An old childhood friend, who also attended Vanderbilt University, corrected my publishing yesterday that Vandy once had played Michigan State in the NCAA men's national championship basketball final game:
Sloanus - Vanderbilt played Michigan in the Final Game of what was then known as the Mid East Regionals in Lexington in March, 1965. Cazzie Russell and Bill Buntin led the Big Blue against the likes of Clyde Lee and my good friend, Keith Thomas, who held Cazzie to less than 10 pts before fouling out. From that point on Cazzie and Michigan took over and won. There are a couple of interesting stories that came out of my attendance at that game that I will share with you via some other method than social network. MJ
I knew it was Cazzie Russell, apologies to the Wolverines, and to NCAA.
I recently published private Facebook chat between XXXXX and myself, which covered variety of topics, but mostly it was about Donald Trump, St. Paul, Jesus and sex.
After I published XXXXX's and my chat, he wrote to me again and I sat on it, wondering how to respond, or if to respond? Dreams last night nudged me to respond. XXXXX's part is under his name. My part is under my name.
March 31, 2018
I know Trump is not a godly man. I don’t think Paul was anyone to blindly follow either. I don’t buy that God would knock someone down and blind them like Paul, who was openly persecuting and attacking God’s people. All Paul did was ask the voice who it was but how do we knew that it was telling the truth? Paul poisoned the well by saying Satan can disguise himself as an angle of light. He didn’t realize that this brings his testimony into doubt. II think he was deceived or maybe openly trying to undermine the church and looking at how it is viewed today he did a good job. Many churches in my town are closed and have for sale signs and space for rent signs like an office building. people look at the church today and blaspheme Jesus’s name. They see a lot of rich people who vote republican for tax cuts and more war and prisons and police rather than vote for infrastructure, social spending and so forth. Why should I be content with that monsense? Trump is 71 and almost 72. He has noticeably gotten worse with age. He is not happy as president because he actually has to degrade himself by living in the White House at times which he is too proud to do like his friend Howard Stern. His ego knows no limits. The Bible says that God resists the proud so why would he come to someone like Paul or Trump? I think billions are deceived. My problem is that I don’t feel love as most people feel it. But who says what most people feel is really love? I can say I have at least some things defined as love by Paul. Patience, forgiveness, agreeableness, etc. nobody has perfect love but God, I believe.
I don’t believe in adultery. It is not just a sin against God but people who live and trust you. They can get sexually transmitted diseases or infections from the partner’s affairs. Doesn’t make any difference if they use a condom there is still the chance for disease and bugs to spread.
Trump is just a crooked business man. He has cheated thousands of private contractors - the ones who could afford to sue him and who knows how many more who couldn’t and went outta business or bankrupt because of his greed and dirty dealing. He is now hard pressed to find a lawyer after he bragged that they were lined up to defend him against treason accusations. Ha ha ha! His ship is about to hit an iceberg and go down, as the prideful always do.
Today, April 3, 2018
Been mulling your last three comments. I won't surprise me if Trump's ship sinks, and if it does, I won't shed any tears, but I expect his right-wing base will not be moved other than to be even more rabid and perhaps turn to physical violence. I imagine Trump's evangelical base will face tense questioning when its roll is called up yonder.
Your questions about Paul and assessments of him are reasonable and it's a wonder to me that Christian theologians, ministers and lay people down through the centuries have not stated equivalent concerns about Paul.
His prophecy that Jesus was coming back soon, so no point in having sex, at least 2,000 years off the mark, and if he was that far off the mark with that, what else was he that far off the mark about? And, what prompted him to be so far off the mark? Was it something in him? Was it a demon? Was it both?
Paul's teachings that women were spiritually inferior to men were far worse.
Paul calling homosexuality an abomination is where the conservative Christians go to argue homosexuality is a sin against God, for which, it seems from their rhetoric, there is no redemption other than to be celibate, or try their reverse sexual orientation therapy. My younger brother was bisexual and it was not because he had sinned. Perhaps he was born that way. Perhaps deep emotional soul trauma made him that way. There was nothing he could do about being bi-sexual. It was part of who he was. He could have tried being straight, but it would not have changed him from being bisexual. He sinned because he was bisexual? No.
I think around 20 percent of the adult population of Key West is LGBT. I have quite a few LGBT friends. Sometimes they do things I don't like, just as my straight friends sometimes do things I don't like. What I do not like is straights bashing LGBTs for being LGBTS. I also do not like LGBTs acting as if they are special, which also runs squarely against Key West's we are all created equal members of one human family official philosophy. I think if Jesus in the Gospels were to show up in America today, he would tell right-wing Christians that people being LGBT was none of their business and they needed to heed him on that point, instead of Paul in the Gospels, and Leviticus in the Old Testament. I think also that right-wing Christians would, in the main, ignore Jesus on that point.
Likewise, many American Christians, including Democrat American Christians, would ignore Jesus telling them America's wars are not of God. It would not surprise me if Jesus did not even try to speak to Donald Trump about his behavior. If Jesus focused instead on trying to get the people dead in front of him to see and do things differently.
As for me, there were times in my past when I was not monogamous, and looking back to then, I have regrets, but there is nothing I can do to change the past. As I grew older, I became monogamous, it felt natural to me. And, when I was not with a woman, I was a monk. I long since stopped looking for a woman when I was single. If there is a woman for me, she shows up.
Being a monk was more lonely at first than it later became. Yet something in me desires to be with a woman. I can no more do anything about that than my brother could do about being bisexual.
If I had to hazard a wild guess about Donald Trump's sexual appetites, I would guess the root of it is deep emotional/soul trauma at an early age. Might be Trump no more control at this point in time over his sexual drives than my brother had over his sexual drives.
