Monday Morning Weather – From the sound of the wind chimes outside the kitchen door, it’s a bit on the breezy side this morning. With the temperature already in the mid 60’s though, that’s a good thing. Since all of you folks that seem to read this are still in the throes of old man winter, I’ll contain my pleasure at the spring feel that is in the air.
On the downside of all of this nice wet, warm spring weather we’ve been having, I had to fire up the lawn tractor and make my first pass of the season over this collection of weeds we call a lawn. I have never been a member of the “Home & Garden” or the “House Beautiful” set of suburban lawncare slaves. I don’t get too upset about the assorted non-domesticated greenery that chooses to grace my yard. As a matter of fact, I have always felt if it’s green and will grow here without being pampered, who am I to argue with Mother Nature. I don’t believe in watering or fertilizing or poisons or herbicides. So for 2-3 hours yesterday I rode the Deere around this little homestead of ours. Not so much mowing the grass as evening up the height of the weeds.
The AG Scandal just keeps on going…
One of the U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration after Republican complaints that he neglected to prosecute voter fraud had been heralded for his expertise in that area by the Justice Department, which twice selected him to train other federal prosecutors to pursue election crimes.
Is there anyone in this Administration who doesn’t see what these stories are doing to what is left of their reputation? Given the effect of the 9/11 tragedy on the first term of the Bush Presidency, and the way it stopped the original nosedive in his popularity and support, you almost have to wonder if they didn’t need something like 9/11 just to stay in office.
Then we have this story from last week.
A national survey showing that a soaring number of homeowners failed to make their mortgage payments in the last quarter of 2006 rattled lawmakers in Washington and the markets in New York yesterday, as the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted 2 percent, or nearly 243 points.
The report, which sent every major stock market indicator tumbling when it was released at noon, revealed that the problems in the market for “subprime” mortgages — loans made to home buyers with blemished credit histories — might be spilling over to the broader mortgage industry, analysts said.
And “they” wonder why the American people don’t seem to be as confident in the country’s economy as the heads of the companies that are “crapping out”. Yet, I’ll bet the heads of these companies ended up with a bundle.
Work calls…Stay safe, be happy, catch you latter.