Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Death by Love

New Driscoll book that I looked through a bit at Barnes and Noble a little while back and just came across this video while looking at an online bookstore.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Go ahead and say it: I read Brooks too much

Brooks on Obama's plan for the Detroit Trio.
 
I'll be honest, I can't say that I would shed too many tears if any of those companies were to go the way of the dodo . . . 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fanning the flame

"For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you . . . "

-2 Timothy 1:6

Question: how does one fan into flame the gift of God? What exactly did Paul expect Timothy to do to fulfill his charge? What does it look like to fan into flame the gift of God? I excerpted the verse in the way that I did because a lot of Christians are familiar with the text but we might focus upon the latter part of the verse that talks about the laying on of hands or we might just move onto verse 7 that talks about the spirit He gave us of power, love, and self-control.

What interests me though is how one fans into flame the gift of God that is in us. I'd be interested to read anyone's thoughts on the subject.

Hey Repubs: I've got good news and I've got bad news

Good news: I just got an email last night from the Obama campaign manager. The DNC went "into considerable debt to secure victory" by taking out "substantial loans" to ensure Senator Obama's victory and are thus asking for donations. So the Democratic National Convention is in debt. Republicans have to feel good about that.

Bad news: They went into debt to win an election. Our country is in a bad place economically. They're supposed to get us out.

Now we're talking about the "change" we need . . .

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Republicans need a Tony Blair figure

I began reading a biography on Tony Blair a little while back and haven't gotten very far, but one thing I noticed was his early work on transforming the nature of the Labor Party. When he first joined the Labor Party, it was dominated by an entrenched orthodoxy and there was little room for deviation. As such he noticed that there was little interaction between what the voters were looking for and what the party was providing. So he, among others, sought to change the Labor Party in some crucial ways recognizing that so long as they retained a complete ideological purity, they would remain out of power and thus not be able to bring about any of the changes to government that they thought needed to occur.

Instead of retaining a vigorous socialist agenda that had failed to win over the electorate, he quietly and slowly pushed for movement on some of their platforms. As I mentioned, I haven't finished reading the book, nor have I studied traditional Labor Party policies through any other avenue. And as a result, I am ignorant to a large degree of much that occurred and am certainly not advocating Blair as the quintessential political savior. But I do know this, Blair took a political party that had been largely sidelined into a different direction and as a result brought his party to power and therefore to a position of influence. He was called by many a sell-out, and perhaps he was. But of course, that is the art of politics: learning what needs to be compromised in order to bring about changes that cannot be compromised. Of course, too often politicians are willing to compromise on anything in order to get elected because of a lust of power. At the same time, the opposite often occurs. And that is what David Brooks write about in his most recent article: The Republican divide.

I'll be interested to see what happens and for the sake of the country, may the Republican party select someone more in keeping with the Brooks vision.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mr. Rod Tidwell would just like to say:

Show me the money

The author of The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman, calls everyone who has used Bush as an excuse for inaction to now put their money where their mouth is.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Humanity: "The Glamorous and the grasping"

"Walking amid the polychromatic chaos of Mumbai's roads, among the glamorous and the grasping, one might ask: What other city so distills the human predicament, in the fullness of its tragedy, its comedy, its absurdity and its promise?"

-Anand Giridharadas, from IHT

I read a book this past spring titled Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A Urban New World by Robert Neuwirth that looks at cities such as Mumbai and the typically illegal developments taking place there by people who are seeking to grasp the glamorous or at least reinvent themselves. Something about human nature is seen more clearly in the unrefined urban sprawl. Something about what drives us, what holds us back, and as the above author puts so well: our tragedy, comedy, absurdity and promise. Is that not what it is to be human? We are both beautiful and horrifying. What we create is full of so much potential and yet falls so short of what we wish. Our cities fill us with awe, and yet how often do they make those of who are affluent uncomfortable because of who all has been drawn to these pearls of human ingenuity? The litter, the filth, the cardboard signs, the stale breath, the unknown lying around the corner and at the end of darkened alleys.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sex and Chocolate

Here's a video produced by an organization we have linked on the side that is trying to stop the exploitation of people. They're specifically focused upon the sex industry and the chocolate industry. Who would have thought those two industries could be linked?