Tuesday, November 30

Remembering Larry Brown


We'll miss you, Larry.

Falluja 'a horror' after U.S.- led offensive

Long road ahead for residents of shattered city

Alejandro Escovedo Q&A

Ladies & Gentlemen, The Legend

Another one bites the dust

Bush's US security chief 'quits'

Tom Brokaw leaving is sad but this is distressing

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR

Check out his remaining and archived shows: The Tavis Smiley Show

Quote of the Day

As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
Amrican Writer

Bet you didn't know about this...


We are still here : A Photo Exhibit

Lincoln University Student Wants School Name Changed

...describing Abraham Lincoln as a white supremacist, an atheist and a man who was against slavery only so far as it competed with free white labor in the newly acquired territories.

Monday, November 29

We'll miss you Larry!


Larry Brown 1951-2004

Unreal American

This is an editorial that was published in the Tennessean by David S. Harkness who is the father of a friend of mine.
A Christian responds to claims of moral monopoly

Films worth watching...


To name a few:
"It sounds like parody," says Turan of this film, which is about the socialist musicals of the USSR and Iron Curtain countries: films with titles such as "Tractor Drivers" and "No Cheating Darling," made under the supervision of allegedly humorless apparatchiks. Stalin was actually a fan of the musicals.

"There is stuff at which your jaw just drops, and yet they were hugely popular," says Turan. "It's an interesting corner of film history."

The six best Soccer players in the World

FIFA World Player of the Year award, the shortlist:

Thierry Henry

Andrei Shevchenko
Ronaldinho
Mia Hamm
Birgit Prinz
Marta

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The problem is not materialism as such. Rather, it is the underlying assumption that full satisfaction can arise from gratifying the senses alone. Unlike animals whose quest for happiness is restricted to survival and to the immediate gratification of sensory desires, we human beings have the capacity to experience happiness at a deeper level which, when achieved, can overwhelm unhappy experiences.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Count Me In

Independent Course Taken by Netflix
The New Zealand film "Whale Rider," whose young star Keisha Castle-Hughes earned an Oscar nomination but whose ticket sales totaled about $20 million, has been rented on Netflix more than either "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" or "The Hulk."

Probably got something to do with the hair...


He spits he scores!

Saturday, November 27

Sizzla makes no apologies

No apology from 'anti-gay' singer

I don't agree with what these singers are saying and he ought to know that the boneheads listening to him aren't gonna hear the metaphor but he has put his song in a religious context and, it seems, OutRage! has mis-interpreted his lyrics to a degree...when he says "fire pon" or "fire will burn" he is saying something akin to, "God's wrath will come down on", "not let us go burn".

Like I said, I know, and these singers should too, that their audience is not so pious that they will always take the lyrics to mean something religious.
"They can't ask me to apologise," he told BBC radio station 1Xtra. "They've got to apologise to God because they break God's law."

I'm selling furniture...

5 piece Danish Modern Bedroom Set

Thursday, November 25

Happy T-giving!


Thanksgiving on the Net

I am thankful for:
The life I have
The opportunities given to be by the work of my family
The family and friends I have
My health (albeit not close to perfect)
Tara (she is in a class by herself)

Wednesday, November 24

Now that that's taken care of

A Blackburn Rovers fan has been fined £1,000 and banned from football grounds for five years for racially abusing

Irreverent Scripture

The 23rd Sigh

Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want.
He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.
He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness.
He restoreth my fears.
He leadeth me in the paths of international disgrace for his ego's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war,
I will find no exit, for thou art in office.
Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.
Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.
Thou anointest my head with foreign oil.
My health insurance runneth out.
Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me all the days of thy term,
And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.

This is getting really scary!

Fans at the Bernabeu were seen making Nazi salutes and directed monkey chants at Bayer Leverkusen's Roque Junior.
Uefa awaits report on Real shame

You want Schism, I'll give you Schism

Episcopal Bishop to Stop Blessing Same-Sex Unions

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It's about time they took him back

Donovan to leave MLS, rejoin Leverksuen

Thursday, November 18

See the world through a camera lens

This is an absolutely amazing photographic record of America and the some of the other parts of the world.

Photo Gallery of Jacob Holdt

Is Spanish football racist?

I was in Spain for a few months in 88. I didn't get to any soccer matches nor did I personally experience anything but I did get a sense that there was some underlying anger towards Africans.
Racist behaviour could be seen "every week and all over the country"
Carlos Ferreyra Nunez, co-ordinator of Spain's United Against Racism

Somebody Get Me A Doctor

I guess DOA means something different now for DLR. David Lee Roth training to become EMT

Tuesday, November 16

What do you think they are smiling about?

