Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Morning Rant 84

How good can life get? On Saturday night, the predicted snow storm was actually a spate of sleet followed by a steady rain which stopped before the temperature dropped to turn it into trouble. The day dawned with cool readings and a bright sun for the Miami adventure.

Edward Glaser delivered the message and we were treated to a fine spaghetti dinner after. As usual it was wonderful and just thinking about it makes me hungry all over again.

Merkel strikes

The absolute best news of the weekend was that of Mrs. Merkel from Germany torpedoing the plans of the financial summit in Europe. With an unusual demonstration of courage which nearly approached outrage, she announced that Germany would have no part of their plans. Apparently she recognized a socialist take-over when she saw it. She further stated she saw no way to spend their way to recovery.

It would be a blessing if she were rather in a position to call a halt to the on going pillage of our Treasury. Perhaps her move will inspire some here-to-fore shy American legislators to emulate her actions. Just another example that masculinity is sometimes overrated.

The law of unintended consequences

As we have pointed out before; much of the reaction from the White House is a smoke screen to cover up one bit of malfeasance or another. The AIG hearings served to cover the legislation for $2.2 trillion for carbon elimination. Before that, they attacked Rush to cover the stimulus package. Earl Ofari Hutchinson has this observation on the matter and the backlash from Rush’s faithful listeners:

“President Obama and the Democrats should wave the white flag in their straw man war on Rush Limbaugh. The Media Research Center delivered the grim casualty figures for the Democrats. Since January, the top talk show gabber’s ratings have soared off the charts. Radio affiliates that carry Limbaugh’s syndicated show call the ratings boost he’s gotten from the Democrat’s orchestrated attack on him a “dramatic surge.” This writer predicted as much when President Obama cracked to Congressional Republicans in late January that they should knock off listening to Limbaugh if they expected to get anything done in Congress and with his administration.

The gabber instantly snatched at the quip and turned it into a multi show bonanza. No matter what topic Limbaugh gassed on, he managed to slide in a reference to Obama’s prop up of him as the Democrat’s prize punching bag. This did three things. It gave him an even bigger pile of fodder to puff himself up as the emperor of talk radio, claim to be the real kingmaker in the GOP, and in a perverse way paint himself as a credible and thoughtful political critic. It snapped many shell shocked Congressional Republicans out of their post election funk. Now suddenly feisty and combative, they draw a deep line in the sand against any and everything that Obama proposed.”

Now that you’ve read it I shall remind you that Hutchinson writes for the Huffington Post which has a decided left-wing tilt. One might conclude that if even they recognize this backlash, there must be something to it. Even as snarky as some of Mr.. Hutchinson’s comments are I must thank him for his observations. It must have been “bitter tea” for him to even start the article.

G-20 Conference

While the “evil” capitalists gather in Europe to iron out the financial affairs of the world, there is a contingent of socialists ready to step into the breech and bring happiness to the “workers of the world.” Never mind that every socialist interloper has melted life down to a tragedy in the countries they afflicted with their programs.

The protests were well laced with the usual suspects: ex-hippies, commies, hired placard carriers, ne'er-do-wells, and the ever present contingent of irate Muslims. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but the snaking line suggests to this observer a replay of photos of lines waiting to board a train to the gulag. Just once, I would be interested to see one reference to a nation that has embraced the socialist agenda with a measure of success for its entire population.

One thing that was common with these pictures was the fact that even though these countries enjoy multiple different languages, all the signs were in English. This leads me to believe they were for a different audience other than the folks where the marches took place.

Speaking of Protests

The “Tea Party” phenomena are growing in popularity in direct proportion to our burgeoning national debt. It is becoming increasingly apparent that not quite everybody has drunk the Kool-Aid.. If there is one near you, you might consider going if for no other reason than curiosity. By so doing, you will enhance the crowd count, you might learn something, and you would make this old man very, very happy. I have repeatedly encouraged you to become involved and this is a painless and very productive way to do it.

We went to Springfield to see Gov. Palin and I made the observation then that these were some of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of joining. Courtesy, friendliness, patience, and good fellowship were in abundance. It is highly likely that the same folks would be at a “Tea Party.” Try it; you’ll like it. It’s nearly certain there will something going on near you on tax day (April 15 if you’ve forgotten.) If you can make one of these events, please let us know.

And finally

The Miami trip reminded me of a verse nearly forgotten.

Spring is here.
The grass is “riz.”
I wonder where
The flowers is?

Perhaps I should have forgotten it instead. The flowers “is” everywhere. Everything here is progressing normally except for a hole Jan found this morning in the middle of the grassy plot out back. It was 18” deep, nearly big enough to hold a bowling ball, and obviously dug by one of our furry neighbors. This is the same grass which comes up through a rocky overburden which is typical of this entire ridge. That must have been some “diggin’ machine.” I am not real sure I even want to confirm who the guilty party is.

In many ways this property resembles Sleepy Hollow but God has provided in abundance for us to avoid boredom. It’s a constant parade of His creatures for our enjoyment. I will admit that I could do without some of the creepies and the crawlies but hey, they were here first.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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