Patrice is still under the weather. She says thanks to all for your prayers and good wishes. It'll probably be a couple more days since it seems this particular bug lasts about a week.
Meanwhile, here are a few news highlights:
(Warning: The following contains abnormally high levels of analogy. Readers should use their own discretion.)
White House Abandons Defense of Marriage Act
Dem Rep Tells Union Members: ‘You Need to Get a Little Bloody When Necessary’
Saudi Arabia Uprising Could Mean $140-Plus Oil
Number of U.S. hate groups on the rise, report says
"the biggest growth was in so-called "Patriot" groups, which the organization described as conspiracy-minded groups that see the federal government as their primary enemy."
FBI: Muslim Brotherhood deeply rooted inside U.S.
Lawsuit alleges FBI violated Muslims' freedom of religion
Oil Price Spikes as Tensions in Libya Heat Up
Half Of Libyan Oil Production, Or 800,000 Barrels, Now Offline
"Italy imports 425,000 barrels of oil each day from Tripoli:
Nomura Predicts $220 Oil If Just Libya, Algeria Cut Output
This is just a sampling of my usual daily reads. Not too bad for a dumb woodworker from north-central Idaho, huh? Now I may not be able to divine just how the banks are going to get out of the mortgage backed securities mess they created, (My guess would be some variation of an old country tactic called "shoot, shovel, and shut-up.") but I can figure out on which side of the tree the lichen grows.
We are in serious trouble folks. But a majority of Americans, while beginning to feel vaguely queasy, still don't get it. The train has left the station. Most of the engineers have jumped off. Those who remain have jammed the throttle wide open in the psychotically optimistic hope that the out-of-control engine can make the jump over the chasm now that the bridge is out.
I said it's a sampling.
I simply got tired of cutting and pasting. Thousands of other signs and portents are out there for the reading. Government monopoly unions are planning "events" in a town near you. Unemployment keeps growing. 43 million Americans are getting food stamps. Food prices continue to rise and the dollar continues to fall. "Non-existent" inflation is eating your lunch (And has plans to invite itself to dinner as well.). Meanwhile Michelle Obama wants to see regulation created to limit our meal portions. I have good news for her. She can head off on another vacation worry free; we will all soon be eating fewer calories.
But the majority of Americans remain ignorant of their danger because... it's so blissful I guess.
The US economic camel's back is already broken. You can't see it clearly because it's belly is being supported by 300 million vertical soda straws. But each and every day the load is increased by thousands of additional bits of regulatory manure. And each day more and more of those straws are bending - and breaking. We can and will increase the load. We are fresh out of straws.
Get your house in order folks. Prayer will help...but help yourselves. And help those who can see.
Because those who will not see are blind.