17 cents on the Dollar for Charity?

17 cents on the Dollar for Charity?

I am known for donating to many causes ranging from political, environmental, educational, and many others which grab my attention and make the case for my unconditional financial support.  The number of fundraising organizations that reach out and ask me personally for money via telephone, e-mail or snail mail has grown significantly over the past ten years.  More recently many are for causes and groups I have never heard of and have no record of ever donating money to previously.  Because my pocket is not a bottomless pit of financial largess I have had to institute a personal policy of background checking every fundraiser that contacts me, even those to which I have donated before.   One morning this past week my phone rang and it was a phone...

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“…provide for the common Defence and general Welfare…”

The language of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution is very clear: “The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;… To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy;… To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;… …and to exercise...

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The Good without God Club meets again

The Good without God Club meets again

Along this stretch of Old Route 66 and all over the city it runs through is a thriving community of secular citizens.  In the home town of Oral Roberts University where some 60% of the population attends church, some of these freethinking souls emerge from their incognito lifestyles to congregate as a community; as members of one of those organizations that make this place habitable.  Saturday morning in the conference room of a local Midtown Tulsa shopping mall was the time and place for the January meeting of the Atheist Community of Tulsa.  The guest host for this meeting was none other than Internet radio personality The Thinking Atheist.  This event also coincided with the host’s the 200th radio podcast which airs on Tuesdays at 6 PM CST.  Tune in for...

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The 114th Congress: Senate and House of Non-Representatives

The 114th Congress:  Senate and House of Non-Representatives

“I don’t want to see any religious people in public office because they’re working for another boss.”—–Frank Zappa The 114th Congress began session on Tuesday with the swearing in of the new 58 members of the House and the 13 new members of the Senate along with all those returning, 534 in all, less the one seat of the Convict Grimm of New York who resigned his seat after pleading guilty to tax evasion last week.  Along with traditional welcoming of all the freshmen was the fanfare all the Congressional firsts.  The 114th Congress has more women serving than any other previous at 104.  Among them are the youngest woman to serve in Congress, the 30-year-old Elise Stefanik of New York and the first ever black woman Republican,...

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A $500 wardrobe malfunction?!?

A $500 wardrobe malfunction?!?

Will Rogers once said…….”And the thing is about my jokes is, they don’t hurt anybody.  You can take ’em or leave ’em – you can say they’re funny or they’re terrible or they’re good, or whatever, but you can just pass ’em by.  But with Congress, every time they make a joke, it’s a law!  And every time they make a law, it’s a joke!” If Will were alive today he would not have to travel all the way to Washington to find such things happening.  No Sir!  He would need look no further than his own State Capitol.  One of our state senators, chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee no less, has introduced a bill that proposes to amend a nine decade old law.  In an example of the...

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