Friday, April 24, 2015

The Fox News host who said Hillary Clinton ate at Chipotle to appeal to Hispanic voters——must answer me this: where is she supposed to eat? If she goes to Chick-fil-A, they’ll claim she’s flip-flopped on gay marriage; Panda Express, she’s not being tough enough on China;  Dunkin Donuts, sympathizing with violent cops;  Dairy Queen, sounds too much like “welfare queen”; and, thanks to her husband, forget about going to In-n-Out. - Bill Maher

This is Maggie Gallagher the head of the National Organization for Marriage.  That catchy title would lead one to believe they are for marriage for one and all.  Not so.  They strongly oppose same-sex marriage because of their Christian values.  And Christians and their values are under attack.  She recently was quoted as saying, “Christianity in this country is going to enter a new phase where we are a hated minority group, and I think we had better be psychologically and spiritually prepared for that and be prepared to rebuild from the ruins of the collapse of civilization that we’re witnessing."

Those who oppose same-sex marriage know they are losing the war and hope to turn the tide by spreading fear that the entire Christian lifestyle, because that's really what it is, will crumble when same-sex marriage finally passes.  Believe me, there are those who truly believe this.  But same-sex marriage will prevail.  Thirty-two states and counting. Christians have historically fought against equal rights such as the abolishment of slavery, the passing of the right to vote for women, and the right for inter-racial marriage, so another loss won't bring an end to the Christian way of life.

People such as Ms. Gallagher try to speak for "all Christians" and yet a good part of their battle is with those within the "Christian lifestyle" who are not against same-sex marriage and believe that Jesus stood for love for one another.

So really the only question left to be answered now is which state will hold the embarrassment of the last state to give in and pass same-sex marriage.  Or will the Supreme Court step in and make same-sex marriage the law of the land.  This way Christians can continue to rail against same-sex marriage and say that the federal government forced their hand, not that they gave in to accepting  it. I say Alabama (sorry Brian) will be the last state to give in.  Any bets?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We made it home Tuesday in one piece.  Karen and I were both sick Sunday evening and all day Monday.  We weren't able to visit Karen's friend in Nashville because we couldn't get too far from a toilet, if you know what I mean.  I'm not sure if it was something we ate or I think there are different "bugs" in the water in Huntsville and we weren't used to them.

Karen was in the middle seat from Alabama to Vegas and was next to a heavy guy who bled over into Karen's seat.  Then he began to clear his throat and then spit into a cup.  It sounded quite gross.

Overall we had a great time.  I don't think moving to Myrtle Beach is in our future.  We did see lots of rain and some thunder and lightning.

Thank you Brian and Selina for your hospitality and sharing your wonderful children with us. 

I Hate to Fly

Traveling is fun, I’m eager to go,
Fill up the tank, our bags we will stow.
Up before dawn, head out the door,
Mickey Dees for pancakes, perhaps maybe more.

Catching a flight is not quite as fun,
Run to the airport, can’t bring my gun.
I hate the TSA with all of my being,
Once through the line always leaves my seething.

Waiting to board, a cattle call for sure,
Shuffling down the gangway in less than a blur.
“Please place your bag in the overhead bin,”
The size of her bag is surely a sin.

Luck of all luck, on the aisle I’m sittin’,
Knees to my chin, who are they kiddin’.
Three and a half hours stuffed in a tube,
Couldn’t get closer, even with a lube.

The guy next to me is as big as a boat,
Constantly spitting and clearing his throat.
We land with a thump and roll to the gate,
I love to travel, its flying I hate.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday morning we got to babysit while Brian and Selina went out to do a community project for their church.  Ameila has warmed up to me on this trip.  We were playing Cinderella.  Those little dressed are hard to get on the doll.  LOL.

As you can see babysitting is hard work.

Thursday morning we went for a walk on the beach. It was cool and overcast. I walked a bit and returned to our hotel while Karen took a much longer journey. It began to sprinkle on her way back.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yesterday we went to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens outside of Charlston, SC. We took a nature tram tour around the property and saw alligators, and birds and lost of flowers. The we took a walking tour of the plantation house.

Slave quarters

Went to Ft. Sumter, the location of the first shots of the Civil War. Not much to see really. Old brick walls, some old cannon, and of course a gift shop. Reminded us of our visit to the Alamo, which was just as anti-climactic.  The boat ride out to the island was the most fun. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We went out and did some sight seeing today.(Tuesday)  The weather has been cool, cloudy, with on and off light rain, and fog.  We even had a short time of hail.  This is the walkway from our hotel to the beach.

This is our hotel from the beach.  We are on the 7th floor and have a great view.  We can hear the surf with out slider open.
This is the Myrtle Beach boardwalk.  Its pretty deserted as spring break is over and summer hasn't started yet.
We paid a dollar each to walk on this pier. My Hawaiian shirts aren't very popular in this area.
Tomorrow we're going to Charlston to see Ft. Sumter and possibly a plantation. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Having a great time visiting Brian and his family in Huntsville, AL. 

Karen and Jonah and Amelia.

Corey went out and leased himself a new Chevy Coronado pickup. 

A photo that scares the shit out of Republicans. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015