Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, July 31, 2010 5:53 pm

Jeffrey Lord, lynching and blindness

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A few days ago, Jeffrey Lord published this column at The American Spectator in which he claimed that fired Ag Department employee Shirley Sherrod’s story about a relative being lynched was false. In the column, he tried to define lynching specifically as hanging, rather than a method-neutral form of murder intended to terrorize others.

I blogged briefly about this (“Lynch mope,” 7/26/10). I wanted to leave a comment on the original column as well. The Spectator doesn’t allow that, but it did publish Lord’s e-mail address so I wrote him essentially the same sentiment I blogged.

I figured he was probably catching hell from every corner of the country, so you may imagine my surprise when he actually wrote back and we exchanged another couple of e-mails. With his gracious permission, the exchange follows verbatim:

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Dear Mr. Lord:

I dearly hope you aren’t as stupid as you appear to be. Because based on this, you appear to be pretty damn stupid.
Best,

Lex Alexander
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Well, Lex. believe it or not that’s probably in the running for nicest note of the night.

Thanks.

But I find it amazing that standing up for a color-blind America….makes me an idiot.

OK. I’ll bite!  Lots of mail…If I miss a response persist.  But simply put, calling opponents of health care racists (as she implied) is so historically rooted in the progressive past it takes the breath away.

Thanks for writing though.

Best,
Jeff

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Jeff:

Thanks for responding. (Pity the site didn’t allow comments to be posted, but I could argue that issue either way.)

No, standing up for a color-blind America doesn’t make you an idiot. Suggesting — in this day and age — that if you’re not hanged, you haven’t been lynched makes you an idiot.  But nice straw man there.

Where did you get that idea, anyway? No snark; I’m genuinely curious.

Best,

Lex Alexander
www.lexalexander.net

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Lex…

In truth, I’m beat here with all these e-mails.

But I will tell you.

In 1965 when I was about fifteen, we moved from Massachusetts to Virginia. Mom, Dad, me…no siblings. Dad was in the hotel business. First time I had ever moved, a big deal.

Shortly after we settle in, Dad, in the course of his job as a hotel manager at a new Holiday Inn, walks into the coffee shop to check it out for the night. To his shock he finds a young black waitress being viciously berated by the somewhat inebriated hotel owner, a Southern white man. The outburst was loud, public, mean – and incredibly racist.

Dad, your basic Mr. Republican, stepped in to calm things down, perhaps prevent a physical assault (not sexual, just plain old fashioned violence.) The waitress was sobbing her eyes out. And was promptly fired. As was…Dad. For defending her.

Shock ensues in our newly moved family unit of three. Dad regroups. Puts every last dime into a diner. Hires blacks and white. And…professional that he was…hires qualified blacks and whites. He needs a chief cook or someone to run the kitchen. Best qualified? A black woman. She got the job.

Like a shot, word zips around this small town that he has given a black woman authority over some whites. Boycott ensues. Threats come into our home. I watch as Mom takes the calls – he being at work. The threats are vile. Violence lingers in the air. I get an invite from a classmate to a Klan meeting.  At school, I am shy but word spreads that I sit with the solitary black girl in the school on the bus. (After two weeks I finally understood what was happening…real desegrgation didn’t hit until the following year. So, she being in my French class, a stranger like me, I sat with her.)

In the end, we had to leave. After two years we retreat north to Pennsylvania, where I finish high school college etc and eventually get to DC.

I can only say that during this period, i went from a knowledge of civil rights based on watching Walter Cronkite – to real life.  I learned what a threat to lynch meant. Nobody said…get the dictionary. The meaning was plain. People get dragged away, they have a rope thrown over the necks, then over the nearest tree. Nobody ever – ever -said, well, let’s check the dictionary.Geeky kid that I was, a big JFK-Bobby Kennedy; MLK fan, I started reading on the history of this. I was dumbfounded to piece together the history of progressives and race. I was big on the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 – but eventually learned the guts of this had been passed almost a hundred years earlier. I read and read and read. Woodrow Wilson was born in this town. How couyld he be such a progressive, I wondered? Eventually, the light went on. He was the president who segregated the federal government, brought Birth of a Nation to the White Hous etc.

