Democracy in Jeopardy

A democracy can exist when there is accountability. The separation of powers creates a system of government where each branch is accountable to the other. When political and competitive ideas are discouraged, protests and freedom of speech are stifled, and the civil liberties of American’s and foreigners are stripped away, by one branch of government, the democratic system is in trouble. Our current executive branch has used the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to create dissension and promote an ideology likened to a global empire. Moreover, George w. backers help him lead the way. Initiating a “war against terrorism” allowed for the expansion of executive power by treating dissension as a security threat The Patriot Act was passed creating intrusions into our lives, surveillance, limited access to information, and indefinite secret detention were all part of the package. Is the agenda to retain power, further a fundamentalist Christian belief, protect oil money, or ….

After the storm

In a storm all it takes is one wrong choice and your in deep doo doo. This week has provided many examples of this. What was she thinking?

Rescue from flooded Rd.

Along with the rescue scenes we always find a picture of a familiar place that is is going under. Slough House always gets flooding, but, this is a little more than usual:

Slough House Inn

Up the road the scene is similar to what we experienced in 1997(yr?) in front of our home.

down the street a bit

Picture of Garcia Bend Garcia Bend a couple of blocks from my parents home that is a five feet above sea level

With initial damage estimates from the weekend storms at $100 million, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Napa, Sacramento, Sonoma, and Trinity counties.

Hopefully, with New Orleans in their minds, and the present levee breaks around the Sacramento area, our government representatives and the voting public will support funding levee repairs and upgrades.

Political Circles

When conversations turn to politics, I usually remain silent. As they usually turn into opinionated tirades with no constructive result. It is not a lack of knowledge of our government or the principles of democracy that stifle me, but, the unwillingness to expose my opinions to heated moral discussions that tend to circular, ending where they started with no resolve. That stated I type forward and open this subject.

Catfish and Annie

Catfish is on the left and Annie the right. These are members of my family. They hope that you would like to converse with them. Please note that they are all paws so it takes them awhile to get a humom to type for them. They understand that translations from canine to human can be tricky, resulting in miscommunication at times.