America IS at war with ISLAM

President Obama is naive. or deceitful.

It's funny, and it took me a while, but, now it seems so obvious, especially with the latest ISIS threat against malls, and add to that the encouragement from W to go shopping in response to 9/11, how can we not see it? The USA (and by extension, the west) is consumed with pleasure and excess, and it is our policy and religion to consume, but nobody sees it. Nobody cares, or wants to admit it, and this ideology wars against some part of the soul of the ISIS ideology of obedience and submission to Allah.
America is at war with any ideology or belief that is not in favour of rampant consumption. It's just not an obvious war.


Music is for telling stories

I have had an epiphany, music is for telling stories, or it should be. It can and does other things, but if it is good and if it is to grab your attention, it will tell a story. This is why a lot of CCM is crap, because it is about as deep as a puddle in the desert, doesn't tell a story. This is why the Psalms are good, they are telling a story-even though they don't always have narrative trajectory-

Anyway. That's today's epiphany. Music tells stories. It's also today's lesson in Grade 2 music friday.

Zeke's birthday was yesterday, it was brutal and awesome. He was all wound up, and we had to cancel our planned sushi supper. But he can load and shoot his bb gun by himself, I wasn't sure he was strong enough for it, but he is.

and it's spring in February here. Snow is almost all gone from town. It's bizarre.