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“We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination …. policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities.” — Barack Obama

emphasis mine

stolen from Val, who tells a funny story about McCain.

I may not be what you think I should be, but I am in good company.

“I am content that these journal pages show me to be what I am: noisy, full of the racket of imperfections and passions and the wide open wounds left by sin, full of faults and envies and miseries, full of my own intolerable emptiness.”

Thomas Merton. Entering the Silence. Journals Volume 2, Jonathan Montaldo, editor. San Francisco: Harpersanfranciso, 1997: 71.

I didn’t ask to know what I know.
And it would be easier to speak,

as others believe, never to say
something as odd as racial salvation,

and just to label what I did not seek
as more foolish tidings from the liberal mind.

I did not try to capture the Light. No,
He just shined Himself into the darkness.