Monday, March 14, 2011

Tiny Drops in a Large Ocean of Tears

A Flower for Japan.

From the trivia of politics to the tragedy of Japan.

From the irritating mind of Sarah,"Lock and Load," Palin. She advises Wisconsin teachers to tone down their rhetoric so that no one gets hurt. I nearly blew milk through my nose when I heard that. That group of 100,000 pissed off teachers had to the most polite group of that size in human history.

And in the "What's that again, Bill O'Reilly?" category, he stated that he didn't think a college professor should assign The Koran as mandatory reading when we are involved in a "war on terror" because it would be "akin" to requiring students to read Mein Kampf in the years of WWII. And he would refuse to do so. Which is not even what this mention is about. He later claimed that he wasn't comparing the two books, and that claiming so was taking his remarks out of context.

And Glenn Beck, not be outdone in the nut department, said he thought the Japanese earthquake and tsunami "might" be messages from God. He didn't try to interpret the messages, though, leaving us all to wonder. With all due respect to those more versed in interpreting the Word of God, one possibility, though, might be "Don't build nuclear power plants atop ring of fire earthquake zones, or the San Andreas Fault." Or at the very least, it might be, "Build them better." Another possibility is that God is sending us a message that Oracle Glenn Beck needs help.

Michele Bachmann continues her assault on history with her misplacing the start of the American Revolution in New Hampshire. I'd be more forgiving if this wasn't just one more example of a continuing series of historical gaffes. She's volunteered to show her birth certificate if she runs for President - in her case, a history test might be a better idea.

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin continues to illustrate the "banality" of bad government with his ongoing legislative attacks on teachers, firefighters, police officers, public schools, basic democratic legislative processes, all the while staring with that empty bland blankness of his smiling face.

And regarding the national political scene: Hey, I've got an idea. Instead of balancing the budget on the backs of the poor, children, education, working people, medicare, and social security, let's cut military spending by getting out of Afghanistan and Iraq, end the tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, and corporations, stop subsidizing oil companies, and raise the social security tax income limit.

The enormity of the multiple human catastrophes in Japan is ever unfolding and the nuclear disaster is an on-going nightmare. I gave a few dollars that I could spare to my church's relief efforts and painted a flower picture for Japan. But I know those are tiny drops in a large ocean of tears.



Blogger Kathleen Neff said...

I couldn't ask for a better commentary in this week of dread and tears. Thank you. Kathleen Neff

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jane D. said...

Bud, You always seem to find the right words to express the amazement, anger, angst, and astonishment I feel when I hear the "spin" radical Republicans and religious fanatics try to put on the news and natural events! If it were not for having some friends who are both Republican and normal, reasonable people, I would think the whole lot of them had gone over the falls in a barrel! May your Flower for Japan inspire others to paint, pray and give! Thank you, Jane Dalen

8:14 AM  
Blogger Issyco said...

I was actually wondering if the people of Japan might think that this was their retribution for WW2, even tho the present population wasn't present back then. But then I believe that everything happens for a reason. Perhaps the real reason is that we need to stop thinking about using any kind of nuclear power for our energy needs. The whole world needs to just drop that idea and get on with burning methane, as well as using solar and wind and other less dangerous means. My heart goes out to the people of Japan!

11:48 AM  
Blogger Greg Kosmicki said...

I wish we all could think as clearly as you amongst the raging obscurantism and embrace of willful ignorance by the far right.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Issyco said...

I wish the same for everyone! Our world is falling apart at the seams, through no fault of its own -- the blame is all on humankind. Such a beautiful world -- such a shame to waste it like we have!

7:24 AM  

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