“And That’s The Way It Is” or Not……

 

I remember as a little kid, Walter Cronkite signing off his news with that sentiment, “And that’s the way it is.” My folks got their news from the evening editions on television, the morning newspaper, and radio. I was more interested in my friends, outdoor games, catching fireflies, and cookouts. Walter probably reported on maybe the Vietnam war, economic news, crime, and so forth. Life went on, we gathered together for dinner, and when the street lights came on, I knew I better get home to eat.

So we watched the “evening news” yet again tonight and it’s the same every single night.  Let’s explore the latest:

The Delta Variant, a spin-off of Covid, is the headline, with special emphasis on the states that seem to be “lagging behind” on vaccines. They cite Florida as an example. I check the COVID cases daily, as I have from last late spring, and they are at zero with no new deaths. The total deaths for our county is 89. There seems to be a spike in new cases about every seven days. We are a tourist area, so this is not surprising, especially around a holiday. What I don’t understand is, the states that showed the most cases initially, are still showing the greatest rise in this new variant – New York, California, etc. The push to vaccinate was heavy in the larger cities, so how did this happen?  The rise in Delta cases is also heavy in Israel – so several states and countries are having to impose indoor masks and travel restrictions once again. What’s going on?

Next story, linking to story number one is the accelerated number of breakthrough cases of COVID, people who have been fully vaccinated. They are contracting COVID and/or the new variant. What is going on? Now the CDC director is looking like a lab rat, her expression wide-eyed, scared, and pale, and stating she is “very concerned.” I thought we went over the hump and “flattened the curve.” The message is the “unvaccinated” are the ones spreading this new variant, or COVID in general, and are at fault. Why do I have a feeling that the “door to door” tracking and COVID “passports” are another control measure to eliminate the freedom of not only to choose the vaccine or not, but movement, travel, employment, military service, social events, and cultural functions? This is not only weird but sinister.

Next story, a nutcase with bleached hair, carrying some sort of “Trump” support card, threatened a DNC headquarters in CA. There are nutcases everywhere, but you only hear about the ones that they want to link to Trump. Let’s keep the Jan. 6th date alive in people’s memories, and any association with the last president, conservatism, the American flag, the Founders, the Constitution, and anything associated with “America’ as flawed, and even further … dangerous. A bleached-haired nutcase carrying even a library card, threatening to blow up anything, is of concern. There is no shortage of nutcases on either side of the aisle, but it is a major headline.

Next story, the raging floods in Western Europe, the extreme heatwaves blanketing the west coast, and violent weather hitting the East Coast is a result of climate change? It’s possible, but quite frankly, I think God is just pissed. These liberals on the East and West Coasts and Europe don’t give Him the time of day. God is passe – old school. They think His Creation is flawed and needs to be fixed. If you are born a woman, He goofed, and you should be a man. You may want to change your gender like you change your shirt, and add multi-sir names to your identification. If you want to identify as a tree, feminine in nature, a she tree, the schools better honor your wishes and give you a separate bathroom or else. I am in no way belittling or minimizing the suffering that is going on in these areas due to weather. I don’t wish to see anyone suffer, nor do I think God does either. Yet the Bible is full of examples of what happens when you turn your back. That’s just an opinion, and I’m allowed to give an opinion because Ricochet doesn’t censor, unlike Facebook or Twitter.

Every evening news segment ends with the story or accomplishment of a person of color. This has been going on for some time. The national narrative that somehow America is racist, the white culture is bad, even evil, that there is no redemption, no wrongs have been made right in America’s 245-year history, and so we have to make every commercial, magazine cover, documentary, new national anthem, and school curriculum about shaming America and Americans, which is in itself shameful. I know (I’ve lived in America all my life) that Americans of all races and ethnicities are mostly good and decent people who love this country, their neighbor, who want to just live their lives in peace. We are free, or so we thought. We look at Cuba, and around the world and we know we have the best thing going!

This narrative is hateful and not the average person’s sentiment. We all know it. So who is driving this theme and why? I know that probably every Cuban wishes he had a toe on our shore. Let’s stay united in what is rooted in history – the good that our Founders knew we would need for a time such as this, and not let those who want to spread division and fear win. The “news” used to report world events that supported the strength of America, and showed the alternative – Socialism, Fascism, Communism, Totalitarianism – the very regimes that people fled from. To where? America.

And that’s the way it is.

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  1. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill
    @CarolJoy

    I loved your assertion that God is just pissed!!

    But next time you are praying, please let him know that all of us in Lake County Calif have gotten the message about the wildfires. Whatever it is we did to piss Him off, all of us are sorry. Ask Him too please send rain to end this drought of 8 years or more. 

    Two thirds of our forests and brush lands here in Lake County have already been incinerated. Additionally management of our forests and keeping our vegetation whacked down has been on going since 2015. The fact is, rain has to be part of the equation, or all greenery is toast. 

    Please God, this coming fall and winter, let it rain!

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  2. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    I loved your assertion that God is just pissed!!

    But next time you are praying, please let him know that all of us in Lake County Calif have gotten the message about the wildfires. Whatever it is we did to piss Him off, all of us are sorry. Ask Him too please send rain to end this drought of 8 years or more.

