Signs of the times

Here are some signs we found walking around.

Taped to the door of a family restaurant in Fairborn, Ohio. They also had outdoor ashtrays, but apparently they either got tired of cleaning up the butts or they had a recent mulch fire ;-)
Taped to the door of a family restaurant in Fairborn, Ohio. They also had outdoor ashtrays, but apparently they either got tired of cleaning up the butts or they had a recent mulch fire 😉

Normally, I don't pay attention to church signs, but this one was oddly practical. On Main St. in Englewood.
Normally, I don't pay attention to church signs, but this one was oddly practical. On Main St. in Englewood.
Taped INSIDE the door of Bolts. Probably because they are either losing their beer mugs or the patrons are just too drunk to know being drunk in public just is not allowed. Thank you Tater Salad
Taped INSIDE the door of Bolts. Probably because they are either losing their beer mugs or the patrons are just too drunk to know being drunk in public just is not allowed. Thank you Tater Salad

Clinging to my walks

I recently had the opportunity to take a ride through Red State America along Hwy 35 through southern Ohio, West Virginia and onto Interstate 64. The ride was a bit odd as I emerged from Dayton, the rich, white, mall-laden Beavercreek into the hills, holler and trailer-park homes that lined 35 for miles upon miles.

I listened to Obama’s speech again and again (we dogs have pretty good hearing) with his “bitter” and “cling” comments. In context, they make sense. Out of context, he sounds like an elitist.

The same parts of America that will never vote for a [insert racial term here or use the term “black man”], that believe the unions are in their corner, that believe that when bad things happen, singing “God Bless America” will make things ok and when things go well, sing the praises of God and thank him are who need the message of hope the most. But they will reject it for things they “know” to be real. Guns, God and Government.

Before you can change, before you can grow, before you can hope, you MUST start from a truth. The truth is that when the economy goes badly because our market shifts to making things in China instead of America, small towns who depend on a single source of manufacture are devastated. Lifestyles that were thought to be solid are disrupted. And people need to find a cause. Governments can’t be the cause, certainly you can’t blame God; that according to faith, would be despair, a deadly sin. Small town America struggles for understanding and “clings” to what it knows to be true. God is everlasting, omniscient and ever-present. Guns will protect you from someone else’s desperation. And government will bail you out with food stamps and medical care for your kids.

That is the truth that this country NEEDS to accept for us to move forward. Instead, Clinton, FOX and other “thought leaders” pounce on these comments as elitist. They should be looking inward and asking themselves if perhaps Obama hasn’t driven along Hwy 35 in southern Ohio and West Virginia and looked out the windows more often than they have.

You can’t pay your mortgage with HOPE, you can’t feed your children with HOPE. You can’t pray to HOPE. But HOPE is what will fuel a movement for change because hope — combined with the kind of desperation that is felt when things are as bad as they get — will cause people to change, to stand up, clinging to their guns and God and use that power for change. There is a reason God is in the First Amendment and Guns are in the Second.

But, what do I know. I’m only a dog who only want to cling to walks three times a day, sniffing butts and checking out the cute puppy chicks on the corner.

Personal responsibility rears its ugly head again

I was watching CSPAN (yeah, we dogs watch CSPAN!) and the rep from MN was pontificating on how backed up the St. Paul passport office was and ow her constituents could not go on their vacations because it was taking more than five weeks to process passports.

Oh, BOO-HOO! We have had two years to get a passport. We knew this law was coming and yet we sat around on our butts and thought we could just go up to the drive-through passport office and order one. No waiting more than 20 seconds or your passport is free!

I’m not a Condi fan, but I could tell in her face she was thinking what I was thinking. “Your dumbass constituents should have planned in advance instead of screwing up and then complaining to the government that someone should fix the problem. It is their own damn fault. NEXT!”