I was sitting in Miss Chambliss’ 5 grade classroom at Oakhurst Elementary School in Fort Worth.  It was a beautiful, crisp late autumn day, one of those days we cherish, living in the oven that is often Texas.  We had just come in from lunchtime recess and were getting back to studying when one of my close childhood friends, Steve Ellis, burst into our classroom yelling, “The President has been shot in the face! The President has been shot in the face!” In an instant, my own life, and those of millions of Americans, changed forever. Read the rest of this entry

UN Climate Report Confirms Human Role in Global Warming

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists sponsored by the UN, concludes that the rate of climate change is certainly caused by human activity.  Talking about their findings, chairman of the panel, Thomas F. Stocker said, Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. In short, it threatens our planet,…

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Defending Healthcare Reform

This week, President Obama sat down with President Clinton to talk about healthcare reform.  The setting was the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which was founded by Clinton in 2005 to provide a forum for global leaders to tackle the challenges of today.  The annual meeting is held each year in New York…

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“I Am a Sinner”

By now you’ve likely heard about the interview given by Pope Francis to America, a magazine published by the Jesuits in the US.  In this history-making interview, Francis begins to re-orient the church from the corrupt political organization it has become in recent decades to its original purpose, providing the literal body of Christ on…

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The Case for Building the Keystone Pipeline

Loren Steffy, formerly with the Houston Chronicle, is now writing for Forbes.  He’s just published an article laying out the case for building the Keystone pipeline, with which I agree.  The key points are: Oil from the pipeline will not be exported, which is actually illegal under federal law. Refined products, like gasoline, are being…

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50th Anniversary of Two Great Speeches

We started this blog almost 2 years ago to discuss issues we believe to be critical to our American society: equality, social justice, energy, nutrition, education and security.  We named our blog this small planet, invoking the the words spoken by John F. Kennedy at the commencement ceremony at American University on June 10, 1963. …

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The Toxicity of Pro-Gun Rhetoric and Hate Speech

I have been trying for months to discuss gun violence in America as a gun owner and adult.  Like so many other critical issues facing the US, though, gun violence has been twisted up into a weird narrative by the NRA and hate radio talkers ranting about a dark world of Somalia-like anarchy, Nazi Germany,…

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