Monday, March 31, 2008

Following footsteps

Just got off the phone with my father. It was an hour and a half conversation about politics, gun control and the military. I'm reminded of where my opinionated nature comes from. It makes me feel good to know that I have his respect, cause he sure doesn't suffer fools. Whew. Thank you Dad for raising me the way you did. I hope that one day I will be the perfect balance between you and Mom.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Nothing Important

My Avs are playing the Canucks tonight, so it should be a very good game. They are tied in the standing for the Northwest division. My boys played well Monday night against the Flames and I am hoping that they will take that in to tonight's game. It would be nice to leap frog past them in the standings, I do so enjoy when they beat Vancouver.

I am in the middle of reading a series by S M Stirling. In it, some outside force strikes the Earth with what seems to be a type of EMP, only along with electrical power, it also knocks out combustion on an explosive level and gas pressure on any usable mechanical levels. It got me thinking about what would I do, where would I go? Would I be smart or sentimental? My parents live 220 miles from me in Nebraska. There is good farming there and lots of space, but not a lot of wild game. Some deer and pheasant. Would the mountains be better? I live in the foot hills of the Rockies, so would that be a better choice. My father has guns, but they are now useless. But if my brothers and their families all grouped together, I think that we would stand a better chance than most. One brother is a cop, one brother is a former farmer, my other half has worked construction for 15 years. My dad and the cop are both ex-military. I think that these are all advantages that would help us survive. I don't know what I could contribute, I'm a bookworm. What would I have to offer? I know I'd work hard and I know I could help, but I don't think there is a specialty that I could offer to a none electronic world. I am sort of a jack of all trades and master of none kind of person. But reading a book like that does make you think, what would I do? Where would I go? Would I take action soon enough rather than waiting around for someone to fix what's wrong. Just meanderings of the mind today. Nothing special.

I would recommend the series to those who enjoy a good adventure. Dies the Fire is the first in the series.

Go Avs!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Okay, first things first. I haven't posted since the NHL trade deadline so I have to go a little crazy over Peter Forsberg, Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei. It's so wonderful to see Peter and Adam back in maroon I can't even say. There's a little dream floating around Denver of Roy becoming the GM and Bourque taking over the coaching reigns. Wouldn't that be exquisite? Avs fans are excitedly looking forward to each game as we inch our way to the #1 spot in the Northwest Division.

Now that I have hockey out of my system, some things have been percolating that need to be poured out. Is anyone else really terrified how the United States and ancient Rome are being compared. The ancient Romans quickly rose to be the dominant force in the ancient world. The United States is the world power after only 232 years of becoming an independent nation. We are over-extending ourselves in every way, financially and militarily. It seems that after the intense patriotism following 9/11, the pendulum has swung to self-indulgent rejection of reality. Decadence is now a way of life instead of an ocassional indulgence. Corruption and indecency fills the ranks of the political leaders in charge of our future. They no longer care about the nation they serve, they only care about how they can benefit while and after they hold office. Kind of sounds like a repeat of the Roman Senate? Ringing any bells with anyone?

I don't know what to do with where we are right now. Everyone wants to bring the soldiers home from Iraq. Nice sentiment, but what happens afterwards and 50 years from now? There are consequences and if we don't do this extremely right after having made such a mess of it, we might not be able to handle the results. I'm wondering why the citizens, soldiers and media aren't banging on the doors of the State Department wondering when they are going to pull their thumb out. Shouldn't they be doing more with the Iraqi government to help them get their shit together?

I'm sure that the soldiers in Afghanistan would love to have some more support on all fronts as well. Unfortunately for them, they've turned into the ugly step-child in the GWOT, which to me is insane as this was the legitimate target out of the two.

I would like to have easy answers, but there aren't any anymore. We have become something I don't think our forefathers ever imagined. Something must be done to stop us from falling apart like the ancient Romans. And this beautiful nation becomes nothing but a fondly remembered dream.