Howdy. I don't like repeating diaries at all, but considering all the trouble lately with Chinese imports, this little beauty from Christmas last year is worth revisiting. Enjoy!
A few months back I dedicated a lot of time and energy working to get a great guy elected to the Illinois State Senate. I worked for Pete Gutzmer for two reasons. First, Pete would be an excellent senator, and second the guy he ran against is an extremist. Unfortunately, Pete lost and the guy who won is proving to be true to form.
Nope. I am not going to do it. I’m not going to decry the rampant consumerism that overwhelms us all during this festive time of the year. That dog has been beaten to death and the fact is...I love spending money on presents, particularly on Christmas. Having worked retail frequently over the last fifteen years, I appreciate the importance of holidays to the economy and yes, focusing on the presents does diminish the meaning of this time, whether you derive your meaning from Eid, Kwanzaa, Chanukah (the spell checker caught that...way to good Mr. Gates!), or Christmas (and least I offend the pagans out there, the Winter Solstice and or Saturnalia). I do believe for the bulk of us trotting around the planet, if you celebrate this time of year, and you do give a gift, you do it out of grace.
OR You Get What you Pay For
A Brilliant Idea
Whilst raking leaves today, not our leaves, our neighbors leaves because our yard is the neighborhood leave magnet, my wife, Madame W, had a brilliant idea...she has many but this one stood out. First, a little context. Recently I created an avatar on Second Life, more or less to see what the hubbub was all about. Madame W and I, during the creation of my virtual self, had a rather deep conversation about the nature of community and irony that sometimes virtual communities cause isolation. Heavy stuff.
More people vote during presidential elections because they are sexy: big ideas, big money, big power. What many people don't realize is that the election affecting them most immediately is the election for city council or school board or the state house. These are smaller affairs, with less money, rather mundane ideas, without the news coverage and lets admit it, entertainment value, of the big show every four years for the presidency.
Growing up in Barrington, there were things we could always depend upon, whether we liked them or not. There would always be a lot of traffic driving through town. The water always had a funny taste. The Daily Herald would always endorse a Republican...regardless of who the Republican was, did, or believed in. It was simply one of those things that folks in these parts had grown to depend on
Lately, it would appear that times had changed. Recent Daily Herald editorials had taken positions that, at face value, would appear to run counter to the Republican Party line. Positions on stem cell research, gun control, the environment, all were moving away from the Daily Herald's traditional lock step stance with any and every GOP platform. The Daily Herald editorial board was moderating its stance: less extreme, more main stream.
"Schools need to ask permission to give our kids aspirin" but Peter Gutzmer (the Democratic Candidate for Illinois 27th) won't support parental notification. Beyond the troublesome logic behind the claim (not forcing a young woman by law to tell her parents she is seeking an abortion equals forcing the young woman not to tell her parents that she is seeking an abortion), the advertisement speaks to, once again and very locally, the trouble with today's Republican Party: they deal solely in fear.
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