Wednesday, January 16, 2008

This was written by a former judge who was sued by the ACLU for not taking down the ten commandments from his courtroom. The ACLU is now trying to have him disbarred:

America the beautiful,or so you used to be. Land of the Pilgrims' pride;I'm glad they'll never see.Babies piled in dumpsters,Abortion on demand,Oh, sweet land of liberty;your house is on the sand. Our children wander aimlesslypoisoned by cocainechoosing to indulge their lusts,when God has said abstainFrom sea to shining sea,our Nation turns awayFrom the teaching of God's loveand a need to always pray.We've kept God in our temples,how callous we have grown. When earth is but His footstool,and Heaven is His throne. We've voted in a governmentthat's rotting at the core,Appointing Godless Judges;who throw reason out the door, Too soft to place a killerin a well deserved tomb,But brave enough to kill a baby before he leaves the womb.You think that God's not angry, that our land's a moral slum?How much longer will He waitbefore His judgment comes?How are we to face our God,from Whom we cannot hide?What then is left for us to do, but stem this evil tide?If we who are His children,will humbly turn and pray;Seek His holy faceand mend our evil way:Then God will hear from Heaven;and forgive us of our sins,He'll heal our sickly landand those who live within.But, America the Beautiful, If you don't - then you will see, A sad but Holy Godwithdraw His hand from Thee.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Mexican Riveira

It seems as if I am able to enjoy myself while broke and unemployed more than ever before. After a great trip to Washington D.C. and a happy holiday we were forced into going on a cruise for 8 days along the Mexican Riviera. On January 3rd through the 11th Robyn and I embarked on a ship that would take us through Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo and Cabo San Lucas. This trip was much needed for all of those involved. We went with Karter, Lisa, Ron, Jeniel and the kids. We all got a little sun and we all put on a couple lbs too. Robyn loves to over eat, ha ha, oh wait, that is me.
Our first stop was in sunny Acapulco. Ron, Karter and I left the kids and girls at the beach so we could swing the sticks. We took a long cab ride and our driver gave us a brief tour of the town. We played the Princess course at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess resort. The palm trees and wildlife (egrets, other birds and giant iguanas.) were plentiful, so were the bogeys and doubles for was one of those forgetable rounds score wise but the course and company were just peachy. Maybe next time I will bring my own clubs instead of mooching off my playing partners. The city was breathtaking and it was a great first stop.
Next on the port stops was the quaint little fishing town of Zihuatanejo (of Shawshank Redemption fame). We pulled in to the bay and left the dock for some 'high quality' shopping. This turned out to be a great stop. Karter spent some time there about a decade ago and he took us the long way (took him some time to find his way there) to visit a special family there. We were the only white people for miles. We definitely were not in Kansas any more. It was a beautiful place and it was neat to be a part of their short reunion.

Rob and Lisa looked nothing like tourists either!

Up next Puerto Vallarta! We did not have any real plans at this stop. When we got off the boat we made a couple quick stops at some foreign exotic, extremely rare stores...Sam's Club and Wal Mart. At that point I was wondering if it was going to be a busted stop. The kids wanted to hit the pool at the boat, so Lisa, Karter, Robyn and I decided to hop on a bus and head into town. We walked the beach and I drove Robyn into insanity with my incessant picture taking of all of the statues and sand creations. The girls wanted to go to Senor Frogs for lunch, so Kart and I ageed to go and we shared a couple rather large sampler platters. After that we walked the streets, worked the merchants and enjoyed our day.

We awoke in our last stop and I was itching to do something besides wave watching and shopping. After hitting port I came across some locals who would give us a deal on running some ATV's. We got a great deal per person and waited to see if we were gonna get ripped off or not. We waited for a transport shuttle, and waited and waited. It seemed as if the longer we waited the more guys would disappear leaving us to think we might have been ripped off. We finally got on the transport and our 15 minute drive turned out to be a 30 minute tour of Cabo San Lucas desert! Well, when we finally hit our destination, we had a blast. We went down a trail to a beautiful private beach. They let us run free for a while and everyone was nice and safe.

All in all it was a successful journey along the Coast. The weather was great and we had a lot of fun on the ship. The theme was eat, rest, relax, eat, forget about home and eat. The days were full of sun and an endless supply of ice cream by the kiddie pools...I was able to get in a couple scoops.

Our nights were spent in the dinning rooms and in the game room. The guys ruled at Guestures. Oh and the vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce....awesome!!

Thank you to our little travel agent Lisa McKinlay and a special thank you to Ron.