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Winter in the South - What's outside my door today

Chris Hedges: The Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised

Mr. Fish

"The Cross and the Lynching Tree are separated by nearly two thousand years," James Cone writes in his new book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." ...

"One is the universal symbol of the Christian faith; the other is the quintessential symbol of black oppression in America. Though both are symbols of death, one represents a message of hope and salvation, while the other signifies the negation of that message by white supremacy. Despite the obvious similarities between Jesus' death on the cross and the death of thousands of black men and women strung up to die on a lamp post or tree, relatively few people, apart from the black poets, novelists, and other reality-seeing artists, have explored the symbolic connections. Yet, I believe this is the challenge we must face. What is at stake is the credibility and the promise of the Christian gospel and the hope that we may heal the wounds of racial violence that continue to divide our churches and our society."

So begins James Cone, perhaps the most important contemporary theologian in America, who has spent a lifetime pointing out the hypocrisy and mendacity of the white church and white-dominated society while lifting up and exalting the voices of the oppressed. He writes out of his experience as an African-American growing up in segregated Arkansas and his close association with the Black Power movement. But what is more important is that he writes out of a deep religious conviction, one I share, that the true power of the Christian gospel is its unambiguous call for liberation from forces of oppression and for a fierce and uncompromising condemnation of all who oppress.

Cone, who teaches at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, writes on behalf of all those whom the Salvadoran theologian and martyr Ignacio EllacurĂ­a called "the crucified peoples of history." He writes for the forgotten and abused, the marginalized and the despised. He writes for those who are penniless, jobless, landless and without political or social power. He writes for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and those who are transgender. He writes for undocumented farmworkers toiling in misery in the nation's agricultural fields. He writes for Muslims who live under the terror of war and empire in Iraq and Afghanistan. And he writes for us. He understands that until white Americans can see the cross and the lynching tree together, "until we can identify Christ with a 'recrucified' black-body hanging from a lynching tree, there can be no genuine understanding of Christian identity in America, and no deliverance from the brutal legacy of slavery and white supremacy."

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U.S. Inquiry of MF Global Gains Speed - Search for $ 1.2 billion is on

January 9, 2012, 9:57 pmLegal/Regulatory
U.S. Inquiry of MF Global Gains Speed

The investigation into MF Global is intensifying as federal authorities unearth new details and confront potential obstacles in their hunt for roughly $1.2 billion in customer money that disappeared from the brokerage firm.
While prosecutors and regulators have jointly conducted dozens of depositions with former and current employees, a senior official in the Chicago office of MF Global recently declined to meet with the federal authorities, people briefed on the investigation said.
That official, Edith O’Brien, a treasurer at MF Global, is considered a “person of interest” in the investigation, the people said. Federal authorities suspect that she transferred about $200 million to JPMorgan Chase in London on the eve of the bankruptcy of MF Global, money that turned out to be customer cash.
Authorities had expected to interview Ms. O’Brien last month. She instead balked at meeting voluntarily, asking first to strike a deal with criminal authorities that would excuse her from prosecution. the people said. The criminal investigation is led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors in Chicago and Manhattan.

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Could we possibly call it "The Romney"? - New smart TV from Lenovo

Lenovo introducing TV in China
Submitted by davidranii on 01/09/2012 - 10:07
Tags: .biz

Lenovo, the world's No. 2 PC maker, plans to enter the intensely competitive television market with a new "smart TV" that users can control with their voice.

The new K91 TV, announced Sunday, is debuting in China immediately and will be available elsewhere at an unspecified later date. It's the first TV that will utilize the Android 4.0 operating system.

Lenovo, which zoomed from No. 4 to No. 2 among the world's PC makers last year, is based in China and has 1,800 workers at what it calls its "executive headquarters" in Morrisville.

The K91 with "voice control" is being released with 42-inch and 55-inch widescreen displays and is part of the company's four-screen strategy -- PCs, tablet devices, smartphones and TVs -- that aims to take advantage of cloud computing to provide a seamless experience for users. The company has dubbed its approach the "Personal Cloud."

Its smartphones and TVs, however, aren't yet available in the U.S. market.

