Short Notes – 7.30.13

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Excellent article on Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas as reported by Jonathan Strong for The Daily Caller.

Words to Live By

RIP Eileen Brennan

7.29

Pre-dawn walk.  West Palm Beach Waterfront Park, 7.29.13

Life’s Playlist….Luckenback, Texas by Waylon Jennings

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Life’s Playlist….Luckenback, Texas by Waylon Jennings

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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… Ted Cruz for President

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Various sources are reporting that Senator Ted Cruz is weighing a possible Presidential bid in 2016.  One Such Story Here

The freshman Senator from Texas has proven to be quite the firebrand since being elected last November, taking the place of former Congressman Allen West as the most controversial member of Congress.

It has been interesting to watch Ted Cruz insult and alienate other Senator colleagues and his constituents of both parties.

The Senator from Texas hasn’t quite learned that diplomacy is vital part of big picture politics, stomping your feet to get your way doesn’t quite work once you get off the playground.

If the Republican Party were to nominate, or even take seriously, a Ted Cruz candidacy,  the rhetoric of reaching out to minorities and inclusion for all Americans would be proven a theory with no base in reality.

Note to the Republican Party, nominate Ted Cruz or give him a national platform and you will find yourself on the short end of a Presidential election once again.

The very thought of a Ted Cruz candidacy must have the Democratic National Committee dancing at their desks.  If Republicans want to ensure eight more years of Democratic rule, seriously consider Ted Cruz as a voice for the party and see what happens.

Independent voters will be watching and we will not support a party that nominates or supports the fringe.