Friday, May 29, 2009

Random Thoughts at the Beginning of Summer

It seems like ages since I've had a chance to update my blog. The last month of school is always extremely busy and I've been traveling quite a bit for work the last few weeks on top of it so as a result my blog has suffered. Since it's been so long since I've written anything I've decided to take inspiration from one of the greatest economists and political commentators around these days, Dr. Thomas Sowell (whose book, "A Conflict of Visions", was extremely influential on me in college), and write a series of random thoughts.

Ah, the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. My wife and I always have visions of time to relax, sit by the pool, and not have as much of a rigid schedule as we do during the school year. Then we take a look at the calendar and suddenly realize that between vacations, softball games, football practice (yes, they start practicing in June), church youth camps, etc. we are actually busier in the summer than any other time of the year. Oh well, at least it's warm and I love going to my kid's games and traveling so it's all fun.

Speaking of sports, my oldest daughter (10) moved up to fast pitch softball this year, she played slow pitch last year, and is really coming along as a pitcher. She's been working very hard on her windmill motion, which is more difficult to learn, and for me to teach, than I thought it would be. It's just not a natural throwing motion. She's such a tough competitor though, it's fun to watch her play.

Speaking of tough competitors, my 13 year old son starts football camp next week. He's been working very hard in the off season, running and lifting, and has really gotten a lot stronger and faster since last season. I can't believe how much he's grown or how much he eats. He plays cornerback and is really excited for the season to start. They start so early because they play in a tournament the last weekend in June with teams from all over the state of Missouri. It's a great trip to the University of Missouri in Columbia to play 3 games in 3 days. The boys have a lot of fun and so do the parents.

On to politics:

Let the posturing begin as we have the first Supreme Court appointment under the Obama administration. While I understand the importance of selecting good judges for the highest court in the land, did the Republicans really expect Obama to nominate a conservative? Especially since the justice that is leaving is a liberal. I believe the constitution should be interpreted strictly and that it is not a living document, but we don't know, at this point, the nominee's view. That will be answered as the process moves forward. But I'm already sick of all the personal attacks and of those calling her a racist. Let's just stick to her record and pray that the judicial committee will ask good, relevant questions to determine what kind of judge she will be.

These North Korean missile tests are really concerning me. I'm not so much afraid of an attack on the US by North Korea, but of the possibility of them selling a nuclear devise to some terrorist organization. I'm not sure of the solution, but somehow I don't think more threats of sanctions from the UN is going to have much effect. It didn't deter them during the Clinton or Bush administrations and I don't think it will work now. What's that old saying about the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?

Did anyone else catch the big set up a few weeks ago from Obama? He came out and said in a recent speech that the government cannot afford all the spending programs that we currently have in place. Basically we are broke. Wait a minute, wasn't he the one that put many of those spending programs in place? Hold on to your wallets, I smell a tax increase coming next year. Do the 95% of you out there that were promised a tax cut feel like you've been hoodwinked?

Is anyone else sick of Nancy Pelosi? I mean how ridiculous is it that this women is the Speaker of the House. Even most of her fellow liberal Democrats have backed away from her lately. We all know that most politicians from both parties lie on a regular basis, but to be that blatant and change your story 4 times in a few days. I hope the people living in her district wake up at the next election.

That's enough politics, it's summer, 80 degrees and sunny outside. Let's move on to other things:

Cornerstone Music Festival is only a little over a month away and I cannot wait. It's the best Christian music festival on the planet with all different styles of music and art, catering mostly to harder music and independent artists. I've been going almost every year since 1990 and it's always a great time. Last year I went with my 2 oldest children and we had a blast. In fact my oldest daughter took her first communion there and professed her faith in Christ at a worship service with about 10,000 other hippies (yeah, even though I'm a conservative, I'm still a hippie). This year the whole family is going and the kids are very excited. It's my youngest daughters (7) first time.

I'm still amazed everyday at how God's grace meets me where I am. Even in difficult times, His mercy and grace are evident. Even in my sin or when I doubt, He continues to pursue me.

I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but I think my age is finally catching up with me. Until recently I was still able to play basketball, run, mountain bike, hike, etc. with relatively few injuries and little soreness the next day. However, since January I've broken one finger, sprained 2 others, and sprained the same ankle twice - all playing basketball. Not to mention that it takes me a day or two to recover from 2 hours of basketball or a really intense workout.

Too many good movies out this summer, too little time to go see them all: Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Angels and Demons, Harry Potter, Up, etc.

That's all for now. Hopefully it won't take another month to update again.

God Bless,