I hit "A Taste of Newport", which is sort of a street fair where restaurants from Newport Beach, California showcase some of their food.
The Bare Naked Ladies played as the headliner. As you can see from this photo, the crowd was not particularly 'young'. But they rocked as best they could.
With the economy being down the way it has been the police were vigilant. Nobody wants a replay of the Lido Island food riots. The police closed down the bridge and nobody could get in to clean the bottoms of the yachts and the domestics weren't able to change the sheets with fresh linen. It was a crisis. (yes, I'm kidding)
Summer is over. A Taste of Newport reminds us that soon the cold will sweep down from the north and even though people will still be able to wear t-shirts and shorts at midnight without discomfort, shorter days will make it difficult to keep your tan at the precise shade you desire.
There have been several different versions of this sort of thing that the Obama Administration has put forward in an attempt to have people denounce their friends and neighbors to the government. The latest is Attack Watch at barackobama.com, the official website of the President of the United States. If you feel that somebody is saying something unfavorable about the narcissistic fool who occupies the White House, you should let him know, and this is the currently in-vogue method of doing it. The red, white and black color scheme harkens back to the days of the Third Reich. Now THEY knew how to turn in their neighbors. (Americans can be so pedantic)
I know (from reading the attack watch website) that it's somehow wrong to say anything unfavorable about the President's policies. Here is a trivial list of things that the current regime in the White House would prefer that you not speak about.
(1) Unemployment is as high as in America as it was during the Great Depression, it's only going higher and flawed government policies are exacerbating the situation. Just because it's true, doesn't mean that you should say it.
(2) Criticizing the Democratic Party's so-called "Stimulus Bills" is frowned upon. Yes, it's true that we've spent roughly a trillion dollars on 'stimulus' and it didn't do much but put large fortunes in the pockets of the Democratic Party faithful, but saying it is somehow 'wrong'.
(3) Denying that "Green Energy" programs are effective and desirable will get you reported to the government through Attack Watch. Never mind that the ones that the government funded (cronies of the President) seem to have all gone bankrupt to the tune of billions of dollars - "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, I am Oz the great and powerful."
(4) Expressing outrage that the US Government facilitated shipments of many thousands of firearms to drug cartels in Mexico (Operation Gunrunner) and concern that it goes all the way to President Barack Hussein Obama himself might get you denounced to the President, personally.
(5) Voicing concerns about the President's illegal alien relatives is bound to get you listed on Attack Watch. Aunt Zeituni Onyango, the famous welfare cheat and Onyango "Uncle Omar" Obama, the drunk driver who hit the police car recently, who was ordered to leave the United States as an undesirable alien a decade ago and went underground. When the police arrested Uncle Omar, he called the White House. I think that he called for bail money, not to turn in the police officers who arrested him as being "fishy". However, I have no first hand knowledge.
(6) Merely supporting a rival candidate for president may be enough to get you reported. The criteria are very vague, but be assured that the people you're reporting will be added to the enemies list and you will get credit for the denouncement. I'm sure that you get money for reporting these enemies of the state. Maybe payment comes in a small brown envelope, in cash? Money like that (free from the President himself) is bound to stimulate the economy.
(7) If you watch Fox News, do you qualify to be denounced? I suggest that it likely the case, but since the list of people who denounce and the criteria for that denouncement is secret, I don't know. Just to be on the safe side, you're better off watching an organ of the state such as MSNBC.
(8) Since it's not Vice President Joe Biden's 'rat point', I don't know if you can list people there who voice concerns that poor old Joe (Slow Joe) might be senile. However, when in doubt, denounce!
For those of you who don't know, Old Sparky is an electric chair used to execute criminals in the State of Florida. Since I am pro-death penalty, you can imagine that I agreed with Presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and his approach to the solution Texas pursues.
This blog has many elements and depending on your interests, may pique your imagination...or not. I urge you to be unreasonable. Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. The unreasonable persist in trying to adapt the world to themselves, therefore all progress depends on unreasonable people. The more unreasonable you are, the more likely you are to enjoy this blog. All men dream, but not equally.
If you're a socialist or a Marxist, you'll find that I poke fun at your absurd notions of "good government" on a regular basis. So you might not wish to follow this blog because you'll be offended.
John Locke said, "One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant." I like what Locke said. We can't theorize without adequate information because when we do we inevitably twist facts to suit theories rather than theories to suit facts. In this blog and in my life, I try to maintain this perspective.
Either you believe in our essential spark of shared divinity, or you succumb to our human insecurity. Either way your conscience lets you slice it, the main thing is to earnestly do what is right at the time.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.