September 22, 2006

A Camping we will go.....

And so it begins. This weekend marks the start of yet another Cub Scout camping year. We are off to Jetty Park at Cape Canaveral, a fun little camping spot where the boys can engage in many things that are not hi on my list. They can fish, play on the beach, and bake in the sun. All this while there is ample opportunity to stay at home in the A/C and watch golf, baseball, and football all weekend.

But, I'm a Dad, and as a Dad my duty lies in keeping mother and children happy. I've tried to get the Blackberry to play video via the Internet so I could keep tabs on the Ryder Cup, the Phillies, and the world of football. Alas, I will have to give up the ghost and stop thinking of sports for the weekend.

Perhaps the time at the beach will provide opportunities to take in the scenery, should any scenery worthy of note wander to this remote beach.

But there is more. I have two sons camping at Jetty Park and one who will be 40 miles south at Scout Island. This normally would not be an issue, but it is family day at Scout Island so I will drive down to Melbourne Saturday afternoon to fish and play with the Boy Scouts.

So I'm off to the beach. And I hope I can sneak a beer in here and there.

Happy OneWebDay!!

September 18, 2006

But it's not a violent religion.........

So the Pope makes an historical reference by quoting an ancient ruler who had an opinion about the followers of Muhammad. Now I must admit that the Catholic Church has not always promoted free thought and intellectual discussion on topics, at least not the nuns who taught me. But this peaceful religion (Islam) reacts to the notion that they were thought to be a violent religion by becoming extremely violent. While this seems like a Saturday Night Live sketch, it is unfortunately reality.

It reminds me of an Irish joke that went something like:

Murphy was relating to the judge the trouble at the pub the night before.
"Ye see your lordship," Murphy was saying. "The English gentleman was going
on and on about how we Irish are always startin' fights or settling arguments with our fists."
"I see," said the magistrate. "And what happened next?"
"Well," says Murphy. "I politely told him that perpetuating the myth that we Irish are a violent people was not fair."
"And then?" asked the judge.
"He said that the Irish could not settle their disputes any other way."
"And what was your reaction?" the judge inquired.
"Well, your honor, I hit him!"

So we Irish can take a joke. But the Muslims claim that they will kill everyone who does not believe that they are peace loving.

If it wasn't so sad you would have to laugh. If it wasn't Muslims, it would be instand material for Jay Leno, David Letterman, and every other late night host.

But please don't hurt their feelings, they are a peace loving people.....