And so I made it, in one sense, a mission to make sure we were honest about this history. That we had a better place to get to. The colorblind America that JFK and RFK and MLK talked about. And in terms of lynching…man…the last thing I want to hear is “the dictionary says.”

Does that help?  I morphed into a Reaganite. Reagan, who was a liberal turned conservative, was the original Reaganite. In a few words..it means freedom, equal rights, a color blind America, free markets, equal opportunity for all.  I oppose Obama because of what he thinks, not what he looks like. I support Clarence Thomas for precisely the same reason. And any white, brown, black, yellow, red, male, female etc etc etc.

Otherwise, Lex, we are going to get this country stuck. Forever destined to repeat really bad (I would say immoral) things that have, as JFK once said, “no place in American life or law.”

So there I be. To me, the word lynch means…get the rope.

And Shirley Sherrod? She may be wonderful, for all I know. But to say so casually, as she did, that if you oppose health care its because you oppose a “black president” sets off an entire series of alarm bells. Alarm bells that, I suspect, actually went off when those anonymous voices started coming over the phone when I was fifteen and hearing the race card seriously played. Hearing people calling others (me, for one) the “n…lover” word. Which was the phrase of the day among those who sought to divide by race.

Dad, by the way, passed away three years ago just shy of ninety. I told this story at his funeral. It was the first time his Pennsylvania friends had ever heard it. He was, as they say of many in the “Greatest Generation” a bit of the silent type.  His son, on the other hand, is one of those noisy baby boomers.

And I have not only not forgotten. I will not sit quietly by and let people do this. To me, at least, it could not possibly be more morally wrong. And people can spend all day calling me a racist moron etc etc etc for this..which, by and large today, they have. C’est la vie. No whimpering here. This is nothing.

Wow.  OK Lex! Geez…I should’a put THAT in the column!

Thanks for listening.

Best,
Jeff

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Wow. Many thoughts, Jeff, but the short version is: Yes, you should have put that into the column.
Would it be OK if I reposted this dialogue in its entirety on my blog? I will not be offended if you say no.
Best,

Lex
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Lex…

Holy cow!  I have received soooooooo much e-mail…almost entirely negative, that I failed to see this one.  Yes, but of course. Feel free. I am going to open up on this for Tuesday.

And thanks. Sorry I took so long.

Best,
jeff

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Well, I still think he was flat wrong in the original premise of his column. And despite following up both with me and at the Spectator, he hasn’t yet owned that wrongness, acknowledged it, apologized for it.

Unlike a lot of people who promote color blindness going forward, I think he sincerely, if misguidedly, believes that is the right thing to do from both moral and practical standpoints. But he and people who think as he does are misguided. They don’t see the advantages they derive from an accident of birth, because they have been surrounded by those advantages — pervasive, invisible and essential as oxygen — since birth.

I don’t think, my earlier harshness to the contrary, that he’s an idiot. Indeed, I think he could learn on this subject as well as he obviously has learned on others. But I don’t have the time or energy to be the one to teach him right now. Sue me.

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UPDATE: I still don’t have the time or energy, so I’ll let Martin do it for me:

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Friday, July 30, 2010 11:01 pm

Nutritional knowledge

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Mmmm. Science.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 10:25 pm

Quote of the day; or, Economics is not a Billy Idol song

Filed under: Evil,I want my money back. — Lex @ 10:25 pm
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Avedon Carol’s Sideshow:but she has it formatted as a blockquote and it’s not clear from the other links in the post where this passage comes from. So I don’t know who said this. (UPDATE: Avedon e-mails: “Psst!  That was me doing one of my ‘suggested fliers you should print out and distribute to your neighbors’ things.  So I wrote it.” So I’m happy to set the record straight.)