Might be Trump has no more control over any of his various drives than my landlord's domestic cats have over getting hungry and wanting to be fed.
I don't know what special counsel Robert Mueller will end up learning and revealing, and what he might do about it, but I think the way Trump has behaved and the way his advisers and lawyers have behaved, Mueller's eventual findings and actions will be interesting reading.
I hope Mueller, or a different special counsel, makes an equivalent investigation of Hillary Clinton and the National Democratic Party.
And old member of the local Resistance forwarded an interesting Miami Heralded article, my interjected thoughts in bold italics:
Florida mayors want to enact local gun regulations. First step: Sue the governor.
BY DOUGLAS HANKS
April 02, 2018
In Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gelber wants to keep guns out of City Hall. In Miramar, Mayor Wayne Messam wants a new 5,000-seat amphitheater to be a gun-free venue. In Coral Gables, Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli wants to block the sale of military-style rifles within city limits.
Those ordinances are not only banned by Florida’s statewide protection of gun rights, but each mayor could face a $5,000 fine and removal from office if he tried to enact any sort of municipal gun regulation. On Monday, the mayors joined six others as named plaintiffs in a suit against Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials in an effort to strike down the 2011 law containing Florida’s uniquely harsh penalties for local gun regulations.
“It is the job of local government to make sure residents are safe,” Gelber said during a press conference in Weston announcing the lawsuit. “At my own City Hall, someone can walk in with a concealed weapon and there is legally nothing I can do about it. Nothing.”
The lawsuit represents the most concerted effort yet to overturn the 2011 law backed by the National Rifle Association and signed by Scott that created a unique set of sanctions for Florida’s longstanding rule against local governments going further than Tallahassee in regulating firearms. The law drew national attention — and renewed local scorn — following the Feb. 14 massacre of 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland by a lone gunman with a military-style AR-15 rifle.
“We get phone calls every day: What are you going to do about it? It happened in Parkland. It could happen in Miramar,” said Messam.
Proponents of the state law argue it merely forced local governments to stop ignoring state legislation from the 1980s that added gun control to a long list of law-making authority that Tallahassee legislators reserved for the state — from accident clean-ups to Uber. Adding the sanctions in 2011 made Florida the toughest state in the nation when it comes to regulating local gun rules, and it forced cities like Miami Gardens to stop enforcing municipal laws banning guns from local parks.
Imagine the mayor of Key West suing Governor Scott for prohibiting Key West from banning guns from Bayview Park, public baseball fields, tennis courts and the new amphitheater on Truman Waterfront? Imagine the mayor thinking that getting hurricane relief help from Governor Scott is far more important than banning guns from public parks in Key West. Imagine the mayor thinking further, that he has only one vote on the City Commission, and thus he has no legal standing to represent the city in a lawsuit against Governor Scott, unless he gets the lawsuit approved by the City Commission, which consists of elected him and 6 elected commissioners. Did the mayors of those Florida cities need their city commissions' okay to file those lawsuits? If so, do those mayors have legal standing to bring those lawsuits?
Requests for comment from the NRA and Florida Carry, a statewide gun-rights group, were not immediately returned Monday. The governor’s office said of the lawsuit: “We’re reviewing it.”
Miami Gardens joined the lawsuit being managed by Weston’s city attorney, Jamie Cole. The suit, Weston v. Scott, also lists as plaintiffs: Pompano Beach, Pinecrest, South Miami, Cutler Bay and Lauderhill. Cole said more cities are considering joining as plaintiffs, and that there is at least one other suit, led by Coral Springs, being readied with a similar strategy.
Filed in Circuit Court in Leon County, the home to Florida’s state government in Tallahassee, the suit argues the 2011 sanctions overstep restrictions on a governor’s limited ability to remove a local elected official from office. The suit also claims the state law violates state rules protecting a municipal government’s authority to enact laws without fear of legal penalties against local lawmakers. More broadly, the suit calls Florida’s restraints an unconstitutional restriction of local democracy — including the responsibility of a city’s elected officials to respond to constituents petitioning for local action after the Parkland massacre.
“This violates our First Amendment rights,” Weston City Commissioner Toby Feuer said of the state law.
The city of Tallahassee has already failed to get the state law knocked down in litigation against that city’s dormant law against firing guns in municipal parks. Opponents of the 2011 law scored a narrow win in 2014 when a Leon County judge ruled Florida’s Constitution trumped the 2011 law by reserving to the state Senate the power to remove county officials. It did not address a governor’s ability to remove a city official for enacting a local gun regulation.
The Weston suit cited the threat of removal against Valdés-Fauli and other members of the Coral Gables City Council over a brief pursuit of a citywide ban on stores selling military-style rifles, including the AR-15. Valdés-Fauli won unanimous council support for the ban in a preliminary vote, only to see it narrowly voted down March 20 after the city attorney warned of severe financial consequences under the 2011 state law. That included a provision making it easier for Coral Gables to be sued for legal costs from any lawyer with a client expressing an interest in applying for the kind of gun-sale permit to be banned by the city law.
Valdés-Fauli still voted for it, saying he thought actually enacting a banned gun regulation would help his city’s legal case against the 2011 law. “I believe in civil disobedience when the laws are unjust,” he said. Good for you, Mayor. Governor Scott ain't God.
Further comic relief provided by Sancho Panza and a feeble-minded Don Quixote, starting with this from Sancho:
After reading it 3 times, Don Quixote replied:
So, who was Morris sleeping with ... ?
I must have missed something
Really? You were not a divorce lawyer, were you? Irving's wife!
Don Quixote surrendered:
Good thing I'm not still handling divorces, huh?