You are viewing a read-only archive of the Blogs.Harvard network. Learn more.
30 July 2004

Benediction prayer

You probably didn’t hear this last night, with all the balloon popping
and such, but here’s the benediction prayer that Fr. John from the
Paulist Center offered.

Let us pray…

God of all holiness, we have invoked
Your Spirit to guide these delegates in their work over the past four
days. As we take leave of this convention, in the place where our
country’s quest for freedom began, words of liberty and equality for
all must not be left idly behind in this arena. We rely on You, O God
of strength and wisdom, to inspire these candidates, these delegates,
and indeed all citizens of this great nation to go forth and build a
stronger America and to work for respect, and accomplish peace around
the world.

By the power of Your grace, instill in
Senators Kerry and Edwards the fortitude to uphold the Constitution,
which promotes the dignity of every person and frees all people to
serve You as You have called them. Help these public servants to
safeguard the common good; give them courage to live lives of
integrity; inspire them to speak with a prophetic voice for the
disenfranchised and disinherited; and when these candidates hear Your
call, give them the strength and wisdom to say, “Send us.”

the power of Your grace, guide every citizen of our United States to
cherish all life. Help us to seek unity in diversity; give us the
courage to embrace each person as our neighbor, regardless of gender,
race, or ethnic origin, regardless of sexual orientation, religious
tradition, or age. Inspire us to support all families in their pursuit
of happiness; and when we hear Your call, give us the strength and
wisdom to say, “Send us.”

By the power of Your grace,
remind us that Your love knows no national boundaries. Give counsel to
world leaders so they may never again declare an unjust war; help all
peoples of the world overcome prejudice and poverty; inspire everyone
to work for justice so we may know true peace. And when we hear Your
call, give us the strength and wisdom to say, “Send us.”

O God, lover of us all, open our eyes to the bright future that is
before us! Give us the strength to labor with a lively faith. Send us
forth with a firm hope. Send us forth with a charity that knows no
bounds. Send us forth as one people, that we may realize the splendor
of Your creation now and forever. AMEN.

A couple of thanks and further links are available at

Posted in DeeEnCee on 30 July 2004 at 7:10 pm by Nate

Odds and ends

First, a Sikh student at BC was detained and roughed up by the Secret Service, apparently because he was taking pictures of his campus and wore a turban on his head.  Disgusting.
UPDATE — 11.19 PM EDT:  One of the local netword affiliates just
ran a story on the fellow, and it showed exactly the kind of shit he
puts up with every day.  The reporter’s mike picked up some person
in the background saying, “It’d be good if that camera was a machine
gun.”  They also noted that the female Secret Service agent asked
if she could search the fellow, saying, “I don’t want you to pull a gun
out of your turban.”

Second, the NY Times covered the money machine at the convention.  I’m still surprised that this somehow surprises people.

Third, Slate provides an analysis of the impact of the Kerry speech.

This aspect of the convention,
I saw.  The delegates are repsonsible to find their own money to
get here.  They aren’t on expense accounts (unlike many of the
journalists who covered the proceedings), and they’re here because they
are either committed Democrats or because they think they need to get
rid of the guy in office.

Not much mention of the gays at the convention.  I’m not
surprised, because parading the gays out in this sort of election,
especially after Bush’s freedom assault with the FMA, only makes a
loser of the party.  (And by the way, John Kerry’s position of
“marriage no, civil unions yes” offends my ethics.  Again, I know
he has to get elected, but unless he’s not saying that he’s separating
religious institution from civil institution here, he’s advocating a
form of segregation.)  Yes, most Democrats support gay rights and
gay marriage.  Yes, gays are an integral part of the base of the
party (with a few exceptions).  Yes, they barely mentioned
us.  Yes, the LGBT side of things seemed fairly low-key. 
It’s as if all the gay people decided to be quiet about who they are so
that the Dems can win.  Would I have liked to see more?  Of
course.  So, was I expecting anything else?  Of course not,
I’m a pragmatist.  And I want to see the Dems win too.

And now I’m gonna try NOT to blog for at least a few hours, so that my
BF can have a real birthday, even if it was really yesterday. 
Happy Birthday, Brian!

Posted in DeeEnCee on 30 July 2004 at 2:29 pm by Nate

Viva la France

Apparently, we’re not just media darlings here and in Germany (lots of Germans in Blogger Row this week).  The French like it too
Now who wants to bet that some French graduate student is hard at work
deriving the next great social theory, based on blogs or
something?  Baudrillard for blogs….

Posted in DeeEnCee on 30 July 2004 at 1:42 pm by Nate

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

Or that money is involved in a Democratic convention.  Or in any political activity.

Iraq War Reader, written by Micah, posts about the money involved in the convention.  He writes more here.

Folks, don’t have any illusions.  You need a lot of money to make
a modern political campaign work, and when you can put the donors and
donees in close proximity to one another, the exchange is fast and

‘Cause without the money, as my American politics colleagues tell me,
grassroots efforts and such have only marginally more effectiveness
than doing nothing.

Posted in DeeEnCee on 30 July 2004 at 1:25 pm by Nate