Monday, September 19, 2011

Number One Killer

I saw this video on Bad Catholic today, and it got me thinking. Check it out: What do you think? Effective? Offensive? I remember the uproar about six months ago over a billboard in NYC that utilized a similar, in your face message. I'd love to hear your feedback.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Non-Political Michele Bachmann Post

Being that Election 2012 is a mere thirteen and a half months away, it goes without saying that the media has been reporting on it since, oh, let's say, early 2009. But since the promary season is actually now heating up, the coverage is really getting play online, on TV and in print.

And with this coverage comes mudslinging, or in the case of the above Newsweek cover, a downright mudslide.

Yeesh... let me preface this with a strong caution that I am not endorsing Michele Bachmann (or, for that matter, any politician) on this blog. This is purposeful. While I do watch the debates and read quite a bit on the subject (leading to countless debates with my brother Joe), I don't really discuss politics on this platform because it's such a divisive topic and people online tend to go batcrazy in the comboxes about it. For an example of this, check out the Red Cardigan's post on why she's not voting Republican anymore. Besides, I write about religion, and have caught enough flak for believing... if I add politics and sex, I'm just asking for the ultimate trifecta of hate to rain down on me. Although I'd like to have more than a dozen hits on a particular day, I'll pass.

If you are interested in a defense or support for Bachmann, check out Wintery Knight's blog. But no, this post is about that godawful picture that was plastered on the front of Newsweek. Instead of depicting Bachmann's "rage", it showcased how much they hate her. I mean, really, really hate her. And that, right there, is a turn off for me. I know exactly what I'm getting if I choose to pick up that mag. A six or seven page hatchet job. And quite fankly, that's boring. At least to me. It's the feeling I get when I see the quadrillionth Life & Style cover story about Brad/Angie/Jen. Not only will I NOT purchase your periodical, I will NOT even peruse it while waiting in an excruciating long, non-moving checkout line at Shoprite. I'd rather pretend to not be checking out the cover of the National Enquirer.

But maternity leave can do strange things (like leaving me wide awake watching Batman: The Animnated Series and reruns of the post-Sam-and-Dianne episodes of Cheers at 4A.M.), so when I stumbled on this "we really, really hate Michele Bachmann" piece from The New Yorker, I read the whole thing in one sitting. I should add that the online version does not contain any hideous pictures of the Tea Party darling, either, so I wasn't quickly spooked. Actually, I wasn't spookedd after reading it, either, but I was curious about the late Evangelical leader Francis Schaffer, who gets a surprisingly large amount of coverage in the piece based on Bachmann saying she was influenced by his 1970's documentary, "How Should We Then Live?" I read Frankie Schaffer's "Crazy for God" a couple of years ago, and while I thought the book was interesting, I got the feeling Junior was writing from a place of deep hurt and some anger at his father. So I didn't want to judge the elder Schaffer on that book alone. And the New Yorker story depicted him as a theocrat bent on Christianizing the U.S. by any means necessary. So moved by the article, I went to trusty YouTube and slowly went through the entire 10 part series of "How Should We Then Live?". I finished it up this morning, and while I don't feel I have a full opinion of Schaffer himself, I do have one of his documentary. It's... okay. Yeah, not very descriptive, but I really felt it falls somewhere in the middle as far as my interest goes.

What I didn't get was the doom Lizza (the New Yorker writer) broadly paints in his smear job Bachmann piece. What I did get from his article was no more interest (one way or the other) in his actual subject, but instead, in Schaffer and his take on the Christian worldview. As a former Journalism student, I'd say that would garner a writer a weak review.

But at least it still wasn't as jacked as that Newsweek cover, even if it did send the same message.

The Millenialist

Oh my little Zoe. She punches when she doesn't get her bottle immediately. Laughs when she sees me when she first awakes. Is at total peace resting on her Daddy's shoulder. Keeps me so busy I sometimes struggle to fit in a shower, let alone blog (she's currently napping, but sadly, at nearly 2:30 in the afternoon, I still haven't showered (yeah, I know... fail).

And I feel bad. So, while I try to figure out how to make some type of workable schedule so I can manage to write a decent original post, I'm going to shine a light on blogs, articles and videos I like so much I want to share.

First up, my buddy David Hubbard (he guested on FAR here) has finally started his own blog, The Millenialist. He writes:

"...I promise that every passage, poem, or quotation I post will come straight from a book that has directly influenced my life. Our texts will range from the 20th century Nobel lauretes to Sufi poets to Greek philosophers, verses from the Bible, the Dharma, the Tao te Ching, and the list goes on. Like all of art, poetry, music, and literature, The Millenialist is nothing more than an attempt at capturing transcendental themes that illuminate (and punctuate) our human experience. I may offer my own brief and woefully unscholared exposition from time to time. And if that doesn’t work, well, I’ll just resort to taking humorous potshots at just about everything. But we won’t go overboard. (If it can be helped).