But more people need to be saying it, and, dammit, somebody needs to be saying it who actually is in a position to do something about it:

You worked hard and played by the rules, and now people in expensive suits who sat in offices recklessly gambling with other people’s money want to stop you from being able to retire.

They exported jobs to other countries and made it harder to start new businesses to create new jobs. They slashed government spending to the point where even schools are closing. They failed to honor contracts that said they would put money into your pension fund, and now there is no pension fund. And now they want your unemployment insurance so they can gamble that away, too.

They say you need to tighten your belt to pay for their mistakes.

Well, why should you?

You paid for insurance to protect you from this. Demand what you paid for.

Social Security: You paid for it. We have the money. You earned it. You deserve it. And they don’t.

We don’t have a deficit problem. We have a financial problem, oh, yes, but we do not have a deficit problem.

What do we have?

We have, first, a health-care financing problem. And that problem is caused overwhelmingly by the inefficiencies in our private-sector health-care system, not Medicare or Medicaid or VA health care.

We have, second, a fighting-two-unnecessary-wars-at-once problem.

And third, we have a problem with a small fraction of the wealthiest Americans, who are collecting all the economic gains there have been to collect in the past decade, who are paying taxes at the lowest rates in 30 years and who still want more, more, more. Not surprisingly, there is significant overlap between the “people in expensive suits” mentioned above, the people supporting these wars, and the people in this group of taxpayers.

The reason they’re saying we have “a deficit problem” is that, having taken pretty much everything else of yours that they can take — your retirement savings, your home value, money for your kids’ education, your salary (if you’re like most Americans, you and your spouse combined make today what you alone would have made for the same work a generation ago) — they have a problem: They’re running out of things to take. Social Security is the last big target out there, so they want to take your Social Security, too.

Well, screw them sideways; they’ve already taken more than enough. It is time for them to start giving back.

First, do nothing: that is, let Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the wealthy expire.

Second, eliminate the preferential tax treatment for capital gains, benefits of which flow overwhelmingly to the very wealthiest Americans. It’s time for these free-marketers to see what happens when we let the market decide the best allocation of capital.

Third, raise income taxes on the wealthy. A lot. The top tax rate under that socialist Eisenhower was 91%. I don’t think we actually need to go anywhere near that high, but an effective 15% tax rate on the five millionth dollar of income is a freaking joke.

Fourth, institute a wealth tax. Damn right I’ll go there. We need to put people back to work AND we have enormous amounts of work to do in infrastructure — everything from higher education to dams to the Internet to the power grid — if we’re going to have a prosperous future. The companies to whom we exported our computer-making jobs 30 years ago are also the same companies eating our lunch now on battery technology, so we’ve got a lot of lost ground to make up.

Fifth, single payer. Right now. Put the private medical-insurance companies out of business and let’s find more efficient, productive uses for that capital than insurance-exec CEO bonuses while the poor end up using the ER, and very inefficiently at that, for primary care.

Finally, let’s stop sitting around pretending that our problems are so huge that there is nothing we can do about them. There is plenty we can do about them. And most people in Washington know it. But the wealthy have so completely bought the government that it’s more rewarding for individuals in government to pretend we’re helpless than to do the right thing for the people for whom they supposedly work. This is the elephant in the room — see what I did there? Although Democrats are on the take as well — that the so-called liberal media won’t talk about.

Monday, July 26, 2010 10:48 pm

Memo to politicians

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If Allstate Insurance is willing to campaign against this guy, don’t you think you should?*

*Yes, I understand it’s marketing. This fact doesn’t undercut my point in the slightest.

Scary

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MRIs of various fruits and vegetables. Check the dragon fruit. What movie have I seen that in before?

