Dry Eye, Kuwait, and Wilting Tomatoes (Where else do you find THIS kind of Eclectic?)  

Posted by Alex Pendragon

It's the middle of the week and things have calmed down here at the Hold, except for the ongoing battle of the veggies with whatever may be ailing them. These little green worms have been munching on the pole beans, and in return, I have been hunting them down and sending them along to worm summerland whenever I can find them. The afflicted tomato plants, however, appear to be doomed and will probably have to be pulled up. Such a shame, they coulda been contenders!

Seems my left eye is having a hard time healing since I first suffered the dry-eye injury in my sleep. I awoke several days ago in the wee hours of the morning with another tear simply because I thought I had made so much progress with the drops and eye gel before bedtime that I skipped the gel for that night and WHAM.........right back where i started. Tomorrow I have to go back to Dr Eyeballs and I think he wants to install a protective contact lens in the eye until we can get the damn thing to moisten back up. The idea of losing sight, even in one eye, scares me shitless. He can do anything he thinks will stop this as far as I'm concerned.

My good friend/army reservist Eddy is now in Kuwait, getting his final training and readiness before heading into harm's way to do his job. He has on his person a charm made and blessed by THE Wife, THE Witch, and thus he has more than body armor to protect him. Plus, he has our constant intent that he remain safe in our hearts every day. If you all knew Eddy like we do, you would care about his safety too, so, hey, let's all pretend that Eddy is a close personal friend, or is even related to, each and every one of us, and send those good thoughts out there to him as well as his comrades. It's the least we can all do, considering we haven't impeached Bush and brought them ALL home.

I read where Barrack Obama has been adopted into the Crow indian Nation. OK, I really don't have much faith in ANY career politician, simply due to the fact that by their very nature, they are to damn distant from real life problems, nor do many of them have the common sense necessary to even taking a stab at really solving them, but I have to admit, that what with the three choices we are facing right now, he does come out far ahead as far as I'm concerned. And no, it's not BECAUSE he is "black". Yes, I firmly believe that having a woman president is long overdue, and I think Hillary is the first to come along that has the qualities necessary to occupy that office. I even thought John McCain once might make a half-way decent Commander in Chief, that is, before he turned into the ultimate flip-flopping kiss-up, selling his soul to curry favor with all the wrong voters on the wrong side of the aisle. The man actually had enough integrity to get Republicans mad at him once, only now, it seems he can't perjure himself enough in a desperate attempt to sound like some kind of bad ass conservative with the cross of Jesus in one hand and a nuclear weapon in the other.

So, that leaves us, or at least me, with Obama. Given my ULTIMATE choice, I would vote for Ralph Nader, who actually has the INTELLIGENCE and EMPATHY to really turn this nation around and possibly save our collective asses from ourselves. Problem is, we are Americans, an entitled collection of pompous, self-absorbed consumers who can't pig out enough on everything and have long lost any concept of restraint, fair play, justice, or common sense. Thus, the closest thing we now have to someone that enough Americans will vote for is another politician, who makes all the right promises, who may or may not do the right thing when the rubber hits the road. Yes, he has the ability to restore our good name in the international community; yes, he has the ability to put us on the road to a sensible energy policy and make a dent in Global warming, and yes, I think he really does care for US as a people and isn't some frontman for corporate interests.

But is that enough? Our whole CULTURE is in serious need of a major overhaul if we can even HOPE to slow down this slide into oblivion that these past administrations have put us on. This whole idea of freedom meaning that anything goes as long as someone hasn't passed a law against it, or even despite it, is what is going to get all of us killed and make this planet unlivable for our grandchildren. It takes education, it takes social engineering, and a constant drumbeat of concern and honesty about what is happening to our biosphere if we have any chance to avoid turning this beautiful sphere into Venus number two.

A candidate that understands the threats we are REALLY up against.......well.....I guess that person would have to be Christ come back to Earth, but the way the Christians paint him, he won't be coming back to save us, but to cash in our checks,
That's rather ironic, if you think about it, because it is the Christian ethic that has morphed into this mindset that has put nature and the powerless on the back burner and brought us to the would we now live in. Why care for a planet that is going to get burned in judgement and redeveloped into cosmic heavenly condos anyway? I kissed God's ass so I get my own condo, so why should I care about my fellow man?

Boy, what a fucked up thought process.

But, that's what we have, and that's what we are gonna be living with for the next few decades before the shit REALLY starts hitting the fan and we all go into panic mode and start manufacturing Soylent Green* and......well........sigh

That's the mindset here today at Pendragon Hold. May your own reality be as real.

*Soylent Green is people. Go dig up the movie.

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5 slick comments


Have you tried 7 Dust or diluted tobacco juice on your worms?

I think we're over-due for a good president and congress - regardless of their race, gender or religion.

May 22, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Eddy will be on my mind and in my candles. I hope while he's there he can find a decent Pagan chaplain. (Assuming he's a Pagan.)

May 22, 2008 at 5:54 PM

Buf, I grow strictly organic; no pesticides, so no, no 7 dust, but I am trying out a mixture of onion, garlic, jelopeno, and soap. And since I'm on the tobacco wagon, no, no 'backy juice either.

Anne, Eddy is still researching his path, but he respects ours, and doesn't turn down any efforts on our part to protect him. I suspect he will come to choose the pagan path, although which in particular, remains to be seen. I don't think he's any great fan of Christianity, but I'm not going to speak for him in that regard.

May 23, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Ty for the thoughts. The choices for presidents this time is slim to none, but Obama does have my vote for my own reasons.
While I am not Pagan, I no longer consider myself Christian either. I have adopted a more agnostic approach to things. I cant really decide on which one is for me. The Michael and The Wife have been helping to find my path. Thank you for that.

May 25, 2008 at 12:41 AM

Oh, man - those are some sad tomato plants. I'm growing mine organically, too, but now I'm worried.

May 26, 2008 at 9:44 PM

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