She is totally setting her own political machine even in the midst of this current election – throwing The Mummy under the bus! Hell he should use these last few days to campaign against her! Can I host that debate?
Well actually it’s my grandson – the latest addition to the family. Xavier William Curry arrived on Wednesday at 5:27pm St. Louis time. (Just a day before mom’s birthday!)
Mother, baby and father are doing just fine. And of course “Paw Paw” is looking forward to bouncing the kid off his knee and teaching him everything I know.
Congratulations to Justin and Chrystal Curry, the blessed and proud parents!
Pics from Top – L-R Xavier William – Chrystal the night before giving birth, and Justin and Chrystal on their wedding day.
As the election draws near I am hearing more and more from my conservative friends regarding the pro-life vs. pro choice argument. The Catholics and Evangelical Christians are especially vigilant on this issue. They feel as they did the last 8 years that to vote for someone who is pro-choice is a vote for a pro abortionist or a baby killer. Some are even saying now that to vote for Senator Obama is to bring eternal damnation upon ones self.
Someone asked my opinion of the abortion issue recently. And I have debated with my right leaning Christian friends for years. What gets me most in this debate is the fact that rarely is there any balance in the discussion… especially from my Christian and Catholic friends.
I can say for sure I am totally pro-life. I don’t believe that abortion is a good thing for anyone – certainly not as a form of birth control as some have practiced. I believe these people are rare however. The abortion rate outside of reasons for the health of a mother, or in cases of rape and incest is horrible. I honestly feel that most people who are pro-choice would agree with me on that. Most Americans are not pro-abortion.
Where my right wing friends miss it however, is the narrow scope in which they focus on the unborn exclusively. If one is to be truly pro-life, he has to be pro-life across the board. In the scriptures Jesus himself said that He came to give life… and to give it more abundantly. This is to say that the act of living is not the end all. Quality of life is also important. So to protect the unborn is great, to help promote and preserve the lives of the living once they make it past the womb is even better.
And yet how ironic is it that most so called pro-lifers are for government stepping in to control the womb, but are against government helping to promote and preserve healthy living standards for poor or lower enconomically developed families. How ironic is it that when it comes to public education, most of the Christian right do not fight for better schools and better teachers. How ironic is it that these same Christians and Catholics are against goverment providing or helping with the cost of health-care? Basically what they are saying is:
“This unborn child is a gift from God and should be allowed to live by any means! But once the child leaves the womb, the mother and child are on their own and it is not our responsibility to make sure that child has every opportunity to make it.”
Now pardon me – but that is some dumb backwards ass shit!
We need a holistic approach to the situation. Let’s not look at this thing from the view of the womb alone. That is putting the proverbial cart before the horse.
Let’s start with sex education. Palin and McCain are against sex education in schools. Palin in particular is in foolish denial for being against sex education, as if that would encourage kids to have sex. Funny thing is, her daughter certainly found a way to knock boots regularly and came up pregnant. Sex is a natural desire as well as a natural act. No sense in denying the obvious as if it’s going to go away. And yes it should be taught at home first, but too many parents don’t. So again if the child in the womb should be a governmental concern, so should the educating of the youth so that they can at least help prevent unwanted or premature pregnancies in the first place - Let alone helping to prevent the spread of STDs or HIV.
How about healthcare? Millions of children are uninsured and use the emergency room as a heathcare provider. When they can’t pay, we as citizens and tax payers pay anyway. So why not have a system where proper healthcare can be obtained. That five thousand dollar credit McCain is offering, that is he going to turn around and tax anyway, is not nearly as good as Obama’s healthcare plan. Again this is especially important for the less fortunate children that we wanted to protect in the womb in making sure they were allowed to live in the first place.
Adoption: A good friend of mine adopted two girls a few years ago. I attended her ceremony when she became certified by the state to adopt. When I looked in the book that had the list of kids who were on the state rolls for pending foster care in need of adoption, I started crying from the thousands and thousands of young faces I saw. They each had pictures and portfolios about their virtues. This one likes bowling, the other loves math. It was as if they were “selling” themselves to some perspective parents who would “pick” them as if they were picking a puppy dog. What was most disturbing was the older faces I saw of kids who were 5-17 years of age. Basically from what I was told at the agency, most of the teen-aged kids can forget it. Couples tend to want the young cuddly types. Babies are cool, but teens are a pain with baggage.
Then you got couples who take their asses clean out of the county to Honduras or some place like that to adopt little foreign kids… like that shit is hot or exotic or something – leaving the American born kids here to rot. Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t hatin! I know a couple who adopted a kid from South America. They are good people and at the time they didn’t think they could have kids naturally. Later they were successful in having one of their own.
