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Fox News Idiocy
August 30th, 2007 under Politics. [ Comments: none ]

fauxnews.jpgFrom Think Progress:

Fox News Bashes ‘Desperate,’ ‘Ambitious,’ ‘Single Mother’ Katie Couric For Traveling To Iraq

In two separate segments yesterday, Fox News attacked CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric for reporting from the ground in Iraq, calling it “a desperate move” and asking if it was a “ratings ploy or legitimate journalism.”

On Your World With Neil Cavuto, guest host Dagen McDowell featured Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America, who characterized Couric’s trip as “a clear act of desperation” by a single mother whose “priorities [are] so determined by her ambition rather than her children’s welfare.” Crouse pointedly accused Couric of being a bad mother for going to cover Iraq:

I would say the same thing if this were a man journalist going out there, a male anchor, because when you look at the choice she’s making, she’s saying my ratings are more important than my children. That’s the bottom line.“

Later in the afternoon, The Big Story With John Gibson hosted New York Post columnist Linda Stasi, who called Couric’s trip “a desperate move” to gain “some sort of credibility.” “You know and I know that she doesn’t have to be there for the report,” said Stasi.

Don’t they understand how chauvenistic this is? Nevermind.

Don’t they realize that this contradicts their claims that Iraq is getting safer?

Bigots Suck!
August 30th, 2007 under ChristianWalk, NewOrleans, Social Issues, violence. [ Comments: 2 ]

I began yesterday with a depressing post. It was so pathetic that I deleted it soon after writing it. It was a really bad day. Then I read Dangerblond’s great post-which led me to Ashley’s post.

I was shocked by a few exchanges between Ashley and some Texans. They chose to ignore the fact that yesterday was a really tough day for most of us and then began an attack on Ashley and New Orleanians on their blog. (I won’t link to it). When I tried to call for compassion for us on a difficult day, I was attacked.

I told my wife yesterday when I got home that I was surprised at that so many people hate us here in New Orleans. As usual, she was the voice of reason. She reminded me that over a million people have come to help us here and many showed great hospitality to us when we were in trouble. . THANKS SO MUCH! For a few short hours I let a few knuckleheads from Texas get me down.

I have to believe in the goodness of persons. I’ve experienced too much of it to let the folks who are filled with hate and bigotry to get me down. If you hate New Orleans and want us to die…

God bless you. I’ll be praying for you.

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:27-31. NIV)

“Protect America Act” Louisiana Style
August 6th, 2007 under Louisiana, Politics. [ Comments: 2 ]

This is how Louisiana politicians voted on the Protect America Act AKA Screw American Liberties Act:

For: Melancon

Against: Jefferson

Did not vote: Jindal

How Ruthless Rumsfeld Outed Joe Darby
August 6th, 2007 under ChristianWalk, violence. [ Comments: 1 ]

Menno Simons MonumentMy son told me last night that he had read about all the trouble that Joe Darby, the soldier who exposed the abuse at Abu Ghraib had gone through because Rumsfeld “outed him” as the whistle blower.

Bruce Prescott alse weighed in on the story today. I can’t help but think about one of my favorite quotes from Menno Simons regarding violence:

All Christians are commanded to love their enemies; to do good unto those who abuse and persecute them; to give the mantle when the cloak is taken, the other cheek when one is struck. Tell me, how can a Christian defend scripturally retaliation rebellion, war, striking, slaying, torturing, stealing, robbing and plundering and burning cities, and conquering countries?

The answer to Simons’ question is that Christians simply can’t defend such violence. I’ll be preaching this Sunday at a Baptist church in New Orleans. My text will be Luke 21:5-19. It seems to me that when Christians face difficult times like 9/11 or Katrina, they should view these times as opportunities to be witnesses for hope.

Unfortunately, the response to 9/11 and terrorism is often fear and violence. This simply doesn’t work. It only makes monsters out of us. Monsters like those who torture prisoners and monsters who persecute those like Joe Darby who speak out against violence.

But, not only does this approach not work. More importantly, it goes against the teachings of Christ.

Michael Vick: SCLC Hero!
August 5th, 2007 under ChristianWalk. [ Comments: none ]

vickdogs1.jpgI’m wondering what one of my theological heroes would think about this:
While he waits for his trial related to dogfighting charges to start, Michael Vick will be honored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Say What? Will Campbell, a Baptist activist who was the only white person present at the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is one of my favorite Baptist writers. My favorite quote from Campbell is from his lecture at St Charles Ave Baptist Church a few years back. I had the privilege of speaking there as well and it was one of the high points of my career. Anyway… Campbell said, “As a Baptist, I come from a long line of hell raisers.” Campbell is also an animal lover see Forty Acres and a Goat.

It seems insane that a Christian organization could honor someone that “might be” guilty of a horrendous crime. Aren’t there any other African Americans that are worthy of honor?

Landmark Ethics Bill
August 2nd, 2007 under Politics. [ Comments: 2 ]

The Senate passed a “landmark” ethics bill!

Measure Title: A bill to provide greater transparency in the legislative process.

The vote was 83 to 14. Here are the Senators who voted against it:

Bennett (R-UT)
Burr (R-NC)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)

Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)

Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lott (R-MS)
McCain (R-AZ)

Spot any trends here?

**Note to Fox viewers-They are all Republicans

***In an effort to be Fair and ___________: 2 Democrats voted against the bill in the House


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