The Grill

Over the weekend, my trusty grill gave up the ghost. There was great sentimental value attached to it, as it was given to me by Cupcake on the Father’s Day we moved out to West Virgnia.

Saturday was spent tracking down the grill I wanted at Home Depots in three states. As I was coming back in the early evening from Leesburg, with said grill in the bed of my pickup, I spied a turtle trying to cross Union St., in Harpers Ferry. I stopped my truck, put on the hazards and gave the little beast a hand to his destination.

This morning, I hauled the carcass of the old grill to the landfill. I glanced at the countryside passing by for a moment and when I looked forward, I saw a varmint of some sort scurrying across the road. I was going about fifty and couldn’t swerve or slow down in time from preventing that sickening thumpity-thumb. Wracked with sorrow and guilt, I took a different route home.

I’m sure there is a profound lesson to be gleaned from these interconnected happenings. I just haven’t figured it out yet. Religions have been founded on less this.

Ship Of Fools

Everyone hates a hypocrite and that’s why the Republican Party is having such a tough time gaining traction right now. Nowadays, on your way into the big tent, you need to have your idealogical and values credentials checked at the door. If you don’t subscribe to the party’s orthodoxy, they exercise their right to refuse service. Any deviation from the party line and you fall into the odious Republican In Name Only category.
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Stuck In The Middle With The Mullahs

I was reading an article about the part women are playing in the protests in Iran. There are vocal activists such as former President Hashemi Rasfanjani’s 46-year-old activist daughter and the wife of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. And then, of course, there is Neda, whose death was seen by millions via the internet and who has become a symbol of Iranians’ desire for a true voice in their government.

I can’t help but wonder these past couple weeks what effect the happenings in Iraq and Afghanistan have had on the people in Iran generally and the women in particular. Ten years ago, to the east, Iraqi women were living under one of the most brutal regimes in the Middle East. Women were regularly picked up off the street by high ranking Ba’athist thugs and raped and tortured. In Afghanistan, we regularly saw images of women clad in burkhas shot in public at soccer matches and threatened with death for attempting to work outside the home or getting an education.

Now, in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the midst of the messy, and sometimes violent, beginnings of democracy, both men and women have the vote, a say in their government. It must be galling to the Iranians that, as fraud is being perpetrated in their country, Afghans and Iraqis are voting in free elections.

The Reader

I read a book this week. I read a lot. I read articles on the web, history for school and technical stuff for work. But these days, I rarely have time to sit down and read a novel. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I read fiction.

Last week ,I was chugging along on the recumbent bike Cupcake bought me for Father’s Day. She wasn’t awake yet, so I didn’t want to wake her up by switching on the TV. The music in my iPod seemed to be getting stale. Well, perhaps not stale. I just find I enjoy listening to music more when I’m outside. I shut off the iPod and looked around. The bike is set up next to bookshelves which contain part of our pretty formidable family library. I plucked a book off the shelf and began to read.
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The Leader of The Free World???!!???

That’s it? The leader of the free world speaks to Iranians who are being killed for protesting rigged election results by jackbooted theocrats? This is what he has to say?

Here’s how its done by a true saint of democracy, Barack. Take note.

Damn…I get a tear in my eye watching this. Especially given what’s going on in the White House these days.

Idiot of the Week – Leon Panetta

leonpanettaThe difficulty of trying choose an Idiot every week is not the dearth of candidates, but the surplus of them. This week there was no difficulty in making the selection.

Leon Panetta, (appallingly) the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency says that Dick Cheney’s defense of the Bush Administration’s national security policy suggests that the former vice president wishes that our country would be attacked again. Panetta says that, in Cheney’s eyes, such an attack would vindicate the former vice president’s positions.
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The Groveler In Chief

While making his cringing address to the adoring throngs in Cairo, the Apologist In Chief pulled out several well worn canards. He said that we had fought a “war of choice” in Iraq. Again he minced that we had unacceptably sacrificed our ideals after September 11th in defense of our country. America, said the only president to have ever criticized his country on foreign soil, said that America was guilty of “dictating” and “not listening”
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Peas In A Pod

Sadly, its not only great minds who think alike. Twisted, rotted, bigoted, festering minds think alike also.

Jeremiah Wright:

“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me …. He’s got to do what politicians do. And the Jewish vote, the AIPAC vote that’s controlling him, that will not let him send representation to the Darfur Review Conference, that’s talking this craziness on Israel because they’re Zionists, they will not let him talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza—the ethnic cleansing of the Zionists is a sin and a crime against humanity.”

James von Brunn:

“The Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by Jews.”