- 34 total voters (in my poll) of which 31 plan to actually vote for president in the upcoming election.
- From that number, 23 are going McCain and 4 for Obama.... This is about the breakdown I expected.
- 4 are either undecided or voting 3rd party.
- Our local Christian station refusing to play a secular song unless it is recorded - completely unchanged - by a Christian artist.
- T-shirts like Lord's Gym which take a known phrase or brand and give it a clever (?) twist.
- Church signs like this one:
When I was thirteen years old, I was not a Christian. I had heard about Him from a little Baptist Church in the upper peninsula of Michigan. But I didn’t get it. True, i raised my hand five weeks in a row, and went into some back room where I prayed a prayer I don’t remember and didn’t understand. Maybe God heard that scared little boy cry for help....
...well, fast forward, and that prayer didn’t hold. I went to that little church five times, and then was asked to never come back because I got in some kind of fight. I think I fought the pastor’s kid. I guess some things never change. As I grew, going to school, surviving divorces and new schools and more bullies, I stayed afraid. That fear turned into anger, and I became a bully. I was mean and dumb, and “swore alot.” Eighth grade for me was like it is for most boys. Akward, scary, painful, full of changes and growth. And I was a punk. I was a wounded punk who so wanted to be liked by anyone.
Well, one of the kids I picked on was named Ken Morgan. In eighth grade, he was smaller than small. He was an easy target for this fake predator. I picked on this kid something fierce. And he never took an easy shot back at me. When I was taken to task, he wasn’t there to gloat over my great fall. I thought he was just afraid of me, but soon I noticed it was something more. He was genuinely kind to me. He repaid my evil with good. I didn’t get it. So I began to walk home with him from school. I followed him to church. I studied his family. I wanted to know where his kindness and contentment came from. And every road led to Jesus. He wore the silly shirts and carried his Bible. And over time, I started wondering if it was true. If Jesus would love Ken and give him the strength to love, maybe I could learn too. Maybe I could be loved enough to get pass all my wounds and selfishness and pride and lust and hate and hurt and anger and fear and loneliness. So, i ended up following Ken into the kingdom. During my freshman year, I finally was lost enough to be found. I cried out to God a simple prayer. I said, “God, if you are there, and if you will love me, I will follow you forever.” I prayed out of desperation. And God showed up....
Well, here it is, more than fifteen years later, and I showed up on Ken’s doorstep to say hello. Ken married his high school sweetheart, Erin, he works a great job doing super smart stuff, and has a brand new baby named Finnegan. He lives up in Seattle, and Angie and I decided to drop in on my old friend. And it was good....so good.
Ken is part of an awesome small group up there in Seattle. He and his wife are good parents, showering their little boy with all the love a baby can withstand. God has blessed their life, and they are making a home for themselves. Together, we laughed, prayed, studied, cleaned, remembered, counseled, shared, and dreamed. it was good.
Ken brought us to his small group, and these brothers and sisters we had never met before welcomed us in with open arms. They loved us, and listened to our silly vision, and asked real questions out of a heart of compassion. Some of those people even jumped on and became a part of our support network.
God gave me a memorial stone, and gave us more partners on this crazy vision he put in our hearts. It was awesome.
For those of you who are praying for us....thank you. God is keeping us safe, giving us favor, and helping us rest. We love you all, and look forward to the day when we will meet again.
Last October we mentioned our program "Around Kerch" which includes activities conducted by Hope Center staff and volunteers but takes place outside of the camp territory. We highlighted five surrounding villages and on-going projects such as distribution of clothes and shoes, wheelchairs and walkers for the handicapped, feeding programs for hungry children and humanitarian aid to the needy. We also provided informational presentations on drugs, alcohol, smoking, human trafficking and HIV/AIDS in the village schools. This fall we are expanding this program by taking the next step to talk to parents and adults.
In early June we distributed 200 questionnaires in the village of Bagerava to learn what that community saw as its most serious social problems. 94% of the residents responded that alcohol was a major problem, followed by drugs (42%) and HIV/AIDS (7%). Global Action used this information to create a specialized presentation for that village. We first talked with 60 students over the age of 12 on alcohol abuse and provided a booklet which outlines the dangers of alcoholism. The students then invited their friends, families and neighbors to a larger meeting on October 9th which drew 100 people. The presentation was followed by a forum in which attendees could voice concerns, ask questions and suggest solutions. This year we will do the same in four other villages around Kerch in an effort to have greater reach and effectiveness in the communities where we work.
