WSJ editorial

Declarations -

" Eras end, and begin. "God is in charge of history." And so my beautiful election ends."

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"Instead of a Show" by Jon Foreman

Woa! and ouch. Reminds me of Bob Dylan.

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Domo Origato

I am so totally obsessed with this song/video. I think this song has a lot more going for it than I gave it credit for when it first came out. I don't know much about Styx, but the lyrics and art of this video are really working for me. Plus dressing up like a robot to escape prison is a good Halloween story.

"Thank you very mucho Mr. Roboto for doing the jobs no one wants to ... for helping me escape when I needed to. ... the problem's plain to see - too much technology... machines to save our lives... machines to humanize...."

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People in the Middle for Obama

People in the Middle for Obama

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Lincoln's prayer during civil war

Abraham Lincoln was amazing. He shouldered such an incredible weight during such an uncertain time. The way he wrote about the role of God in the civil war continues to astound me.

After an uncomfortable evening of political discussions regarding the fate of our nation, often cast in terms of an internal, invisible war, I am reminded of what he said at the moment the Civil War of the United States was on the knife edge. This election doesn't have anything to do with slavery, but the emotions and philosophical issues that Lincoln was grappling with are relevant this hour.

Jesus for President

"One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether"

President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address was delivered March 5, 1865 before the end of the Civil War. Lincoln was assassinated a few weeks later on April 14, 1865.

(text copied from here)

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Democrats are the new Republicans

Great data on the national debt and how the Republicans have abandoned small government and fiscal responsibility. The still like to talk about it, but there ain't no walk in that big ole talk.

Source:United Stated National Debt

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The kid whose dad left him, the single mom and your housekeeper

Photo courtesy of thepoetisinmultiply

"Look around you: Everything you see is God's—the heavens above and beyond, the Earth, and everything on it. But it was your ancestors who God fell in love with; he picked their children—that's you!—out of all the other peoples. That's where we are right now. So cut away the thick calluses from your heart and stop being so willfully hardheaded. God, your God, is the God of all gods, he's the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. He doesn't play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care of foreigners by seeing that they get food and clothing.

You must treat foreigners with the same loving care—
remember, you were once foreigners in Egypt.
Reverently respect God, your God, serve him, hold tight to him,
back up your promises with the authority of his name.
He's your praise! He's your God!
He did all these tremendous, these staggering things
that you saw with your own eyes. "
Deut. 10:17-20

Who are the fatherless today? It is the HIV orphan in Africa, it is the 40% of kids in America who went to bed last night without a dad, it is the girl in foster care in Santa Ana.

Who is the widow today? It is the single mom, working at Denny's because her husband couldn't take the heat and left. It is the woman whose husband died fighting in Iraq. It is the elderly childless woman whose husband of 40 years, died of Alzheimer's disease.

Who is the foreigner? It is the illegal immigrant who mows your lawn. It is the Ethiopian man who drove the taxi from the airport. It is the other woman who came with your normal housekeeper and helped wipe down the windows.

"Make sure foreigners and orphans get their just rights. Don't take the cloak of a widow as security for a loan. Don't ever forget that you were once slaves in Egypt and God, your God, got you out of there. I command you: Do what I'm telling you.

When you harvest your grain and forget a sheaf back in the field, don't go back and get it; leave it for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow so that God, your God, will bless you in all your work. When you shake the olives off your trees, don't go back over the branches and strip them bare—what's left is for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow. And when you cut the grapes in your vineyard, don't take every last grape—leave a few for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow. Don't ever forget that you were a slave in Egypt. I command you: Do what I'm telling you."
Deut. 24:17-22

I'm not sure how to leave a sheaf behind in today's world. But for now I have two Trader Joe's gift cards in my wallet that I am going to give to the right person.

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Anti-Abortion and Pro-Life

kids playing soccer
Photo courtesy of carf

Now that I have successfully pissed off a ton of people with my last abortion related post, I will continue on...

Today I am musing about whether it is possible to be "anti-abortion" and not actually be "pro-life". I wonder this because I see a lot of people that are really happy to make abortion illegal (something for which I would vote for if was ever asked), but not particularly active in helping to alleviate the pain associated with poverty, war and disease. So, great, we bring a lot of kids into the world and leave them to suffer? That is lame.

