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Thursday, May 31, 2012

This Is Gay - PhillyBurbs.com

I’m overwhelmingly shocked that we’re being so ridiculously distracted by gay marriage. What kind of nation have we become where there are so many issues that are infinitely more pressing? For example, my town is in dire need of a breakfast café run by homosexuals and all we have is a Dunkin Donuts one town over. No justice whatsoever. This whole discussion is freaking me out, but I think I’m OK. During my run last night the sky unleashed a savage fury for about 3 minutes. The sun immediately came out and a well-defined rainbow appeared that seemed close enough to touch. I reached out and inadvertently grabbed one of my running partners. It was very embarrassing to say the least. This reminds me of when my wife and I used to work out at the Pennsport Athletic Club at 4th & Bainbridge in Philadelphia. It was before kids so we were able to hit the gym 6 days a week. We invariably became friendly with our fellow gym-people many of whom were gay. We were often invited to their parties, went to their theatrical performances and met afterwards at Silk City (a lovely neighborhood diner). It was like a nice little gay gym community. My wife would often comment, “They love you.” Even the massage therapist, Marty, would literally beg to let him massage me. I not only gave in to the pressure, but even took his 3 hour massage seminar. Regardless of what anyone thinks - it’s a curse being this hot. But I always took it in stride and never once relinquished my heterosexuality. I liked my gay friends, enjoyed their company and never felt threatened (even when they would threaten me). They’re gay, I’m not and all is well. No one ever seemed to hold it against me that I’m not gay. I wonder if the gay community isn’t as heterophobic as some say they are. I don’t think that it’s so much “gay marriage” that many have a problem with, but rather it’s the political hysteria swirling about as well as the obnoxious activism. Many who are smitten by the notion of gay marriage aren’t even gay, but are “blind” Democrat psychotics who go ga-ga for all things Democrat. Talk about gay. Does anyone ever discuss this with the rank-and-file gay person who would rather just be gay and not have their every move politicized? So-called President Obama was against gay marriage, was for it, then against and is now all over it like; OK, I’ll leave out and analogy that you’re thinking of. You’re obviously a sick and twisted person. Wow - have some class. Anyway, this isn’t about gay marriage at all, but rather is about politics. And so it goes for our politics today. We create this group and that group each with their own synthetic divisive definition. What we need to get back to is one large group of Americans. It’s gays today, the wealthy tomorrow, then the poor, then women, and so on each being pitted against one another for the selfish purpose of one’s political gain and we’re the idiots who keep falling for it allowing ourselves to be used as the tools we are. There’s a chance, of course, that a sweeping national gay marriage law will have no ill-effect on society. But, is it also possible that there could be some consequences? Some are simply unable to integrate gay marriage into their world because of religious and/or moral reasons. Do these people, whose numbers are quite large, somehow have fewer rights than those who think gay marriage is fine? This single arena will without a doubt open up Pandora’s Box of legal issues. Of course, no one thinks about this because we’re overly afflicted with our extreme shallowness and inability to think beyond our next pint of Haagen Daz. Certainly, there’s many a failed traditional marriage with the associated negative effects on their children and there’s many gay couples who adopt children who seem pretty good-to-go, but the general thinking is that the ideal condition for raising children is in a family with a man and a woman as the father and the mother. We already have way too many children growing up in less than ideal conditions so why play with it and risk further diminishing the potential ideal? Oh, that’s right; I almost forgot about politics. I just threw up so hard that vomit came out my nose. In conclusion, let’s take a closer look at redefining society on a whim before we actually do it. I get the whole “gay” thing, but the possible gain might be overshadowed by some problem areas if we get it wrong. If it’s determined that something has to be done, let’s make sure we get it right before doing anything. I personally think that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. Two men or two women can do whatever they like - it’s just not marriage. Not a bad thing, but just not marriage. So let’s everyone just calm down and start small. I think a nice breakfast café in Yardley brimming with veggie omelets, muffins and fritters would be a great place to begin.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An Angel I Once Knew - PhillyBurbs.com

