Friday, April 29, 2011
And thou shalt own a gun and shoot to kill if someone tries to steal your television set. So sayeth the Lord.
New Booty Newty was at the NRA convention today pandering to the gun faithful-making the contorted argument that gun rights come from God.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I'm really into Spring today. I wandered the lawn and garden section looking for tools, planted more seeds in the greenhouse, took pictures of the tulips in the rock garden. Boiled onion skins to dye eggs.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Here it is Palm Sunday. Spent part of the morning putting in a few more seeds. . . hoping that we'll have no more frost. Tithonia, Castor Bean, Zinnias, and later, nasturtiums and snapdragons. My uncle gave me some super big size pepper seeds yesterday. This, after I decided in my head to scrap the pepper garden this year. Change of plans. Looks like another summer of carrying water.
In 1525, the Catholic church threw itself into a campaign systematically to destroy the ancient pre-Colombian religious practices, and six years later a bishop brimming over with zeal claimed to have destroyed 20 000 idols and 500 places of worship. Those who continued to practice the Aztec religion were either whipped, or reduced to forced labour in the monasteries or they were executed. When certain gardeners defied the interdiction upon growing Amaranthus in their gardens they were punished by having their hands removed. The Indian population estimated in 1519 to number 11 million was by 1540 reduced to 6.5 million, victim of brutal exploitation and European disease.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
It's one of those days. I don't want to write about the federal budget. Or that clown Trump and his birther nonsense. Or that imbecile politican attacking Planned Parenthood saying 90 percent of that they do is abortions. Oh... it wasn't meant as a factual statement. Right.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Old film like this is mesmerizing. Real people. This is how it was. I imagine my own ancestors getting on one of those steamships heading for America at the turn of the century like millions of others. I am struck by how dressed up everyone is. Contrast that with the "people of Walmart" photos that go viral on the internet.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Okay, this is the last straw with me. He's crying again. "..but only briefly."
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Signs of the Times, whoever that is.
Summing it up....companies that actually make money don't have to pay. The bottom feeders never pay either. That leaves me-- Miss Middle Class with my taxes going up, my health care costs going up, and my pay going down--if you believe headlines these days. Yeah, it's us middle class union people bankrupting the country. One military plane that went down recently-it cost thirty million dollar dollars. And 750 thousand dollar missles thrown like confetti? Pay no attention to those costs. The military has an endless supply. But we can't educate people properly here or protect the environment. Those are frills.
The Republicans blamed Clinton for the shutdown, and Clinton blamed the Republicans. Public opinion favored the president; Clinton's approval rating rose to the highest it had been since his election. The Republicans' support was further diminished two days later when Gingrich made a widely-reported complaint about being snubbed by Clinton; Tom DeLay called it "the mistake of his [Gingrich's] life".
DeLay writes in his book No Retreat, No Surrender:
"He told a room full of reporters that he forced the shutdown because Clinton had rudely made him and Bob Dole sit at the back of Air Force One... Newt had been careless to say such a thing, and now the whole moral tone of the shutdown had been lost. What had been a noble battle for fiscal sanity began to look like the tirade of a spoiled child. The revolution, I can tell you, was never the same."
Gingrich's complaint gave rise to the perception of his behaving in a petty egotistical manner, and Clinton defended the seating arrangement as a courtesy to Gingrich, the back of the plane being closer to his pickup car.