You can’t believe nothing anymore

I have a confession.  I often read one political book for every two or three others.  But I don’t often report on them.  I guess I believe my political slant and opinions are best kept to myself.  Most of what I see from folks who express their political views is fodder for argumentation.  And I hate a good argument. That being said, please let me recommend   The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote

For most of her career, Sharyl Attkisson worked for CBS.  As such, this informative book seems to attempt to present both sides, or more accurately—all sides of the political shenanigans.

There have always been dirty tricks in politics.  It is simply a part of the definition of the sport.  Yet we are living in an unprecedented level of attacks that are mostly, if not completely, just inaccurate information.

Attkisson follows the development of the bad information campaign from it’s modern inception through the date of writing in 2017.  (things have gotten worse since)  The uncovers for the reader the different tools used to influence public opinion by reviewing some of the most famous political stories of the past 30 years.

To begin with I was very discouraged at the sad state of affairs in American politics.  But with deeper consideration, I am thankful for her education so that I an more aptly separate fact, fiction and motives.

I highly recommend this volume.


Same Kind of Different as Me

The Same Kind of Different as Me—The Book

The true story of Ron and Debbie Hall and Denver Moore, written by Ron and Denver.  Whew!  If you want a deeply engaging, challenging, heart-breaking, hope-building story—read this.

A couple of months ago I went to the movie.  The movie is mostly about Ron and Denver.  Denver is an emotionally damaged homeless man on the streets of Fort Worth Texas.  He was raised on a plantation as the son of a share-cropper and, in adulthood, a share-cropper himself.  The book is very troubling as it presents the plight of some segment of the African-American community who were “free-slaves” right up into the late 1960’s.  Oh, they were paid, but paid just enough to pay their room and board and charge account at the plantation-owned store.  As Denver escaped from that plight, having no skills and being illiterate, he ended up in prison, and then homeless.  He was an angry, sullen, recluse person living on a pallet in the back-alleys of the mission district.

Debbie Moore, then persuading Ron, began to engage the mission as volunteers.  Although extremely wealthy, they learned to serve Christ by serving the mission and therefore serving Denver.  Their lives changed dramatically.

However, Debbie develops cancer and dies, leaving Ron and Denver to sort out hard subjects like modern slavery, deep friendship, racism in their family (noted poignantly in the movie but not mentioned in the book)?, and trying to answer the question:  “What does it really mean to attempt to mainstream the homeless back into society?”

I don’t know how to recommend that you read the book first, then see the movie, or the movie first and then the book.  But I would strongly recommend you view this story in both media.  Checking Amazon revealed that the movie went directly to rental after just two weeks in 90 theaters.  You can get it on disk or your preference of streaming services.