September 21, 2008

September 21, 2008
Thanks for stopping by to see what is going on in my life this Sunday. I hope you are having a safe and great weekend.

After having seen both candidates and their running mates in the past week, I thought it was time for me to do a synopsis on their qualifications and what has been said in the press up until now. Now this is only my opinion, let me know what you think.

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different." Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim. Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable. Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience. If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highe st ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian. If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society. If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

I was reading a blog about the candidates on one of local new channel websites. I was amazed at the comments from so called Christians wishing Senator Obama dead or a heart attack while appearing in Jacksonville. It amazes me how Christians use hatred, anger and death wishes but still say they are moral and religious. I don't remember anywhere in the bible where Jesus wished people dead. (Didn't Jesus treat all people the same?) Like the bible says, "Judge not lest ye be judged." and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"? I have heard one time of remark about one candidate while they look over the same type of bad traits in their chosen candidate. Both the ignorance and the self-righteousness of the entries made by people hiding behind screen names both did not surprise or shock me. But they did sadden me. I was all too much of a reminder the kind of citizens in the city I live. No wonder I restrict the people I am around when I am not speaking or doing advocacy in public. And it is no wonder that I gave up on organized religion over twenty years ago because of their hated and bigotry.

I will get off my soapbox for the rest of today's entry. I spent most of the afternoon watching pro football. The first game I watched was Miami/New England. The Dolphins took control from the start of the first quarter and remained in control for the rest of the game. Miami capitalized on several Patriot errors which resulted in New England fans being very discouraged from the start. Gaffney just could not seem to get his game together. This was Tony Sparano's first win as the new coach of The Dolphins. Chad Henne and Chad Pennington as their quarterbacks led the team to a big win. Bill Belichick has work today after their hard loss today.

Next there was three other great games today, Jacksonville/Indianapolis, Tampa Bay/Chicago and Pittsburgh/Philadelphia. Now my home team the Jaguars were 0 - 2 going into this game so tonight was a make or break for any chance of a championship game. (Not to mention how it would affect sales at their home games.) I will be honest that I was not expecting our team to win. But in the second half, the Jaguars had possession of the ball for almost 90 percent of the time. In the fourth quarter, Jacksonville finally pulled ahead of Indianapolis and their quarterback Manning to lead 17 - 14. The Jaguars ran the clock down during their last possession almost to the two minute mark. Then the Colts called time out to stop the clock at the Jag fourth down. When Payton came back on field he managed to get another touchdown putting the Colts back into the lead by one point with just over a minute left on the clock. Garrard, with the final seconds ticking down with each play, maneuvered the team within field goal distance with 8 seconds left on the clock. Scobee, with all the pressure on him, made the field goal giving the Jaguars the three points needed to pull ahead 23 - 21 for the win. So Jacksonville Jaguars get one for the win column by defeating the Indianapolis Colts.

Gary and I ended up making BLTs and french fries for dinner this evening. Something quick and easy so it did not take too many time away from the game. Gary had gone to the store yesterday for fresh lettuce and tomatoes which make all the difference on a BLT.

I also have some good news about Chipper. He has been much more active the past couple of days and seems to be feeling better. I can not tell you the stress that has taken off me. I know to some people animals are just pets. But since I will never be having children of my own, my pets are my kids. So yes, they are spoiled within my means and yes they are pampered to a certain degree. But since they were all rescued from animal control, I hope it makes up for the abuse they endured before I had them.

I tried to watch the Emmys but I probably only saw about a half an hour worth of the show. Not sure if I was tired or bored with the bad opening. I hope the rest went better than what I saw.

Well I have an early and long day tomorrow. Lindsey and I are having a Divided We Fail booth at the senior olympics here in Jacksonville. So I have to be alert and awake for a long time tomorrow. I hope you had as great of a weekend as I did. Make this next week a great one for yourself.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab