Missing Student's Account 'may not be true'
April 2, 2004

Ya think? I should work for the Madison, WI police department. Maybe I'd save them some tax payer's dollars. According to this article, and many others in the press, there are inconsistencies in Aubrey Seiler's story. Can you imagine how much more effective the police department would be if they just had some discernment? So since the truth is soon to come out, I would guess that though Seiler is a "good student" as reports have stated (which by the way means nothing), she is in serious need of some attention and help. Anyone who would go to such great lengths of deception has perhaps got some "issues" that need to be worked out. We shall see...

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Religious Right Playing the Race Card Against Gay Rights?
April 1, 2004

I think not. AlterNet.org, an organization purposing to strengthen "independent journalism" recently published an article by Bill Berkowitz titled, "Religious Right Plays the Race Card" Aside from his poor use of the term "race card", Berkowitz presents a half way balanced argument. He asserts that the "religious right" has been seeking out African-American churches to cry alongside of them in the crusade against gay rights, namely gay marriage, in an effort to court the black vote. Well, we all know that's not going to happen so let's just squash that notion right now. This issue will not send masses of black people to the Republican polls come election time. Not yet at least. It does however, challenge the moral conscience of those who have remained brainwashedly loyal to the Democratic party.

It is interesting that the masses still don't realize that on a whole, African-American people are not doing cartwheels over the homosexual agenda. We're talking about a group of people steeped in a rich spiritual history of Christianity. I don't care how far from truth we have fallen as a people, there are still some principles by which many black people still abide. Likening "gay rights" to "civil rights" was one of the biggest mistakes made by those pushing the gay envelope--John Kerry included. So why it continues to be a shock that black ministers and clergy members are siding with conservatives on this issue is beyond me. Bishop G.E. Patterson, presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ one of the largest predominately black denominations, has been quoted as declaring there is no such thing as "gay rights" because in order to properly assert your "entitlement to something" your posture must be "right". Thus, living the homosexual lifestyle is not "right" and therefore doesn't entitle you to specific privileges for solely being "gay". There are no rights attached to a lifestyle that deviates from God's intention. I'd have to concur with Bishop Patterson on that one and that pretty much settles the gay v. civil rights argument in my opinion. There is no way black people will be won over on that one. Even Jesse Jackson can't bring himself to compare the two. Maybe if there was a billion dollar gay corporation in the mix, he'd change his tune.

Berkowitz is clearly not writing from an unbiased perspective. He says some things that make me wonder:

"Given their overall political agenda, it isn't surprising that black conservatives - who manage to get a disproportionate amount of face-time on media outlets like the Fox News Channel - are eager to speak out against same-sex marriage."

Berkowitz hasn't even seen the half. Whether or not he personally believes this (since he is conservative), a comment like this just goes to show how threatened white liberals are that they could potentially be losing their grip on black people. Black conservatives manage to get a disproportionate amount of face-time on Fox News? Cry me a river.

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Gay Channel Pushes Me Over the Edge
March 31, 2004

It was only a matter of time. Conversation has resurfaced regarding Viacom's plans to establish a Gay and Lesbian Channel. With ABC and Bravo, I thought we already had a gay channel? Enough is enough. Did you know there's a "Gay Financial Network" (GFN)? What in Sam Hill does being gay have to do with finances? And people say there's no such thing as a "gay agenda". EDITED 04/01: Let me clarify. Being gay has a LOT to do with finances. Like say for example, transferring generational wealth. John Maynard Keynes was a famous British economist. He also happened to be gay (even thought he was married). The underlying theory of his economics lacked the aspect of generational wealth. Why? Gay men don't procreate so their view on economics is different. We're in la-la land if we don't think the homosexual agenda affects the economy.

I am being challeged as of late with regards to my emotion around those who haven chosen this alternative lifestyle. Recently, I've started a new business and one of the guys I am working with is gay. I went to both high school and college with many a gay and lesbian folk and I live in a city that aspires to be the next San Francisco so despising the sin and loving the person has been my mantra in life. However, working so closely with someone in a venture that is very important to me has brought some challenges. Aside from his overwhelming use of the word, "yummy" which irks the heck out of me, I think I can deal. I am however, certainly being reminded of a lot of my own issues and judgements and this is a growing experience for me. God is so tremendous in His love for everyone; more tremendous than I could ever be.

