‘The Interview’ for Christmas: Where is the Inquisition When We Need It?

By: Thursday December 25, 2014 2:00 pm

I never had any intention of seeing The Interview after seeing the commercials for it. It seemed like Dumb and Dumber go assassinate the Most Ridiculously Insane Dear Leader Ever. I couldn’t even sit through Dumb and Dumber, so I just dismissed it from my mind as a moviegoing choice this holiday season and left [...]


Still Having a Merry Christmas (Plus, Some Tunes)

By: Thursday December 25, 2014 7:00 am

This Christmas would be unlike any other Christmas before. However, I made certain that we still had many moments of happiness and joy. As I informed many of you who regularly read my work when I posted a tribute, my fifty-six year-old father died suddenly on November 14. He was one of my biggest fans. [...]


By: Wednesday December 24, 2014 3:00 pm

I chose long ago to represent the poor, the marginalized and the mentally ill. To give voice to those who had no voice. To save the lives of those whom the government would kill. And I found that every person, no matter what horrors they had visited upon others, possessed a core of decency and grace.

Delayed Deliveries Are Not a Crisis

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 6:40 pm

A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages not to be delivered by Christmas. For some media, this was the top story.

But that’s not a crisis.

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas—And Here’s Some Music for the Holiday

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 2:03 pm

Think of all the people in the world today. What values do we live by and how do we fail to create a world where love can win out. On this one day when many of us can abandon fear, why is it that we cannot do this throughout the whole year?

While Americans Were Celebrating Christmas, Obama Administration Launched Drone Strike in Pakistan

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 8:12 am

For the first time since the United States began to launch drone attacks, a strike was launched late on Christmas Day in Pakistan. Four people who could not be identified but who were allegedly from Afghanistan were killed.

VIDEO: Santa Shot With Pellet Gun At Toy Giveaway

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 12:34 pm

Xavier Hawkins dressed up as Santa Claus to give toys away in Southeast Washington, instead he was shot in the back with a pellet gun. The incident was caught on camera by the local ABC News affiliate.

Edward Snowden’s Christmas Message

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 8:32 am

British Channel 4 in the UK gave NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the opportunity to deliver a Christmas Message. In the message Snowden compared the surveillance state to British novelist George Orwell’s 1984 saying a child born today will “never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought.”

FDL Movie Night: Discussing the Reason for the Season

By: Monday December 23, 2013 4:59 pm

Tonight we’re discussing what’s known as the reason for the season: The virgin birth of Jesus in the manger at Bethlehem, the star in the east, the three wise men, the flight into Egypt…and hopefully we can get all the way through how Jesus got to be so darn popular.

The War on Marriage on Christmas

By: Saturday December 21, 2013 7:52 am

Very rarely does our government ask us what to have a war on. The proposal for missile strikes into Syria was a rare occasion when public pressure and other factors compelled Congress to demand a say. Public pressure then compelled Congress to say No.

But daily drone buzzings over various nations aren’t occasions for public debate. We aren’t being asked about another decade in Afghanistan or cooking up a future war on Iran. And our current president and his predecessor combined have wiped out eight wedding parties.

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