Out and About on a Friday

So, we had an earthquake in Nevada. We then had rain. The end of the world was expected momentarily, but all we got was a traffic jam on the US 95.

Senate GOP revives Pelosi’s “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” policy re: legislation. We’ve given Obama the go-ahead on trade authority…as if anything Obama negotiates could possibly be to the advantage of the United States. That is bad enough – but no one will even tell us what’s in the trade deal. And the GOP leadership wonders why it has a popularity problem…

The economic data just hasn’t been all that great lately. Our government’s solution? Change the data.

Your new car has a computer and a complex program to run the car – manufacturers are arguing that while you own the car, you only own a license to the computer program which runs your car. My view? Not so fast. Suck it up, manufacturers. You want to put all these clever gizmos in the car to get us to by it, fine – but what I pay for I own, completely.

Yeah, Hillary is just as corrupt as we all thought.

Apparently, fighting climate change is the first step to defeating ISIS.

Roger Simon is rather upset about the state of the world. I agree with him on that. But I disagree on the PATRIOT Act thing – I don’t care if we can’t show anyone in particular harmed by it: I don’t trust any government but particularly this government to have that much information on that.

Memorial Day is Monday. It ain’t about the barbecue:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.- John McCrae, 1915

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7 thoughts on “Out and About on a Friday

  1. Shawny Lee May 23, 2015 / 5:42 am

    Waiting For The Call

    Those hard fought freedoms
    bought in blood
    by those who gave their all
    have sadly been diminished
    while we waited for the call

    What happened to the courage
    to stand up for our rights
    the honor and the virtue
    the will to sacrifice

    While we condemn our progeny
    to an age of abject tyranny
    will our history recall
    when we held out for a leader
    while we waited for the call

    As each new line drawn in the sand
    was crossed, and then another
    we failed to rise in righteous wrath
    to stand up for each other

    While hesitant and fearful
    we cowered to the criminals
    as all the world around us
    watched us fall

    In the dimming light of liberty
    will there echo through eternity
    of a time we had a chance to save it all

    But instead of bravely leading
    our last days were spent retreating
    from our duty, while we waited for the call

    SMR

  2. Retired Spook May 23, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Has anyone else noticed a steady uptick in the number of news items where your first reaction is: that’s not true; that’s unsustainable; that’s not good; how can a human being be that evil; etc.? Maybe I watch too much news, or maybe I’ve just seen too many episodes of “24”, but it just seems to me that everything is accelerating, and much of it not good.

    • Cluster May 23, 2015 / 1:34 pm

      I have noticed it. Aside from the middle east atrocities and the Euro union troubles, here at home I think it has to do with liberals realizing that their window is closing so they are being as bold as possible. Obama’s commencement speech to the Coast Guard the other day wherein he spoke almost exclusively about global warming is an indicator of where his priorities are – unfortunately. But take heart in knowing that because of their incessant pandering and demagoguery, the Democrat party is imploding.

      http://www.nationaljournal.com/against-the-grain/democrats-vanishing-future-20150521

      • M. Noonan May 23, 2015 / 11:37 pm

        Can’t stand it when the GOP Establishment goes with formerly defeated retreads for office…it almost never works, as is noted in the article. People don’t re-hire someone they recently fired. But it does show that the Democrats got nothing…just worn out, has-beens.

    • Cluster May 23, 2015 / 8:59 pm

      Have you noticed how the administration, specifically Marie Harf has been saying that the battle with ISIL will be a long and difficult battle with many setbacks? It seems to me that someone else said those exact words about 13 years ago. If not for one political party exploiting this issue for political gain, we would be seeing a much different world than the one we are faced with now.

    • M. Noonan May 23, 2015 / 11:26 pm

      I’ve pondered that – I think that it is partially because of the internet. Things are diligently collected for us and then hammered into us. But I think the larger part is that the lid is being torn off…the thin veneer of civilization is being ripped away.

      One of the very worst lies in the world is that “people never change”. People, as individuals, do. Many is the horrific sinner who turned into a saint…but people, in the aggregate, don’t change. We are Fallen and we’ll remain so until redemption. We are all prey to sin and only by grace are we truly kept from it in the day to day (and even then, the righteous man falls seven times a day)…and for those who have refused grace, only the most iron-clad rules, vigorously enforced, keep them in line. We’ve taken away the iron-clad rules while at the same time assiduously trying to convince everyone that they don’t need grace.

      At the same time, we are fabulously rich and very bored. Two hundred years ago, only a few people had time to be really wicked…most of us were engaged in hard, physical labor just to ensure sufficient food, housing and clothing for ourselves and our families. A man who spent the day plowing his fields didn’t have energy to work up a sin – he just wanted to eat his evening meal and rest a bit in front of the fire before going to bed…to get up and start all over again. Now we’ve got hours to fill – and many people fill them in a bad way, even if they don’t really mean to.

      Think about the brutality and cruelty in our civilization – in large measure, our civilization is now a six year old boy, bored and tormenting the cat just to kill time. All those people on Twitter who hound the Enemy of the Day…they are just being merciless in a fit of absent-mindedness…it is a thing to do, for a while….until the next Proclaimed Target is revealed. If you thought the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls was pointless, you were right…it was: it was just a thing for bored people to do for a while. It was far more harmless than other, more cruel activities, but it was just as worthless. And nearly as destructive…because it gave people an impression of doing something good when they were doing nothing at all.

      I think the world is about to turn – things cannot go on like this. I think, in the end, the turn will be to our benefit…but there will be some rough times…rough times which will awaken us from our slumber and get us back to doing real things.

  3. Shawny Lee May 25, 2015 / 5:17 am

    Yes, things are going side-ways much faster like some horror movie you just can’t seem to take your eyes off of. My thinking is that the progressives and globalists know time is short with this gift of power and they must hurry to accomplish all they can. But they’ve exposed themselves and no longer seem to care, taking actions, implementing policies and regulations with little or no resistance, and enforcing them as though they were laws. But they will have to steal or print all the money they can before the economy collapses and no one has the means to pay their tab. This is a crisis you can be sure they do not plan to waste. And certainly we are in for rough times with decades perhaps before things turn to our benefit. It took hundreds of years and many thousands of lives for us to be here, free to even discuss it now. It will fall to our children and grand children who don’t know how far we came and how much has already been lost. But we knew, and it didn’t seem to matter.

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