Isaiah 2

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Isaiah 2 has the prophet warning us about how we will live in the latter days.  He is prophecying about the reign of Christ to come, when all things will be under His command.  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths…. come, let us walk in the light of the Lord..  People will seek Him to learn how to live, which is exactly what we should be doing today as well.  God has given us clear direction in His Word.  We need to learn it and live it so we walk well in His path.

Isaiah points out one of the major issues for mankind – idols.  “Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the…

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Why Education: Critical Literacy, Freedom, and Equity

radical eyes for equity

The presidential election cycle provides one powerful and disturbing lesson in the U.S.: formal education has failed to accomplish the single most important aspect of why universal public education is essential for a free and just people.

Often, we view formal education as a key to economic success, emphasizing the strong correlation between higher educational attainment and greater income. But we also remain committed to our mythologies and cultural narratives about education being the “great equalizer.”

However, as this discussion will examine further, these beliefs are not supported by evidence. Yes, greater educational attainment correlates well with income, but schooling does not create equity; for example, see the inequity remaining by race:


And the inequity remaining by race and gender:

access to good jobs race gender

While the relationship between formal education and any person’s career and earning potential remains incredibly important in a capitalistic society, the single most important aspect of why…

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Isaiah 1

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Isaiah 1 has the prophet passing along some pretty straight and in your face truths from God.  “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand”.  God is frustrated with his creation of mankind.  He has provided us all we need, yet we sin and even forget who He is as we get wrapped up in ourselves and our situations, whether it is 2016 or centuries BC, the problem is the same.

Isaiah points out the condition and problem.  “They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged”.  It’s a bad plan to forget about God.  Relationships take effort on both sides, and while God never gives up His attempts to love…

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Sextortion Victims Are Not Guilty of Bribery

You are on point in this regard and I am in with your thoughts.

GAB | The Global Anticorruption Blog

On this blog, I have repeatedly called for the anticorruption community to put greater emphasis on fighting sexual corruption around the world. I have argued that a police officer demanding sex in order to perform (or not perform) an official function is a form of bribery; in a few cases, officials have been charged with and convicted of bribery or official misconduct for sexual corruption.

Characterizing this sort of sexual coercion as bribery, however, raises a potential problem: In typical monetary corruption cases, it is possible to prosecute the bribe giver as well as the bribe receiver. Does that mean that the private citizen (almost always a woman) from whom sexual favors are extorted by a public official could be deemed to have “paid” an unlawful bribe? Unfortunately, the idea of charging victims of sexual corruption with bribery is not too far-fetched. In one New York case

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Intro to Poetry: Day 4–Journey and Simile

Poetry evokes the musings of life.

Write of Passage

Today’s prompt for Intro to Poetry is journey. As an extra feature, include a simile. 

Struggling…struggling… Maybe this will work. (By the way, this is not autobiographical.)

A Journey Damaged

The flight to the isle of St. Martin

was like a long ride in a carton

from FedEx delivery service

to a place that was making me nervous.

He left no room for discussion.

A different job? No, not an option.

He wanted prestige in his old age,

didn’t care that, to me, this cage

left me without any job choice,

destroyed any freedom and real voice

in this wicked old sham of a marriage

without a good car–or a carriage!

Two decades that I can remember

flew past as a leaf in September.

No choices to life are allowed me;

his close-minded stubbornness stymie

all chance at examining courses

of action, as though they were horses

at auction…

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A DRAFT of President Rodrigo Duterte’s First State of the Nation Address was sent to this blogger. Here are [unedited] excerpts of the speech. Exclusive!


State of the Nation Address
Rodrigo R. Duterte
President of the Philippines

[To be delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City on July 28, 2016]

SPEAKER PANTALEON Alvarez, Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III, Vice President Leni Robredo, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, former presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo… (BOISTEROUS APPLAUSE)

Ma’am, puwede po bang tumayo kayo? Na-miss yata kayo ng inyong mga kasamahan dito sa Kongreso. (MORE APPLAUSE)

[Shobra ka naman Digong. Nakatayo na ako.](CANNED LAUGHTER)

Palakpakan po ulit natin, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo! (APPLAUSE)

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; fellow workers in government,

Mga minamahal kong kababayan…


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