Saturday, August 12, 2006

If you look at the upper left hand corner of the page, you'll note that I've done a teeny bit of remodeling. I went to the Save the Internet web site and got a smaller graphic button than the one I had used previously, so that I could make space for a button from For anyone not aware of that site, it is a project of the DNC, counting down to the election on November 7. You can get a button for your own web site or blog here.

Or just be sure to visit the site every day, to find out what you can do to help score some wins for the "blue team".

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Howard Dean on Meet the Press

In case you haven't seen the notice at the top center of the page here, Howard Dean is scheduled to appear on Meet the Press tomorrow morning. I'm adding that to the Squidoo page as well. Don't forget to check that page for the latest from Howard, and if you know of an article that I missed, please let me know.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

The return of the brainstorming thread

I have been busy enough working on other things that I haven't even lurked at DFA-link very often lately. But when I do, I often see one poster or another raising the concern that the blog is "all Lamont, all the time". Actually, come to think of it, I've seen that complaint at other blogs as well. But most recently I noticed the complaints coming from someone whose blog name rhymes with, um, "Beaniac" and who lives in the Peach State. If I knew his address, I'd send him a personal invitation to blog about local politics here.

Well, now that I've publicly dropped a big enough hint that I think it made a thud, I will just refer back to the brainstorming thread...

If you are not currently a front page contributor and would like to be, just e-mail me and I can send you a Blogger invite. If you don't feel like making that commitment, or feel like the "technical" aspects are beyond your abilities (or what you have time to learn), then you can always send a single blog entry to that same address, and I can publish it for you.

The e-mail address is howardempowered(at)

In that thread, I also noted that the call for contributors is not because posting new threads is a lot of work for me, but that I would like it to have more variety, and I really would like to hear more of your stories about what's going on in your local elections. I further noted that,
If I don't have an idear for a main thread, I can always just post a few interesting links, or something from Cute Overload, or I can use an open thread to shamelessly promote the Cafe Press products...
Like, for example, this one:

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If the world was about to end, would you wash the dishes?

JayDean posted this in the overnight comments:

I need to really get my house straightened up better if the world is ending Aug 22. I did think I had a little more time to get organized.

I know it's just a bit of dark humor, but I can't help taking it and running with it. Now, the reason this *first* caught my attention is that I immediately thought to myself, "Man, that's the *last* thing I would be doing if the world were about to end!" But then, as far back as I can remember, thoughts like this would pop, unbidden, into my head, "If the world were to end before Monday, I wouldn't have to finish this paper..."

Yes, I'm big on procrastination, and always have been. I also have a background in psychology, and most quarters I'm at least teaching one course in it. One of these courses is Lifespan Development. In the death and dying section, we discuss a study in which people of different ages what they would do if they learned that they only had six months to live.

The way the textbooks for these courses are set up, the death and dying chapter is typically the last thing covered. Occasionally, students commented that it's kind of a downer note to end on. I've found that a discussion of this study, and student's own responses to the "what would you do if time was short?" question can serve to lighten the mood a bit, as well as providing some food for thought. It can lighten the mood when people say things like, "Well, those are the only conditions under which I would try bungee jumping!" And it can provide food for thought when people think of how important it is to spend time with loved ones, make amends, tell people how much you care about them, and so forth. Because discussing this kind of "what if" brings to mind the fact that there are no guarantees in life. And if it would be important to me to tell people how much they mean to me if I had six months (or 6 days) to live, then it's important to tell them that anyway, isn't it?

So, how would you answer the question?

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Elmo, Ernie and Bert Open Thread

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Terror Alert Level

I've added links to recent statements by Howard Dean to the Posts and News Stories of Interest section here. I still haven't been able to find a transcript of video from one of his television appearances this morning. Again, if anyone finds one, please let me know.

Good night, everybody. Sweet ones.

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"Joe-icide" on the Daily Show

I've added a link to the video in the YouTube section here. Here are a couple excerpts...

Jon Stewart: Joe Lieberman, putting on a brave face, but what's the mood really like?

Samantha Bee: Well, in a word, John, Joe-peless. There's a Joe-verwhelming sense of sadness here, a kind of Joe-lancholy. The people here are feeing very Joe-vial--oh no, that doesn't work--um, Joe-icidal--that's the word! Many bleary-eyed volunteers remain too sad to sleep, and are staying awake with a large cup

Jon Stewart: Sam, what do you make of Lieberman's decision to press forward in this race as an independent?

