How to explain…

It’s Oct 2016 and the news about Donald Trump’s tape containing very disparaging comments about women and his apparent support of sexual molestation (he apparently thinks it’s OK because he’s a “star”) has been released and discussed among every media outlet. Hopefully as you read this you’re not asking “Which one?” (if so, it’s the Billy Bush one). As I sit here in my back yard, I have to ask myself: “If I voted for Mr. Trump in the election, how would I justify that to the young women (and young men) in our church youth group?”

I’m a Christian and I’m not certain about who to vote for because I really can’t stomach the thought of either of the candidates being our leader. I don’t identify with any political party and try my best to live my life following the example put forward by Jesus. None of the political parties that I’ve seen thus far come close to pushing those ideals so I don’t affiliate with any of them. I work with young men and women on a regular basis at our church’s youth group and doing so eventually involves the message of every person being precious and of worth in the eyes of the Lord. We aim to help the youth learn how to live a life loving God and loving others. When I hear the disturbing and disgusting opinions of Mr. Trump, that goes completely against what we are teaching and what we believe. Women are not things that are there for any man to impose his will upon should the urge strike him. That’s what Mr. Trump was bragging about doing. That is the exact opposite of what is taught about extending the love of Christ to others. He simply states that what was on tape is locker room talk between a couple of guys. He issued an apology video to Twitter but it is heavily scripted and includes an attack on a former president who is not even running against him. He refers to the whole video scandal as a distraction from what matters in this election. To me, character matters more than anything else. Character is often said to be what you do when you think no one is watching. That is exactly what was exposed on the video. It is a peek into his character. Nothing to see here, move along… Even if it is locker room talk, we as a society should be working to make that kind of talk (and behavior) disappear from society. If this is pervasive in male locker rooms across the country, then we as men are failing miserably in training up the next generation of men.

That brings me to my question: “How can any youth worker in a Christian church justify voting for such a person?” How do you go to the young women (and young men) that you work with and tell them that you voted for such a person because it was for the greater good of the country? How do you justify that? Are we seriously saying: “You’re a valuable and precious child of God and no one should tell you otherwise unless there are Supreme Court seats on the line. If so, then there’s some wiggle room.”

With every passing moment, as I think about what Mr. Trump has said and done throughout this entire campaign season and the character examples from the last few decades, the idea of voting for him disgusts me more and more.


Oct. 21, 2015

Marty & Doc —

Welcome to 2015! Things aren’t exactly like the 1980s predicted they would be. Sorry to tell you that we don’t have hover boards and flying cars everywhere. However, we do have the Internet that has the entirety of human knowledge on it and we have mobile phones to access it anywhere at an insanely fast speed. While the Jaws franchise didn’t make it past 4 movies, we finally have the sequel to Return of the Jedi coming out this year.

So good luck returning back to the 80s and waiting patiently for the next 22 years for the iPhone to come out. You won’t know that you need it until you have it.


P.S. By stock in Apple and be patient

P.P.S If you come across me back in 1985, let him know that he’s going to have a heck of a ride and things will turn out alright. Also tell him to buy stock in Apple…as much as he can afford.


Yes, the Clippers

Dear 13-year-old me –

This is the much older version of yourself writing to prepare you for a sport that somewhat resembles the NBA that you know. In the year 2015, there are now a whopping 30 teams in the NBA. That’s not even then most shocking thing about this year’s league, wait until you hear about the playoffs. Continue reading


I’ve got those voting booth blues

Every two years about this time of the year I wonder which is more dangerous: not voting or uninformed voting? Where are the programs in September/October to objectively inform voters of the options that they’ll have when they are “in the booth” in November? Seems like if the goal was intelligent voting that we’d see a lot more activity before election day in November (not including the trash that is slander ads) to try to increase voter education.

Speaking of slander ads, my rule of thumb is that as soon as your ad mentions your opponent’s name, you have lost any chance of me voting for you. You should be able to get my support by providing what you plan to do, not how what your opponent plans to do is bad…I’ll decide that for myself. That’s like someone asking me for directions and I spend the next 30 mins telling them how bad it is to go the wrong way. Unfortunately, this approach has left me with very few candidates to vote for in my memorable voting life (except those who run unopposed and in that case, my vote doesn’t mean anything).

When you do get out and vote, remember these wise words from President Theodore Roosevelt:

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”