Missing Lightning Storms & Lightning Bugs

Last night there was a tremendous storm that didn’t too long. It was so powerful I lit a few candles because I fully expected the electricity to go out.  It started out with a bit of thunder, some fantastic lightning, hail the size of grapes hitting off my balcony, and ending with the gutters flooding out.  I wasn’t out in it, driving or even standing.  I was watching from inside, looking out the windows while the cats were watching me from under the bed.  They think I’m brave.

There are some things I do miss about “being back East.”  One was storms – lightning AND thunder.  We don’t much of either here .  I’m not sure why.  Maybe the Treasure Valley is too mellow.  The other is lightning bugs – fireflies. Continue reading

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Why The Hell Should I Care?

Yet another unhinging of the caricature masking those who have no fucking clue.

Think Progress has a story in which the Omaha City Weekly (Nebraska) illustrated the lack of knowledge in a simple test of public policy.   Say, the ‘war front’ of Iraq for instance.  As reported by David Williams at the Omaha news weekly:

At least one thing is clear to the City Weekly; that each side is convinced that the other is ill informed. So the City Weekly devised a little quiz that might shed some light – if not on the veracity of competing healthcare claims – then at least on the political savvy of those making them.

Presented a blank map of the Middle East and surrounding area – one with county names removed – those attending the town hall were asked to point out Iraq, a country where we have waged war for over six years.

The idea was that those who consider themselves to be well informed on the state of America today should at least be able to identify a place where we have shed blood in a conflict that has lasted longer than our involvement in World War II.

It was an enlightening experiment, albeit – so totally unscientific.  However the results and observations are telling ranging from the blank map test was rigged to the reactions of the participants.

The most discouraging and “[P]perhaps saddest of all was the Viet Nam vet who spat, “Why the hell should I care where Iraq is?”

Exactly . . . . why should we care?

The Next One …

There have been quite a few ‘discussions’ regarding “who might be the next Ted Kennedy?”  Apparently John McCain’s name has been entered into the running.   I’ll offer this ….. no.  Or to be more concise – no fucking way.

Thus, I was led to this diary at Daily Kos – the diary of one ‘glower’ – aptly entitled ‘Ways in Which John McCain is like Ted Kennedy.’  Please. Go, read.  It’s enlightening.

“The Sea For Me is a Metaphor”

There’s not much I could add to those who will be paying tribute to Ted Kennedy.   I greatly admired Ted Kennedy, and shared his love for this country and her people.

One of the speeches I’ve never forgotten is the eulogy Ted gave at Robert’s funeral.  “Some men see things as they are and say why.  I dream things that never were and say why not.”

It’s all I have to offer.

Ted Kennedy has Died ….

KennedyFrom the family …..

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port.   We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.   We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.  He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.   He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

Gun Rights Debate ‘Sparked’?

This is the real background of the battlecowboys

My synopsis:  Some guy is photographing someone’s home. He’s confronted by the homeowner – who at 51 considers himself an “old man.”  A confrontation ensues.  Some guy photographing pulls a gun on the homeowner “to deescalate the situation” and then apparently leaves.  ‘Old man’ calls the police.  Police pick up some guy photographing and his gun.  However you should really read the background – it paints a fine picture of the story.

Then yesterday,  there was this headline where every time I read it, I giggled uproariously.

Idaho GOP leader has no concealed weapons permit

A[n] state Republican Party leader charged in 4th District Court with assault with a deadly weapon doesn’t have permit issued in Idaho to carry a concealed weapon.

Now – yet another headline this morning: Continue reading

The Courage Campaign’s “Insurance Jive”

Here’s another ……. (brazenly stolen from: mock, paper, scissors, who ripped it from Yikes!)