We had lunch before the 2000 election. They had not adopted yet and were considering their options. As far as the presidency was concerned, abortion was the key reason they were voting for Bush. I said to them however, “You care so much about abortion, and rightfully so. But I guarantee you there are some kids you can adopt right here who need a home. Or there are some kids in church or in your neighborhood who need a good man and woman in their lives to be a mentor for.” I told my friend’s wife, “Take some teenager under your wing who doesn’t have a mother and teach her how to be a woman. Show her how to take care of her body and eat right. Help her with her education. Don’t just look out for those kids in the womb, do God’s work as well by tending to the sheep He has here on the earth who are less fortunate or have special needs.” They both looked at me with blank stares. Needless to say they didn’t do either. They adopted abroad, had their own and kept to themselves. That is a typical picture of the Christian and Catholic communities when it comes to this subject.
So I say to all you pro-lifers who are passionate about protecting the unborn… Hooray! But step your game up and stop being a half-assed pro-lifer. There are many more ways to help prevent abortion. To work from that angle alone, or to back a canidate in an attempt to reverse Roe V Wade is shortsighted at best. Believe me, there are many many other issues that concern life. Each of the important things on the table, education, healthcare, jobs, oppertunities to gain wealth or live in a safe neighborhood are all issues of life. And hell I didn’t even touch the wickedness and injustices of the death penalty.
No way you can tell me it’s godly or Christian to put so much energy in protecting unborn children, only to turn a cold heart to those same kids who may not have the resources to live a healthy life. Don’t forsake the one goal without neglecting the other. All of the children of this nation of ours are important and we each have a stake in taking some responsibility for their welfare and success.
Opening night in the NBA. Man I miss my hoops! Maybe with Andrew Bynam back, my Lakers can make another run for the trophy! Tonight we open against Greg Oden and the Portland Trailblazers!
We are praying for you and your family sister! God bless and keep you.
May as well keep it for other ways of describing herself…
Bullshitter – as illustrated in the cartoon
Bumfuc*%# for Blaming the Black guy!
Broke as hell and can’t post Bail!
This was a really cool weekend cause I received the blessing of having to keep my grand-kids. Its been quite a while since I’ve had them other than visiting their home. The extra blessing was that it was my grandaughter’s 3rd birthday too! So grandpa (or Paw Paw as she affectionately calls me) go to spoil his baby and watch her enjoy herself eating pizza, a birthday brownie (she refused to blow it out, just stared at it) and ice cream while laughing at Tom and Jerry videos as if it were the funniest thing on earth.
Yes the old pro was at it again, changing diapers and trying to calm her little brother who was teething like nobodies business. It was definitely an adventure!
I look forward to having them more and more as they grow up. Its always been a dream of mine to be the elder for the younger generation. I love the thought of being able to nurture them as well as show them the ropes – not from the perspective of a parent, (we all know how we do our parents sometime) but from that cool pimp granddaddy style. You know where you know that old person knows what he is talking about, but he’s so smooth with it he doesn’t make you feel like he’s parenting you.
Grandchildren: truly God’s gift to the “chronologically gifted!”
Pics from L to R
1. Playing with the balloons. 2 & 3 – playing with Aunt Gab 4. Hangin with “Paw Paw” 5. Big Daddy the Brown Cannonball was teething so bad…poor guy couldn’t stop fussing! 6. Badk to the balloons. 7-10 In full photo shoot mode, 11&12 – Big Daddy was back and having a better day, and baby girl just likes taking pictures!
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (CNN) — During this election, we have seen the spectacle of two presidential candidates fighting over one voter while snubbing an entire segment of the American population worthy of their attention.
We in the Muslim-American community look wistfully at people like Joe the Plumber, wishing that we too could be courted for our vote by the presidential candidates.
At the same time, we look gratefully at figures like former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who reassure us that there is hope for greater acceptance of Muslim-Americans.
Over time, we grew to expect standoffish treatment from the Republican Party. Almost a decade ago, many Muslims, my parents included, supported President Bush for his humble foreign policy stances, strong family values and reaching out to the Muslim-American community.
Things have obviously changed since September 11, 2001, and we have grown used to anti-Muslim rhetoric from Republican candidates. We have run like refugees to the Democratic Party, only to find reluctant tolerance and hope that we will go somewhere else.
American civil rights activist and intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, “[The American Negro] simply wishes it possible to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly on his face.”
Over a century later, I and many other Muslim-Americans feel the same, hoping that we can be accepted in America as both Muslims and Americans.