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I am pro-life and voting for Obama


I am adamantly pro-life. There is no other issue with which I align more closely to the traditional conservative platform than this one. I also like to think I am completely pro-life. To the point of almost being a pacifist. I don't think war, nuclear weapons, or poverty should be treated differently than abortion when it comes to pro-life thinking.

My foundation for pro-life thinking comes from my relationship with Christ, who I believe had the most radical and high-level understanding of being pro-life when he died on the cross to give us all life.

How then can I support Obama who is clearly pro-choice? Because I don't think the issue is pro-choice vs. pro-life. No one wants more abortions. The argument is not about whether abortion is good or bad. Abortion is bad and really no rational person disagrees. What rational people disagree on is what steps should be taken to prevent abortion. We argue about whether the steps to stop abortion are as bad or worse than abortion itself.

My personal opinion is that abortion should never be legal. Nonetheless I am voting for Obama because I don't think the fact that he is pro-choice is incompatible with being pro-life. Case in point, Clinton presided over one of the largest drops in abortions since abortions peaked after Roe vs Wade.

I put together the graph above to demonstrate that a president's stated pro-life/ pro-choice position has little impact on the number of abortions that are performed. So I extrapolate that voting against Obama on just the single issue of abortion is misguided when I agree with where he wants to take the country on other issues.

A good place to go to find the graphs and data underlying the composition above is the National Right to Life's statistics site located here.

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Well Done, Campaign Sign Thief


Risking life and limb, some mysterious stranger has taken the "liberty" to post a campaign sign from a co-named candidate. Awesome! Thanks mysterious electoral phantom.

By the way, Prof. Don Patterson of UCI does *not* have the bandwidth to be a political candidate. I am not running for office.

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Rebroadcast of a talk I gave at Microsoft Research


A talk I gave at Microsoft Research was recently posted on the web. You need a Microsoft platform in order to view it.

ResearchChannel - From Sensors to Semantics: Intelligent Context for Situated Computing

Produced by: Microsoft Research 10/01/2007

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Spam Subject of the Day

Found in my inbox in an email suggesting I need a particular kind of pharmaceuticals:

"Ireland Construction Worker Finds 1,200-Year-Old Book of Psalms in Bog"

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Post-Modern Devotional - "Poverty and Salvation"

Post-modern devotional - "Peace Peter"

"Sell your house, sell your suv
sell your stocks, sell your security
and give it to the poor"
Rich Young Ruler by Derek Webb (vs. 1)
poverty is so hard to see
when it’s only on your tv and twenty miles across town
where we’re all living so good
that we moved out of Jesus’ neighborhood
where he’s hungry and not feeling so good
from going through our trash
he says, more than just your cash and coin
i want your time, i want your voice
i want the things you just can’t give me

(vs. 2)
so what must we do
here in the west we want to follow you
we speak the language and we keep all the rules
even a few we made up
come on and follow me
but sell your house, sell your suv
sell your stocks, sell your security
and give it to the poor
what is this, hey what’s the deal
i don’t sleep around and i don’t steal
i want the things you just can’t give me

because what you do to the least of these
my brother’s, you have done it to me
because i want the things you just can’t give me

"Keep us from just singing,
move us into action,
We must go... we must go
God of Justice by Tim Hughes "God of Justice, Saviour to all
Came to rescue the weak and the poor
Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus, You have called us
Freely we've received
Now freely we will give

We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

To act justly everyday
Loving mercy in everyway
Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us, what You require
Freely we've received
Now freely we will give

Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out Lord
Luke 18:18-23 "Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’"
The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

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note to self : updated

(new picture - see comments)

Note to self: When people tell you that there is an alien fungus growing in your office, do not blow them off with some vague statement about the reproductive cycle of tropical plants. Instead put on your Sigourney Weaver and get fierce...

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Ugh... if you're gonna get your Sigourney Weaver on, please do it from Alien or Aliens. Alien: Resurrection was awful ;)


Posted by: haasebert at October 4, 2008 5:25 PM

Picture changed to acknowledge that get your Sigourney Weaver on is not the same if you ignore the specifics of the movie.

Posted by: DJP3 at October 4, 2008 6:16 PM