And a very happy Reformation Day to those who are celebrating that. Nail those theses away!
"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)
And a very happy Reformation Day to those who are celebrating that. Nail those theses away!
Just now on the NBC Nightly News: Andrea Mitchell was reporting on today's rebellion at the State Department. Apparently, up to 40 State Department employees will be sent to Iraq against their will. So Mitchell was just telling Brian Williams about this, except, in her introduction, she kept saying "Vietnam" instead of "Iraq." Ahem.
Oh, my. Oh, my, my, my.
How excited am I that there's a video of my favorite so-bad-it's-awesome African pop song?
"The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid." - Frederick Buechner
It's not The Play, but wow:
"the K53 [South Africa's driving test] effectively requires an applicant to imagine that he is driving a live claymore mine under assault by guerrillas in bumper cars." - as described in the New York Times.
Update from the BGCT: Joy Fenner wins the presidency by 60 votes. The article explains why this matters.
Well, as far as we can determine, no one seems to be live-blogging the BGCT yet. (For this, we are thankful.) We have Responsibilities Here and are therefore not in Amarillo. The only real news I see so far is that according to the Baptist Standard, the registered messenger count as of 11am topped 1,500. That's huge.
"[My So-Called Life] lasted 19 episodes, starting in summer 1994, on ABC, before its cancellation. Some people still haven't quite gotten over that."
Thanks so much to the Dallas Morning News Religion blog for linking to my piece on Ethics Daily and to this blog! I am a huge fan of the DMN's religion reporting, and it's an honor to make their site in some small way. Here's hoping that this will enable even more people to learn about the tragedies in the eastern Congo and practical, simple ways we can help.
Thanks to Ethics Daily for running a column based on my "how to help with the rape crisis in the Congo" post from earlier this week!
Add this to the list of things I never expected to do: teach about American elections with reference to Stephen Colbert's presidential race.
Me (beginning class): How is everyone today?
Continuing with the theme from last night of finding specific ways to help those in need, I am very pleased to announce a new project that Kat is launching today. Inspired to Action is a website that will offer specific, quick ways that you can help someone in need. Each day, we'll post news stories, interviews, and suggestions for action having to do with poverty here in the United States and around the world.
I am part of the writing team for this project and am really excited to help people become more aware of needs in this world, and of simple ways to help. I hope you'll make Inspired to Action part of your daily routine. Check it out!
But the most important thing, I think, and what I was trying to point to earlier, is this: be changed. Let the reality that innocent people suffer so deeply break your heart. Live with the tension that comes with realizing that our comfortable lifestyles come at a cost, and that the choices we make about what to do with our money, time, and energy have a very real impact on other people's lives. Don't be afraid to let this disturb you, and don't be afraid to do something.
Judy, thanks for your very important question.
Saturday night I had dinner with The Philosopher, a friend from our Baylor days who happened to end up in the tri-state area at the same time as I was. He's back in New York now, working on a PhD and teaching and working and enjoying life in the big city. We hadn't seen each other in years, so we had a great time walking around the East Village, looking to see what we could find at The Strand (a bad place for two broke bibliophiles to even look at), enjoying the unbelievably good food at Bello's, a tiny Italian place on St. Mark's, and catching up on everything that's happened.
If you're not familiar with the Mexico City-based guitar duo of Rodirigo y Gabriela, well, your life is missing something. R y G play classical, flamenco-style acoustic guitar...only not, because their style is heavily influenced by 80's thrash metal. It's impossible to explain, so you'll just have to trust me that it's incredible.
What do the High School BFF and Kid Rock have in common?
Try this. Ahem.
How to know when an engineer is in love with you.
It is simultaneously mind-boggling and totally unsurprising that the Democrats are probably going to nominate Hillary Clinton for the presidency. In an election that should be a perfect storm, when America just can't take any more of George W. Bush and appears to want something very different, I'm reminded that it's impossible to underestimate the ability of the Democratic National Committee to screw things up.
Well, it only took three OT's for the Yale Bulldogs to take care of ... Penn. But the sons of Eli remain atop the Ivy League standings, and in a season like this, we'll take it.
New York = So fun.
I am off to the City to confer with my Africanist colleagues - and to see friends from growing up, college, New Haven, and Austin! Blogging will continue depending on internet access and time. But, really, come on, there are better things to do in Manhattan!
So this apparently didn't actually air on either of the first two days of Drew Carey's tenure as host of The Price is Right, but who cares, it's hilarious.
The Reverend David Duncombe has been fasting for the last 40 days in support of the Jubilee Act, which would "cancel the debt of approximately 67 impoverished countries in the Global South."
