not of this world

Thursday, May 31, 2007

not so fast

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haven’t written a letter to the editor in many moons, but after reading an op-ed by Jeb Bush and Ken Mehlman in the WSJ this morning i fumed out and emailed in the following (and then went back to the greek passive system : ) :

Messrs Bush and Mehlman presented their talking points on the pending immigration legislation very shrewdly, and refreshingly without the ad hominem ‘xenophobe’, ‘nativist’ attacks that too often are employed to deflect real debate. However, they, as all of their fellow supporters of this gargantuan bill, fail to address directly and in detail the legion substantive concerns and objections of its opponents. To touch on a few, they offer that it will expand the border fence, but fail to account for why the eight hundred miles of fence passed into law six months ago has languished, as well as why this new legislation would mandate less than half of that to actually be completed. If the legislative and executive branches haven’t been able to follow through and implement the comparatively simple bill mandating the fencing, why should three hundred plus pages of additional unwieldy provisions be swallowed by the American people as realistically implementable? Homeland Security and Immigration are overwhelmed to begin with, and no vague “trigger mechanism” provision tacked on to such a massive addition of further regulatory minutiae and compliance burdens, with its facile promise of hiring more federal bureaucrats to administrate this comprehensive vision, will be able to stem the traffic that this debate of yet another mass legalization will bring. It is difficult to understand how the Congress and President could possibly fail to appreciate that conducting this debate before we have secured our borders will serve only as an encouragement to Mexican citizens and OTMs to secure their own, and thus their relatives’, chance at “not amnesty” legal status. The “proof” touted as required to establish a presence in the country before the arbitrarily chosen date is, for all practical purposes, no proof at all. It is yet another example of an unrealistic, federal bureaucratic fraud ridden nightmare waiting to happen. This American security and sovereignty crisis, which six years after 9/11 both branches are suddenly anxious to “fix” overnight, has been compounding for thirty years of willful neglect. It is not going to be solved by the bloated bipartisan slights of hand of a few ambitious Senators and a President whose credibility on this issue is, at best, a tough sell.

Build the fence that has already been mandated, continue to enforce the sanctions against illegal hiring already on the books, prioritize the deportation of illegal criminal aliens – especially MS-13 and other South American criminal gangs terrorizing American cities, step up prosecution of identity and Social Security fraud, continue to fund the development of tamper-proof ID cards, stop unjustly incarcerating our border patrol agents, pardon Campion and Ramos, and if in three to five years some progress on these and similar fronts is evinced, I am sure the American people will be more willing to hear the ideas of our representatives and engage in debate about humanely regularizing those here without documentation. A majority of Americans are in agreement that “doing nothing is not an option,” but want those who represent us to first do what they’ve already promised and already passed into law. We don’t trust you, and you have no track record – especially on this issue – to be expecting our trust.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

kiva

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this is a great execution of an awesome idea. if you have savings to invest, this would be a great way to multiply your talents — or if you’re like me and are trying to build up such savings : ) it’s a good site to bookmark for later…

Monday, May 28, 2007

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Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.

psalm 90:12

Sunday, May 27, 2007

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Father of light, from whom every good gift comes,
send your Spirit into our lives
with the power of a mighty wind,
and by the flame of your wisdom
open the horizons of our minds.
Loosen our tongues to sing your praise
in words beyond the power of speech,
for without your Spirit
man could never raise his voice in words of peace
or announce the truth that Jesus is Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God, unto the ages of ages
Amen

-from the Pentecost office

Saturday, May 26, 2007

the antidote

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sitting at my gate in miami international, out of the corner of my eye i saw her motioning with a questioning look in her eyes. pulling off my earphones i tried to return in kind her gentle, soulful smile.

she was a sixty something, grandmotherly looking black woman who inquired whether i knew if there was any place where she could buy some water. “Well, yes, there are some gift stores and newstands up those stairs, but the flight to LAX is about to depart, they serve drinks on the plane, if you can wait…” “Oh do they now? Well, I’m not going on that flight, I be flyin’ to Tennessee, to see my sista’. But flying sho’ makes me nervous, and so I gots these nerve pills here to help me through it, only I don’t have any water to take ‘em down wit.” my thoughts briefly drifted, uncharitably, to the security nazis who minutes before had made me trash my unopened, fully sealed extra, but decided to let it go, again. “Well if this isn’t your flight, you have plenty of time to buy some water before you board, right up those stairs.” “Why thank you chile, I sho’ do ‘ppreciate dat, sho’ am nervous ’bout flying you know.”

my flight began boarding, and standing up to go, i smiled at her again and tried to offer some lame stat comfort. “You know, flying is statistically much safer than driving in a car…” she closed her eyes, smiled and bowed her head, gently rocking back and forth. “I jez put my trust in the Lord, jez put my trust in the dear Lord…” the deep resonance and peace with which she said it radiated a solid warmth seeming to take all the chill out of the over air conditioned terminal. and as she spoke them, her own nervousness seemed to give way in deference to the moment, even before acquiring water to help the prescribed ‘nerve pills’ go down. “That’s where it’s at,” i said, basking in the unexpected reminder, “that has to be at the heart of everything.” “Amen chile,” she said taking my hands in hers, “Amen.”

Thursday, May 17, 2007

for the light and strength and love so sorely needed

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Pentecost approaches

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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Dearly Beloved,
it is no new commandment that I write to you,
but an old one which you had from the start.
The commandment, now old, is the word you have already heard.
On second thought, the commandment that I write you is new,
as it is realized in him and you,
for the darkness is over
and the real light begins to shine.

1 John 2: 7-8

thompson vs. moore

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here’s a random choice sampling of why i think a thompson candidacy would be such a delight. (scroll down for the video link, runs about 40 seconds)

and click here for more choice clips from his guest hosting on paul harvey’s show.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

scarcely human

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Beneath and beyond all his quirkiness, Evelyn Waugh, as he understood himself, was a Christian pilgrim - a Catholic with an intensely sacramental apprehension of reality, a craftsman with a profound belief that writing was his vocation, not simply his career. Waugh himself admitted that he was a very bad Christian, a man to whom neither prayer nor charity came easily; as he was famously reported to have said to a society matron who had complained about his boorish manners, “Madame, were it not for the faith, I should scarcely be human.”

from the intro to Helena, a fairly unknown work of Waugh’s, which however was the only one he read aloud to his children. i’ve only cracked it, looking forward to digging in.

Monday, May 7, 2007

hitchens vs. IS

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Modern science has discovered that the universe, far from existing eternally, had a beginning. Not only matter but space and time itself came into existence around 15 billion years ago in the fiery burst that scientists term the Big Bang. The laws of physics themselves originated at that point, and those laws were inoperative “before” the founding moment. So what is the secular explanation for how the universe and its laws came into existence? Is there a natural explanation for nature’s own origin? If so, what is the evidence for it? Hitchens supplies no such theory and no supporting evidence. His rejection of the God hypothesis seems nothing more than an assertion of atheist dogma.

keep reading taking aim at God and missing

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