Monthly Archives: June 2008

New Site

I’ve been building a new blog this week. Not sure if I’ll keep it or not, but it allows me a bit more freedom with code and other gadgets. Check it out (as it is so far):

Let me know what you think.


And here’s another reason James Dobson should shut up…

Found this on Cnn:

From Alexander Mooney

(CNN) — A top U.S. evangelical leader is accusing Sen. Barack Obama of deliberately distorting the Bible and taking a “fruitcake interpretation” of the U.S. Constitution.

James Dobson says Barack Obama is distorting bibical teachings to fit "his own confused theology."

James Dobson says Barack Obama is distorting bibical teachings to fit “his own confused theology.”

In comments to be aired on his radio show Tuesday, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson criticizes the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for comments he made in a June 2006 speech to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal.

In the speech, Obama suggested that it would be impractical to govern based solely on the word of the Bible, noting that some passages suggest slavery is permissible and eating shellfish is disgraceful.

“Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?” Obama asked in the speech. “Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount?

“So before we get carried away, let’s read our Bible now,” Obama said, to cheers. “Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.”

He also called Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount “a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our Defense Department would survive its application.”

In the comments to be aired Tuesday, Dobson said Obama should not be referencing antiquated dietary codes and passages from the Old Testament that are no longer relevant to the teachings of the New Testament. Video Listen to Dobson blast Obama’s biblical interpretations »

Who is James Dobson?

  • Influential evangelical leader
  • Founder and chairman of Focus on the Family
  • Radio commentaries heard by more than 220 million people each day
  • Seen on 60 television stations in U.S. each day
  • Had backed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president
  • Has been critical of John McCain

Sources: CNN, Focus on the Family

“I think he’s deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own world view, his own confused theology,” Dobson said, adding that Obama is “dragging biblical understanding through the gutter.”

Responding to the comments, Joshua DuBois, Obama’s national director of religious affairs, said the Illinois senator is “committed to reaching out to people of faith and standing up for American families.”

“A full reading of his 2006 Call to Renewal speech shows just that,” DuBois said. “Obama is proud to have the support of millions of Americans of faith and looks forward to working across religious lines to bring our country together.”

The comments come shortly after DuBois called Focus on the Family to suggest a meeting with the group ahead of the Democratic Party’s convention in late August, according to Tom Minnery, the organization’s senior vice president for government and public policy.

Minnery wouldn’t say whether any such meeting is planned but said the group is open to it.

Dobson also takes aim at Obama for suggesting in the speech that those motivated by religion should attempt to appeal to broader segments of the population by not just framing their arguments around religious precepts.

“Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal rather than religion-specific values,” Obama said. “It requires their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason.”

Dobson said the suggestion is an attempt to lead by the “lowest common denominator of morality.”

“Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena to his bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies?” he asked. “What he’s trying to say here is, unless everybody agrees, we have no right to fight for what we believe.

“What the senator is saying there, in essence, is that ‘I can’t seek to pass legislation, for example, that bans partial-birth abortion, because there are people in the culture who don’t see that as a moral issue,’ ” Dobson said. “And if I can’t get everyone to agree with me, than it is undemocratic to try to pass legislation that I find offensive to the Scripture. Now, that is a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution.”

According to Minnery, Dobson was particularly offended by a portion of the speech in which Obama mentioned evangelical leader and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

In the speech, Obama said, “Even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s or Al Sharpton’s?”

In response, Minnery said, “Many people have called [Sharpton] a black racist, and [Obama] is somehow equating [Dobson] with that and racial bigotry.”

Dobson’s comments follow the Obama campaign’s recent efforts to increase its appeal among evangelicals, many of whom have expressed reservations about supporting Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Dobson himself has said he will not vote for the Arizona senator.

Minnery said he doesn’t expect Obama to make inroads into the reliably Republican voting bloc.

“Evangelicals are people who take Bible interpretation very seriously, and the sort of speech he gave shows that he is worlds away in the views of evangelicals,” he said.

Minnery also said Dobson will probably continue his criticism of Obama.

“Given our fact that religion seems to be such a relevant topic in this election again, we will defend the evangelical view vigorously,” he said

N.T. Wright on Colbert

N.T. Wright on Colbert Report > link

I used to rule the world…

Part of the reason I’ve been so quiet this week is because I’ve been lost in “Viva La Vida or Death and all His Friends” by Coldplay. It came out on Tuesday and I haven’t stopped listening to it yet.It’s an amazing album (remarkable for an era which seems album-less). They worked with famed U2 producer Brian Eno who really stretched them. You won’t find a typical Coldplay on this album. It’s totally unlike anything they’ve done before. So far, my fav. tracks are the title track (which is out) and “42” as well as “Lovers in Japan” “Stawberry Swing” and “Cemetaries of London.” Incredible.

