Showing posts from July, 2009

Culture: Racism or law enforcement?

Police officer of one ethnic background arrests person of another ethnic background.

An example of racism or law enforcement?

The controversy over the Cambridge police arrest of Henry Louis Gates shows that the conversation about race in America remains fraught with pitfalls and a difficult topic.

It appears that even the woman who phoned in the 911 call is having to defend herself from criticism which is very disappointing.

President Obama wading into the topic with strong language raised the temperature on the story. To President Obama's credit, he has recognized his words were unfortunate and has proposed that he, Prof. Gates and Officer Crowley meet at the White House for a beer to talk.

Was the confrontation at the home of Prof. Gates racism or law enforcement?

I don't know.

But what I do know is that though America has come a long way in regards to race, the tempest over this case shows we still have a ways to go.

President Obama's "beer diplomacy" in this case …

Non-profit of the Month: July 2009 - Door of Hope

The other weekend I joined our youth group (on Saturday) for a service weekend (they volunteered Friday and Saturday). Part of the day was at Door of Hope. There is so much need here and in many other places like them. For a few hours, the students of our youth group and its leaders were able to see beyond their usual lives to offer some service and be Jesus' hands, feet, smiles, hugs and kind words for families who need a little help to get back on their feet.

Door of Hope is a transitional housing program. Their goal:Our goal is to help families with children go from homelessness to self-sufficiency to permanent housing. We provide a safe nurturing home environment for homeless families who are serious about getting their lives back on track.What happens there will probably never make the evening news but God sees the compassion being offered and the people helped by Door of Hope light up knowing they aren't alone and have a real chance to regain their dignity and opportu…

World: 40 years ago today ...

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Profiled in this CBS news item is the guy who decided that things were still okay when the 1202 alarm went off while Apollo 11 was going in for the landing.

Roam around the the moon on Google Moon!

World: When a coup is not really a coup

When I had first heard the news from Honduras, I thought, too bad, its a return to the bad old days of military dictatorships.

However, having read this item, I'm wondering what is the USA doing supporting ousted Honduran President Zelaya?

What is going on in the US State Department and the White House?

This illegality may entitle Zelaya to return to Honduras. But does it require that he be returned to power?

No. As noted, Article 239 states clearly that one who behaves as Zelaya did in attempting to change presidential succession ceases immediately to be president. If there were any doubt on that score, the Congress removed it by convening immediately after Zelaya's arrest, condemning his illegal conduct and overwhelmingly voting (122 to 6) to remove him from office. The Congress is led by Zelaya's own Liberal Party (although it is true that Zelaya and his party have grown apart as he has moved left). Because Zelaya's vice president had earlier quit to run in the…

Non-profit of the month: June 2009 - Salvation Army

Started to see these commercials on TV now and then.

Very moving.

In these hard economic times, it is too easy to stop giving. But when I see that lives can be transformed by the work of organizations like Salvation Army, it is worth it.

Please look into your pocketbook and give to a good cause that helps people.

Consider giving something up so you'll have extra money to give.

And most of all, find some way to touch another person's life.

In these hard and uncertain times, we could all use a little more kindness.

Devotional Thoughts: Surely you know

God speaks...

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!

We do know a lot more about the natural world these days compared to when Job was written down.

Here is something from about how big the earth is.

Or who stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Or who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
When I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves must stop!’

Science: Francis Collins nominated to NIH directorship

Francis Collins who ran the NIH's human genome project appears headed for the big chair to run the NIH which has a $40 billion budget ($30 billion + $10 billion in the stimulus package).

If you are curious how that money is broken up into the various units that comprise the NIH, go here. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) continue to be the top two.

Politics: Mark Steyne on Gov. Palin's Resignation

I was surprised to hear the news of Gov. Sarah Palin opting out of running for a second term and even going further of resigning from her first term. It would appear to be a questionable move if she is preparing to run for higher office in 2012 or later.

What could be going on?

We will probably hear more news in the next few days I'm sure.

But the instant analysis that makes the most sense to me is from Mark Steyn.


So Occam's Razor leaves us with: Who needs this?

In states far from the national spotlight, politics still attracts normal people. You're a mayor or a state senator or even the governor, but you lead a normal life. The local media are tough on you, but they know you, they live where you live, they're tough on the real you, not on some caricature cooked up by a malign alliance of late-night comics who'd never heard of you a week earlier and media grandees supposedly on your own side who pronounce you a "cancer".
National office…

Politics: You balance California's Budget

Give it a try and find a way to close a $24,000,000,000 budget gap.