In this Labor Day edition of Saturday Ramblings, we honor the men and women who built the intrepid Nash/Rambler/AMC vehicles we feature week in and out here at Internet Monk.
Here is a series of pictures from the Kenosha (Wisconsin) Historical Society we found on TheOldMotor.com in an article, “Workers on the factory floor in the Nash Plant in the 1950s.” These are some of the folks who built the world I know, the post-war generation of workers who brought about a time of unparalleled prosperity in the U.S. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to “make America great” like this again — at least not in the same way. This kind of manufacturing economy is in our past.
But at any rate, kudos to these workers from us, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Your labors blessed our lives.
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HERE’S ONE JOHN PIPER AND PAT ROBERTSON MISSED
At the ELCA Churchwide gathering in New Orleans last week, representatives of the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. passed resolutions accusing Israel of occupying Palestinian territories and committing human rights abuses against Palestinians.
These resolutions called for a number of anti-Israel measures, including a demand that the United States government halt all aid to the Jewish state if Israel continued building “settlements” in Judea and Samaria. They also demanded that the US recognize the “State of Palestine” and called for divestment from Israeli companies.
And then the floods came.
By the Friday after the assembly, most of Louisiana had received over a foot of rain, with some locations seeing over 30 inches. Thousands had to flee their homes, and about 30,000 people needed to be rescued. At the time of this report, 13 people had been killed and 8,400 displaced, and 40,000 homes were destroyed.
Coincidence, you say? Not so fast. “I think you can connect the dots,” wrote a news editor for Hebrew Nation Radio in an article about the flooding. “There is a measure for measure principle here.”
So, not only did God directly intervene and send this chastening storm, but in their view it was “measure for measure.” Wow. What some people call “justice” is downright scary.
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THE RFRA DEFENSE, ETC.
And then there’s the Indianapolis woman who beat her 7-year-old son with a coat hanger, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse, and then used Indiana’s “religious freedom law” as a defense, saying her choice of discipline grows out of the Bible and her evangelical Christian beliefs.
That law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (2015) says the government cannot intrude on a person’s religious liberty unless it can prove a compelling interest in imposing that burden, and can do so in the least restrictive way.
The mother clearly stated her reasoning: “I was worried for my son’s salvation with God after he dies,” said Kin Park Thaing. “I decided to punish my son to prevent him from hurting my daughter and to help him learn how to behave as God would want him to.”
But that’s not all there is to this story. Thaing, you see, is a Burmese refugee who was granted political asylum in the U.S., and she also is pointing to cultural differences as part of her defense.
Jennifer Drobac, professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, called the cultural barrier in this case “distressing.”
“If they are engaging in behavior that would be lawful in their country of origin and they’re amenable to rehabilitation and education, then it seems our community resources would be better served … in educating these parents and making sure the family stays together in a healthy way.”
And, one more thing. Indiana law further complicates this case.
…a 2008 Indiana Supreme Court decision…affirmed the parental right to discipline children in ways parents consider appropriate, even when others could deem that behavior as excessive.
In 2008, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled 3-1 to overturn the felony conviction of Sophia Willis, who used a belt or an electrical cord to discipline her 11-year-old son. (The mom said belt, the son said cord; the court ruled it did not matter.)
The justices in that decision gave parents wide latitude in determining what is reasonable discipline for their children.
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QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK
Which Christian colleges made the LGBT “shame” list? (Note: CM’s alma mater is front and center in this article.)
RIP Gene Wilder. What are your favorite GW movies? characters? quotes?
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Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in 1910 in Skopje, in modern-day Macedonia. She grew up in a devoutly Catholic family where she was drawn to religion from an early age. She traveled to Ireland as a teenager to join the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin. There, she took a new name — Sister Mary Teresa (after St Thérèse of Lisieux).
We came to know her as Mother Teresa.
On Sunday, Mother Teresa will be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Here is a Wall Street Journal story (with wonderful pictures), outlining her path to sainthood.
This story at NPR by Tom Gjelton describes how the church documented the two miracles necessary for declaring someone a saint.
Here is the testimony of a Kolkata polio survivor, who truly knew her as “mother.”
Mother Teresa’s book, Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta, surprised many admirers when they learned that she was a saint who often found herself in the wilderness, with little sense of God’s presence. Here is a Time article about the correspondence that revealed her inner struggles.
Hundreds of thousands of faithful are expected to attend the canonization service, which will be led by Pope Francis in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The Catholic Herald will broadcast full live coverage of the canonization, via the Vatican’s YouTube channel. More information and a link HERE.
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BAD CURMUDGEON PUN OF THE WEEK
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IT’S PAYBACK TIME
Georgetown University pledged Thursday to apologize for its role in the slave trade and offered to give admissions preference to the descendants of those sold for the benefit of the school, one of the most aggressive responses to date among the universities trying to make amends for the horrors of slavery.
As descendants of people enslaved and sold listened, the school’s president promised to give their families a boost in admissions, treating applicants who are descendants of slaves owned by Maryland Jesuits the same as it would those who are children of faculty, staff and alumni. And it will name a university residence hall after one of the slaves, a man named Isaac. He was 65 in 1838 when he and 271 other slaves were sold.
Georgetown took the steps in response to a report from a panel of faculty, staff, students and alumni that examined the university’s ties to slavery, including the sale of men and women in the early 19th century that helped pay off debt at the Jesuit school.
…The report and the university’s response drew emotional reactions from people who trace their lineage to those sold in 1838. Jessica Tilson, 34, a student at Southern University in Louisiana, was driving her mother to work Thursday when she got an email from Georgetown. She burst into tears, pulled into a gas station and told her mother. They cried together and talked about how they would tell Tilson’s 80-year-old grandfather.
“I love the idea,” Tilson said. “Especially the name of the buildings. Isaac is my sixth-great-grandfather. . . . When people name buildings after people, it shows how much you value them and respect them. . . . I’m speechless. There are no feelings in the world that can describe how that feels.”
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A JO-PA FAUX PAS?
The move to pay tribute to their former head coach marks a sharp reversal from the way Penn State has kept Paterno at arm’s length since he stepped down in 2011. The school removed a statue of Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium and has generally steered clear of even mentioning the coach after allegations against former PSU assistant Jerry Sandusky surfaced involving the sexual assault of several children in State College.
Paterno was in charge of the Penn State program from 1966 to 2011 and is the NCAA’s winningest coach in major college football history. Still, his legacy has largely come to be defined by what he did or did not know regarding the actions of Sandusky, with lawsuits involving the school and former victims continuing to unfold.
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TODAY IN MUSIC…
Here’s a song from fifty years ago — not quite as old as those pictures from the Nash factory. But it represents the fact that, no matter how much work accomplishes or means, it can be a grind, and most of us are still looking forward to the end of the day.
The Mercer crew will be chillin’, camping in Ohio at the old family farm this weekend. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and for heaven’s sake get some rest.