Sunday, April 27, 2008

Flag Wavers

As my wife and I were driving back from Canyon City today, she made a comment about those who wave the flag at every opportunity. Her question (& mine) is how many of those who claim to be so patriotic and support King George II in all his endeavors do you suppose cheat on their taxes? While we're talking about flag wavers, can't somebody please teach them about flag etiquette. I see so many American flags flying all the time, rain, snow, daytime, night time, and in some many states of disrepair that I just want to shake their owners. If they are so damned patriotic at least learn how the flag is to be treated. I put mine up for Flag Day and the 4th of July and other holidays that seem to call for a respectful display of our country's colors and put it away the rest of the time.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Being a dyed in the wool Democrat I am counting on a Dem victory this fall. So, you can imagine my consternation when I heard that the latest polls show a dead even race between McCain and either Clinton or Obama. I can see 2004 all over again. If the Democrats manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory this year I think I will give up the Democratic Party and form my own. I think it should be called the Liberal Christian Democrats. Let people know that we're still out here and we are mad as hell and we ain't gonna take it any more. I will call for universal health care with all medical care professionals working for the government at a fair but honest wage. Say what you will about socialized medicine, it works! We will also call for an end to corporate welfare and special tax breaks for the wealthy. I could go on but I think you get the picture. When one Democratic candidate calls another a liberal as though it were something bad, we have lost the party. Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson must be spinning in their graves. I also resent the religious right thinking that they have a hold on righteousness. They are the Pharisees, thinking that their brand of piousness is the only one. We liberals believe that all are created equal and that our charge is to see that all(any color,any race, any creed, any sexual orientation, indeed all) receive fair treatment.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Making Sawdust

I've been building a linen closet for my neighbor. It's 7 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide and 18 inches deep. Her first choice was to build it out of Birch plywood, but when she found the Birch costs $68 a sheet she decided that Fir plywood would be just as good. Good choice because the plan calls for 4 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood and 1 sheet of 1/4 inch ply. I hope she likes it when it's finished. It is really heavy, just like the wardrobe I made Char for Christmas. It'll take 3 strong men and a boy to pack it into her house. I have the carcase finished, now comes the face frame. I really like face frame construction and use it whenever I can. I just got a 23/32 in. router bit that works great for cutting dados for the shelves. Since 3/4 plywood is really 23/32's, the dados make a nice tight joint. A heck of a lot easier than using the dado blade on the table saw, especially with a 1/2 sheet of 3/4 ply. I haven't decided on any moulding for it, I guess I'll have to check with her to see what she wants.

As you can see, I've stopped writing about problems of the Church. I just can't expend that much energy on a subject over which I have no control. I'll let the Church leadership handle the problems. For myself, I would just as soon leave the Anglican Communion and let them continue to be homophobic. I wonder if they would turn over their child to the law if the child turned out to be Gay, or maybe they would just call in the neighbors to participate in a old fashioned stoning.