Federal judge Barbier ordered Anadarko, a non-operated partner in the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico when in blew out in 2010, to pay a fine of $159 million for its role.

“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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Former judge gets 28 years for scheme to unjustly jail youth – CNN.com

In the Kids for Cash case, earlier reported by this blog, Mark Ciavarella, who made millions “selling” kids to a private prison for cash, was sentenced to 28 years in prison and to pay $1 million in restitution.  There is some justice in the world, but often too slow. Former judge gets 28 years for…

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The Dish on Recipe for Success

Gracie’s latest on the Dish The Dish on Recipe for Success.

Bob On Viewpoint with John Fugelsang April 1, 2013

I was on Viewpoint tonight with John Fugelsang and environmentalist Bill McKibben, talking about the Arkansas oil spill.  Have a look:

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