Condi and her husband, I mean, the president sure seem to be close in alot of these photos floating around today...you make the call!

Thanks Phin for bringing this up

New Country of California

Dear President Bush:

Congratulations on your victory over all us non-evangelicals. Actually, we're a bit ticked off here in California, so we're leaving you. California will now be its own country. And we're taking all the Blue States with us. In case you are not aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and all of the Northeast States.

We spoke to God, and she agrees that this split will be beneficial to almost everybody - especially to us in the new country of California. In fact, God is so excited about the idea, she's going to shift the whole country at 4:30 PM EST this Friday. Therefore, please let everyone know they need to be back in their own states by then. God agrees we should have Pacific Ocean and Hollywood. Of course, that means we're getting San Diego too (sorry, that's just how it goes). But God is letting you keep the KKK and country music (except the Dixie Chicks).

Just so we're clear, the country of California will be pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and anti-war. Speaking of war, we're going to need all Blue States citizens back from Iraq right away, as we will withdraw from the "coalition of the willing" immediately. If you need people to fight in Fallujah, just ask your evangelical voters. They must have tons of kids they're willing to send over there for a purpose that keeps changing. And they don't mind if you don't allow pictures of their kids' caskets coming home.

So, you get Texas and all the former slave states, and we get the Governator and stem cell research. (We would love for you to take Britney Spears off our hands, though. She IS from the south, right?) Since we get New York, you'll have to come up with your own late night TV shows because we get MTV, Letterman, the Daily Show, and Conan O'Brien. You get . . . well, why don't you ask your people at Fox News to come up with something entertaining? (Maybe you could just watch Crossfire. That's a really funny show.)

We wish you luck with your new insular, inbred society and we hope, really hope, you find those missing weapons of mass destruction. Seriously, dude - soon.

Sincerely,

The New Country of California

N.C. lawyer disbarred for stealing from guitarist Trucks

W. Kelly Elder Jr., a North Carolina lawyer has been disbarred for stealing about $170,000 from Allman Brothers guitarist Derek Trucks, officials said.

Condoleezza Rice, the first woman to be the first black woman of everything


'As the first black female secretary of state she would win a place in the history books'

Monday, November 15

This is why it's called the gentleman's sport


Vieira dream becomes reality

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our lives is toward happiness.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Earnie Stewart departs an MLS champion


Earnie Stewart leaves MLS to go back to Holland

Political timewaster

Be sure to go to the gallery or click on the first picture...

http://sorryeverybody.com/


Secretary of State Powell Resigns

The Secretary announced to his staff this morning that he had submitted his resignation on Friday.

We knew this was gonna happen, right? We all agree that he's been the odd man out since 9/11, right? Please tell me this doesn't surprise anybody.

Teresa is a fascinating story, but Obama is a rock star!

Rising Stars of the Ruplican Party

I don't agree with Ms. Malkin's POV but I like the fact that she is pointing out that other minorities are getting in the game.

Sunday, November 14

And we have a winner


DC wins 4th MLS Cup with all sorts of records.

They won with 10 men.
They scored 3 goals in 6min.
Freddy Adu became the youngest pro athlete on any Championship team, in any sport, in American History
Peter Nowack became the first US athlete to win a championship as a player and win a championship as a coach within two years of retiring as a player (I think I've got the details of that right)

RIP ODB


Ol Dirty Bastard dies at recording studio

Thursday, November 11

Gonzales looks like trouble

Gonzales has also fostered the administration's culture of secrecy. For example, almost as soon as Bush entered office, Gonzales championed an executive order that altered the 1978 Presidential Records Act to severely restrict access to documents. Gonzales is a zealous proponent of the USA Patriot Act...
Gonzales Is a Disastrous Choice

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Darwin Award Nominees

1. WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence???

2. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up."

3. WHAT WAS PLAN B??? An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

4. THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

5. DID I SAY THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot", the man shouted, "that's not what I said!".

6. ARE WE COMMUNICATING??? A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart". "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"

7. NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo)!

8. THE GRAND FINALE!!! Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. NOW REMEMBER...THIS IS TRUE. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!

The Architects of Defeat

I've never heard a liberal or democrat or left-leaning moderate criticize James Carville before...leave it to Arianna.
Twelve days before the election, James Carville stood in a Beverly Hills living room surrounded by two generations of Hollywood stars. After being introduced by Sen. John Kerry's daughter, Alexandra, he told the room — confidently, almost cockily — that the election was in the bag.

