Sean Tevis update: He lost. However, he delivered quite a whallop - it was a tight race in an overwhelmingly red area. Nothing to sniff at.
Same kind of thing for Rene Varela. While he came in 3rd and thus is not a contender in the upcoming run-off election, he did take a pretty big chunk of the vote, so his competitors know they're being watched.
It's unnerving analyzing my wireless logs from home. So far nothing too scary has emerged. Plainly my younger kid has been shopping; that's no surprise. However, I am becoming affected by some of these sites he's turning up.
Maybe I'm a girl after all. I have a boner in my heart over these shoes:
Sunday, while waiting for my kids to be done with Sunday school, Wlofie and I were parked by MLK Jr. Park to enjoy the shade. We were asked if we were with a group of people taking folks to church, but of course we weren't. After a few minutes, a VW van in similar condition to Jake pulled up, obviously the van this guy was looking for. As some people assembled, we asked what church they were going to, and it turned out to be Boynton Beach Community Church. The person we spoke with told us about their burrito project, which involves making about 150 burritos on Saturdays and combining that affair with a collection of donated clothing. I didn't get a clear picture whether they sell the clothing to raise money for the homeless or whether they donate the clothing, and just how the burritos figure in. I should go and look sometime.
The Keith Olbermann video going around lately did move me but it also reminded me that there's a fundamental lack of understanding on just why it is that a significant portion of our society opposes same-sex marriage so vehemently, and why also they go to extremes about abortion, prayer in school, etc. It's on account of the End Times.
The End Times are upon us. Now, if you set aside the quite rational argument that the End Times have been upon us since well before Jesus was born, and they haven't occurred yet, you may get a glimpse of the stark-eyed terror that this whole concept stirs up in people. And it is a terror.
Think about this. The idea is that there is going to be a clarion call and the dead are gonna be coming up out of their graves, reassembling and regenerating, and all the righteous are gonna start floating right up in the air and away. You do not, do not, want to be one of the ones stuck on the ground on that day, because things are gonna get even worse than they are supposed to get right before that call - and that's supposed to be pretty bad.
Sodom and Gomorrah have to be reconstituted here on earth. Our government has to become corrupt and public morality has to go down the drain. Now, sometimes when I'm joking around, I ask why fundamentalists who believe in the End Times would fight so hard for the legislation of morality, given that the decline of society is necessary for the Apocalypse and Rapture, and that working against said decline is tantamount to acting against God's will. But that's irrelevant. The important thing is that when the day comes, nobody wants God looking at them and finding them lacking. They don't want God to say, "You saw what was happening to society. Why didn't you fight for righteousness?" They're terrified that if they don't do all they could, they'll be stuck down here with the wicked rest of us.
That's the stark-eyed terror. I think some of the gay bashing going on is a side effect of this. Guilt over not doing enough for this plus resentment over morality slipping in the first place leads to hostility against the immoral.
That's an entirely unrefined hypothesis. I haven't finished thinking it all the way through.
"My God! What happened to you?" the bartender asked Kelly as he hobbled in on a crutch, one arm in a cast.
"I got in a tiff with Riley."
"Riley? He's just a wee fellow," the barkeep said, surprised. "He must have had something in his hand."
"That he did," Kelly said. "A shovel it was."
"Dear Lord. Didn't you have anything in your hand?"
"Aye, that I did -- Mrs. Riley's left boob." Kelly said. "And a beautiful thing it was, but not much use in a fight."