Sunday, October 10, 2004
long, jacques...Le philosophe Jacques
Derrida est mort...
i've just recently come across this position
statement from Sojourners
and find that it expresses pretty exactly my own thinking...God
is Not a Republican. Or a Democrat."It is the responsibility
of every political conservative, every evangelical Christian,
every pro-life Catholic, every traditional Jew...to get serious
about re-electing President Bush."
Falwell, The New York Times, July 16, 2004
"I think George Bush is going to win in a walk.
I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like
a blowout election in 2004. The Lord has just blessed him....
It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad."
- Pat Robertson, AP/Fox News, January 2, 2004These leaders of the Religious
Right mistakenly claim that God has taken a side in this election,
and that Christians should only vote for George W. Bush.
We believe that claims of divine
appointment for the President, uncritical affirmation of his policies,
and assertions that all Christians must vote for his re-election
constitute bad theology and dangerous religion.
We believe that sincere Christians and other people
of faith can choose to vote for President Bush or Senator Kerry
- for reasons deeply rooted in their faith.
We believe all candidates should be examined by
measuring their policies against the complete range of Christian
ethics and values.
measure the candidates by whether they enhance human life, human
dignity, and human rights; whether they strengthen family life
and protect children; whether they promote racial reconciliation
and support gender equality; whether they serve peace and social
justice; and whether they advance the common good rather than
only individual, national, and special interests.We are not single-issue voters.
We believe that poverty - caring for the poor and
vulnerable - is a religious issue.
Do the candidates' budget
and tax policies reward the rich or show compassion for poor families?
Do their foreign policies include fair trade and debt cancellation
for the poorest countries? (Matthew 25:35-40, Isaiah 10:1-2)We believe that the environment
- caring for God's earth - is a religious issue.
Do the candidates'
policies protect the creation or serve corporate interests that
damage it? (Genesis 2:15, Psalm 24:1)We believe that war - and our call to be peacemakers
- is a religious issue.
Do the candidates' policies pursue
"wars of choice" or respect international law and cooperation
in responding to real global threats? (Matthew 5:9)We believe that truth-telling is a religious
Do the candidates tell the truth in justifying war
and in other foreign and domestic policies? (John 8:32)We believe that human rights
- respecting the image of God in every person - is a religious
How do the candidates propose to change the attitudes
and policies that led to the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners?
(Genesis 1:27)We believe
that our response to terrorism is a religious issue.
candidates adopt the dangerous language of righteous empire in
the war on terrorism and confuse the roles of God, church, and
nation? Do the candidates see evil only in our enemies but never
in our own policies? (Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 8:12-13 )We believe that a consistent ethic of human life
is a religious issue.
Do the candidates' positions on abortion,
capital punishment, euthanasia, weapons of mass destruction, HIV/AIDS-and
other pandemics-and genocide around the world obey the biblical
injunction to choose life? (Deuteronomy 30:19)
We also admonish both parties and candidates to
avoid the exploitation of religion or our congregations for partisan
this statement, we call Christians and other people of faith to
a more thoughtful involvement in this election, rather than claiming
God's endorsement of any candidate.
is the meaning of responsible Christian citizenship.
yr friend... good old brtom... lefty... wannabe christian...Founded in 1971, Sojourners
is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice
the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
been buried in dylan's book all day...
Friday, October 08, 2004
good news for us... malcolm's at the
smoking was part of my college days...
i picked up a pipe at the walgreens on 16th and wisconsin... but
after a month or so of all the business and a few close calls
with self-immolation i moved to various brands of cheap and really
cheap cigars... and smelled like my grandfather on and off for
the next few years... so when it came time to try cigarettes i
was unimpressed... and pretty much done with tobacco... but i
never had anything against it and never minded friends who smoked...
live and let live... or die... as the case may be...
in the late summer after my graduation from marquette...
(where was i? starting my first teaching job in louisville)...
a bit off to the east in henry county a group of neighbors were
bringing in the tobacco crop on owen flood's farm... now thirty
years later i'm reading about it and looking at photos in this
long thin book... Tobacco Harvest: An Elegy... wendell
berry's essay serves the reader well... tells the story of that
summer work, identifies the laborers pictured... including himself
his son and daughter... describes the craft, the pain and the
pleasure of the work, touches on the social history of the work
and the economic-political evolution of tobacco farm policy, and...
well, the jacket copy says it... "An insightful meditation
on the shifting nature of humans' relationships with the land
and with each other, Berry's essay laments the economic, political,
and societal changes that have forever altered Kentucky's rich
agricultural traditions." ... the b/w photographs by james
baker hall clearly, fittingly, and often beautifully document
the work, the place, and the people... overall, a necessary reminder
of the human face of tobacco... its once-honorable place in the
life of a community...
doesn't side-step the "health issues" of tobacco...
but he writes "...the old antipathy to tobacco, which had
been mainly religious and social, became not only political but
politically correct and as fashionable as cigarette smoking had
been. For some people, some Kentucky newspaper editors among them,
the new infamy of tobacco legitimized the old prejudice against
farmers and country people. The growers were condemned along with
the crop, even though the farms that produced tobacco has always
been diversified and were contributing significantly to the food
i like that hint of thoreau in bob's
thought... hdt: Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
from dylan's chronicles...
