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By Larry James on November 30, 2008

"...when I was in prison, you came to me."
Important value to keep in mind. No one has "visited" prisoners more effectively than the leaders and students who work in the Innocence Project. Go here to read a heart-felt thank you from one of the recent exonerees to round out your Thanksgiving holiday reflections. Freedom is so precious. Justice so important.

By Gerald Britt on November 30, 2008

If athletes can have heroes in athletics; if businessmen and women can have heroes in the world of commerce; if educators can admire other academics - I figure its OK for me to have 'preaching heroes'!

Some of mine are no longer with us, men primarily, of whom some may have heard, some you may have never heard of, but their insight and skill in the pulpit inspired and ministered to me as a Christian and as a Gospel preacher.

Still others are with us and I count some of them as friends and colleagues. One of them is George Mason, of Wilshire Baptist Church here in Dallas. George provides a wisdom and instruction, that is both timely and timeless!

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By Denise Cassells on November 30, 2008

The Post reported that the Labor Department is rushing through new rules, strongly opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, making it more difficult for the government to tamp down toxic substances and hazardous chemicals that workers are exposed to in their workplace.

These rules which are supported by business groups would, in many cases, add an extra step to the already lengthy task of creating standards that protect workers’ health by adding further delay on much needed protections for employees, which in some cases result in more deaths and illnesses, according to public health officials and labor unions.

With the enormous tasks faced by the incoming President-elect Obama, President Bush has promised his cooperation to make the transition “as smooth as possible.” These rules and regulations fly in the face of Bush’s promised cooperation.

In total there are about 20 controversial rules Bush is seeking to issue before his time in office comes to an end. The rules deal with issues as complicated as abortion, auto safety and the environment. One rule would lighten restrictions to build power plants near national parks. Another would minimize the effectiveness of federal wildlife scientists when deciding if dams or highways would threaten endangered species.

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By Janet Morrison on November 30, 2008

When I was in college, my cousin started dabbling in drugs. He ended up getting stopped by the police and sent to an out-patient rehab center.

After word got out, I can remember one of my friends in our small town telling me, "He'll be alright. He's been raised by good parents. He'll come out of it."

Sure enough, he did. He's married with three children, runs his dad's farm, and is an upstanding citizen maintaining the good Morrison name in our small town.

Unfortunately, the stakes are much higher in the inner city.

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By Gerald Britt on November 29, 2008

"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die."

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, Ambassador, Peace Advocate, Political Adviser

By Larry James on November 29, 2008

I'm reading Alice Schroeder's fascinating biography of Warren Buffet, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life.

Great read so far.

Warren's father, Howard, served in the U. S. Congress during the mid/late 1940s as one of the representatives from Nebraska. He was there during the time that Sam Rayburn served, some would say ruled, as speaker of the House.

Sam was from Texas.

Sam got me thinking about Lyndon Johnson.

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By Weeden Nichols on November 28, 2008

The following is a synthesis of an essay, “Thoughts On Veterans’ Day,” provided to Professor Delbert Marshall, at his request, to which he referred on the “Generations” page of The Hays Daily News, on 8 November 2008, and a follow-up by-line column by me, on the “Opinion” page, 17 November 2008.

I often think of the lines, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity” from William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.” Fascists, who give up the guidance of their own intellects and consciences in order to be 100% in support of a particular governmental administration, or cause, or leader, may seem to enjoy an advantage over those who must ponder what is good, or right, or just, before supporting a particular endeavor, or cause, or leader. We can hope only that a moral advantage compensates for the stated advantage enjoyed by fascists. After all, if we must become fascists in order to oppose fascists, what point is there in prevailing?

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By Gerald Britt on November 28, 2008

By now we've all probably heard the sad story of parents from across the country who've taken advantage of the state of Nebraska's Safe Haven law.

It is a law designed for birth parents, most often young, single women, unprepared for and unwilling to assume the rigors of caring for their infants or newborns. Its a good strategy. The parent are able to take the child to a Nebraska hospital and with no questions asked, leave the child there with medical staff who would turn the infant over to child protective services. Fewer children run the risk of criminal abandonment, abuse and neglect. The problem is Nebraska specified no age limit in the legislation!

