Sunday, September 30, 2007
Support the Monks' Protest in Burma
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Upon closer inspection, it was the site of the amazing Tex(t)Mex, who is offering a free copy of his crazy book to anyone who can produce the January 1972 issue of Superman. This issue (click on the picture above to read a page) features the Man of Steel saving a Mexican-American farmworker camp, and then teaching them all a lesson in self-sufficiency.
"You don't need a Superman," he helpfully instructs the farmworkers. "What you really need is a Super-Will to be the guardians of your own destiny."
I didn't realize Superman was a Republican, but I guess this proves it.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Subject: They're shooting monks in Burma
Have you seen the news? After decades of brutal dictatorship, the people of Burma are rising. In the past few days, hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters, led by Buddhist monks, have flooded the streets of Rangoon. But yesterday, the military started shooting monks and journalists. This is a true emergency.
Avaaz.org and MoveOn.org have launched a petition demanding Burmese generals negotiate rather than crush the demonstrators. They're focused on getting United Nations Security Council members--particularly China's Hu Jintao--to intervene. Thousands of people from all over the world are adding their names every hour -- will you sign? Click here:
Pass it on! Thanks!!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Dear Mr. President,Read the whole thing here.
When I first heard that you were vowing to veto a bipartisan bill to expand child health care, my immediate thought was more personal than political: What has happened to you?
I vividly remember a call at the office, only one day after your election had been secured. It was an invitation to come to Austin to meet you and to discuss with a small group of religious leaders your vision for "faith-based initiatives" and your passion for doing something on poverty. I had not voted for you (which was no secret or surprise to your staff or to you), but you were reaching out to many of us in the faith community across the political spectrum who cared about poverty. I was impressed by that, and by the topic of the Austin meeting....
I remember you asking me, Jim, I don't understand poor people. I've never lived with poor people or been around poor people much. I don't understand what they think and feel about a lot of things. I'm just a white Republican guy who doesn't get it. How do I get it? I still recall the intense and sincere look on your face as you looked me right in the eyes and asked your heartfelt question. It was a moment
of humility and candor that, frankly, we don't often see with presidents....
-- The New York Times
Burmese Monasteries Raided: Forces intensify crackdown, dispersing demonstrations led by anti-government monks.
-- Washington Post
Some reports said the dead included monks, who are widely revered in Burma, and the emergence of such martyr figures could stoke public anger against the regime and escalate the violence.
Witnesses told the AP that five men were arrested and severely beaten Thursday after soldiers fired into a crowd near a bridge across the Pazundaung River on the east side of downtown Rangoon.
Soldiers fired automatic weapons into a crowd of anti-government protesters Thursday as tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta's crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations.
--San Francisco Examiner
Up to 10,000 Burmese Buddhist monks and civilians have defied police tear gas and live bullets on the ninth day of protests against the military rulers.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
In the short time we were at Metropolitan United I saw a man pass out on the church steps with a donated peanut butter sandwich between his lips, two guys smoking crack openly on the church lawn, and young, pretty waifish girl throwing up against the church bulwark. Just inside, the massive organ was making twisted sounds as it was being tuned and American guests from Alabama lamented to us how "the Bible belt has really slid in the last couple of years."
Metropolitan United is located in the area where Wendy does a lot of her needle exchange and counselling work with addicts, half the time in the middle of the night. I always try not to think too much about what she is encountering while she's working, because I will just worry. But what I saw today will make that impossible. Like every city, Toronto is filled with so many sad stories that have never been told.
Above: A photo I took on my Treo of the Metropolitan United guest book.
(The other way I first became interested in Burma was when I wanted to become a, um, missionary and read the autobiography of Adoniram Judson, the first Protestant preacher to go to Burma in 1807.)
I'm writing to recommend an amazing book called The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly. It's not out in paperback yet, but it is worth buying in hardback or picking up from the library.
The story takes place inside a Burmese prison and does a remarkable job of exposing the brutality of the military regime while celebrating the beauty of Burmese culture, food and buddhism. While the book is so deeply about Burma, on the grand scale, it explores humanity - in all its brutality and beauty. I found the book hard to put down and had to devote an entire morning one Saturday to finishing it in one go. I followed the end with a profound sense of sadness and hope - and then a Burmese lunch to savor some of the food that is so well described in the book. My hat is off to Karen Connelly who has translated her obvious love and concern for the Burmese into a skilled novel which exposes the current military government.
