Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Esperanza Spalding Wins Jazz Artist of the Year at Boston Music Awards
Earlier this year, the Readers of Downbeat Also picked Esperanza as the Jazz Artist of the Year:
Esperanza Spalding is Named Jazz Artist of the Year for 2011 in Downbeat Reader's Poll
In today's Gospel (Matthew 4.18-22), Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, John and James, and they leave their old life behind and follow him. It is an act of faith for the Apostles to follow Christ. Christ calls us, too, to follow Christ.
The passage today in Romans is not telling us that mere intellectual assent to the doctrines of Christ's Lordship and resurrection are enough for salvation; rather it is our trust in Jesus as Lord, and God's mighty act in Christ, that Leads to salvation.
Today's Readings: Psalm 19; Deuteronomy 30.11-14; Romans 10.8-18; Matthew 4.18-22
From the Daily Office:
If on your lips is the confession that "Jesus is Lord," and in your heart the faith that God raised him from the dead, then you will find salvation. For the faith that leads to righteousness is in the heart, and the confessions that leads to salvation is upon the lips. - Romans 10.9,10, New English Bible
May all that I say and think be acceptable to thee, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer! - Psalm 19.14, New English Bible.
Saint Andrew, pray for us!
From Wikipedia on Saint Andrew:
"Eusebius quotes Origen as saying Andrew preached along the Black Sea as far as the Volga, Kiev and Novgorod. Hence he became a patron saint of Ukraine, Romania and Russia. According to tradition, he founded the See of Byzantium (Constantinople) in AD 38, installing Stachys as bishop [the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church occupies St. Andrew's See]...Andrew is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras (Patræ) in Achaea, on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Early texts, such as the Acts of Andrew known to Gregory of Tours, describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a Latin cross of the kind on which Jesus is said to have been crucified; yet a tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or 'saltire'), now commonly known as a 'Saint Andrew's Cross' — supposedly at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been."
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This past winter, I joined a gym, and I have been working out 4-5 times per week ever since. I have improved my health and gotten into shape, and I enjoy working out very much. I always have music with me when I work out. It is great motivation and helps the time go by. I have over 1400 songs and over 30 artists on my Blackberry. The last week or so, I have enjoyed my Rolling Stones mix the best. The Rolling Stones have a great groove, and probably are the best rock and roll band ever. They have a great guitar sound.
I share below my Stones work out mix. It reflects a 28 year times span from 1969 to 1997, includes some the greatest Rolling Stones songs. Lately, Monkey Man, You Got Me Rocking, Anybody See My Baby, are some of my favorites in the mix. Gimme Shelter may be the best rock and roll song ever recorded. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards write the songs, and Keith has provided some of the most memorable guitar riffs in rock history in this mix. But I think Charlie Watts tight drumming makes a lot of these songs, especially later in the Stone's career. As a bassist, I appreciate Bill Wyman's cool, tastefully understated bass playing. Listening to the Stones also motivates me to playing myself.
I remember when I was 18, up late one night, listening to an FM radio station. All of a sudden the Stone's classic single Miss You came on the air. I knew it was the Stones before Mick started singing. Their sound is unmistakable.
Let it Bleed 1969
Live with Me
Sticky Fingers 1971
Exile on Mainstreet 1972
Shake Your Hips
Goats Head Soup 1973
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
It's Only Rock and Roll 1974
If You Can't Rock Me
It's Only Rock and Roll
Black & Blue 1975
Fool to Cry
Some Girls 1978
Beast of Burden
Tatoo You 1979
Start Me Up
Waiting on a Friend
Emotional Rescue 1980
Undercover Cover of the Night
Dirty Work 1986
Steel Wheels 1989
A Rock and a Hard Place
Voodoo Lounge 1994
Love is Strong
You Got Me Rocking
Bridges to Babylon 1997
Anybody Seen My Baby?
Out of Control
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich
Sunday, November 20, 2011
31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' 41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' 44 Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' 45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
- Matthew 25:31-46 (ESV)
Senator Bernie Sanders: "I will be damned if we’re going to balance the budget on backs of the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor."
