Today Erin and I ran up to Devil's lake for a hike. It was a very nice day and there were plenty of people out on the trails which makes me wonder if they took their day off or if they work nights like us. Should've asked.
Another thing that there was plenty of was trash. I picked up a few candy wrappers but next time I'm bringing a trash bag. Powerade bottles, energy drink bottles, and cigarette butts: oh my. My father is rolling in his grave. Of the things that bothered him most littering was near the top. And on the top of the littering hierarchy was the ever-infuriating cigarette butt. He once smoked but after the surgeon general said that they were bad he quit and took up some kind of personal mission against them. But I digress. The parody of hikers going into nature to get away from the trashy city/home/suburb and subsequently trashing nature is a pet peeve of mine and if I catch one in the act I will not turn a blind eye. And for the lady who through your trash out the window when I was behind you, "You are lucky I was so stunned that I neglected to get your license plate!" I still managed to open my window and yell but I don't think she heard:)
Why I hate politics...
Speaking of litter but some a little less controllable: there are still boats on the streets in Lousiana (Thanks to DB for the link). The woman in the article couldn't have echoed my sentiments better: "They sent boys over there (to Iraq) to fight in a war that never ends. Why didn't they keep the money over here when Americans are suffering".
No one expects that the Southern Coast should be in pre-Katrina shape by now but people did expect that priorities might change, that the focus would turn to American people and the real, somewhat preventable, problems Americans are facing. We are supposedly fighting a preventive war in the Middle East yet we can't re-build PREVENTATIVE state-of-the art (Denmark-like) levies to prevent another catastrophe in New Orleans. Residents of New Orleans acknowledge that the patch job on the levies won't support another storm so why are we not acting and putting our resources where we can truly make a difference for our own citizens?
I could blame certain politicians for their incomptetence but 99% of politicians are incompetent. The blame lies solely in the inability of us, the American public, to concentrate on more than what our TVs and corporate newspapers are spitting at us this second. As long as we refuse to insist that our politicians make domestic issues PRIORITY #1 then the neglection (and subsequent incompetence) will continue. As in any issue there is a balance but to insist we continue to spend billions of dollars in a country entrenched in a virtual civil war and then turn around and negelect our own is simply disgusting.
Distractions, distractions, distractions.
Gay Marriage! Here in Wisconsin we have a disgusting Amendment on the ballot aimed at making something illegal that is already illegal. Sometimes I wonder what the real motivation is behind things like these. There was actually a lengthy debate on TV tonight on whether or not to write descrimination into our constitution. What's at stake here is not the so-called "sanctity" of marriage (that is already protected), what's at stake is our image as an accepting and non-divisive society. I have faith that the fair people of Wisconsin see both the shallowness and pointlessness in this amendment.
Fact that blew me away today:
$6300 - Amount U.S. taxpayers will end up paying for every additional second spent in Iraq.