One More Practice

It was 72 degrees this afternoon as the Legends gathered for an intrasquad scrimmage. The team was looking as nice as the weather.  Pitchers were throwing some strikes.  Batters were hiring the ball.  The defense was looking competent.  And I took my first stab at umpiring.  I found it easier from behind the plate than from behind the mound. 

Now it’s one more practice including uniform distribution,  and then Opening Day.

I love spring baseball.

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The X-Files Returns

I saw the news yesterday.  The X-Files is coming back for a six episode run.  My first thought was to seek out a college dorm TV room to watch, because that’s how I watched back when the show was in its prime.

I’ll definitely check it out.  I’m curious though.  I kind of tuned out the last couple of seasons and I missed the second movie. Do I need to catch up on those?  Will the show even work?  I don’t doubt the chemistry of Mulder and Scully, but in a age where any crackpot on the internet can become a national story, how will the conspiracy theory thing play?

That being said, I’m enjoying this new form of the mini-series.  Its a great way to span the now defacto winter hiatus. Some thing work (Agent Carter).  Others don’t (Galivant). But it’s a great way to take a chance on something that might not have the legs for a full season run.

But now, it’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Night.

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Not Feeling It

We thought we were through the weeks of colds and such that have made the last month or so quite grueling.

Annie is sick now.

Given that I’ve really got nothing to write on at the moment, I’m going to get some nice, defensive rest.


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My Advice to Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is well-regarded among progressives. She’s a rising star and a front-runner to replace Senator Barbara Boxer who is retiring after her current term ends. But Harris has a bit of a problem.

Attorney Matt McGlaughlin has crossed his T’s, dotted his I’s and submitted the $200 filing fee to register a ballot initiative.  By law, Harris now has until May to give this initiative a title and description so signature gatherers can go out and try to collect the 385,000 signatures necessary to put that initiative on the 2016 ballot.

That’s a day in the life for a state attorney general, right?

It would be, except this initiative is unspeakably hideous and vile and blatantly unconstitutional. It calls for the summary execution of homosexuals, going so far as to deputize the populace to carry out said executions extra-judicially.

So what is an Attorney General to do?   The law says she has do it, so she should do it, right?

You know what?  No.  No, she shouldn’t.  She should give a press conference and announce that she is refusing to be party to unleashing this kind of hatred.

It’s easy to think that there’s no way this could get enough signatures.  I’m not so sure, not with unlimited political contributions being funneled through right-wing churches and extremist organizations.  385,000 is not really that much, not in a state like California.

This is not about free speech.  It’s about the government, by the Attorney General’s carrying out of her duty, legitimizing a political movement that seeks to murder an entire class of people.  There is no good to be achieved in allowing this to go forward, so don’t.

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Adventures in Sunday School: Thanks, Kids!

Last April I was home sick one Sunday.  The main campus of my church streams Sunday Services live on the internet.  I decided to check it out through our website.

Of course, the live stream is not the only thing available on that site.  So I poked around and found a Bible app.  I downloaded it and started exploring and found a reading plan to read the entire Bible in one year.

I’ve read the Books of Moses and the entire New Testament, and I’m generally familiar with the commonly studied stories.  But I have not read the entire Bible. I decided to correct this and started a reading plan.  Each day at lunch, I’d read a selection each from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.

I generally kept it up for about 3 months, but come July, I started slipping, and by the fall I was about 3-4 months behind on my goal.

Then I agreed to teach Sunday School to Tweens and Middle Schoolers.  The first lesson I taught was The Ten Commandments…pretty straightforward.  A few weeks later, the lesson was out of First Samuel.

Which one was Samuel?  (Samuel is where you find the story of David and Goliath and David’s rise to the throne of Israel.)  That question made me realize that, if I was going to be teaching these stories, I should probably familiarize myself with them.

I redoubled my efforts to read the entire Bible, reading 2 to 3 days per day.  I’m happy to report that, as of today, I’m caught up and on pace to finish the one year reading plan on time.

Will I be a Bible scholar as a result?  No.  But I have a more complete picture of my faith.  It’s a baseline from which I can do further reading and further deepen my understanding.

I probably would have finished eventually, but the urgency I felt in that moment when I realized I was learning what I was to teach the kids at the same time I was teaching it inspired me to correct that oversight, and for that I have the kids I teach to thank.

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It was definitely a baseball oriented day.  I had umpire training in the morning.  Harry had practice in the afternoon. Of course my knees are sore,  but at least I can still do something that vaguely resembles running, so I’ll take it.

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Waiting for Facts

Yesterday, I indicated that I’d be writing about “language policing”.  That was in response to reports out of Florida that Governor Rick Scott has banned the use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming” by state employees acting in an official capacity.

I’m going to hold off on this post for the time being.  I decided to do a little research on the subject.  At this point, the story is that Florida employees have alleged that there is an unwritten rule in the Department of Environmental Protection  banning the use of those terms and that an employee was sent home for using the term and docked personal time off in the process.  That’s one side of the story.

The Scott administration denies that such a rule exists and says that the employee was sent home for a number of reasons, all of them subjective (poor performance, insubordination, etc).  That’s the other side.

Activists have submitted FOIA requests in an effort to support their allegations.  In short, it’s a developing story.

I’m inclined to believe the activists, but I’m one guy with a blog who is just about as far from Florida as you can be in the lower 48.  I don’t have the resources to do the kind of diligent research and reporting that these very frightening allegations warrant.

So I’m holding my fire until more facts come out.

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