Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
White coral bells
upon a slender stalk
Lilies of the Valley
deck my garden walk.
Oh, don't you wish
that you could hear them ring?
That will happen only when
the fairies sing.
I still remember this song I learned in grade school back in the mid-1960's. Why they call Lilies of the Valley "white coral" bells, I can't figure out at this late date. They sure smell sublime, though. I love the scents of spring, especially hyacinth, lilies of the valley, and lilacs.
Guess children are still singing this song!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Making illegal aliens illegal (in Arizona)
It's ridiculously redundant, but long overdue: the state of Arizona, in the face of the Federal government's failure to act, has now ruled it illegal to be an illegal alien in Arizona.
The usual idiots (and some surprising compadres) are of course crying about the coming 'civil rights violations' lawsuits and "unfairness." Seems to me that the non-criminals in Arizona would be more than happy to cooperate with and assist the local police in enforcing the laws and securing the borders. That's called working together as a community for the good of the community--which used to be what we called an American value.
It's not like the police pull people over and start bashing them with nightsticks before determining if they are illegal immigrants or not. It's not like being pulled over and questioned in and of itself is inherently offensive, intrusive, or illegal (contrary to the inflated beliefs of some). Even if you are an illegal alien, the police will not bash you (unless you threaten them or resist arrest)--they will now fine or jail you or deport you from Arizona, that's all. With your health, welfare, and human dignity as a U.S. law-breaker still intact. Go home and take unfair advantage of the U.S. citizens no more.
Yay for Arizona. I'm glad to see a state stepping up to the plate like this, and I'm glad to see Arizona doing its part to finally stem the flood of illegals and violent criminals and cheats over their border who end up in their own backyard and in the other 49 states. Don't wait for the Feds to do it, do it on your own (to paraphrase Mother Theresa). I wish my state would also outlaw the outlaws.
UPDATE: Good question: Why is it okay in Obama's mind to require proof of insurance of legal citizens but not proof of citizenship of illegal aliens? This dude has one twisted idea of 'fairness.'
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Limited or unlimited?
Labels: Seen along the trail
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Republicans I'll say no to
Found some cogent essays today expressing my own thoughts about a few Republicans I can't support:
Mitt Romney (for these very reasons, tho he seems a nice guy with a modicum of economic literacy). Via Power Line. UPDATE: "Not the clear-cut anti-Obama we need."
Lindsay Graham (puleeze! South Carolina, elect somebody better than this loose cannon that insists on shooting us in the back from time to time! He's the dictionary definition of a guy who just doesn't get it.)
Ron Paul (I have nothing against libertarians, but I just can't follow him into his personal swamps of isolationism, monetary medievalism, and especially racism).
I hope the Republican National Committee is listening. The ground is shifting under their feet and most of the time they seem to be falling down instead of adapting.
UPDATE: Here are two more candidates I vote thumbs-down on: the affable would-be diet dictator Mike Huckabee (I do not favor him for many reasons, but most recently for sounding totally tone-deaf on protecting Americans from porous borders and stemming illegal immigration) and Newt Gingrich (he had his chance with the Contract With America and blew it big time). Stay on the sidelines and keep feeding us those visionary ideas, Professor, but give someone new a chance in the 21st century.
Labels: Republican candidates
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tax Day Tea Parties 2010
This week I attended the same two Tax Day tea party rallies I attended last year. It is so great to see grassroots democracy going so strongly:
First, the town square noontime rally on Wednesday, April 14th, where several hundred people turned out, including a big flock of veterans who helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance:
I bought a Tea Party t-shirt and spoke to several people. The overall mood was friendly but subdued and deadly-determined. These folks have spent the last year wide-awake and not only enduring what the Democrat Party has wreaked upon us (including charges of racism) and our country, but fighting it day by day at the grassroots level. Several ordinary people, including a retired military veteran, a nurse and a Russian immigrant, went to the mike during the "open democracy minutes" and warned about the direction the country is going in. Several attendees were first-time tea party visitors, but we saw no disruptive infiltrators. Just lots of passing drivers honking in agreement with our signs.
I am glad his Royal highness the President finds me and my neighbors so amusing.
Then yesterday I attended a big city Tax Day Tea Party with friends. We arrived early and had nearly-front-row seats. When we squeezed our way in and out of the venue, it seemed that the crowd was a little smaller than last year, but still thousands attended (beneath circling helicopters) and they were just as intent and enthused as last year's participants. This year's event seemed very well organized. The Tea Party movement here has grown and matured. We saw no infiltrators or party "crashers" in our part of the crowd. Local politicians with conservative bona fides were warmly applauded. The speakers were great, as were the singers. The politicians and the orators in costumes should take a hint from the Gettysburg address and keep it pithy. But you couldn't have asked for a more appreciative and supportive crowd of ordinary concerned Americans glad to get together and express themselves:
Today I am proud of my fellow Americans. And proud of my country.
We'll keep up the good work. Preserving freedom one politician at a time.
And as they say, we can see November from our house.
UPDATE: Remember November.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Those quotable founders
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic."
— Benjamin Franklin
"I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."
— Benjamin Franklin
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."
"What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?"
"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world."
"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
Labels: Quote of the Day
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I'm marching in the online tax revolt
I just checked my avatar, and I see I'm now marching through historic Fauquier County, Virginia, on my way to Washington, D.C. for the big April 15th Tax Day rally. I can see many other patriots near me in the woods and along the roads (no doubt enjoying the redbuds, dogwoods, and wisteria). Although we can't make it to Washington D.C. for real next Thursday, we are adding our voices and our "virtual bodies" -- plus our real names and our real contributions -- to the swelling crowds about to tell Washington that our tax system is broken and the imposition of more taxes has to stop:
"The Online Tax Revolt is open to every American who believes taxes and spending are out of control, harmful to our country and a threat to our nation's future. Join other Americans as we march online from across the country to Washington, DC and rally together on April 15!"
You can view the march here. Over 255,000 Americans have already begun, and it is not too late for you and your friends to join, too. You can also be a sponsor of the largest tax protest in history by donating a few bucks.
I would really love to be in Washington for real next Thursday. I am so grateful to those who will be putting aside their personal business for a day and attending and representing me there. I am really proud of my fellow Americans.
Instead of being in Washington, I will be attending a couple of tea parties on my home turf. I'm still musing about how my protest sign will be worded. You may see it, and me, on TV next week. I'll be the one looking happy in enjoying my God-given freedoms but determined to protect them from greedy, power-hungry politicians. I'll be the one surrounded by a few of my friends.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Purple in the woods
Today when I stepped outside I heard a sound I haven't heard for months: the wind rustling through the leaves. The leaves have returned to the winter-bared trees. Plus, the passing parade of blooms that is spring has now changed to purple:
All across the southeastern United States right now, from Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia, down through the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, and Georgia, the wisteria and redbuds are turning the woods shades of purple. Since purple is my favorite color, I'm liking it.
Wisteria is the closest thing the Southerners have to lilacs (my favorite flower). Seeing it reminds me of the beautifully cultivated wisteria in Cambridge, England. But around here it grows wild over the trees and woods, as kudzu does later in the summer. The purple and pink flowering trees are at their height now, too. I'm a sucker for blooming redbud trees:
And you can't beat cherry blossoms:
Next to come: dogwoods and azaleas.