Bearing Witness

Like many other people, I’m extremely disgusted by all the news coming out of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal.

What upsets me the most, though, is how easy it is for us as humans to do nothing when we see suffering or pain.

Will Humes is a Methodist minister based in Pennsylvania. I know him through a social network. And while we have never met in person, I am always moved by his comments about faith, spirituality, and compassion.

Today he preached a moving, eloquent sermon to his congregation about what the Penn State situation has to teach us about helping others, and about the need to bear witness. It’s not heavy-handed or a Bible-thumper. It’s full of truth and light and hope that if we all recommit ourselves to bearing witness, we can change the world.

Give it a read and let me know what you think. And if Will’s message deeply resonates with you, please comment on his site.

The Truth Could Be Out There, But We Have More Important Stuff to Do

Did you see this statement from the White House about alien life on Earth?

There were less than 25,000 signatures total on two separate petitions (numbers added by me):


Immediately disclose the government’s knowledge of and communications with extraterrestrial beings

This Petition calls for the President to disclose to the American people the long withheld knowledge of government interactions with extraterrestrial beings and call for open Congressional hearings to allow the people to become aware of this subject through those whose voices have been silenced by unconstitutional secrecy oaths.


formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race – Disclosure.

Disclosure Petition – Paradigm Research Group

“We, the undersigned, strongly urge the President of the United States to formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and immediately release into the public domain all files from all agencies and military services relevant to this phenomenon.”


Hundreds of military and government agency witnesses have come forward with testimony confirming this extraterrestrial presence. Opinion polls now indicate more than 50% of the American people believe there is an extraterrestrial presence and more than 80% believe the government is not telling the truth about this phenomenon. The people have a right to know. The people can handle the truth.

Relevant Websites:,

The response is typical government issue:

The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.

However, that doesn’t mean the subject of life outside our planet isn’t being discussed or explored. In fact, there are a number of projects working toward the goal of understanding if life can or does exist off Earth.

I don’t know which bugs me more, the fact that there are much bigger issues going on right now and this got a response, or that the alien conspiracy folks all banded together and thought they might actually get a straight answer from the Oval Office on whether or not this stuff is real.

Didn’t you people watch “The X-Files”? Yeah, yeah, it’s a fictional show. But what happened with Watergate, the Iran contra affair and [insert any other big political scandal over the last 25 years here] should prove that the Feds are never going to let people know whether or not aliens exist.

But if I see Obama letting his daughters walk around wearing tin foil hats, well, I’ll know the truth.

aliens, UFOs, X-Files, poster, Fox Mulder

There’s gold in Sacramento!

Saw an article at Treehugger about renewed interest in gold mining in California. The Sutter Creek mines, only45 miles from where I live in Sacramento, are a possibility.

I get there’s an environmental impact and that it will take time before mining can actually begin, but damn, it would be fun to have gold mines open. Maybe it will revitalize many a native Californian’s pioneering spirit. Maybe people struggling with debt and unemployment will be excited by the prospect of, well, prospecting.

Or maybe it will turn out to be a complete waste of time and money.

So far so good

Well, I’ve blogged every day this month, so I’d say I’m doing well with NaBloPoMo. But tonight I am tired and lazy. It’s raining out, my bed and comfy gray blanket are calling my name, and I don’t feel like making a huge effort to be particularly clever or creative.

Since I don’t want to feel guilty or wrong about writing such a lame post, instead I’ll post a few links to some good articles, videos and blog posts I read this week.

What news stories and blog posts caught your eye this week?