The morning after

18 May

Philargyrist– someone who loves money (

Mantra of the day: Trusting (

We had an election yesterday in Jacksonville. In what has become a tradition here in Florida, the biggest race of the day–the one for mayor, is too close to call. At present, the Democrat, Alvin Brown, leads by 603 votes. There are some 1000 plus absentee ballots yet to count. And then if things remain less than one half of one percent, there is going to be a recount. Woo hoo.

Florida did away with the famous hanging chads after that little debacle in 2000, but we do still love a contentious election here in the Sunshine State.

This is the closest mayoral election in the history of our fair city.  City government in Jacksonville is pretty much a theocracy, so the candidate endorsed by First Baptist Church nearly always wins. Right now, that candidate is behind. Not sure how they let that happen, but the day is young, so no telling what will happen before this thing is over.

There is another race that is too close to call–the City Council at large (Group 1) contest between Republican David Taylor–who is under investigation for potential shady billing practices, misconduct during a divorce case, and a potential forgery of a judge’s signature in an eviction document–and “Democrat” Kimberly Daniels, a former drug addict and prostitute turned evangelist. She has written and said a number of interesting things over the years–including this insight into Halloween:  I do not buy candy during the Halloween season. Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference.

As a gay citizen and tax payer, I was interested in Ms. Daniels’ position concerning people like me. Among other things, she has written the following:

We curse gay pride to the root and declare that is is nothing to be proud of; it is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord… We come against the witchcraft that is working behind the scenes of the homosexual agenda.

You may be able to discern why it is I voted for the crooked Republican lawyer instead of the faux-Democrat loon minister.

I can only imagine what this lady will be up to if she wins a spot on the city council. But she was endorsed by MC Hammer–who to my knowledge does not live in Duval County and, besides, has not had a hit in years, so why would we listen to him?

Can’t touch this? Don’t wanna touch that!

Lily Tomlin once said, “Life can be beautiful, but it won’t.” I often feel that this sums up the nature of my hometown. Jacksonville could be beautiful, but it won’t.  But it is nearly always interesting…

Our Save the Words word of the day seems appropriate for a post-election blog– Philargyrist. That’s someone who loves money. I guess we all love money to a certain extent, but this is someone who loves money all out of proportion.

Our mantra of the day is Trusting. Whew–that’s another good one for the day after an election. Once the political race is over and the smoke clears, you pretty much have to trust that the philargyists that just got elected will do their very best to serve the will of the people.

Yeah, right.

But Trusting, as a mantra, also resonates at a higher level. How about Trusting that life will be beautiful more often than not? I’ll have to work on that as those of us here in Duval County wind our way through the final tallies and potential recounts.

I trust you’ll have a happy Wednesday.

One Response to “The morning after”

  1. That Weather Girl May 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Ah, Jacksonville…..

    So let me see if I have this right. Candy which is bought at the grocery store during the Halloween season is cursed? I can’t wait to use that excuse this fall! “Sorry, the candy made me do it!”

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