Samantha Bee: Well, John, he's no quitter. In fact, sources in his campaign tell me, if he loses again in November, he'll start his own Senate, where he'll name himself majority leader of a Democratic party comprised of Walter Mondale, Mike Dukakis, Jerry Brown, and a zombified Adlai Stevenson.
Jon Stewart: Sam, are you at least impressed with the persistence of Joe Lieberman? You remember his sports analogy, "it's only halftime, coming out for the second half..."

Samantha Bee: Yeah...let me use another

"Joe, we don't want to go out with you any more!"
"Great, so, I'll pick you up Tuesday at 8..."

You see, it's not persistence, John. It's called stalking.

Jon Stewart: In your opinion, Sam, is there nothing that will change Lieberman's mind?

Samantha Bee: No, Joe Lieberman has made up his mind. If not nominated, he will run. If not elected, he will serve.

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Open Thread

Demetrius has created a few new bumper stickers, which you can find here.

And I've featured some new bumper stickers from jc at this blog (right below the math designs).

I've added some links to stories and some Howard Dean photos to the Squidoo lens--please tell me if you have any links to recommend, or photos to contribute.

So, what else is new?

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Letter from Howard Dean on Lamont's Victory

The photo above was taken at a rally in Columbus, Ohio in September 2004.

Dear Fellow Democrat,

Ned Lamont -- that's the name of the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Connecticut. He defeated Senator Joe Lieberman yesterday in a hard-fought primary election.

There's been a lot said about this race and what it means for our party, so I wanted to get a few things straight.

One big issue in this race was the war in Iraq. Like the vast majority of Americans, Ned Lamont believes that "staying the course" will only drive America and Iraq deeper into disaster.

Lamont's courage and conviction on Iraq will make him a good Senator. But his positions on all the important issues -- on Iraq, but also balancing the budget, getting every American health insurance, and solving the energy crisis -- will make him a great Senator. These are not just the values of the Democratic Party, they are mainstream American values, and they are Ned Lamont's values.

After his loss, Joe Lieberman announced his intention to run as an independent. That's the wrong thing to do.

Ned Lamont won fair and square. We have a process, and those who participate in it should respect the outcome. Joe Lieberman should respect the Democratic voters' decision. Joe has to do what all of us who have lost an election have done: support the winner.

Our party is united on a new direction for our country. Joe Lieberman has been nominated for Senate by Democratic voters three times, and has served admirably for 18 years. But this moment in our country's history demands that we be unified.

This race wasn't about ideology. Ned Lamont succeeded because of participation politics -- he talked plainly and honestly with the people of Connecticut, and his campaign engaged in the kind of neighbor-to-neighbor organizing that has reinvigorated our party across the country.

Over a quarter-million people voted in the Democratic primary in Connecticut yesterday. Among those taking part in that exceptionally high voter turnout were tens of thousands of people who are new to our party. Voters included Republicans and Independents joining the Democratic Party and others registering for the first time and choosing to be Democrats.

That bodes well for our chances not just in Connecticut but everywhere that people like you have been working to build this party from the ground up.

We've got to be unified through November.

Thank you,

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Charlie Update

from the comments. Also posted at Alachua Watch.

The Alachua Project site announced this morning that the depositions of City officials has begun at City Hall (their own territory) this morning and the defendants all objected to Charlie being present even though he is a key investigator in this and is a plaintiff.

Charlie's banishment from the City of Alachua has cost him very much to date. He put all of his resources and money into this battle rather than his personal affairs and his election campaign.

He had to remove himself from the race for the State legislature because he is refusing the deal offered by the State Attorney. He has not been able to relocate to a new home. He has not been able to work. His finances are in really bad shape as a result and his health is not much better. He is sacrificing everything to fight this battle.

If anyone has a chance to give him a call please do so. He can use our support right now.

Go to the free alachua site to see the post.
Charlie Update | Homepage | 08.09.06 - 10:23 am

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Talk to the reporter, tell her we are still hanging around.

Talk to the reporter, tell her we are still hanging around.

I was amazed at this article. This Courant reporter is chiding Dean supporters for taking our toys and going home. In what world of unreality does she live? I think she needs a few emails, don't you?

Win or Lose it's important to keep believing.

I am just including a couple of paragraphs.

There is nothing new under the sun, or in politics, either. After their candidate's fall from grace, many of Howard Dean's supporters, the political virgins who were dipping their toes in for the first time, left the political pool in droves, just took their toys and went home. I do not find that admirable.

