athletic coach!  As swim coach at New Jersey’s Westfield High School, she teaches her student athletes more than the rules of the game.  She teaches them how to be ethical citizens. Case in point: New Jersey State … Read More

A Moment of Principle – Part 2

Former WorldCom auditor Cynthia Cooper continues a conversation about the ethical downfall of the telecom giant in her new book, “Extraordinary Circumstances.”

What caused employees at WorldCom to become complicit with the fraud? “Most people don’t wake up and say – I want to become … Read More