A newspaper in Ohio tried to create a forum for opposing viewpoints on marijuana legalization. Un(?)fortunately, they were unable to find a writer that was willing to take the anti-legalization viewpoint:
A proposal aimed to make the food supply safer would classify brewers and distillers that distribute spent grain to farmers as animal feed manufacturers. Now exempt, they might have to dry and bag the feed, costing millions of dollars. Most would probably dump the nutritious feed that cows love in landfills instead.
The proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers, possibly forcing them to dry and package the material before distribution.
The equipment and set up to do that would cost about $13 million per facility, said Scott Mennen, vice president of brewery operations at Widmer.
“That would be cost prohibitive,” Mennen said. “Most brewers would have to put this material in a landfill.”
The rule would affect brewers and distillers across the country. But it would also hurt consumers, said James Emmerson, executive brewmaster of Full Sail Brewing Co.
“Beer prices would go up for everybody to cover the cost of the equipment and installation,” said Emmerson.
“This is regulating a problem that doesn’t exist,” said Van Havig, masterbrewer of Gigantic Brewing Co. in Southeast Portland. “Did anyone bother to find out if there’s been a problem?”
The FDA is not aware of any, according to Daniel McChesney, director of surveillance and compliance in the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.
“We don’t know of any problems,” McChesney said. “But we’re trying to get to a preventative mode.”
So this is a regulation being passed to “make the food supply safer” even though there are no recorded problems with the current safety levels of the food. Okay.
As a culture, we have to be taught the language of descent. That is the great language of religion. It teaches us to enter willingly, trustingly into the dark periods of life. These dark periods are good teachers.
Religious energy is in the dark energy, seldom in the answers. Answers are the way out, but that is not what we’re here for. When we look at the questions, we look for the opening to transformation.
Fixing something doesn’t usually transform us. We try to change events in order to avoid changing ourselves. We must learn to stay with the pain of life, without answers, without conclusions, and some days without meaning. That is the perilous dark path of true prayer.
So we had the bells that you usually ring at the Consecration out at the server spots. And we never have those bells typically because we don’t use them at this parish. I guess the idea was to ring them through the Gloria, but no one told me. So I rang em during the Consecration as the should be rung. Scared the pastor half to death when I did.
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“When the world shook and the sun was wiped out of heaven, it was not at the crucifixion, but at the cry from the cross: the cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God. And now let the revolutionists choose a creed from all the creeds and a god from all the gods of the world, carefully weighing all the gods of inevitable recurrence and of unalterable power. They will not find another god who has himself been in revolt. Nay (the matter grows too difficult for human speech), but let the atheists themselves choose a god. They will find only one divinity who ever uttered their isolation; only one religion in which God seemed for an instant to be an atheist.”—G. K. Chesterton (via byjoveimbeinghumble)
Awkward moment in Holy Thursday liturgy when Father told me to receive Communion first and then go into the basement to turn on the parking lot lights… So I received and walked out… Totally felt like Judas running off to do my thing.
*I gave this reflection on Lazarus’ Tomb at community Vespers this evening. I’m going to tag a few people in the hopes they enjoy it, don’t mean to leave anyone out! :) Blessed Holy Week to all of you!*
We are now near the end of our Lenten journey as we prepare to enter into the holiest days of the year. The Sundays of Lent have given us many Gospel themes ripe for contemplation: Jesus in the desert, the Transfiguration, the Samaritan woman at the well; but no story more captured me or brought more fruit to my personal prayer life this Lent then the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the tomb.
Since we have moved into our new chapel, I have found myself arriving earlier for Compline than I did before. I enjoy sitting in the dark in silent prayer. Last week as I sat in the darkened silence of this room, it dawned on me that this chapel, when it is fully dark, is like Lazarus’ tomb, and that each of us are like Lazarus.
The story of Lazarus in the Gospel of John begins with his sisters telling Jesus, “Master, the one you love is ill.” How true these words ring for us! We who are ill have a Master who loves us. We are wounded by sin, and fallen by our pride and vanity; but notice most importantly that the Lord loves us through our illnesses. Jesus weeps for us in our sin, Jesus enters into our suffering and our death.
In the story of Lazarus, Jesus tells the people to remove the stone sealing the tomb. This represents that without the grace of God, and without His love; we are truly dead. We cannot escape from our own tombs except for the mercy and grace of the Lord. We cannot save ourselves, only our Savior can roll back the stone. Jesus, being victor over death itself, is the one who unseals tombs, the one who allows us to be free.
But see something interesting here. Jesus does not go into the tomb and pull Lazarus out. Rather, he calls into the tomb, “Lazarus, come out!” and the beauty of the story, to me, is that he does!
Jon Wilkerson, Director of Human Resources/Benefits of the largest county in Oklahoma (Oklahoma County) bravely proposed to the elected officials of Oklahoma County that they enter into a direct contract with Surgery Center of Oklahoma. Aware of the experiences other self-funded companies have had…
Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.
While this may be a big “duh” to a lot of U.S. citizens, a recent study which has been made open for public viewing concludes that the United States’ system of government is closer to that of a (corporate) oligarchy than it is a democracy. That is to say that power is vested within a small group of people, as opposed to the majority.
Historically speaking, oligarchies generally devolve into tyrannical states due to the concentration of power (usually based on class) with a smaller group of people who generally do not agree with the interests or preferences of the majority; these types of frictions lead to oppression by making some people more “equal” than others, as demonstrated in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, essentially giving people certain rights, but allowing those rights more freely to certain groups.
I remember in the 6th grade when we were learning about different types of governments and we got to oligarchy I said to the teacher “Oh so that’s what America is right?” and he looked at me like i was crazy and said “No Elijah, America is a democracy because the citizens also have power” and I said “what power?” and he said “We can vote” and I was kind of quite for a little bit because i thought he was gonna say something else and I was like “Is that it?” and he just went on to the next lesson
But is this actually true? It depends on what you mean by patriotism.
Young people are about 15% less likely than average to say the U.S. is the greatest country in the world (32% vs. 48%), and only half say the phrase “a patriotic person” describes them well. Millennials also more likely to criticize or question the government in wartime, and the majority thinks, “that the US is too involved in other countries’ affairs.”
While pundits like David Frum bemoan a future where Americans are “less united by patriotism,” I’m far less concerned about my generation.
You see, it’s not actually patriotism that Millennials lack. What they reject is unconditional support for whatever our government does.
And that’s where Roosevelt, Twain, and Chesterton come in. What they understood—and what commentators like Frum don’t get—is that patriotism doesn’t simply mean uncritically backing government action.
In fact, the opposite is true. Patriotism doesn’t mean compliance.
Twain put it most succinctly: “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” And does most of what our government does deserve Millennials’ support? No, it doesn’t.
Note: I probably would never call myself “patriotic” anyway for theological reasons, but I still think it’s really important to distinguish between uncritical acceptance of our government’s decisions — which is what people like Frum want — and affection for the people and places we call home.
“Scarcely had Mary uttered her Fiat [“Let it be done”] when the Son of God became also the Son of Mary. O Fiat to be venerated above every other Fiat! For with a Fiat God created light, heaven, and earth; but with Mary’s Fiat God became man, like us!”—St. Thomas of Villanova (via questformary)
I think the whole “range war” situation is so important because people came together and said “no.” And, not only did they say it, but they showed their refusal to comply with something they believed was unjust.