…in case you were wondering.

Born Into Brothels
January 31, 2007, 5:04 pm
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“The most stigmatized people in Calcutta’s red light district are not the prostitutes, but their children. In the face of abject poverty, abuse, and despair, these kids have little possibility of escaping their mother’s fate or for creating another type of life.

In Born into Brothels, directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman chronicle the amazing transformation of the children they come to know in the red light district. Briski, a professional photographer, gives them lessons and cameras, igniting latent sparks of artistic genius that reside in these children who live in the most sordid and seemingly hopeless world.

The photographs taken by the children are not merely examples of remarkable observation and talent; they reflect something much larger, morally encouraging, and even politically volatile: art as an immensely liberating and empowering force.”

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January 26, 2007, 2:17 pm
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16,000 contestants. 8 finalists. 3 judges. 1 winner. GIFTED.

On January 26, 2007, on prime-time television, the first season of Gifted is televised to over 49 million households on TBN (95 million total U.S. reach). The 2-hour show hosted by Brian Littrell (formerly of the Backstreet Boys) showcases eight finalists singing some of the most well-known songs in Christian Music in styles ranging from Praise & Worship, Gospel, and CCM. The winner receives a recording contract with EMI Christian Music Group. Anticipation for the show has been enormous as the auditions were held all over the country for the past year in the most influential mega-churches in large markets.
GIFTED CD includes performances by all 8 contestants as well as the first radio single “Amazing Love (You Are My King)” sung by all the GIFTED finalists.

GIFTED resembles other popular reality-based TV shows, its unique quality is that contestants desire to display the gift that God gave them and to give back that gift by sharing with the world the message of hope in Christ.

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Plymouth, MI
January 26, 2007, 5:27 am
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The Battle Of Palm City
January 23, 2007, 11:13 pm
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Two of the most sarcastic, clever, powerhouses I know, are at it again. The topic? What really went down in Palm City, Florida last Saturday night. I was there, I witnessed the magic, but am fully aware that what happens in Palm City stays in Palm City. You be the judge.

“Brant was slated to merely introduce Shaun but stayed around at management’s request so the large crowd wouldn’t follow the radio celeb out the door to Old Navy’s sleeveless shirt sale down the street and then to his pretend church. Shaun was grateful. Until Brant led the throngs of faithful WAY-FM listeners in pogo-ing to Abba Father…”Shaun Groves

“Longtime fans appreciated his turn at Calvary Chapel’s grand piano, where Groves fought back tears in an airy, aching, “When We Love the Least/You’re a Grand Old Flag” fusion. Groves followed up with new songs, including the ska-tinged, “Big, Big House (Not Sure Why We Bought It)”, an anthemic tribute to Stanley Hauerwas, “Hook, Line, and Sinker”, and then the thoughtful, reflective cri de coeur, “Taller Than You (Way Taller)”.”Brant Hansen

"Those California Kooks"
January 23, 2007, 2:32 pm
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SACRAMENTO – The issue is pretty simple: Lieber wants to make spanking children age 3 and under a misdemeanor. Offenders could face up to a year in jail or up to a $1,000 fine, though first-time violators would probably only have to attend parenting classes.

Lieber has yet to even introduce a bill, but the mere description of her idea in a Mercury News article this week triggered a hailstorm of reaction — most of it negative, some of it viciously personal. The story appeared to break a Mercury News record for most online feedback — as of Friday afternoon, it had elicited 86 pages of reader comments, along with many, many dozens of e-mails. Some defended spanking; many others said the government has no business telling them how to raise their kids.

“Unreal,” “absurd,” and “idiotic” were some of the gentler adjectives readers used.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fed the spanking frenzy on Thursday when, responding to questions from the Mercury News, he said he “got smacked about everything” as a child in Austria but has never hit his own kids. Schwarzenegger had doubts about how a spanking ban would be enforced but said Lieber’s idea seems well-intentioned.

Friday afternoon, Lieber was holed up in her office in Mountain View after returning from an interview on CNN. A crew from Good Morning America was camped out in her lobby for hours, waiting to get her on camera. “I’m under siege,” Lieber said, only half-joking.

Much of the media coverage of her bill has been snide or dismissive — with a decided “there go those California kooks again” tone. Still, Lieber said her proposal is getting the kind of public hearing she could have only dreamed of.

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I’m Still Trying To Figure This One Out
January 23, 2007, 1:10 am
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A friend of mine started a new blog, and I have no idea what it is. Apparently it’s some sort of “choose your own adventure”, “make up your own story” type of blog. I think it could be a really cool idea if there is a bunch of involvement. So I’m willing to give it a shot, but some of you have to also.

Check It Out

And on a side note. The longest recorded name in history is Mr. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffwelchevoralternwarengewissen
geschopfsvonhinzwischenternart… in case you were wondering.

I Told You This Was Good
January 21, 2007, 9:50 pm
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Shaun Groves – Hummingbird