I am sure that many of you are out on the town now, it is after all Friday night here in the U.S. As I write this, it is after 2:00 AM on Saturday in London and Djehuty and Tamh are probably still out on the town drinking scrumpy cider. And its after 1:00 PM on Saturday in Sydney so folks there are probably trying to figure out where they will go for fun in the evening.
But back here in America, many people are out, having dinner, a few drinks, maybe catching a movie, going to a party, etc. I doubt that many of you are wondering what we are doing here on the farm. Well for the curious one or two, we are mostly getting ready for our granddaughter's baby shower tomorrow. She is due in late January. We have done some clever packaging of some useful baby things. (clever packaging is one of my things. I did manage to burn myself with the hot glue gun only twice!)
The Missus fixed outstanding fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and potato rolls for dinner (which I call "supper" to her constant dismay). So, as I listen to a Bob Marley concert on Blue Ridge PBS, I thought I would share some thoughts with you.
How about the upcoming presidential election? It appears that we are engaged once again in the usual BS and sound-bite electioneering by the politicians and their laptop MSM. Do you ever ask yourself "What is the point?" I do. Whoever is elected will not do anything that we hope they will - or that we believe needs to be done. I have been really disappointed in the performance of congress following the 2006 elections. Soon after the new president is sworn-in in January 2009, we will start hearing that we have to get the bum/bummette out of office. Who am I going to vote for? Well in the primary, it will be Clinton, for a couple of reasons. First it is the most dramatic change in our system that I can think of, second, it is time that we had a female president and third, it doesn't matter in the end. The 2008 congressional elections will probably ensure that whoever is president will have a contrary congress to deal with and nothing will get done - as usual.
I am deeply saddened and disappointed with the current state of our government and the lack of representation for us, regular folks. Of course if any of you who read this are corporate CEOs, or their minions, you will not give a damn what I say and you will make sure that my name is on your enemies list. It is time to outlaw all political lobbying, period. Why should Bacardi, USA, be allowed to help craft legislation for the the U.S.? They have been at it since at least 1998. They had a revolution in Cuba and the people like the Bacardis fled to the U.S.. You lost whatever you had in Cuba. I doubt the Cubans will ever let you back in. Get over it. And get your hands off our government. I will let Pamela cover the lobbying results from companies like Monsanto. I could never do it justice.
How about our wars? They seem endless, don't they? We defeated the Taliban (once) and then started a bogus war with Iraq. We won the war against the Iraqi military. And then we shamed them and took away their livelihood. Well, now we have a mess on our hands. There is nothing that we can do to assure peace in Iraq. There are so many places in our world that have a long history of tribal warfare. Why we would ever believe that we can find the common middle ground between Sunni and Shia muslims and bring peace to that region of the world, is a mystery to me. Unfortunately, that is what it will take.
And we did defeat the Taliban - once. Now it looks like we will have to do it again. Why? Because we moved our focus from Afghanistan to Iraq. And the Taliban now appear to be coming back into areas that we had previously run them out of. We spent forever (at least that is what it seemed like to our soldiers) taking and retaking the same worthless hills in Korea during that "police action". A constant mind-numbing slog back and forth with a constantly increasing body count. For what? We today consider it a major milestone if members of our government (if allowed by our administration) talk with representatives of the North Korean government. And all the while, thousand of North Koreans are forced to work in forced labor camps and their children starve to death every day. If I had to watch my children slowly starve and die from malnutrition or lack of medical care, I would pray that somebody would drop a nuclear bomb on the country, to at least get it over quickly.
Well, Stevie Ray Vaughn is now entertaining me on PBS. Great blues! Simply great!
How about our world's fascination with over-paid entertainers, athletes, rich people, etc.? I couldn't give a rat's a** for what is going on in the daily drama called "life" for Spears, Lohan, Trump, Vick, or any of the other countless thousands who get covered in our MSM every day. That may just make me un-American. But America can't claim this for their own. This is a world-wide phenomenon. Of course the very rich, those that actually influence governments to act in ways that benefits their corporations, generally remain in the background, away from much of the public spotlight. As long as the money keeps rollin' in, who needs the spotlight? It is the up-front stooges that speak and act for them (for what amounts to chump change for the wealthy) that deserve our greatest scorn. The fact that they sell their souls for pocket change is just sad. That we get sold down the river every time one of the worthless humans takes their thirty pieces of silver is the thing that should make us undo the corruption rampant in our government.
How about Newsvine? Ain't it great! Been bought by one of the MSM conglomerates (Microsoft and NBC which is actually owned by...). So far it seems okay. Will okay last? I hope so. How do you feel about seeds versus original content articles? I prefer the latter in case you couldn't tell. This will be my 36th article versus 10 bad seeds. I enjoy reading articles that shed light on some of the author's character and soul. I hope mine serve that purpose for you - at least in some small way. We have some very creative folks on Newsvine. Folks that write excellent original content articles that stir debate and challenge your opinion and beliefs. These I really enjoy.
How about that VineMeet here at my farm over the 4th of July 2008 weekend? I have about seven each of "I'll be there" and "maybe". Any of you that are hearing about this for the first time, read my Vinemeet article and see if you'd like to be part of it.
I appreciate your time reading this stream of consciousness article - if any of you make it all the way through!