November 2009 Archives

White/Asian vs. Black/Latino

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White and Asians have such a radically different experience with living in a white-dominated culture than blacks and Latino experience that it's nearly impossible to apply to the Truth in an audience that's racially mixed unless the mixing is homogeneous by education and social class.

I'm trying to imagine how an Asian or a white dude could possibly have a clue about what and how to apply the Truth to personal and social issues, that are so determined by social location, that affect blacks and Latinos.

I'm beginning to see why churches in Manhattan remain segregated. Whites and Asians have totally different experiences with social brokeness and social pain than blacks and Latinos. Does the devil work differently in differently cultural settings. Yes!!! That would seem strategic. I'm trying to imagine an Asian dude from the suburbs trying to gather a church of Dominicans in my neighborhood. Ain't gon' happin'!! (I don't think)

So why is everyone trying so hard if they're not willing to learn about and immerse themselves in other cultures? Interesting....

What I'm noticing is that gentrifying whites moving in "the city" aren't actually reaching the city but they are gathering other gentrifiers. Which isn't bad either because gentrifiers need to know how to use their gentrification for the social good.

I dunno...just thinking out loud

"People have the governments they deserve", some people say. Recent incidents in Guatemala's Congress make me want to deny this assertion....what follow are some very embarrassing videos of what has happened recently with our congress-people (the "Father's of the Nation" as they call themselves).

(This video captures the scenes of the arrest of Congressman Ruben Morales, accused of money laundering)


(These two videos capture the embarrassment that congressman Mario Taracena is for our nation. He is a disrespectful member of the official party who continually attacks and mocks women and other parties)

What makes a good member of Congress or Parliament? Does Congress reflect the people? Do we let ourselves be governed by our passions once we assume a position of power? (Why don't we hear stories like these happening at corporate board meetings, etc.?)Do we run away like cowards when faced with the consequences of our actions?

Thoughts?

I came across this You Tube video that I guess should not surprise many of you, but it should certainly should move us to grieve for the children that grow up in these environments.

Here's a link to this organization: http://www.amazinggracebaptistchurchkjv.com/index.html

Christians and the Housing Bubble

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Christians and their utopianism:

Many explanations have been offered for the housing bubble and subsequent crash: interest rates were too low; regulation failed; rising real-estate prices induced a sort of temporary insanity in America's middle class. But there is one explanation that speaks to a lasting and fundamental shift in American culture--a shift in the American conception of divine Providence and its relationship to wealth.

Add water, an oligarchical Fed/Congress/Wall Street, and vibrant multiculturalism!, mix, and wait for collapse.

Amsterdam.

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It's raining a lot, and that makes the whole thing rather depressing.

And then there's the pretty young girls in little cattle-boxes, half naked. That's a bit depressing, too.

And then there's my visceral reaction to the girls in the boxes. That's a bit depressing, too.

The Anne Frank house wasn't a walk in the park either.


So...I'm waiting for something wonderful. Hopefully some museuming will help. Maybe the zoo?


 


http://hiphopwired.com/2009/11/20/father-murders-son-for-molesting-daughter/

Jamar Pinkney, Sr. murdered his son in cold blood after being told that the teen, Jamar Pinkney, Jr., confessed to molesting his 3-year-old sister.

The 37-year-old man forced his son to strip and march to a vacant lot while nude, after which, he shot the teen to death while the boy and his mother pleaded for his life.

According to the younger Pinkney's mother, it was she that alerted Pinkney, Sr. of his son's misdeeds after the young man revealed to her what he had done.

"I called and told his father," said the boy's mother, Lazette Cherry, to the Detroit Free Press. "That isn't something you sweep under the rug." Afterward, the man returned home with a firearm, ordering the boy to strip and go outside.

"He got on his knees and begged, 'no, daddy, no,' and he pulled the trigger."

Attorney's for the conscientious killer are guiding their strategy toward an insanity defense and have started asking representatives from the prosecution to make note of their client's state of mind while relegating reports of sexual abuse to mere afterthoughts.

The State of Michigan has filed first-degree murder charges against Pinkney in the murder of his son; if found guilty, he will receive life in prison.

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Washington (CNN) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping health care bill that would expand health insurance coverage to 30 million more Americans at an estimated cost of $849 billion over 10 years.

Reid and other Senate Democrats cited an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office for the coverage and cost figures. The CBO estimates the proposal would reduce the federal deficit by $130 billion over the next 10 years, through 2019. Any effect on the deficit in the following decade would be "subject to substantial uncertainty," but probably would result in "small reductions in federal budget deficits," according to the CBO.

Great (eyes-rolled).

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Meth in the Heartland

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This book, Methland, chronicles the crank-fueled decay of a small town in Iowa, Oelwein. The top three states, in order, for meth lab busts are Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois. But Missouri is the Yankees of this odious trend, with three times the number of homegrown destruction as its nearest competitor.

Let's not call it the "next crack epidemic" just yet. But as unemployment rises, so does meth use. Any church in a small town area or rural setting must include the meth industry in its local anthropology. I've heard stories of kids riding their bikes around with a one-pot backpack. I've long thought that Jesus is the only rational alternative to drug abuse. But will anyone go to our small towns with the Gospel?

