Thursday, September 16, 2004

Look at this picture of a poor little girl who witnessed her father's Bush/Cheney sign being taken away and torn up. I hear about this stuff all the time. Let me tell you, my son isn't too political but he thought it would be cool to put a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker on the old '87 Chevy Nova he drives to school... it wasn't a few days later that for the first time in his high school career, someone soaped a foul message on his windows. I hear of Bush/Cheney cars getting keyed, Bush/Cheney cars getting lights busted out. This isn't the way elections are supposed to be. There are those who believe that Bush is much, much further ahead that the polls indicate but that people are afraid to tell the pollsters they are for Bush. Once the curtain is drawn and it's just you and your vote: vote your faith.

My parents are celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss on Saturday. I've worked for the last two weeks scanning in pictures and slides and putting together a DVD of their 50+ years together (they started dating in high school). I'm am jealous of the documentation of their love. Pictures from school plays they were in together, pictures of them with their friends, pictures of them traveling, dancing, holding each other, holding hands, kissing, holding their kids, their grandkids, pictures of them with their parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles...

Let me tell you, if your camera is sitting dusty in the closet, get it out and snap some shots of everyday family life, unposed, in focus -- you'll be glad you did in later life. So much of my own family life goes undocumented even though I'm something of a camera bug. I pledge to do better. :)

RCIA was pretty good, we talked about the Holy Spirit. Our teacher said we don't call it the Holy Ghost anymore because Ghost has too many spooky connotations. We only had two students in our class this time, but a new RCIA session is starting and perhaps our class will grow... that would be good. We're into weekly classes now and our priest will be teaching next week on Marriage and Annulment... that will be interesting. I'd like to understand how it is that people who have been married with children can get the church to disregard those years... given the above info about my parents, you understand I'm against such things... too many people don't try and refuse to bend.

Getting old isn't for wimps, and neither is marriage.

Monday, September 13, 2004

If you're not following the CBS, Dan Rather, 60 Minutes II forgery story, where 60 Minutes ran a story critical of President Bush's National Guard service based on forged memos and testamony that has fallen apart, just skip down a bit. If you want an update on the 60 Minutes II fogery story, go to Rathergate.com.

I was worried that this morning's interview of Kitty Kelley on the Today Show would be just more Bush bashing from unnamed sources. I've seen Today try to destroy the reputation of people they don't like by letting gossip be taken as fact. But I was surprised and happy that Matt Lauer was very hard on Kitty Kelley's assertions that President Bush used cocaine at Camp David when he father, the elder Bush, was president. Lauer pointed out that Kitty Kelley tapes almost all her interview, but she didn't take the drug accusations, he also pointed out Sharon Bush, the only named source for the story, has denied she ever said it or saw it, and had her on the show later to denounce the whole story as false. I wonder if Matt Lauer was watching CBS and Dan Rather destroy their reputations and decided to actual be a journalist. I'm glad he did, because it saved me time, I was ready to call Today Show sponsors if they weren't demanding about the truth of the charges.

RCIA tonight: Chapter 5: "The Holy Spirit: The Power of Love."

We were supposed to be dismissed on Saturday, before Mass, but our priest either forgot or dismissal was delayed because it was festival day and we had an address on video tape from our Bishop.

We sold tickets at the entrance of the festival. We were suprised at how polite and patient all the kids were. We've been involed for a lot of years and have seen so many kids behave badly at festivals. Kudos to our new church family! It was a great day for a festival and it was very crowded. A Big Screen Projection TV was in the beer tent for the Notre Dame game... now that's something that old Methodists are not used to: beer and football at Church. :)

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