May 2011

Memorial Day, 2011

I first spoke with vascular surgeon John Baldwin in March of 2000 when I was collecting stories for my book, What Do You Stand For?  That initial contact led to an eleven-year friendship.
Before going to Vietnam, John specialized in open-heart surgery but decided upon Read More

To borrow an expression from Glenn Beck, Ed Schultz has “a big, fat mouth.” The left-wing talker suspended himself from his own MSNBC show after calling conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” on his radio program.

On the Wednesday night edition of … Read More

Star Trek: The Wrath of Kant

“So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.” – Immanuel Kant

“Surely, I have made my meaning plain. I mean to avenge myself upon you, Admiral.” – Khan, a genetically enhanced superhuman who justifies his evil … Read More

Lance Armstrong

Q: What two things do the following athletes have in common? A-Rod, Chris Benoit, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi, Marion Jones, Ben Johnson, Mark McGuire, Rafael Palmeiro, Andy Pettite… (and I could go on). A: Yes, they all used steroids and the second thing… … Read More

This one’s for Mike

There’s this college buddy of mine, Mike. I call him the bass whisperer because whenever he was out on the water, bass would practically jump into his boat. Anyway, we’re both fans of the Discovery Channel’s documentary/reality seriesDeadliest Catch. So, in honor of … Read More

May is shaping up to be an incredible month for sex scandals, and we’re only half way through the month! No sooner did we learn that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, had been pulled off a plane minutes before departing … Read More

Director David Fincher’s film, The Social Network, is as deeply disturbing as it is deeply engrossing. It’s a testament to Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin that I could not take my eyes off the screen sitting on a crowded flight from Boston to L.A.… Read More

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The Ox-Bow Incident

One of many resources I consult on issues is The Ethics Resource Center located in Arlington, Virginia. “ERC,” its website writes, “began in 1922 as American Viewpoint, which provided education to adult immigrants about citizenship and values.

“In the 1960’s, Ivan Hill, an entrepreneur … Read More

The Shadow Knows

“The request came in by e-mail around 2 in the afternoon. It was from a previous customer, and she had urgent business. ‘You did me business ethics propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?’ “I’ve gotten … Read More