If things appear slow around here, it’s because I simply don’t have the time to sit down and blog. What little free time I do have usually ends up being devoted to chores, with an occasional moment to comment on other blogs – and a decreasing number of them at that. That doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention, or that I don’t have ideas for blog posts, it just means that my actual time and energy to do a post is extremely limited. What gives me an occasional spurt of energy is when I see a set of mind-blowing stupidity in the news, and this week has had more than its share of it.
First off, Anthony Weiner. He got caught sending risque photos to women on Twitter, along with making phone calls and “sexting.” It’s not just that he got caught, he lied about it as well. Saying I’m pissed off about this is an understatement. It’s not just that he’s a Democrat, it’s that he’s been one of the leading voices for the Democrats, and he just threw that away. Besides that, he made Andrew Breitbart credible. Breitbart has – justifiably – had a reputation for running with doctored “evidence” to create “scandals” for Democrats. When looked at closely, it turns out he blew a lot of smoke, but there wasn’t any fire. This time, there was, and regardless of what he does in the future, he’s got a patina of respectability he didn’t have before. Speaking personally, I think Weiner was a damn idiot, who thought he could “smart” his way through this, and instead did things that are just fucking stupid.
On the Republican side, Sarah Palin has been conducting her Tour de Ignorance up the East coast. So far, she’s managed to get numerous instances of American history wrong, along with blurting out complete fabrications on policy and recent events. Every time I see a news story about her, I breathe a sigh of relief that she isn’t the Vice President. Of course, when it comes to “stupid,” she’s got serious competition. Michele Bachmann has decided (God spoke to her, you know) to run for President. Which has started a bit of a war between her and Palin, as both vie for the brain-dead vote.
Speaking of Republicans, its turning out that most of the Tea Party sponsored governors are dropping in the polls. Badly. As in, they’re extremely unpopular. It turns out that they’re maintaining their ideological purity, which is not conducive to running a state. On the good news for Rick Scott standpoint, it looks like he’ll leave office in a few years remarkably better off than when he started.
On a personal note, I’ve been spending the past couple of days cleaning out my storage. It’s not until you move, or do something like that, that you realize just how much stuff you accumulate! As I was going through the boxes, I often had moments of asking myself “why did I keep this?” Seriously, I have no idea of why I kept a set of Army manuals and course books, along with user manuals for a Commodore 128 computer. I look it at as if it’s been sitting there for 8 years now, the odds that I really needed something is slim. I’ve managed to cull down what took up a good-sized storage area to 4 medium boxes.
The official word on the flooding here is that it was a 500-year flood. Yes, we do have records stretching back over 100 years, and nothing has come close. So, that makes it a “500-year” flood. We’ve had good weather for the past week, and things are starting to dry out. That doesn’t mean it’s “normal,” but it’s dryer. Of course, this has also led to a bumper crop of biting insects. The black flies are starting to decline, only to be replaced by hordes of mosquitoes. All those nice temporary pools which the floods and rains created enabled a bumper crop. I met two hikers coming in off the Northville-Lake Placid trail, and I’ve never in my life seen two people more bit up than these two. If there was a patch of bare skin that didn’t have a bug bite, it wasn’t visible.
Memorial Day is now past, but one of the “family” traditions we have is to visit the local cemetery, and plant flowers on the graves of those family members who are now gone. There’s a lot of flags in this little cemetery, each of them marking where a veteran lies. A lot of us left these mountains for a time, only to return, and here they rest.
Reminding me of the words of Psalm 121:
1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.