1. Names. Collect papers. Reminder about exam. Put them in Marbeck mail at your own risk.
2. Under-reported issues: Give those I missed last time a bit of time to talk about theirs.
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2. What’s to be done at the end of a course like this one? As we saw again in this last round, the issues and threads of American life are many, vast, and easily can overwhelm us. Sometimes I think it’s crazy to even try to understand this country, let alone try to act in some sane way in the midst of it all.
45,000 deer were shot in
On Fox News last night O’Reilly was “interviewing” Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners. He asked what Wallis would have done about the Taliban. I don’t believe that Wallis finished a single sentence in response before O’Reilly interrupted to say that he and others of his ilk didn’t have any answers, though he did say that he “respected” him after cutting him off.
When I see things like that I get gloomy, because if that’s the kind of information people are acting on, we’re in big trouble. On the other hand, there is at least some flow of diverse information and opinion, even yet, and I refuse to despair.
Why is that? Well, cartoons, for one thing.
Songs, for another.
(Sung to the tune "If You're Happy and You Know It")
If we cannot find Osama, bomb
If the markets hurt your
If the terrorists are Saudi And the bank takes back your Audi And the TV shows are
If the corporate scandal's growin', bomb
And your ties to them are showin', bomb
If the smoking gun ain't smokin'
We don't care, and we're not jokin'.
That Saddam will soon be croakin', Bomb
Even if we have no allies,
From the sand dunes to the
So to hell with the inspections;
Let's look tough for the elections,
Close your mind and take
While the globe is slowly
Yay! the clouds of war
are storming, bomb
If the ozone hole is
growing, Hey! we prefer not knowing. (Though our
ignorance is showing), Bomb
So here's one for dear old
From his favorite little laddy, bomb
Saying no would look like treason.
It's the Hussein hunting season.
And here’s a thinker I discovered just yesterday—Jacob Needleman. A brief handout, more stuff by and about him at the web sites below, in case you want to consider this as you work on the final.
Short interview with Jacob Needleman: http://www.jacobneedleman.com/images/PubWeek2.gif
Longer interview: http://www.newdimensions.org/article/needleman.html