I’ve spent part of the week painting the porch of a young couple’s place in Cleveland. In their bathroom is a daily calender with thoughts from around the world. The June 27th entry was a Ugandan proverb: “Before you throw the knife, look for the needle.” The analogy in Christian circles would be (and I’m paraphrasing): ‘Before you endeavor to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye, remove the plank from your own eye.’ Now, onward to North Korea… This country has one long-range Taepondong 2 missile fueled and ready, perhaps, for a test launch. One missile. A ‘needle,’ metaphorically. Or a ‘splinter,’ metaphorically… Meanwhile back in Montana, we have 2,000 long-range nuclear missiles aimed — all over the world. 2,000 missiles. A ‘knife,’ metaphorically. A ‘plank,’ metaphorically. Average Joe Zen-like question: What’s up with this!? Note: On a Campaign 2000 tour leg, I interviewed Fr. Tom McAslin, who was the Social Action Coordinator for the Omaha Diocese in Nebraska. He told me he believed ‘removing the plank from our (America’s) own eye,’ collectively, meant nothing short of unilateral nuclear disarmament. Nebraska proverb: “You do the right thing, and then trust God,” said Fr. McAslin.