(h/t: Nance)

Lynch mope

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns! — Lex @ 8:12 pm
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I dearly hope that the American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord isn’t as stupid as he appears to be. Because to judge from this column of his, in which he appears to try to make the case that if there’s no rope involved, it ain’t a lynching, he is pretty damned stupid.

Saturday, July 24, 2010 2:39 pm

Compare and contrast

Filed under: Journalism — Lex @ 2:39 pm
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Right and Left take on a CNN segment on anonymous blogging.

Newsbusters thinks the CNN anchors are crazy.

Glenn Greenwald thinks the CNN anchors have a point … but not the point that they think they have.

For the record, I believe any governmental effort to regulate anonymous/pseudonymous blogging would be constitutionally flawed and doomed on practical grounds to fail. This is not anything government can or should do anything about.

I also believe that media outlets and commentators overuse anonymous sources and that while there’s a lot more talk about that problem than there was 15 or 20 years ago, there’s been no action.

But I also believe that when the Drudges and Breitbarts of the world pull stuff out of their nether orifices, they should be held accountable. I know it won’t happen, but I would love to see Shirley Sherrod sue the stuffing out of Breitbart. What could happen, if reporters and commentators could be troubled to grow a pair, is that they could stop relying on the Drudges and the Breitbarts of the world when they’ve been proved as wrong as they have on as many big stories as they have. And the fact that Drudge has occasionally been right does not let him off the hook, let alone let off the hook the more respectable outlets that let him drive their agenda.

Friday, July 23, 2010 8:44 pm

What could be cooler than the world’s strongest beer?

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The world’s strongest beer that has an apocalyptic name and that you drink out of a dead animal, that’s what.

(h/t: Louis)

Why I’m not Anne Frank

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Not only do I not think most people are good, I think a lot of people are bastards and lot more are undiagnosed.

And both groups are grossly overrepresented among the people who make the decisions that affect quality of life for most human beings.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 8:19 pm

Flushing higher education

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Texas A&M, looking to cut $60 million campuswide, thinks it has found one way to save $82,000 a year: stop putting toilet paper in the dorms.

Really, guys?

Because to judge from the university payroll, you’ve got at least two coaches and an athletic director who could cover that and never miss it.

Remember this. And remember that the last administration thought it would be perfectly peachy for all of America to look like Texas.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 10:37 pm

Public-health alert

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This damn thing on my left forearm had better be a mosquito bite. Because if it’s poison ivy, I will require steroids, and once I’m on steroids my world-renowned geniality and charm go straight out the window.

Memo to Clarence Thomas

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Hey, whiner, you want a high-tech lynching? Well, here you go.

This case illustrates just how badly mainstream media have failed and why they deserve to die. The batsh*t insane far right utilizes the Rovian projection tactic, implying that Sherrod is guilty of the kind of racism that is their own stock in trade, and the mainstream media fall for it because 1) that’s NEVER been tried before [/snark] and 2) the MSM are so cowed by 40 years of intimidation from the BIFR that they take whatever crap Drudge or Breitbart throws against the wall and run it without first ascertaining whether it is factually or (crucially, in this case) contextually accurate.

Meanwhile, Ray Donovan (Reagan’s former labor secretary) and ACORN are off on the same quest: regaining their good names.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:55 am

The company I kept …

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… in the fall of my freshman year of college was the kind of company that produced valuable stuff like this:

Monday, July 19, 2010 11:38 pm

RIP

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Sometime in the past few weeks, our brave Granny Smith apple tree by the driveway finally gave up the ghost. Its age was uncertain, but it was pretty spindly when we moved here more than 10 years ago, so it died before its time, for sure.

Fred and his chainsaw were kind enough to perform the obloquies while I was in the mountains last week.

When I was a little kid — like, pre-K — we had a peach tree in our front yard. And although the memory may be apocryphal, I’d always had this thing about wanting to eat fruit that grew in my own yard. So when, a couple of years after we moved in, this tree started bearing small but perfectly edible tart apples, I was delighted.

