"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Once again, I've dropped off the face of the earth ... and so much has happened to post about. Ryan and Amanda's wedding in Natchez (and I still need to post pictures from Michelle and Adam's wedding in Detroit in June!), more about Rwanda, and of course, the Cardinals winning the World Series!
I'm just back from a weekend in Rhode Island preaching and speaking at their diocesan convention, preaching at a U2 Eucharist and preaching Sunday morning at St. George's Episcopal Church in Providence (a BEAUTIFUL congregation -- building and people) ... so I'm catching my breath. But I had to post this link, which was forwarded to me by Fr. Clint Fowler, who was rector and headmaster of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and Day School in Tucson when my brother and I attended there.
It's from Keith Olbermann, the erstwhile SportsCenter anchor who has now become one of the boldest and most salient voices from the west in national media through his quirky MSNBC show, Countdown. In this "special comment" piece, Keith reacts to a recent commercial by the RNC that uses video and threats made by Al Qaeda by saying, in part:
The dictionary definition of the word “terrorize” is simple and not open to misinterpretation:
“To fill or overpower with terror; terrify. To coerce by intimidation or fear.”
Note please, that the words “violence” and “death” are missing from that definition.
The key to terror, the key to terrorism, is not the act—but the fear of the act.
That is why bin Laden and his deputies and his imitators are forever putting together videotaped statements and releasing virtual infomercials with dire threats and heart-stopping warnings.
But why is the Republican Party imitating them?
Bin Laden puts out what amounts to a commercial of fear; The Republicans put out what is unmistakable as a commercial of fear.
The Republicans are paying to have the messages of bin Laden and the others broadcast into your home.
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