Trinity United Church of Christ

I haven’t written about politics on this blog for some time now. I’ve had deeply disturbing conversations lately that have prompted me to do this, though.

I’ve looked at many different sites and many different aspects of Rev. Wright’s comments about his church. To be honest, I don’t know what the problem is with everyone. Admittedly, when I went down the list of what that church stands for, it was a bit unnerving seeing “black” pasted all over it. That was, until I put the word Jewish in for the word black and Israel in for the word Africa. Suddenly, it reminded me of almost all congregational websites I’d ever been to. Every time I go to temple I do it for God, community and Israel. So why can’t they have this too? I started to get really pissed off, thinking, “Damn…these critics want to put them on the back of the bus again.” How dare they! Oh my God, I’m so pissed about this that I can’t stand it. I keep thinking back to people like Martin Luther King and Stephen Biko, both people who encouraged black empowerment. I’m not sure why whites believe they are doing this to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction. Let them have their identity. Let them have their culture. Let them have their safe space where they can foster each others growth and the growth of their community. That is beneficial to us all!!! Listen, I don’t want anyone telling me that my congregation is racist and that I can’t foster my Jewishness. That is what I am supposed to do. That is what I am called to do. Please allow the members of this congregation and the black community world wide their calling. They deserve it!

The one and only way this post is political, is that Obama attends this church. Bravo, I say!

Oh, and whereas others are confused about why Jews would support Obama, considering what they believe are separatist values, I urge you to read this. If you can tell me that any one of those things doesn’t have value, well, I wouldn’t want to know you. Honestly, this is what practicing Jews do every day. I don’t DARE throw stones!

Pinky: What are we going to do tonight, Brain?

pinkyandthebrain-1.gifBrain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!

Pinky: Fabulous!

The only times I’ve really mentioned politics here lately is to rag on Romney. But, come on, this guy gives great material. I can’t make up shit like this.

The following is a masterpiece of brilliance. I bring you part of a post from Pandagon (Quote of the day: camp Romney on how he’ll stop the Homosexual Agenda), written by Pam Spaulding. Read more

Bill Maher 05-18-07

I think this was one of the best shows he ever had. I found myself laughing a lot, but really resonating with the material. I absolutely adored Russell Simmons. My God, what an amazing man. I think I’m going to include him the next time someone sends me a meme with the question, “If you could pick anyone living or dead to have lunch with, who would it be?” Anyway, you have love YouTube. I found the entirety of the program on Friday in 6 parts. So, you can see it all here. (Click Read up above to see more.) Read more

Is this what we want for our children?

From CNN.com…

Admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told a U.S. military tribunal he personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, the Pentagon revealed Thursday.

“I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” said a Pentagon transcript of Saturday’s hearing. “For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head.”

Once again, I ask, how do we stop these people? How do we stop these people before they kill all of us (Jews, Christians, other Muslims who don’t conform to their standards, etc.) to have the planet to themselves? How do you stop people who consider themselves blessed to kill?

Admittedly, Daniel Pearl‘s death has affected me profoundly. To have someone suggest that it was nearly the highlight of his life to kill him is, well, abominable.

I don’t know about you, but I fear for what my children will have to do to protect themselves later in life and in their children’s life. While I’m trying to teach my child tolerance, their teaching their children hatred under the guise of being blessed. Plus, they are having MORE children. Do the math. Hatred is flourishing in our current society and continues to increase.

I’m at a loss. I’m disappointed. This week has been a huge disappointment for me with regard to humanity. Makes me think that IUD is going to be in for the full 5 years!

Don’t even get me started on what our president is and isn’t doing. I have a countdown on my Firefox menu that says 677 days left. It ain’t soon enough!

SA Journalist on American Holidays

From the South African Mail & Guardian Online columnist, Tom Eaton:

…is this simply the latest tradition to have its human, recognisable face bitten off by the Hannibal Lecter of consumerism? (Did you like that one, kitty? I may patent it.) Is Halloween a year or two away from joining the other corpses on the ash-heap of cultural curiosity; translated into South African English, desiccated in the South African sun, and discarded with South African fickleness? Krizmis and its sweating Santas, their nylon beards matted with boerewors fat and their hands sticky with resin from hot, recently killed pines. Ista, when the boerboel eats the chocolate bunnies hidden in the hydrangeas and anxiously produces gaily sequined turds for a week after. Gar Fox, a spluttering Anglican Diwali of damp squibs, invisibly smouldering fuses and burst fingertips: remember remember the fifth of November, Sisyphus, with gumtrees, fishing and snot …

What will be next, children? Which gewgaw will your parents wrench off the American calendar next year, to dangle in front of you in a desperate attempt to distract you from the affairs they are having with their gardeners and preachers? How long until you march on to my porch again, this time to celebrate the Fourth of July, with your official replica plastic axe and cherry tree and polyester Washington wig? Or will it be Groundhog Day, when the end of winter is signalled by the sighting of a politician popping his head out from between his buttocks and taking the air?

I ADORE that last sentence.

It’s pathetic that all of this is so true. We, as Americans, find a way to commercialize everything, thus taking the very meaning from it and tossing it far away. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy celebrations like the next person. But, come on, I saw Christmas decorations in the store BEFORE Halloween was even here. Enough already!

Do read the whole article: Something wicked this way comes. It’s an interesting perspective on the permeation of American “culture” invading the pureness of an alternate culture. If you’re an American who has ever wondered why those from other nations have mocked us, this is an example. It also helps if you understand the derivation of the phrase, in full, “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” If you visit this site, Tom, VERY nice titling!!!

I’m Just Asking

With the fallout of Foley coming to a ripe head like a zit on the face of America, I’m just wondering if anyone has tabulated exactly how many people have resigned under George Bush’s reign. I could be wrong, but it seems like an exorbitant amount of people (predominantly republican, I might add) have jumped ship, many of whom did so right after the beginning of this term. If any of you have an actual count, please let me know. Also, if any of you know whether that amount is a record in history, I’d be interested to hear that as well.

Oh, and since good thoughts out into the universe helped Kiddoc with her boards, how about some positive ones in the direction of the electronic scoring of the LSAT I took this past weekend. I was sick as a dog and the family has been up and down with illness as well…including the dog. I could use a lot of positive thoughts.