Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The State of My Existence

Listening to the news today, I went from being very happy and hopeful about the gay and lesbian marraiges to being enraged! Among some of the things I heard:

'You can't force a church to marry two people of the same sex. Churches operate under the protection of the constitution.' BULLY FOR THEM! I always thought the original constitution was written for the PEOPLE. Obviously I am wrong. Apparently some church in California refused to marry a couple so the couple sued them and won. CNN was real quick to add that THE ONLY reason they were successful with their law suit was because of the new law allowing these marraiges. 'But this could end ANY minute.'


Some comment about Gays and Lesbians who marry in California may find they could be prosecuted in their own states. What the heck is that about?! I briefly heard this on CNN. Unbelievable the extent some groups are going to, to keep these married people from going home and celebrating. Shhhhssh! Don't be loud!

I just don't understand how you can quote the BIBLE as a source that marraige is between a man and a woman and then base laws on that. There is no seperation of church dogma then from state law. I think laws should be enacted by the will of the populace and governed by the people in the form of THEIR chosen leaders. I don't believe that really happens in this country. I just can't believe there are that many haters out there.

I am happy for those who are getting married but, I don't have enough faith due to this homophobic planet, to think that any of this really matters. It will be stopped or over turned. And that is why I am peehonk angry!!!!!!! Does anyone see the injustice in all of this?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Scientology Sucks and This is Why

As I have mentioned before, my cell phone is being blown up by the Church of Scientology. I have been getting calls from them now since April. I have to Google the numbers to find out who it is because out of all the calls and numbers appearing on the phone,only four left messages and a name. Granted, trying to find "David" out of a gazillion Scientologists is like finding a specific flea on a camel but, that is what I am dealing with.

I have told them that they had a wrong number. My wife has called and given them her cell phone number and it hasn't done any good. I am posting these numbers to show you what I am talking about. I have it on NO RING so truthfully I guess they can keep this up forever. It's just a good example though of why I think they are all a bunch of fanatic freakazoids.

If you have any ideas about how to shut them down without my having to change a phone I've had for over three years, let me know. I'll be glad to listen.

4/21/2008 4:06 pm 727-683-9114 David extension course at FLAG
4/22/2008 7:44 pm 727-431-4100
4/23/2008 8:31 pm 727-689-9114 Jill concerning extension course
4/24/2008 11:57 am 727-657-2652 Sara from Chaplain's ofc @ FLAG (this is her cell)
4/25/2008 9:17 pm 727-431-4100
4/26/2008 10:18 am 727-657-2652
4/26/2008 10:28 am 727-657-2591
5/6/2008 4:26 pm 727-683-9114
Text messaged Sara Seymour at Flag. Told they have wrong number.
She texted back asking if I knew "who" was calling. Gave phone numbers
and names of the three who left messages: David-Jill-Sig and her.
5/17/2008 12:02 pm 727-214-5862 Sig extension course. Call ext course hotline 866-983-6762
5/17/2008 12:17 pm 727-214-5862
5/17/2008 1:51 pm 727-683-9114
5/17/2008 3:36 pm 727-683-9114
5/17/2008 6:24 pm 727-683-9114
5/18/2008 9:43 am 727-683-9114
5/20/2008 2:42 pm 727-683-9114
5/21/2008 9:19 am 727-683-9114
5/21/2008 8:39 pm 727-683-9114
My wife has called to let them know that she had changed her cell phone
number,gave them her new number and asked them to remove the old number since
it is no longer hers.
5/23/2008 2:52 pm 727-214-5862
5/23/2008 3:18 pm 727-214-5862
5/23/2008 6:26 pm 727-214-5862
5/23/2008 8:34 pm 727-214-5862
5/23/2008 9:12 pm 727-214-5862
5/24/2008 8:29 pm 727-214-5862
5/24/2008 9:04 pm 727-214-5862
5/24/2008 9:21 pm 727-214-5862
5/25/2008 6:19 pm 727-214-5862
5/25/2008 7:52 pm 727-214-5862
5/25/2008 8:08 pm 727-214-5862
5/26/2008 4:37 pm 727-683-9114
5/26/2008 5:16 pm 727-683-9114
5/27/2008 4:37 pm 727-683-9114
5/27/2008 5:16 pm 727-683-9114
5/28/2008 4:56 pm 727-683-9114
5/30/2008 7:07 pm 727-467-5213 church mailing dept
5/31/2008 4:34 pm 727-467-5213
5/31/2008 5:21 pm 727-467-5213
6/1/2008 5:42 pm 727-467-5213
6/2/2008 5:54 pm 727-467-5213
6/4/2008 8:42 pm 727-467-5212 church mailing dept
6/5/2008 2:10 pm 727-467-5212
6/6/2008 9:04 pm 727-467-5212
6/9/2008 10:05 am 727-467-5212
6/9/2008 2:31 pm 727-467-5212
6/9/2008 5:26 pm 727-467-5212
6/10/2008 8:37 pm 727-467-5212
6/11/2008 11:03 am 727-467-5212

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Still Relevent today

This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity to speak briefly to you about this mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.

It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one – no matter where he lives or what he does – can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on.

Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by his assassin’s bullet.

No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.

Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.

"Among free men,” said Abraham Lincoln, “there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lose their cause and pay the costs.”

Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire weapons and ammunition they desire.

Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach nonviolence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them.

Some looks for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear; violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.

For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter.

This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all. I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we known what must be done. “When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies – to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and mastered.

We learn, at the last, to look at our bothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community, men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear – only a common desire to retreat from each other – only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. For all this there are no final answers.

Yet we know what we must do. It is to achieve true justice among our fellow citizens. The question is now what programs we should seek to enact. The question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of human purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence.

We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of all. We must admit in ourselves that our own children’s future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge.

Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanish it with a program, nor with a resolution.

But we can perhaps remember – even if only for a time – that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short movement of life, that they seek – as we do – nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.

Surely this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our hearts brothers and countrymen once again.

Remarks of Presidential hopeful, Senator Robert F. Kennedy April 5, 1968 to the Cleveland City Club, Cleveland, Ohio.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Just got back this afternoon from spending a week at Disney's All Star Music Resort in Orlando where we also took in the Flower and Garden Show at Epcot, Animal Kingdom and hit two different locations for carpet or miniture golf. The first was Fantasia Gardens near Disney's Boardwalk Resort and Winter Summerland Miniture golf park next to Disney's Blizzard Beach. I won at Fantasia but lost at the second one.

I took about 44 pictures...some of them videos I am going to try and get posted here by Tuesday. LOL Notice the word 'try'. I have to remember how to do that.

When we are at Epcot we stopped in and had lunch at Marrakesh in Morrocco since they upgraded and hired a new chef. Not many people knew that and it was so not crowded. Since I can't eat but a small amount of food, and it has to be pretty chewed, I went with the vegetable couscous and a mint tea. Very tasty.

Then on Friday, we went to Spoodles over at the Boardwalk Resort to celebrate my birthday once again. lol Hey! You can never celebrate to many times. Lori is having a tough time eating ALL that she orders and over half of mine. We shall see as the year rolls by, how she develops. HarHar

While we were gone, Dane did manage to get his picture in the paper. The club he hangs out in Ybor City held a costume party of sorts for Memorial Day. He put on a wig and outfit and did his thing.