Monthly Archives: January 2015

Franklin Graham, Charlie Hebdo and the “heckler’s veto”

The  most recent terrorist threats we’ve seen have come not from Muslims overseas or Muslims in this country, but from Christians in this country.

On January 14, Duke University announced its plan to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from the tower of its chapel every Friday.  Franklin Graham posted on Facebook, requesting that donors withhold donations to the university it reversed that decision.  A firestorm of controversy followed.

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Learning curve

Cornel West channels Martin Luther King Jr. to criticize Obama

Friday 2014-12-26

Learning happiness can take you out of your comfort zone.

So, there can be a learning curve as one comes to tolerate and manage greater degrees of happiness and prosperity than one has been accustomed to.

Some time ago, this short, very thin Korean immigrant with shoulder-length gray hair began coming to the shelter. When he first came here, he was in bad shape; he appeared to have no resources at all.

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‘Sasquatch Family’ Prank Leaves Arizona Officials Laughing

Bookmarks:
SasquatchForgotten terrorists in Africa9 Things You Should Have Done By The Time You’re 50Why did HuffPost run this?Football or porn?

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Doubts about Brown v. Board

In the January 13, 2015 Washington Post, Valerie Strauss calls attention to an obscure Supreme Court case that she says may have a greater impact on the educational achievement of black children than any other case since the 1954 Brown v. Board decision.

She republishes a lengthy analysis of the situation by Richard Rothstein.  She often republishes Richard Rothstein’s articles.  As usual, Rothstein has assembled a mountain of data in support of his position; however, unfortunately, a mountain of data matters little if one’s premises are wrong.

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Scientists Discover Ancient ‘Magical’ Amulet With Odd Two-Way Inscription

Bookmarks:
AmuletR.I.P. Andre CrouchSchools should teach against date rape?Individualization in the classroomThe One Universal Secret To A Lasting MarriageWhen a loved one has mental illnessA genetic predictor of breast cancer

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“We desperately need a war on Christmas lies.”

My second audition file. The sound quality isn’t perfect, but I adjudged not bad enough to prevent posting here.

TRANSCRIPT

December 2014 saw a splash of anti-Christian pieces in the media.

There was Kurt Eichenwald’s January 2 Newsweek cover story, which I need not respond to; an adequate response has already been made by Albert Mohler, M-O-H-L-E-R.

There is Steve Siebold’s December 24 HuffPost article, entitled, “Don’t Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible.”  I may respond to that at a later date.

And then there was Jeffrey Tayler’s December 22 Salon.com piece, entitled, “Let’s Make Bill O’Reilly’s Head Explode:  We Desperately Need a War on Christmas Lies;” to which I will respond now.

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The emperor’s new clothes: False prophecy in the news

Here is my first audition file.  The sound quality and performance aren’t the best, but I’ve chosen to post it anyway given the weight of the subject matter.

I need to show that I can speak off the cuff about current events, and an opportunity to do so came in the controversy over recent tweets by Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

A transcript appears below.

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Job search update, 01/05/15

APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN DECEMBER ’14:

Call Center Agent — H&S Bakery

Part Time Scanning Coordinator (#392 Canton Crossing) — Harris Teeter

Private Label Office Clerk (Front Office) — Northeast Foods

Administrative Assistant — Urban Behavioral Associates

Front Desk/Receptionist — Ophthalmology Office Specializing in Glaucoma

Administrative Assistant — Amazon.com

Administrative Assistant — Bombardier

 

Note 12/24/14:  Passed over “Mail room clerk” with Mary Kraft, paying $10.50/hour, full time:  this will not be a job for someone who lives alone.  I cannot work full time and stay at the shelter.  To get my own place, I need to earn $15.00/hour.