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Well, I trust that everyone is busy, being busy, cuz this is sure the time of year when that is required. Even for those who don’t make a big to-do with all the gifting and partying, there is extra busyness forced upon them.
I went grocery shopping today as is my usual practice on the 3rd of the month. The food stores are much busier than usual, and so more patience and smiling is required.
We are expecting our first snow tonight. We are supposed to get in the 1-3 inch range, but you know how reliable that is, and depending on wind, it could be of no import or a lot.
Suffice it to say, I bought for two full weeks but enough extras that I can make it several more weeks if I have to. I don’t expect that, but it’s best to be prepared.
Being prepared here also means getting up enough wood so that Christmas week is not a flurry of trips out to cut, drag, log, split and stack. I mean there should be some relaxation to this time of year.
I have lots of obligatory church masses to make. I’ll do my best, but weather controls all now, and I don’t obsess about it any longer.
I read an uplifting little piece at Vox Nova about the Republicans and how they are not even coming close on Catholic thinking on a number of issues. Unemployment benefits, the Dream Act, and the START treaty are all things that Catholics and many other Christians agree need to be enacted. Republican intransigence on these issues may come back to haunt them.
Roger Ebert has a new post and it’s a lovely one on women, and the patriarchy of the secular world, but also of the Roman Catholic Church. I whole-heartedly agree. Women’s importance has been vastly unrepresented in scripture. What is there has been downplayed. Jesus would not be happy.
There, now on to politics. Andrew Sullivan has a rant that is well worth your reading. The GOP is simply insane by and large these days, and I do expect and believe that they will pay a terrible and well-deserved price for it in the end. You cannot sail to power on a message of NO. They have zero in the way of detailed legislation on anything.
The Reaction suggests that John McCain will never support DADT because, essentially the man is a bigot. Well, I conclude that, but they agree that he will never change. If you didn’t see Jon Stewart’s scathing attack on McCain, then do follow the link and hit the link to the video. Stewart says it all. As the Contrarian says, McCain has destroyed himself. His legacy will be as a bigoted homophobe–in other words, this generation’s Strom Thurmond.
Meanwhile, former Bush officials chortle how they “laid a trap” in pushing through the tax cuts that would be “almost impossible to allow to expire.” They expected that a decade later the Democrats would get stuck and be on the defensive in trying to end them. So far, that seems, sadly to be true. Will they ever wake up?
Short one today, folks, I’m tired and it’s getting late and snowing. I’m going to hide under the covers!
- The Mystery of John McCain (theatlantic.com)
- Dear John McCain, (patryansblog.com)
Stay warm! Thanks for the links.
you betcha Jan. It’s not as cold yet as its gonna be in a day or so. Chili for dinner on Monday! lol
Snoring Dog Studio said:
If only people could take a moment and think about the legacy they’re creating, perhaps they’d rethink their intolerant positions. You’re right about McCain. He has created his own nasty bio.
Nobody seems aware of why he is doing this. As somebody said, he seems intent on stopping DADT until the last bigot has left the military. sigh…
1-3….pppffft… “they” said we were in for 2-4! but it was the local Fox station…. must have been talking nanometers! Fascist weathermen!!! But speaking of snow…
Ole and Lena were having the usual morning cup of coffee and listening to a weather report on the radio.
“There will be 3 to 5 inches of snow today and a snow emergency has been declared. All vehicles should be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street.
“Oh, gosh, OK,” said Ole bundling up and heading outside to dutifully put his car on the odd-numbered side of the street.
Two days later, Ole and Lena were again having coffee when the radio voice said:
“There will be 5 to 7 inches of snow today and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your vehicles on the even-numbered side of the streets.”
Ole got up from his coffee as before.”Gees Lena, I best be moving the car.”
A few days later, the couple was at the table when the radio voice declared:
“There will be 14 to 16 inches of snow today and a blizzard waring is in effect . You must park your cars on the …” Just then, the power went out.
“Park it where?” Ole asked in the dark, “What should I do?”
“Aw, to heck with them, Ole,” Lena said, “Don’t worry about it. Just leave the car in the garage today.”
I like your thinking, Sherry…. Trust the Lord, but stock up on groceries!! 🙂 Go Pack!
ROFL…great joke! loved it, loved it. loved it. Yeah, I don’t obsess any more. We got 2 inches and are in fine shape. If only girlie dog weren’t so afraid of climbing the steps. I’m out at 1 am sweeping the porch so she can get up. Old dog and arthritis…sigh
Randal Graves said:
Walnuts may be a bigot, be he sure can land a plane!
Yeah, if you say so. I think he crashed a few! lol