July 8, 2008

Don’t know exactly what that means regarding this post; I just like the sound of the phrase. It’s a song, BTW, on the excellent CD by The Surf Zombies, a retro-rocking surf band – out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, no less! Needless to say, my 5-CD surf mix has taken on a slightly altered look – and for the better, I might add! I’ll pop that back up for y’all in a day or two. It really makes for a boss sound…

Hard to believe The Weather Channel is the same channel I used to keep on as background noise all the time. Whether it’s their new graphics, or the way they now cover the weather, or their near-fanatical emphasis on the religion of global warming (it’s no science, that’s for sure), I don’t know – I just don’t find it interesting or appealing anymore. And now that NBC has bought the channel, expect more the-earth-is-dying-and-we-only-have-months-to-live-unless-we-raise-taxes-on-everyone-and-bring-the-bad-U.S.-into-line-with-the-rest-of-the-planet nonsense.

Which gets me to thinking: I honestly don’t know if there’s such a thing as global warming – and I don’t think anyone can say definitively one way or the other – but what I do know is that there are a lot of hypocrites both on the progressive left and around the world that could care less about climate change – they’re just using the issue to fuel their loathing of America and capitalism in general, and to try and impose their own socialist, anarchist, and globalist world views on the U.S. and the West. For the people who squeal the loudest about global warming, it’s really the politics that count.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust anyone in power or any authoritative position anymore. Whether it be the politicians or the people that run the companies you and I work for, the only thing that matters anymore is power and profit, and the hell with everything else. Perhaps it’s always been that way, but I think people are, at least when it comes to the politicians, finally starting to wake up. Not that it’ll change anything….

And it’s stories like this that confirm every suspicion I’ve ever had about politicians. Liberal, conservative, first world, third world, they’re all the same.

Reading Thomas Merton’s “The Seven Storey Mountain” again serves as a reminder of the importance of the spiritual journey. It’s way too easy to get caught up in the things of this world, be it politics, sports, culture, status, and the gathering of possessions – especially in the media and information-saturated culture we live in. I long for the kind of detachment from the world that Merton sought – even though that was something he struggled with internally all his life. Focus on the journey, and put your faith and trust in God’s grace and mercy.

Back to the world: that was a heckuva trade the Cubs made today, wasn’t it? No doubt about it, the Cubbies are going for it all this year. Wouldn’t a World Series championship on the 100th anniversary of their last one be amazing? I think they have a pretty good shot at it, too.

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