May 2014

The Ethical Take

From Donald Sterling to May Angelou (what a stretch), The Take looks at the top ethics stories (and one memorial) of May. Rochelle, Rochelle – First Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling signals (May 23) that he may empower his wife, Rochelle, to handle the … Read More

You don’t think it will happen…

How do you make sense of the senseless? As soon as I logged-on to The Washington Post Saturday morning, I stared in disbelief at a headline reporting that the latest school shooting had occurred just twenty minutes from where I live.

From late Friday night … Read More

Heart of a Hero

Shortly after the grenade blast, Marine, Lance Cpl. William Carpenter recalled a loud ringing in his ears and then something warm. “I felt like warm water was being poured all over me from the blood coming out,” Carpenter said.

In order to save fellow Marine, … Read More

Sniffgate

It’s OUT-RAGEOUS! Where is Rachel Maddow? Where is Fox and Friends!? Where is House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa? Subpoenas should be flying! What’s outrageous? California Chrome!

No, not the car show on sunny California beaches. I’m talking about that upstart thoroughbred that creamed … Read More

Redemption Found

Jeb Stewart Magruder, one of the last key individuals in the scandal known simply as ‘Watergate’ which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, died last week. Magruder eventually confessed his role in the botched break-in of National Democratic Headquarters at the Washington, D.C. … Read More

Fast and Furious, Conclusion

In an interview for Spanish channel Univision (Sept. 20, 2012), President Obama stated: “I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration.”

The Washington Post Fact Checker wasted no time in … Read More

Fast and Furious, Part 2

Operation Fast and Furious was the name given by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) “…to a group of Arizona gun trafficking cases under Project Gunrunner that began in the fall of 2009,” according to a report by CBS News. President Obama took … Read More

Fast and Furious, Part 1

“Facts are stubborn things…”
– John Adams On March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre began as a flash mob of citizens who surrounded and heckled British soldiers quartered in the city. With the local citizenry up in arms about the incursion of British troops by … Read More

Spinoza was Right

According to a survey by the Gallup organization (Aug. 2013), “Most Americans (80 percent) believe that today’s schools should teach… critical thinking… to children.”

“Critical thinking,” as defined by The Critical Thinking Community, “is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, … Read More

Way Too Bad!

In search of ratings gold, television networks always seem willing to go to most any length to degrade the state of the medium; (I still can’t get past NBC’s cable-owned Bravo’s Real Housewives series); but television news shows are supposed to be different, right? Just … Read More