In 1992 I visited Wheaton College and met the members of a really cool student band called "____ ton bundle". These young guys, only five years older than me, were indie before there was indie. Their shaggy hair, quirky glasses, and almost hipster grunge-style, before there ever was grunge, brought an edge to an otherwise white male middle class Midwestern band.
I still have my cassette tape of their only album, "Taking My Donkey to Town," even though I no longer own a cassette player. Fortunately, the album is online including one of my favorite songs, Decorations of You.
The song's lyrics are personal, raw, humble; the melody, sweet. The singer croons about his heart being a home, a home full of fear that he asks to be changed, cleaned, and renovated. He invites the God of the Bible into his home. God enters, strips it bare, and begins redecorating. After renovation begins, he sings: more >>
President Obama is proof that when blacks elected a black Democrat to the White House based only on his "blackness," blacks get ZERO! In the past six years Obama has been president blacks have lost economic ground. The unemployment rate remains in the double digits and since the black president came to town, black wealth came down. Way down!
Today the average black family has no liquid retirement savings. Nada, rien (as the French say), none. That's right. But the average white family has $5,000 in liquid retirement savings, which is an increase from $1,500 they had in1998. An analysis from the Urban Institute crunched data from the 2014 Federal Reserve and found black America is in bad shape financially. In 1983, whites accumulated eight times the wealth of blacks. The average white household had over $100,000 in wealth compared to a slim $13,000 for blacks.
"By 2013, the median white family had 12 times the wealth of the median African-American family," observed the Urban Institute. more >>
Putting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge ruled that she violated the state's anti-discrimination law because she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding due to her religious convictions.
After Benton County Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013, the possibility became real that Stutzman can lose her business, home, savings and other personal assets once a summary judgement is reached, according to Stutzman's lawyer Kristen Waggoner.
"The lesson from the court's decisions is that you put your home, your family business, and your life at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong," Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement. "A government that tells you what you can't say is bad enough but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying." more >>
Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins has said that society and parents labeling young children by a religion, such as "Christian children" or "Muslim children," is just as wrong as labeling a child a "liberal" or "conservative."
"We wouldn't claim our young kids are liberals or Libertarian, so why are we saddling them with our religious labels?" Dawkins asked in an article for Time magazine on Thursday.
The author of The God Delusion was responding to a case in London concerning the banning of pork products for primary school dinners, so as not to allow children of different religious or ethnic background to consume food that might be against their beliefs. more >>
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani refused to apologize for questioning President Barack Obama's love of America.
Giuliani defended his remarks while appearing on "The Kelly File" Thursday night. Host Megyn Kelly asked the former mayor if he wanted to apologize for questioning Obama's loyalty and love of country.
"Not at all," Giuliani responded. "I want to repeat it. The reality is, from all that I can see of this president, all that I've heard of him, he apologizes for America, he criticizes America. This is an American president I've never seen before." more >>
A Texas county court legally married two women under a one-time court order on Thursday, despite the fact that the state currently has a ban on same-sex marriages.
After Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled on Tuesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, state District Judge David Wahlberg, two days later, issued an order for Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to grant a marriage license to an Austin lesbian couple due to medical urgency.
After Sarah Goodfriend, who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Suzanne Bryant were issued their marriage license by the court on Thursday morning, their 72-hour required waiting period was waived and they were later joined in matrimony by Rabbi Kerry Baker in front of the county clerk's office building, The Austin American-Statesman reported. more >>