Archive for March, 2007

A radical idea! (This is not to be seen as an endorsement of Edwards, but merely a showcase of some ideas that might just work!)

This week John Edwards spoke in New Hampshire about ending poverty, both domestically and world-wide. A pretty radical idea here are some excerpts.

WORLD-WIDE POVERTY

From the Boston Herald

Seeking to link poverty in other countries to the United States’ national security, Edwards argued that militant extremists in nations torn apart by poverty and civil war have replaced government educational systems and are teaching young people to hate the United States.

”If we tackle it, we have the chance to change a generation of potential extremists and enemies into a generation of friends,” Edwards said.

From John Edwards for President website:

Edwards will endorse the goal of universal basic education by 2015 and commit $3 billion a year to this cause—enough to enroll 23 million children—and encourage our allies to provide the remaining $7 billion needed.

Edwards will invest in preventative health care in poor countries, beginning with increased vaccinations and the provision of sterile equipment and basic medications

Edwards will expand support for the National Endowment for Democracy to strengthen political parties, train political candidates, educate voters, and monitor elections. The resources will help countries with a history of political violence or extremist or terrorist activity.

The new Cabinet-level position within the White House will coordinate global development policies across the federal government. The adviser will have the authority to coordinate budgets among the relevant programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. and other relevant agencies. During Cabinet meetings in the Edwards Administration, the official will be a voice for the fight against global poverty. [A truly radical idea, get rid of some beuracracy!]

DOMESTIC POVERTY

From the Boston Herald

Edwards, who established a research center on poverty after his failed 2004 campaign, has set a goal of eliminating poverty in the United States in 30 years. His proposed solutions include creating a million temporary jobs for low-income workers, strengthening labor laws, increasing tax credits for working families and making housing and higher education more affordable.

Edwards, who established a research center on poverty after his failed 2004 campaign, has set a goal of eliminating poverty in the United States in 30 years. His proposed solutions include creating a million temporary jobs for low-income workers, strengthening labor laws, increasing tax credits for working families and making housing and higher education more affordable.

From John Edwards for President website:

Edwards calls for a national effort to:

  • Cut poverty by one third within a decade, lifting 12 million Americans out of poverty by 2016.
  • End poverty within 30 years, lifting 37 million Americans out of poverty by 2036.

Edwards suggested creating 1 million temporary jobs over five years. The jobs would be reserved for individuals who cannot find other work after six months of looking, pay the minimum wage, and last up to 12 months. In return, workers must show up and work hard, stay off drugs, do not commit any crimes, and pay child support.

Edwards proposed increasing the minimum wage to at least $7.50 an hour. The proposal would increase a full-time minimum-wage worker’s pay by $4,800 and benefit more than 15 million minimum and near-minimum wage workers. A $1 increase in the minimum wage has been estimated to lift nearly 900,000 people out of poverty.

Edwards suggested creating one million new housing vouchers over five years to let low-income families choose to live in better neighborhoods. He believes that we should also expand the supply of affordable housing that is economically integrated with other communities.

Edwards will require more fathers to help support their children and, in return, help them find work. He will reserve budget cuts in child support enforcement to increase collections by more than $8 billion over the next decade and ensure that payments benefit children.

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From Running in the USA.

Rank You Might Be a Runner If… Rating Votes
1 You’ve bought the same pair of running shoes more than twice in a row 9.24 21
2 your day isn’t complete until you’ve put your run in. 9.24 330
3 you’ve ever hurt so bad on a run that you wanted to get hit by a car, but were too proud to quit. 9.17 36
4 your daily run is like therapy, or an anti-depressant. 9.11 116
5 you fully understand that although you may not finish in the top half of the pack, you race merely for the love of running! 9.06 32
6 it took you longer to pick your last pair of running shoes then it took you to pick your last car. 8.97 39
7 you get upset about injuries because they keep you from running, not because you have actually damaged your body. 8.84 153
8 you are constantly competing with yourself. 8.75 32
9 you consider getting a PR almost as great as winning the race. 8.65 79
10 you have no idea why you keep signing up for races until they are over. 8.63 41
11 you have a list of all the races you plan to run for the next 12 months. 8.58 286
12 you finish the race looking like you wrestled a bear and you don’t care 8.54 71
13 you are on this website 8.45 329
14 You feel better on the second half of your workout. 8.43 23
15 Your ‘To Do’ list reads:
1) Go Run
2) Everything Else
8.43 257
16 no matter how busy you are, you always make time for your runs. 8.40 45
17 ….you double knot your wingtips. 8.31 183
18 Whether a 5K runner or a marathon runner, you understand “the runner’s high”. 8.31 219
19 The high you feel after a race outweighs the anxiety you feel before it. 8.30 256
20 A “workout” isn’t just a run 8.23 77
21 a nice walk doesn’t really feel much like excercise. 8.23 194
22 You frequently re-wear running gear, as you run more then you do laundry 8.21 34
23 You can shower and be dressed in 7 minutes. 8.20 25
24 If you know the difference between running socks and cotton socks 8.15 68
25 The Atkins diet seems preposterous to you…who wants to give up carbs?! 8.10 279
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In honor of our 6th month anniversary I wrote a poem for Christy!

HILLBILLY LOVE POEM

Collards is green,
my dog’s name is Blue
and I’m so lucky
to have a sweet thang like you.

Yore hair is like cornsilk
a-flapping in the breeze.
Softer than Blue’s
and without all them fleas.

You move like the bass,
which excite me in May.
You ain’t got no scales
but I luv you anyway.

Yo’re as satisfy’n as okry
jist a-fry’n in the pan.
Yo’re as fragrant as “snuff”
right out of the can.