    Two thirds of our forests and brush lands here in Lake County have already been incinerated. Additionally management of our forests and keeping our vegetation whacked down has been on going since 2015. The fact is, rain has to be part of the equation, or all greenery is toast.

    Please God, this coming fall and winter, let it rain!

    Yes – I pray for rain!  California is beautiful and bountiful  – supplying much of the country’s produce.  Prayers for relief!  

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  3. Retail Lawyer Member
    Retail Lawyer
    @RetailLawyer

    Front Seat,

    Thanks for reviewing.  You are much tougher than I.  It seems only a few years ago I enjoyed the PBS Newshour.  

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  4. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    I loved your assertion that God is just pissed!!

    But next time you are praying, please let him know that all of us in Lake County Calif have gotten the message about the wildfires. Whatever it is we did to piss Him off, all of us are sorry. Ask Him too please send rain to end this drought of 8 years or more.

    Two thirds of our forests and brush lands here in Lake County have already been incinerated. Additionally management of our forests and keeping our vegetation whacked down has been on going since 2015. The fact is, rain has to be part of the equation, or all greenery is toast.

    Please God, this coming fall and winter, let it rain!

    Yes – I pray for rain! California is beautiful and bountiful – supplying much of the country’s produce. Prayers for relief!

    Is there evidence that California knows what to do with rain, when they get it?

    Seems like it usually ends up just running off – and causing mud slides and stuff – on its way to the ocean, because California hasn’t built a new water-retention system in something like 50 years.

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  5. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Front Seat Cat: Next story – the raging floods in Western Europe, the extreme heat waves blanketing the west coast, and violent weather hitting the East Coast is a result of climate change? It’s possible, but quite frankly, I think God is just pissed.  These liberals on the East and West Coasts and Europe don’t give Him the time of day.  God is passe – old school.  They think His Creation is flawed and needs fixed.  If you are born a woman, He goofed, and you should be a man.  You may want to change your gender like you change your shirt, and add multi-sir names to your identification. If you want to identify as a tree, feminine in nature, a she tree, the schools better honor your wishes and give you a separate bathroom or else. I am in no way belittling or minimizing the suffering that is going on in these areas due to weather.  I don’t wish to see anyone suffer, nor do I think God does either.  Yet the Bible is full of examples of what happens when you turn your back.  That’s just an opinion, and I’m allowed to give an opinion because Ricochet doesn’t censor, unlike Facebook or Twitter.

    The bottom line is, don’t tick off The Big Guy . . .

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  6. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    I loved your assertion that God is just pissed!!

    But next time you are praying, please let him know that all of us in Lake County Calif have gotten the message about the wildfires. Whatever it is we did to piss Him off, all of us are sorry. Ask Him too please send rain to end this drought of 8 years or more.

    Two thirds of our forests and brush lands here in Lake County have already been incinerated. Additionally management of our forests and keeping our vegetation whacked down has been on going since 2015. The fact is, rain has to be part of the equation, or all greenery is toast.

    Please God, this coming fall and winter, let it rain!

    Yes – I pray for rain! California is beautiful and bountiful – supplying much of the country’s produce. Prayers for relief!

    Is there evidence that California knows what to do with rain, when they get it?

    Seems like it usually ends up just running off – and causing mud slides and stuff – on its way to the ocean, because California hasn’t built a new water-retention system in something like 50 years.

    Nor do they manage the forests. I remember that was a subject that former president Bush talked about. Controlled burns and clearing are done all the time in Florida for those reasons.

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  7. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    Stad (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat: Next story – the raging floods in Western Europe, the extreme heat waves blanketing the west coast, and violent weather hitting the East Coast is a result of climate change? It’s possible, but quite frankly, I think God is just pissed. These liberals on the East and West Coasts and Europe don’t give Him the time of day. God is passe – old school. They think His Creation is flawed and needs fixed. If you are born a woman, He goofed, and you should be a man. You may want to change your gender like you change your shirt, and add multi-sir names to your identification. If you want to identify as a tree, feminine in nature, a she tree, the schools better honor your wishes and give you a separate bathroom or else. I am in no way belittling or minimizing the suffering that is going on in these areas due to weather. I don’t wish to see anyone suffer, nor do I think God does either. Yet the Bible is full of examples of what happens when you turn your back. That’s just an opinion, and I’m allowed to give an opinion because Ricochet doesn’t censor, unlike Facebook or Twitter.

    The bottom line is, don’t tick off The Big Guy . . .

    In the future, these words will apply.

    The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands so as not to worship demons and the idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;and they did not repent of their murders, nor of their witchcraft, nor of their sexual immorality, nor of their thefts.

    Even if you tick God off, you still have a choice to repent.  Unfortunately, mankind would rather disapprove of God than repent.

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  8. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty
    @BasilFawlty

    Rather: The torch was passed to a new degeneration.

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  9. I Walton Member
    I Walton
    @IWalton

    That sort of tung in cheek will send the left off the deep end, but they don’t read so it’s ok..  After the next election which will be stolen, it will calm down as the totalitarians with Chinese guidance close us down.  Even some Democrats might wake up, but it will be too late.  

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  10. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Rather: The torch was passed to a new degeneration.

    That should be a bumper sticker…

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  11. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Rather: The torch was passed to a new degeneration.

    That should be a bumper sticker…

    It can be.  There are places that make bumper stickers to order.

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