Saturday, February 21, 2015

Winter Wonderland

***Well, it's pretty here in Indiana this morning, I gotta admit. Hoping the plows are out and doin' their thing, I'm supposed to take my mother out for breakfast this morning, then a little shopping. Not a good morning for our Tahoe to be out of commission, darnit.


After the airline pilot had managed to land his plane -- albeit bumpily -- following a descent through exceptionally heavy weather, he came out of the flight deck to bid his passengers farewell as they gratefully entered the jetway on their way back to terra firma.

The most memorable comment he received was from a little old lady who asked him politely whether he would please satisfy her curiosity on just one point: "Did we land, or were we shot down?"

***This is the problem. These same people would be screaming at the top of their lungs if a Republican wanted to do the same things Obama has been doing. To be a Democrat/liberal is to be a hypocrite.

Most Americans think the president shouldn't be able to ignore the courts – but nearly half of Democrats disagree, a new poll shows.
The Rasmussen Reports survey finds 60 percent believe the commander in chief shouldn't be able to ignore federal court decisions, with just 26 percent disagreeing.
"But perhaps more unsettling to supporters of constitutional checks and balances," the report notes, is that 43 percent of Democrats believe the president ought to be able to ignore the courts if he believes it's important for the country.

The report finds 35 percent of Democrats disagree with that view, compared with 81 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of independents.
I believe it is by design. Create chaos, then they will say the only way to straighten it out is single payer. That has always been the goal.
***White House mulls ways to counter Netanyahu visit. This is outrageous. Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, and our government is trying to undermine its leader. There is little doubt that the news media will have Obama's back. If you depend on the "mainstream" media for your news, you will hear very little about Netanyahu's visit. 
***I've heard The Drop Box is really good, one of those rare movies worth going to see. 
***Okay, now that's clever...

snowman mailbox

Image: Supermassive black hole

Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception. The artwork is based on an image of the Pinwheel Galaxy (Messier 101) taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.


“Thy breath be rude," William Shakespeare famously told winter in As You Like It, invoking a common complaint about the season: winter is cold, windy, bleak, awful. Five centuries later, poets have much the same complaints. As Amy Gerstler wryly concluded in “A Severe Lack of Holiday Spirit," winter is a humorless season that can drive one to drinking:

...People hit 
the sauce in a big way all winter.
Amidst blizzards they wrestle
unsuccessfully with the dark comedy
of their lives, laughter trapped
in their frigid gizzards.  Meanwhile,
the mercury just plummets,
like a migrating duck blasted
out of the sky by some hunter
in a cap with fur earflaps.
Winter’s metaphors often include its stillness, its sense of silence and darkness, a season of hibernation, a season where everything dies a little. The falling snow is a “poem of the air," wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, where the “troubled sky reveals the grief it feels.” John Updike noted winter’s lack of sunlight, writing in “January”:

The days are short,
  The sun a spark
Hung thin between
  The dark and dark.
***For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou 
shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not 
covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended
 in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love 
worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the
 law. Romans 13:9-10 
***Have a great day!

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