Politics should be a contact sport, which means when you're slammed to the mat, you get back up. So whether your candidate won or you woke up today with that hung-over feeling of "here we go again," I hope you still believe.

Yes, ma'am, we surely do believe. And you have no idea how involved we are. We never did take our toys home, nor did we stop. We may have shed a few tears, but we are over that now. We are going to be the change that Howard Dean wanted in 03 and 04. He is working from the top down, and we are starting at the bottom.

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Election Returns

Update: Congratulations Ned Lamont!

Connecticut primary returns can be found here:

Hartford Courant


Leaving the light on--I'll check back in later, and will post floridagal's diary once the primary results are finalized.

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Classic Joe

A little flashback to look at the Joe Lieberman we all know and--well, want out of office, at very least...

From December 2003 after the capture of Saddam Hussein...

Lieberman, D-Connecticut, tried to dub the physician and former Vermont governor "Dr. No."

"In this campaign, I've put forward a strong, positive vision for America, and that stands in sharp contrast to what Howard Dean offers America today," Lieberman said in a speech at an electronics company in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

"He seems to believe if you are just against everything, that's enough -- against removing Saddam Hussein, against tax cuts, against knocking down walls of protection around the world so we can sell more products that are made in America by Americans."

Lieberman warned Democrats not to let "our well-justified anger toward George W. Bush for protecting the special interests and yielding to ideological extremists" lead them "to fall back on the failed policies and positions of the past -- weakness on defense, silence on values, raising walls of protectionism around our country, and raising taxes on the middle class."
And Lieberman said that if Dean doesn't think Americans are safer with Hussein in custody, "he has climbed into his own spider hole of denial."

Lieberman said the former Vermont governor "has made a series of dubious judgments and irresponsible statements in this campaign." Those statements, he said, "signal he would in fact take us back to the days when we Democrats were not trusted to defend America's security."

Whether or not Lieberman has really "voted with the Democrats 90% of the time", he sure knows how to *talk* like a Republican, doesn't he?

From Cliff Schecter at Huffington Post:
In August of 2000, accompanied by three-card Bennett, Holy Joe attended a confab to an audience consisting of members of (who else?) The Heritage Foundation and Progressive Foundation (we'll discuss them in second) glitterati. You can really feel the love for Democratic party here:

...Lieberman criticized his own party as much as Republicans...

He got his biggest applause -- and laughter -- when he called himself a Democrat "who is not ashamed to embrace a purportedly Republican idea like cutting the capital gains tax to spur economic growth -- and I'm not hesitant to say we shouldn't spend the peace dividend on new social programs."...

After the cheers, Lieberman paused. "That doesn't happen when I use that line on a Democratic audience," he said. (Hartford Courant, August 9, 2000)

I've heard Joe Lieberman apologists spout some nonsense that Joe is failing some Democratic litmus test simply for not "hating Bush" enough. Nonsense. But it is rather telling that he seems to reserve his harshest words for members of his own party, as we saw with his attack on Howard Dean above, and also in his call for censure of Bill Clinton in 1998. It would be a different matter entirely if he were *also* willing to sign on to the censure of George Bush that Russ Feingold called for. But noooo...
But Sen. Joe Lieberman, D- Conn., voiced some misgivings and hinted that he'd vote no on the Feingold resolution.

"Frankly I'd prefer to spend our time on figuring out ways to bring this very important program of surveillance of potential terrorists here in the United States under the law... I disagree with the Bush administration's legal judgment on this one... But this is a critically important program to the prevention of terrorist acts here in the United States."
Again with the appeal to fear. Karl Rove must be proud.

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Rovian Joe

Joe Lieberman's claim that Lamont supporters hacked his web site reminds me of Karl Rove's methods--or at least Karl Rove's "alleged" methods, because there never seems to be definitive proof. From a New Yorker profile of Karl Rove...

Probably the two leading Texas stories, out of dozens, or even hundreds, are the one that has him bugging his own office on the eve of a crucial campaign debate, so that by "discovering" the dastardly deed he could distract attention from his candidate's poor debating skills, and the one that has him inducing an F.B.I. agent named Greg Rampton to investigate employees of the Texas Department of Agriculture on rather slight grounds, in order to help his candidate for Agriculture Commissioner-Rick Perry, now governor of Texas-defeat the very popular Democratic incumbent, Jim Hightower.
Regarding the current web site "hacking", Demetrius noted in a comment at DFA-link,
And, even if he has to retract the accusation after the election Lieberman *knows* it just has to float long enough to hurt Lamont. I think Lieberman will see this backfire. There is every indication that Lieberman just didn't anticipate having to put up enough of a fight that he needed to invest in real internet backbone. You should have bought more "bandwidth", Joe. You should have seen that you would *need* it. This is what your sense of entitlement has wrought.
Indeed, and, might I add, for the umpteenth time, THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE WAR. Oscar wrote an excellent piece on that very point yesterday, and many, many others have clearly, eloquently explained this issue as well. Yet the article I referenced above about the claim that Lamont people hacked Lieberman's site starts with this:

Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was locked in a battle with an anti-war challenger in the nation's most closely watched primary race Tuesday

Emphasis mine. "Anti-war challenger"--what convenient shorthand. I bet we could come up with a more accurate term if we put our thinking caps on...

Update: Here's the statment from Tim Tagaris, Lamont's Internet Communications Director:
Apparently the Lieberman campaign is pushing a story that we have coordinated an attack against their website. Not a chance. Here's the unqualified statement Sean Smith has called for.

If Senator Lieberman's website was indeed hacked, we had absolutely no part in it, denounce the action, and urge whoever is responsible cease and desist immediately. It is our sincerest wish that everyone planning to vote for Ned Lamont or Joe Lieberman does so today.
From Crooks and Liars, Lieberman Got What he Paid for
Jane Hamsher: The problem could've been fixed 15 hours ago if they'd bothered to simply switch their normally low-traffic site to another server when it began, but it seems to be serving their purposes. I'm frankly at a loss to explain their reluctance to accept any help from the Lamont campaign, or secure it for themselves..

Duncan: If the storyline reads that Lieberman was robbed by evil bloggers, then he can justify running as an independent almost no mater what he loses by. The lapdog media has been more than helpful in fueling this narrative for Lieberman.

Never mind that the Lieberman website crashed the last time they had huge traffic back in June. Never mind that the Lamont campaign has offered to come help fix the problem. Never mind that the Lamont website has a Google cache link to the Lieberman website, thus allowing it to receive several times more traffic than it would have otherwise. Never mind that the Lieberman website had no interactive features or tools for supporters to use anyway. Never mind that the idea that this is even a DOS attack doesn't add up. Never mind any of this, because the lapdog press cannot stop falling all over themselves to help throw Lieberman a lifeline for a few last minute sympathy votes and a justification to run even if he loses tonight.
And from our own Maura over at My Left Nutmeg:

Hey, Joe: This is why we're going to kick your ass today

I haven't been following the news as closely today as others have, so please feel free to post links to relevant stories in the comments below.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Open Thread

Update from TeaTimeTim in the comments here.

Okay, this is just wrong. I was playing the Sims for a little bit of mindless entertainment, and "Betty" was on the politics career track. She comes home from work one day, and this message pops up on the screen saying "Congratulations, you have been promoted to Intern." But check out her intern (ahem) "uniform". Fortunately with the next promotion, she got her clothes back.

Here's a nice Cute Overload pic for the overnight.

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Why the planets spin

If you take a look at the top, center of the blog, you'll note that I've changed the content of that section. One of the links I've added is to this Cafe Press blog (if you have a Cafe Press store and I haven't listed it in the sidebar on that blog, please let me know).

Anyway, I was just exploring the popular search topics there--the number one most popular search is for "humor"--and stumbled onto this Autism and Hyperlexia Awareness store. Since Son in Ohio has Asperger's Syndrome, I have more than a passing interest in that topic. I featured some of the designs from that store at this blog, and then searched specifically for Asperger's. That's where I found this design. It reads "I know of nobody who is purely Autistic or purely neurotypical. Even God had some Autistic moments, which is why the planets all spin."

This design caught my attention, before I'd even looked at it close enough to read, because Son in Ohio was absolutely enthralled with the planets when he was around 3 years old. For Christmas one year, Demetrius made him a planet shirt, creating the planets out of fabric paint on a black sweat shirt. I also like the choice of the word neurotypical rather than "normal". The quote is attributed to Jerry Newport. I'd never heard of him before, so I did a search and found this...

When Jerry Met Mary
Lesley Stahl Revisits A Couple Who Both Suffer From Autism
The Poetry of Jerry Newport
Exclusive Interview with author Jerry Newport

Why am I posting this? A couple reasons. On the most basic level, this is an issue that touches my life. Also, one of the things I have learned as the mother of a child who is classified as both special needs and gifted is that "things are not always what they seem", and that it's often necessary to look beyond what others consider to be the "obvious" explanation for something. (One of the designs I found reads "I'm not trying to be naughty. I am autistic. Please have patience.") Also, "normal" is overrated. Einsteing, for example, wasn't "normal". Neither was Thomas Edison, and the world is richer for the contributions that flowed from their "neurodiversity".

