Submitted by dbcollies on Wed, 2006-04-12 13:15
Wendy and I have been talking about the immigration controversy that's been raging recently. We both agree that the debate over guest workers vs border security really misses the point. By and large, people don't come here because they want to have their lives uprooted and their families split apart. They come because they have no choice. Addressing the root causes of economic disparity is a permanent solution, rather than the temporary patches represented in most debates.
Submitted by dbcollies on Fri, 2006-04-07 12:26
I've just finished reading the newly released translation of The Gospel of Judas
(HT to edmund at Becoming for the link)
I'm not going to speak to the authenticity of this document, because I have far too little information (or scholarly background) to put forth any sort of informed opinion on the matter. Instead, I want to write about something that bothered me about the translation itself.
The document is very difficult to read, because there are many gaps, presumably because the source material is fragmentary. But the portions that you can follow have, for lack of a better word, a very "modern" feel. (I mean "modern" in the usual sense, as in "current," rather than it's use in the modern vs post-modern discussions). That is to say, most of the dialog that goes on wouldn't seem out of place today. My first reaction to that realization was to think to myself that this couldn't possibly be authentic. However, I rejected that, as I have no other reason to doubt the dating procedures that were done, placing this as a 4th century document.
Submitted by dbcollies on Fri, 2006-04-07 09:30
Thanks to Bald Man Blogging for finding this
Submitted by dbcollies on Wed, 2006-04-05 11:53
Submitted by dbcollies on Mon, 2006-04-03 09:43
I am very excited. I just got an offer letter for a new job. It will mean
- More money
- Paid vacation
- Fully paid heath/disability insurance
And, most important of all, I'll be working from home! That's two hours of commuting saved per day. Not to mention gas, etc. Plus I can set my own schedule, so I can take care of little things during the day that I could never do before.
I start the new job April 17th
Submitted by dbcollies on Tue, 2006-03-28 09:31
Mainline churches should be silent while Religious Right political leaders get to speak their mind?
Do you care?
Submitted by dbcollies on Fri, 2006-03-24 10:45
Chron.com | Katrina funds earmarked to pay for Neil Bush's software program
It has always bugged me when people make a charitable "gift" with strings attached. If you're still controlling it, then it's not a gift. It's a bribe. An attempt to control the "receiving" organization. If you're going to give a gift, then give it. Don't use it as bait to get what you want. Even if "all you want" is recognition.
Submitted by dbcollies on Wed, 2006-03-22 08:54
Submitted by dbcollies on Mon, 2006-03-20 12:38
Godly Leadership | CrossLeft
Pilgrim at CrossLeft.org has written a post bemoaning the lack of a progressive leader who can galvanize the left into a cohesive voice against the abuses of the current administration. S/he looks somewhat longingly back to the 70s, asking what happened to the activists of days gone by.
Submitted by dbcollies on Fri, 2006-03-17 12:45
(what is a "petard" anyway?)
Or "the shoe is on the other foot". Or "What goes around comes around." Whatever your favorite version of the sentiment may be. I've become the most recent example of it.