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The mouth can eat all food, but it cannot say all words

New blog
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I know. I used to do this kind of drive-by all the time. I would announce that I have a new blog somewhere in hopes that you might be interested enough to click away from LJ and read it, even though I rarely if ever participate here. Some of you would go read it anyway. Thank you for that! Then I would promptly stop posting on the blog. Inshallah, that won't happen this time.

I have four posts to date on Sweet Land of Liberty, a blog oriented around my interests of left libertarian politics, the complexities of identity, and history.

Sweet Land of Liberty. Introduction to the blog's missions — 1. Reclaiming patriotism for progressivism and renewing progressivism through patriotism. 2. Exploring American liberty and identity through a genealogical and historical lens.

Terror and Liberty. Reaction to the #2 of "the base" calling President-elect Obama a "house negro". "Al-Zawahiri’s racism and his clear identification of a Democratic administration as his enemy makes it far more likely that the vast majority of Americans will come around to the following truth: All forces of division are alike—violent criminals, racists, tyrants, and corrupters of faith. Regardless of our identity, we are united.

Eli Melton's Slave. Thoughts on why I want to find my cousins through slavery. This post looks at an ancestor who lived in Rutherford County, North Carolina in 1790. I conclude that I probably can't find any direct proofs of cousinship (I don't necessarily mean just genetic) because all my white Southern ancestral lines left for the Midwest long before Emancipation.

Trane. Then I realize that there is one line of North Carolina Quakers I didn't research. One of their names? Coltrane. Sound familiar? If not proof, what I found is a pretty solid connection between my ancestors and a famous musician.

Eid Mubarak
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Eid Mubarak!

L'Shanah Tovah!

"Aliens"
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I was going to write something long concerning how Leviticus 19:33-34 and the literally dozens of Scriptural reminders in the Law and the Prophets that "the alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born" (NIV) should compel Christians toward advocating social attitudes and legal systems that make no distinction between citizen and non-citizen, but since this article [PDF] lays the research groundwork and says what I was wanting to say (and does so without me having to do a lot of work), I'll just make a brief comment.

Scripturally, there is much more to this than "love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt". There is even a commandment for impartiality between alien and brother (Deuteronomy 1:16) It's not only in the Torah but in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Malachi, and other of the Old Testament Prophets from which Christians have tended to draw more social principles than the Torah. It is also certainly not one of those groups of commandments that Christians believe to have been abrogated for Gentiles by the sacrifice of Jesus. This isn't eating shellfish. It's a social justice principle echoed in the career of Jesus and the transnational, multilinguistic missionary explosion of the early Church. Can a self-professed advocate for a Biblical basis for the law really argue that people have different sets of rights based on where they were born or what nationality they hold? Or do they have to admit that concepts like "legal", "illegal", or even "immigrant" have completely secular origins?

Will the large intersection of people who a. see themselves as Biblical literalists who would better apply Scriptural principles to law and b. act as {insert nationality here} nativists ever see the inconsistency of their position? Perhaps those who are honest with themselves will. I have seen more hope for evangelical progressivism in the United States during this election cycle than I ever imagined I would see. For many others, it will always be a matter of relying on a select few verses that fit pre-existing culture clash memes, but I can see a future for the above argument in some important circles. Equality for aliens has certainly worked for social justice in Judaism, certainly has been emphasized by a great many Christians, and has parallels in Islam, but could it be part of a wider Christian, transmonotheist, or global spiritual movement against the nation-state?

(Probably) Nonexistent Book Wishlist Entry
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I want a dual language / interlinear Tanakh / New Testament / Qur'an - with apocrypha.

It should have transliteration on one line, followed by word-by-word translation and then sentence-by-sentence translation into English (or another language I can read).

Crossposted from Facebook: Take A Stand
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Crossposted from Facebook: Take A Stand

2008 Presidential Candidates: Obama. He's the only candidate in my lifetime whose election has the potential to facilitate a change in the culture of the Democratic Party towards left libertarianism - the principle that the coercive powers of both government and corporations need to be limited by a strong emphasis on the Constitution. He is also the only candidate who qualifies as a member of the religious left - someone who acknowledges and embodies that principles of faith have positive transformational potential in the fight against injustice - without privileging one religion or enshrining false interpretations of religion in our social law.

Party: Reluctantly Democratic. If the party transforms how I want it to under the leadership of Barack Obama, then I will be less reluctantly Democratic. I am a transnationalist left libertarian and there is no transnationalist left libertarian party.

See my transnationlist religious secularist left libertarian answers belowCollapse )
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47 weeks later
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Wow, most of you are still here!

I guess I assumed everyone else had stopped posting too.

Shadowboxing
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Though I have never been a weak person, I have long lacked control of my movements, awareness of my surroundings, and confidence in my physical abilities. I took many long distance walks, yet ambled along with bad posture, taking in the city a marathon walk at a time, yet looking, unless something caught my attention, primarily at my own shoes and the sidewalk in front of me. At boxing class today, after I moved from shadowboxing in the mirror to the punching bag, the teacher told me that my technique had improved immediately. I went from throwing random punches by extending my arms to using the force of my entire body, from thinking and worrying about every motion to just moving. All I needed, he said, was "a fucking target." He told me that I'll be ready to start sparring after a couple more sessions. What happens at Wu Tang PCA also happens outside. I left class at 5 and boxed all the way home—through Sara D. Roosevelt Park, across the Manhattan Bridge, through Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens, across the Gowanus Canal, down 3rd Avenue, past Our Lady of Częstochowa, then down 4th Avenue to my house. I moved like my target was putting my key in the door at 440 and that I needed to be aware the whole way. It was wonderful. Everything around me changed.

kop jai habibti yaa noo al-'ayn
อบใจ حبيبتي يا หนู العين

Attn: residents of Kansas City and its environs
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If you haven't seen me in a few years and would like to, your chance is coming up. I'm taking a train to KC early next week and will be in town until at least the first week of July. Leave me a message, call me, or go to Ruth Moore Park and throw a tennis ball at my house.
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mtDNA results
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I got my mtDNA test results back from Argus BioSciences. Along with the scientific analysis, which was, pleasingly, much more technical than I had expected, Argus included a list of other people in my matrilineal haplogroup, either tested, like Jesse James and Tsar Nicholas II, or presumed, from their relationship through royal matrilineages to the Tsar.

This list was taken, word for word, from an article in Wikipedia. I knew this instantly, because I wrote the list in March 2006!

Coupons
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Does anyone here with no vision insurance need new glasses? I have several cards for LensCrafters that give the holder and household $80 off each complete pair of eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses for two years. I'll post them free. I didn't use any of them, because my insurance made it cheaper to buy from the ophthalmologist.
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