Who knew that people from other states would bring children 10 years and older and leave them at Nebraska's doorstep?!

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By Sarah Burris on November 28, 2008

There was an interesting piece on CNN yesterday as the terrorist attacks unfolded in India.

"With more than 6 million members worldwide, an estimated 80 messages, or "tweets," were being sent to via SMS every five seconds, providing eyewitness accounts and updates."
The report goes on to day that reports of what people were seeing, pictures, and blood donation requests and details were being set out over twitter.
As Twitter user "naomieve" wrote: "Mumbai is not a city under attack as much as it is a social media experiment in action."

Neha Viswanathan, a former regional editor for Southeast Asia and a volunteer at Global Voices, told CNN, "Even before I actually heard of it on the news I saw stuff about this on Twitter. People were sending in messages about what they were hearing. There were at least five or six blogs from people who were trapped, or who were very close to what happened."

The use of these fun technologies has been something our generation has used for quite a while, and politicos used throughout the campaign and on Election Day, its no surprise that the international community is as advanced if not more than the US is...

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By Larry James on November 28, 2008

Not all college football players take their studies seriously. Some do.

Among those who go "beyond serious" on the field and in the classroom is Florida State University safety, Myron Rolle.

The New York Times' Pete Thamel told part of Rolle's story in last Thursday's edition of the paper ("For Florida State Player and Scholar, Game Day Is Different").

I think you'll be inspired and encouraged. Here's how the story begins...

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By Lola Wheeler on November 27, 2008

Those who live in poor, urban areas often have little access to high-quality food. As large grocers flee inner cities, convenience stores and other high-priced alternatives become these neighborhoods’ only sources of groceries. These small stores rarely offer extensive produce departments; instead, residents choose among highly processed foods with little nutritional value. This urban organization helps people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. Growing Power transforms communities.

"If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system." - Will Allen, CEO, Growing Power

By Gerald Britt on November 27, 2008

By Larry James on November 27, 2008

On the day appointed for this purpose, let us reflect at our homes or places of worship on the goodness of God and, in giving thanks, let us ray for a speedy end to strife and the establishment on earth of freedom, brotherhood, and justice for enduring time.

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By Angelo Lopez on November 26, 2008

I’m against Proposition 8. I support the recent protests against the constitutional ban on gay marriage. I’m not, however, a supporter of the tactic of some gay rights supporters of attacking Mormon, Catholic, and Evangelical churches. In the long run I think it is a tactic that’ll backfire and cause more harm than good for their cause. A small group of Mormons, Catholics and Evangelicals support gay rights and gay marriages and they need all the support they can get to raise their voices within their churches and counter the church hierarchy and the more conservative parishioners who champion Proposition 8.

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By Bill Shanahan on November 26, 2008

The Freedom of Choice Act was introduced in 1989 to codify Roe v. Wade. I wonder if its opponents have actually read it.

I support reproductive rights for women (and men). Since I couldn't understand the full implications of deciding about one's pregnancy, I always believed the decision was not mine to make. My conclusion was as unsatisfying to me as it was personally correct.

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By Gerald Britt on November 26, 2008

In my first post, I shared an important confession by the American Medical Association: an apology for the racism that dominated the organizational mindset of that body for 100 years. I saw that as important because, all too often, there are people who love to pontificate about a 'victim mentality' give the impression that racism is something that is historic anomaly to be gotten over.

Even the most well intentioned will sometimes ask why we have to talk about race or racism, as if it no longer exists, or to the degree that it does exist is relegated to grainy newsreel footage and photographs tucked away in the musty pages of old books and magazines.

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By Larry James on November 25, 2008

Here's a CNN news report that I picked up yesterday. Please watch to understand something of the growing pain, need and stress facing additional millions of our neighbors as a result of the severe downturn in our economy. The story you'll see from CNN is the same story we are seeing here in Dallas every day.

Yesterday, as I drove up to our headquarters building, the line was already down the sidewalk before 8:00 a.m.

