Thursday, December 30, 2004
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
"w" announces 35 million in aid with "more to come"...
thousands of children missing or orphaned...
extraordinary amateur videos of the waves coming in, sweeping people away...
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Monday, December 27, 2004
a sad, touching and very funny movie...
not for kids, though, as there is full frontal nudity and some unpleasant language and shooting of guns and blowing up of dynamite...
Sunday, December 26, 2004
world news international reported that people were brushing their teeth in second floor hotel rooms when water rushed in so that they had to swim to the ceilings searching for air pockets until they could escape...
pray for these people...
and, i am certain that ways to assist financially will be discussed across the blogosphere soon...
Friday, December 24, 2004
Between the years 1558-1829, English Catholics were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Without regular mass, sacraments, or catechism lessons from the priest, there was little parents could do to help their children learn and remember all out their faith. This song was created to keep the Catholic faith in their lives, even though hidden for the time.
Instead of referring to an suitor, the "true love" mentioned in the song refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents symbolises every baptized person.
'A partridge in a pear tree' is Jesus Christ. A mother partridge will feign injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings. The children hearing this song would know that, and would understand the parallel between the acts of a mother bird, and the sacrifice of Christ.
The other symbols continue the symbolism:
2 turtle doves----the Old and New Testaments;
3 French hens--Faith, Hope and Charity;
4 calling birds---the Four Gospels;
5 golden rings---the first five books of the Old Testament, which give the history of man's fall from grace;
6 geese a laying-the six days of creation;
7 swans a swimming-seven gifts of the Holy Spirit;
8 maids a milking-the eight Beatitudes;
9 ladies dancing--nine choirs of angels;
10 lords a leaping-the Ten Commandments;
11 pipers piping--the eleven faithful Apostles;
12 drummers drumming-the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
I blog because it is one of many means to pursue activism. I understand that Christ is in control, but he doesn't call me to be a lump on a log. I walk in the way that I pray is right and in conformance with His word and will. This means that by extension, at this point in time, I am also an activist for the Republican Party because I believe the values of the Party are closest to my family's values.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
i don't normally lift an entire article, but this one touched me... and reminded me of several previous posts in my archives on global warming and the kyoto accords...
'Ignore Global Warming,' Says Former Greenpeace Member
By Marc Morano
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
December 14, 2004
Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNSNews.com) - A former member of Greenpeace who became disillusioned with what he saw as bad eco-science urged a United Nations climate change conference to "save the world" by ignoring global warming.
"Climate change is a huge thing, but there is very little that we can do about it," Bjorn Lomborg told CNSNews.com following a speech in Buenos Aires on Monday.
Lomborg, the author of the new book Global Crisis, Global Solutions, also wrote The Skeptical Environmentalist, a book devoted to debunking many of the alarmist claims of environmental groups. He is attending the U.N.'s Conference of Parties or COP-10 meeting on climate change here.
In an essay published Monday in the London Telegraph, Lomborg wrote that "global warming has become the obsession of our time" and "is the moral test of our age."
Lomborg believes that global warming is real and is caused by C02, but he adds that mankind can "do very little about the warming."
Lomborg, an associate professor of statistics at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, is in Buenos Aires trying to convince world governments to worry less about climate change and concentrate instead on what he considers solvable problems, such as AIDS, poverty and inadequate sanitation.
Lomborg organized the "Copenhagen Consensus," an international team of economists and others who conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the world's most pressing problems.
"So in a curious way, global warming really is the moral test of our time, but not in the way its proponents imagined. We need to stop our obsession with global warming and start dealing with the many more pressing issues in the world, where we can do [the] most good, first and quickest," Lomborg argued.
According to Lomborg, any effects that global warming may have on people 100 years from now will be muted because poor nations are projected to be much wealthier and thus better equipped to deal with any climate complications.
"The people who are going to be affected by it in 2100 are likely going to be much richer," Lomborg told an audience at the Universidad de Ciencias Monday night.
