Sunday, May 17, 2009

Finest Links in all of Christendom

Jo-Joe Politico starts with a post questioning whether we can afford to go green. It includes this unsettling fact, “According to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain, for every "green" job created trying to generate energy from windmills and solar panels, 2.2 jobs were lost.” Then Joe has a post titled ‘Is This A Christian Nation.’ And along the same lines is a post about Jefferson’s religious views. Jefferson did not believe in miracles or in the divinity of Jesus but he was not a Deist either (though I think you could accurately say that he was within micrometers of being a Deist). Joe’s piece sets out where Jefferson stood with a number of quotes from his writings. This post about Jefferson seems to have arisen from a disagreement in the comments section. If Joe disagrees with you he won’t get nasty or personal: he gets all factual and logical. He is a teacher and his writing exudes harmony. He has the deep down calming effect of a man who knows clearly what he believes and knows what his purpose in life is. He’s a veritable Balm of Gilead for the net. He has also added some great music to his site.
Pundit and Pundette has a wide ranging post that starts with them attending an, “event [that] was teeming with large families and right wing extremism of all sorts.” The speaker believes, “"Live baby, good -- dead baby, bad." Something of a no-brainer.” They were at a commencement ceremony at a small Catholic college and the speaker was Jude Dougherty. Then the post moves to the demonstrations planned for Notre Dame and some discussion of the abortion issue. P & P also have a good post about the Uyghurs and our right to bare arms unrelated to the second amendment.
And So It Goes In Shreveport posts about conservative dissatisfaction with Charlie Crist. A money quote: “"Charlie Crist goes all wobbly in the knees every time he hears Barack Obama's voice.” (You had me puking at ‘knees’) Pat also has a post about Mitt Romney’s speech at the NRA convention. I called my father yesterday and in the middle of the conversation I was searching through Pat’s old posts for this one about Louisiana’s HonorAir program. It seems that when I reached my Dad he was on one of their buses in DC on the way to the WWII memorial. The program was set up to take the WWII vets to see the new WWII memorial in the capital. My father loved it. He even became tearful when talking about how kind they were to him and the other vets (my father has never been shy about crying, usually happy tears; my Mom used to tease him mercilessly about it but I think she actually loved him more because if it). My father fought in the Pacific and he inculcated in me great reverence for American exceptionalism. He’s a Stevenson Democrat but all through my childhood I can remember him saying with great conviction that only in America could someone like him expect to have so great a life. I am grateful to HonorAir for doing this for my Dad.
Jane Q. Republican has an accurate haiku about Nancy Pelosi. Then she has a post about some strange goings on at the White House. Quick summary is: Obama claimed health care industry spokesmen promised colossal savings but the spokesmen deny saying what the Prez said then a White House spokesgirl said the Prez ‘misspoke’ only to deny that there had been a misspeaking within the hour. Jane Q., of course makes it clearer than I did.


Pat Austin said...

Love that anecdote about your Dad! I'm so glad he got to go on the trip!

I'd love to hear his war stories. Where was he in the Pacific?

My Dad was stateside, he was a flight instructor in Texas.

The Honor Air program is a great thing; our local paper has another article today about the return of their last trip for a while, until they get more registrants. Whenever they return to the airport from the trip, hundreds of citizens go to the airport to greet them. It's neat!

Chris M. said...

I have never been able to get my father to talk much about the war. You could call it 'The Bob Dole Syndrome.' It is as if he is ashamed of the war. It is not shame about anything specific that he did. I see it more that he is ashamed that mankind still pursues the insane ugliness of war. He felt there was no choice but to fight that war. But, I think, he feels that the shame is necessary regardless of the casus belli. The shame is a necessary price paid for his concept of the dignity of man. This is a guess as to how he feels since we do not talk too deeply about areas where we disagree. It makes it easier to remain on friendly terms.
The one story I know from the war about my father is about how he and my mother met and married. On a Saturday night my parents went on a blind date. That Monday my father was to ship out for the Pacific. So they got married on Sunday. My mother wrote a letter to him every day he was overseas. And he was gone for a couple of years. She died 2 years ago at the age of 81. I know my father misses her terribly. But he has filled his life with many activities so he doesn't think about her too much.

pundette said...

Thanks for the links, Chris.

My father was at Pearl Harbor, on deck shaving, when the Japanese flew over. He wasn't injured. Sadly, his daughters were too stupid to try harder to get him to talk about his war experiences. He's been gone for twenty years. All we really know is that he was a Marine for five years, got malaria in the South Pacific, crossed the int'l dateline on Christmas (or New Years?). Very little else. I think I've found out the name of his ship. Maybe if he had had a son he would have spoken more of this. Or maybe if his daughters had been a little more interested. How wonderful that your dad is still with you.