This amazing weather that we have enjoyed in Northwest Ohio has allowed me to complete a number of tasks rather early this year. Our Little Pat-Ch of Paradise requires a lot of attention for maintaining the grounds and the buildings, and I have relished every balmy moment so far this spring. Beginning Monday we’ll return to more typical weather for the period with one day in the high 40’s and the remainder of the ten-day forecast calling for high 50’s and low 60’s. It’s manageable and allows my indoor seedlings time to get strong before transplanting into warm soil. I’m already having visions of fresh salads, vegetables and corn on the cob.
Frosty and I are batching it this weekend as Heather, P.J., Sully and Pat traveled to Butler County to visit our daughter, Kelly, her husband, Kevin, Shaun, Erin and the two Scotties…Leo and Lizzie. We should get a lot accomplished because interruptions will be minimal, and except for a short afternoon interlude on Saturday for the Ohio State-Syracuse game, we can work steadily. If the weather is clear, we’ll work outdoors. If it’s rainy, we’ll do shop work and research-writing projects. All in all it should be a productive weekend unless I decide that a nap marathon is preferable.
My concern about the gullibility and indifference among my fellow citizens is growing. President Obama spews a lie a minute about his ‘commitment’ to a sound energy policy. He takes credit for private sector initiatives (Keystone Pipeline) and deflects blame for colossal failures (Solyndra). His brazenness is appalling, but I suspect that detailed polling will indicate that significant numbers of people will accept his statements at face value…..although that is difficult because he’s so two-faced.
Today (Saturday) the GOP of bayou country, Louisiana, choose their preferences for the Republican presidential nomination. It appears that for all intents and purposes the Romney camp is on a glide path toward victory. With each caucus or primary the challenge for Santorum, Gingrich or Paul becomes more daunting. Every day they need a higher percentage of the uncommitted delegates to grasp the nomination or to prevent Romney from reaching the magical 1144 number. The GOP and the Libertarian Party are both in better shape than the Democrats who are tethered to the current occupant of the office. They are stuck with a lying, socialist, ego-maniacal, incompetent, arrogant liar….and most of them know it. The Libertarians will choose their candidate at the National Convention in early May. Stay tuned for more information in the next month or so.
It is not my intent to pick on the President…..Oh, why not? I’m already on several “watch lists.” He throws like an effeminate girl. No offense intended to girl athletes because I umpired high-level fastpitch softball games for several years, and nearly every girl on or near the field could throw better than that jock wannabe. He’s petty, pouty, petulant and unprincipled. He is a lying, low-life, lackadaisical, lame-brained ideologue. He is untrustworthy, unreliable, unrepentant, and under handed. Obama is a twiddling, two-faced, tone-deaf, tiny tyrant who has torn our national fabric into tatters. He is a contemptible colossal conveyor of cancerous calumny. Finally, he is a demonic, dim-witted, despotic dilettante. And no……I would not wish to have a beer with him. I can’t imagine how much worse he could be when he’s drunk and stupid.
On the economic front: The IMF has bailed out Greece for another short interval while Portugal and Spain are dangling on the edge of the precipice. Italy is still treading water, and the rest of Europe is engaged in high-intensity hand wringing. China is having economic issues with high inflation and rumblings of political discontent. When all this finally shakes out, I expect the Fiji Islands or George Soros to own everything.
Recent discoveries and new technologies suggest that our untapped oil and gas reserves in the United States exceed the potential BTU’s of Saudi Arabia. Add to those numbers our massive deposits of hard and soft coal, and we have unlimited potential for increased industrial production. There are three major factors that limit our ability to exploit our wealth of natural resources. They are extremely high labor costs compared to other nations, an excessive over reaching government and bureaucracy and a population that has lost its will to succeed without government assistance. There are probably numerous applications for solar, wind and other “green” energy sources that are competitive, but if our national policy is to continuing forcing them into unwise uses, we’ll never recover.
Have a great weekend. I’ll be back on the air on Tuesday (6-7pm) and will be sitting in for Brian Wilson Friday the 30th from 3:00-6:00pm. Tune us in if you can, or stream the station. The Talk of Toledo 1370 WSPD. www.wspd.com