I attended a Bible Study in Avon Lake, Ohio. The readings revolved around the prophet Isaiah telling the Isrealites that they were so concerned with shiny “anklets… pendants… and veils…” — that they’d forgotten about the poor. And as a result, it wasn’t going to bode well for these advantaged Isrealites. After the reading, I was introduced to the group as a presidential candidate. I said I had a strong social justice platform. And I explained that in the year 2007, “anklets, pendants and veils” could easily be substituted for nice suburban homes, luxury cars and air conditioning — while two-thirds of the Third World live in stark, abject poverty. Avon Lake, Ohio, is an upscale Cleveland suburb. And my comment sparked, oh, a bit of a debate. On the optomistic side, these kinds of encounters are getting me ready for the National Debates next year.