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By Gerald Britt on November 25, 2008

Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

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By Denise Cassells on November 25, 2008

Some may readily know the answers to the following questions, others, maybe not. Q & A’s can bring on a delightful demeanor when the questions are answered accurately. This Q & A is not meant to be delightful; the A’s are too harsh for comfort.

When we give thanks on Thanksgiving we should remember, that yes we are blessed in many ways and while we are truly grateful for our bounties, much work lies ahead for us progressives at heart. It seems an insurmountable task, this endeavor known as social justice. When we practice the age-old tradition of closing our eyes, making a wish, and leveraging for that proverbial long end of the wishbone: Be humbled by what you have, make a wish for someone who knows despair, wish for true humanity, wish that the world we share embraces all as equal, or wish for strength to begin or continue the struggle to right the wrongs that encompass us.

While I thank Mr. Quigley for his thought provoking questions and even his researched answers that stir thought provoking disdain, I would like to point out that while these issues have the ability to be addressed, they will not be addressed until every day citizens raise their voices in a fevered pitch and never, ever be hushed into submission.

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By Darrell Hamlin on November 24, 2008

The election is over, and winners all over America are preparing to govern. They need to understand that hope has a funny way of becoming expectation.

Like many others, I have a few expectations.

I expect my government to accept that democracy relies upon what citizens can see, examine, challenge, and debate. Those in power must let go of the delusion that democratic life is somehow safer wrapped in lies. Government must stop hiding information. Face problems instead of spinning them.

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Earlier posts in this month:

