Saturday, December 04, 2004

Its CHRISTmas time. Yes I said it, not a Holiday, but, Christmas.

I have two major gripes about the "political correctness ACLU" campaigns going on. The first is, if you don't want to celebrate Christmas, or Kwanza and Hanukah for that matter don't. I do not have a problem with that, but, my question to those folks is what day is December 25th..yes CHRISTMAS day. Don't take the day off, don't give or receive gifts. That is fine, but, don't have the double standards!!

The second is look at the hypocritical nature of those folks saying "Happy Holidays". What does Holidays mean? Yes, HOLY Days, derived from Religion and Faith. Christmas Day is a Holyday, therefore Holiday. What are we going to get next a completely different word they make up?

Saturday, November 27, 2004

It still seems surreal. A Saturday morning listening to Radio 5 Live on the BBC. Listening to Sports Report, just like I used to as a kid back home. Totally weird.

I have definatly become much more patriotic since I left home. I guess, its the issue that, especially in the States there is a much greater focus on the Flag, the National Anthem and the Country itself.

This morning I was listening to the Rugby international between England and Australia. Rugby is by far my favourite sport. Ever since my Dad took me to see the Boxing Day game between West Hartlepool and Hartlepool Rovers in 1979. A game west won 17-0. I was hooked and went to hundreds of games. I remeber sheltering in the back of a stand watching West vs Orrell in the middle of a gale. I remember the knock-out cup quarter final vs Bristol when Derek Boyds last minute kick to win the game went wide. I remember the promotions through the leagues and having great trip to places like Bristol and Wasps. I remember the devestation of the professional era when our club was destroyed for money, leaving us without a ground and team. Now, from a distance I can watch with pride as the Phoenix rises. Ok, they are struggling in a low league, but they survive!!!

Friday, November 26, 2004

Hate. Its a word we hear a lot at the moment.

I find this trend very disturbing. The one I am talking about is that coming from the the left in American politics. We've heard for a long time about the intolerence of the right. Intolerent towards homosexuals, race, abortion etc... However, it is becoming more and more apparent that it is coming from the other side.

During the last election from Michael Moore to the New York times the hate and lies against Bush were amazing. Ok, you do not like the guy, that is one thing. I certainly do not like a lot of his policies, but hate? Isn't that hypocritical? Liberalism, by the definition of the word in the States is anti-hate. However, is looks more and more like it is anti-hate only when it is things that they agree with. If it is opposite to their so called "intellectual" ideals they must therefore hate it. It can't be both ways. I do not see how some can be Liberal and have this indoctrination. I will comment for on this later as there are countless areas where the doctrine of the left in the States fails. It fails itself, but, more in particularly those they claim to protect i.e. the underpriveldged of society.

The intellectual left don't care a jot about the regular Joes like myself. They spout about "sharing the wealth". Mr Moore and Mr Kerry I will be more than happy for you to share the wealth with me. They claim they are for giving eveyone a fair health care system. Ok, Mr Edwards stop doing ludicrous law suits that cause Drs insurance to go through the roof passing the costs on to the average working man that you claim to care about.

I've lived in the USA now for coming on 7 years. As time has gone on the differences between England and the States grow. I will, when time permits like to discuss some of these issues from my perspective. This may be from politics to socio-economics to sport and any other trivial issues that come to my mind.

My background? I come from the North-East of England, a working class and socilistic out-look. I am, by profession and qualification a chemist and by faith a evanglical, born again Christian. I think these different combinations and facets give my an unique outlook on the world, where I know live. Oh, yes! How did I end up in the States? I fell in love with a beautiful Texan girl 9 years a ago and got married to her 7 years ago.