ST. LOUIS - Attorneys for the voting registration organizations ACORN and Project Vote filed an anti-discrimination voting rights suit in the U.S. Federal District court this morning, alleging the United States government is involved in "a widespread, systematic effort to disenfranchise Imaginary-Americans and deprive them of access to polls."
"Participation in our electoral process is a fundamental right, and the foundation of our democracy," said ASDF ASDFG, a spokesperson for the National Association for the Advancement of Imaginary People, one of the groups named as plaintiffs in the class action. "We will not be silent when government denies people access to the polls on the basis of color, or sex, or existential status."
The new suit was prompted by on a series of law enforcement raids of ACORN offices in 10 states over the past week, as well as a reported Justice Department investigation. Federal and state officials say they were acting on tips of fraudulent voter registration forms, after election officials reported a flood of unusual applications submitted by ACORN canvassers. In Las Vegas the Clarke County election commission reported thousands of registrations signed by the Dallas Cowboys, while in St. Louis officials discovered thousands of others signed by Power Rangers, Menudo, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In Cleveland, Ohio Republican officials complained to the Federal Election Commission after early-voting sites barred observers when thousands of Invisible-Ohioans arrived at the polls aboard hundreds of invisible ACORN buses. In Ida Grove, Iowa, Ida County Registrar Debby Ballard expressed concern when a convoy of Chicago ACORN semis submitted 4,000,000 provisional ballots, 17 seconds before a 5 pm deadline.
"I'm proud that Ida County can boast of a 114,312% voter registration rate, but I'm not sure if I can get all of them processed by Monday," said Ballard. "I've got a pilates class in Sioux City."
After the raids, ACORN officials initially blamed the problems on rogue volunteers.
"We are in the midst of our most successful signup ever, registering over 7 trillion new voters in the last week alone," said ACORN spokesman Charles Jackson. "It's impossible to have 100% quality control, and a few misspellings might have fallen through the cracks."
On Tuesday, ACORN said it would dismiss any workers suspected of fraud, and would outsource 40% of voter registration jobs to Banglore Registration Industries.
"The quality control is better in India, and we can save over $35 per metric ton," noted Jackson.
After consultation with attorneys, however, ACORN -- which has received $800,000 from the Obama campaign for registration efforts -- filed a suit claiming the increased legal scrutiny was driven by a political agenda. Amicus briefs were added from several Imaginary Rights groups, adding civil rights violations to the list of complaints.
"Whether we are obituary notices, hallucinatory giant rabbits, or strings of random keyboard strokes, it's time for the chimera community to stand up and claim our rights as citizens," said ASDFG. "We will no longer be silent and invisible. Okay, maybe invisible."
In addition to $3.2 jubajillion in damages and free federal mortgages for homeless spectres, the suit also seeks enforcement of the Americans with Dimensional Disabilities Act. The Act requires voting places to make accommodations for existentially-challenged voters who have trouble completing ballots written in standard 3-dimensional reality. The accommodations include multiple site registration, time travel, and allowances for alcoholics to cast ballots for dependent D.T. phantasms.
"Many of our community inhabit the Tapioca subluster of the 11th Dimension, and it's hard for them to find a convenient spacehole to make it to the local elementary school," explained ASDFG.
A ruling in the suit is expected later this week from St. Louis federal appelate judge Fwinklezorg the Hydragoat.
A good day and a victory for football.
What I used to think
- ► 2009 (151)
- Sad but true
- Change back
- Early Voting
- Poll Results and Thoughts
- Reverse Christianification of Secular Junk
- The Story of Ken
- Breaking News!!!!!! Childhood shots of Joe the P...
- Election Satire: Part 3
- Election Curiosity
- Blog Reader Conclusion
- Election Satire: Part 2
- Bloglines hates blogs
- A voice in the desert
- KOR Kast around the world (Updated: download KOR K...
- We've been fund-raising too long
- Ministries in and around Kerch
- First Meeting for the Hope Center
- Good deal? I need your input!
- Election Satire
- What a weird coincidence
- HopeCenter Profiles: Roman and family
- Talking with my pocket book... DOWN WITH JACK QUI...
- I'm missing Ukraine
- I'm an Uncle again
- Casual Friday
- Don't let the man get you down
- Yet another theft
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