"By the U.N.'s own scenarios, everyone [in poor nations] will be at least as rich as we are today in the developed world in 2100; and much more likely, they will be 2 to 4 times more wealthy than the developed world is today. Of course, the developed world will be even much richer than that," Lomborg predicted.
"Imagine if you were a rich Chinese or a rich Rwandan or a rich Bolivian in 2100, looking back on 2004, saying how odd that the people of 2004 were so concerned about helping me a little bit through climate change and so relatively unconcerned about helping my grandfather and my great-grandfather who needed the help much, much more," he said.
"If we can't do everything, let's make sure that we actually do something that is going to help the world a lot rather than just a little," Lomborg said.
The H5N1 bird-flu virus, which ravaged the region's poultry stocks, also spread to people, killing 32 people in Thailand and Vietnam. But there was no evidence that it had acquired the human-flu characteristics it would need to be passed easily between people.
Once that happens, the result would be a pandemic that could cause as many as seven million deaths, the WHO has warned.
The WHO has raised fears that bird flu could mix with a virus carried by pigs, which are genetically more similar to humans, giving rise to a mutated strain that would become transmissible among people.
Just as telephones are meaningful only when connected to the telephone network, so blogs are meaningful only when connected to the blog network. Both are carriers of human communication, but where the telephone network is essentially fixed -- at least for now (...) -- the blog network is malleable and is shaped by our use of it. It’s more like a nervous system than a computer network, and for good reason.
The crush of information we process every day creates a terrible dilemma. On the one hand, we must conserve the scarce resource of attention. On the other hand, we need to become aware of everything that matters.
jon udell tells us what we know: that the blogosphere focuses our attention on the events and ideas that do matter...
Monday, December 20, 2004
life waits for no man... person... woman, whatever!
i am looking forward to being back in my office... and back to my dream job!
Sunday, December 19, 2004
Mollie Ziegler is presently writing a book, tentatively titled Interfaith is No Faith: How Religious Relativism is Destroying the Church, that asks a simple but profound question: why is it that Americans are afraid to believe their own religions? Why is it that we are so intolerant of any belief system that doesn't agree with the culturally orthodox notion that it really doesn't matter what you believe?
True diversity is impossible in such a situation. So is true tolerance. One has to disagree with somebody in order to be tolerant of their beliefs, and disagreeing about anything that matters (or at least admitting that anything we disagree about possibly could matter) seems close to the essence of the American ethos.
Why should such a patently absurd notion be so precious to us?
How did we come to be so rigid in only permitting one set of convictions regarding ultimate questions in our culture- the one that says that it doesn't matter what answer you give? Why is it so difficult for Americans to grasp the simple proposition that to the extent that if all religions are correct, none of them are? Why are we afraid to grasp the challenge of seeking to be a truly diverse society, which acknowledges the legitimacy of actually disagreeing with one another on ultimate questions which everyone acknowledges ultimately matter?
Why do we, as a nation, fear to approach the radically exclusive religious beliefs to which we give lip service with a modicum of honesty and intellectual integrity, recognizing that in a truly tolerant society its members must hold mutually exclusive beliefs, if tolerance is even to be possible?
I can't wait to read it Molly's book. Our national horror of religious integrity is something striking enough, obvious enough in its dishonesty, and rips the substance from the convictions of each and every one of the religions Americans hold with such obvious and shameless violence that the inability of most Americans to see the problem seems incomprehensible. Maybe she can help the more thoughtful among us understand this cultural absurdity a little better.
tip of the hat to "bob" of watersblogged...
Study Links Bacteria, Long Nails and Baby Deaths
By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN (NYT) 516 words
Late Edition - Final , Section A , Page 16 , Column 1
ABSTRACT - Federal and Oklahoma health officials say that bacteria beneath long fingernails of nurses have been linked to deaths of babies in an intensive care unit in hospital in Oklahoma City; epidemiologists who investigate outbreak of bacterial infection at Children's Hospital find that about half of 16 deaths from Jan 1, 1997 to March 12, 1998, were apparently due to contamination from long fingernails; no deaths have been reported since hospital imposed measures like requiring that nurses in neonatal intensive care unit have short nails.