"If we can't win this damn election," the advisor to the Kerry campaign said, "with a Democratic Party more unified than ever before, with us having raised as much money as the Republicans, with 55% of the country believing we're heading in the wrong direction, with our candidate having won all three debates, and with our side being more passionate about the outcome than theirs — if we can't win this one, then we can't win [anything]! And we need to completely rethink the Democratic Party."

Well, as it turns out, that's exactly what should be done. But instead, Carville and his fellow architects of the Democratic defeat have spent the last week defending their campaign strategy, culminating on Monday morning with a breakfast for an elite core of Washington reporters.
Full editorial

The more I hear from Arianna the more I like her.

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MLS Cup preview


"Nothing has been given to me"
DC United forward, Freddy Adu

A strong link in the oral history tradition!


Alejandro Escovedo's music provides the backdrop for a tale about men who immigrated to the United States from Mexico

Asalaam Alekum Prime Minister


Veteran leader Yasser Arafat dies

On this holy of holy days, peace be with you.

Wednesday, November 10

Bob Dylan: Reluctant Prophet

Dylan's new memoir traces his spiritual and musical journey through modern America.

Some of us new this already.

Top Ten Excuses...

...if you Get Caught Sleeping at Your Desk:
  • "They told me at the Blood Bank this might happen."
  • "This is just a 15 minute power nap they raved about in the time management course you sent to me ."
  • "Whew! Guess I left the top off the Whiteout. You probably got here just in time."
  • "I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new business strategy."
  • "I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance."
  • "I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress. Are you discriminatory toward people who practice Yoga?"
  • "Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out how to handle that big accounting problem."
  • "Did you ever notice sound coming out of these keyboards when you put your ear down real close?"
  • "Who put decaf in the wrong pot?"
NUMBER ONE excuse if you get caught sleeping at your desk...
  • Raise your head slowly and say, "...in Jesus' name, Amen."

Strange Brew cures what's inside of you!

Oh boy, oh boy!

Cream Stirring Up 2005 Reunion

Buddhist Thought of the Day

We plant merit with our minds, and we commit crimes with our minds. With our minds, we imprint images. This one mind is like an artist. It can draw anything, and what it draws is realized. If you surrender your impressions, ideas, thoughts, and so on at the moment they arise without imprinting them on your mind, your minds will not be tainted, just as the lotus flower is not tainted by the muddy water whence it grows.
Jae Woong Kim, "Polishing The Diamond"

The wheel in the sky keeps on turning...

...and I don't know where I'll be tomorrow. Mutu to hold talks with Juventus

Tuesday, November 9

The Arm of Communism Wields A Heavy Hammer

China's Christians suffer for their faith

What? Why do things have to be so complicated?

Drug for Only Blacks Stirs Hope, Concern

As stated in the article: Why can't it be a good new drug and doctors prescribe accordingly? AND it lends credence to the misnomer that blacks are genetically different. Urrrgh! Why doesn't something so positive have to be clouded by such goofiness!

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Buddhist Thought of the Day - Compassion

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

How can such a simple message be so difficult?

Monday, November 8

How many other pro sports would address the fans like this...

This was in my email box last Friday.

November 5, 2004

D.C. United supporters:

I am writing to each of you today for two very important reasons. First, on behalf of the entire United organization, I would like to thank you for your support of the team at RFK Stadium this season. Secondly, speaking for each of the players that will step onto our home field tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m., I am urging all of you to come out and cheer louder than ever as we play for the Eastern Conference Championship.

Already this season, you've earned our respect as the League's best fans, coming out in droves to cheer us on. In fact, our average home attendance ranked second in the League this year. On the field, we, the players, responded to your overwhelming passion for our club, posting a League-best 9-2-4 record.

Now, as we play for the right to go to the MLS Cup final, we need each and every one of you loyal United fans in the stands wearing black and doing your part in turning RFK Stadium into a crucible indicative of our belief that it is the toughest place in MLS for an opponent to play. That home field advantage will no doubt give us the extra energy we need to win the match and move us closer to our ultimate goal.

If you have already purchased your tickets to Saturday's game, we look forward to seeing you. If not, reserving your seats is as easy as clicking here.

Thank you again for all your support. Even though I won't be playing tomorrow night, I still feel that I have a part in the team tomorrow by supporting the club as best possible throughout the match. I hope you'll join me.

