Is it gone yet?

Down here in Pacifica we have had a changing of the guard. Coastside Scavenger Co is now Recology (Nor-Cal Waste System). The no-bid contract went to the mega waste management company. No discussion, no talk, no nuthin’. I’m not sure if there wasn’t a sweet deal hammered out. Reminds me of Halliburton (KBR) and Blackwater’s contracts in Iraq. Rates will go up 5% in August then another 4-8% in March of next year. OK. As Tony Soprano said “I’m in the waste management business. Everybody immediately assumes you’re mobbed up. It’s a stereotype. And it’s offensive. And you’re the last person I would want to perpetuate it… There is no Mafia.”

Just when I had the collection system down, separate the glass from the paper from the cans, the environmentally sounding garbage company, Recology, leaves two big bins in front of all the houses on the block, one for compost and one for recyclable. They are huge. Thankfully they are picked up every other week. We don’t have that much compost and if it heats up like it does, I’m afraid that the plastic un-recylcable bin will melt. Just trying’ to do our part for the environment. I just wonder who separates the glass from the cardboard from the plastic now.

Sounds good to me

Speaking of garbage Sarah Palin is spouting her version of American history again. It would be OK if she knew a little about a lot of things, but she knows so little about so few things and doesn’t mind letting us all know. She reminds me of Steven Colbert’s analysis of his character on the Colbear Repor, Colbert doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. So too the half-term Governor, she really doesn’t know what she doesn’t know. At a large evangelical meeting in Louisville she pronounced “Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our Founding Fathers, they were believers. And George Washington, he saw faith in God as basic to life.” And consoling her audience she said, “…Don’t be discouraged by the mocking of those who want to claim we just cling to our religion. I’m the first to admit — yeah, I do cling to my faith. That’s all I’ve got.” One of the first true and factual statements she has made. Her faith has made her resolve strong, but her history a bit fuzzy. Now how about that churchie-statey thing? She was referring to the non-starter of a National Day of Prayer. I guess she forgot that the founding fathers, Jefferson and James Madison also rejected a National Day of Prayer. She asserted that America needs to get back to its Christian roots and rejected any notion that “God should be separated from the state.” Those old guys who helped form this country must have been those damn “socialists” we’ve been reading about. Damn that Constitution thingy, especially that godless Article 6 and that pesky Amendment number one.

Tom and that Relgiony Thing
That silly old anti-Christ Jefferson wrote in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association explaining Article 6 “…legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State. -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802

Some have criticized Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world as if this were an anathema for our Christian country founded on Christian principles. One only has to go back to 1796 and the treaty of Tripoli to see what another founding father thought of this country vis a vie with Muslim countries. “…Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…” -Ratified with no dissent by the Senate June 7, 1797 and signed by President John Adams on June 10, 1797.

The founders of this country were not all against Religion or belief. They were wary of the influence of the state in the matters of faith and so decided to secularize the government and give freedom to worship or not directly to the people. We all know the emotion of religious identification and the desire to raise our hand because our faith commands us to witness. But to politicians who want to paint all Americans the same for tidiness beware that the broad brush of identity demands that we the people approve of the color. As my new best friend, Jefferson said, “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
Note to Ms. Palin, God created us in his image not the other way around.

Now what gets thrown in the blue bin and what gets thrown in the green bin.

And so it goes…