the hospital in which i work requires short fingernails; but, a patient is unlikely to see my fingernails because i should be wearing gloves whenever i am close enough to the patient for he or she to check out my hands...
seeing both sides of this issue: frightening, yes, that parental consent is not necessary for these screenings... on the other hand, what of children whose parents are mentally ill themselves? mental health professionals are not always out to feed the hand of the pharmaceutical company; sometimes, they do identify and help young children whose parents are too close to the situation to see that help is needed...
sometimes, the mental health professional does offer a drug that gets a child through a terrible point in life...
i think we should be careful not to denigrate all mental health professionals as avaricious, government-owned evil "let's get johnny stoned" so we can teach him something persons...
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Thursday, December 16, 2004
at the national museum of american history, i saw the star spangled banner under restoration, and actually cried... it was so moving... i saw a display dated 1954 in which two children have moved, and are standing in front of a green, wooden paneled station wagon with a small kidillac car on the lawn... and i laughed thinking back to my days in memphis, tennessee when i was six...
all and all, a wonderful, though very cold day walking around pennsylvania avenue and 14th and 15th streets. ate at two grand restaurants...
i ate breakfast at old ebbitts grill and a late lunch at les halles where i had tomato soup and a selection of french cheeses with bread and butter and a kir royal... yum...
later, i spent some time at grand station shopping for my daughter... and finally reached my destination of gettysburg with my other/better half...
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
turns out that most of the time we spend online searching, we are searching for medical information... and the NIH agrees that since public monies fund the research, the research should be available to the public and should be available for free...
for some links to free resources that are available now, check slate article out...
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
The church has frequently been persecuted in the past. We are being persecuted now. We are not being thrown in jail or tortured- not in this country, anyway- but there are sizable portions of this country who would silence us, suppress us, and even imprison us in order to remove all opposition to the dream of man. We should not be surprised. Jesus told us this would happen, as did Paul and Peter and James and John. We Christians need to start recognizing where the battle really is being fought. Jesus is being taken out of the public square because He was taken out of the hearts and minds of a great many of our countrymen, including many of those standing in pulpits and claiming to represent Him, a long time ago. Let’s make sure Jesus is enthroned in our own hearts, and in our families and churches, before we start worrying about some parade or some old stone monument.
an example of free enterprise... a 16 theatre complex opened in our town, and behold, our local movie house was, it appeared, doomed to oblivion... but, thank goodness, the owners decided to lower their prices...
and, as far as i can tell, this theatre will remain open... and i will continue to support it because i would really miss it if it disappeared... not that it has stadium seating or new cushy seats; but it is familiar and it is local!
as for the movie, ocean's 12 is much like ocean's 11... tedious at times, but worth it in the end... with even better character development than the first, although with a bit less fun...
...you have to live in rural, red state America to experience intellectual diversity.
We hear both sides of the story. On abortion, the environment, gay marriage, war, and taxes, we hear the liberal side from the national media, and we hear both sides in the local media and radio. Sure, we hear the liberal side twice, but at least we hear the conservative side once...
(one reason that)liberals never hear the other side is that they're such bullies. Intellectual bullies, that is. I'm sure Manhattan has conservatives, but they live in such an intolerant environment, they probably keep quiet.
Things like this are hard to quantify, but you can detect it in how liberals argue their political positions. Consider hate crimes laws. They criminalize thought. We can all agree that things like assault, murder, and theft should be illegal, but only an intellectual bully is interested in whether you had the correct thoughts about those you were murdering or assaulting.
Or consider sex education. Liberals oppose laws requiring abstinence education. These laws don't forbid schools from continuing on with the traditional "we know you're going to have sex, so here's a condom" philosophy, they merely require that schools also inform kids of the benefits of abstinence. Only intellectual bullies would feel so threatened by the idea of students hearing both points of view.
Another trademark of intellectual bullies is that they can't resist calling people names. They honestly think their opponents are evil or stupid. We're homophobes. Patriarchs. Greedy. Fundamentalist. Bigots. Gun-toters. White trash. Bible-thumpers. It's hard to listen to new ideas with these thoughts in your head.
the above quote is thanks to 17 yr old american lady, who commented rather eloquently with her own personal take:
I have a lot of gay male friends, and while a lot of them accept my conservatism (they call me "The least likely Republican"), some of their friends don't take it very well. They say that because I support President Bush means that I want them to rot in hell because they're gay.
It was really hard for me to support them in the election. I told them that when the amendment went up to ban all gay marriage, I told them that I would be on their side. I don't want them to legally get married, but a ban seems too permenant. If some crazie wants to start a religion and have them marry gays, okay, let it be legal for that religion (that's how I feel personally).
But some of them just couldn't see past what I believed. The men that I am closest to are the ones who were able to understand me and were open minded.
A few of my gay friends also don't support gay marriage themselves. They have to suffer the burden of being called a "self-loathing homosexual" just because they believe that the religious tradition of marriage is between a man and a woman.
I discuss homosexuals because they make up a large part of the population in these cities. Many of them think like crazy left wing liberals. Everyone who doesn't agree with gay marriage, they believe, is some incredible bigot that wouldn't know their left foot from their right foot.
If you don't agree with these liberals, you're automatically stupid. You have no idea what you're talking about. It's a wonder that you can get up in the morning.
And you look at liberals when they say that, and you just LAUGH. Funny, isn't it? Really ironic.
Anyway, the article is great, please read it.
Monday, December 13, 2004
The Geminids begin to appear noticeably more numerous in the hours after 10 p.m. local time Monday, because the shower’s radiant is already fairly high in the eastern sky by then. The best views, however, come around 2 a.m. Tuesday, when their radiant point will be passing very nearly overhead. The higher a shower’s radiant, the more meteors it produces all over the sky.
"Kids are going to hear about God all over," says Neifert (a pediatrician) "If you don't put your own spin on it, with your own values, they'll absorb someone else's."
Don't pretend to have all the answers. When your child asks where people go when they die, answer honestly: "Nobody knows for sure, but some people think they go to heaven to be close to God. Other people think they're born again in a new body." Inevitably, your child will ask what you think. If you have a strong belief, share it. If not, it's okay to admit that there are some questions people spend their whole lives trying to figure out -- and this is one of them.
Use daily events to teach spirituality. Big ideas don't always require big actions. You can demonstrate that spirituality is a part of everyday life by incorporating it into ordinary actions and words. When you open the curtains in the morning, you can say, "Look at this glorious day Mother Nature made." At bedtime, you can sign off with, "God bless you, sweetie pie."
yep, it's true... didn't you realize that mother nature creates the day while God just closes it off at the end!
Sunday, December 12, 2004
i was struck by the mere mention of "heaven" in a film such as this...
...if each partner is willing to give a bit, and agree that you need to have some quiet time with each other each day, you've got a good start. The important thing is making sure you have some relaxed time to connect. "You want to make sure you have that time where you're sitting around with a cup of coffee, remembering why you love each other"...
Saturday, December 11, 2004
you were made sorry... but... your sorrow led you to repentance. for you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way... Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done...
paul wrote this to the corinthians, but it seems to me that it applies to nehemiah as well... he must have experienced this godly sorrow that did lead to repentance even though we are not told that nehemiah had committed any particular sin...after all, we all sin daily...nehemiah's godly sorrow resulted in each of the fruits which paul delineated many years later...
Friday, December 10, 2004
"With assistance from Heifer International, families in the Ahtahkakoop Band in Saskatchewan, Canada, will participate in cattle projects to ...improve their livelihoods and break the cycle of welfare dependence."
with such a grand calling, i left my job... (no sacrifice there)... and my home (even less of a sacrifice) in so. indiana, drove 18 hrs to norman, oklahoma to study with kenneth pike at the summer institute of linguistics...
(aside: at the summer institute of linguistics, i got my first meal of linguistics with coursework in international phonetics, phonology, and ever so difficult grammatical analysis with pike himself; my first taste of linguistics came at denison university where i took a year-long class as a substitute for the foreign language requirement...just fyi: i am a speech language pathologist and poet
at the end of three months, the wise men and women of wycliffe recognized my spiritual babyhood; and sent me off to moody bible in wonderful, windy chicago (one of my all time favorite cities!)...to get a better, firmer grounding in the Word!
at moody, while in the midst of studying God's awesome Word, i fell into SIN (yes, capital letter SIN!)... of course...
and, i wandered off from my calling... what is that? the first and best destiny? thrown to pigs...trampled upon...
i actually have no earthly idea; i only know i am here now...
the blogosphere may not be a traditional overseas missionary field and blogging may not be traditional mission field work, but i think deborah would have found it to be a pretty effective method of getting her message across to the israelites back in the o.t. times...
so, here i am, blogging for jesus, so to speak...
oh, the whole point of this post: I CAN'T BE A MISSIONARY without TRAFFIC!
Thursday, December 9, 2004
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
they are in a bar with a horrible local band playing in the background...
at the head of the table for all to see.... danny, the dentist confesses to his friends that he is afraid of his underwear, that it will somehow consume him; he uses flowery words to describe this overwhelming phobia...
alan alda's character, jack remarks:
"why can't you just use plain english. you talk like a bad textbook!"danny (the dentist) responds:
"now i just told you my deepest fears; why can't you listen to what i am saying not how i am saying it!"meanwhile, jack's wife, played by carol burnett says in a motherease tone of voice:
"oh danny, we're sorry" and in the very next moment, adds: "tell me seriously, are really afraid of your underwear!?"
needless to say, danny turns gloomy, saying, "you think i hurt because i am quirky; but you've got it wrong; i'm quirky because i hurt."
if the "song" expresses my deep soul, then listen to what it is saying and try to ignore how poorly it is recorded
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
soxblog's posting is a stab at "political correctness" - seems the school where he taught a gifted and talented class insisted upon changing the name of the class to... now, what did the post say? well, the point is that the name of this class for exceptionally talented students was so silly and so innocuous that it was indeed meaningless...
God in His great wisdom has called us to excellence...
He does not want nor does He cherish mediocrity...
my daughter, who is a freshman at a quaker school in indiana known as earlham college is just now completing a seminar called "who am i? what do i want to do?" in which she has written a wonderful essay summing up how she has changed this first semester...
in this essay, however, she questions whether studying as hard as she is able is worth the time and effort... she writes:
I think that I want to become more studious while I’m here. There are times when I feel that if I’d just put in a few more hours of studying a few days before, say, a test, then my grades would greatly increase. However, those thoughts are always canceled out when I realize that my grades are good as they are and there’s no point in pushing myself harder. Maybe there’s not, but then again, maybe there’s something I’ll be missing by not studying my hardest.
now, some of this saddens me of course as her mother and mentor and friend, but her question at the end is heartening... she will discover that this final question to herself is the key...
to excellence, and not mediocrity...
Monday, December 6, 2004
i see the first six chapters of nehemiah (a book supposedly too dull to read) as a parable of a modern marriage on the rocks...
nehemiah was not a prophet; he did not hear God's voice directly, but "heard" God through His Word (as we do today)...nehemiah was emotionally crushed when he learned that jerusalem's walls and gates remained unrepaired even after the temple had been rebuilt by zerubbabel as reported by ezra...
so the temple or the marriage may be rebuilt or saved, but its "walls" and "gates" may remain in disarray and in a state of destruction...
nehemiah wept, fasted, prayed... asking God to open His ears and open His eyes to hear; he confessed his sins and the sins of the people, and reminded God to keep His covenant with those who love and obey Him...
just as nehemiah did, i believe persons today in the midst of marital turmoil must weep, fast, pray, confess sins, remind God of His covenant; then plan and work... within the gathering of christians called the Church...
nehemiah, once he received permission from his boss; he was the king's chief aide or cupbearer, went to jerusalem and walked around within it, inspecting it in the dark for three days...
in this parable, perhaps the three days of dark inspection are those days that the husband and wife inspect the damage, assess the situation... keep the rubble around the marriage quietly in their hearts...
afterwards, however, with a clear plan nehemiah openly tells the people that he intends to re-build the walls and gates. for nehemiah, it is not enough to have the temple back up; he wants the whole; he wants the walls and gates restored...
he tells the people; and they rally to him, each person building his part of the city wall...
a marriage is two people joined together by God, but they are also a couple among couples within the gathering of people who follow the Lord...
today, a marriage that has had its "temple" destroyed is not usually re-built at all; and when it is, it is most certainly the work of the Holy Spirit... but, the individuals within that re-built marriage may still find that its "walls" and "gates" are broken down and burnt in a manner so complete that it appears impossible to repair...
nehemiah faced extraordinary and constant opposition to his efforts to rebuild the walls of the city! he even armed the people, asking them to carry a spear or staff in one hand while building with the other!
a marriage with a recently re-built "temple" that is in the long process of having its "walls" and "gates" restored will be under attack; and the individual husband and wife must bind themselves to a body of christians who will weep, pray, fast, confess, and remind God of His covenant...
In his radio address, Mr. Bush said that Congress was being given the opportunity to pass "a strong new law" that "would make America more secure" by coordinating the work of the nation's intelligence agencies, and specifically by creating the job of national intelligence director.
The Sept. 11 commission had urged that the job be created in an effort to force rival intelligence and counterterrorism agencies, notably the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to put aside generations-old turf battles and cooperate against terrorist threats.
In its final report last July, the commission cataloged a series of instances in which spy agencies refused or otherwise failed to share intelligence before Sept. 11 that might have led to disruption of the terrorist plot...
what the ny times' article does not report is the rationale behind the g.o.p. objections to this bill, which the ny times also indicates is occurring in congress right now...
Saturday, December 4, 2004
Friday, December 3, 2004
in the excerpt, published in utne, sept-oct 2004 issue, rifkin writes that "it saddens (him) to say that america is no longer a great country." (p 75)
he bases this observation on his view that the european union (e.u.) has usurped the american dream and substituted a better dream...
it seems that americans are too naive and optimistic, with "unbounded hope" while europeans are cynical with a "deep pessimistic edge ingrained" in them...
while americans are seen as "living to work," europeans supposedly work to "deep play"... getting an average of 6 weeks vacation annually, for example, to our "2 weeks"... they also have less prisoners, better math literacy, and a lower infant mortality rate than the u.s.a.
they are also more "embedded" with one another and fond of "belonging, not belongings" (p 77)
today, two-thirds of the people living across the european union say they feel "european."... (and) say they "now regard themselves more as europeans than as nationals of their home country." although it is difficult to fathom, this extraordinary change in how europe's people perceive themselves has occurred in less than 50 years.he also indicates that in the proposed e.u. constitution, "there is not a single reference to God" and that "many europeans no longer believe in God."
the language throughout the draft constitution speaks of universalism, making it clear that its focus is not on a people, or a territory, or a nation, but rather the human race and the planet we inhabit.rifkin points out that the american dream is "inseparable from the country's religious heritage and deep spiritual faith" and that "the european dream is secular to the core"...
and rifkin says that we are not a great country...because we have income inequality, increasing violence, and long commutes to work...
yet, he also writes that while europe went the way of democratic socialism, america did not,
making us the most devoutly prostestant people on earth and most committed to scientific pursuits, private property, capitalism, and the nation-state.on the other hand, william j. bennett in his book, THE BROKEN HEARTH writes that our founding fathers
got things about right. Capitalism, they saw, was a crucial component in sustaining a liberal, democratic society...the founding fathers also knew that certain human traits towards violence, avarice, excessive individualism would need curbing, and this is where the strong family
serves as something of a counterbalancenevertheless, bennett writes that:
capitalism has created a degree of opportunity unimaginable only a few generations ago. while lifting an unprecidented number of people out of poverty, moreover, the free market and private property have helped to further political freedom and to secure basic human rights. the market economy rewards human initiative, creativity, and excellence. it is...the most efficient and humane economic system the world has ever known(p 35-36)
I appreciate your response; however, I remain convinced that the Salvation Army should continue to be allowed to solicit in front of Target stores across the U.S. in that this is an American Christmas tradition.
In the early 1960s, I remember living in Memphis, Tennessee (when I was between four and six years old), with bell ringers on just about every corner, usually dressed in Santa Claus suits. Already we, as a nation, are a long way from that picturesque time; but we may at least provide an American institution, that is only charitable in nature and cause, a few places to continue that tradition.
Customers need only walk by. And, very few individuals are offended by bells ringing.
As for other solicitors, what difference does it make that they stand in front of Target? Again, all a customer need do is smile politely, say "no" firmly, and walk into your store.
As it stands at present, I am not able to enter your store. I miss Target.
Subject: The Salvation Army
Dear Target Guest,
Like many nationwide retailers, Target Corporation has a long-standing "no
solicitation" policy that it consistently applies to all organizations
across all of its stores.
We receive an increasing number of solicitation inquiries from non-profit
organizations and other groups each year and determined that if we continue
to allow the Salvation Army to solicit then it opens the door to any other
groups that wish to solicit our guests. While some of our guests may welcome
the opportunity to support their favorite charity or cause, allowing these
organizations to solicit means that Target would also have to permit
solicitation by organizations whose cause or behavior may be unacceptable
to our guests.
We notified the Salvation Army of our decision in January 2004, well in
advance of the holiday season, so the organization would have time to find
alternative fundraising sources. Target also asked the Salvation Army to
look at other ways that we could support their organization under our
corporate giving guidelines. To this date they have not provided a proposal
that fits those guidelines.
Local Salvation Army chapters can apply for grants through their local
Target stores. For decades, many non-profit organizations across the
country have successfully worked with Target in this manner. We are asking
the Salvation Army to work with us in the same exact manner as the other
groups and organizations who ask to solicit our guests.
This decision in no way diminishes Target Corporation's commitment to its
communities. Target has one of the largest corporate philanthropy programs
in America, donating more than $2 million per week and hundreds of
thousands of volunteer hours each year to the communities in which it does
Target Executive Offices
Thursday, December 2, 2004
thanks to recent activism by conservative political and religious groups, AIDS has finally started to gain foreign policy attention... prodded by its conservative evangelical base, the bush administration has pushed AIDS to the forefront of its international agenda, backing record increases in US assistance for AIDS treatment abroad and beginning to address such issues as sex trafficking and the dangers of HIV transmission from unsafe injections and blood transfusions.
turns out, according to burkhalter, that the world health org. (WHO) has recognized that both prevention and treatment measures are necessary to reduce the spread of AIDS; neither alone works as well as when combined.
additionally, burkhalter writes that:
the real turning point in american AIDS policy came when conservative christians made the cause their own
frank graham, in feb 2002, convened the first international christian conference on HIV/AIDS in washington, d.c. "prescription for hope" and called for
treatment of the sick and the dyingduring this conference, senator jesse helms confessed his lack of effort in helping victims of AIDS in africa and subsequently penned an op-ed in the washington post pledging to
secure $500 million to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease
also, according to burkhalter, a conservative republican senator, jeff sessions of alabama in 2003 built bipartisan support for a safe health care initiative that reversed decades of neglect of the poorest countries in africa.
further, another conservative republican representative, chris smith of n.j:
offered a provision to the AIDS bill that prohibited funding to any organization that did not oppose trafficking and prostitution more generally...in an effort to reduce such horrors as india's 2.3 million women and girls who are forced into its sex industry generating millions of orphans and/or street children...
nevertheless, william bennett of empower america writes that condom use promotion with distribution alone does not work to reduce HIV prevalence...
african nations that promoted condom use alone...suffer the highest HIV prevalence rates
here in the u.s., the government at the beginning of 2004 was providing $100 million in abstinence education and the family research council suggests that we should extend this policy to africa...
on the grounds that "responsible moral behavior is the first and best line of defense against AIDS, and is the only message we should send young people worldwide"