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By Jim Faris on June 30, 2009

Where are the Kansas Democrats for 2010? Everywhere I go I have this question asked of me and I have to ask it myself. 2008 saw an end to the promising Boyda presence in the 2nd Congressional District Seat, and Jim Slattery lost by a huge margin against long-time incumbent Pat Roberts. What did the Democrats learn from it?

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By Larry James on June 30, 2009

Another word or two about my reading habits. While the journals/magazine referenced the last two days don't cover all that I regularly thumb through, they do represent a few favorites. Here's what's left of that short, varied list.

I've been reading Sports Illustrated since I was a kid. Great photography and interesting analysis across the sporting world.

I remember reading stories about horse racing and fencing when I was in junior high.

Log Home Living caught my attention a few years back.

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By Lisa Attrill on June 30, 2009

With the recent gangland-style murder of Des Moran, the story of mobsters in Australia sounds like something out of Hollywood. Secret conversations, wigs, get-a-way cars, and a shootout in broad daylight while the victim sat at his table drinking coffee.

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By Katwy Heru on June 30, 2009

Tall and slender young and fine, the girl from Ipanema goes walking, and as she’s walking the young man watching goes AAAHHH!

Rio! Lord! God! RIO!

Such a land of beauty with a bevy of the most beautiful women, and beautiful people, bewitching in nature, beguiled by the opulence of what God’s creative forces have to offer as it is stricken by the awesomeness of the downtrodden and the hopeless. It is only fitting that it is almost twelve years since my first contemplation of traveling to this place of God’s natural majesty that I now find myself renewed and recharged by her grace and natural mystic.

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By Larry James on June 29, 2009

I've always made it a point to read weird, surprising, off-the-wall stuff of various sorts. Possibly my way of thinking has been shaped by my "recreational reading."

When I served as a pastor, I subscribed to Rolling Stone (a few church leaders couldn't understand that one!). What follows are examples of some of the journals that I read on a regular basis.

I've always been interested, no, not strong enough; I've always been fascinated by custom cars, you know, "hot rods."

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By Gerald Britt on June 28, 2009

Jacquiline Salmon's interview with Jim Daly of Focus on the Family, may present a radical shift in tone for the organization. The interview's worth reading and future developments are worth watching - and I mean that in the most hopeful sense. Personally, I didn't like the sectarian bent the organization was taking. And while it may not change totally, this seems to be much more refreshing attitude.

Perhaps there can be an even more radical attitude like, "We don't have to agree totally, but we can be civil and respect one another"?

At least this appears to be a start in that direction. Let's wait and see...

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By Larry James on June 28, 2009

My father was born in 1920. My mother in 1921. They were children during the Great Depression. As a result, I grew up hearing stories about their experiences in those very, very hard times. Unlike urban dwellers during this time, my folks lived on a farm which provided many advantages, especially when it came to food production and basic survival.

YouTube is replete with video posts about the period. After watching and listening to a number of these video history lessons, it occurs to me that the growth and maturation of any number of supportive national institutions since and because of that Great Depression provide us with protections and tools that my grandparents' generation did not enjoy.

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By Gerald Britt on June 28, 2009


"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."

Mother Teresa, 1910 - 1997
Humanitarian, Peace maker, Lover of the Poor

By Sarah Burris on June 27, 2009

This week's quick hits had a piece from USA Today about young people opting for a simpler lifestyle in today's troubling economy. The title actually diminishes the core of some interesting facts about how these tough times are changing an entire generation mentally as well as economically.

But what [Millennials] all have in common is the knowledge that the recession has in some way shattered the world they thought they knew. And, depending upon how long the downturn lasts, historians, economists and psychologists say it could shape Millennials’ values and attitudes in much the same way the Depression shaped the attitudes of those growing up in the 1930s.

"I call it the end of Disney World," says Michael Bradley, an adolescent psychologist in suburban Philadelphia. But now, young people are reordering their values.

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By Larry James on June 27, 2009

Researchers are only now starting to pay attention to the importance of friendship and social networks in overall health.
We've recognized for a long time now the power and the benefit of social networks, social capital, collective efficacy and strong community connections among people. Social bonding contributes to quality of life wherever it is found.

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By Angelo Lopez on June 27, 2009

As Flag Day and July 4 approach, it is wise to consider the Founding Fathers and their accomplishments and failures. One of the things that these men have been criticized for in recent years is that many of the Founding Fathers were slaveholders and that they did not eradicate slavery. Though I agree that the existence of slavery is on of the great stains in this nation's history, I think it is wrong to stereotype the Founding Fathers as being uncaring towards slaves. I wrote a previous blog about the Founding Fathers grappling with the issue of slavery and thought I'd write a followup. As a person to the left of the political spectrum, the criticisms of many towards the Founding Fathers have always bothered me. The early leaders did try to abolish slavery, but their fears of Southern secession eventually doomed those efforts.