But I suppost the point that relates more directly to a progressive/Democratic blog is this. When candidates campaign on "tax relief", most of us know that what that necessarily means is cutting services. Well, these are some of the kids who can end up losing much needed services, and that has a direct impact on their ability to grow up to be happy, well adjusted, tax-paying members of society.

It's tough, because the "Taxes bad!" meme is drummed into people so effectively that even many Democrats fall into the trap of talking "tax relief". We *need* to find a way to talk about necessary services, and the real human lives they change for the better. And we really need to take to heart the idear Howard Dean has expressed that "Democrats believe that we're all in this together". Because the alternative is the "You're on your own" message that the Bush administration has been sending for the past six years. I think that message was at its most stark in the response to those affected by Hurricane Katrina, but the message is sent in smaller ways every day. Those may not make the news, but they can still wreak havoc in individual lives.

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Family Business

The only remaining question about the Democratic primary for Senate in the state of Connecticut is how just wide Joe Lieberman's margin of defeat will become. The MSM is framing this as anti-war, dovish liberals taking the Democratic Party into the abyss just like in the '70s with Vietnam. This perspective is wrong on so many fronts that it should be obvious to anyone paying attention, but few people actually pay attention any more so let's spell it out.

Democratic support for Bush's Misadventure in Mesopotamia™ is only a symptom of the root problem. It is certainly true that anti-war, dovish liberals oppose the invasion and subjugation of Iraq, but that's like saying that the NRA opposes gun control legislation or the NEA opposes voucher legislation. That simplistic labeling doesn't account for hawks like John Murtha who previously hadn't opposed anything military-related, who was the poster-boy for the military industrial complex. That labeling doesn't account for Al Gore who hadn't opposed a military intervention since Vietnam, and he volunteered for Vietnam service. That labeling doesn't account for Pro Life Democrats like myself finding common cause with Pro Choice Democrats on the utter wrongness of invading Iraq as a response to an attack based in Afghanistan.

Opposition to this war is not based upon a philosophical opposition to all warfare, it is based upon American patriotism that recognizes that in the 227 years prior to Bush's unilateral invasion of Iraq America had never unilaterally invaded a sovereign nation that posed no threat to the United States. There was that little thing with the War of 1812, but we see how well that went. Point being, unilateral invasions of sovereign nations are precisely what the United States has stood against for at least the last century, and opposition to this invasion was not and is not purely the purview of pacifistic progressives.

The truth of the matter is that the no-violence-ever crowd comprises an exceedingly small percentage of those who viscerally oppose Joe Lieberman and his ilk, and the root cause of our rejection of their ilk has little to do with the Iraq War itself. This is best illustrated by a side-by-side comparison of Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson. By virtually every measure Ben Nelson is right of Joe Lieberman - well right of Joe Lieberman - yet you hear no calls for Nelson's ouster. You hear no condemnation of Ben Nelson. You hear nothing negative about Ben Nelson whatsoever - why is that? Ben Nelson voted for the war every time a vote came up, yet there's not a peep from the "anti-war Left" - why is that? Ben Nelson votes against the majority of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate frequently, yet there is no netroots movement to rid the Senate of Ben Nelson - why is that?

Ben Nelson is loyal to the Democratic Party.

Ben Nelson represents one of the reddest states in the union, and if he is to maintain his seat in the Senate then he has to vote according to the will of the people of Nebraska - he represents Cornhuskers, not Golden Bears. What's more - and this is the primary difference - Ben Nelson never undercuts his colleagues, he never gives the GOP political cover by being the token Democratic sponsor that allows the GOP to call a purely-partisan piece of legislation "bipartisan" - the working definition of 55 Republicans plus Joe Lieberman these days. Ben Nelson never publicly attacks the patriotism of his own party, never uses Republican talking points to denigrate his own party, never takes his party to task for failing to be the Republican Party. And Ben Nelson certainly has never kissed George Bush.

I know it was you, Fredo. You break my heart. YOU BREAK MY HEART!

