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A guide to set your compass…

March 24, 2010 Leave a comment

President Obama’s recent victory on health care got me thinking about the election days, and the talent he demonstrated therein.  While mulling over some old youtube clips I stumbled over this snippet of a Colin Powell ‘Meet the Press’ sitting, where it was billed that he would publicly endorse the Senator from Illinois.  He did do so, but what stuck with me was the beautiful, eloquent preamble he gave to his endorsement.  I remember seeing this clip when it happened, and I distinctly remember thinking how refreshing it was.  Here was a major political figure being completely candid on national television.  When does that ever happen? Gen. Powell is a patriot of the highest order, and – in my opinion – couldn’t be more dead on in his assertions.

The good stuff begins at 4:30.


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Howard Stern – Artie’s Ash Wednesday Story

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

One of the great discoveries I’ve had since being home is that I can illegally download entire Howard Stern Sirius broadcasts, and commercial-free no less.  Say what you want about the man, I’ve always been a Stern fan.  There’s no doubt  he’s not for everyone.  That’s established.  I can see why you think he’s sexist, I can see why you think he’s insensitive, I can see why you wouldn’t think naked pornstar trivia is worth your time.  But that’s not why I listen.  I’m hooked on Stern because I, like the rest of his fans, know that we’re listening to smart, caring person, who loves his family, loves his co-workers, and has revolutionized his medium.  To be clear; the innocent, New York-y, Jew-y banter between Howard, Artie, Robin, Fred, and Baba Boowie is where it’s at with Stern.  When they are all locked into a good story, there’s simply not more entertaining talk radio around.  It’s like being a fly on the wall during a conversation of 4 of the most hysterical people you know.  The clip above, where Artie describes meeting his bookie at a McDonald’s on Ash Wednesday, is one of my favorites.  I hope that you can see that a Stern free of anal beads and sex jokes is, actually, the better Stern, and the reason he’s come as far as he has.  Oh, and for the record, I’ve listened to a lot of Stern, and I’ve absolutely never heard him laugh as hard as he does here.

1:25 is when it really gets good.

Jesus Behind the Wheel

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

religious-license-plate-2009-4-24-19-20-0One of the things that Korea and the US most acutely share is a serious love for Jesus Christ.  Surprised?  So was I.  But I’ll be damned (boo ya) if the missionaries didn’t do one hell (no pun intended) of a job on the Korean peninsula way back when.  However, while both American and Korean Christians share a proclivity for singing and Sunday seriousness, there are a few behaviors that separate the two.

Well, to be fair, I’m basically talking about things that American Christians do that Koreans don’t.  Koreans aren’t an ostentatious people.  In fact, I didn’t realize that Korea was a heavily Christian nation until I had been there for a month or two.  How I did this I’ll never know, considering the skyline of any Korean city is invariably dotted with glowing crosses.  Regardless, Koreans aren’t in your face about their love for Jesus Christ.  Quite frankly, some Americans just are, and I don’t get it.

One of the first real reminders that I had returned home was riding in traffic behind a car whose license plate read: THELORD.  Now, assuming the driver is not, in fact, God or Jesus Christ – and thus simply throwing their name out there – this person is uber gung-ho about letting everyone on the road know that they LOOOVE God.  I remember thinking, “Whoa!  We get it, man.”  Then I remembered that this type of thing is not so irregular in ‘murrka, well, at least in the south.  Just check out the license plate above, which is an official, un-manipulated plate photo.

You would never see such behavior in Korea.  Never.  Koreans would not feel a need to prove their love for the Lord, at least not on their car.  An adequate display of religiosity for a Korean would simply be showing up at mass, expressing the appropriate sentiment, and acting correspondingly as best they can in their daily lives.

But that contrast just typifies an inherent difference between Korea and the US.  Americans are big and flashy, where Koreans are slight and humble.  Obviously there are exceptions in both cases, but for the most part I believe these characterizations to be true.  That both natures have crept into the respective manifestations of the Christian religion is truly fascinating to me.

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