William Barber, Moral Fusion Movement

Moral Fusion Movement

If you have not heard the Reverend William Barber speak, you’re missing an event. I had the privilege of sharing the stage with him a couple of years ago. Although my speech was awesome… his was far better. What I really admire about Reverend Barber is the fact that he truly wants to build a movement. He has been thinking about this and studying the problem for years.

“Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed” (Isaiah 10:1).

This the Moral Fusion Agenda:

  • Secure prolabor and anti-poverty policies that ensure economic sustainability
  • Educational equality that ensures that every child gets a high quality public education (this includes access to colleges and junior colleges)
  • Healthcare for all (this includes providing environmental protection for all communities)
  • Fairness in the criminal justice system by addressing continued inequality in the system and providing equal protection for black, brown and poor white Americans
  • Protecting and expanding voting rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, immigrants rights and the fundamental principle of equal protection under the law

BTW, there is another recording of Reverend Barber’s speech to Netroots. This other recording was taken by someone in the audience. You can really hear the audience applause and reactions, which makes his speech much more enjoyable. IMHO.

James Garner

James Garner

I grew up in the late 1960s and 1970s. I watched James Garner on the small screen and the big-screen. In the late ’60s, all of these independent television stations were just popping up in Dallas. They had 24 hours of airtime to fill. They played reruns – I Love Lucy, Make Room for Daddy, Mister Ed and Maverick, to name a few. Maverick, set in the old wild West, was a new type of character. He wasn’t the John Wayne and Marlon Brando type. Instead, he was the type of hero who would rather play cards (always poker) and chase women than risk his life against some cattle-rustling bad guy. Although he knew how to use a gun and could use it well, Brett Maverick would rather outsmart his bad guys, leaving them holding a bag full of funny money while he got away with the girl and the real money.

A similar character found James Garner in the late 1970s. Here he played Jim Rockford in the Rockford Files. Again, we had those rough-and-tumble detectives in the mid-1970s. We had Kojak, Mannix, Starsky and Hutch (I’m sure there were a few others). During that time, all police officers and private eyes were “cool.” Jim Rockford was the anti-cool. He was living in a trailer. He borrowed money from his father constantly. But somehow, Jim Rockford was an incredibly enjoyable character.

James Garner’s always been one of my favorite actors. He made movies that, at least for me, were enjoyable. They weren’t terribly thought-provoking. They didn’t start a movement. When you left the movie, you probably had a smile on your face.

James Garner died yesterday at the age of 86. My prayers go out to his family.


Death and Destruction

Sometimes, I’m amazed at how we come up with new ways to kill each other. Death and destruction seems to rain everywhere.

First, we have a passenger jet that was shot down by a missile. Can somebody explain this to me? It doesn’t seem like a passenger jet would be mistaken for a fighter jet. By the way, does the Ukraine actually have any fighter jets? None of it makes any sense.

Can somebody explain the violence that is going on in the Middle East, again? It sure seems to me like a little boy poking a stick at a bear, time and time again. Suddenly, the bear turns around and strikes the little boy. The little boy runs screaming, “The fierce, ugly, vicious bear is trying to kill me!” I’m not saying that the response of Israel isn’t out of proportion to the rockets fired by Hamas, but damn!