This is the beginning of a purge - every Fredo that was supposed to be loyal but who instead made deals with the enemy that ended up getting members of the Family whacked, they are all about to be served; in 2006 Family debts are being settled. What upsets the MSM is that the one who is giving the orders to whack the power-brokers is the punk upstart who wasn't supposed to amount to much. What really upsets the MSM is the sure knowledge that the punk upstart is taking over its territory as the dispenser of truth, the framer of issues, the filter of information, so the MSM is fighting back. Unfortunately for the MSM, very few people actually pay attention to them any more.

The Junior Senator from Connecticut is dead.
Long live the Junior Senator from Connecticut!

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Spreading Peace

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, before I had any idea what a "blog" was, I made my first foray into the "tubes" of the internet when I created a site called Puplinks. I had *no* clue how to design a web page, so I took advantage of the easy "drag and drop" page creation offered by Geocities. Once the site gained in popularity, the limitations of Geocities' free hosting became a hindrance--if a site gets too much traffic, under the free hosting plan, it is made unavailable for a period of time. I actually talked about the site on local television once, which, naturally increased interest, and BAM, new visitors were greeted with this ugly "this site has exceeded its allotted bandwidth" message.

Well, that was the motivation I needed to buckle down and actually learn some web design software, and I moved Puplinks to its new home. After September 11, 2001, everywhere I looked, people were flying the American flag on their web pages. To me, that just didn't feel like the right response to a human tragedy of such proportions. So I asked Demetrius to create a graphic that I could use instead--one that expressed things like hope, peace, and unity of the human family rather than nationalism. That's when he created this graphic for me...

Since the only web site I had at the time was the web site about dogs, that's where the candle went. Eventually, I decided it should have its own page, and I created Links of Hope and Peace. Since, as I mentioned earlier, I wasn't blogging at the time, the page was all about the links, baby. Nothin' but links.

And actually, I'd forgotten that the page was even there until just recently, when a few people e-mailed me to let me know that they had used the candle graphic on their own sites. (I had asked people to do that, so that I could link to them.) So today, for the first time in a while, I opened that web page so that I could add the new links. I felt a bit of a pang of guilt for not doing more with the page. And now that so many news stories remind us what a vitally important issue peace is right now, I feel like the page is in need of some updating. If you know of any good links that would be good to add, please let me know.
One of the people using the candle is using it for a vigil for Barbaro.

Here at Howard-Empowered People today, this candle burns as a symbol of the dedication many of us have to working for peace. It also burns for Tanner--I checked puddle's blog and it seems like he's having a rough time again. That family could use some love and light right now.

And for anyone in your life who needs a little light and hope right now.

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Bound To Serve

Grace and peace to you
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself
for our sins
to rescue us
from the present evil age,
according to the will
of our God and Father,
to whom be glory
for ever and ever.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel - which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:3-10
Last week it was suggested that I "rewrite [my] sermons in language that speaks to people of all stripes, not only those on the Father, Son and Holy Ghost train." The most telling thing about this suggestion is its context - I reread that which I wrote last week and discovered that I made a major mistake: not once did I mention the name of Jesus. In fact, what I wrote last week could have easily been written by a rabbi or an imam. I failed as a Christian, for the gospel of Christ is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of men's souls, that Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. We have no other message; we have no other gospel that we preach.

The gospel of Christ is not "Be excellent to each other."

The gospel of Christ is not "Vote Republican."

The gospel of Christ is not "Peace at all costs."

The gospel of Christ is not "End abortion and homosexuality."

The gospel of Jesus Christ is that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Jesus Christ the iniquity of us all. He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

That is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if I should ever preach any other gospel - trying to seek the approval of men or trying to please women - then let me be eternally condemned. I would rather be banished by men than to functionally deny my Christ. Shut up about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost? Never.

The most disturbing thing in this is that nobody seems to see the irony of someone authoritatively asserting that one cannot make authoritative assertions.

Think about that for a second.

I can not assert the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit but you can assert that all faiths are essentially the same thing? I am not a Unitarian Universalist and I will never preach a Unitarian Universalist message - I am a Christian, and come what may I will be identified with Jesus Christ, my source of authority, the only true authority. Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Jesus commands all Christians to "make disciples of all nations" - not to comfort people in their sins. We who are called by the name of Christ are to be a hospital for the sin-sick soul, healing them of that which ails them, but too many people are about the business of making people comfortable in their sin-sickness until that which ails them ultimately kills them. That's not a hospital, that's a hospice.

Some may prefer to seek the approval of men, but I listen to the Word of God. Jesus said, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are One." I am a bond-servant of Christ and I will never be snatched from the hand of the Good Shepherd.


May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
And may the LORD,
Who wants you to accept the gospel of Christ,
May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.

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