Saturday, February 21, 2009

Carson City Volksmarch

The walk I took last Saturday in Carson City (the capital of Nevada, or did you already know that?) was a little tougher than advertised. There weren't any brutal hills or anything, but it seemed like it wasn't going to end. Indeed, it was 11 kilometers as opposed to the usual 10. But it's not like there was nothing to see, as my photos will show.

The first 2/3 of the walk took place on the west side of town out near the foothills. The rest wound through downtown by the state complex and other historic sites.

Check out the pics here (it's a lot easier than uploading them on this blog).

Post Of The Week

From Adoro Te Devote. Read it, live it, love it:

Enemies of the World

"If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you." --John 15:18

(I haven't been posting as much lately because of work, Facebook, etc.)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

What's In The Porkulus Bill?

Lots of YOUR money going to finance God only knows what. Except now you can know via

Gotta love that $99,000 in Mississippi for . . . door bells. Heck, you can get them from Home Despot for cheaper than that.

Sure need that $886,000 for a Texas disc golf course, don't we?

And how about that $600 million for a Forks of the Road Heritage Trail?

Keep telling yourself there are no earmarks. There Are No Earmarks. THERE ARE NO EARMARKS!

Doing nothing would have been better than this. In fact, Congress works best (no matter who's in control!) when it does as little as possible. The only thing worse than our economy right now . . . is our government trying to "fix" our economy.

Thanks, Senator John Ensign, for standing on principle. Why can't YOU run against Harry Reid?

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Three Bills

I now weigh 300 pounds.

To say the least, I'm not proud of this fact. While I don't have a wide caboose, I have a pendulous belly. I'm pretty sure that's the main reason for the stress I feel in my neck and shoulders. If they didn't have this load beneath them, I'd probably feel a lot better. And that's not all the problems I have.

I could blame my overnight shift, my sleep patterns or lack thereof, or all sorts of stuff. But as my doctor out here said, "Your body doesn't care."

So I'm starting to exercise more, using the apartment complex's workout room in addition to walking around the marina. Eventually, I should start some weight training too. And I'd like to find a place to swim, since that doesn't hurt my joints.

I know folks who don't eat any sugar, wheat, or flour. I have to admit I can't conceive of doing that, but then again, someone must be able to do so. We'll see.

I've got some work to do, and I have to remind myself, IT WON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. I appreciate your encouragement and support.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Fight FOCA

I'm grateful for how forcefully the priests in the Diocese of Reno have come out against the Freedom of Choice Act, the signing of which Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood would be his first act as President. As a result, we Catholics are inundating the offices of Senator Harry Reid, Senator John Ensign, and Congressman Dean Heller with post cards urging them not to pass this measure which would roll back all state restrictions on abortion, from waiting periods to parental notification to conscientious objection. It would codify Roe v. Wade as the law of the land. I was so pleased to hear the priests at St. Thomas Aquinas Church speak so forcefully against FOCA from the pulpit, I applauded them . . . even though applause is inappropriate for Mass.

Why do we have to do this? Because to Obama and the vast majority of Democrats, killing babies is a right. How much more evidence do we need to show how anti-life this President is? More than those who voted for him -- especially Catholics -- want to hear.

On Father Z's blog is a note from a congressional staffer who thinks Obama could be luring us pro-lifers into a "FOCA trap." The President could be using the Bill Clinton triangulation ploy of promoting something so extreme, then opposing it and appearing moderate, only to quietly pass increments of the anti-life agenda.

Looking at that link above from Obama's own website, the staffer's argument could be supported in that Obama was saying those things -- and his promise to PP -- just to get elected. But I don't think so. He believes he has the mandate to make all this happen, and if he can finagle a way to get a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, he can pass pretty much anything he wants. He wants FOCA passed so he can "end the culture wars," which must never end as long as innocent babies are slaughtered every day.

I also call upon the Republicans in Washington to ignore the calls for "unity" at any cost now that The One is President, and stand firm in what they know to be right. For years they've fallen into a different trap, the one of If We're Nice To Democrats, They'll Like Us. It hasn't happened until now; why should the next time be any different?

Fight the good fight, folks. Fight FOCA.