"But the reality is that the deficit was caused by two wars — unpaid for. It was caused by huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. It was caused by a recession as result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. And if those are the causes of the deficit, I will be damned if we're going to balance the budget on backs of the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor. That's wrong."
- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senate Budget Committee, 11-18-2011
Social Security did not cause the increase in the debt or the economic down turn this country has experienced. It was rather caused by tax cuts for the wealthy and leaving Wall Street unregulated.
Archbishop Hanna urges churches worldwide to prevent Israeli decimation of historical Christian sites
Theodosios Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has called upon churches internationally to immediately intervene to prevent Israel from continuing to obliterate features of Christianity in the Palestinian town of Ein Karem situated west of Occupied Jerusalem.
Accompanied by his lawyer Keis Youssef Naser, Hanna visited Ein Karem on Wednesday (04.08.2010) to examine the Christian sites threatened by the Occupation.
Following the visit, Hanna made an urgent appeal to all churches and church leaders to follow up on this issue and to take legal measures to prevent the Israeli authorities from building on these sites which represent the Christian history of Palestine.
He called upon the Christian world to take necessary measures to protect these sites, and warned that heritage sites linked to the First Church and Christian presence in the first four centuries AD were being targeted.
It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian town of Ein Karem, west of Jerusalem, is considered one among hundreds of Arab-Palestinian towns that were obliterated by the Israeli Occupation. The Israeli hospital of Hadassah Ein Karem and other official Israeli buildings now exist on the rubble of the town.
source: Christian Socialist Party USA
you may read the entire article here:
Archbishop Rowan Williams backs revolt against coalition's welfare cuts
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Rookie Randall Cobb ran the Vikings first punt on the first series of the game back for a touchdown.
Last night, Aaron Rodgers put on a clinic, as he went 23-30 passing, for four touchdowns, no interceptions; his quarterback rating was 140.3, his third straight game over 140. Rodgers is helped by the best group of receivers in the league.
The Packer defense also came alive, holding the Vikings to only 7 points.
The Green Bay Packers looked unbeatable last night; they may be headed to an undefeated season, and a second straight Super Bowl. It is a fun time to be a Green Bay Packer fan, as they are clearly the best show on turf!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
-official stand of The Episcopal Church, USA
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
from the article:
We have a society in which money is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few people, and in which that concentration of income and wealth threatens to make us a democracy in name only.
The budget office report tells us that essentially all of the upward redistribution of income away from the bottom 80 percent has gone to the highest-income 1 percent of Americans. That is, the protesters who portray themselves as representing the interests of the 99 percent have it basically right, and the pundits solemnly assuring them that it’s really about education, not the gains of a small elite, have it completely wrong.
If anything, the protesters are setting the cutoff too low. The recent budget office report doesn’t look inside the top 1 percent, but an earlier report, which only went up to 2005, found that almost two-thirds of the rising share of the top percentile in income actually went to the top 0.1 percent — the richest thousandth of Americans, who saw their real incomes rise more than 400 percent over the period from 1979 to 2005.
Who’s in that top 0.1 percent? Are they heroic entrepreneurs creating jobs? No, for the most part, they’re corporate executives. Recent research shows that around 60 percent of the top 0.1 percent either are executives in nonfinancial companies or make their money in finance, i.e., Wall Street broadly defined. Add in lawyers and people in real estate, and we’re talking about more than 70 percent of the lucky one-thousandth.
You may read the entire article here, on the New York Times web site:
Oligarchy, American Style
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Archbishop Rowan Williams wrote this piece published in the Financial Times about the Global Financial crisis, and the need to internationally regulate Financial markets and practices. This article is no mere moral exhortation; the Archbishop champions three specific proposals coming from the recent Vatican Document:
Separate routine banking business from speculative trading
Recapitalize banks with public money; in return, the banks should be obligated to take steps to reinvigorate the economy.
And a Financial Transaction Tax, which can be relatively small, but which would provide a high rate of return.