Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Me and Andy

Today's Link
Pickled Beef
Saying of the Day
Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world. ~Anso Coetzer

Picture of the Day

Andy Rooney , the old guy that always ends the CBS show “ 60 Minutes” on Sunday says that he can’t choose between the two candidates because they are both so competent.
I can’t choose because I think they are both post turtles.
What we share is an inability to choose. And of course the dislike of the true believers on both sides.
For the political true believers out there who accidentally read this blog please do not leave a negative comment.
Don’t tell me because I can’t choose I must therefore be in favor of:
Guys who stand on the flag or giving tax money to big corporations.
Or accuse me of:
Be in favor of killing babies or taking away a woman’s hard won right to choose.
And Please ! Please don’t tell me:
I’m in favor of socialism or hate the poor.
I have read your angry arguments.
I know how you feel. I understand that in your righteousness the other candidate is the devil and yours is the Messiah.
I just happen to think both sides are wrong. You have dumped all those angry hateful words on two ordinary human beings.
Neither one is the devil. Neither one is the Messiah.
Which ever one we elect the country won’t be destroyed. Our rights won’t be trampled on.
No the system will drag on.
The problem for me is I don’t think either of them can do much.
I hope the winner surprises me. I hope he doesn’t turn out to a post turtle.
I really do.
Till then please put the rocks down.
My head hurts.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
Kivi & Maki announced that their annual build-a-bear workshop will be this Friday in the building behind the store. Jack will rake up all the falling leaves so the path will be clear and the kids are welcome to jump in the piles. As in other years the meticulous Kivi herself will run the workshop having just finished one on making clothes pin people.
They also wanted to remind the rock collectors that they have a new supply of opulent smoky quartz that does not have the lipstick stain marking of the last batch.
The preponderance of feeling in the community is that the ghost groupies are good for the community but Nancy is not so sure. Some of them have discovered her poltergeist and though she hates to say anything disparaging about them she would like them gone. They come in and buy one cup of coffee and sit for hours watching her poltergeist juggle pumpkins. Today in a man bites dog kind of move she has announced the fifteen minute rule. If all you buy is a cup of coffee you can only stay for fifteen minutes. She hated to do that to her regular patrons but then most of them get at least a saffron bun with their coffee.
A retired lawyer named Russel felt so sorry for Willie that he offered to take his case for nothing. The Prosecuting Attorney who really didn’t want to be bothered accepted a plea of driving without a seatbelt and Willie got a small fine. The feeling in the community was that the loss of his teeth was punishment enough. Sometimes in Pigeon Falls the little guy gets a break. Now if only Russel could convince the insurance company to pay for Willie’s new teeth.

Wrap up
A great day today. My oxygen was up and I felt fairly good. Betty went to Bible study. I visited blogs. In the afternoon we got all the track laid for the new module. It was not an easy task. Betty was so proud when we finished and she ran the train and it worked. Some days things do go right. Coming back upstairs I visited blogs. Now I need a breathing treatment and NCIS will soon be on.


Blogger Russell said...

I really, really, really (did I say really!) liked your comments about the election. I share them completely. Your comments should be spread across the pages of the New York Times! They are very true.

THEN I went on to read the news about Pigeon Falls and what a surprise!! Heh! But, in reality, yes I have represented more than one man or woman like Willie! And, even more true, the district attorney's office is so busy they don't have time to prosecute the Willie's of the world to any great extent - other than to make them pay a fine and maybe sit in jail a few days for driving without a license.

I remember one time a man and his wife came to my office with something they had grown or made to pay me since they had no money. That was the biggest fee I ever received but I can't remember what it was at the moment. But I remember I was greatly moved. I recalled a story about a woman putting a penny or dime in the offering at church and that was all she had.

Even though I have pretty much given up on religion, at least in a formal way, that story has always meant a lot to me.

I laughed last night at one of the cable political shows. A guy was saying that even though the hard right tries to claim Jesus as their own (as if anyone can claim Him...) he would most likely be one of those awful (!) liberal types who want to help the poor!

I believe the Romans were a bit on the conservative side when it came to dealing with people who did not agree with them...

Well, I am rambling but THANK YOU for that wonderful story about Willie!

Take care.

3:40 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

Yes, that's a great story from Pigeon Falls.
And I love that photo - dogs never believe they've grown too big for laps and chairs!

