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The recent news of the gas line explosion was tragic to be sure but it calls to mind the gas explosion of the New London School in East Texas in the depths of the Depression. In the mid ’30’s the local school exploded one day with the deaths of over 200 kids. The entire community was devastated as one can imagine. This was in the days before they added methane to the gas lines so you could smell the odor and have some warning of a leak. You can look up the old photos of the event.
Military power and political goals have worked hand in glove since the dawn of recorded history. The annals are replete with a big army showing up on someone’s doorstep and then the negotiations begin. Without a battle the larger force more often than not got its desired object. Military power doesn’t always have to be used, just visible and credible to serve the political purposes. Read your Bible for many of these lessons. With this in mind it is concerning to see the steady buildup of the Chinese military power both its land forces and especially its Naval power and the new missile systems it is deploying. We are only a couple of decades away from the Chinese exerting influence over the entire Pacific area by the sheer force of its military power and the projection of that power. Remember we never know for sure what they are spending on their military we only know what the Communist Party wishes to have published. A real concern for our children.
The recent Turkish vote on their Constitutional amendments put the nail in the coffin for the foreseeable future for entry into the Common Market. The vote was a victory for the Islamists pure and simple. The Germans are already very worried about the number of Turks in their land and the influence of Islamists views spreading. The Germans will not agree to their entry with this tilt to a more radical Islamist governing body. France is nearly as repelled at the moment so the Turks will turn more to their Muslim neighbors for future development. Good luck with that. They missed a historical moment to truly join the modern world with that step back into the dark.
Many on the left in this country wish for more government involvement in our economy and a far larger role for government employment policies. They want even more people working directly or indirectly for the government. Big government, big control. They like it that the slice of the GDP controlled by the Federal government is growing. Curious that Cuba which has complete control of the economy by central planning is laying off 500,000 workers with the comment that the government payrolls are “bloated”. And we are following their example? Guess some believe we are nothing but lemmings who will follow any Pied Piper promising easy money, to mix some metaphors.
Is it just me but is professional football becoming more and more like the WWE? These celebrations for the most routine of plays is very annoying and completely unsportsmanlike. Play the game, do your assigned job and then get back to the huddle. Those tattoos look like a Las Vegas strip gone wild. Explain those to your grandchildren some day.
From Proverbs to Jefferson it has been noted that debt is slavery. Is the US on the path to enslaving all its people? Do the math and you will see the tens of thousands you owe for your share of the public debt, not counting of course the “trust” funds in the Social Security agency. You didn’t put this on your credit card the politicians did it for you and in your name. But we elected them. Lots of us don’t like being enslaved by politicians from all over the country who don’t represent our views. Why can Sanders and Schumer cause me to go into debt? I didn’t even vote for or against them and can’t vote them out no matter how much I disagree with their views. Pelosi and the others keep using my identity to charge on my credit card for things I don’t want.
One of the most peaceful places to spend a summer afternoon is high in the Jemez mountains just west of Los Alamos, New Mexico. Going north from Santa Fe you take the turn off to Los Alamos. A visit to the museum is well worth the stop. Then proceed north and west on the state highway toward Farmington over the Jemez peaks. A few miles down the road you will come to a very large valley high in the mountains. Believe me you can’t miss it. It is about a mile wide and probably three miles long. It is ringed with the aspen and pine trees and the mountain tops. The valley is lush with high grass in the summer months. The cattle will be chomping it. You will see the ranch house off on the far side of the valley. It is peaceful and very beautiful. It is also very unknown. It is off the beaten trail of tourists. It is a wonderful place to spend a few hours and contemplate your life and journey. You can also fly fish in the stream running down from the mountains into the valley. If God didn’t make this place then I want to know who is Mother’s Nature’s decorator.
Just like FDR made farmers plow up their crops to increase demand and prices, the cash for clunkers program required that all the autos traded in had to be destroyed. Of course that made the prices for the reduced number of used cars go up. You and or a friend tried buying one lately? You tell me if that program on our credit card really helped the economy? http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com