Sincerely,

Ryan Nelsen
Captain
D.C. United

Sunday, November 7

The Whoppers of 2004

Fact fudges of the Presidential campaign.

Mediterranean Dominance

Fox Sports World Club Rankings

The List:
1(tie) Barcelona (ESP)
1(tie) Juventus (ITA)
3 Chelsea (ENG)
4 Arsenal (ENG)
5 AC Milan (ITA)
6 Lyon (FRA)
7 PSV Eindhoven (HOL)
8 Real Madrid (ESP)
9 Inter Milan (ITA)
10 Manchester Utd (ENG)
11 Santos (BRA)
12 Boca Juniors (ARG)
13(tie) Valencia (ESP)
13(tie) Wolfsburg (GER)
15 Dynamo Kiev (UKR)
16 Celtic (SCO)
17 Sevilla (ESP)
18 Velez Sarsfield (ARG)
19 Bayern Munich (GER)
20 Newell's Old Boys (ARG)
21 Werder Bremen (GER)
22 Lille (FRA)
23(tie) River Plate (ARG)
23(tie) Benfica (POR)
23(tie) Feyenoord (HOL)
The voting: The FSWCR are compiled from votes by FSI writers and commentators from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. The world club rankings are published every other Thursday.

The Black Out Continues

United headed to MLS Cup after dramatic win

Friday, November 5

The Future Is Ours

Despite long lines and registration snafus, voters under age 30 clocked the highest turnout percentage since 1972.

Another one... Posted by Hello

My boy Billy gettin some press.

The Sidelines (MTSU Student Paper)
Issue: 11/4/04

Radio free Nashville
By Joey Hood

Wading through the frothy filler of Nashville's radio cesspool, you'll find a hardened voice scrupulously reading his seersucker-suited boss' focus group tested script.

As his trademarked tongue rolls over the predetermined script verbatim, his lifeless fingers press 'play.' Soon, the listener will be accosted with the list of usual suspects: Christina Aguilera, Switchfoot, Kelly Clarkson, Ashlee Simpson, Chingy, Avril Lavigne and Usher.

Meanwhile, a teenager in Memphis digests a suspiciously familiar lineup. Well... maybe there's some variation.

Possibly Eminem's latest release is tacked on at the top-of-the-hour, a dusty homage to Lauryn Hill accidentally plugged-in at the bottom.

Two stations down, a ranting Republican toastmaster rabidly misconstrues Sen. John Kerry's war record. After pausing for rancorous laughs, the talk show moderator returns to the topic at hand: terrorism.

Instead of imparting insight onto his loyal followers, the talk-show moderator maliciously spews forth hate speech on Arab-Americans, calling them "Arab scum" and riling his troops to "bomb Mecca."

And like the teenager in Memphis, the same tired story marches on through Topeka, Flagstaff and even Los Angeles. It's the same one-sided argument, the same Total-Request-Live-ready, tween-approved playlist.

But fear not, radio listeners. A new trend is taking place across the radio landscape - a movement that finds room for your Air Americas and edgier-than-thou indie rock bands.

Middle Tennessee's Radio Free Nashville partakes in said trend.

Debuting in early 2005, WRFN-FM 98.9 is part of a Radio Free collective - a progressive-leaning movement which has found homes in such diverse cities as Seattle, Memphis and Spenard, Alaska.

For the moment, RFN is still lounging on the proverbial drawing board. The upstart station officially received its construction permit on Oct. 31, and it has until April 2005 to get the station up and running under Federal Communication Commission guidelines.

"WRFN-FM 98.9 has been in the making for approximately seven years. I've been told that it's been a very long road for this station," WRFN-FM 98.9 board member Billy Lurken said.

Below is a Q&A with Lurken on everything from politics to WWTN-FM 99.7 commentator Steve Gill.

Joey Hood: A lot of MTSU students have expressed interest in Radio Free Nashville. How can students become involved with RFN?

Billy Lurken: Anyone can get involved in Radio Free Nashville. (They should) visit our Web site at www.radiofreenashville.org. Information about the station is there, as well as guidelines for putting together and submitting a show proposal. There is also a contact e-mail address on the site.

JH: Is previous broadcasting experience mandatory?

BL: No. Board training sessions are being held for those without broadcasting experience. How-ever, all operators must take an FCC-training class, regardless of previous experience. The next FCC training is Saturday, Nov. 20, at noon at the Nashville Peace and Justice Center. Anyone with questions about training sessions can e-mail me at lurken@hotmail.com, as I'm in charge of putting them together.

