Archive - Oct 2010
I caught some of Stewart and Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear today. It was fantastic, emphasizing a critical message:
...we live now in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies...The country’s 24-hour politico-pundit-perpetual-conflictinator did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder...If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.
There are terrorists and racists and Stalinists and theocrats, but those are titles that must be earned. You must have the résumé. Not being able to distinguish between real racists and Tea Partiers and real bigots and Juan Williams or Rick Sanchez is an insult, not only to those people but to the racists themselves who put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate, just as the inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe, not more.
The press is our immune system. If it overreacts to everything, we actually get sicker and perhaps eczema. And yet with that being said, I feel good. Strangely, calmly good, because the image of Americans that is reflected back to us by our political and media process is false. It is us through a fun-house mirror — and not the good kind that makes you look slim in the waist and maybe taller, but the kind where you have a giant forehead and an ass shaped like a month-old pumpkin and one eyeball. So why would we work together? Why would you reach across the aisle to a pumpkin-assed forehead eyeball monster? If the picture of us were true, of course our inability to solve problems would actually be quite sane and reasonable: Why would you work with Marxists actively subverting our Constitution and racists and homophones who see no one’s humanity but their own? We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is, on the brink of catastrophe, torn by polarizing hate, and how it’s a shame that we can’t work together to get things done, but the truth is we do. We work together to get things done every damn day.
The only place we don’t is here or on cable TV. But Americans don’t live here or on cable TV. Where we live, our values and principles form the foundation that sustains while we get things done, not the barriers that prevent us from getting things done. Most Americans don’t live their lives solely as Democrats, Republicans, liberals, or conservatives. Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do, often something they do not want to do. But they do it, impossible things every day that are only made possible through the little, reasonable compromises we all make.
Here is video is of Stewart's concluding speech in full:
Lisa and I went to see Band of Horses at The Fillmore in Detroit. It was a fun show to attend together because we've both grown to love their music over the last year or so. The first opening band was The Besnard Lakes. They were OK, but I grew tired of the falsetto vocals. Next came Jenny and Johnny. It wasn't long before I was missing The Besnard Lakes because at least they were kind of interesting...while Jenny and Johnny seemed boring. We were paying more attention to updates about the Dow vs. Midland High football game that were coming in via text message and Twitter. Finally, BOH took the stage. We were sitting up in the mezzanine, so we were a bit far away. Lisa wished we had been standing down on the floor, but I was glad to be sitting (because I'm getting old and grouchy). The last couple songs of the Band of Horses set featured The Detroit Party Marching Band. Here are a few videos from the show courtesy of YouTube:
"Is There A Ghost" (incomplete)
"No One's Gonna Love You"
"The First Song"
"The General Specific"
Three professors from Christian colleges (including Jim Nichols of church-of-Christ-affiliated Abilene Christian) discuss teaching evolutionary science to Christian undergraduates in a video at The BioLogos Forum (link):