Whatever the case, it wasn't that I was anti-popular
culture or anything and I had no ambitions to stir things up.
I just thought of mainstream culture as lame as hell and a big
trick. It was like the unbroken sea of frost that lay outside
the window and you had to have awkward footgear to walk on it.
I didn't know what age of history we were in nor what the truth
of it was. Nobody bothered with that. If you told the truth,that
was all well and good and if you told the un-truth, well, that's
still well and good. Folk songs had taught me that. As for what
time it was, it was always just beginning to be daylight and I
knew a little bit about history, too -- the history of a few nations
and states -- and it was always the same pattern. Some early archaic
period where society grows and develops and thrives, then some
classical period where the society reaches its maturation point
and then a slacking off period where decadence makes things fall
apart. I had no idea which one of these stages America was in.
There was nobody to check with. A certain rude rhythm was making
it all sway, though. It was pointless to think about it. Whatever
you were thinking could be dead wrong.
coincidental that the three books i've
recently got have all been designed in black and white... the
hall/berry elegy, the walden, and bob's chronicles... all in a
black & white moment...
ALRIGHTY.... Hannah Coulter: A Novel
... shipped... and should
be in my grubby old hands in a day or two... released at least
one month sooner than expected... good news for fans of WB...
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Unlimited Books | St Andrews launches online poetry guideSt Andrews University today launched an online
guide to poetry through the ages to coincide with national poetry
day. The website documents the historical progression of poetry
in seven global regions, with links to information about the major
poet of each era. It has sections documenting the poetry of Africa
and south east Asia, and period-by-period analysis of the development
of poetry in the UK.
from garrison keillor's The
Writer's AlmanacIt's the birthday of
the poet, and novelist Sherman Alexie, born on an Indian reservation
near Spokane, Washington (1966). As an infant, he was diagnosed
hydrocephalic, underwent brain surgery, and his doctors were amazed
that he survived. He suffered from seizures for the rest of his
childhood. For that reason, and because he was constantly reading
books, he didn't fit in at the school on his reservation.
read the whole bio here
happy birthday ShermanAlexie
and i see at this site of his that he was at suny oswego this
past tuesday... and guess who never said a word to me about that...
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
i just discovered that vladimir putin
is a year younger than john mellencamp... and it's freaking me
Nobel Prize in Literature - The Nominators
... so i wonder
if any college-type professor has thought to nominate mr. berry...
but it's a
nobel in literature to be announced here
tomorrow... will it be
bob... could it be wendell? i wonder how one might discover who
has been nominated in any given year...
self-inflicted christmas in october...
who don't like to open boxes from the mail... even when you know
they're coming... received today: two books, two cds...tobacco
harvest: an elegy
(u. p. of kentucky)... photos by james baker
hall, essay by wendell berry... pictures made in 1973 during harvest
apparently on the berry farm and elsewhere (any day new work by
WB arrives... is a good day)walden:
a fully annotated edition
(yale u. p.)... jeffery s. cramer
(ed.)... i was thinking it's time to read walden again... with
some facts alongside... a handsome edition...trouble
performed by ray lamontagne... acquired on a whim after a recommendation
by a perfect stranger...real gone
by tom waits... o boy... (any day with new waits... is a very
long, rodney d.I was an ugly child. I
got lost on the beach. I asked a cop if he could find my parents.
He said, 'I don't know. There's lots of places for them to hide.'
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
wonder of words
... "My imagination's broken!"
still tough to get back in... or is it
laziness... ap is reading invisible man... amlit just began the
revolutionary period... rationalism ben franklin the grid and
all... fielding some responses to the mid-quarter progress reports...
actually we've only got three more weeks to quarter's end...
Monday, October 04, 2004
| AgricultureForming a cooperative to
produce cheese in a modern plant needed to be examined by leaders
of the Old Order Amish, Gingerich said. For religious reasons,
Old Order Amish do not use many kinds of modern machinery. Their
lifestyle is best known for the horse-and-buggy transportation
on which the Amish rely.
Bob Dylan still matter?
... what a stupid question... and i'm
a guy who believes there are no stupid questions...
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