My mom used to always say that “water seeks its own level” meaning that you’re influenced one way or another by who you hang out with. That’s why I very much enjoyed being around someone like Janet Manion (if even only a few times). Her humble confidence radiated to inspire others. That’s probably why so many were paralyzed by the news of her recent passing. Many didn’t know that she was sick - a testament to the silent dignity that was at her core. Mrs. Manion, along with her family and team of volunteers, continued the leadership of their late son, Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, by forming The Travis Manion Foundation. The Travis Manion Foundation is one of our nation’s most cherished support organizations for Veterans and families and can be found at www.travismanion.com . Character, courage and commitment often come at a high price, but the cost is much higher without these qualities. The foundation of leadership is service which puts the needs of others before your own. Living a life of such value is the key that unlocks the path of integrity where you will never get lost. Mrs. Manion provided that direction with her rare level of strength that literally takes your breath away. I often run into people who have regrets about not serving in the military, but they are doing more than they think just by honoring our men and women in uniform who make up the next “The Greatest Generation”. Mrs. Manion’s example and clarity of purpose not only shines light on the remarkable achievements of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen/women, but also creates opportunities for us all to serve. Leadership doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but is a 2-way street that we’re all a part of. When I think of Mrs. Manion I think of someone who has our back. Now it’s time for us to watch hers. Travis said “If not me then who?” right before leaving for Iraq. That “who” is now us. For example, Mrs. Manion spoke to my son’s 3rd grade class and left a profound impact on the students. His teacher now runs in the Doylestown Heroes’ Run (one of many held around the world on or near 9/11 each year) with a visible solemn reverence. Another example was an email from her Organization to join their Marine Corps Marathon team. I’m simply so blown away by those in harm’s way today that I was compelled to jump off that cliff and build my wings on the way down. Being a non-runner with 6 months to prepare seemed like much less of a commitment than those who are doing more today in a minute than I did in 5 years of full-time active duty. The Travis Manion Foundation continues to ”honor the fallen by challenging the living” in many ways. I’d like to conclude this tribute with a passage from Isaiah that reflects the peace of those summoned to a higher calling: They who wait for God shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. The last time I saw Mrs. Manion was this past October. After her speech I asked how she does it. She shrugged her shoulders and said, “Build it and they will come.” And they keep coming. Irrefutable proof that water seeks its own level.

Faith In Government vs. Intelligence - PhillyBurbs.com

A friend just mentioned a conversation he overheard while riding the train to Philly the other day. A group of young adults were discussing gas prices. They didn’t care about rising gas prices because they don’t own cars and ride the bus. What is it that prevents many from thinking beyond their own instant gratification? Some fingers point to a failed education system. I’m a huge believer in public education, but there does seem to be a massive quality gap between various school districts. I know an inner city teacher who’s probably the nicest, most dedicated and good-hearted person you’d ever meet. His frustration often has him overwhelmed and there’s a clear correlation to student performance and parental involvement. The poor performing students, however, would be those most in need of new models of education, but innovation in this arena falls short even under the backdrop of considerable (yet inefficient) funding. Everyone suffers from these outdated models that aren’t relevant anymore with today’s challenges. Is any of this on purpose? Are we being dumbed-down to make way for the special interests that profit from public dollars or are we being dumbed-down for more sinister reasons? Regions that are overflowing with government programs do seem to be those with the most challenges in the areas of personal responsibility, accountability and self-reliance. I wonder if government over-involvement creates this condition or, if at best, just make it worse. Speaking of special interests I do find it puzzling that among the varying degrees of success and failure in our public schools the rate of success of the teachers’ union remains consistent regardless. Could it be that education is more about those at the public funds feeding trough and less about education? Could be. This is getting confusing, but there does seem to be a correlation between those who are overly confident in government (who consistently vote one particular way) and a failure in basic cause/effect relationships. For example, about 51% of handicapped people were employed before the Americans with Disabilities Act was introduced. Implemented in 1990, the ADA prohibited discrimination based on disability. With new regulations came a whole new opportunity for lawyers to file lawsuits. Employment of the handicapped is now around 33% as a direct result of this “for the good of the people” legislation. Yay government. Since on this topic guess what the result is of all the new guidelines to handicapped access. No one disagrees with measures to make businesses disabled-friendly, but does it have to be legislated? I guess it does since the rule book is several inches thick making opening a new business particularly difficult. It’s great though for, yes, lawyers who are now in the business of suing everyone. Yay. And we continue down this path of faith in government to solve our problems. Just throw money at a problem and make it go away. Not. Example after example after example reveal that the problem only gets worse with negative cause/effect relationships that don’t stop. Some suggest the conspiracy theory that we’re being made dumb on purpose to ensure the continuance of government policies that bring profit to the special interests that benefit under the guise of good. More government, means more taxes, having to work harder to pay the bills and then the corresponding effect of even less people paying attention/more having to get on government programs who’ll vote to keep that money flowing. All I know is that I have to get to work. The answer certainly isn’t in government, but I do understand not having faith in your fellow man. Try having faith in God. Maybe that’s what we’re missing here. Nothing else seems to make sense.

