Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Peace, Love, and balin hay


none of the Amish are planning on spending any money to make sure we get good coverage.

The more serious and authentic coverage can even help some of the Amish understand themselves better.

And also there is kind of an awareness that the tone of the media coverage is usually somewhat more respectful and sympathetic than it was 50 or 75 years ago, especially in the academic circles, for which there is an appreciation amongst the Amish.

And that really is what this conversation is about—to better understand and appreciate each other

Ain't it grand how were all just all one happy family? I'm bout ready to burst into tears!

One of the comments gets a little to close to the truth
I can see that this Amishman is a bit more educated and aware of world happenings than the average. I wonder how the response would be from the "average" Amishman

Far be it from Eric to associate with the rif raf of the Amish world. He likes to hang with the elite and the ed-you-ma-kated types.

(back to the interview)
A computer in a home just simply would not fly. I personally have no desire to have one at home largely because of the problem of monitoring who sees what with the children.

It's called a filter, but then again I've always said that "the wife and kids, they just don't need to know what's going on, ya know, that's a man's job". Yeppers!

Some wish for more intense spiritual expression, in other words they do not appreciate the quiet and deep spirituality that can come from traditional methods of worship.

Oooooh man, you stepped in it now! I'm not religious enough to give a shit about these things, but somebody's gonna bitch slap yo ass on that one!

Had I said "circle jerk" yet?
another comment;

This is a fantastic interview, amazing in fact. A very articulate and educated individual was the subject of your interview. Very impressive indeed.

I'd say your friend is probably a little more astute than many of the Amish that I have met, but then again he seems to be more astute than most of the non-Amish I have met as well!

Ya know, they're over there just gushing over this interview, and maybe there's something to it. But I'm getting the sense that what they're doing is the same thing that happens at a museum. They're ogling at a specimen that's behind glass.
This interview was probably the staged equivalent of Sarah Palin's convention speech. If the Amish guy had to perform in his admirers' world at a level worthy of the accolades being showered on him, he'd probably crumble like a museum piece that's subjected to the elements after being behind glass for a century.

It's kind-a sad, you know. A testimony to the truly oppressive nature of the Amish community. Some blogger manages to roll one out from underneath a rock, and people are AGHAST! LOOK! they scream, "it can even talk!"

Saturday, November 8, 2008


A federal lawsuit is being filed against the Town of Morristown by a Washington, D.C.-based legal organization on behalf of nearly a dozen Amish men facing building code violations.

So the town of Morristown is supposed to buzz off? Then what happens? The Amish will have been granted a "special privilege" that the rest of the citizens aren't privy to.

Monday, November 3, 2008

poppa doc

Seven photos down

Guess, etiquette requires that I don't use names bla bla, but I think we've actually got a bishop at the McCain rally. So who the fuck am I to say what's on the approved list.

I still would call him out of his ever lovin fuckin mind trying to reconcile Old Order Amish faith with attendance at a McCain Palin rally, but at least the head honcho is willing to but his neck on the line.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Some reasons Poffenbarger offered for Amish choosing not to vote include that they believe running for office is arrogant and does not fit with their values of humility and modesty. He also said holding office would violate their desire to separate themselves and their community from the rest of the world.

Andy Weaver, an Amish man who lives in the Somerton area, was a customer at a sawmill owned by another member of the Amish community one recent morning. He and mill owner Dennis Miller said their religious beliefs prevent them from taking part in elections; however, both are paying attention to the process.

Miller did not express a preference for a particular candidate.

"We just stay home and pray that hopefully we'll get the right guy," Miller said.

But Weaver, who had read about the presidential race in that morning's edition of The Intelligencer, knows who he would support if he were to vote.

"I like Obama," he said, noting he prefers the demeanor of Illinois Democrat Barack Obama to that of his Republican opponent, John McCain of Arizona.

"When he got blasted, he didn't waiver off his course," Weaver said of Obama. "I think he's the man we need."

Weaver added that he, as a member of the Amish community, generally opposes war and believes Obama has the better plan to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

Okay, so he does indicate a preference. Note though that the interview isn't taking place as he's leaving a political rally, and the entire emphasis of the article is that participation, even as a voter is a violation of their values.