Unfortunately, a couple of years after we moved in was also when we had the driveway widened to accommodate two cars, and that’s probably what stressed the tree over time enough to kill it. Although I will point out that the fungus and tent caterpillars, for which I sprayed faithfully every year, didn’t help.

When we moved into this house, we also had a peach tree in the front yard. And when we had been here six or seven years, it actually started bearing fruit. But it was dead within two years of unknown causes.

Our sole remaining bearing tree is a pear tree in the front yard. Hooper harvested a boatload of pears from it just today, even though they’re still a little green, because it was that or let the squirrels get them. But that tree, too, is stressed, with dead branches visible. I’m not sure whether there are soil toxins, bugs, fungi or whether it’s just a victim of its own success, but some of its branches have cracked this year under the weight of the fruit they were bearing.

To be honest, I like the taste of the pears a bit more than I did the apples. But when the apple tree blossomed, there wasn’t a prettier tree in the yard.

Glenn Beck pwned by social-justice Christian

I know and love many ministers, but just for today, my favorite is Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary in New York. I am drinking so much WIN out of her piece on Glenn Beck, Christianity and social justice that I do not own a beer stein capable of holding it all. At my age, I’m running out of things I haven’t seen yet, but until today I had never seen someone turn the other cheek and still leave a mark — and Glenn, buddy, all the pancake in the world ain’t gonna cover that bruise.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:06 pm

Hope that wrist tap doesn’t leave a bruise

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The government settled its mortgage-fraud suit with Goldman Sachs today for $550 million. Company stock went up about 4.5% before close and another 5% in after-hours trading, which tells you all you need to know.

This is a company, remember, whose annual profits are in the $16 billion range. A settlement worth a damn would’ve left enough blood on the balance sheets to cut the the stock price 30%.

So they got away with it. And they’ve got plenty of money left over to hire the people now working for the government who “cracked down” on them so.

Libertarians think this is just fine

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Those of us with two brothers with Type 1 diabetes, however, are not so easily amused:

In the fall of 1999, the drug giant SmithKline Beecham secretly began a study to find out if its diabetes medicine, Avandia, was safer for the heart than a competing pill, Actos, made by Takeda.

Avandia’s success was crucial to SmithKline, whose labs were otherwise all but barren of new products. But the study’s results, completed that same year, were disastrous. Not only was Avandia no better than Actos, but the study also provided clear signs that it was riskier to the heart.

But instead of publishing the results, the company spent the next 11 years trying to cover them up, according to documents recently obtained by The New York Times. The company did not post the results on its Web site or submit them to federal drug regulators, as is required in most cases by law.

“This was done for the U.S. business, way under the radar,” Dr. Martin I. Freed, a SmithKline executive, wrote in an e-mail message dated March 29, 2001, about the study results that was obtained by The Times. “Per Sr. Mgmt request, these data should not see the light of day to anyone outside of GSK,” the corporate successor to SmithKline.

In the world of Ron Paul and Rand Paul, this information would have been made available, somehow, to consumers so that they could punish GSK in the marketplace. In the world in which we live, however, deaths, perhaps thousands of them, were just fine with GSK and would be handled, if at all, as just a cost of doing business.

There’s one way and only one way to stop this crap. Prosecute those responsible for reckless endangerment. If anyone dies, prosecute them for Murder Two. (If a drunken driver who accidentally kills someone in a wreck can be convicted of Murder One, and it has happened in this very state, then signing off on a business decision that predictably leads to deaths can be prosecuted as Murder Two at the least.)

And when they’re convicted, make them do time as hard as the time done by anyone else who pulls a trigger.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:18 pm

Whom do I write like?

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Well, according to the I Write Like writing analyzer, both on this blog and in the last article I ever did for the News & Record

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Great: a guy whom way more people claim to have read than actually read, and a suicide to boot.

