I Rant, You Decide
Water Confessions of a Ranter:
As I was reading coverage of the new mandatory watering restrictions, I was struck with the same thought you probably were: who’s gonna police this stuff? Then I read: “Local water officials hope customers will police themselves and report instances of violations.” Huh? Could this be true? They think people will call in and report themselves for breaking the water conservation rules? What are they smoking?
As I continued to ponder this, I was suddenly struck with guilty horror as I realized I’m already violating some of the restrictions! How can I live with myself? How can I look at myself in the mirror each day knowing I’m not the honest person I tried to teach my kids to be as they were growing up? Who can save me from this ravaging guilt? I know God forgives me, but that’s not helping my guilt, what a wretch I am!
Then, I realized I must confess to cleanse my soul, even if it means risking fines of $500 per day with a limit of $5,000 total (now that makes me feel better). So, here goes:
-Because I have an odd numbered address, I’m supposed to water on Friday and not on Saturday. Sadly, I water on Saturday and not on Friday. I’m hoping for leniency, as I have cut my watering back to three days a week, but not on the schedule I’m supposed to follow. (As a side note, now my grass has freaking brown spots on it, while the neighbors’ lawns look perfect, making me look like a lazy slob, but I digress.)
-I have a dog that will only go on the concrete outside of the doggie door at night. Lo and behold, I have to spray off the cement each morning to avoid major stinkage. My lame defense for this one is the dog is almost totally blind, so she won’t go far from the house during the night. Is that a good justification for violating that restriction? Gosh, I really hope so!
-Lastly (whew, I feel much better!), we bought this house several years ago and the front lawn and landscaping are on a downward slope towards the street. Even with a little bit of watering, there is no way to avoid the illegal run-off. The law of physics just won’t prevent it! (I figured this out even though I flunked that class). What can I do? The only way to avoid this restriction is not to water at all, but then everything would die and the value of my home will plummet, and could affect my neighbors’ house values. So, what do I do? Risk the huge fines or have my neighbors hate me? (One of them already hates this rant!)
-I’m not saying, just saying, but the neighbor who hates my rant is always violating the new water restrictions and the address is 275… aw, never mind!
Who Ever Heard of Ferguson Before Last Week?
-I’m so glad I had the need for my confession, otherwise I would have gone ape crap crazy on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. (Maybe something like this should happen in Santa Clarita so we can become famous like that obscure town. On second thought…)
In fact, it had me so riled up on my radio show last week (The Gazette Radio Hour with Doug & John), I made a fool of myself yelling at a guest we had on the show, who had a different opinion than I did. (Jim, if you’re reading this, I apologize.)
There are many aspects about this situation that drive me absolutely nuts, but the biggest are:
*Over last weekend in New York and Chicago, many African American kids were shot, and some died – it happens every weekend! Where is the outcry over that? There isn’t, because it doesn’t have potential for political gain. Have you ever seen Eric Holder going to those cities to launch an investigation like he is doing this week in Ferguson?
*And then there is the dog and pony shows of the racist mongers, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who only want to bring attention to themselves. In fact, there is a report that Al Sharpton wanted money from the family of the victim for what he did in Ferguson at their request. It’s not surprising, as Mr. Sharpton is millions of dollars in debt to the IRS.
*As I’ve ranted before, why hasn’t the President ever made a public comment himself regarding the decorated Marine who risked life and limb for this country and has been held in a Mexican jail, unjustly, for many months? Why does he feel compelled to publicly remark on crap he shouldn’t stick his nose into, while ignoring this poor guy?
Late addition: News is breaking as the Gazette goes to press with reports of solid proof that the police officer in Ferguson was assaulted by the victim before the shooting, suffering a broken eye socket with other facial injuries. If this is accurate, it brings a whole new perspective to this thing, and magnifies the ridiculousness of calling this “news,” compared to what’s going on all over this country and the world!
Sometimes You Gotta Do Something You Don’t Wanna Do!
I readily admit I wrote in this space that I didn’t think we should lift a finger in Iraq when ISIS first started their terrorizing. I was thinking they should take care of their own mess and we shouldn’t get involved. But, after realizing the danger this ruthless bunch of maniacs pose, I’m changing my opinion. It’s horrible enough the terrible things they are doing to people over there, let alone the long-term ramifications of the potential havoc they could raise over there, and even here! Don’t think they are a threat on this side of the ocean? Think again; thousands of people from over there have passports and could easily enter this country. These guys are powerful and have a lot of money. Combine that with their madman type thinking and it has the potential for 9/11 all over the world! Unless, of course, we stop them in their tracks. The only way to do that is kill ‘em all!
The problem is, I don’t think it can be done with air strikes alone. We must engage them with ground power, because if we don’t, it could be as if we had let Hitler go unabated, and that wouldn’t have been good. Having a son in Afghanistan for nine months makes me qualified to know and hate what war is, but can we afford to take the chance of this group doing the unspeakable? As much as I hate it, and the majority of Americans will hate it, we need to move and move quickly! The problem we’ve got is, it will take a tragedy to get our President to even consider going full blast after these guys, and then it could be too late!
Recent Headlines Catching My Attention:
Jobless Number Up In the City: And small businesses here are really feeling it!
Mitt Romney: Obama Is Just Managing Our Decline: Just like the captain of the Titanic!
Head Of Fraternal Order Of Police Slams Obama Over “Excessive Force” Comment: See what I mean about sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong?
Voters To Congress: Do Something! Anything! On Immigration: I have the exact same thoughts on the economy!
ISIS Claims To Have Beheaded American Photojournalist: See last section of rant.
Quotes of the Week:
“Mental illness can undermine logic and overwhelm good intentions. Madness carves its own reality, no amount of love can cure madness or unblacken one’s dark moods. Depression is more than sadness or bouts of melancholy. You are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding, and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened and you’re frightening.” (Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University)
“I had an opportunity to speak with Reverend Sharpton a couple months ago at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and said, ‘We want the same kinds of things, but we have very different approaches to achieving them. What do you think about a public debate to talk about various ways that we can get this done?” (Dr. Ben Carson)
“Al Sharpie is not intellectually equipped to debate Ben Carson. You cannot compare someone who actually thinks for a living to someone who singsongs third grade rhymes and riddles. However, Al is capable of running and hiding from someone who is far superior, so there won’t be any debate.” (Michelle, internet blogger)
“Yeah, I don’t think Sharpton will actually have the cojones to debate anybody unless they’re bound, gagged and constantly called a racist by the audience of only Sharpton supporters.” (Doc, internet blogger)