God REALLY is neither a Democrat NOR a Republican HT @BrianMerritt #OWS #OccupyChurch

I totally agree with my friend Brian here: In the end if they break ways with Christ’s teachings we are required to break with them as well and speak truth in love http://indefinitedefiniteness.org/2012/09/07/politics/ And saying such things just scares the bejeebies out of so many of my “secular” friends.  They just can’t seem to grasp the idea that the “theocracy” ideas Continue Reading

“Not dead yet” #ChrisHedges on #OWS #OccupyChurch

It’s true we must guard against becoming devoted to the “brand”.  “Occupy” as a brand is not the aim;  it’s not the point to see that this name survives as the main narrative title.  If the media succeed in discrediting that,  then the aims and goals still remain.  We simply need to articulate it  and present it through new actions Continue Reading

The Obama I’m FOR vs the Obama I’m against

I will vote for Barak Obama,  but I have trouble these days calling myself a “supporter”.  I explicitly deny that designation when it is suggested that I am.  But I find it hard now because of the way he handled the banks,  the way he has extended and built upon the “security” measures undertaken in the Patriot Act,  and the Continue Reading

#occupychurch by @monicaacoleman of @NewMediaAtUnion #OWS

Monica Coleman posted back in November on the New Media Project blog,  asking the question that I had begun to asking when I saw the Occupy movement start up, If we used the hashtag #occupychurch with the same revolutionary fervor as the Occupy movements, what would we doing? Here’s my first Tweet: Whatever you did for one of the least Continue Reading

CNNs Erickson: Obama “Claiming” To Be A Christian, “Chose To Pervert Gods Word” | Media Matters for America

The President this week chose to pervert God’s Word to make the case for a tax increase, but he also chose to ignore God’s word on life and is ordering Christians, while he claims to be one, to violate their Christian conscience on abortion — requiring Christian organizations to provide health insurance that will cover the cost of drugs that Continue Reading

Lessig & Hedges on Confronting the Corporate State #OWS

Just watched this impressive conversation between Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges on the situation in the United States re: the “Winner Take All Politics” (to borrow a title from a book whose authors Bill MOyers had on his opening week of his new show recently). I had downloaded a sample chapter of Lessig’s latest book Republic Lost,  and now I Continue Reading

Is Obama’s ‘Economic Populism’ for Real? | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

If Matt Taibi sees a possibility of some real hope here,  then that itself is a reason for hope.  Taibbi lays it out, and concludes with this: Obama’s decision to tap Schneiderman publicly, and dump Geithner, and whisper about a millionaire’s tax, signals a shift in its public attitude toward the Wall Street corruption issue. The administration is clearly listening to Continue Reading

The protest, Wall Street, and the vote #OWS

Another clueless critique ,  this time from Chrsi Christie ,  suggestingthat the Civil Rights movement would have gotten the gains by putting it to a vote.  Similarly,  there have been people who criticize Occupy saying that there is no need for “the silly protests” because they have the mechanism of voting to speak for them.  But that IS why there Continue Reading

MLK vs The Status Quo via @jarrodmckenna

Jarrod McKenna wrote today,  on this MLK day 2012,  about the big problem so many Americans have in co-opting MLK and making him a “cheerleader” for whatever cause they please.  I have heard this over and over from those who oppose the Occupy movement on the basis of “lawlessness” and seemingly the very idea of being critical of U.S. structures. Continue Reading

more from #MLK and the #OWS via @tikkunonline by @bescofield

<A HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Ftheoblogical-20%2F8005%2Ff6fdcec6-01e1-491d-84fb-8edf78634575&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</A> Be Schofield’s article I blogged about earlier includes this assesment of MLK’s “final campaign” (the Poor People’s March)  : King had developed several goals in his final campaign, which may or may not inspire the OWS movement. He had hoped the Poor People’s Campaign would achieve direct employment through a massive public works program, a guaranteed annual Continue Reading

How Right Wing Politics is like the 80’s SBC Takeover

My previous Tweet about how conservatives need to listen to the likes of David Brooks,  who is one of the best examples I know if a conservative who makes sense.  But conservatives today don’t like anyone who is not “against Obama”.  It reminds me of the time in the 80’s when the Southern Baptist Convention steered to the fundamentalist right.   Continue Reading

I’ll back down a bit on the Nobel now

Steve Manskar posted this on this Facebook profile,  and it is a really good history lesson on the Nobel prize from Rachel Maddow.  It somewhat reduces the dismay I felt yesterday at the news that Obama had won it.  I did not realize how many of the previous winners had NOT YET achieved what they were fighting for.  Often,  the Continue Reading

Doc Searls Weblog · To win, you need to play

I agree with Doc.  WAY too early.  Premature.  Just like I say to right wingers who were pronouncing Obama’s presidency a failure before he even took office, and continue to do,  only 8 months in. Doc:  We didn’t pay much attention on this side of the pond, but Barack Obama’s speeches in Cairo and Berlin were smash hits. The guy Continue Reading