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The “I” News

Happy Monday everyone.  Sean here, with the “I” news team bringing you a few under-reported items from last week.  Stay tuned for the Inspirational, the Inscrutable and the Indefensible.  You decide if any of it is Indispensable.

The Inspirational:
James Krenov died last week.  He was an artist, writer and philosopher who left an indelible mark upon this world.  You may not know him, but you have most likely seen the influences of his work in your work.  He was a creator of sublime furniture and leader of one of the most highly regarded woodworking schools in the nation (if not the world).  Take a moment from your busy day to click here and enjoy a little beauty.

The Inscrutable:
Football season is underway and those wacky kids running the NFL are at it again.  Texas receivers Andre Johnson & Jacoby Jones were fined $7500 & $5000 respectively for their roles in a fight during a game last week.  In related news, Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown was fined $10,000 for wearing a Halloween mask to pre-game introductions.  Apparently, the NFL feels that a little embarrassing publicity by one player is twice as offensive as the violent offenses of two players… They do say image is everything.

The Indecent, Incredible & Indefensible:
The increasingly authoritarian nature of our Federal government continues unabated.  It is becoming widely understood that the Neo-Progressives bridle under scrutiny and brook no criticism; but this is outrageous even for them.  It seems the U.S. government is now sending threatening letters of warning to private companies who have the temerity to disagree with the administration’s proposals.

Humana Healthcare notified its customers that proposed health care plans before congress could reduce their benefits.  This, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, is simply a matter of fact.  The Department of Health & Human Services then sent a letter to Humana as well as all the other private insurance providers of the Medicare Advantage programs essentially saying: “Shut-up… or else.”  Click here to read all the gruesome details of central power run amok.

That’s all for now.  While you’re out there today, take the time to admire and appreciate a little beauty in your world.  But if you do come across someone in your way, remember that punching is preferable to wearing a scary mask.  And whatever you do, don’t assume facts alone will protect you from the childish, petulant threats of powerful elitism.


4 Comments so far

  1. Jessica Horton September 28th, 2009 2:15 pm

    The other night, I was driving around town, just looking and checking things out. People are turning their lights off and many of the streets were just so dark and oppressive feeling. Shops are closing earlier and some shops are just closing forever…

    We’re nearing 17% unemployment in my county. 1 out of every 120 homes in my primary market is a foreclosed home. My dad had his hours cut back to working 3 days a week, but at least he still has a job. He’s one of the lucky ones.

    My clients cry openly on the phone with me now. Renters are being evicted because the landlords aren’t paying the mortgage. I’m seeing agents sell their clients down the river, just to have a closing…

    I pulled over and just started crying. I wasn’t crying for pity or because I feel depressed. No, I was weeping for my nation. I was crying because I love this country and I see the path we’re heading down and I know where it leads.

    I see so much “good” being attempted, but even doing “good” has consequences–esp. when it’s motivated by the lust for power and control (both socialist political platforms of the US). Especially when doing doing “good” can buy votes and keep people in office. And, doing “good” can be very profitable for companies who are “doing the right things” and putting out the “good” products.

    Well, when the government (and labor) try to dictate to free enterprise and business, when we try and legislate the economy, when we seek to do “good” without really knowing and understanding the consequences…

    We all suffer. Free enterprise is essential to the stability and freedom of a nation.

    Yes, I weep for my nation, but if it gets too much crazier then I shall do a Davy Crockett:

    “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”

  2. Al Lorenz September 28th, 2009 4:06 pm

    “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”

    @Jessica. Fantastic! You wrote a beautiful picture. Great writing and a sentiment that many must be sharing. Much of the country is searching their souls and looking at their options.

  3. Brian Brady September 28th, 2009 4:40 pm

    Sheldon Brown’s mask didn’t scare the Saints. They hung 48 points on him and the rest of the secondary. Maybe if he “got some fight” in him?

  4. Ralph D Bredahl September 29th, 2009 8:33 am

    Thanks for expressing so well what many of us are feeling