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By Gerald Britt on June 27, 2009


This pretty much speaks for itself...

Whether with Central Dallas Ministries, or some other organization...find or develop ways to get involved!

By Gerald Britt on June 26, 2009

Sick of news about the bailouts? You consider them to be unfair? Interference with the market? Meddling with capitalism? I've got another bailout for you to think about. It has to do with the Voting Rights Act.

That's right, the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Section 5 of the Act says that in seventeen (17) states that have a history of terrorism at the ballot box, the federal government must approve changes in the way voting is conducted.

And in an innocuous case of a little unincorporated area located northwest of Austin, Texas, a suit was filed which reached the U.S. Supreme Court and the implications of their ruling could set the stage for overturning Section 5.

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By Larry James on June 26, 2009

271,124... That's the answer to yesterday's question: How many children who attend one of the 14 public schools districts in Dallas County qualify for free and reduced meals?

271,124.

Let that number settle in for a moment.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on June 26, 2009

The following is part two in a series reviewing my favorite things to see, do, eat, and hear in Washington DC.

Do
Visit The Capitol as many times as you can.

No matter how many times I see The Capitol, the magnificence of the structure never gets old. Hang around during the week and you might even spot a Member of Congress (or a group of friendly League of Conservation Voters interns and staff.)

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By Tula Connell on June 26, 2009

Rachelle Honeycutt works at an oil refinery in Washington State. Sam Schaffer is a skilled sheet metal worker from West Virginia. Javier Almazan organizes workers in south Florida and Cathy Merkel is an registrar in Maryland. They're all union members. And in a few days, all four will be graduates of one of the crown jewels of the labor movement: The National Labor College.

With a 46-acre campus just outside Washington, D.C., the nation's only labor college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and grants bachelor's and master's degrees. The college evolved from the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, created in 1969, and now partners with the University of Baltimore and George Mason University for its graduate degree programs.

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By Janet Morrison on June 25, 2009

Yesterday, I was faced with a dilemma that, sadly, I know is not unique.

One of the parents of four kids in our summer program has not been sending her kids. Since we are an educational program, we feel it's important for the kids to be in attendance each day. However, as I looked deeper into the situation, I discovered that the solution is not easy.

Kiela (not her real name) was encouraged to sign her kids up for our summer program by a friend of hers. Kiela goes to work at 6:00 a.m. so she takes her kids to their grandma's house. Her friend works over night until 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. so he agreed to pick them up at their grandma's and bring them back to Roseland so they could attend the program.

Unfortunately, things have come up on her friend's job and he hasn't been able to pick up the kids at their grandma's. As a result, the kids haven't been coming regularly.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on June 25, 2009

The US House of Representatives in scheduled to vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act tomorrow and Representative Dennis Moore (KS - Third District) is still considered to be a swing vote.

If you are one of Rep. Moore's constituents, please call his office today to encourage him to strengthen and support this historical piece of environmental legislation.

Washington D.C. Office
(202) 225-2865
FAX: (202) 225-2807

You can also send an e-mail to his office using this form.

Watch President Obama's statement on the American Clean Energy and Security Act here.

By Larry James on June 25, 2009

Lots of readers will be surprised by what follows. The Dallas area boasts a level of affluence that is, well, hard to describe. The Dallas area is home to a level of poverty that is, well, hard to comprehend. Sort of a tale of two cites.

One clear indicator of this duality can be discovered in the head count for free and reduced lunches in our public schools. Take a guess: of the students attending the 14 Dallas County independent school districts, how many qualify for the free or reduced meal program? Take a moment and give us an answer.

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By Gerald Britt on June 25, 2009


Jeff Weiss, is a Dallas Morning News reporter whom I have known since the early '90's. On and off he's interviewed me for stories, or on background for stories that he's written for years. For a number of those years he had covered religion for the paper and I have grown to really appreciate his curiosity and perspective on the values of different religious traditions.

One thing he's helped me to understand is that things that I consider to be common knowledge about my faith tradition and denomination, are not necessarily common knowledge. He's also provided great insight in his stories on other faiths that have provoked my curiosity as well, and increased my level of understanding and appreciation for them.

