Monday, July 06, 2020

I Prefer to Think

that there are BIG SMILES behind those masks!

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Fourth of July 2020

The only reason this wont anger many is that very, very few read this blog. I made the unfortunate choice today to read an article that had the first two quotes in it and that led to this, my own little Fourth of July Speech!

I believe this is TRUE though, that those who served and have given their lives in service to the PEOPLE of this country would know it to be TRUE. 

Because its never been about principle, the needs , rights of others, or a moral truth  but winning! I believe there is still a small thread of hope for that in a few individual candidates but for most politicians , of either party, it is now about winning.

“They coddled this guy the whole time and now it’s like some rats are jumping off of the sinking ship. It’s just a little late,” Kasich said. “It’s left this nation with a crescendo of hate not only between politicians but between citizens. … It started with Charlottesville and people remained silent then, and we find ourselves in this position now.”
Kasich added, “I’m glad to see some of these Republicans moving the other way but it reminds me of Vichy France where they said, ‘Well, I never had anything to do with that,’” a reference to the French government that continued during Nazi occupation in the 1940s. 

Strange ( that is meant to be sarcastic) this Republican pollsters concern is not that the base is misguided, to say the least, but that its not enough to win!
“The president’s base is locked in. They love him, they’re going to turn out and they’re going to vote for him,” GOP pollster Whit Ayres said. “The problem is that the base is not enough to win. You can make a case that protecting Confederate monuments is very popular among at least a portion of his base, but it does nothing to expand the coalition, and that’s the imperative at the moment and will be going forward if the party hopes to govern.”

As a reminder, these words from the Declaration of Independence issued on July 4, 1776

  1. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

"our frontiers" it seems to me those Indian Savages had been there for centuries before it became "our frontiers"
Even though this document is based on this statement of principle.....
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Nothing New after all, for those of us who believe in the God of the Old and New Testaments Cain killed his own brother, Abel. Then to top even that we put Christ, the Son of God to death.
And Yet, that same God offers us forgiveness and asks only that we Love One Another. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

IH10 West

Recently i drove the western "half" of Interstate 10 through Texas and most of central New Mexico. I was passed, and passed a number of trucks carrying the same cargo, a load of these triangular shaped metal pieces- headed west. It took me a while before i realized what they were! Maybe because they were not yet painted black! By my totally unscientific calculations that would take 655 truckloads to equal a mile of border wall.Thats about eight miles of trucks parked end to end to carry one mile of unneeded wall. I have no idea how trucks it will take to carry the black paint.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Was it really 50 years ago?

We sat on mattresses on the floor in the house on Avenue G talking for hours about all the serious topics in the universe and still found things to laugh about?