is it just me... or the late hour...
or is malcolm's stuff at zotz
working over best american poetry 2004... really kinda funny...
inventive... sharp... and... did i say funny... and bent... and
file under: how the mighty continue to
tumble... what next for LIFE
? it comes in the friday trib rolling around with
the weekend ads... bears a thin resemblance to the old war-horse...
Parade without so many commercials... but... it does have some
big pictures... and a pretty cool letter by tim o'brien to his
and today oscar wilde shares a birthday
with the great bob mould
it's a beautiful world...
taking a bit of a break from an evening
of counting discussion board posts... yesterday was the big start
of the infamous ten-post rule... so we've had quite a crowd of
posters over the past few days... 566 posts... gotta say that
so far i'm fairly impressed with the quality of the aplit thinking
on the board... keep it up, my little magnificos...
so... hey... amy
just dropped me a note... asks me to remind my vast unwashed
hordes of readers (my characterization, not hers) that her new
(and first full-length) book of poems is out...and available for
purchase... it's called Antidotes
for An Alibi
... check it out... especially if yr the kind
of person who is prone to checking out things of this ilk... personally:
i've liked amy's stuff wherever i've found it... you might too...
just a little hectic here at the end
of the school day... we've had short periods... the bell rings
JUST as i finish explaining the homework... and i've forgotten
to collect student folders... i yell as they leave.. "Folders!
Put your folders on the desk there!"... and I ask one kid
to stay behind for a chat... and a group of others are waiting
to learn their curent post count from the discussion board...
and a senior has forms for a college recommendation letter...
and another senior needs some attention to a college ap essay...
and somehow it all gets done...
folders... chat... count... college letter and essay... but we
had a few wild moments there... bit of a juggling act... everybody's
just a little wired here near the end of the quarter...
in my archives... first reaction is almost always:
"did i write that?"... second thought: "yeah, kid,
yr a poetry stud"... third thought: "get real... it's
just one line"... fourth thought: "yeah... still...
better to be a one-line stud than no stud at all, right?"
... thanks nick.
New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Contributor: Voting Our
Conscience, Not Our Religion
(free registration required)...None of this is to argue that abortion should
be acceptable. History will judge our society's support of abortion
in much the same way we view earlier generations' support of torture
and slavery - it will be universally condemned. The moral condemnation
of abortion, however, need not lead to the conclusion that criminal
prosecution is the best way to limit the number of abortions.
Those who view abortion as the most significant issue in this
campaign may well want to supplement their abstract desire for
moral rectitude with a more realistic focus on how best to ensure
that fewer abortions take place.
... writes Mark Roche of
the University of Notre Dame.
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.