I’ve also been working hard to get caught up at school, which is kind of burying me right now.

Yesterday, we celebrated Kailey’s birthday (she got sick last week on her birthday). So, we picked up her friend page and cousin Rachel and drove to “Libby Lu’s” which is in Yonkers. The girls all got little make overs, dressed up like pop stars and got t-shirts, a backpack full of girly stuff, Hannah Montana wigs and pink boas. Yes, I was in hell. But, the kids loved it which is all that matters.

Today, Mel and I drive back up north to lead our second weekend w/ Head Start. This weekend is just for the dad’s. My mom is coming over this afternoon to spend the weekend with the kids (and spike). Should be a good and tiring weekend. I feel like I’m just recovering from last weekend!

Anyway, congratulations to Andy on the arrival of his G5 (yes, I got the message. no, I haven’t been able to call back…but I am thrilled for you bro).

Kailey’s Birthday!

Today, my  baby girl Kailey turns 10 years old! I can’t believe she’s already 10. So, we are taking her and a friend out to Libby Lu’s in Grandville, and probably out for dinner. Happy Birthday baby girl!! 

Wayland teens fight

I just read this article on Wood TV 8 about two freshman girls in Wayland who beat up another freshman girl (on film) on the last day of school. Why? Because she believes in gay rights, and they didn’t like it. What’s worse, they don’t see anything wrong with what they did.

As sad as this event is, it just shows the the ugly underbelly that still exists in this country. Gay bashing is still pretty well accepted, in the media and through course jokes between people. I was just watching MASH last night, and on it there was several gay jokes in one episode. It was clear that making a reference to being gay was a joke.

You know, even if you aren’t a supporter of the whole GLBQT community, it is still damaging, cruel and wrong to make another person feel humiliated about their life, and should be against the law to fight someone because of it.

Freshmen girls fight may bring charges

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A still frame showing the fight in progress
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By Emily Zangaro

WAYLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — As Wayland Union High School students cleaned out their lockers on the last day of school, a fight between three freshmen girls erupted, leaving one girl with facial injuries.

Wayland Police told 24 Hour News 8 the fight happened after fourth period Tuesday, and they’ve interviewed two suspects plus the victim, who was a new student this year at Wayland Union High.

The fight was clearly premeditated. In surveillance video, police told 24 Hour News 8 the suspects are seen pulling back their hair and getting ready. It’s also clear they say other people knew about the attack because of the number of people who were congregated around watching the fight.

Marina Niemchick said her daughter witnessed the fight. “Disturbing is a really good word for it,” she told 24 Hour News 8.

Her daughter “said one of the girls had come in and changed her clothes and was putting her hair up in a pony tail and taking all of her jewelry off. She heard rumors going around that she was getting ready to start a fight.”

“It was a pretty vicious attack on the one gal. She didn’t know it was coming,” Wayland Police Chief Dan Miller said. “She obviously went down to the floor very quick and tried to fend off her attackers.”

The suspects told police the girl was a gay-rights advocate and that she was trying to impose her views on them. They didn’t like it, and they told police they didn’t see anything wrong with what they did.

The fact they don’t see anything wrong with it upsets parents like Niemchick.  “To find out that you have a bunch of 15-year-old children now that are taking that kind of violent action against somebody for believing that people have a right to be the way they are is really scary.”

The victim did not know the fight was coming. An ambulance came to the school and treated her for her injuries.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Wayland school district said they take “this action very seriously and will take appropriate action. Based upon the District’s investigation, those involved could be brought before the Board of Education with a possible recommendation for expulsion. An incident, such as this, is not acceptable behavior on the part of our students and is not representative of our student body.”

The police investigation continues, and aggravated assault charges and hate crime charges are possible.

24 Hour News 8 will have more information as soon as possible.

Floods, Tornadoes, Houses Burning now this…

So we here in Michigan (and much of the mid-west) has been getting pounded by tornadoes, flooding, storms, (we found out our old house in Evart burned down), and now I see this headline which is like hearing the fourth horseman of the apocalypse is coming:

(From the AP)

“Police say a German truck hauling beer to thirsty fans at the soccer European Championship 2008 in neighboring Austria overturned, spilling 350 cases of its precious cargo across the autobahn.
Police say the truck took an exit ramp too quickly on its way from Munich to Vienna when the accident occurred late last night.
Thousands of bottles were strewn across the road and shattered on impact. It created a sudsy mess that took about 40 firefighters with a bulldozer three hours to clean up.
Police say the 51-year-old driver of the truck was unharmed.
Austria and Switzerland are co-hosting the Euro 2008 tournament, which opened Saturday.”

350 cases of German beer spilled on the road? What’s next God?