View From Afar
Written by Dale Suderman Wednesday, 20 February 2008 05:18Americans are increasingly singing, “Make the world go away.” Folks are tired of competing with foreign companies, tired of dealing with immigrants and tired of foreign involvements.
These sentiments are fanned by hot election year rhetoric from politicians in both political parties who promise to keep America strong, its borders secure and to protect Americans from foreign competition.
But the dream of building a border to keep the rest of the world at bay is a pipe dream that only makes sense if you are smoking Mexican giggle weed. Nativist, protectionist and isolationist sentiments have strong roots in mid-western states. Certainly, Kansas is no exception.
The irony is that the only thing native about Kansas is the...
Written by Dale Suderman Wednesday, 06 February 2008 16:13“I’m going home early to take a nap,” I tell my co-workers every Friday in the early afternoon. They laugh and debate if this is a further sign of my approaching dotage or an extreme prolongation of my childhood.
(I am happy this question is still in play—am I a big baby or an old geezer? Combining these two ages is the essence of mature adulthood.)
I come from a family of nap takers. Even during the busiest harvest season my father would stretch out on the cool living room floor for 30 minutes after the noon meal. For him, I think retirement meant guilt-free napping. He no longer had the anxiety of wondering if an approaching Kansas thunderstorm meant a nap was not the best use of his time.
Naps are pretty much wasted on...
Written by Dale Suderman Wednesday, 16 January 2008 16:36Is Interstate 35 the highway to heaven or the highway to hell? Folks on the American lunatic fringe agree about one thing. The 1,500-mile road from Laredo, Texas, to Duluth, Minn., has near cosmic significance. But the whack-jobs are in radical disagreement about the meaning of the four-lanes of asphalt.
The Texas prophetess Cindy Jacobs had a revelation that Interstate 35 is referenced in Isaiah 35:8, which states, “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way: the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein.”
This ecstatic utterance by Mrs. Jacobs might have gone unnoticed. Her prophesies for New Jersey and New Zealand were so wrong they could be easily ignored. But after Pat Robertson...
Written by Dale Suderman Thursday, 03 January 2008 05:06“People of earth, this is Dale Suderman.” The entire world watches the breaking television news story as a Michael Jordan type sports hero—also rumored to be an alien—announces he will leave the sports world to seek the planet of his birth.
Dale Suderman, aka Super “Man” was an orphan raised by Darrel and Edna Suderman in a farm community north of Wichita. His super powers scared his mother to death and he was sent to an orphanage, where his basketball skills emerged. Eventually he starred on a team owned by a malevolent Lex Luther.
Dale Suderman disappeared from the basketball arena to once again find love and wisdom among the simple folks in his hometown in Kansas and announces he is leaving the world stage. As the story...
Written by Dale Suderman Tuesday, 18 December 2007 19:49The campaign ads for the Iowa presidential primary on Jan. 4 are warring for TV space with the Christmas ads from Sears and Wal-Mart. Voters and shoppers are targeted by politicians and merchants competing to offer them ultimate satisfaction and world peace.
Less important— at least if television is your barometer for understanding the cosmos—this is the third week of Advent in the Year of our Lord, Anno Domini, 2007. On the 25th of this month, churches will celebrate the Christ-Mass. The ancient, solemn Christian feast day has evolved from a high mass to a bewildering mess of confused children parading on stages wearing bathrobes.
The traditional liturgical calendar has four weeks for Advent followed by Ash Wednesday, with Lent...
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