Friday, April 8, 2011

Tossing The Rope

Whoever rescues a single life earns as much merit as though he had rescued the entire world.

The Talmud
Hello Bahrain. The Vagabond wishes you peace.
There was another earthquake in Japan today. 2 people died. There are people from Japan and other nations over there trying to rescue the survivors. But we have forgotten about Japan.

There are still desperate, homeless people in Haiti. Some folks are in Haiti trying to rescue the people who need it. But we have forgotten about Haiti.

There are many places in the world where people need rescuing. But we have long ago forgotten about them.

All those stories were replaced by Libya. And now the desperate situation in Libya has all but been replaced by a bunch of ridiculous politicians in Washington who are proposing cutting back on programs that help Americans and some of which will put us in the position of needing to be rescued.

A pathetic attempt to decrease the national debt by taking money away from where it isn't and not looking for it where it is. As these shameful negotiations take the focus away from Japan, Haiti and wherever else in the world the human race is in danger and instead endanger the human American, turning off the lights on our way of life and stalling all forward motion into an improved nation, I am finished having any respect for or trust in the duly elected fools that sit in Congress. Where is the intelligence, where is the morality, where is the humanity, where is the courage, where is the idealism?

It's ironic that we have spent trillions of dollars to keep the world safe for democracy when our own democracy is in danger of becoming a flop. There's a large group in the House of Representatives that doesn't represent the American people. Take any one of these Republican representative and ask him how many poor people he has in his constituency. He probably doesn't' know. But if he does, ask him why he's not out rescuing those people instead of trying to deny them the social programs that help keep them alive.

I wish I were young enough or wealthy enough to be a real vigilante. Albert Schweitzer said "Search and see if there is not some place for you to invest your humanity."

The next person you rescue may be next door, or down the street, in a foreign country or in your own country.

DB - The Vagabond
Here are my answers to the weekly puzzle

Several Saints - A few Good Men
Uprising Over The Thanksgiving Dinner - Mutiny On The Bounty
How One Murders An Imitator i To Kill a Mockingbird
Swept Away In A Breeze - Gone With The Wind
The Lion Is Burning It's Feet - Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
What The Flute Makes - The Sound Of Music
The Insects' Messiah - Lord Of The Flies
She Married The Monster - The Bride Of Frankenstein
Mr. Summerfall Winterspring - A Man For All Seasons
The Chimpanzees Live There - Planet Of The Apes
Confessing When Drenched - Singing In The Rain
He Paid Very Close Attention, Unfortunately - The Man Who Knew Too Much
Boiling When It's Dark - In the Heat Of The Night
Misplaced Religious Artifact Stolen - Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Trees Around The Little House - A Cabin In the Woods
Leo's Secret Message - The DaVinci Code
Ultimate Spanish Dance in France - Last Tango In Paris
Country In A Maternity Ward - Birth Of A Nation
Instructions In Stone - The Ten Commandments
Creepy Creatures Aloft - Snakes On A Plane
The Bitch Is Domesticated - The Taming Of The Shrew

There were 3 good sets of answers from Geo, Val and Jeff. Since everyone got at least 5 wrong or missing I'll call it a tie.

Although I did like the answer from Geo for "The Bitch Is Domesticated" - Lassie Come Home.

Thank you for playing. I may try this again, sometime when you're not watching.


(This is not a contest)

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

4 answers so far

I eagerly await your answer.



Big Mark 243 said...

Frustating... the news has been really bleak but I am not so quick to condemn those who have had their attention span jerked away from major stories to deal with major issue that are closer to home.

Better things get caught up in a wahs of this nature than the latest tabloid fodder. I mean do you really care why Lindsay Lohan did whatever or if Brittney or Miley are wearing underwear?

I would like to leave you with a short story. My Army sister was stationed not far from here, at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas. A tornado struck the provincial town I was jogging 'round and she called to check on me. It was a small tornado (as tornadoes go, I reckon), certainly not as fierce as the ones that are in the land where the winds carried Dorothy to Oz.

Anywho, the thing about THIS small twister was it was literally in my front yard!! I happened to be out that day and something said 'stay in the library' and not to try to outrun the approaching storm, as the skies omniously darkened. And while there was no loss of life and very mild property damage, the tornado WAS IN MY FRONT YARD. That alone made it a big event, no matter what level of damage it may or may not have caused.

What I hoped to illustrate is that there is no reason to be so hard on people for not being consumed with all the tragedies everywhere. There are even more profound and dramatic traumas that STILL go unmentioned in the media.

I am only sayin'...

pacifica62 said...

You have every right to be angry and disallusioned with your government. I see the US is in yet another war and how many does this make? I would be so ticked that I would want to take that government and kick them from hell to kingdom come. Have they all lost leave of their senses? The people at home who need help the most are not getting it and programs are being cut and governments are going broke, Where does it all end? The insanity just never seems to stop.

Valerie said...

Lassie Come Home. That is quite funny. LOL I really enjoyed this puzzle and it kept my mind active all week! THANKS!!

As for your post. I have been spitting angry at the cuts to the social programs. Cut to LIHEAP? What?? Heat for the poorest of the poor. Sometimes I sit in my apartment VERY cold. Now I will have to move. And I am not in the best shape to move. Do they care about the poorest and sickest in our nation. I think not. So sad. Thanks for this post.

Rose said...

Frustrating is saying it mildly! I keep praying as I don't know what else to do.