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Earlier posts in this month:

Reviewing Washington DC: See and Do, June 25, 2009
Spotlight on Gary Van, June 24, 2009
'Argentine Firecracker', June 24, 2009
Half of All Americans Are Uninsured or Underinsured, June 24, 2009
Run And Get Your Brother, Part 2, June 24, 2009
Run and Get Your Brother, June 24, 2009
Selling Hope Without Audacity, June 24, 2009
Brother, can you spare a dime?, June 23, 2009
Thoughts from Photography, June 23, 2009
Connecting Across the Country, June 23, 2009
Congo Street Green Initiative, June 22, 2009
Walking Softly (or not) in the Wilderness, June 22, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, June 22, 2009
'We got our Rose back' Trailblazer Rose Mary Robinson (My Mom) is Running Again!, June 21, 2009
Hot Time in the Old Town: Blogging While Brown, June 21, 2009
When did we get tired of our children?, June 21, 2009
Celebrating the Heroism of a Fallen Father, June 21, 2009
Charity is Dead, June 21, 2009
Spreading the Gospel in Poor Communities - Part III, June 21, 2009
An African is Not a Brown White Person, June 20, 2009
Spreading the Gospel in Poor Communities - Part II, June 20, 2009
Our Health Care System Is the Sickest Patient, June 19, 2009
At-Risk Youth Program Gets a Boost, June 19, 2009
Check this out..., June 18, 2009
Abortion Volcano, June 18, 2009
Spreading the Gospel in Poor Communities - Part I, June 18, 2009
We're not done with it, we're just not, June 18, 2009
Romance is Kung Fu and Dandelions, June 18, 2009
Blogging While Brown!, June 18, 2009
The Making of the English Working Class, by E. P. Thompson, June 17, 2009
In Memoriam: Dr. C.B.T. Smith 1915 - 2009, June 17, 2009
Revenge of the Nerds?, June 16, 2009
Renegade: The Making of a President, by Richard Wolffe, June 16, 2009
What About Forgiveness?, June 16, 2009
A Scots Clan and the Vikings, June 16, 2009
To Sarah, From Andy, June 16, 2009
Lessons Learned: First Week in DC, June 15, 2009
KS Democrats - Deepen the Bench with Democratic Idol, June 15, 2009
The Wisdom of Gustavo Gutierrez, June 15, 2009
NOW I Understand!, June 14, 2009
Class Matters, June 14, 2009
Target on the Mark, June 14, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, June 14, 2009
Banks Paying Back Funds, June 14, 2009
The cost of poverty, June 14, 2009
Putting Money Where It Should Do the Most Good, June 13, 2009
Newt, are you living in another reality?, June 12, 2009
Sebelius Sez: There Are Health Disparities, June 12, 2009
87 Per Cent of Texas Communities Exceed Poverty Rate, June 11, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, June 11, 2009
Message for These Times: Grapes of Wrath, June 11, 2009
The Truth About Health Care Reform, June 10, 2009
Texas and Unemployment Insurance, June 10, 2009
Church Folk and Generosity, June 10, 2009
Tony Award Winner, Employee Free Choice Supporter, June 10, 2009
Rabbis Say to Specter: Support Employee Free Choice, June 9, 2009
Obama's Cairo Speech, June 8, 2009
Blog This Rock: Responding to Dr. Tiller's Murder, June 8, 2009
Perhaps There is Hope!, June 7, 2009
Update on Re:Vision Dallas, June 7, 2009
Being Young, Motivated, and Involved, June 6, 2009
Wanted: Leaders Who Will Stand With the Community, June 6, 2009
So While We're Going to Spend All This Money, June 6, 2009
The age of disrespect..., June 5, 2009
Did you know artists get paid nothing when their songs are played on the radio? Conyers legislation seeks fair pay for airplay and has protections for small radio stations, June 5, 2009
CarPATbagger Slings Mud, June 5, 2009
Jobs ala Shop Class, June 5, 2009
Tell Bill O'Reilly: 'Buy USA-Made T-Shirts for Patriot Store', June 5, 2009
Global Warming? No Hoax (Part II), June 5, 2009
Identity Politics - A Convenient Category, June 4, 2009
Now this bell tolling softly for another, says to me, thou must die, June 4, 2009
Meet Joshua DuBois, June 4, 2009
Raging Now, But Silent Then, June 4, 2009
Words Have Power... Even to Kill?, June 3, 2009
Another New House on Congo Street, June 3, 2009
Cartoons for May, June 3, 2009
In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan, June 3, 2009
Loving Day, June 3, 2009
Welcome to the United States of Amnesia and State of Denial, June 2, 2009
Frankly, My Dear..., June 2, 2009
Justice Denied, Justice Affirmed, June 2, 2009
The Environment and Justice, June 2, 2009
To Tell the Truth, June 2, 2009
CHIP needs your help, June 1, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, June 1, 2009
So You're Elected... Part II, June 1, 2009

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