Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
Mid winter nights and all’s well at the EastWing. Just like you, I’m looking forward to spirngtime. One of the really cool things about setting here in the EastWing and visiting with you is that somebody forever remebers something I’ve said a long time ago and wants to talk about that sufff again. This week a lady in Montana asked if I still had the story about the “Peeps of Springtime”. I do, and will once again share the story of the Peeps of Springtime. But only when I find the Peeps in the vast confins of the EastWing back up stuff. I will find the Peeps, I promise, and when I do, we’ll again talk about the Peeps of Springtime. Seems that every year around this time someone remembers about the Peeps of Springtime. The Peeps of Springtime, such a fun way to look forward to springtime in the valley.
Came across an interesting statements by two people who surly will be remembered in the history of this nation. Barack Obama, the current president, said “I think it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100% security and then have 100% privacy and zero inconveniences. We’re have to make some choices as a society.”
Well over 200 years ago, Ben Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of this nation, said “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and will lose both.”
One cannot help but wonder which of these two men will survive the test of time. But more importantly, which of the two statements will turn out to be most accurate.
In light of the fact that the recent disclosure of the actions of the NSA in collecting the information on every phone call and every log on to every internet point, it appears the current administration has once again told us one thing and done another. Remember when the main NSA man in charge, was asked, under oath, during testimony before congress if the NSA collected any personal data on American Citizens. He responded, “Not wittingly.” The same man later admitted he lied to the congressional committee. Then in his letter to congress he said “Uh oh, I meant to just say “wittingly.”
As a fellow by the name of Snowden got hold of the Glory Hole of secret information. Then starting telling the world about how the USA is spying on the whole world. The main man at the NSA said “not wittingly”. Then “wittingly”, then the President said this is not actable, I’ll get to the bottom of this. Then the President said, I’ve had people look into this. We’re not going to continue to spy on our friends around the world. But we’re still needing to spy on you. We’ll continue to collect all you phone and text messages along with every key stroke you make on the internet. We need to collect all this personal stuff to keep you safe from terrorists. And oh, I forgot to tell you, we won’t let anybody get your personal information. And even if they do, we’d shame ‘em into giving your stuff back, before it is used to do you any harm. You can be reassured that we are looking out for your best interest. And it was with those assurances, by the same man who said we could keep our doctor and our health insurance, we all went back to sleep with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.
If I were a betting man, I’d bet that Ben Franklin will win out in the long run. After all, he’s got a track record in his favor. But keep in mind Barack Obama has a Nobel Peace Prize along with Hope and Change and ObamaCare in his favor. We’ll see.
Guess by now you’ve had your fill of the discussion of the Polar Vortex. Our world turned cold and the way in which the term Polar Vortex dominated the news, you would have sworn nobody knew it was cold outside except the news media. And they had to get the word out.
The people on the Weather Chanel are a hoot. When bad weather comes along, be it summer, winter, spring or fall, they get so excited ya think they’re about to pee their pants. I sometimes wonder if it’s expressions of false concerns. After all, no matter what it is with the weather. It’s been here before and it’ll come back again.
Not too much time has been spent on an explanation of what is a Polar Vortex, so here goes. It’s an air mass that circulates west to east around both the top and bottom of the Earth. The term Polar Vortex has been in use since the late 1950’s or so. From time to time it would appear as a reference point, but never dominate the news media like the recent past.
In 1974 Time Magazine used the scientific knowledge base associated with the Polar Vortex to support their contention of Global Cooling. Now in 2014, Time Magazine turns to the Polar Vortex to support their contention of Global Warming. It’s difficult to take a position contrary to Climate Change when the supports of such, always propose the current weather conditions support their point of view.
Using the Polar Vortex to support both Global Cooling and Global Warming is a good example of how bizarre the whole climate discussion has become. Having been a very close observer of weather patterns most all my life, I’m of the opinion that we truly know very little more about the weather than we did 100 years.
We do have technical ability far beyond anything that could be imagined 100 years ago. We can see the development of massive storms well before they contact land. We can provide advance life saving notice of such storm. We can better prepare for the storm, not control the outcome.
So even with all our scientific knowledge of weather, it still comes down to the fact that the success of the Rain Dance has a lot to do with the timing of the performance.
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get asked something that makes me stop and think. Last week the EastWing E-mail asked why it is that a Conservative point of view are called the “right” and a Liberal point of view is called the “left”?
Seems I remembered left and right reference in the bible. One of the neat things I have available in my magic box, this both play and work thing, this computer, is a program that allows word or phrase search within the bible, any bible. And for those who may think this world contains only one bible. You’re wrong. There are way, way more than a single bible in this world. We’re not gona talk about that right now, but we will some day. But right now we’re talking left and right. And the bible just happened to be a good place to start looking for the answers.
Remember what Jesus said: “Goats on the left, sheep on the right”. To Peter he said, “if you want to catch fish do it from the right side of the boat”. They did and filled the boat.
In the book of Ecclesiastes 10:2 “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.” (NIV) Thus sayeth the Lord. Amen.
Now don’t get crazy on me here and accuse me of making this stuff up. If you don’t have your own bible, find someone who does and check it out. I’m just telling ya where to look.. I always believe the word of God speaks for its self. Ecclesiastes 10:2 does just that.
Now just to make sure there is no confusion on this left & right thing, here’s a simple spelling lesson that may better illustrate in the minds of some?
A Spelling Lesson From The EastWing:
The last four letters in American……….I Can
The last four letters in Republican……..I Can
The last four letters in Democrats………Rats
Guess that’s just another way of spelling “Left and Right”.
Another example of left and right can be demonstrated by the following things people do and say:
When a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
A Republican vegetarian, doesn’t eat meat. If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. A Democrat homosexual, demands legislated respect from the whole world.
When a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. Down and out Democrats want to know who is going to take care of them. And how much, and what are they gona get.
If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. While Democrat demands that those they don’t want to hear, be shut off the air ways.
A Republican non-believer, doesn’t go to church. A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced in the whole world.
If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. If a Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that somebody else pays for it.
When a Republican reads this comparison, he’ll forward it so his friends can all have a good laugh. A Democrat will delete the story because he’s “offended by my lack compassion”. Then sends a nasty gram to BobbyRay. Attacking, not my message, but the courier of the word. It’s an old democrat technique, kill the messenger, and never address the argument, then change to topic of discussion.
As one of the more recognized Democrats of our era said a while back, “At this late stage, what difference does it make?” Just another way of saying let’s change the topic, and talk about things that make me look good. Guess some democrats are also cursed by a “ lack of compassion”.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, November 2014 has been aside as rodent removal month.
Stay Safe in Afghanistan.
From The EastWing, Mid Winter Nights & Peeps, The President & Ben Franklin, Polar Vortex On Both Sides Of The Rope, Dancing In The Rain, Conservatives & Liberals & Left & Right, A Bible Story & A Spelling Bee. Democrats & Republicans, Does It Make A Difference To You?
I Wish You Well,