For grins, I also submitted my recent letter to my elected officials regarding torture and I got back Harry Harrison, whom I’d never heard of but whose work I will try to check out.

(h/t: Jamie)

Monday, July 12, 2010 9:53 pm

Clearing the fence

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My friend Andy Duncan lost the Shirley Jackson Award (novelette division) earlier this week — to Stephen King. I told him that’s like coming in second in the home-run derby to Henry Aaron: He can hold his head high, and no one will ever think either one of them used steroids.

Friday, July 9, 2010 10:13 pm

What gets you fired from CNN

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FAIR has a rundown. Hint: IOKIYAR.

Thursday, July 8, 2010 11:44 pm

Tasteless but heartfelt headline: Suck it, bigots

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Federal judge in Massachusetts rules the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bans gay marriage, unconstitutional because it denies members of same-sex couples federal benefits to which they’d be otherwise entitled.

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The beauty of this ruling is that it illustrates the perils of what happens when government attempts to legislate marriage. Now, maybe, we can begin the overdue work of getting the government out of the marriage business.

This ruling is another chapter in the long and honorable story of federal courts telling the people of the United States, “What part of equal don’t you understand?”

This one’s for all my graphic-designer friends …

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and I have quite a few:

Parts of telephone conversations you sort of wish you hadn’t overheard, cont.

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“The problem is, we don’t have any frogs. Not a one. And we’re not going to get any frogs until September.”

A Blog on the Run Colloquium

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Probably first in a series.

Alien. Predator. Zombie.

Who wins?

Discuss.

Pictures are worth a thousand words

Filed under: I want my religion back. — Lex @ 8:00 pm
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Local blogger Joe Guarino thinks that I, my congregation and my denomination suffer from some sort of spiritual flaw based on the fact that we support social justice (albeit not in all the same ways and not all to the same extent — any congregation with 3,000+ members will include a broad range of opinions).

His counterfactual assertions aside — I’ve found no evidence that the Presbyterian Church USA has in any way involved itself in political issues to the extent that, say, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints did in lobbying against legalizing gay marriage in California, for example – I get that he disagrees with my political positions and even to some extent with the social-justice philosophy of my congregation and denomination. What I don’t get is why he seems to think there’s something off, wrong or weird about those positions from a Christian standpoint. (Another example.) I tried to address that point in his comments, but more than two weeks after I left my comment, it still hasn’t shown up.

I’ve pondered whether or not to address that issue further here without coming to any decision. Now, I’ve found this blog, which gets at the issue from another direction: by putting real-life conservatives’ words in Jesus’ mouth. (Disclaimer: The title  is a little misleading inasmuch as not all of those quoted are deeply involved in the Tea Party movement.)

Children can do nothing so nice and generous for other people …

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that some crotch cricket with a cramped-unto-hemorrhoids view of what life and America and business “ought” to be about can’t come along and tell them they’re doing it all wrong.

Memo to Terry Savage: Whatever it is that ails America, children giving away lemonade and candy bars probably ain’t it.

A new enemy in the Battle of the Bulge

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The bacteria made me fat!

At last!

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For far too long I have waited. And now, at last, the wait is over.

It is here: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

With cats.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 12:37 pm

“Thank you, dear Lord, for this land of freedom.”

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Roberto Suarez, 1928-2010.

Exiled from Cuba both under the dictator Batista and then, permanently, under the dictator Castro, he came to America with $5 in his pocket and achieved remarkable success while raising a family of 12, caring for aging in-laws, and roasting the most amazing pig. His bitterness about losing his homeland was great, but it was more than matched by his love for this country, the opportunity it gave him and the blessings it bestowed on him and his family.

More importantly, to me, he was my next-door neighbor from the time I was 12 until I left for college.

God be with my friends as they mourn.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 10:26 pm

Why Facebook depresses me

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Probably the first in a series.

Number of people who like Megan Fox: 8,696,052

Number of people who like “Burn Notice”: 5.

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