When the foundations

Psalm 11:2-4 (NIV)
For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. [3] When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do ?” [4] The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.

Do you believe?

In foundations
In holy
In arrows shot through
shadows in the dark
Do you believe in
A God who sees?

12 years a slave

At the risk of exciting the attention of the NSA or the IRS, I am not impressed with “justice” and “diplomacy” in recent years. The decisions at the federal level seem to be so politicized and capricious as to render the term “justice” moot.

Kenneth Bae is languishing in North Korea for being a tour guide and Obama has done nothing to help him.

Similarly the DOJ has failed to do its job in defending federal laws if those laws get in the way of either the nefarious antics or political disposition of the POTUS.

That is not how it is supposed to work, of course, and a rare show of basic decency the SCOTUS has told Holder to respond to a German family being persecuted for homeschooling.

I admit I am doubtful they will do the right thing and let this family stay. But it is time for us to face the truth: this administration has done harm to its citizens and the cause of justice by not acting.

Ignoring injustice is a fine means of promoting it.

Tad Costin, Julia Lack, and the diminishing language of evil

A story developing out of Houston is so evil that I have opted to skip links: a man used his connection to in-home daycare for single parents to rape very young girls.

His pornographic model girlfriend may have helped him make videos. So far she has been charged with possessing child pornography.

It is a lurid story with the potential for hundreds of victims, many of whom would have been saved from this predator if he had been properly charged and convicted when he was caught sexually assaulting a young girl a few years ago.

The charges in that case were dropped, leaving him free to rape countless other little girls.

It further disturbs me that the language associated with the young victims is very dehumanizing.

The official legal statement refers to the victims as “young female children.”

Another site refers to the videos of the rapes of little girls as “material with minors.”

When you can’t call unfiltered evil evil, you definitely don’t have the guts to fight it.

The Girl in the Cage

The catalyst was an unsolved burglary–a nonviolent crime, and one that some police departments would not even bother to pursue.

Perhaps it was the gold bullion that saved her. You can imagine the home owner’s sense of violation and loss.

But in this case a pedestrian break-in and a bit of decent detective work revealed an unspeakable evil.

To think of the suffering of the little girl and the other children these two hurt is a burden to the psyche.

So the quotes about Mr. Gore are worth pondering–he seemed like a nice guy, went to church and everything.

Went to church and everything. Until we face the monsters in our own hearts we cannot face the monsters that walk among us.

And the scars, terrible scars in the heart of a little girl.

The Formula for Attachment Disorder

Of course I have wracked my brain about this–has it always been there?

Have there been generations of attachment disorder kids? I don’t think so. I think that RAD is a mostly modern problem, ushered in with the advent of formula for infants, ushered in as quickly as nursing mamas have been ushered out.

Up until the invention of fake breastmilk everyone had assumptions about the survival of infants: for at least the first few months someone with breasts was required.

We see nursing mothers (and surrogates) in great art and ancient sculpture. The baby who survived survived at the breast, able to spend crucial hours close to the face of love.

Attachment disorder is the opposite of that.. At the very most crucial time in a baby’s life, detaching a child from a consistent, nurturing presence is deadly–if not for the body, then absolutely for the soul.

Lots and lots and lots of people have been nurtured and loved and bottle-fed. But make no mistake–the advent of bottle-feeding is at the heart of the change that has robbed our poorest and most vulnerable babies of the love that would grow their souls.

The easiest way to “solve” the problem of attachment disorder is to make nursing a priority in our culture, and start valuing the power of nurture–breast or bottle, babies need snuggle time and a regular source of love.

There is no substitute for love.

Lucky, the Lonely Elephant

Thanks to my young zoology enthusiasts I have become a denizen of the San Antonio zoo. As such I am deeply concerned about Lucky, the lonely female elephant.

Yes, there is a petition.

But, here’s the thing. The SA zoo peeps say she is happy alone. She does not look happy alone.

She looks lonely, sad, and bored. I wanted to bust her outta there!!!

I do think she would be happier in a sanctuary or more progressive zoo. But barring that I am open to crowd-sourcing.

What would you tell the SA zoo to do to help Lucky?

Tell me.

Tell them.

Make some noise for Lucky. She deserves to live in community…and that takes more than luck.