Thursday, December 15, 2016

More Snowy Pictures From Bend Oregon

I wanted to share some more pictures of the 12+ inches of snow that fell in town.  Shoveling snow is one heckuva workout!  I was sweating like crazy last night in 14 degree temperatures shoveling the snow off mine and my neighbor's driveway and sidewalk for nearly two hours last night.

Monday, December 12, 2016

This Past Weekend's Snow In Bend And On Mt. Bachelor

This weekend's snow in Bend was beautiful as you can see by the photos below as the town was covered in snow that came and went starting midweek, carrying over through Sunday.  

The snow at Mt. Bachelor was incredible!  Seriously incredible with two feet of soft, fluffy snow falling over 48 hours.  It was a great weekend for skiing, especially Red Chair, which is often a forgotten gem on Mt. Bachelor.  

Below are some pictures from the past few days of snow in Bend, from River Bend Park, The Old Mill, Wanoga Snow Park, and Mt. Bachelor.   

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Tradition: The War On Christmas Returns!

I secretly love "The War On Christmas" narrative pushed by media blowhards who want their loyal audience to believe that as white Christians in the United States, they have lost their right to say "Merry Christmas" in Obama's America, even though it sure looks a lot like George W. Bush's, Bill Clinton's, George H.W. Bush's, and Ronald Reagan's America.  Hmm?

But still, that cannot be lost on those feeling the potential loss of Christmas as they knew it way back when before people of other faiths arrived on these sacred shores.

And you know what?  I love it!

I love how ridiculous the story is and love how it keeps returning to the airwaves every year.  Like it did last night in grand style!

Yes, Donald Trump will be the savior of survivors of the Christmas war.  He alone will give people the right to say "Merry Christmas" in public spaces without fear of retribution by those who want to include all faiths, or lack of faiths, by using the all-inclusive "Happy Holidays!"

It's a stupid story.  And it's stupid that I waste my time and actually look forward to seeing the red cups unveiled the day after Thanksgiving because I know that The War On Christmas nonsense is about to return.  I usually wind up having a conversation with the barista about my love of The War On Christmas, which I think has primarily been inspired by The Daily Show, which has poked fun of "The War" for over a decade.

This "holiday" season, I'm grateful that "The War" has returned and that I'll continue taking great pleasure in seeing people talk with a straight face about "The War On Christmas" while others talk with a smile and smirk about how it's not a real thing, like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.  Yet, funny enough, their are millions of adults who believe that it's real even though they know that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are not real.

We are a funny species we white Americans who can compartmentalize our rational and logical thinking to believe in a made up "War" but not believe in the fat man who delivers gifts all over the world on one night from a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer!  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I'm Grateful For Comedians Keeping Sanity In Light Of Trump's Coming Ineptitude

Comedians like Seth Meyers have been doing and will continue doing a great service to American citizens who are appalled and aghast by the nonsense coming out of malignant narcissist Donald Trump's mouth.

These coming four years will be pretty unbearable as Trump acts as the useful tool that the media focuses on while Congress goes to work ripping up the New Deal and Great Society programs in favor of transferring wealth upward to the billionaire class, who wholly owns this Congress that does their bidding.

The news media will focus on Trump's outlandishness because it's good for their business just like they gave him unparalleled attention during the Republican primaries and general election.  While he's the center of media attention, which he thrives on, Congress will be passing laws that give more money and subsidies to "capitalists" (especially two libertarians from Kansas) who love anti-capitalist public subsidies (Carrier deal?) and monopoly / oligopoly protections that keeps competition out.  So much for capitalism, eh?

At least we'll have comedians who will continue calling out how ridiculous President Trump is / will be and they'll continue to point out his incompetence, possibly uncovering Trump's Watergate-like moment or impeachable offense.  

Comedians will play a major role in keeping the public informed about the nonsense and schadenfreude going on in the Trump administration, which I expect will be equal to or greater than Dick Cheney's benevolence toward the energy industry and defense contractors.  I'm hoping the comedians cross over or co-opt their reporting with established investigative reporters to bring people into the loop about what's going on, rather than focusing on low hanging comedic fruit coming out of Trump's mouth.  Taking on a Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" style along with independent investigative outlets like The Intercept would be excellent (at least for me).