March 2013

Leaning In

Before Sheryl Sandberg there was Sister Mary Benedict. The other night, I settled back to watch an old (1945) classic and was surprised to discover a few ethical indiscretions. The Bells of St. Mary’s tells the story of kindly father O’Malley (Bing Crosby) who is … Read More

The Dark Knight of “Wisdom”

Who is Bobby Knight? He’s a legendary coach who ranks third in all-time wins for NCAA Division I men’s basketball. Take the word “wins” out of that description and what you really have is a world-class bully who has used his position as a college … Read More

The Two Dick Cheneys

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” Lincoln never encountered the remarkable certitude of former Vice-President Dick Cheney. In a new Showtime documentary by filmmaker R.J. Cutler, aptly titled The World According Read More

Stupid is as Stupid Does

This image has not been photo-shopped. The photo accurately shows Denise Tarrant holding her 2-week-old grandson, as she pays for dinner at All Around Pizza in Virginia Beach, Virginia last month (Feb. 18). Why is this grandmother openly “packing heat” in a restaurant?

Well, she’s … Read More

The Ethical Take

Beginning today, at least once a month, I will offer an abbreviated take on a variety of current issues. First up: The New Pope –

Let’s begin with the fact that, historically, the (Roman) Catholic Church is the oldest club on the planet. With 1.2 … Read More

Prey, Pay and Obey

Friend and colleague Colman McCarthy, a former Post columnist, directs the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington DC, and teaches courses on nonviolence at six area colleges and high schools. (He’s also a recovering Catholic.)

A critic of Roman Catholicism, calling it “200 years … Read More

This is an amazing story not only of duty and courage, but of faith. Last week, President Obama stood in the East Room of the White House to tell an amazing story of courage and duty by an Army Chaplain in the Korean War. The … Read More

Stuntsmanship vs. Statesmanship

What’s wrong with this picture? When Kentucky Senator Rand Paul finished his almost 13-hour filibuster on whether the government has the legal authority to order drone strikes against Americans living in the U.S., I rolled my eyes believing there are more than a few other … Read More

A Tale of Two Decision Makers

Wednesday’s New York Times (Mar. 6), offered two stories, appearing side-by-side, that present a contrast in decision-making between two high-profile executives. One uses rationalization while the other employs reason.

The two company figureheads I’m talking about are Marissa Mayer, newly installed CEO of Yahoo, an … Read More

Crucial Years

In 1951, nuclear testing continued with a 1-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat near Las Vegas, Nevada. President Harry Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his command in the Far East. Senator Estes Kefauver headed a Senate committee investigating interstate crime, and…

…on one bright … Read More