Thursday, October 30, 2014

James Inhofe

Many times I’ve heard the cliche “people get the government they deserve.”  

Next year, after the Republicans win the U.S. Senate, James Inhofe, the author of the “The Greatest Hoax:  How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” will be the chair of the Environmental Committee.

I do not deserve that.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Voter Fraud in Texas

Did you know that if you have a gun permit in Texas, that counts as a proper ID to vote?  However, if you have a university student ID, that is not considered a proper ID to vote.

Republicans in Texas call that an effort to prevent voter fraud.  I never owned a ranch in Texas, but I know bullshit when I see it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Don't touch dogs

Religious prohibitions are often strange, at least to me.  For example, Amish don’t like buttons because they were considered fancy when that religion was founded.  Today, of course, hooks and eyes are weird and buttons are the norm, but the old prohibition stands.

Jews don’t eat pork; at one time this made sense given trichinosis problems, but we now know that proper meat preparation can eliminate that threat.  There are still good reasons not to eat pork (gestation pens, energy consumption), but a 4000+ year-old prohibition seems rather lame.

Now I learn that Muslims in Malysia aren’t supposed to pet dogs.  After hundreds of people showed up in an event in Malaysia entitled “I Want To Touch a Dog,” the organizer, Mr. Syed Azmi Alhabshi, may be in big trouble with the Malaysia’s Muslim leaders.  He has received a number of messages on his phone threatening physical harm.  Malaysian Muslim leaders consider dogs unclean.  

His problems began when pictures appeared on the Internet showing Muslim women in head scarves hugging dogs.  

The information on dog-hugging is from an article in the Oct. 27 issue of the Times by Thomas Fuller.  The article did not say anything about Hindus and cows or Catholics and gays.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jeb Bush, Ebola, and other bad news

People sometimes say they don’t read the paper because all they get is bad news they’d rather not know.  The front page of today’s Times is a perfect illustration.  Five headlines:

“The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb “45.”  Jeb Bush is making a run for the Presidency in 2016.  George, George W., and now Jeb.

“Missiles of ISIS May Pose Peril For Aircrews.”  An ISIS missile already blew an Iraqi army helicopter out of the sky.

“Under Pressure, Cuomo Says Ebola Quarantines Can Be Spent at Home.”  In New Jersey a nurse who returned from Sierra Leone where she had been treating Ebola patients has been put in a plastic tent.  She has a toilet, but no shower. 

“In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis.”  J. Edgar Hoover and Allan Dulles of the C.I.A. thought Nazi war criminals ought to be used to spy on the Russians in spite of their “moral lapses.”

Finally, “ Is the Affordable Care Act Working?”  This was a teaser for a two-page analysis, which pointed out that five to six percent of Americans are now covered by health insurance.  Democrats are about to lose the Senate in part because of an act that provided medical insurance for about five percent of Americans.  

I’m not even reading the rest of the paper.  I can’t stand it.  Anyway, Monday Night Football is on.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade

I’ve marched with the Democrats in three Halloween parades.  In the first, the Lehighton parade, we kept seeing Doyle Heffley stickers on little kids and some adults.  It was psychologically depressing, although we knew kids can’t vote.

In the Palmerton Halloween parade, the day after the Lehighton parade, we had our own Patti Borger stickers, which we stuck over the Doyle Heffley stickers.  People loved it.  Evidently the Heffley people stick the stickers on without asking.  We would say, “Here, put a nice sticker over that ugly one,” and we received an overwhelming response.  Unfortunately, we ran out of Patti Borger stickers before the end of the parade.

Today, at the Jim Thorpe parade, the Heffley people were once again in front of the Democrats, as they seem to be in every Halloween parade.  This time we were ready.  The Heffley people gave out balloons.  On each one we pasted a Patti Borger sticker.  People laughed, applauded, and were appreciative.  

From the reactions we got, I can tell you that Doyle Heffley is not a popular guy.  I can also tell you that being ahead of the Democrats in a Halloween parade is no longer an advantage.  I wish there were more parades.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Preserved Farmland in Pennsylvania

According to an article in Lancaster Farming, Pennsylvania is the first state to preserve a half-million acres of farmland.  While I have some criticisms of the program (the number of acres was raised to 50 unless the farm adjoins already preserved farmland, and not enough money has been allocated), it is still impressive that the state reached the half-million mark.

I am very proud that 23 of those acres are from our farm.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Blue Mountain Ski Resort gets state loan

I find coincidences amazing.  

Yesterday the Times News ran a front page article in which Doyle Heffley announced the Blue Mountain Ski Resort has received a $1.5 million dollar loan.  The owner of the Blue Mountain Ski Resort is also a big supporter of Heffley and has contributed money to Doyle’s campaigns.  The loan (which is taxpayer money) was announced less than two weeks before the fall election.