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Entertainment: What Michael Jackson Really Means to America

by Dennis Peacocke July 2009 Michael Jackson recently passed away (most likely from issues related to the misuse of drugs) and the Unites States news media has responded to a national feeding frenzy of public concern and mourning. It is as if a person of great historical dimensions has left the nation alone and greatly

Happy Father’s Day Post-Modern America

by Dennis Peacocke June 2009 Late in June, we celebrate Father’s Day once again in modern America. To those who have fathers who are still living, who know who their father is, who remain on good speaking terms with their father, or who think it is important enough to communicate in a special way on

Learning to Speak Fish

by Dennis Peacocke May 2009 “And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” (Mt. 4:19) There are numbers of scriptures that remind Christians that they are “strangers in a strange land.” We are reminded: that we are ambassadors from another Kingdom (Col. 1:13); to live in that “alternative”

Make Yourself Fireproof

by Dennis Peacocke April 2009 In today’s unstable economic climate, virtually everyone should “fireproof” their job, making themselves and their job-related functions as essential and valuable as possible. To do anything less is presumptuous at best, and foolish or suicidal at worst. Put another way, all of us who work in today’s marketplace should attempt

The Politics of Reaction and Crisis

by Dennis Peacocke March 2009 George Bush’s presidency was defined by the events of September 11, 2001.  He seized upon this event and the issue of terrorism to create eight years of focus on policies set to “take democracy to the Middle East” and protect domestic America from terrorist attacks.  Out of these commitments came

Economics & the Current Financial Crisis

by Dennis Peacocke February 2009 The economy continues to spiral downward, as both our citizens and the nations of the world await economic remedies that have a strong chance of success. As the government unfolds its “solutions,” the crisis described as the “perfect economic storm” will neither simply go away, nor will it transcend the

A Magna Carta for Government Bail Outs

by Dennis Peacocke January 2009 In times of stress and crisis, people, organizations, and governments need a very clear set of rules or principles to measure all decisions against. Ultimately for governments, it is their Constitutions that serve this purpose.  Binding rules or limits help us to stay out of crises, help limit the negative

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