Archive for April, 2012

Amendment One

Posted: April 13, 2012 in amendment one

A good friend posted on her blog about the upcoming vote for or against an amendment to the NC state Constitution. It is a good read and I recommend it, you can find it here:

http://heathermcamp.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/one-christians-word-on-amendment-1-in-north-carolina-why-i-will-not-support-it/

And here’s my two cents on the same issue. I actually wrote this a couple of years ago when it was first discussed to introduce a constitutional amendment for (or rather against) gay marriage. It was posted on my old blog and is recycled here…

Christian Constitutionalist

Let me begin by saying I am a born again Christian. I have been washed by the blood of the crucified Lord and I praise Him for who he is and for all he has done for me. I believe in the virgin birth, the sinless life and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I want to make sure, up front, that this is stated, and plainly stated, so there is no doubt of my beliefs.  I also believe that the Bible is the word of God and is true.

Believing that the Bible is the word of God, I further believe that homosexuality is wrong in the eyes of the Lord. The Bible says that it is an “abomination” in more than one place, in both the Old and New Testaments. I want to make sure, before going any further, that my position on this is clear.  I think, based on my religious beliefs, that homosexuality is a sin.

I feel that as a Christian, I have been blessed in many ways, and I am thankful for these blessings. One on the greatest blessings I have, in my opinion, is having been born an American,  in a country that is based on freedom for the individual and the rule of law.  I am thankful that in this country some radical Islamist (or Buddhist or Taoist or Pagan or whatever) cannot force his beliefs upon me, that I have the freedom to worship (or not worship) as I see fit.

Now, here is where a lot of my so-called Christian brethren, drop the ball. The only way for this freedom to work is for it to work for ALL.  Just as it is wrong for Osama to tell me that I must be a Muslim, or that I must agree with his beliefs, it is also wrong for me to say someone must be a Christian or that they must agree with MY beliefs.

The Bible is the document by which a Christian should lead his life, and the Constitution of the United States is the document by which the country should be governed. I have no problem with this and see no conflict.  According to my religious beliefs, a homosexual couple, living together, are living in sin. According to the constitution, two consenting adults, living together are none of my business.

A constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is, in my opinion a ridiculous waste of time. (I also think it is only a political smokescreen, but that is another matter).  What are we actually talking about anyway? A homosexual couple who want to live together and act as a married couple can already do so almost anywhere in the US. Sure, there are places where they would catch more hassle than other places, but even in those places the “state” would defend their rights as consenting adults to live as they please. So actually, what we are talking about is the “official” recognition of their “partnership” or “union” or “pick a name”, by the state.

Now this is where I think all the talking heads have their terminology backwards. Marriage existed before this country existed, and before the Bible existed, too, for that matter. My marriage is a sacred covenant between my wife and myself with our God as our witness. (If you are an atheist, your marriage is still a covenant between you and your spouse.) In either case, the “state” is not part of these covenants.  Now, if I want to put my wife on my insurance or if one of us is physically incapacitated and the other needs to make a decision, the state wants to recognize our (partnership, union, covenant, marriage, whatever) to LEGALLY recognize these decisions. This recognition by the state is of our “civil union”, not our marriage, regardless of the way the words are being used in the present debates.

Bottom line – – In my opinion, if a gay couple want to make that commitment, to be together for life, with all that goes with that, including making that commitment a legally binding one, and one that is not lightly entered into or dissolved, why should they not be allowed to do so?

As I stated earlier, according to my religious beliefs, this couple would be living in sin, but I see nothing in the constitution that prohibits that.  Why should they not be allowed to make that commitment, and to have it a legally binding commitment?

My religious beliefs are for me to live by, not for me to tell others how to live. If you ask me for my opinion I will, respectfully, in love, give it to you.  I will not tolerate you shoving your beliefs down my throat, nor will I force mine on you.

Vaya Con Dios

ML

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Tuesday, 10 Apr…

Posted: April 12, 2012 in news, sports, weight

Tuesday, 10 April

(I wrote this Tuesday, didn’t actually get around to posting it until Thurs.)

Weight

The holiday weekend is over and I am still at 303. I did some research to make sure that I wasn’t just making excuses and it turns out that, as I suspected, part of my weight problem is, indeed, my medication. I am taking a med for my hypertension called atenolol which is a class of medication called a beta blocker. Beta blockers work by relaxing the blood vessels and slowing the heart rate to reduce blood pressure. The ‘net is full of people asking how to lose weight while taking beta blockers and they are all struggling with this problem.

Even exercise is only partially helpful, because I can’t get my heart rate up to where it needs to be for a good cardio workout, again because of the meds. You see all these ads for supplements that “raise metabolism” or “increase metabolism” or “send your metabolism into over-drive” and here I am taking something to have the completely opposite effect. This does make it more difficult, but it is not impossible.

The bottom line is, and this doesn’t change, to lose weight you need to take in fewer calories and / or burn more. There are many different diets out there, some work better than others, but the bottom line doesn’t change. Burn more or take in less to lose pounds. Since burning more is a problem with my meds, taking in less is going to have to work. I think I will try skipping lunch for a while.

Everybody says, “Eat more meals, just smaller ones” and I am sure that that approach has worked for many, but not me. You know, if I could just quit eating, like I did smoking, I could handle it, but you gotta eat. I eat a little, and that leads to a little more. If I HAD to smoke a little, I never would have quit smoking either. Cold turkey works for me, cutting back never has.

Sports

Golf

I was pulling for Phil Mickelson, but couldn’t be happier for Bubba Watson and his first Masters win. He has never had a golf lesson, doesn’t have a swing coach, doesn’t need a sports psycologist and is from the Florida panhandle. He owns the original General Lee (the car from the Dukes of Hazzard) and his name is Bubba! It don’t get any LESS snooty than that. The Masters winner picks the menu for the dinner at next years Masters, and he has said it would probably be cheeseburgers. My kind of champion.

Baseball

Yeah, I know the Yankees started out 0-3, but so did the BoSox. (They both got their first win yesterday).

April 12 update – The Yanks are now 3-3 after winning 3 straight, thanks to the O’s.

The BoSox are losing, too and are now 1-5, I love it. The Braves finally got a win, thanks to the return of Chipper Jones and are now 2-4 after 4 loses to start. Did you know that only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray have more switch hit home runs than Chipper? That’s pretty good company.

News

My two cents on the Trayvan Martin case.

First, there has been a “rush to judgment” since the story first broke. Next, the selective editing of the 9-1-1 call (by the media, NBC, I think) was outrageous. They made it sound like it was a racial issue, whether it was or not. Third, the New Black Panther party’s leader should be arrested for putting a bounty on Zimmerman. Fourth, the idiot celebraties that tweeted what they thought was Zimmerman’s address should be charged with something, too. And lastly, we (we being the general public) do not know the facts, yet. We do not know what happened.  Only two people know exactly what happened, and one of them is dead.  We need to reserve our judgments until we DO know the facts. But, the bottom line is that a seventeen-year-old kid is dead.  It may be that he did attack Zimmerman, I don’t know. If he did, it was not the twelve year old that we all saw pictures of, it was the 6 ft 3 inch tall, hoodie wearing, gold teeth flashing, thug looking Trayvan that attacked. But, while he may have been 6’3 and he may have had gold teeth, and he may have been wearing a hoodie and looking like a thug, but he was STILL seventeen and UNARMED.  Zimmerman is a wanna-be cop who is several years more mature and several pounds heavier than Trayvan was. I don’t know the facts, but I don’t believe killing that teenager was Zimmerman’s only choice.

April 12 update—They (the state of Fla) have now arrested Zimmerman and are charging him with 2nd degree murder. I’m not a lawyer and don’t claim to know the Florida laws, but 2nd degree murder doesn’t make sense to me. Manslaughter I could see, but if it is at all murder, why not first degree? He did, after all, continue, after the 9-1-1 operator told him not to, to follow Trayvan. That’s not too big a stretch from “premeditation”.  Then, again, I’m not a Florida lawyer.

Vaya Con Dios,  ML

Sports, April

Posted: April 2, 2012 in sports

Sports

As for NCAA Basketball, I really don’t care, since the ACC are all gone, but will pick Kentucky and hope that I am wrong.

Baseball, 2012

Since the season starts in a couple of days it is time to make my predictions.

(Technically the season has already started, but two teams playing two games in Japan and splitting them 1-1 hardly counts).

American League

Of course I am picking my Yankees to win the east.

I am picking Detroit Tigers for the central. They picked up some pitching and signed Prince Fielder.

In the west, I probably should pick Texas,  but because of pitching and Albert Pujols, will pick the Angels.

National League

The Phillies should still be the strongest team in the NL and should win the east.

The central went to Milwaukee last year, but they lost some talent. I’ll pick St. Louis, but will pull for the Cubs.

I’m going with the Diamond Backs in the west.

Most improved this year SHOULD be the Washington Nationals. Most improved may get them to .500, but nowhere near contention yet.

As for my weight, the other purpose for this blog,this past Sunday was our once a month birthday/fellowship lunch at New Vision Fellowship and I ate too much. But tonight is our blood drive, so I should lose a bit (how much does a unit of blood weigh?)  Will post a number next time.

Vaya Con Dios

ML