Friday, February 22, 2019

28 results for 'john robertson'

Once Were Warriors

By john robertson, published on Feb 22, 2016

I must apologize; yesterday was rough and I wasn’t myself. You see, I met two military wives and my encounters left me feeling powerless, drained and angry. I apologize if I was curt and impatient but I just wanted to cry and process what had happened.

The night before I had a telephone conversation with a frightened woman; a woman who had served in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan and who was now experiencing homelessness. She whispered and explained that she couldn’t talk or she might be discovered. I asked her if she was in any danger and she hesitated. She whispered, “It’s just…... (more)

Tags: racism, veterans, military, homeless, sexism

Christ Had A Hammer

By john robertson, published on Jan 3, 2016

When I was a boy I was playing in the yard with my friend from across the street. He got a puppy for Christmas and it dug a hole deep enough to crawl under the fence and escape the back yard. As it ran across the street to play with us, a car innocently hit it, and then not so innocently sped away. My friend and I were devastated. We ran to the puppy that lay yelping and trembling in a puddle of its blood like a crumpled pinata. "Dad! Dad," my friend yelled. My friend's dad was an alcoholic who stayed home drinking while his wife worked. Although a nice man, one who spoke kindly to his son... (more)

Tags: charity, friendship, Forgiveness, christ, stewardship

The Culture of Poverty

By john robertson, published on Jan 5, 2015

Fifty years ago the Declaration of Human Rights inserted an addition; “Everyone has a right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” Yet fifty years later, despite remarkable improvements in the efforts to end homelessness, more people than ever are without safe or adequate shelter in the United States.

Exactly how many men, women and children are homeless right this moment in the US? Approximately 3 million people are sleeping on streets, in abandoned buildings,... (more)

Tags: poverty, homeless, food stamps, welfare

Trust Divided

By john robertson, published on Dec 11, 2014

Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, at University of Minnesota, hosted a discussion that promised to be about “building trust between the criminal justice system and communities of color.” They introduced it as a post Mike Brown and Eric Garner analysis and I was hopeful the all white panel of three would offer something insightful; albeit ethnocentric. Unfortunately, without any explanation, they never once discussed the recent disturbing events nor did they offer any new information regarding the racial divide that persists in our courts.

The only mention by the panel... (more)

Tags: race, mike brown, eric garner, ferguson

Judas' Feet

By john robertson, published on Dec 9, 2014

Matt Stolhandske is a board member of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality and a contributor to The Purple Elephant. However, that is not why he is in the spotlight. What makes him controversial? Matt wants to give $150,000 to the Kleins, a couple in Oregon, who had to shut down their bakery business after being slapped with a fine for discrimination; they refused to provide services to a gay couple getting married.

“I’m also an evangelical Christian. I can’t understand why the Kleins or any other Christians twist the words of Jesus Christ to justify this behavior. To me, it’s a deeply... (more)

Tags: love, christian, gay rights, christian right, marriage equality

Conservatives Vs. Christ

By john robertson, published on Dec 6, 2014

I came across this meme today on the internet and I felt obligated to speak up regarding its disdain for the poor and hungry. I do not judge the Christians who have spread this meme, or liked it, but rather I would like to analyze what I believe the true irony of this meme is; it breaks two commandments in the bible.

Most Christians will proclaim this meme is supported by 2 Thesselonians 3: 1-3 which is famously quoted (out of context) “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” However, this quote was stated by Paul to fellow Christians who at first relied on the kindness of strangers for food... (more)

Tags: homeless, food stamps, welfare, christian conservatives, neo cons, christian right, child poverty

An Open Letter to President Obama

By john robertson, published on Dec 5, 2014

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to thank you for your great service the last seven years and for your “principles not personalities” political style. I can only imagine how hard it must be to stay true to your ideals when so many openly oppose and insult you. You have overcome so much and made important strides in the name of equality in our great country; you have made it something closer to the type of democracy it aspires to become and that our forefathers said they wanted it to be. In my opinion, you are similar to Lincoln. The reason I choose Lincoln is not because he is from Illinois... (more)

Tags: police brutality, trayvon, mike brown, eric garner, ferguson, grand jury

Barbie Says

By john robertson, published on Nov 10, 2010

I accidentally stumbled upon this place around midnight after getting lost in Emeryville. (Don't ask. Just use your imagination.) Like a lighthouse in an ocean of asphalt and big box stores, Can't Fail Cafe beckoned me to the light of beer, barbecue and deep fried goodness. I flipped a "U-ie" and tried to find parking: none! The place was packed. I could tell this was gonna be special. I walked in and got my name on the wait list. I instantly noticed the wall of Barbies displayed in all of their crassness. Scarey Barbies, funny Barbies, sexy Barbies, trashy... (more)

Tags: vegetarian, beer, diner, barbie, bar, burgers, late night restaurant, east bay restaurant, emeryville, berkeley

Lemongrass Bistro: The Edible Icebreaker!

By john robertson, published on Nov 10, 2010

Lemongrass Bistro is the perfect lunch spot for a party of diners who would otherwise struggle awkwardly to make small talk, but are saved by food so good no one feels the need to say much of anything. This was exactly the situation I found myself in last week.I just adore my workmate C, and don't know what I would do without her. However, her son isn't as easy to talk to as she is. So when C told me her son was joining us for lunch, I smiled politely and started going over all of the stand by conversation starters in my head. Well God bless us, we sat there in the car trying to get the dialog... (more)

Tags: vegetarian, east bay restaurants, thai food, martinez california, bistros, cafes, asian food, curry, john robertson

Digger's Diner: Where Everyday Is Halloween!

By john robertson, published on Nov 2, 2010

Everyday is Halloween at Digger's Diner; the bay area's only, and the world's second, graveyard themed restaurant. Whether you are looking to dig yourself an early grave of heart attack laden, gravy smothered pork chops or if your just looking for a fun place to get a shake before going trick or treating, I recommend you check out Digger's at least once for the novelty of it. (Extra kudos if you are turned on by Hell's Angels, gangbangers, Goths or anyone on parole.) food is standard, fifties diner fare done authentically and without apology. You will not find any vegan,... (more)

Tags: halloween, diner, unique dining, american food, restaurants in concord

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