ITunes just dropped the price of unprotected songs to 99 cents. You should really upgrade to ITunes Plus now that the price is the same. Of course, you can get some of those songs cheaper on Amazon...
This is only shocking to Baylor because it's Baylor. 'Cause Scruffy Murphy's is such a classy establishment anyway....
Several of my students want to write their papers on cocaine.
I just stepped outside and felt something I haven't felt since I was in central Africa.
"Every single reasonable person in the country knows the BCS is the single worst creation there is in sports." - John Feinstein
So Paris Hilton is gearing up for Rwanda and here's what she has to say:
..."you clapped in church and felt guilty about it all week." And more.
This is hi-larious.
Things aren't going so well in North Kivu.
Well, the first round of BCS rankings is out. Texas is #22. And despite PhSquared's insistence that the USF Bulls are "for real," I still don't buy it (any argument that hinges on West Virginia's powerhouse status is automatically suspect around here). What I don't get is how teams like USC and OU can lose to unranked, vastly inferior teams and still remain so highly ranked. And by "highly ranked," I mean, "higher than us."
This is the best football season ever.*
What's worse than the Statesman's football coverage?
Maybe we should add "when will Al Gore run for president" again to the pool. 'Cause, you know, once you get a Nobel Peace Prize, there's no question as to whether you're super-awesome.
I don't know if you saw the surreal Lynne Cheney interview on Jon Stewart last night. It was some kind of bizarre. And also very awkward:
Let's start a pool. Who's going to get fired first, Lloyd Carr or Dennis Franchione? Leave your guesses (with dates and times) in the comment box and we'll see who wins.
As of 4:33pm:
No wonder this day feels so simultaneously productive and unproductive.
I saw the Halo youth ministry story that everyone's commenting on when I picked up a copy of the New York Times at the airport on Sunday. For those of you who are lucky enough not to have read the story, it seems that staging nights of playing Halo 3 (a rather violent video game) is the hip new thing for youth ministers to do to lure in young boys who never go outside. They set up competition nights on various televisions at the church, then have some kind of lesson that tries to relate Jesus' message to the act of killing pixellated versions of living things. It is, the youth ministers say, the only way to get some kids in the door.
I am having a hard time believing I will never watch SWEEEEEDDD! catch a pass again. Here's to some great memories:
The latest installment of wit and wisdom from the children who weren't left behind:
I'm seeing unconfirmed reports that there are Angolan troops supporting government forces in North Kivu. OCHA fears the number of people displaced this year is close to half a million. The situation in the IDP camps outside Goma is horrific. And for the first time in years, I'm seeing analyses that discuss the possibilty of a return to full-scale civil war.
For the politically amused among us, here's the funniest recording of a president ever from the archives at the LBJ Library. I can't believe I've never shared it before. (Listen, don't read.)
"'In some areas in North Kivu, in some parts of Rutshuru we have 19-per-cent global malnutrition,' Shneerson said. 'That's huge.'
The UTC would be across the street from my office.
Last night I saw an ad for this awesomely bad cd on t.v. My confusion (Bryan White still has a music career?) was quickly replaced by shocked awe at The Oak Ridge Boys singing "Come Now is the Time to Worship. That was only eclipsed by the version of "Awesome God" by Charlie Daniels.
As of 7:35am, I am on vacation for the weekend! Where am I headed, other than to a friend's wedding? See if you can guess, based on some of the things to which I'm looking forward:
This morning I gave a midterm, and about 2/3 of the way through, my football player turned his in. "You going to Dallas?" I asked. He's a freshman and doesn't always get to travel. "To play!" he smiled, the excitement visible in his eyes.
President Bush just handed several Republican-leaning districts over to the D's next year. It's pretty hard to convince the voters that denying health coverage to 4 million American children of the working poor is a good thing. Especially when that coverage would have been funded by an increased cigarette tax.
Student, upon learning that he needs at least 5 legitimate news sources for his research paper: "Can we count Jon Stewart?"
And Austin is nothing if not classy-with-an-a during Red River Shootout week.
I would start a blog on the misuse of "its" and "it's," but that would drive me insane more quickly than the slow, steady stream of undergraduate writing that makes me want to crawl into a hole in the ground.
Also, I need some of these.
If you watched the Lumo documentary on PBS's POV series a couple of weeks ago, you saw Mama Muliri. Mama Muliri is one of the head counselors at Heal Africa who help to identify women who have been raped and bring them to Goma for treatment. Once the women are in Goma, the counselors oversee their psychosocial recovery.
I heard this on the radio the other day. Given that the government has stepped up the building of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border (even in very rural areas) and just released plans for the 16' wall, it seems like a good time to share it: