At Bloomberg, reporters could sit at their desks and use a keyboard function to...– David Carr, Snooping and the news media: it’s a two way street (via soupsoup) Carr: always on point.
This morning while driving I heard it on the radio that today was the National Prayer day. The host on the Christian station urged that we pray for America, that America will head to the ‘right direction.’ I am growing each day more uncertain of what the ‘right’ direction looks like in our society, so the notion of praying for my country for a direction I don’t know...
Jesus’s grace doesn’t make any sense. Guess if it did, it wouldn’t be called grace.
Things we’ll do to keep people safe: Lock down an entire city for hours. Things...– Judd Legum (via azspot)
This won't be the last time Amy Davidson leaves me...
A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasn’t alone; a hundred and seventy-six people were injured. But he was the only one who, while in the hospital being treated for his wounds, had his apartment searched in “a startling show of force,” as his fellow-tenants described it to the Boston Herald, with a “phalanx” of...
Part, a significant part, of being a reporter is distinguishing which voice to listen to. Deciding which opinion’s worth amounts to, well, shit. It’s one of the hardest parts of the job but I am learning the art — both in the work field and in my personal life. Brushing my shoulders off and here I go again.
I think for, you know, the moms and dads out there, the people who give money to...– The late David Kuo talking to Terry Gross in 2006 about his call for a fast from politics for evangelicals. Kuo, the Deputy Director of President George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, became disillusioned with the politics of the Bush White House. He died on Friday at age...
Certainly, I find it hard to believe in a sanctity that is free from sin.– Andrew Sullivan
One reality should not cancel out the other.– Alfredo Corchado, in reporting Mexico — or any conflict area.
I came to the Sun-Times with a lot of experience from the News-Gazette and the...– Robert Eger, first journalist to win the Pulitzer Prize with his movie criticism
The amount of information I gather out of one chapter of a book is a terrifying, humiliating and gut-wrenching reminder of the unread, unheard and unknown bits of reality that I so naively claim a residency in. I’d be foolish to wish that I would gain overnight a wholistic perspective of a region when I can’t understand even the root of my fascination for it. But the unknown is daunting...
Evangelicals Discerning an Issue →
Over the last few years, I’ve seen many evangelical church plant prospectuses that emphasize this gay marriage piece in particular as the reason Vermont is so “lost.” It is cited as the ultimate sign of apostasy from orthodox evangelical faith, and it becomes the central rallying cry for both Southern missionary church planters to come here and for Southern churches to fund these missionary...
I close my eyes and contemplate inching out onto the wire, imagining how light...– By Julia Anne Miller in NYTimes Modern Love: The Fear of Surrendering Agaian
I am completely exhausted
And Monday hasn’t even started… but! I do all things for You, through You alone.
The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.– Fr. Richard Rohr (via azspot)
I just wished my mom a good night who is reading a book next to my dad who so sternly demanded that we put the two twin size beds together in the guest room so that he can sleep next to my mom. I closed the door and felt a throbbing pain in my chest. My families are here. My parents are here. The love of my life that existed even before I was born out of her womb is here. They will be gone...
A real man’s love song.
Capitalism means that there is much more research into male baldness than there...– Bill Gates (via azspot)
When two best things about Spring Break
are no traffic to work and other people’s most fabulous, fun-filled spring break photos. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
When my jam comes on
whatshouldwecallme: LOL WHAT IS THAT CREATURE?!?!?!
You already have. What could stop you now from doing further?– March 10, 2013. In between breezy trees and a cup of iced americano, I asked him if he thinks I can make the world a better place. I stood ready for his usual teasing remarks to make light of my often hearty questions. But he said those words with eyes full of heart. Moment like this, it has to be...
".. Apart from me, you can do nothing."
” I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Notice it’s not “apart from me, you can’t do the special things I have planned for you but you will be alright, do average or even rise above if you work hard.” Jesus is clear. Apart from him, I can’t...
New Project: Foreign Policy Friday
Texas really is a nation in its size and scope. I keep up with this monstrous constant-news-making state thanks to the little self-discipline I have but mostly for the news gathering app/sites. Then there is this little town called Austin that decides to grow at a faster rate than any other cities and churns out news left and right. And how can you say you read news.. without reading New York...
Such heartbreaking, painfully honest lyrics. Such beautiful, hopeful guitar solos.
Possibly my last Oscars post →
When I watched Argo, I thought it was an incredibly well-made movie. Then I heard/read critics of how typical of a hollywood movie it was — corny, over-dramatized and predictable. Then I wondered why Affleck had to play Tony Mendez, a Hispanic hero we so rarely get to see on the big screen — I caved in and joined the cynics against Argo. I had a small gratitude in finding out that...
Can a President Use Drones Against Journalists? →
newyorker: Amy Davidson chatted about the ethics of drone warfare recently with Michael Walzer, the author of “Just and Unjust Wars”; Jeff McMahan, a professor of philosophy at Rutgers, who has also written about just-war theory; and The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, who is a master on the subject. After Walzer and McMahan suggested some criteria for strikes—criminality, risk of American...