Monthly Archives: November 2017

Inspection- The Rock on Which I Stand

Another brief break from politics and social issues.
 November 22, 2017: my mother died 49 years ago today. I must admit I was so young I hardly remember her, but I can still give thanks. I’ve written this before. Being a topic I love, I’m sure I will return to it again and again. Consider it a “review,” a new take on an old topic, or maybe I’m just still learning to swim…

by Ken Carman

Inspection When parents die feeling alone: swimming in a more empty, endless, sea, is not unexpected…
  I know Chip Kiefer from school, and performing in Old Forge for over 10 years. It’s been a tough year for the Kiefer family. Early this year Chip’s mother passed. I’m not sure if I ever met June Kiefer; if I did it was briefly. I’ve met Charles Kiefer: incredibly nice man. About a month ago Charlie passed too, so I understand some of my emotions there even though I didn’t know him all that well either. Yet, even when I heard about June, to quote a Fogelberg song, “I felt that old familiar pain.” Maybe it’s just me thinking of my friend and understanding this is something we all go through, at least until we escape through that final tunnel headed somewhere, anywhere… We find out when we get there. Read more

The “Redneck Revolt” Is Showing Up at Gun Shows and KKK Rallies to End White Supremacy


Last year, following the presidential election, I wrote a column  suggesting that people who identify as White consider working in their own families and communities to address the racism and bigotry that helped to put Donald Trump in office. I asked what if the well-intentioned White allies who have moved to urban centers to “help” communities of color had instead remained in their own communities—however racially regressive and intolerable—and worked to make them better at engaging in race relations.

I later discussed two communities doing this kind of work. In Maine, a Truth & Reconciliation Commission investigated how generations of Native children had been taken from their homes, against the wishes of their families, and placed in foster care with White families. From that process came the organization Maine Wabanaki REACH, a cross-cultural group that worked to implement suggestions that came out of the commission to help heal that community. And the Truth-Telling Project, founded in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police-killing of Michael Brown, is not only working within its community to address police violence enacted on the mostly Black community, but also with White communities in other states. The TTP is helping them with their approach to truth-telling in their local areas, and unlearning racism.

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Roy Moore Just Got Busted Forging Letter Of Support From Pastors To Excuse Alleged Pedophilia

In recent days, Alabama’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Roy Moore, has been publicly accused by five women of preying on young women and sexually molesting girls as young as 14.

Despite that, he got a surprising boost this weekend when his wife, Kayla Moore, posted a letter signed by 50 Christian pastors reaffirming their support for her husband, calling him an ”immovable rock in the culture wars,” with “rare unconquerable resolve.”

That letter was a fraud. (Below.)

 

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