Anne Chapman for State Rep - Bucks County Courier Times

I’m still trying to decide if I prefer any Democrat to an unprincipled Republican, but there’s no doubt that I’m in complete disapproval of a Republican candidate or elected official pretending to be Conservative who’s quite the opposite. I’m doing a lot of research on this and will get back to you with my findings. This all reached an apex of annoyance with an email this morning from the Pennsylvania State GOP endorsing Steve Welch for the US Senate. Steve Welch is probably the single most unprincipled Republican I’ve yet encountered which is particularly disturbing since there are other Republican candidates for US Senate who are stunningly remarkable. All I could do was to unsubscribe from getting anymore Pennsylvania State GOP emails. I started driving to switch my voter registration to Independent, but figured (just in time) that I’m not going to leave the Republican Party because of the state GOP’s failures and insults. There’s nothing wrong with endorsing bad candidates (or those whose only qualification is that they’ll absolutely do as their told at all times) or in us blinding following orders; as long as it’s OK with us. But what if it isn’t OK? Then it’s up to us, the voters, to reject party politics, think for ourselves and make the best/most informed decision possible at the polls. Good candidates come and go. Some get elected and some don’t. “Yes” men and women tend to win over nice yet average candidates that step forward from time to time, but have a hard time against very principled solid citizens who enter the fray for all the right reasons. Needless to say, we’re at a major crossroads both locally and nationally and I’m not sure how it’s going to pan out. We need all the good people we can get and, fortunately, we have one in Anne Chapman who’s running for State Rep in the 31st District. I know Anne and she’s the real thing. There are those who believe in government and those who believe in you. Anne is the later, she understands the issues and will confront them head on with both an independent foundation and a devotion to her constituents. In my humble opinion, do not let this one go. Please consider voting for Anne Chapman in the Republican Primary so that we may have a choice in the General Election. Anne’s website provides a clear view into the window of her approach to governance which I find refreshing, honest and very much needed with today’s harsh challenges. Anne will focus on the real issues that matter to us all. Her Primary opponent did considerable work for Planned Parenthood and has made donations to liberal “party” Democrats like Alyson Schwartz, which has many up in arms. Let’s put politics aside for a moment and release ourselves from the labels that mean nothing. Almost all of us are “pro-life” deep down inside, but also appreciate “choice”. This is where the confusion comes in. Certainly, there are medical tragedies that some have to address (and often do so alone), but my problem with this issue is treating unborn children as medical waste. Anne will be the type of elected official who will go beyond the surface of political hysteria and knee-jerk reaction to identify the real problems confronting us. She’ll address our issues with the moral courage required to restore dignity to those most in need rather than catering to special interest groups. She will not vote for legislation with a Band-Aid approach that does little more than provide temporary relief and that often will make a problem worse. Thank you for listening. My endorsement is always to vote for the real Conservative and to reject those who say they are, but aren’t. We’ll all have a fine Democrat to choose from in the General Election, but it’s my hope that we’ll also be able to select a Republican if we so choose. Anne Chapman is an Independent Conservative Republican. You’ll have your chance to vote for a Democrat in the General Election if you like, but I do hope that you vote for the actual Republican in the Republican Primary.