Little Cat Feet

Spring sneaked in sometime after midnight, bringing buds and leaves and new green growth. It didn’t burst into bloom like other years, silenced as it was by quiet fog and drizzle.

But the plum tree in the back yard is covered in tiny white dots this morning, and the red bud around the corner is lit from within.

The world alive.

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Unnecessary Burden

“[A]t a time when millions are struggling to hold onto their homes and jobs, Democrats, in the name of stimulus, want taxpayers to cover the cost of:

· Golf carts, electric motorcycles, and ATVs

· $300 million for new government cars

· $1 billion for ACORN-eligible block grants

· $50 million for out of work artists

· $165 million to maintain and build fish hatcheries — $165 million for fish hatcheries.

· $1 billion for the Census

I defy anyone to explain to me how $1 billion for the Census will stimulate the U.S. economy.

So a stimulus bill that was supposed to be timely, targeted, and temporary is none of the above.

And this means Congress is about to approve a stimulus that’s unlikely to have much stimulative effect.

That’s why an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office actually predicted a potential sustained economic decline as a direct result of this bill.

And that’s why I can’t support it.

This is one of the most expensive pieces of legislation Congress has ever approved. Including interest, as I’ve said, it’s expected to cost $1.1 trillion. To put that figure in perspective, consider this: if you spent $1 million a day, every day since Jesus was born, you still wouldn’t have spent $1 trillion. This is an extraordinary sum of money. It deserves an extraordinary level of scrutiny.”

-Senator Mitch McConnell, KY (R), A Three-Point Test

The Book Nerd

You all know I love to read. But did you know that when I’m not reading a book, I’m often listening to one? Like when I’m cooking dinner or cleaning, I’ll often have an audio book playing. Handsome even got me a set of speakers with an iPod dock for the kitchen, so I can indulge my favorite pastime. (See: romantic)

Anyway, last night, I’m listening to Hot Six by Janet Evanovich, when the story comes around to the part where the protagonist is taking her dog out for an emergency walk after he had eaten two boxes of prunes. (You only think you know where this is going.) Suddenly, the very bad bad-guys drive up, grab the dog, and zoom away. Mayhem ensues.

All that to say: I laughed so hard, I couldn’t catch my breath. And poor Handsome comes running down the stairs to see if I’m okay – only to find out I’m laughing at a book. And laughing harder telling him why I’m laughing.

Handsome: “You’re such a nerd. Cute, but nerdy.”

Frightening Irony

Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome killing, the beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential member of the local Muslim community — reported her death to police Thursday.
. . .
Detectives have charged her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with second-degree murder.
. . .
Muzzammil Hassan [the husband] is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light.

Source: The Buffalo News

Some thoughts:

1) Portraying Muslims in a positive light! Really? Are you sure about that?

2) Mr. Hassan is being charged with 2nd-degree murder. Second degree – meaning NOT premeditated, NOT planned, and NOT a crime of passion. Folks, she had a restraining order against him (whatever that is worth). 2nd degree this was NOT.

3) The catch-phrase of the TV station is “Connecting People Through Understanding.” Words to live by.

Controversy

Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. One-third of the western world is grateful for his contribution to science; another third thinks he got it wrong, and the final third don’t know what the rest of us are talking about.

What I find most interesting, though, is that his theory is yet another story that explains where everything comes from. Each species has adapted to its environment in response to stresses in nature, resulting in the wide variety of life on our planet. Plausible enough.

Ancient Zulus thought the Ancient One came from the reeds and from them brought forth the people and the cattle.

Ancient Finns believed that the world was formed from an egg that was broken.

Ancient Egyptians couldn’t decide. Either Atum arose from the primordial waters; Ra arose, either in an egg or a blue lotus; or Ptah spake the world into existence.

Ancient Cherokee believed all the animals lived in the sky and a water beetle created the land.

Ancient Hebrews, as well as modern Jews and Christians, believe Yahweh spoke everything into existence from nothing.

With all those kinds of stories, Darwin’s little theory isn’t nearly so unimaginable.

Source: Wikipedia

Finally, Something Useful

Google Earth Leads Man to ‘Buried Treasure

Is there golden treasure buried in a South Texas creek?

Using Google Earth, a Los Angeles-based musician named Nathan Smith thinks he’s found a lost treasure ship that sank somewhere north of Corpus Christi during a hurricane in 1822.

But the owners of the land won’t let him dig — unless a court rules that the muddy creek is indeed “navigable waters,” in which case the federal government decides.