Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Current events

Apparently That One has appointed too many Czars to oversee every little mote of gubmint interference in our lives, because there is now a office of Stasi and Okhrana to check up on folks who resent the new Gubmint Health Care Reform Plan. Those "shovel-ready" jobs He promised must be in building the new offices for all the files they're going to keep on nearly every citizen!

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As my Ex has already posted, we had to put our old Sheltie to sleep this last Friday. Emmett was 16 1/2 years old, and the runt of his litter, tho he lived a lot longer than either of his brothers. It was a little strange, his death bringing back together for the day, my parents and me and my Ex (we're ALL divorced!). Tears were shed, prayers were said, and he left this world surrounded by those who loved him in life; I guess we should all hope for that as our ending.

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Tonight I was driving around, and encountered our local bicycle group going on their monthly "moonlight ride." Except I think they're still supposed to follow all the same traffic laws as a motor vehicle; this group was taking up both lanes on one side of the road, making it impossible to pass them. For all that some bicycle enthusiasts scream and fuss about having equal rights to use the road, this group (and most kids riding crazy) leaves the impression that they aren't really about "sharing the road," they want special rights for being out there and "being green" (NOT like Kermit the Frog). Plus, there's the hypocrisy of them driving their cars to the bicycle shoppe where they started from, then they'll drive back home once the ride is done. They don't ride their bikes as necessary transportation like some folks do, this is leisure for them, and self-righteous at that, given the smugness of the environmental movement today. (People's Exhibit A: mercury is bad in fish, but good in new, gubmint-required light bulbs. People's Exhibit B: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is good unless it's your old car, then it's not even good as spare parts anymore once the gubmint gets ahold of it! Then it sits waiting for the smelter, and pollutes the groundwater with caustics.)

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