Excerpts and Commentary

The Vatican issued a 12-page set of guidelines with the approval of Pope John Paul II in a bid to stem the increase in laws granting legal rights to homosexual unions in Europe and North America.

“Marriage exists solely between a man and woman … Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law,”…unless it involves a priest and young boy.

“Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior … but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity.” …of course clergy members molesting children is acceptable behavior

“Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such (homosexual) unions would actually mean doing violence to these children … (placing) them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.” …[[insert your own comment here]]

At least they have thier priorities straight…


Submitted by frank at 7/31/2003 3:06:17 PM

    I’m amazed at the people who think homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, and by extension a morality decision. A rational person doesn’t choose a way of life that will bring ridicule, beatings, and possibly death from rednecks and fundimentalists. The homosexuals that I’ve met seemed pretty rational to me, so that implies that sexual orientation is hard-wired, not a choice.

    So, do you allow your children to be alone in the same room with a priest?

Submitted by jim at 7/31/2003 3:35:04 PM

    Let’s just say I’m concerned whenever my children are not in my immediate care, and I have a LOT of talks with them to make sure nothing funny is happening.
Submitted by Joe at 8/1/2003 9:21:50 AM

    Frank, I hope you didn’t really mean that priest comment. If you did, then your gross generalization contradicts many of your earlier writings. The priest population is devastated by those criminals posing as priests. I can’t even begin to tell you how pissed I am at the way the catholic church handled the whole situation, many people should be held accountable, but to group ALL priests in with those criminals is a horrible generalization.

    The only good that has come out of this is that many parents are much more protective with whom they trust their children, and they are a lot more deliberate in having open talks with their children.

Submitted by frank at 8/1/2003 10:05:53 AM

    I started writing my response here, but it started to get long-winded, so I’m moving it over to franksblog.hofer.us I figure if I’m writing it, I’m going to stand behind it on my site.


The office I share with Ben and John is very cold.  We have turned the thermostat all the way up, but its just not enough.  Ben and I have recently grabbed extra computers and monitors to use as space heaters.  It seems to help.

I have NEVER bought from a telemarketer…

The telemarketer are suing to stop the federal no-call list.  I have never bought from a telemarketer.  I WILL NEVER buy from a telemarketer.  My response to them varies between wasting as much of their time as possible to telling them I am on the no call list and hanging up.  Do they really think that if they keep trying to annoy me that I will eventually buy?

BTW: To get on the no call list, go here


Submitted by ben at 7/29/2003 4:02:28 PM

    try to get a number where you can call them back with something like “i never do business with someone that calls me. it’s not safe.”

    then give their # to the next telemarketer as your daytime #.


I think I just rode up the elevator with Charles Manson.


Submitted by frank at 7/28/2003 11:34:40 AM

    Did he have that swastika tatoo on his face?
Submitted by jim at 7/28/2003 11:42:10 AM

    I didn’t want to look at him that closely. Once I noticed who it was, I tried not to make eye contact.

This weekend and misc. notes…

I took the kids to the lake this weekend.  Once again, the kids spent a large amount of time fishing, but this time the fish fought back…I was maliciously attacked by a bluegill or sunfish while swimming.  The assailant bit my nipple 3 times within a few second window.

We did manage to catch several fish, including a 1.5 or 2.0 lb catfish.  Danielle was playing with a rubber worm in the boat well, and a LARGE bass took it.  We pulled him in close enough to get a good look, but he snapped the line before we could get the net.

When we got home from the lake, I noticed that the grass was a little brown.  I went to turn on the sprinkler system, an it was showing an indicator that it didn’t have power.  I figured out that it had blown a fuse. 4 hardware stores and an hour later, I found a fuse that would work.  I bought 3.  As I went to install it, I noticed a spare fuse attached to the inside front panel.

I’ve already blown one of the new fuses, so I likely have more troubleshooting to do.

Finally an answer to why I have had 2 accidents in a month and some many near misses.  The question is, do I have the disease or the 2 teenagers plus countless others who have tried to broadside me, cut me off, …