I just found another gigantic denunciation of the current hypocrisy and outrage that is the republican party and its evangelical Christian connections.

It’s published in the NYTimes so you know it’s liberal propaganda. But nonetheless, it’s a solid read and I wish so many more of these voices were screaming from rooftops.

The piece is called:

Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Toward the bottom of the piece, Wehner writes (emphasis mine):

Assume you were a person of the left and an atheist, and you decided to create a couple of people in a laboratory to discredit the Republican Party and white evangelical Christianity. You could hardly choose two more perfect men than Donald Trump and Roy Moore.

Both have been credibly accused of being sexual predators, sometimes admitting to bizarre behavior in their own words. Both have spun wild conspiracy theories, including the lie that Barack Obama was not born in America. Both have slandered the United States and lavished praise on Vladimir Putin, with Mr. Moore declaring that America today could be considered “the focus of evil in the modern world” and stating, in response to Mr. Putin’s anti-gay measures in Russia: “Well, maybe Putin is right. Maybe he’s more akin to me than I know.” Both have been involved with shady business dealings. Both have intentionally divided America along racial and religious lines. Both relish appealing to people’s worst instincts. Both create bitterness and acrimony in a nation desperately in need of grace and a healing touch.

I hoped the Trump era would be seen as an aberration and made less ugly by those who might have influence over the president. That hasn’t happened. Rather than Republicans and people of faith checking his most unappealing sides, the president is dragging down virtually everyone within his orbit.

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Christianity Today: The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election It’s not Republicans or Democrats, but Christian witness.


I can hardly believe it, but I’m about to post the following op ed from from Christianity Today:

No matter the outcome of today’s special election in Alabama for a coveted US Senate seat, there is already one loser: Christian faith. When it comes to either matters of life and death or personal commitments of the human heart, no one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation. Christianity’s integrity is severely tarnished.

The race between Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones has only put an exclamation point on a problem that has been festering for a year and a half—ever since a core of strident conservative Christians began to cheer for Donald Trump without qualification and a chorus of other believers decried that support as immoral.

The Christian leaders who have excused, ignored, or justified his unscrupulous behavior and his indecent rhetoric have only given credence to their critics who accuse them of hypocrisy. Meanwhile the easy willingness of moderate and progressive Christians to cast aspersions on their conservative brothers and sisters has made many wonder about our claim that Jesus Christ can bring diverse people together as no other can.

Hit the link for more insight that really should have been screamed from rooftops in 2015-16 … and was not.

Below the fold is a reminder of the exact words from he who holds the most powerful position on the planet who should be a beacon of morality, of role modelship, of enlightened reason and American family values.

Which if he is those things, I’m so glad I do not share values with those who share his views.

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The destruction of our social fabric and/or social media etiquette needs a rehaul


For a long time — like many of us — I saw social media vehicles as a place to advance conversations, to do some good by engaging with different perspectives.

And I — like many — discovered the superfluous that is arguing perspectives on sites like Facebook.

What I personally decided was that Facebook etiquette should be like real-life social norms. That’s to say, since I’m connected with friends, family, business associates, acquaintances and strangers, I should treat the forum of social media as if I were in pubic. In public, I don’t make hyperbolic claims against any group. In public, I don’t disparage or defame. In public, I’m largely positive.

I consider myself a leader in my industry. I consider myself a role model to many. And as such, if I make a statement about someone, I would want to make it as if they might be in earshot listening.

When you’re on a site like Facebook, it’s like you’re in the room with a thousand friends and anyone of them at any time could over hear your conversation. The way Facebook works, your network is way larger than your friend list. At any time, a friend of a friend could see your conversation and jump in on something you’ve written.

All people on social media should consider behaving like they would in so-called real life.

I imagine blogs are a little different, because people have a choice to visit them in a different way. But on Facebook, sometimes it’s not your choice to see or hear something that would be okay to some but completely offensive to others.

In real life public, if someone said something incendiary or insensitive, the group would point out the behavior as rude, or even socially handicapped. But on Facebook, there are no chorus of people shunning stupid behavior.

My entire point is to recommend listening to this clip of Chamath Palihapitiya speaking about social media, his regrets of being behind the origins of Facebook, and his thoughts/regrets about it now.

Here’s a quick quote (taken directly from Stan at TYWKIWDBI):

“I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. You are being programmed”

For the section in general, start at minute 21:20 and listen for about 5 minutes.

 

On attraction, falling in love, faces, diversity, stereotypes and breaking cultural bullshit …


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I love portraits of people.

I love taking them.

I love looking at them.

I can’t remember where I read it, but one time I saw a quote from a photographer who said that you have to fall in love a little with each person you ever photograph.

This, as odd as it seems, is not completely impossible.

Sure, it’s easy to look at a young pretty girl and “fall in love” for a brief moment while I snap photos of them. Attractive people are easy, one would think. And the supposed challenge(s) are people who aren’t traditionally attractive; Overweight, over skinny, older, zitty, bad hair, blotchy skin, etc. etc.

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My take on singer/songwriter Charlotte Cardin


Charlotte Cardin performs at JBTV Music Television on September

Around a month ago, I photographed singer/songwriter Charlotte Cardin. She’s incredibly impressive. Her vocals are great. Her lyrics and depth-filled approach are stunning.

I could easily have a crush on her.

I wanted to do an edit to her photo that resembled my take on her complexity as an artist and came up with the above. I feel like i need to revisit it as I see some photosloppyness (sloppiness).

But I love the essense nontheless.

Below the fold is a version of what I started with.

Check out some of her work here and here.

Enjoy.

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Ride with us to Asheville, NC


One of the funnest things I’ve ever done was challenge myself to create weekly vLogs for a while a year or more ago. We got busy and I got out of practice.

I’ve done vLogs intermittently over the last 10 or more years. To think, there are people who do them daily. I can’t keep up.

This one took me months to complete. It’s from our trip to Asheville back in August.

Enjoy.

Kottke and the United States of Guns


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Like you, I’m heart broken, confused and angry as hell about yesterday’s mass shooting in Texas.

With every mass shooting, one of my favorite bloggers, Jason Kottke, responds with a post in which he shares the same material every time. I think it’s a wise use of his time.

I’m going to link to his post here in response to yesterday’s shooting. I feel more and more depressed that we live in a country so mismanaged when it comes to guns and of mental illness. Our president’s response  at a press conference in Japan was so painfully ignorant

Mind you, I’m not against gun ownership. But common sense conversations about gun ownership and the owners behind them should be on the table.

Either that or we need massive expansion of metal detectors in every public place imaginable … hotels, malls, grocery stores, Target, Kmart, Walmart … and could you fucking imagine … churches.

One standout part of Kottke’s post is this:

The gun is not a mere tool, a bit of technology, a political issue, a point of debate. It is an object of reverence. Devotion to it precludes interruption with the sacrifices it entails. Like most gods, it does what it will, and cannot be questioned. Its acolytes think it is capable only of good things. It guarantees life and safety and freedom. It even guarantees law. Law grows from it. Then how can law question it?

A designer friend of mine posted the above “Policy & Change” image to her Instagram this morning. I thought it belonged here as well.