PC makers that have expanded into TVs in the past -- HP, Dell and Gateway -- haven't fared well, said technology analyst Rob Enderle of The Enderle Group.

Read more here: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/business/home#storylink=cpy


‘Only Humane Thing' - candidates are cleverly solving problem (Borowitz making me laugh)

Other Republicans Agree Not to Tell Rick Perry Where Next Debate Is
‘Only Humane Thing,’ Candidates Say

CONCORD, NH (The Borowitz Report) – In a move that they are calling “the only humane thing to do,” the other Republican candidates for President have agreed not to tell Texas governor Rick Perry where the next debate is being held.

The candidates reached the decision after a two-debate weekend in which Mr. Perry put in a performance that, in the words of former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, was “brave, but painful to watch.”

Immediately following the final New Hampshire debate on Sunday morning, an awkward scene unfolded onstage as Mr. Perry asked the other candidates, “So, where is everyone going now?”

“Um, I don’t know, Rick,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, looking down at his shoes.

“Isn’t there going to be another debate after this?” Mr. Perry persisted.

“Not that I know of, Rick,” said former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, pretending to text with his phone. “I’ll let you know if I hear anything.”

After Mr. Perry left the stage, Mr. Romney told a reporter that he “felt bad about fibbing to Rick,” but added, “Putting him out there onstage again would just be cruel.”

edited to add website

Elsewhere, in the NFL on Sunday, God defeated Satan in overtime.

"Obst" is the German word for "Fruit"

We gotta have Art


Did I show you this last fall? We have such an abundance of cardinals

and I just love them.
I was sitting in my chair on my deck reading, and he was about 6 feet from me.

Pity the Billionaire - Video of Chris Hayes' interview with the author Thomas Frank

Pity the Billionaire - Video of Chris Hayes' interview with the author Thomas Frank


Meet Foster Friess, Billionaire who Bought Iowa for Santorum

Meet Foster Friess, Billionaire who Bought Iowa for Santorum
by Brian Ross

Remember the name of Foster Friess. The Wyoming born-again billionaire mutual fund manager has been lauded by the Koch brothers at their 2011 secret shindig for giving more than $1M to Koch-friendly causes.  Never heard of him?  That's the way he's wanted it.  After Rick Santorum's huge pop in Iowa, though, a flashlight into the cockroach-infested giving of the SuperPACs to Santorum's campaign flushed him out of the shadows.


Despise Congress? Then you are part of 95 percent.

Despise Congress? We are the 95 percent
By Tina Dupuy

Cagle Cartoons
Fri, 01/06/2012 - 4:39pm

Feign shock while you read this: the latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds just 5 percent of likely voters rate the job Congress is doing as good or excellent.
Yes, 5 percent of Americans think Congress is doing a good job. Which means 5 percent of those polled didn't understand the question.
Right after taking his comically oversized gavel, Speaker of the House John Boehner stated, "Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we fall short. No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual and today we begin to carry out their instructions."
Translation: All the other Congresses have fallen short. We are going to be better than all of them. Hilarious foreshadowing ensues.
Boehner's first act was to have (parts of) the U.S. Constitution read out loud on the floor and the entire (non-amended parts) of the document put into the public record for the first time. Why hasn't it been done before? Maybe because it took 90 minutes of precious session time to not accomplish anything. Sense a theme?
On that same day incumbent Congressman Pete Sessions, R-Texas' and freshman Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., took their oaths while watching C-SPAN at a fundraiser. They had to be sworn in later since it violated the Constitution to just raise your hand at the TV.

So this devotion to the founding document was all for show - a way to waste time giving lip service to patriotism while giving real fidelity to money. That's the theme, consistent with pizza being a vegetable because Congress is an over-boiled, over-processed, unappealing lump.
The 112th Congress is at its halfway point. And even if you don't care about opinion polls and refuse to believe more people approve of scabies in principle -- look at their track record: This Congress is only responsible for passing 80 laws so far. That's it. Eighty. And 13 of those "laws" were naming courthouses and post offices. Other Congresses have passed five times the amount of legislation in their tenures. The 108th Congress with Republican majorities in both houses wrote 498 laws in their two years. The 111th with Democratic majorities made 383 public laws.

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