Thursday, August 27, 2015

Seven Quick Takes: Rants about weddings & I have a resume

More Quick Takes at This Ain't the Lyceum

Recapping the summer: 

As a family we did nothing spectacular. The kids enjoyed doing nothing. Yes, they had a week of camp and dance lessons continued.

It never got hot, not one true heat wave. We've been in the pool a lot, but we never installed the air conditioning either. Our trees create a great canopy of shade.

Bearing false witness:

"to twist the argument not about public policy but to argue that Christians hate gay individuals for defending and prioritizing a child's relationship with their mother and father. Ouch. What a lie. One thing to disagree with anyone but another to scandalize another to support their self righteousness"

Rants about weddings, not marriage:

I said I hate weddings. I hate bridal parties, I hate sand/candle ceremonies, I hate filler, I hate seeing families spending tens of thousands of dollars for cookie cutter receptions at hotels somewhere off the highway in an office park, no where near either the couple's families live near.

Gazeebo/fancy stair case/ocean views/bridal dresses in the back of the closet, I'm done. 

Oh wait.... a cattle farm? You know it's about agri-tourism






Fun Home and why it was a terrible graphic novel

A graphic novel/memoir that is sexually explicit with images, may conflict with a Christian morals, but because it may conflict with one's morals doesn't make it a good book to challenge your thoughts.  Apparently from the reviews from years past, it's a ok/so-so book. 

In the Boston Globe this week 


"" It’s the child’s interests [that] are most at stake in cases like this,” Kindregan said. “They are being deprived of their parents, and they may wind up in a whole new home. So their interests need protection."
You don't say?

Random thought...

It's only the good times, that can help you through a dark time in your marriage. This why you can't be a jerk to spouse on a regular basis and get away with it, because when there is a rough patch there's nothing built upon to get through it. Someone will walk out or get kicked to the curb, by choice or necessity.

My resume

It looks good. I'm proud of it. The fact is that I won't delete my blog. I may stop posting, simply because I'm busy.  Hopefully busy. I look forward to working


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fun Home & Duke : Stuff White People Like (Hipsterific!) calling on the bullshit

Washington Post Op-Ed The college freshman, Brian Grasso  (a Christian) had no issue the text and discussing/writing about the literature, but the images were the concern. Citing with acknowledgement, that the majority of young men his age look explicit material for leisure/boredom he found it to be a serious issue. Who knows Duke's English department knowing that no one reads anymore, thought 'girl on girl' action would at least get the incoming freshman to crack open a book? Outright refusal to read the book seems extreme, but a highly selective school requiring a novel that can be read in under two hours??? (ETA: THis book was assigned for student orientation, not a class. This help explain a lot why it may have been chosen and his right to choose not to read it.)

A few brutally honest review from 5-8 years ago from GoodReads, mix reviews from people honestly read the novel. Funhouse isn't that great of a graphic novel, despite the praise that lead to it being of Broadway musical. It's just OK.  FYI Yes, I may read this simply for the story line dealing with parent/child relationships. This is really a graphic novel about family from a child's point of view! 






Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rant about weddings, not marriage


I'm done with weddings, but not marriage. People know my record, and with weddings I am done. Look at it this way, if I end up not going I'm saving you money. I will still send a gift and my blessings, but I'm done with weddings.

Except... Except... You can do a simple civil/religious ceremony. Yes, your nuptials in the context of a Catholic Mass at your local parish can be simple. There is no such thing as a big church wedding, the church just happens to be big. In the backyard or at city hall, same thing.

Like I said I hate weddings. I hate bridal parties, I hate sand/candle ceremonies, I hate filler, I hate seeing families spending tens of thousands of dollars for cookie cutter receptions at hotels somewhere off the highway in an office park, no where near either the couple's families live near.

Gazeebo/fancy stair case/ocean views/bridal dresses in the back of the closet, I'm done.

We're loaded up with student debt and high costs of living, dropping 30k or whatever isn't worth it.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Shame away... I'm the bad guy.

I posted this on Facebook in June 28th. Only one person thought it was about 'teh gays'. Thank you for those who disagreed to realize a disagreement is just that a disagreement.

Click to enlarge.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bearing False Witness

Nothing has changed, well except my ever growing ability to be unpopular. 

Over the past decade I've had good and bad conversations about the idea of marriage. If so many people think marriage is obsolete, then why are so many celebrating. And what are they celebrating?

Many friends have changed their social media profiles with the Facebook sponsored rainbow tints.

My Twitter feed is filled with corporate sponsors doing the same with their logo.

Everyone is happy. Happy Happy HAPPY

Everyone is kicking the idea that marriage is an idea that brought both parents together for the well being of the child is anti-intellectual stupid ignorant discriminatory.... and so on.... and so on.

I'm being  stoned with digital pixels of rainbows, mislabeled as hateful and a bigot and against LOVE. Yes, that is silly. Bizzare.

LOVE is LOVE! How can I be against LOVE as a Christian.

And that's the probably a bit more painful, not people are for gay marriage, but to twist the argument not about public policy but to argue that Christians hate gay individuals for defending and prioritizing a child's relationship with their mother and father. Ouch. What a lie. One thing to disagree with anyone but another to scandalize another to support their self righteousness


To quote 'Ask the Bigot"

"I do because that’s how my mother parented me. She is an exceptional mother.  If her partner would have had children, she would have totally rocked motherhood; it’s evident in every fiber of her being.Thing is, even though they are all that, they both would have failed at being fathers.
Cue sirens ‘cause when the Bigoted Hater Police hear such statements they now have the word of the highest court in our land to reinforce their misguided ideology.
Some speculate that I must hate my mom to oppose same-sex marriage. But the reality is that my support of traditional marriage stems from the fact that two men, no matter how loving, could never have replaced this mother of mine. N E V E R.
See, most traditional marriage supporters agree that consenting adults should be able to form the relationships that they choose.  What they oppose is state-endorsed motherlessness and fatherlessness. Marriage is not just about how adults feel about one another. Marriage serves a social good by connecting parents, especially fathers, to their biological children. Therefore redefining marriage redefines parenthood- in essence making mothers or fathers optional in the life of a child, which is a sociological lie regardless of what 5 justices believe. According to reason, biology and Top Shelf social science, children do not just need “role models,” or “guardians,” or even generic “parents.”  Every child is conceived by, desires to be known by, and has a right to their mother and father. Children are incapable of protecting their own rights.  That is the purview of adults.  It is one of the few things our elected officials, and justices, are supposed to do.
Now that same-sex marriage is a constitutional “right” how will those parent-child bonds be respected and encouraged?
Well, the legal system is out.


But everyone is so HAPPY as they kick around those dwindling number of people who openly express anthropological kinship as a matter of public policy and well being.