All the Things Wrong With a 9-Year-Old Accidentally Killing Her Shooting Instructor

On Monday, a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot her gun instructor as he was teaching her how to handle an Uzi at anArizona gun range and popular tourist attraction called Burgers and Bullets. Image Credit: CNN...more
this, above anything else to me, isn't a pro or anti gun issue as much as it is a common sense ...more

Michael Brown and The Politics of Respectability

If we are honest, many African-Americans waited with baited breath hoping that Mike Brown was not killed while committing a crime. For many of us, it's our worst nightmare. That is, giving white America the fuel to say that our senseless death is justified. The politics of respectability have long been an issue for Black America. We have had to prove over and again that we are American too, in so many ways and so many times, that calling the role would be endless....more
Good insight on the issue of respectability as it relates to police brutality.  It does help our ...more

Stories and Photos That Show What Racism in the U.S. Looks (and Feels) Like

Sixteen days after he was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri, thousands of mourners packed the church for Michael Brown's funeral, while thousands more watched online. ...more
sgamer0425 Shellireads  Hi, Sarah. I agree with you 100% that racism is vile and disgusting. ...more

Protect the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

As kids across the country are going back to school, Congress is also returning to work after a long summer break....more

The ALS #icebucketchallenge and Why I said No.

My news feed has been taken over by friends and family participating in the ALS #icebucketchallenge. I'm impressed by the sheer number of individuals who have stepped up and learned something about ALS, donated, or dumped a bucket of ice water on their heads in solidarity.  It's really cool to see so many people rally for one cause....more

All the Things Wrong With a 9-Year-Old Accidentally Killing Her Shooting Instructor

On Monday, a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot her gun instructor as he was teaching her how to handle an Uzi at anArizona gun range and popular tourist attraction called Burgers and Bullets. Image Credit: CNN...more
this, above anything else to me, isn't a pro or anti gun issue as much as it is a common sense ...more

Who's to blame?

I typically try to stay away from opinionated posts.  It's tough to write a piece knowing that many will be opposed to what you think and believe in.  But this is something that I don't want to keep quiet about, something that was so irresponsible and had such a devastating outcome....more

Celebrating Cagayan de Oro City's feast of St. Augustine in New York

 “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”St. Augustine...more

Why I Am An Atheist

I think, at this point in my life, it’s pretty safe to say I am an atheist. ...more

Is It Victim Blaming?

I was told, this week, that I am a promoter of rape culture. I was called a victim blamer.If you know me at all, in person or through this blog, you can guess that I was a bit blind sided by that. I spend my life cheering for the underdog and seeking ways to help the downtrodden. It's not just that I feel it's the right thing to do. I truly feel it is my calling from God.  So when those words were said to me I examined them very closely....more

There Are No Sides

 One of my friends is in love with a police officer. She has been struggling with how to respond and process the events in Ferguson, but she is doing so from a slightly different angle than a lot of us....more

Michael Brown and The Politics of Respectability

If we are honest, many African-Americans waited with baited breath hoping that Mike Brown was not killed while committing a crime. For many of us, it's our worst nightmare. That is, giving white America the fuel to say that our senseless death is justified. The politics of respectability have long been an issue for Black America. We have had to prove over and again that we are American too, in so many ways and so many times, that calling the role would be endless....more
Good insight on the issue of respectability as it relates to police brutality.  It does help our ...more

Angel or Not - Who Deserves to Be Shot?

I wasn't really going to say much on the Michael Brown shooting that occurred in Ferguson, Mo. a few weeks ago.  There's so much going on and everybody's got an opinion, mine would seem a small voice in the chorus.  But I just wanted to say this....more