James Buchanan on how you want to be a child.

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Unfortunately, I can't find an ungated version of Buchanan's paper, but Don Boudreaux, a professor of mine, included a synopsis a while ago on Cafe Hayek:

My colleague Jim Buchanan has a new article entitled "Afraid to be Free: Dependency as Desideratum." It's forthcoming in a special issue of Public Choice.

In this paper, Buchanan identifies four "sources or wellsprings of ideas that motivate extensions in the range and scope of collective controls over the freedom of persons to act as they might independently choose." These four sources of collectivism are:

1) "managerial socialism" - that is, the idea that central planners can outperform the market at producing material prosperity

2) "paternalistic socialism" (or what in French is called "dirigisme.")

3) "distributionalist socialism"

4) "parental socialism"

It's parental socialism that's most interesting. Here's Buchanan on this source of collectivism:

In one sense, the attitude is paternalism flipped over, so to speak. With paternalism, we refer to the attitudes of elitists who seek to impose their own preferred values on others. With parentalism, in contrast, we refer to the attitudes of persons who seek to have values imposed upon them by other persons, by the state, or by transcendental forces. This source of support for expanded collectivization has been relatively neglected by both socialist and liberal philosophers, perhaps because philosophers, in both camps, remain methodological individualists.

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Almost subconsciously, those scientists-scholars-academics who have tried to look at the "big picture" have assumed that, other things being equal, persons want to be at liberty to make their own choices, to be free from coercion by others, including indirect coercion through means of persuasion. They have failed to emphasize sufficiently, and to examine the implications of, the fact that liberty carries with it responsibility. And it seems evident that many persons do not want to shoulder the final responsibility for their own actions. Many persons are, indeed, afraid to be free.

Reading this paper for a class, I had the following comments. (I don't have time at the moment to include the Lakoff information, but I'll try to find an ungated version of his "Metaphor, Morality, and Politics. Or, Why Conservatives Have Left Liberals in the Dust" paper and provide a link to it later so you can see the competing parent models he provides for the major political parties here in the states.)

Taken together with Buchanan's earlier point of paternalism, that system where the elites provide the masses with guidance toward "what should be wanted if the masses only knew what was in their own best interest" (Buchanan, 21), there is a strong connection between people as children, and government as parents. I believe Buchanan makes a good case here--experientally, this just rings true. As classical liberals, we may be doing some of the same 'paternalism,' though of a different sort...and that might be a good thing.

Where a leftist paternalism would seek to administer ever-increasing amounts of the citizens' life, giving the masses what they should want if they knew what is good for them, our classical liberal dogma can be seen as much in parental terms as any soft-statist position: we are the parent who believes in the adolescent and encourages him to leave the house and get a job. It's almost a combination of the nurturant parent and strict-father mentality in one...the tricky part is that there is not a uniform age when the transition from one parental model to the other is appropriate (further enhancing the knowledge problem with centralized, uniform positions). The classical liberal position, then, is as much paternalistic as the leftist/conservative one: we simply believe that people should want to be free, if they knew what was good for them, much as New Yorkers should want to avoid trans fats.

We can affirm the desires in both competing systems' models, and bring them together under a classical liberal model, realizing that the parenting can be done best (when at all, apart from actual parents) by club-level societies. I believe churches are well-suited to this role, and provide transitionary roles for individuals as they progress through life, surrounded by other individuals who seek the same mix of independence and interconnectedness.

There is the classical liberal 'parent' model to compete with Lakoff's strict- and nurturant-systems.

They were all in a meeting. Everyone who would have doled out horrific retributions on the citizens and guards at the Berlin Wall crossings were locked up in "very important" meetings, and a low-level bureaucrat was tired and blubbered out some uncertain phrases.

The media pounced. Pandemonium ensued. Concrete was busted up. Hasselhoff "sang."

Check the story here.

Spontaneous order, indeed.

(h/t: Kids Prefer Cheese)


Cutting taxes should be a common sense way to bring this recession to an end sooner but sadly it's not. Read about it here.

These findings are backed up by a new study, "Large Changes in Fiscal Policy Taxes Versus Spending," authored by Alberto F. Alesina and Silvia Ardagna - both Harvard economists. Alesina and Ardagna find that:

...tax cuts are more expansionary than spending increases in the cases of fiscal stimulus. Based on these correlations...the current stimulus package in the US is too much tilted in the direction of spending rather than tax cuts.


http://hiphopwired.com/14590/new-study-say-90-of-black-children-will-use-food-stamps/

An Earth-shattering study by the USDA has it predicting that an unprecedented number of children will use food stamps at one time in their lives.

Nearly 28.4 million Americans partake in the Department of Agriculture's federal food stamp program for low-income families.

That figure allowed the federal agency to calculate that nearly half of all, and 90% of Black children, will use the colorful coupons during childhood. The same organization has also speculated that the current economic state of America's economy will likely drive those figures significantly higher.

Sorry, folks I just don't believe this study.

Walter Payton

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The greatest running back in the history of football died ten years ago. Men want to live like Walter played.

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