JH: Isn't Steve Gill a total tool?

BL: A cross between a plastic hammer and a dull saw.

JH: What type of music will RFN play? Will RFN cater to local bands?

BL: It depends on the show hosts. For example, I will have a weekly show called "Cosmosis" which will be an all-genre music show. Rock, pop, country, bluegrass, classical, folk, blues, reggae, soul, dance, world and hip-hop will be mixed together in no particular format or order. You may hear Buck Owens followed by OutKast followed by Beethoven followed by Beck. I'll also take submissions from unsigned bands/artists for possible airplay, as well as requests.

JH: What do you think of Nashville's current radio landscape?

BL: Nashville's current radio landscape is unhealthy. Shrinking playlists, voice tracking, less local flavor in the broadcasts, fewer programming chances being taken - these are the trends I see on the music stations.On the talk stations, obviously not all points of view are represented equally. This is the result of a few large companies owning practically all of the stations.

JH: Do you feel that RFN will fare well in a socially conservative Nashville?

BL: I think it will be a breath of fresh air. Everyone deserves a chance to be heard. That's supposed to be what this country is about. Plus, this station will offer so much more than political talk.

It will hopefully be an outlet for the international community here in Nashville. I know of a couple of wonderful music shows that will be a part of WRFN's programming. I believe there will be a cooking show, possibly a radio drama show and shows dealing with social issues. So the talk portion of the station won't be limited to politics.

For more information about RFN, visit the official Web site at www.radiofreenashville.org.

Let the jokes begin Posted by Hello

Thursday, November 4

African reaction to US Presidential Election

South Africans are bemoaning a black day for the world and its poorest continent - Africa - as George Bush gets ready for another for another term in office
South Africa's Star

US election: African reaction

Time - Black Tuesday Edition

That's one way to put it.

This sure seems to be the case.

Guardian Unlimited | US elections 2004 | Election exit polls 'useless' and 'distorted'

Two Nations Under God

Thomas Friedman hits the nail on the head.

If you aren't signed up at the NY Times I urge you to do so but if you don't want to give your info out, go here first and then the Times.

Happy Alejandro Escovedo Day!


.vek, Alejandro Escovedo & Jai
Originally uploaded by bmitd67.

Al is one of the greatest living songwriters and musicians you have probably never heard of. After a really rough patch recently he seems to be heading back out on the road.

He is one of the most genuine and honest people I have ever met, let alone gotten to know (we don't talk on the phone or anything but I would call him an acquaintance).

Read more about his special day

This is from a few years ago, my friend .vek and i went to Lynagh's in Lexington, KY for what was Al's last show at Lynagh's.

Maybe we did bring democracy to Iraq!?!

If the Iraqis are saying something like this: Iraqis Challenge Bush to Do Better Than Saddam, then I guess we did bring democracy it Iraq. Besides the fact that they wouldn't have been able to sat things like this when Saddam was there I love the irony in the fact that are seeing strange similarities between Bush and Saddam.

Quote of the Day - Blues style

I got the blues so bad I can't hardly walk.
Furry Lewis Posted by Hello

Maybe this is why Fred Samford limped.

Wednesday, November 3

Is it disappointing or par for the course?

George Bush and Dick Cheney have the White House for an additional four years. Congratulations to them and their supports.

The win begs to ask if Americans are blind to the realities or are we that easily duped into believing that this current administration is doing a good enough job to deserve term #2.

I am disappointed that we did not hold George Bush to his 2000 promise, which became even more important after that all important date of 9/11/01. He has not united this country and as we saw with some results from the election he has polarized us even more...the areas that were strong Bush are stronger Bush and the areas that were strong Gore or democrat are stronger Democrat. If he was the uniter he claims to be would we really have an 49/51 split in the popular vote, and practically that in the Electoral College?

What else? Oh yeah, the invasion, and seemingly endless presence/occupation, of Iraq. After you study your history and your current events you cannot believe that wars are waged over ideology. We did not go into Iraq to stop terrorism, we did not go into Iraq to rid Iraqis of a ruthless dictator. There are plenty of other places that were more threatening as far as terrorism and there are so many more dictators in the world that we perpetually turn a blind eye to. And most importantly you CANNOT force Democracy on a society. All of the "successful" democracies forced their own situation. Usually when you force a change of gov't on people, it's called a takeover or an invasion, NOT a liberation.

Are we as Americans so afraid of our own political system, so unaware of the world that we sheepishly follow along when the president says we must stick with him because he will get us out of the mess he made?

