Stay the Hand of Vengeance

Last Monday Foreign Policy magazine commissioned an article from me that was to be a response to a New York Times op-ed called “Gitmo is Killing Me.”  Just as I was finishing the first draft, the Boston Marathon bombing happened, so I expanded the scope of the article to speak to that horrible incident as well.

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Does Winning Take Care of Everything?

CNN interviewed me this week to discuss the ethical implications of Nike’s new campaign featuring Tiger Woods and his claim that “winning takes care of everything.”

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Guess Who’s Ethically Intelligent?

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting several talks to the students and faculty at Eastern Illinois University.  While I was there, I did a 30-minute interview with the local PBS affiliate, WEIU-TV.  You can watch it here.

I was asked to name someone I consider to be ethically intelligent today.  You won’t believe the response I gave (and, quite frankly, I was a bit surprised too!).

Who is your example?

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Is America in Danger of Losing its Ethics and Morals?

A provocative question, which I address on Vipp Jaswal’s Fox News Radio show. Listen to it here.

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The Right and Wrong Ways to Apologize

A running gag in the 1970s sitcom Happy Days was Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli’s inability to admit a mistake. The first two words, “I was,” came out fine, but it was that third one, “wrong,” that always tripped him up. Try as he might (and boy, did he try), the Fonz simply could not proclaim error. “I was wrrrr-rrr-rrr” was about the closest he could get. Decades later, many of us are still laughing at how Fonzie exemplified this all-too-human foible.

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The Funniest Man in America

The funniest man in America is someone you’ve probably never heard of. His name is Brent Douglas, and his comic persona is a rustic, angry fellow named Roy D. Mercer. For 30 years and until very recently, Douglas and his late partner Phil Stone were the morning DJ’s at KMOD-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Posing as Mercer, Douglas called people at work and complained about some bizarre problem he claimed they’d caused. He then demanded payment or promised “an all-day country a**-whuppin’.”
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Why Cheat?

Two days ago I got a call from CNN and had just an hour to get ready and get to the studio to do an interview with Carol Costello about cheating.  The race was on!

Just as I was about to enter the CNN studio in New York , I got a call from a  journalist named Michael Martinez–from CNN’s L.A. office!

After my interview with Carol, I had a terrific conversation with Michael and had a lot more time to delve into the thorny topic of cheating.  Here is Michael’s piece, Cheating Arises from Desires, Incentives, Pressures, which was published on CNN.com yesterday.  You can read it below or click on the hyperlink.

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Oscar’s Biggest Snub: U.S. Congress

You blew it, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As talented as Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, and Joaquin Phoenix are, the nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role should have included the United States Congress for its astonishing performance in Fiscal Cliff Fiasco, a mash-up of the thriller and horror genres. As I watched Congress’s virtuoso display of the theatrical arts, I felt a range of emotions: outrage, sorrow, fear, but mostly utter disbelief. You have to hand it to an actor when he can make you feel so deeply, especially when the script is so lousy; after all, the outcome of the picture was clear from the beginning.
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The Best New Year’s Resolution of All

This is the time of year when we make lists of all of the things we want to change in our lives. Some of the most popular ones are:

  • Losing weight
  • Attending religious services more often
  • Reading more (and better) books
  • Quitting smoking
  • Drinking less
  • Getting rid of clutter

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