In light of what is happening right now in Burma, this is a perfect time to read this book. My heart and mind go out to support the monks and people of Burma as they make a brave stand against a brutal regime. May peace prevail. May they be safe.
A link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385518188/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img/104-1066158-5331118
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
...this statement was seen on a sign carried by a protestor last week in Rangoon, Burma.
This uprising has been a long-time coming for the people of Burma. In 1988 there were similar protests and the ruling military junta massacred at least 3,000 nonviolent protesters. The New York Times has a chilling article on the preparations of the military to end the current protests and infiltrate the monks. I'm glad to see the U.S. add new sanctions on the government today. That's a step in the right direction. Pray for justice and a peaceful end to the terrible rule the Burmese have had to live under all of these years.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Happy Birthday St. John Coltrane.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
You can look it up, but this roughly translates to "Tacos of the Sexy Blonde" + "Goat Meat"
And it's obviously all been blessed by the Virgen de Guadalupe.
Yeah man, now that's what I'm talking about.
Only on Taco Hunt.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Research from the Barna Group, an evangelical research organization:
What other groups express concern about climate change?
The types of Americans who are most concerned about global warming include atheists and agnostics (69%), Democrats (67%), residents of the Northeast (65%), Hispanics (65%), and unchurched adults (64%). Those least likely to describe the problem as a major issue include evangelicals (33%), Republicans (38%), those who are economically downscale (48%), and those living in the Midwest (51%).
At 33%, evangelicals were the least concerned about global warming among more than 50 population groups studied. Among Catholics and mainline Protestants, 59% were alarmed about global warming.
“…the environment is a potential area of common ground between Christians and non-Christians. Like it or not, if outsiders do not see Christians embodying biblical care related to creation, a Christian’s influence is significantly diminished."
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
If you're into CMS, the site's build using Drupal, an open-source CMS. It's really flexible, transparent, and is working out really well for us. Thanks a lot to Andre and Danielle at Web Networks for all of their expertise!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Last night I made Dragon Chicken, one of the best-loved Joze dishes. It didn't come out that well in my opinion, mainly because somebody stole my bunch of cilantro at the last moment. Instead of posting the recipe, you can watch the creative master of India Joze, Jozseph Schultz, (the artist formerly known as JSFTW) cook it himself. (Fans of "cross contamination" watch this video closely for an incident!)
Above is a photo of my favourite brand of fish sauce, one of the key ingredients in Dragon Chicken. Fish sauce is basically fermented, distilled anchovy juice. And as if that wasn't bad enough, this brand's icon is an old dried squid. However, they do note helpfully that "this product contains no squid."
Saturday, September 08, 2007
By the way, the dark "V" in the middle is what is left of "The Slide" that took half the mountainside down above Wrightwood in 1969. Down in the desert, it hardened into the infamous mudbeds where us P*Landers congregated on certain summer evenings.
I believe these pictures were taken by one of Nadalin brothers for the Mountaineer, which ran a highly damaging expose on the P*Land Boyz in 1981 or 1982.
Friday, September 07, 2007
"A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne'er-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work."
-- Ronald Reagan in his recently published diaries, May 17, 1986.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
KIDS + COMPANY
Toddler Daily Report
Date: Sept. 5, 2007
Snack (a.m.) - Not in
Lunch - 2 servings of milk; didn't eat pasta & tomato sauce; didn't eat carrot
Snack (p.m.) - cheese sandwich & juice
Diapering: 11:00 & 2:30
Sleep Time: From 12:30 to 1:20
Today's Activities: Creative Arts, Colouring, Book Centre, Sensory, Cognitive, Outdoor Gross Motor
How was my day?
He tried some activities with dad. He did enjoy kicking the ball outside.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
In fact, this picture I pinched from the site features our former apartment building on Bloor St., where we lived for 5 years. Our former bedroom window is the one on the top right. Even more, the woman who I gave my empties to is right in the centre of this picture too. Plus, that's my car!
Ok, just kidding on that last one.
Check out Apocalyps to see some great photos of what I see everyday.