My church has, for 25 years, hosted a monthly open mic coffee house called the Urban Goatwalker. The Goatwalker has been a safe place for members of the community to meet together to share songs, coffee, snacks and friendship. It has been a welcoming place for everyone, especially for our friends who too often find themselves on the margins of life. We celebrated the Goatwalker's 25th birthday last Saturday and it was a grand time. Many, many thanks to all who have made the Goatwalker the blessing that it is and has always been.
The video above has a few snippets from this week's coffeehouse.
Welcome to strangers to friends, old and new welcome to travelers and welcome to you
Welcome to fans of Tupac And fans of Thoreau Bienvenidos a mes amigos que habla espanol
Whether you like guitars or drums
Or poetry by Rambo
You are welcome here
Even if you like banjo!
Whether you walked here on foot or rode in on wheels We are so glad you're here you're kind of a big deal
Your smile when you smile makes our hearts swell but your tears and your frowns are welcome, as well
The thing is, we like you you're great, without compare and we are so glad that you you specifically Have made your way here
Seeing the upside down world in the drops hanging on the trees I wonder - If I looked close enough and tried hard enough could I find a reflection of a water drop reflected through a water drop and find a world made right?
We need to come together as adults. We don't have any other reasonable option.
Look, I hope the GOP is able to come up with a better, cheaper
version of healthcare that covers everyone, as much as possible. I hope
they can fix the problems that do exist in the ACA as it exists. That
would be nice.
But on what basis should anyone believe that they can do so?
Saying, "I really, really, REALLY hate Obamacare! It's a doodyhead
plan!" is not the same as actually having a rational, well-thought-out,
Basing a "plan"
(in this case, repealing the ACA) on a hope and hatred of the old way
is not a plan, it's silly, childish, wishful thinking.
Same for Trump and "Russia didn't do it! I don't believe the intelligence community and their data!"
That's fine for him to say it, but based on what? What research has he
done? What operatives in the field studying data can he produce? He says
he "knows things" but what? He isn't saying what he "knows..."
Saying, "I really, really, REALLY don't want to believe our intelligence
community" is not the same
as having rational, well-researched,
This is the problem with many in the modern
GOP and, frankly, many in modern conservatism, unfortunately. They do
not operate upon data and research, but on hatred of something based
upon fake news and no news and wishful thinking.
It's childish and ridiculous and has no place in a rational government, flawed though it may be.
I say this not to insult all conservatives but to appeal to the best in
all of us: We can't operate on wishful thinking and empty claims and
fake news. Let us join together and insist upon not repealing one
existing and working (if flawed) plan on the hope that maybe, somewhere
out there, something might exist that is better. IF a better plan can be
envisioned and spelled out and considered rationally, put it out there.
But until such time as that happens, do not even speak of repealing
what you have no plan to replace.
This is something that surely we all can agree with and rally around, yes?
'Twas the night before Christmas
and all thru' the woods
all the creatures were dancing
like good creatures should
He Fox on drums and She Fox on paws were prancing and dancing to Rabbit's applause
The Mice really boogied while Squirrel only stood and Thomas Tortoise cavorted and was amazingly good!
This wild joyous romp
in the forest, Christmas eve
was chaperoned from above
by a crow named Ol' Steve
As for me? I saw it all
while out for a hike
which I recommend highly
if hiking, you like
For good Christmas hikes
are filled with wild choruses
when out for a ramble
through holiday forests-es
between the two candidates for office is still visible, as is the
problem with "President Trump" that remains and is deeply troubling.
What Trump says about the election results:
addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the
popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."
He made a specific and enumerated fact claim, that "millions" of people voted illegally.
1. There is zero evidence for this. 2. Trump has zero evidence for this. 3. Knowing that there is zero evidence for it, he made the claim anyway.
is the exact sort of casual lying that should disqualify Trump from
office. He has constantly and demonstrably made ridiculously false claim
after absurd fact claim. Claims that are not supported by data. There
are not just lies, they are stupid lies. They insult our intelligence,
is a problem and now it is our nation's problem. It's a problem because
now, each and every time that "President Trump" makes a claim, we are
obliged to treat it as a possible lie. If he claims that we "need" to
bomb a city, how do we know we actually "need" to do so? Because so much
of what he has said has been a stupidly false claim, we are obliged to
treat everything he says as a false claim. We can't trust our own
president (moreso than even normally!). The world can't trust the US.
This is why he should never have been elected in the first place.
THAT is what Trump says.
What the Green Party and Democrats/Clinton have said about the election, on the other hand:
Green Party co-chairman George Martin said the party is seeking a
"reconciliation of paper records" -- a request that could go further
than a simple recount, possibly spurring an investigation into the
integrity of Wisconsin's voting system. "This is a process, a first step
to examine whether our electoral democracy is working," Martin said.
the Clinton campaign and the White House have said they see no evidence
that any voting systems were hacked, although the Clinton campaign said
Saturday it will take part in the recounts, joining with Stein, to
ensure the recount is "fair to all sides.""
you can see, there are no irrational and sweeping false claims. There
is a concern raised and, even though there appears to be no obvious
hacking, because of concerns raised, they'd like to have a check to
verify that the system is working.
That is how rational adults talk. That is how serious presidential contenders review data and make conclusions and act.
"Millions cheated!" "Nu-uh! I'm not! YOU'RE a puppet!!" "Crooked Hillary!" "Lyin' Ted!" "I grab them by the p$%#y... I can't help myself."
This is how an ill-mannered, bullying, possibly mentally disturbed grade-school student talks.
He remains unfit for office.
take-away from this, at least for now, is that all good citizens are
obliged to treat each and every Trump claim as potentially false and in
need of verification by responsible and moral adults.