Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Observations - 2/19/12

- Today was the semi-annual pancake breakfast at Holy Redeemer.  It was incredibly tasty and both the missus and I had a second helping.  Usually, this is done in the middle of October and the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. In my teen years, I took a much more active role in the preparation - no one was better at cleaning griddles than me!  We went to 8 AM Mass and then chowed down - some of the finest traditions of our Faith going all the way back to the earliest days of the Church.

- A big thing has broken out over an ESPN headline on their website that stated "A Chink In The Armor", with a picture of Jeremy Lin being prominently displayed after the Knicks' long winning streak was broken.  Ok, I completely understand that the word 'chink' is a derogatory term and all that, but when did we become so hypersensitive to cliches?  ESPN apologized, disciplined the guilty parties, and admitted that it was in poor taste; given the subject of the headline (and I agree, it was in poor taste), but it is time to move on.  Cries of "RACISM!!" during instances like this take attention away from actual acts of bigotry and tend to make people yawn and ignore the real thing.

- The Maryland House of Delegates just passed a bill to legalize Same-Sex Marriage in our state.  This puts it on the track to become law, since the State Senate passed it last year and Governor O'Malley has said he would sign it.  It will be interesting, however, to see what happens when it is put forth to the voters as a ballot initiative in November.  The issue has never been approved by a majority of voters in any state, not even California.  I have been on record as saying that I am in favor of civil unions, but not same-sex marriage - and thus would vote against any kind of ballot initiative that would enshrine what the state legislature has proposed and passed.

- It is supposed to snow tonight; I'll believe it when I see it.  According to forecasts, it won't even drop to freezing tonight.  It is supposed to stay at...wait for it...33 degrees.  Delightful. Cold February rain.

- Gasoline is $3.57 per gallon in my neighborhood today and it will continue to rise.  On January 20, 2009, it was $1.76 per gallon.  Are there any questions?

- Speaking of gasoline, our illustrious governor wants to raise the gasoline tax.  He says it will help pay for roads and such.  Nick asked in a post last week, where exactly was the money before?  We have a large deficit, but let's be honest, the reason we have such a large deficit is because it gets spent on things that it would be better unspent, such as a huge bureaucracy and full pensions and healthcare for teachers who retire at 52, but live until 80.  In other words, we are becoming Greece here in Maryland.  

- Martin O'Malley may have presidential aspirations for 2016, but in my opinion, those are dead are in the water at present.  His record is that of a tax-and-spend liberal, and we haven't elected an honest one since...ever, actually.  Yes, President Obama is a tax-and-spend liberal, but he had to pretend he wasn't in order to get elected in 2008.  O'Malley won't have the luxury of hiding behind vapid slogans and accusing people of racism if they don't support him. I predict that he doesn't even make it to Super Tuesday in 2016 if he throws his hat in the presidential race. 

- Two closing words for today = SPRING. TRAINING!!!!!!!

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