4:35 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol Dr John
neither is the devil and neither the Messiah
but Socialism is not an 'evil'

in fact socialism is at the very heart of early christianity - for the common good.

redistribution of wealth is a relative term

some like to redistribute wealth by making the rich richer and the poor poorer

but that always brings me to that old sating: "it is harder for a camel to pass thru an eye of the needle than for the richman to enter the kingdom ..."

Not that being rich excludes one from heaven, but rather that perhaps the riches were gained by exploitation (of one sort of another) or that the fear of losing the riches forced one to be unkind, or that the desire to be 'richer' than the Jones' next door may have brought out the worst in us.

4:52 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

PS - One should also note that simply being poor does not guarantee one a place in heaven either, expecially if one is poor because one has squandered one's wealth or because one is lazy and has not tried to 'create' wealth.

However one thing is for sure:
"Greed is good" - might be good in 'economics' or hollywood movies, but it cannot be healthy unless it brings satisfaction and peace of mind, and cannot be good for the soul unless it makes us better people.

Me, I'd like to pay millions, even billions in taxes - just think what my take home pay would be.

I think hating taxes is wrong "Pay to Caesar what is of Caesar" - however having a say onwhat those taxes are spent on is every man's right in a democracy or the so called free world ...

I mean you can choose to use your tax dollars to destroy countries on the other side of the globe, or you can use the tax dollars to help those in need closer to home.

You can use tax dollars to bail out bankers and bad investments, or you can use the tax dollars to take care of disasters at home.

In fact you can have both, but ironically those who find the tax dollars to destroy other countries and those who find the tax dollars to bail out bankers, seem unable or unwilling to help out those in need at home, and those who see their homes washed away by hurricanes and floods.

But who am I to judge?

5:01 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

"Let those of you without sin" I like to believe in the Scripture from John: 8 1-6.

Too bad more of our fellow citizens didn't follow the Teachings of Jesus.

A Blessed day is wished for you and Betty.

5:10 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Dr. John -- your blog is the only one I still read the political commentary on. I am so tired of the anger and the viciousness -- or the sanctimoniousness. I am fed up with all the teeth gnashing and candidate bashing and I am pretty much appalled by everybody's behavior all around.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Nancy is going to drive away business that way. She needs to put out a tin cup for the poltergeists to pass around.

I have heard numbers that show the United States is the most generous nation in the world. We are a giving people, in spite of the taxes we pay. How better that we should give when motivated by God, than motivated by the govt.

BTW, I think Ron Raul is still running. Harold Stassen might even still be on the ticket.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!!! I am so tired of angry people I just want to hide my head in the sand! And I hate that I have friends on either side who I'm gonna have to scrape up off the floor on Nov. 5th and convince them that although ONE or the OTHER got elected, God is NOT gonna let them DIE just because of it! No matter HOW much they want to! Nope... they're going to have to keep on keepin' on -- just like we've ALL had to do throughout the Bush administration... I do admit I will have to resist the temptation though to serve some of their words to them on a plate...

LOL! *waves UP to Russel* ... Well DONE! I'm so sorry I missed the clothes pin people... I hope she does that one again!

6:43 AM  
Blogger ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

Double ditto of your last five sentences on the political stuff.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Bazza said...

"the system will drag on", you're right there Dr John.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Dr. John, your post today is the most sensible post I have read YET. You're right, things will carry on as usual. Neither candidate is the devil or the Messiah. Neither one is particularly competent either, so I would have difficult voting for either one of them. You know the old saying, "Be careful what you wish for..."

AND, I have a feeling Russell will get the insurance company to pay for Willie's new teeth. He has his ways.... :-)

12:12 PM  
Blogger Carver said...

I love the photograph. That looks like one happy dog cuddled up on a comfy lap.

I can understand why it would be hard to decide for some people between the two candidates and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I had trouble in the primary deciding between Clinton and Obama so I had to get that decision made in the ballot box. I literally wasn't sure until I stepped into the box which I'd vote for.

It's easier for me now since I do know who I'm voting for in the general election, but I think it's better for people to have trouble deciding that to blithely go with the flow. If it's hard to decide it means you're thinking about it which is good.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I LOVE days when things work the first time!!!! We had Luke's conference and he is doing fine in school...yippee!!!

8:12 PM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

It's amazing anyone wants to be Prez right now, I would run a million miles away if someone tried to put me there. The benfits must be good.

10:06 PM  
Blogger butterflies said...

We are having elections on the same day in NZ..and Im also sick of it all..the nastiness gets to me.The world is in an awful state economically and I think we need to all take our troops home,take care of our own countries and leave everyone to fight their own battles.

12:19 AM  

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