A wonderful birthday!

 

Yesterday was my 30th birthday, so I thought I would give a quick post telling about everything that went on.

In the late morning I met several of my Green Party friends (Huti and Jean from the Muskogee area… I still can’t believe they drove in from so far!, and Randy from OKC) at the Oklahoma state Capitol where I filed for state house, dis. #99.

The rest of the afternoon I spent mostly cooking (I smoked a brisket, some beef ribs, polish sausage and some potatoes) and getting ready for the party I had planned that night.

So about 6:30 p.m. folks started arriving, and then they kept coming and coming and coming! I had expected maybe 3-5 people besides family but as it turned out there were I think 30 folks there — including my parents, my brothers (and their spouses & kids), folks from church, folks from OCCO and the Green Party, friends from Catholic Peace Fellowship, and several dear, dear friends (and another dear friend who I knew was with me in spirit even if she couldn’t come).

We had so much fun at the party. Lots of eating and sitting and visiting outside and enjoying the beautiful evening (that had just turned cooler thanks to the breeze that came in after a super-hot day). The food was real good. My meats were decent (I should have done the brisket a little longer at a lower temp to be more tender, but still flavorful with the marinade and seasonings), but the highlight of the meal for me was Bob Waldrop’s homemade naan bread and my mom’s homemade rolls.

As far as presents go, the best thing folks gave me was coming to the party. But beyond that I got a Case pocket knife from my brother, a hamster ball for Ralph my gerbil (Ok, maybe that’s a gerbil ball… it’s a plastic ball that you put your gerbil in so he can run around explore your home) and a pair of slacks from another brother, some coffee and jam from Bob, a gift car from Full-circle bookstore from a Green party/critical mass friend, and some other stuff from a friend who is almost a sister to me, my parents and from the pastor and his wife at church.

So anyway it was a wonderful day. As for wisdom of turning 30, I don’t have any other than I’m glad to have so many good friends and I’m glad that I can still do fun and crazy things and don’t have to be a “responsible”adult yet.

Discussion on the issue of oaths

 

Terra Extraneus: A Blog to Disagree With

Somehow I missed this when it came out, but Rod Heggy posted a thought-provoking review of this blog on his blog, which included an extended discussion on the issue of oaths.

I went ahead and drafted a comment on his blog post, but thought I would share my thoughts on it here as well (this next part will make more sense if you read his blog post first)

Just wanted to say a quick thank you for the review of my blog. We obviously disagree on many points, but I am very impressed with your williness to hear me out and to respond thoughtfully to what I had to say.

As to the issue of the importance of oaths, I have a bit of a different perspective on it because I’m a Mennonite and we historically do not swear oaths. For the attorney’s oath, I will affirm it (I hope to get my license in September) but not swear it. The reason for this is first that Jesus said not to swear oaths, but secondly because the oath of the attorney, while a serious and significant commitment (one in which the state puts their trust in me as an officer of the court), is not my highest law. In other words, I will seek to obey that oath but if the oath conflicts with my conscience (or to say it another way, the still place where God speaks to us), then I would have to resign my oath and do what is right.

I see the oath of soldier in the same light. Certainly a soldier should honor his or her commitment, but if that honoring that commitment would violate the soldier’s conscience, then I think it is better to obey one’s conscience, than to violate it out of a sense of loyalty to the oath.

Anyway that’s my take on it. Thanks again for giving me the chance to discuss this with you.

Press and blog coverage of the campaign

 

Updated: 6/6/06, 7:37 p.m.

Here’s some of the press/blog coverage that my state legislative campaign has been receiving. . .

NewsOK.com:Birthday celebration includes bid for House post

OKInsider.com/Legislative Information Network: Green Party candidate ready to tackle district by bicycle

Okiedoke.com: Red state Green blogger runs in blue district

Dustbury.com: One new hat in the ring (boy howdy, the comments on this post are a hoot)

The Left End of the Dial: A quick Okie legislative roundup (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read about the campaign)