hillbilly topiary

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Last Fall, the “tree trimmers” employed by the local electric company swept through Bolivar like a late-season tornado, leaving this peculiar destruction in their wake. I think their discussions with homeowners sounded something like this, “Oh, you want us to trim your tree, not cut it down — we’ll trim it alright.” These are just a few of the fine pieces of arboreal art that they created.

Jefferson, Obama, Santorum, Napoleon

“It is safer to have the whole people respectfully enlightened than a few in a high state of science and the many in ignorance.”

–Thomas Jefferson

“When I speak about higher education we’re not just talking about a four-year degree,” he said. “We’re talking about somebody going to a community college and getting trained for that manufacturing job that now is requiring somebody walking through the door, handling a million-dollar piece of equipment. And they can’t go in there unless they’ve got some basic training beyond what they received in high school.”

–Barack Obama

“President Obama has said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob,” Santorum said Saturday. “There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day, and put their skills to test, who aren’t taught by some liberal college professor (who) tries to indoctrinate them. I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his.”

— Rick Santorum

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
— Napolean Bonaparte

Some unsolicited advice for the President’s reelection campaign

Here’s an idea for a poster (too much for a bumper sticker)

Not as terrible as W was,
Not as disastrous as McCain would have been,
Not as awful as Mitt would be.

Because politics is a team sport, I feel confident (90%) that I will vote for Obama again, although if Romney is 5-6% ahead in Missouri going into the election, I’ll be tempted to acknowledge the mathematical and procedural reality of the electoral college by abstaining.

But… quit asking me for money.
I (we) donated (small potatoes) for a particular view of what our country should be. Instead, we have gotten status quo protection of the establishment. We’ve gotten center-right economics, diminishment of civil liberties, adoption of W’s monarchical signing statements, and the overriding priority of a second term over everything else. My wife (and smart friends) were right–I should have voted for Hillary.

As an aside… it is fascinating to watch many of those on the right continue to batter Obama with demonstrably false accusations — “socialist,” “counter-cultural,” “environmental radical,” “peacenik,” Muslim,” etc. etc. etc. So, one has to wonder what the motives (realized or not) are for their vitriol when Obama has practically governed as “one of them.”

And besides, Wouldn’t the lefty fringe be crowing about their ascendence if President Obama were really aiding their cause?

But alas, the confused and often hateful nature of many on the other side gives me no joy, no relief, no consolation.

So, my predictions from 9 months out:
Obama wins a relatively narrow 20-40 vote electoral college victory and 51% of the popular vote.
Republicans keep the house and take the Senate (52).
Divided government, gridlock, stalemate, sound and fury signifying nothing.


Clinton v. Ryan in 2016.

I think we’re in trouble

cartoon by Tony Auth via Slate

“A deal to raise the federal debt ceiling is in the works. If it goes through, many commentators will declare that disaster was avoided. But they will be wrong.”

Paul Krugman, NYTimes

link below to the rest of Paul Krugman’s column in the NY Times


beck haiku

As part of the haiku protest against Glenn Beck’s confused/ignorant/wicked suggestion that people should leave churches that proclaim “social justice” or “economic justice,” I wrote this haiku. Perhaps, part of my interest is out of the guilt I feel that my denomination (Southern Baptist) wants to claim that we are simple biblicists while consistently voting against the clear teachings of Christ concerning social justice.

My haiku is not great, but I wanted to add my two cents worth.

glenn is a contest
between venality and
raving lunacy

link http://haikuglennbeck.com//