Friday, March 14, 2008

A brief response to some of the news for the week of March 9-14, 2008

NEWS FEATURE. Here's a new feature for bikehiker blog I want to try. We'll see how it goes. Given the amount of news I "consume" on a weekly basis and the manner in which I pray/reflect on it, a few morsels might emerge on Fridays.

TIBET AND THE 1,000-LB. GORILLA. Since no other people group or nation seems to be able or willing to acknowledge the 1,000-lb. gorilla on the world stage, it looks like the people of Tibet alone are going to challenge China's long-standing and grievous human rights violations. China has gotten by with murder but wants to achieve world legitimacy with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Watch for China to crush the Tibetan uprising and blame them for their own plight....again. Who will stand with Tibet? How will other peoples and nations respond to China's white-wash?

SAVE YOURSELF, BARACK! Even as the kitchen sink is being thrown at him by the Clinton campaign, Barack Obama and his campaign coordinators need to refrain from responding in kind. The perception of Obama offering a new way of doing politics is slipping away amid he-said, she-said, tit-for-tat rubbish. The Clintons have lured Obama into a "rope-a-dope" strategy. The only way for Barack to win is to stop reacting, take the risk of a high road, lift up his voice, and trust the majority of people to see through the lies, half-truths, negativity, and innuendos.

ARROGANCE OR LONELINESS? Eliot Spitzer got caught with his hand in the forbidden cookie jar. An otherwise readily-forgiving or easily-assuaged press and public seems to have little compassion for a guy who himself took no prisoners and cut no slack in his administration of justice. Spitzer is only the latest in a long history of people who's self-righteous pursuit of a brand of justice bred incredible power and, with it, an arrogant blindness to their own foibles. On the other hand, without making any excuses, it's worth asking: Was it because Spitzer was a self-deluded power freak or because he was incredibly lonely that he found comfort with a call girl?

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE ALERT. A report released early this week found that 25% of teenage girls in America have one sexually transmitted disease (STD) or another. That number includes those who are not sexually active. Forty percent of adolescent girls who are sexually active have STDs. And what percent of boys have STDs? Not sure. Given the lifestyles and norms portrayed in the mainstream entertainment media, are we to be somehow surprised at this? How will communities strategize differently to reduce STDs? What is working? What's not working? What needs to change?

Have you ever tried praying the news?

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