Event Catch up time.

Starting with a small rant…

I started in last time with good intentions of staying above the fray and then the stupidness that is the government and media and general populous of the US got me going… Even though Obama continues to claim victory on what amounts to nothing more than rhetoric for foreign policy, I am going to try and stay away from the debate. This is hard given this constant chest bumping about how caring we are as a nation (which comes immediately after apologizing for something) and yet how tough we are when necessary (even if we do nothing about North Korea, the Iranian issue has been known for some time, indecision around Afgan support, and of course, meeting with folks we consider foreign terrorists or at least bad dudes).  The latter, who seem to share kindred feelings with him and want to have him come by for a sleep over if not adoption.  Ah, how sweet.

The bottom line is that while I have no illusions that we should force our will on others, I also do not believe our role is to sit on the sidelines on this world field and simply sends checks to other nations. I firmly believe this apology tour, this reluctance to engage, and this thought that if we all play nice, the world will work its differences out in the near term is pure poppycock. The radical Islamic contingent doesn’t give a rat’s ass if we play kissy face or not. We are, by virtue of existence, are evil and the enemy. Of course, we can stop interrogating terrorists, we can send them to resorts and we can give them “American rights” (which is ironic) and hope for the best. I fear we are setting ourselves up… I hope I am wrong.One minor thing about healthcare – I find it interesting that he Chairman of the Senate committee released his bill without support of the committee (either side). Yet, is open to debate and change – as long as it can get done in a hurry. Also, the numbers are interesting… First, Obama was preaching the 47M uninsured and now he says that is 30M (still too high, but what happened ?). He claimed in his rhetoric driven bully pulpit that it costs each of us “thousands of dollars” for those without insurance yet on this Tv tour that number seems to be $900 (even if non-partisan groups call it $200). Again, why the change? Did something happen in the past week or are the lies simply being corrected when no one is there to call them out? I guess I have that same question on illegal aliens… if it was not covered why the amendments to preclude them now? I guess we are fixing phantom issues…

Okay, I’m sitting here watching Tiger let another one through his fingers but it is not over yet and that dude, when his head is in the right spot and doesn’t get a horrible draw, is unreal. Still a few holes to play. So, we shall see…. Then again, the Lions won so there is something cosmically unhinged today.

Golf has not reached it yet, but we are in the silly season already for things. Events galore are starting to stack up and we are trying to pack them in. We had the Balloon Festival come and go. Lots of balloons and nice weather. Got a few shots… it was crowded and we, with three kids and a wagon, were not very proactive about staking out spots. That said, we hit a few bounce houses, ate some overpriced vendor fare and we saw what we needed to see. They did a balloon burn at night and that was interesting (flames are pulled on balloons to music – sort of a fire ballet), even if we did not see most of it (the kids were pooped and pooped kids are snots). Of course, Meghan didn’t care about any of it once lemonade was introduced to her. A single focused mind, that kid.Some of these shots you will see on the site at the end of the month were shot pretty much in the dark, so if they are less than perfect, you will just have to deal with them. With chasing kids, it is shocking that I was even able to take one photo…..
Okay that was then, and the parade of events is not over. We had the city maize festival too. Also challenging photographic conditions – mainly because it was bright and sunny. These are very harsh conditions for today’s modern dslr cameras due to their extended dynamic range. I did the best I could do in between kid duty, which again, decomposed into whining about water bottles for Meghan (and now Max). I think they would have had almost as much fun just going in the backyard…

Next up with have a church event and then the annual pilgrimage to the Arboretum for Pumpkin days… Of course, all of this is before the entire madness of the holidays…At least Canon came out with a new camera – which I will be possessing. Suppose to have wickedly fast autofocus and a few other things. My current model is quick but subseconds count when trying to capture the moment. Plus, I might as well get it for myself for my birthday. Speaking of which, two of my friends celebrated birthdays this past week – Jill and Angela. The latter of which I spaced recognizing like a not so good friend which is horrible given what a good friend she is. All unintentional. If only people would tell me these things before hand….I know, I should write them down…

Well, I have to depart now to mow the grass and paint the backdoor, which I finally got around to scrapping and prepping. Not my favorite thing to do on a weekend but better than working, which I will be doing later tonight.

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