Here's what we've been up to:
We bought a 2008 Prius! And we love it!
Son tried to hide at Old Navy because he didn't want to go home.
Made some sausage.
Eliza made some molasses crackle cookies!
"Fox is against anything that seems to be, but in fact probably isn't, inherently opposed to their ideology that supports corporate greed, blind patriotism and rampant individualism at the expense of community but in the name of "national interest".
If anything, what we've all learned from being raised on the Street is that a strong sense of community, compassion for persons and causes impacted by injustices, and care for the natural environment including responsible use of resources, enriches our lives in ways that neither consumerism nor complacent political unawareness provides.
If the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, the 2008 presidential and 2011 off year elections are showing us anything, it is that this "Muppet/Sesame Street" generation is poised the be the most effective at major political, social, and economic change in decades- maybe a half century.
Its already being noticed, that one-time "hot-button" issues like abortion, gay rights, ethnic inequality (some say 21st century racism) are being resolved or at least minimized by a new generation of activists, business and civic leaders, and state/national politicians who are advancing new concerns that focus on the well being of the community rather than on restricting the individual.
So I say, more Hooper's store, more Big Bird, more Oscar T. Grouch (he's actually the best at teaching non-aggressive conflict resolution), and more responsible awareness of diversity.
Last point: go read a few lines of any of the fox pundits books, especially Glenn Beck's "children's" books... Then answer the question, "Now, who is it again that is trying to "brainwash" children?"
Here's a couple of shots of the last harvest of the garden for this year. A big cold front came through this afternoon knocking 20 degrees off the high of 67. And tomorrow there is expected to be a hard freeze, so whatever was out there is coming in.
The regular taters coulda stayed out longer I realize, but I'm done working the garden for this year. See ya in March with 2 more raised beds!
Early this fall a neighbor was admiring the swingset/playhouse that my dad and I built for my kids this Spring.
A few weeks later a big wind storm rolled through town. In its wake we're many roofs damaged and a few backyard playsets knocked over. My neighbors fence and playset were destroyed. She asked if I would build her daughter a new one and I agreed.
The following photo-essay describes the process.
That's it about 99.7% finished. It was fun building it, but it took a long time in my opinion. I'm not quite ready to go into business.
Campaign misstatements or off the cuff comments that get a soft chuckle are one thing. But to put the responsibility for the deaths of at least 40 human beings on God is both unfortunate and irresponsible. For one, the responsibility really isn't on God. Instead, Bachmann is suggesting that it is on the humans who have acted in a way that in her view is unpleasing to God. For her, God is bound to a limited set of abilities that include smiting those who have acted disobediently, but does not include a grace, patience or understanding. She is suggesting that because of the inaction of congress to cut spending in an effort to reign in the national debt, God is punishing us as a nation with earthquakes and hurricanes. It's as if her god is more concerned about DC finances that the homeless family living in the shadow of the Capitol.
"In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better days ahead. I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair. I believe that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us, America!"
Many conservative Christians, mostly Protestant but also a number of Catholics, have come to believe and proudly proclaim that the creator of the universe favors free wheeling, deregulated, union busting, minimal taxes especially for wealthy investors, plutocrat-boosting capitalism as the ideal earthly scheme for his human creations. And many of these Christian capitalists are ardent followers of Ayn Rand, who was one of - and many of whose followers are -- the most hard-line anti-Christian atheist/s you can get. Meanwhile many Christians who support the capitalist policies associated with social Darwinistic strenuously denounce Darwin’s evolutionary science because it supposedly leads to, well, social Darwinism!
If Glenn Beck were any more unbalanced he'd be Cubist.
Beck says Christians should leave a church that wants Social Justice; Beck should leave a church before bursting into flames.