... The Millennialist, is completely new concept of mine derived from the peculiar worldview of a Millennial. (I have not checked Google to see if the word Millennialist actually exists. And everyone knows nothing exists until Google says it does.) A Millennial is any person who came of age in the post 9/11 period of radical uncertainty. I have volumes to say on this subject that we’ll get to, I promise. But in brief snapshot, Millennials have witnessed drastic changes for one lifetime, the sudden and violent death of the 20th century and the chaotic birth of the new millennium. In speaking with other Millennials, I suspect there are profound shifts in our views of the world that only historians will appreciate long after we’ve left our mark. Which is to say our historical resume is far from finished. The creation and advancement of the most powerful medium in the history of mankind to date, social networking, was just our opening act. But again, more on that later."

David has a passion for literature, classical music and chess (woot woot! go Gen Y!), and I'm looking forward to his future posts! Check it out! And yes, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and The Greatest Gen are all welcome, too!

TRUTH Chose Her...

... and now, she is sharing the TRUTH! My good friend and Natural Hair Feature Candace has just begun hosting a Christian radio show based in Miami. She wrote:

"I just wanted to share with all of you an open door the Lord has given me to do an internet radio show. It's on an urban radio station down here in Miami. The show will be called "Truth Chose Me" (the same as my youtube channel) and it's basically a forum type of show that provides an avenue for the listeners, the guests and myself to have candid discussions about life and spirituality with an aim to receive edification, encouragement, understanding, wisdom and TRUTH.

I am EXCITED about the persons that the Lord may be able to reach and the ability to provide an atmosphere that is not driven by religious and traditional legalism and bigotry but with a sincerity to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit through questions and sharing our experiences and testimonies.

... I want to be able to reach those out there who need direction and don't necessarily go to church (or feel comfortable to do so) and by God's grace, me along with you can help encourage them and spark a desire in them to seek out truth.

Below is the link. Feel free to share and PLEASE KEEP ME IN PRAYER! I'm a little nervous but I'm willing to walk through this door to help shine the light of God into dark places. God bless you all!"

Her first show was on Monday at 8 P.M. (Eastern time) on the topic, "The Reality of God: Is He Real to You?". It went grreat! You can listen in next week online by clicking here. In the meantime, check out her YouTube Channel or her Facebook page.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wrong Worship


Eh... I wish I couldn't relate, but alas, I can! Brings me back to my nondenom days!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

God Cares For You?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Through the Ashes...

 On June 25th, my mother's house caught fire, leaving her and my brother's family homeless. Thankfully, everyone is okay. And yes, this is the real reason my blog went eerily silent this summer. Mommy was almost killed, and my childhood home, nearly destroyed. This event has touched our lives deeply. Below, my brother Joe shares the story... and a plea for help.

~Alisha AKA FAR

Through the Ashes...
by Joseph Flemming

n June 25th my mother nearly lost her life, and her home was nearly destroyed by an electrical fire. Thanks to quick acting neighbors and a one minute response time from the City of Linden's Fire Department, her life was spared. She spent the next week in critical condition at St. Barnabas burn unit.

Today my mother is slowly recovering, while she still has difficulty with mobility and receives physical therapy several times a week, she still posses her passion for life and her spirits are high.
Unfortunately, she did not have homeowners insurance on the house.

The cause of this fire was a 15 year old refrigerator.
We were thinking of replacing it several times but since it was still working we kept putting it off... You know that old saying, "If it aint broke don't fix it."

I think we all have this habit, to not replace things, especially appliances until after they stop working, well I consider it a painful lesson learned.

Through the ashes..

or the next six weeks we didn't know what to do next, my sister was about to have her baby, my mother needed to get to her doctors appointments and we were effectively homeless. The Red Cross put us in a hotel for several days, and my coworkers really blessed us with clothes donations, gift cards for food and tons of love & support. My good friend Weston Smith gave us space to crash for a week.
Camping became a way of life for us, we would stay at camp grounds close to the area so we could drive back during the day to take care of my mother and all of our business.

After heavy consideration we pooled everything we had and decided to fix the house. The fire report cited over $40,000 dollars in damages, but we knew we could do it for significantly less ourselves.

Several weeks ago my Fiance and I started the reconstruction. Progress has been brisk, the affected areas have all been gutted, permits purchased, replaced windows, new electrical lines and circuits ran. We have passed our inspections, restored power, water & gas, installed new plumbing where needed and have started to put all of the pieces back together again.

Now when we are so close to the projects completion we find ourselves just short of the finish line. I know that God has allowed us to come this far because of his grace. I am a proud man, never wanting to rely on others, hard working and not looking for an easy way out. Some questioned why would I want to save this house and my answer, because it is the right thing to do... not the easiest. Not only will the house be restored for my mother, but the house will be able to pass to future generations, allowing them a better start in their lives.

Our funds are depleted, we need just a little help to finish the job.

 I have set up a donation cause fund here on Facebook. The application is secure, fast and payments are made through PayPal. Payment methods are convenient, you can use credit card,debit or your PayPal account.

For those of you who have helped you have my sincerest gratitude, and for those who has yet to help I thank you in advance.

To get started, just click the yellow "Donate" button bellow.

To view photos of the house and the reconstruction so far click the button bellow

Don't use electronic payment methods?
If you would like to make a donation of a certified check or money order send to:
PO Box 1995 Linden NJ 07036
RE: Reconstruction

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