Tag Archives: Repentance

A true tale of power gone bad and the need for a real Advent

November 30, 2012


Want reasons for the restoration of the penitential Advent? Surf to the PBS News Hour website and click on its November 23rd broadcast. Watch the segment entitled, “Iran Cracks Down on Dissidents, Human Rights Attorneys, and Journalists.” Behold the microcosm of twisted humanity – complete with perverted, wrong-is-right ethics, evil rulers who think they’re good, and imprisoned innocent mothers. Stop this world. I want to leap off and land in a universe where love is not just a word in a bar-room pick-up line.

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A well-motivated bad idea

August 23, 2011


So impassioned, so compelling, and so misguided: Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz has called for a nation-wide strike against politicians. He’d have us speak the only language they know, money. We would withhold all donations from each and every one until they honestly negotiated, compromised, and resolved their conflicts. Our country will work once more.

How enthralling. I’m almost ready to fold my checkbook – but then I remember the call’s three fatal assumptions: First, believe it or not, not all politicians are equally culpable for the gridlock. Remember the “gang of six” and their noble compromise attempt as the debt ceiling approached? What about those yielding their (reasonable) positions on moderate tax hikes for the rich? And think of Olympia Snow and Susan Collins, the last remaining Republican moderates. Do we abandon them as they guard their party’s historic turf? Even Independents and Democrats can wish them well.

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Tap Dancing at the Cataclysm

June 21, 2010


So there are two ants on an ant hill, see, and both ants feel the ground tremble and boom. They notice this gargantuan creature – this sky-high behemoth – walking toward them. One ant says to the other ant: “Human: better run.” The other ant replies: “No worries. Humans would never hurt us because I’ve constructed a psychological/sociological grid – a theoretical model, if you will – of a human being.

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