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Pornography Regulation
March 31, 2004

Much talk has been bounced around lately regarding a proposal for a dot-xxx internet suffix. This is not a new concept, however buy-in has been sketchy all around. The idea is that pornographic sites would voluntary take on a dot-xxx domain name. No sites would be required to relinquish their current domain names but they'd simply take on an alias. Newer pornography sites would take on the dot-xxx suffix for more promotion. Internet surfers would know that anything with dot-xxx after it was a pornographic site. Proponents say it would make regulation of child pornography simpler and allow parents to easily block out pornographic sites. Opponents argue that the dot-xxx concept is unrealistic and won't work. Opponents of dot-xxx aren't all in agreement with pornography. They just think this is not the way to go. I'm somewhat baffled on what to think about this issue. I think policing the internet world-wide is a pipe dream. It's a living organism that is completely out of control. It's that very same lack of regulation which has yet to be fully taken advantage of by those who know the truth. The majority of content on the internet is sexually related. This is not the result of freedom of speech or poor internet regulations. That is the result of people who are empty. That is the pulse of the world. Sexual immorality was the downfall of many in the past. King David, Sodom, and Babylon come to mind. You can't rid the internet of pornography without treating the root problem which is people who desire to look at it. So my question would be, to what measure are we able to regulate pornography on the web? And How?

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Missing College Student Found?
March 31, 2004

Four days ago, news reports were out on a missing college student Audrey Seiler at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was missing for four days and was found today. There appeared to be no foul play and the "suspect" hasn't been found. Call me cynical and rude, (I happen to think I'm just discerning), but I suspect this whole thing was a hoax. I'm usually pretty good at calling these things. People these days do sick things for attention. Last year, a woman here in Seattle locked herself in her own trunk and pretended she was kidknapped. I of course could be wrong. In which case, I'm glad she's alright. However, something tells me she was alright in the first place.

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Greek Societies: Network Mixers or Bourgeois Gangs?
March 31, 2004

So I was on the plane home from Dallas, (which by the way was an arduous 3.75 hour flight -- two hours is fine, so is eight, I've even been on an 18 hour flight and it wasn't that bad, but 3.75 hours is just plain torture) and I met someone. I'm a fairly friendly person and if I'm really charged, I'll seek to do as much airplane proselytizing as possible. However, this particular trip I was zonked and didn't feel much like talking. That's usually when you get seated next to "Chatty" Cathy who wants to tell you about the excema on the back of her son's neck.

In this case I had been seated next to a man who introduced himself as the 31st president of a major fraternity. Keep in mind, it takes quite a "title" to impress me. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. Now if he said "I am the Christ" that would've been something to get excited (or worried) about. So my response to him introducing himself as president was, "Oh that's nice. I lived in a dorm with a couple of "Sigmas"." Little did he know what I really thought of them. It turns out this fraternity president was flying into Seattle for the "West Coast Regional Conference". We talked some, he opened up about being in the midst of a divorce, I challenged him on his reasons for the divorce (yes I'm that bold) and I asked him his opinion on recent hazing scandal. We talked some more, the plane landed, he handed me his card, and I went on my merry way.

Talking with him got me charged up once again about this issue of Greek societies. The current issue of Newsweek has some discussion around the Freemasons, a known secret society. I'd certainly put Greek organizations in the category of "secret society".

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10 11 Reasons Why I Love Dallas
March 29, 2004

I spent most of last week conducting some training in Dallas, Texas. I've got about 10 posts stored up as I missed out on some juicy news. Texas was probably on my list for the top 5 places I'd never want to live (along with Idaho, North Dakota, Iowa, and Utah). I am certain there are places in Texas that could very well be on that list; like Fort Worth or some of the other cities where the bottom-dwelling hicks live. But Dallas, Texas has now become one of my favorite places and this is why:

  1. They have a Chapel in the airport

  2. The presence of two fast food chains: Chik-fil-A and Whataburger (who sells biscuits with chicken strips by the way. Biscuits!!!)
  3. White people who know how to barbeque and eat grits
  4. Peach cobbler and collard greens sold in the airport restaurants
  5. Being repeatedly called "Ma'am" by most everyone in a business establishment, including the gas station clerk.
  6. the presence of Christian bookstores within a 5 mile radius
  7. Four bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2500 square ft. homes for sale at the sickeningly low price of $175,000 (you'd be lucky to buy a 350 sq ft condo in Seattle for that price)
  8. The surprising number of "I Love Texas" bumper stickers I noticed let me know there's a bit of state pride goin' on. I dig that.
  9. Not nearly as many women with gaudy jewelry and big hair as I expected.
  10. No tree-huggers. This is mostly because there are no trees to hug, but their absence was appreciated nonetheless.
  11. Primetime starts at 7:00 pm (it took me half of my trip to figure out why I kept missing the Cosby Show)

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Passion is Unseeded
March 23, 2004

If you hadn't heard, this past weekend, the thriller about the "dead" rising, Dawn of the Dead knocked The Passion out of its number one box office seat. I'll let you draw your own conclusions there.... But I'll just say this: it's no coicidence that the movie to oust the Passion is one that deals with darkness, confusion and death. There's a lot more that could be said there but what's the point? The Passion still has the number two slot and predictions for how it will finish are still changing every week. Mel has long been vindicated.

