Driving to Delphos…

Delphos, Ohio (pop. 6,872)

While the Democratic presidential candidates are crisscrossing Nevada, with frequent stops in Las Vegas, I decided to “try my luck” (pun intended) stumping at a diner in downtown Delphos, Ohio. If I don’t carry Delphos, I’ll be surprised. [Delphos was also the location of my kid’s last regular season basketball game.] I often combine these types of trips in order to save on money, to cut down on the emission of more carbon dioxide, and so on. For scenes from another diner stumping, see…

Afterlife internment

Yesterday marked another yearly anniversary of House Bill 9066 that set up Japanese internment during World War II. Some 100,000 Japanese Americans were interred in barracks behind barbed wire fences. In retrospect, history has proved this wrong. But is it over? Immigrants are ‘interred’ in cages at our Southern border. Scores of kids are “interred” in gang war zones in our inner cities. And on, and on… Problem here is, those contributing to this actively, or through indifference, may well find themselves ‘interred’ in an even worse place in the afterlife.

“Drivers: Stop your engines!”

NBC news photo

Trump went to the Daytona 500 as the official race starter yesterday. As president, I wouldn’t do that. In fact, I’d try to dissuade motor car racing altogether. Ryan Newman is in serious condition after this crash (NBC News photo above) — 19 years to the day after a Dale Earnhardt Sr. crash, also on the last lap here, killed him. Earnhardt had a family.  Newman has a wife and two children. These drivers, at these high speeds, spin around a track — metaphorically (and literally) similar to spinning the gun chamber in a Russian Roulette game.   And we all, the fans, are voyeurs fueling (tragic pun intended) it all.  It’s suicide, not sport. And for what redeeming reason(s)?  Testing, say, oil viscosity at 210 mph?  How ridiculous.  And how sinful. 

Always room at the table

Instead of going to Air Force One last weekend for a luxury trip to Mar-a-Lago, I went to Table One in hardscrabble Kenton, Ohio, on the way to see my kid’s basketball game. Table One is owned and run by Christian volunteers. There’s no prices on the menu.  If you get a burger, and you’re more well off financially, you “donate,” say, a bit more for the burger. Reciprocally, if someone is less well off, they will pay less (or even eat for free).  It’s, in essence, a “Pay It Forward” establishment, with a Christian ethos of “sharing.”  Our position paper on “the economy” spins around this type of ethos. See…

Joe the qb?

Findlay Knights Ohio semi-pro team

I’m doing a story on these guys for our local paper. A couple years ago, I did another story on another semi-pro football team out of Findlay, Ohio, as well. What’s more, they let me play quarterback during practice for several plays — with some contact. That’s right, while there’s questions about how physically fit some of the other presidential candidates are, I’m taking some knocks with a semi-pro football team.

‘Babeling’ on, and on, and…

In my spiritual reading this morning, I came across the “Tower of Babel” story in the Old Testament. It seems God had told “man” to go to the ends of the earth, or at least to Des Moines, and “populate” the whole thing. Instead, many of them congregated in this one place and started building a city that would “…reach to the heavens,” so, apparently, they could be god-like. Or something like that. God, the real God, said: bad idea, scrambled their one common language, and people of like languages were then forced to disperse to other places around the globe. Fast forward to today… Man, through advanced technology, has developed a common language (computer language). What’s more, there is computer software now that instantly translates any spoken language. It’s name: “Babel.” Fascinating, huh. In essence, we’re doing it again. Rapid advancement in technology, in science, in architecture (Skyscrapers stretching into the heavens?) are making “man” perceive himself/herself as “god-like.” And the more “god-like” one seems to become, well, the less of a seeming need for reliance on the real God, right. Note: We need to be doing all this in a measured, prayerful fashion — instead of going at it in breakneck speed.

golden idols…

The Epoch Times photo

Kobe is dead. The ‘world’ mourns… Last night at my Bible study, Moses comes back down the mountain and the Israelites have built a “golden calf,” a false “idol,” if you will. Notice the ‘golden’ trim in the uniform above. A metaphor? Of course it is. Our society, through media infused pop culture, has made “idols” of some of these top players, no matter what the sport. How much time do we spend obsessing about them, watching them, reading about them, practicing to be like them… In comparison, how much time do we spend thinking about God, praying to Him, reading about Him, practicing what He taught…? For many of us, sadly, we’ve got this all tremendously backwards. Note: Was the incident sad? Sure it was. But so were all the other unexpected deaths yesterday across the country.

March for Life 2020

Baby Center photo

Okay, looking at this picture, it wouldn’t take an anatomy professor at Dartmouth to figure out that abortion is murder. Period. Yet our society has become so unbelievably evil at this point… There are all those on the “left” who, outright, want this killing. And there are all those on the “right” who are doing virtually nothing to stop it. Some lip service maybe, a “March for Life” once a year, a few prayers… For abortion to end, a sustained, prolific protest climate similar to what was created in the South to end Segregation, needs to be created nationwide. But, well, us “pro-life people” are too busy with work, with entertainment, with… WHILE THE HOLOCAUST RAGES ON ALL AROUND US! We’re at 60 million abortions in America, and counting. Way worse than Nazi Germany! And look at how history looks at the Germans who knew, but just stood by. Of course, to protest in Nazi Germany would have meant certain death. To protest abortion in America? Some neighbors might think you’re a little too “zealous,” huh. And we wouldn’t want that, would we? We’re all going to be standing at Judgement answering for this one day soon. What’s your answer going to be? Note: Trump joined the “March for Life” this year. I told the Lewiston (Montana) Argus newspaper that as president, I’d go to the streets regularly, as I have done often over the years, to spark this nationwide, prolific ongoing abortion protest. Listen to my “Communion Reflection” on stopping abortion on this page…

1 trillion trees…

A just published report by Swiss scientists says that planting “1 trillion trees” worldwide could significantly impact climate change. And we could let Ada, Ohio, take the lead. I was covering a village council meeting there last night. It was noted that the village had a quite active Tree Commission, has been a Tree City USA town for 40 years, and Ohio Northern University there was designated the first “Tree Campus” in Ohio years back. And there was talk at the meeting about ramping all this up more. A ‘treemendous’ idea: Our administration would back such initiatives with matching federal grants. [To be a Tree City USA town, for instance, 2% of the town budget must go to the planting and upkeep of trees. The federal government, under our administration, would match the 2%.] For more on our stance on this, and other environmental issues, see…

“Then I’m your guy!”

While I went into downtown North Baltimore, Ohio, to stump early Saturday evening (see previous entry), virtually nothing was open. So I headed out to McDonald’s on the outskirts of town. While passing out a “Joe campaign card” to an older couple at a booth by the window, I asked who they were considering voting for this election. Republican? Democrat? The wife, whose countenance visibly changed, for the worse (And I’m not making that up!), said: “Nobody.” I smiled and replied: “Then I’m your guy!” If only the whole electorate was that fed up, huh.