Where Will the Obamas Go to Church?, November 24, 2008
Gen We Overseas, November 24, 2008
Racism: Very Much Alive and Active, November 24, 2008
A Witness to Life Moving On, November 23, 2008
American Democracy and Democratic Socialism, November 23, 2008
A week of death, forced reflections, November 23, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, November 22, 2008
I'll never forget, November 22, 2008
We Can Prove Discrimination is Unconstitutional, November 21, 2008
Faith: It Gives Our Tired Feet New Strength, November 21, 2008
Lots of Balls in Washington, November 21, 2008
Thanks, Ted, I needed that!, November 21, 2008
Life lessons from Wyshina Harris, November 21, 2008
Dignity at Home, November 20, 2008
Rescue the Auto Industry: It's About the Jobs, November 20, 2008
To Act With Swift Resolve, November 20, 2008
It takes more than cheese to impress, November 20, 2008
When (not) to show your knickers, November 19, 2008
Pope Pius XI, Pope Pius XII and Two Different Responses to Hitler’s Anti-Jewish Laws, November 18, 2008
Defeat and Denial, November 18, 2008
Too many hungry people, November 18, 2008
Read All About It!, November 18, 2008
Black Politics Coming of Age?, November 17, 2008
What's in a name? Plenty, actually!, November 17, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, November 16, 2008
Focus, November 16, 2008
Costa-Gavras and the Political Thriller, November 16, 2008
I can't quit, November 16, 2008
It's a New Day, November 16, 2008
Wyshina Harris, November 16, 2008
In memory of Wyshina Harris, November 16, 2008
Hurricane Katrina: Invisible to the Tourist Eye, November 16, 2008
What Could the Obama Cabinet Look Like? Some Startling Suggestions, with Reasons and Consequences, November 15, 2008
'We ain’t ready, to see a black President' or are we?, November 15, 2008
WaPo 5 Myths Piece a Myth, November 15, 2008
The Meltdown of a Democratic Institution, November 14, 2008
The Growing Alliance of Dumbledore's Army, November 14, 2008
A New Cause, November 14, 2008
Be Redemptive: Save Your Breath, November 14, 2008
Letter from Grandma, November 14, 2008
The realities of Katrina still live in people, November 13, 2008
Obama donates campaign supplies to schools, November 13, 2008
Priceless, November 13, 2008
Christians Against Proposition 8, November 13, 2008
Help the Homeless WalkAThon, November 13, 2008
Join the impact, November 12, 2008
I heart Keith Olbermann, November 12, 2008
The Obama groundswell efforts continue, November 12, 2008
Rachel Maddow: 'What's wrong with pajamas?', November 12, 2008
Many Will Receive New Shoes for Christmas, November 12, 2008
Obama's Mandate for Change, November 12, 2008
We're All On Welfare Now, November 12, 2008
Electing Obama: A Landslide For Those Under 30, November 12, 2008
Valuing the Intelligence of the Poor, November 12, 2008
O Captain, My Captain, November 12, 2008
Romero's a Tax Payer Too, November 11, 2008
Philanthropy: What the New President Could Do, November 11, 2008
Yon Goes Another Mountain..., November 10, 2008
Against Prop 8, Not Against Mormons, Catholics, Evangelicals, November 10, 2008
Patriotic Patience, November 10, 2008
Imagine That!, November 10, 2008
Redemptive, Clarifying, November 10, 2008
Tomorrow and the Next Day, November 10, 2008
Death of Cynicism, November 10, 2008
What brings us together?, November 9, 2008
Me as a Talking Head, November 9, 2008
Opus: An Appreciation, November 9, 2008
Loving Enemies: Soul Force, November 9, 2008
A Greater National Security Strategy, November 9, 2008
Barack Obama's presidency is not the change we need, November 9, 2008
Not Qualified? Really?!, November 8, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, November 8, 2008
Our Students Make 'O', November 8, 2008
President-elect Obama: 'A new dawn of American leadership is at hand', November 8, 2008
Untapped Potential: Justice in Community Planning, November 7, 2008
Senator Lieberman: A Defense, November 7, 2008
I Wish My Hometown Were More Like the Rest of the Country, November 7, 2008
Three Strikes, You’re Out?, November 7, 2008
Cartoons of the Political Season, November 6, 2008
Quo Vadis, America - Where now?, November 6, 2008
President Obama's To-Do List: Jobs, November 6, 2008
Green Collar Jobs, November 6, 2008
A tale of two campaigns, November 6, 2008
Dear President Elect Obama, November 5, 2008
Facing the Future Unafraid, November 5, 2008
Great Night for Young Voters!, November 5, 2008
O Happy Day!, November 4, 2008
Relaying an election story, November 4, 2008
No on 8 Voters, November 4, 2008
How does Barack Obama affect race relations?, November 4, 2008
Protecting Voters Rights: Help Is Available, November 4, 2008
Your Vote Holds the Power of Hope, November 4, 2008
Election Day and Beyond: Don't Just Sit There!, November 4, 2008
Black Voting Suppressed in Kansas City, November 4, 2008
The Story, November 4, 2008
Riot gear? Really?, November 4, 2008
Somebody Has To!, November 4, 2008
At Last..., November 4, 2008
One Day More, November 3, 2008
If Your State Won't Decide the Election, Why Vote?, November 3, 2008
For the Voters and the Undecided, November 3, 2008
Vote Like Your Life Depends On It, November 3, 2008
White Supremacy and Christianity: Utterly Incompatible, November 3, 2008
Pelosi says 'No on 8', November 3, 2008
Arapahoe County: Ground Zero for Democratic Ascendency, November 3, 2008
Remembering Studs Terkel, November 3, 2008
Kansas State Board of Education: Vote the Whole Ballot, November 3, 2008
Our Hearts and Minds…, November 3, 2008
Transcending Winning and Losing, November 2, 2008
Sunday Reflection: Valuing Compassion and Justice, November 2, 2008
Studs Terkel - Chronicler of America, November 2, 2008
What if he doesn't win?, November 2, 2008
Am I mean enough?, November 2, 2008
Last Chance, November 2, 2008
The gloves are off, November 2, 2008
The Call, November 2, 2008
Who's really running for president?, November 1, 2008
The Evolution of the Institution of Marriage, November 1, 2008
America's Women Haven't Waited 232 Years for Sarah Palin, November 1, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, November 1, 2008
Ode to Conservatism, November 1, 2008
Something To Add To the Current Debate!, November 1, 2008
Halloween: What a Grand Night, November 1, 2008
Campaign Finance: Ordinary Citizens Back in the Game!, November 1, 2008
Have a good laugh, November 1, 2008

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