May '11

Looking in the Mirror

“One aspect of being human is our ability to choose our own behavior; more specifically, our capacity to return good for evil, love for hate, dignity for indignity.” – Pamela Gerloff

“2 wrongs don’t make a right.”

Isn’t that the old saying?

Too bad it isn’t true.

“Right” is simply in the eye of the beholder.

Aug '10

Are YOU Open?

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s been a crazy week. One that saw my daughter starting college full-time, me getting a “job” and included my 1st “hater” on the blog.

But the craziest thing this week occurred on Twitter tonight.

I got in the middle of a religious/political “conversation” and found my worst fear may be true. (more…)

Aug '10

The Best Way I Can (my 100th post!)

I’m going to post this even if it doesn’t make any sense.

For that I apologize.

Something has truly taken over me this morning and I am literally channeling this.

Last night, a friend of mine posted a video of Ronald Reagan on his site.

I didn’t watch it. It made me want to puke. (more…)

Jul '10

VIDEO – Rachel Maddow Show: Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!

I’ve been looking for a way to share this clip with you for several days. Thanks to the folks at The Political Carnival* for making it easy.

I’d never seen Rachel Maddow’s show before. I actually do not watch the news on purpose, so the Shirley Sherrod scandal was “old news” by the time I’d heard about it.

What Rachel points out in the video is how white people are being manipulated for political gain. Day after day, you are being given a multitude of reasons to be afraid. Afraid that someone, mainly (and conveniently) black people are taking away what belongs to YOU.

It’s not a new strategy.

What gets me is that it still works. (more…)

May '10

Who wins?

I have mentioned before that my daughter and I used to watch religion channels for the fun of it. She is still exploring her beliefs. For me, it was an exercise in being able to sit silently (HA!) and take in another point of view. I wish I could say I was good at the silent part.

There was one particular program that for some reason really worked me up. The evangelist died a few years ago and I actually said out loud, “Thank God. There will be less of his poison spreading.”

Not my proudest moment, I agree. But as far as his particular brand of “poison”, well it’s still alive and well.

His family has managed to keep the broadcast on TV, using it mostly to support their political agenda. If you didn’t know better, you would be certain that the same people who spin for the likes of Glenn Beck or the Tea Party actually work there.

But they all love Jesus, don’t they. (more…)