Cut the Candidates Some Slack?

Victor Davis Hanson makes an excellent point:

I never quite understood some of the conventional invective against the candidates. Huckabee apparently still takes speaking fees? But the man is neither on any payroll nor independently wealthy — so how is he supposed to support his family while campaigning? Lecturing for money via a speakers’ bureau seems no more or less unethical than elected officials who are not present in session even though they are still drawing a paycheck.

Thompson is slurred as “lazy”; but, in fact, anyone in his mid-sixties, who has survived non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and is campaigning daily under media scrutiny could hardly be lazy; courageous might be a better characterization.

The attraction of McCain is not just his past, but surely his present as well. Almost forgotten is the notion how anyone 71, wounded and disabled after being tortured for 51/2 years, and a survivor of malignant melanoma, is likewise 24/7 out on the stump.

The media recently seemed concerned about Giuliani’s “headache,” but he too is a cancer survivor, and in his sixties.

I am duly impressed that the latter three can stay out there day after day after what they’ve gone through — with obstacles that the other younger, healthier candidates of both parties don’t contend with.

All serious presidential candidates are keeping a schedule that would wear out most Americans, even those who haven’t had health problems. For that effort, if nothing, the can be admired.

Papal Message for the World Day of Peace 2008

Message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace 2008 – THE HUMAN FAMILY, A COMMUNITY OF PEACE

The natural family, as an intimate communion of life and love, based on marriage between a man and a woman(2), constitutes “the primary place of ‘humanization’ for the person and society”(3), and a “cradle of life and love”(4). The family is therefore rightly defined as the first natural society, “a divine institution that stands at the foundation of life of the human person as the prototype of every social order”

If you didn’t know me, you’d think I knew something about football

So, I won my fantasy football league this year for the second time in the five years I’ve been in it. I actually missed the draft this year because I noted the date change but not the time change, so my team was auto-drafted. I looked at many of the players I ended up with and said, “Who’s that?” But, I had the most points of any team during the regular season (despite finishing in seventh place) and could have had even more points except there were a few weeks I forgot to change my roster and started a few players on bye weeks. But, my team came up with three straight upsets and won the league in the playoffs.

Then in the Delaware Bloggers Pick ‘Em league started by Ryan of Jokers to the Right, I won that too. My success there really took off once I stopped actually thinking about who would win and just going with the favorites every week, with only the occasional upset selected.

I just hope this hasn’t used up all my luck.