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So My Generation's Voting for Nader? The State of the Young
March 22, 2004

Figures. He would court the young adult vote. Let's just keep in mind the fact that my generation doesn't do their homework. That's why we're so heavily marketed to in just about everything. If it's on TV or in a movie, we'll usually buy it no matter how crappy the quality is. So the fact that we're the ones voting for Nader doesn't surprise me in the least. And what about soon to be voters and the freshly inaugurated into the voting sphere? You know, that 17-20 year old crowd? Well, they've got folks like hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons telling them who to vote for. Well, essentially. You can pretty much guarantee he's not rallying behind anyone but a staunch democrat. If you hadn't heard, Simmons is spearheading a movement called "Team Vote" via the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network to rally the hip-hop community (both artists and listeners) to vote. The first thing you'll see on their site is a picture of the black rights spokesman, Jesse Jackson. It's actually quite a brilliant concept considering hip-hop is the top selling musical form. And to think, you thought it was country! This is a brave new world and hip-hop sells, hip-hop influences, and hip-hop transcends.

The "Rock the Vote" campaign is all about registering voters. They have some goals as well (some good, some not so good), found on their website. There they've listed all their "wants" in politics which include everything from eradication of poverty and cesnorship laws to reparations, and the total elimination of racism, hate and bigotry. Side note, racism, hate and bigotry will always exist as long as there's sin on the Earth. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that that Russell Simmons isn't chanting "Vote Bush". Not all of Team Votes's goals are bad, in fact some are quite good. Many of them speak to social action. This is often where I and conservatives part.

There is a lot of hesitancy amongst conservatives and Christians as well, to get involved with the community beyond the suburbs. I'm talking the poor, the wounded, and the disenfranchised. This is unfortunate as Democrats, Liberals, the Green Party, and many others have recognized this hole and rushed to fill it with silly in-effective programs and legislation. It's sort of like the city road crew in Seattle and the pothole problem. Every time a pothole pops up, the city comes out and fills it; with asphalt. Asphalt is cheap, it's easy to get a hold of, and it does the job temporarily. But just let it rain. You can pretty much guarantee that in a high-traffic area, it'll only be a matter of months before that same pothole is back again. So why don't they use cement or something else that will hold? Well, it's all an effort to keep taxes high, jobs flowing, and work available. The city is very intentional about the work they do not lasting too long. Such is the same as many of these "social programs" that have been instituted over the years. They're not doing anything productive for the inner city or impoverished communities. They're just paying somebody's paycheck. They're after quick-fixes and not lasting fruit.

When we consider the hip-hop generation, we're talking about a group of people who are pretty much fed up with the world as is. That's a big plus for my generation. We're not into business as usual and we're very loyal to a cause no matter how illogical. The downside is, we're also a licentious group of folks. We live by the morally relativistic creed of "if it feels right do it" so we're not bound to take well to anyone telling us we shouldn't do anything like have sex before marriage, use mind-altering substances, have abortions, or disrespect our parents. The ignorant will capitalize on this and lead us further into the abyss of rebellion. The wise will realize that the "rebellion" is merely a front and what we're really seeking after is truth. Once truth is revealed to us properly, we will be hopelessly devoted to it, worship it, preach it, write it, rap about it, sing about it, and live it unashamedly.

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Just When you Thought MTV Couldn't Get any Lower...
March 18, 2004

They come out with another reality series, "I Want a Famous Face". Weight loss regimens are great. So is a little hair dye, but MTV's new show, which only recently began airing, chronicles the process from start to finish as unsuspecting young adults and teenagers subject themselves to the hands of plastic surgeons who slice up their bodies to resemble their most admired celebrity. Can we say sick? Voyeurs indulge themselves by watching these people painfully endure not-so-glamorous surgeries, cheek and chin implants, butt lifts, rhinoplasty and horrendous healing processes all to look like: JLo or Elvis? Give me a break. Here in America, we have young people trying to commit suicide because they're so displeased with how they look, and MTV takes it one step further by endorsing their right to want to look like someone else. My generation is already in the throes of an extreme identity crisis and this is why. There is a message constantly flashed before us that declares we should not be happy with who God created us to be. Meanwhile, we're fantasizing about looking or being like someone else, failing to realize that "someone" probably is just as insecure if not more so, and doesn't even know their own identity. The lost are chasing after the lost. Poor self-image has been the downfall of humanity. I am so looking forward to the day when people will find their confidence in who they were created to be -- individual. There is a major restoration of identity that needs to come to the pop culture generation. We have too many clones walking around. I fear we're missing out on the gifts and talents of an entire generation because nobody wants to be an original.

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