You have some’a yore teeth,
for which I am proud;
I hold my head high
when we’re in a crowd.

On special occasions,
when you shave under yore arms,
well, I’m in hawg heaven,
and awed by yore charms.

Still them fellers at work,
they all want to know,
what I did to deserve
such a purdy, young doe.

Like a good roll of duct tape
yo’re there fer yore man,
to patch up life’s troubles
and fix what you can.

Yo’re as cute as a junebug
a-buzzin’ overhead.
You ain’t mean like those far ants
I found in my bed.

Cut from the best cloth
like a plaid flannel shirt,
you spark up my life
more than a fresh load of dirt.

When you hold me real tight
like a padded gunrack,
my life is complete;
Ain’t nuttin’ I lack.

Yore complexion, it’s perfection,
like the best vinyl sidin’.
despite all the years,
yore age, it keeps hidin’.

Me ‘n’ you’s like a Moon Pie
with a RC cold drank,
we go together
like a skunk goes with stank.

Some men, they buy chocolate
for Valentine’s Day;
They git it at Wal-Mart,
it’s romantic that way.

Some men git roses
on that special day
from the cooler at Kroger.
That’s impressive,” I say.

Some men buy fine diamonds
from a flea market booth.
“Diamonds are forever,”
they explain, suave and couth.

But for this man, honey,
these won’t do.
Cause yor’e too special,
you sweet thang you.

I got you a gift,
without taste nor odor,
more useful than diamonds……
IT’S A NEW TROLL’N MOTOR!!

J/K its an old e-mail forward but cute!

Married Couples Sleeping Apart From the New York Times

“In a survey in February by the National Association of Home Builders, builders and architects predicted that more than 60 percent of custom houses would have dual master bedrooms by 2015, according to Gopal Ahluwalia, staff vice president of research at the builders association. Some builders say more than a quarter of their new projects already do.”

At its recent annual meeting the National Association of Evangelicals affirmed two documents:

1) The NAE board endorsed An Evangelical Declaration Against Torture: Protecting Human Rights in An Age of Terror.” The 18-page document, which was produced by Evangelicals for Human Rights and can be viewed at www.evangelicalsforhumanrights.org, states: “From a Christian perspective, every human life is sacred. Recognition of this transcendent moral dignity is non-negotiable for us as evangelical Christians in every area of life, including our assessment of public policies. We write this declaration to affirm our support for detainee human rights and opposition to any resort to torture.”

2) The board also reaffirmed its support for the landmark For the Health of the Nation document unanimously adopted in 2003, commending its “principles of Christian political engagement to our entire community for action.”

These principles include: (1) We work to protect religious freedom and liberty of conscience; (2) We work to nurture family life and protect children; (3) We work to protect the sanctity of human life and to safeguard its nature; (4) We seek justice and compassion for the poor and vulnerable; (5) We work to protect human rights; (6) We seek peace and work to restrain violence; (7) We labor to protect God’s creation.

An excerpt from the Phildelphia Daily News Op-Ed section by Tony Campolo, talking about Red-Letter Christians:

“Since being evangelical is usually synonymous with being Republican in the popular mind, and since calling ourselves “progressive” might be taken as a value judgment of those who do not join us, we decided not to call ourselves “progressive evangelicals.” We knew we needed to come up with a new name. We decided to call ourselves “Red-Letter Christians.”

By calling ourselves Red-Letter Christians, we are alluding to the fact that in several versions of the Bible, the words of Jesus are printed in red. In adopting this name we are saying that we are committed to living out the things that He said.

Of course, what is read in those red-lettered verses is radical, to say the least. If you don’t believe me, read what Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

In those red letters you will find him calling us away from the consumerist values that dominate the American consciousness. He calls us to be merciful, which has strong implications for how we think about capital punishment. And when Jesus told us to love our enemies, he probably meant we shouldn’t kill them. Most important, if we take Jesus seriously, we will realize that He makes meeting the needs of the poor a primary responsibility for His followers.”

To be fair here is a somewhat hostile rebuttal to Red Letter Christians.

Finally… Christy and I both had (RED) shirts from Gap. Christian Science Monitor wrote a story about them.

(RED), launched by rock star Bono and Bobby Shriver last year, has drawn praise for raising $25 million for AIDS medications in Africa, as well as some reservations about marketing costs and a lack of transparency. Such tensions are not uncommon within the rapidly growing business of cause-related marketing, which puts a corporation’s advertising dollars behind a nonprofit’s cause.

“We hijacked marketing budgets that would normally have gone for good products, but now they’re going for good products that will also bring money into Africa,” says Tamsin Smith, president of (RED). “There are 10 miles of Gap windows in the United States. And for many weeks [those displays] were talking about AIDS in Africa.”

(RED) says no dollar figure can really be placed on raising awareness about the 5,500 people dying of AIDS each day in Africa. It also rejects the $100 million figure as too high by tens of millions of dollars.

Though Gap is not as explicit [with how much money it actually donates], its commitment to the cause is undeniable: It has signed on for about five years, sent factory work to Africa, and devoted prime advertising, store space, and employee training to it. “The amount of real estate that Gap has given to this campaign – it’s truly tremendous,” says Mr. Feldman. [this might be better than any actual money they donate to the Global Fund]

Save a Darfur Refugee for only $28.20! Find out how here!
Don’t forget about Save Darfur Coalition

That’s probably enough to bore you with today! Thanks for reading!

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Dallas 2007

Where JFK was shot in the West End of Dallas.

Story Time with Gary on Weds night before leaving Indy.

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