Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday Morning Rant 94

The beat goes on.. Does that date me? Inasmuch as I haven’t heard anyone else say it in years I suppose you may rightfully allege I am dredging up the past. But the “beat” does indeed continue. The resounding ker-plunk of falling businesses, the thunderous roar of outrage/joy over the Sotomayor appointment, the gleeful approval of the first couple’s night out in New York, and the “ka-ching” of Congress adding trillions more to the debt all work in concert to produce a cacophony rather than a solid beat. It produces a noise which does make, and is, a racket.

Why Are Conservatives so Mean?

As the attack on conservative principles increases by the day, I believe that it is important to air any precise, lucid appraisal of conservatism one can find. I located a short video by Klavan on this very subject. I strongly recommend you click on the link and determine for yourself if you agree or disagree.

I understand fully, your reluctance to adopt a label be it conservative, liberal, or for that matter; gringo. It does make life easier for the demographers, pundits and those who need an accurate definition of the object of their hate for the day. It helps to firmly identify those with whom one shares a system of belief. Unlike the Democrat party which is sharply divided at the moment over a disagreement about the president’s approach to government.

There is, as you well know, a strong segment of the lunatic left who feel betrayed by “the one's” reluctance to move the Marxist agenda at warp speed instead of the speed of light. Currently he is insisting on at least maintaining some vestige of Constitutional application of the law instead of just “ruling” by ukase. On the other hand some of the saner heads in the majority in congress are slowly objecting to the breakneck recklessness emanating from the White House.


As an American citizen you now own 1/320,000,000th of General Motors. With an investment of your tax dollars of roughly 100 billion dollars for their recovery and the preservation of the United Auto Workers, that would come to about $312.50 for you and each member of your family. How does it feel to be a wealthy investor?

As a downside to this happy news, let me remind you that ownership not only allows you to enjoy the profits but also carries the responsibility for additional incurred debt. Oh, did I mention the interest which will accrue, unpaid because the government is broke, on the unpaid loans as an investment in a failing business plan. Don’t worry about it too much because GM (now: Government Motors) will now be making the ever popular green cars so much in demand domestically and the world over. With a set of adjusted prices, they will let you drive one home for probably less than $100,000.00.

It’s all OK though because now you can “feel good” about the excessive retirement programs and comprehensive health plans available for non-productive former employees.

Ain’t Marxism great? (note: end of snark!)

More on Sotomayor

Dave Kopel had an observation on the comparative response to the Sotomayor appointment and the previous behavior on some Republican appointees.

“The Democrats who tried to block Roberts and Alito appear to have suffered no adverse consequences. [And, I should have added, neither did the Dems. who filibustered Miguel Estrada, who, like Sotomayor, is a Hispanic with an impressive life story.] Sotomayor is on the wrong side of fairness, empathy, the Constitution and the American people in regards to firearms ownership (Maloney v. Cuomo; United States v. Sanchez-Villar); wealthy people using the government's eminent domain power to extort money from small business (Didden v. Village of Port Chester); and a racial spoils system for government employees (Ricci v. DeStefano)."

As usual, it all depends on whose ox is being gored. There are those who might assume that my criticism is accompanied by a measure of racism. In response, I offer the following: I have been in business partnership with an Hispanic gentleman. My close neighbor in Las Vegas was Hispanic, an extremely hard working friend who kept the best maintained house in the neighborhood. I have a history which goes back decades and includes uncounted trips to the Mexican interior driving on each occasion to destinations which included the Federal District, Acapulco, Guymas, and other delightful destinations on both business and pleasure. The regard for these folks is predicated on mutual respect, friendship, ethics, and faith the same as all my other acquaintances regardless of race or national origin.

Margaret Goodwin on Protest

This young woman is an outstanding speaker. Her message is pertinent and typical of the address one sees and hears at a Tea Party. Her location is on the steps of the capitol in Salem, Ore. but the substance of her remarks would be appropriate anywhere. Please observe her delivery and watch her eyes. I do not detect notes, Teleprompters, or any other crutch to aid her thoughts. She is obviously speaking from the heart; well prepared and passionate about her topic. For a total stutter free delivery, check her out here.
United States Map

A friend forwarded this piece and I couldn’t resist sharing it

”A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered
by his little girl, Shelby. She wanted to know what the United States
looked like.

Finally, he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which
was printed the map of the country. Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to
Shelby and said, 'Go into the other room and see if you can put this
together. This will show you our whole country today.'

After a few minutes, Shelby returned and handed him the map, correctly
fitted and taped together. The father was surprised and asked how she
had finished so quickly. 'Oh,' she said, 'on the other side of the paper
is a picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged,
then our country just came together.'”

And finally

Let us both hope that I am successful in uploading the pictures I have taken this week. I must apologize for my clumsiness in matters digital. Look forward to seeing birds (yes plural and of different breeds) perching on a 5” platform on the bird feeder. As I type I look out and see a male cardinal and an indigo bunting sharing the feeder. Earlier it was another cardinal and a male gold finch chasing each other around the dish in search of breakfast. Since I observe from 10’ through a window which is opaque from the outside, I can watch unseen the antics they produce. What a delight!

The day lilies are in bloom as are the roses. The Asiatic hybrids are threatening to bloom also and the New Guinea impatiens are a happy addition to the deck. Regretfully, the peonies have come and gone. The current temperature is 90º, God’s in His heaven and all’s right with the world—at least here on the ridge. My prayer is that you are enjoying equivalent blessings.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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