Saturday, July 04, 2009

Bleeding Cool

For hardcore comics fans only: (and yeah, I know I'm like a month late posting the news. Chris found out where he went right away, but I haven't been online lately to post!!)

Rich Johnston (and his excellent comics industry news/gossip column, Lying In The Gutters) has left Comic Book Resources (CBR) to be lead writer on Bleeding Cool, a website hosted by Avatar Press. Working now for a publisher, he's technically not as "neutral" as being on what was a "plain ol' news site", but on the other hand he's getting paid (is my understanding) and frankly being able to pay bills and get food is good. So I'm glad for him and his family.

At Bleeding Cool, Johnston's new posts are set up more like individual blog posts than the weekly column format like the Lying In the Gutters had set up, so it's all broken up into little pieces as often as he posts (which definitely seems more frequently.) The new format takes a little getting used to, if only because it's not obviously identified as his own post.

I'm also just square enough to wish it were more obvious where I could specifically find Rich Johnston's posts on the site. I had to do a site search because I'd left the link info Chris sent me on my desk somewhere and I couldn't find it right now. I mean, I can find Warren Ellis' interesting and brilliant posts easily -- it's listed right on the sidebar (watch out if you have delicate language issues. Both columnists are British! :)

Interesting development, this ... I wish him the best and look forward to visiting more often now.

Abraham Lincoln's National Day of Prayer

I thought this would interesting reading fare since it's the 4th of July and all:

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

A Day Of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty seventh.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.