Short Notes ~ 5.6.13

Florida Legislature‘s refusal to bring a bill for Miami Stadium upgrades to floor,  hurts all of south Florida says West Palm Beach Commissioner

Former Atlanta Brave hero, Otis Nixon faces drug charges.

Jonathan Capehart doesn’t like flip-flops.

Life’s Playlist My Sharona by the Knack

A review of The Bible mini-series.  (I finally watched the last episode.)

Has our political correctness culture gone too far?

Delicious Shrimp and Black Bean Caviar

Words To Live By

Sexual assault czar arrested for…. sexual assault

Made In America

Today is my work wife’s birthday!

What’s Cooking…. Shrimp and Black Bean Caviar

shrimp and black bean caviarThe first time I ever made this dish I made it as an appetizer.  Served with crackers.

Now, I serve it as a refreshing summer salad, or as I did last night, a main course.

Shrimp and Black Bean Caviar is a simple dish, with multiple layers of unexpected ingredients and taste.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of unpeeled, medium size fresh shrimp

2/3 cup chunky salsa

1/2 cup purple onion

1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper (I use the pre-chopped pepper medley found at Publix.)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 (15 oz. can) black beans

Directions:

Boil shrimp until they turn pink, drain well and rinse with cold water.  Cover and chill.  Peel shrimp and devein.  Finely chop shrimp.

Combine cooked shrimp, salsa and remaining ingredients.  Cover and chill for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Yields 5 cups.

Political Correctness Run Amuck

895571700_c6646a244eIn a recent article on the newswire of RunnersWorld.com, the story of Derrick Hayes,  exemplifies a form of bias that we don’t often speak of, the bias towards religion.

As the story goes, Hayes, a Texas High School student and track athlete anchored his school’s 4 x 100 meter relay team.  After crossing the finish line in first place, qualifying his team for the State Championships, Hayes lifted his finger and pointed to the heavens, an apparent gesture of his faith.

For this gesture, Hayes team was disqualified and their dreams of running at the state championships dashed.

The reason given for this disqualification “excessive celebration.”

Nowhere has anyone said, that Hayes or his team taunted their competitors, they didn’t high-five and jump, they didn’t do an end zone dance or even pat each other on the butt… no, what happened was Hayes pointed his finger to the heavens.

Our society has gone over the cliff of political correctness when High School students can’t express their excitement at qualifying for the State Championships.  In my mind the “excessive celebration” rule has taken much of the joy out of sport, but this particular case not only ruins the team’s deserved position, but slaps people of faith in the face.

Last week we all celebrated the bravery of Jason Collins as he came out of the closet as an NBA player.  (My comments are here.) Sadly, this story of an athlete’s faith has been largely ignored by the media, the twittervese, blogosphere and leaders.

When Collins came out, he got a phone call from the President of the United States, a tweet from the First Lady and a 90 minute special interview with Oprah.  It seems like someone could at least stand up and say, this isn’t right and we need to honor this kid and his faith instead of punishing him!

If we are ever going to be a nation that honors all of our differences, we must honor everyone, not just those we choose to honor.

Too often the gay community and religious community are at odds.  The black  and white community are at odds.  Men and women, Republican and Democrat, north and south, east and west…. we just all seem to stay at odds.

When we discuss being disenfranchised we need to remember that many of our citizens feel this way and if we are to be a nation of the people and by the people, we must find a way to live together and appreciate the unique threads that we all bring to our nation’s fabrics.

Original RunnersWorld.com article may be found here.

Short Notes ~ The Bible Mini-Series

the-bibleLast night I finally watched the last installment of The Bible on the History Channel.

I watched each of the other four parts in real-time but wasn’t able to watch the final installment on Easter night and had left it on my DVR until I was in the right frame of mind to watch.  Sunday night was that night.

I was very excited to watch this mini-series when it was announced.  Under the tutelage of Mark Burnett, I was optimistic of the production value and story telling.

In all honesty, weeks 1 – 4 were ok, but left me wanting something more substantial.  I didn’t feel as though the first four nights were particularly well acted or filmed, hour one of week five made up for all of that.

The brutality of the crucifixion, the pain that Jesus endured for us was shown in every bloody detail.  The honesty depicted on the screen was superb.

The Easter story is complete with a beautiful resurrection and appearance before his Disciples.  Especially poignant was the Lord’s Supper scene and Jesus laying his hands on his followers and easing Thomas doubts.

This hour-long highlight was the moving high point of the entire series, unfortunately for the story of the Bible there was one hour left.

While much of the grace of Jesus was shown during this hour, it did not measure up to the previous scenes.

I applaud Burnett and the History Channel for bringing this series to television.  I only wish the eight hours the preceded and the one hour after the crucifixion and resurrection would have been as strong.

Understandably that one hour is the emotional high point of the Bible story, but so much more could have been done with the other nine.