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kung-fu election

i can hardly believe someone took the time to create this hilarious game. but they did. and you simply must try it, even if only to look at it (warning: you have to sit through an ad before the game loads, and they are not all G-rated).

yes, it’s kung-fu election, an martial-arts fighter game starring the four current pres and veep candidates, as well as a handful who didn’t make it this far. each character has his or her own special weapon (palin has a wicked hockey stick that she turns around and becomes some kind of moose-shootin’ gun!), as well a special moves (hillary can send out a phantom bill to do a bit o’ punchin’ on her behalf; obama sends out a flock of doves!). dang funny stuff, really.

(ht to ian, at ys)

he said, he said

still undecided about your presidential vote (assuming you have the courage to vote)? here’s a fun little app called “match-o-matic II“, on the abc news site. pairs of quotes (one from obama, one from mccain) are put up side-by-side, on a variety of issues (economy, immigration, taxes, abortion, climate, etc.). you pick the quote you agree with the most. at the end, one of the candidates gets launched off the little teeter-totter, and the “who said what” answers, along with your choices, are revealed (a mouse-over then reveals which quote you chose). i found it interesting how often it wasn’t obvious who said what!

non-voting as violence

i don’t do politics on this blog very often (and, whenever i write that, people tell me i should stay away from it more!). but i’ve heard the occasional christian, or read the occasional blog or comment, where someone says they’re not going to vote because (a) they can’t decide, or (b) they can’t support either candidate, or (c) they don’t believe in the whole process. these lines of reasoning really bug me.

now, as is obvious, i’m not a black man. but anthony smith is, and he has a brilliant post over at the emergent village blog about why non-voting is an act of violence. so good. here’s a tease…

I have this habit of being suspicious whenever white Christians tell me what to do. I think it has something to do with history. Not sure. Pray for me. But the history doesn’t look too good, for the most part. Yet I am a part of the emerging church postmodern conversation. Here I am, and I am hearing more and more voices say things that leave me in a state of tension. When I hear them say, “I am not voting because I am a Christian,” I also hear the guttural cry of slaves in the cotton fields of Alabama praying for freedom from oppression. When I hear them say, “Voting is one more means to be about the business of Empire,” I also hear the voice of an assassinated prophet say, “We must have our freedom now. We must have the right to vote. We must have equal protection of the law.”

obama’s wailing wall prayer

whatever your politics, whatever your skepticism, whatever your inclination might be to see this as a marketing ploy, it’s difficult to not be moved by this prayer that obama stuck on the wailing wall in jerusalem:

“Lord – Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”