As a college student voting in my first presidential election, I have been inspired by Barack Obama’s call for change. My campus is full of Obama posters, and several of my classmates have taken time off to work for his campaign.
There is no doubt Obama has the Harvard vote, but my vote will not be cast as enthusiastically as others.
This campaign means to me what it means for my classmates. In the next few years, the economy and American foreign policy will affect my generation unlike any other, and those concerns are the primary influences on my vote.
However, as a Muslim-American, I see some issues as more personal. I don’t blame Obama for clarifying that he isn’t a Muslim; if someone misidentified my religion, I would likewise point out the facts, especially if it was part of a larger smear campaign. However, as the first Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison stated, “A lot of us are waiting for him to say that there’s nothing wrong with being a Muslim, by the way.”
Indeed, Obama’s responses to accusations that he is Muslim should be more than just denial; they should be a condemnation of the prejudices that lace such accusations.
When I discuss this issue with fellow Muslim-Americans, especially ones who have dedicated significant time to his campaign, I immediately hear that he’s just doing what he needs to do to win.
I respond skeptically to these arguments. Is it really politically necessary for Obama to avoid visiting mosques — something that President Bush has dared to do — while rallying support from churches and synagogues? Doesn’t his careful distance from the Muslim-American community contradict his message of unity?
Still, others, my parents included, advise that it is best that we as Muslim-Americans avoid marring his campaign with our visible support at a time when any connection with Muslims would jeopardize his chances of winning. They reason that we have to politically isolate ourselves for the better candidate to win, a sacrifice we should make for our country.
I am unwilling to feign political apathy. All I want is for one of the candidates to assure me and the American public that “Muslim” and “American” are not mutually exclusive terms.
Colin Powell’s recent interview with Tom Brokaw has left me with some hope. He highlights the flaw in the question of Obama’s religion with the answer, “he is not a Muslim; he’s a Christian. … But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America.”
To prove his point, Gen. Powell recounted the story of Purple Heart- and Bronze Star-winning Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, an American soldier in Iraq who sacrificed his life for his country. He represents a Muslim-American community that is dedicated to its country and worthy of the presidential candidates’ attention and respect.
It is a tribute to Gen. Powell’s own dedication to his country that he would take note of the treatment of Muslim-Americans during the elections.
Thanks, Gen. Powell. You said the words that Muslim-Americans around the country were waiting to hear.
I am not much on preachers on TV. I am not much for preachers at all. Not that I don’t appreciate the men and women who really seek to make positive change and be a conscious for spiritual/universal truth. I know of a few who are in this for the right reasons. Far too many seem to be full of themselves, their “ministries” their dogma or their legacies. I think many ministers (Christian in particular) start out as humble servants. But when they achieve a certain amount of notoriety they change. In short, many begin to overestimate their own importance in the grand scheme of things and leave the flock behind their cloud of ego driven dust. Some are just pimps from the word go. They enjoy not having a real job. For them ministry is business first and foremost – and if people fall by the wayside, oh well. Though I have seen this with my own eyes several times within my life, a few honest ministers have confessed as much to me during interviews.
When I look at Joel Osteen, I see something different, something refreshing. Back in the day when his father John Osteen pastored Lakewood Church, my dad was a member there when he moved to Houston. It was there that his own interest in ministry began to thrive. When John passed away, Joel took over the pulpit and began to do his own thing. When I surfed the channels and stopped on one of Joel’s messages, I smirked and said to myself, “He’s not a preacher, he’s a motivational speaker.” Every message to seemed to be about how, “everything was going to be alright and God loves you just the way you are.” Well, since I grew up in just about every church sect in the US, I wanted something stronger, more meaty. I had heard everything and I wanted something to challenge me. He was not doing it. So I chalked him up to be another PK (Preacher’s Kid) who took over his father’s ministry but has no real depth himself.
Well after taking another look at Joel from the time I saw him on 60 Minutes, I have done a 180 on him. I recently took the time to pay closer attention to his messages. And what I see that I didn’t recognize initially is that Joel ministers something that is very needed in today’s world. He offers hope, faith, and an outlook that allows one to view challenges with a glass “half full” mentality. Also Joel is one who totally promotes personal responsibility. He makes us fully aware that we are responsible for our own happiness as well as the task of making good decisions to put ourselves in position for success. All the while his encouraging style allows us to forgive ourselves and turn the page on past mistakes, and turn towards the right path.
I got mad love and respect for Joel Osteen. I know that he believes everything he says which is one of the greatest compliments I could ever give any person. He reminds me that no matter how complicated the problem, the ways of working through the solutions are layered with simplistic truths and principles. A small change in perspective can make the difference. That is as much meat as a person needs during times like these.