Now he has four years to make things worse with no personal or political consequences. I would be very surprised if we have a stable Iraq by the time George and his one-trick pony administration get out of office and at that time, he's off the hook. He can't be pres anymore, it's unlikely Cheney wants to be president since he already runs things.

I'm disappointed that Americans don't show better vision.

Wake up people!

Barack Obama becomes third black US Senator in 150 years

An international perspective on Obama's win...from the Hindustan Times?

Tuesday, November 2

Quote of the Day

You know Stephen King has that back page editorial in Entertainment Weekly and here's the last line from Issue #787 (Oct 8, 2004):
Music is powerful. Music can change hearts. And hearts can change minds.

It's Election Day - five simple things you can do

by David Batstone
1) A vote is a terrible thing to waste. Don't put off going to the polls to the last minute. Stuff happens, and you may lose your opportunity to cast a ballot. Once you are in the privacy of your booth, vote with ALL your values. Vote not how you "should" - because someone told you that was the only way to vote if you are a true Sneetch (think Dr. Seuss), or whatever other creature you are supposed to be - but vote how you "must," led by your conscience.

2) Ask at least 10 people (count 'em out until you're done!) during the course of the day whether they have voted. Remind them that people before us have taken on remarkable personal risk, and even death, to give us this right. Many of our SojoMail readers will be going one step further, and walking door to door to remind people to vote, or even driving those with limited mobility to the polls.

3) Be an advocate for anyone who is denied the right to vote. The fact that more than a few political operatives have set out to suppress the vote in hotly contested electoral districts is appalling. If you witness such an undemocratic act, report it immediately to election officials.

4) Start planning how you will stay engaged in the political process on Wednesday morning, moving forward. No matter who wins. Politics do not happen once every four years. Politicians like to see which way the wind blows. So, as Jim Wallis is so fond of saying, let's change the wind.

5) Pray for common ground with your political opponents, then walk on that fertile soil. Too many important political issues in America today are polarized, and the inevitable result is paralysis. Jim Forest visited my class at the University of San Francisco this past week and shared with the students a profound insight: "The opposite of love is not hate, but fear." We fear sliding down a slope from the height of our own self-right-ness. We fear our adversary. We fear losing control. And we cease to love.
Do these five things today and you will have "let freedom ring" in your community. What sweet music it would be if we could hear those tones across the land.

More David Batstone

Seven considerations I make when voting

by John Hay Jr.

John Hay Jr. serves the West Morris Street Free Methodist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana, as senior pastor. He has directed Horizon House, the city's homeless day center, and worked extensively with urban neighborhood revitalization. He offers these seven principles to consider when voting:

1. I ask of any candidate's or administration's positions and proposals, "What does it do to the poor?"
2. I do not expect the American president to be a Christian or my brand of Christian.
3. I recognize that the priorities of the kingdom of God and the agendas of American presidents and governments are not the same.
4. I look for a candidate who I think will lead compassionately, not just talk about compassion.
5. I recognize that most "all-or-nothing" issues cast during election campaigns are NOT "all-or-nothing."
6. I ask, "How has a candidate responded to violence or used violence? And how does he or she plan to respond to and use it in the future?"
7. I consider how candidates envision America's place and role in the world.

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Monday, November 1

All Hail Netflix

All my local friends know how much I LOVE my Netflix but let me tell, it keeps getting better and it's the little things that matter...
  • Today they dropped prices! Who wouldn't love that.
  • A couple of weeks ago they started indicating which movies were already in your queue when you were on the browse or recommend page.
  • Now, when you add a movie to your queue it tells you that it just added the movie to the last spot and asks if you would like to movie it to the first spot! Genius! Plain and simple genius!
Go to Netflix (I have a link on the righthand side of this very page!)

A coup for live music addicts across the UK

The Brit Awards, the UK's top music honours, are to drop their dance category in favour of a new trophy for best British live act in 2005.

Quote of the Day

Health, learning & virtue will ensure your happiness; they will give you a quiet conscience, private esteem & public honor.
Thomas Jefferson

Buddhist Thought of the Day - Tough Love

Regard him as one who
points out
treasure,
the wise one who
seeing your faults
rebukes you.

Stay with this sort of sage.
For the one who stays
with a sage of this sort,
things get better,
not worse.
Dhammapada, 6, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Cisse has successful operation on the double broken leg Posted by Hello

Damn! You don't need to be sucha prima donna

My career is over, says Mutu
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