Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Global warming delays Poker Player's garden

Well, it must be Global Warming. It couldn't be Global Cooling that has caused all this below average cool weather, now for the third year in a row... Could it?

I did get most of the garden tilled last Friday and the bell pepper and tomato plants out... This year I am having a contest between Better Boys and Better Girls. The latter is supposed to put out in 50 days and the former is known for its big fruit.... Honest I wouldn't make that up. I also put in a few plants of what I call "salad tomatoes." You know those small round ones you find on salad bars world wide. Don't ask me why, I just did. I grew them in Seattle but in two out of three years they never ripened.... We called them "Green Tomato" summers. They did make good pickle relish.... Of course that was back on the tail end of the much touted Global Cooling hoax.

Then the rains came back Saturday and even today, after a day and half of sun and wind, although in the lower 50's, the ground was soaked and too cold.

So the bad news is that I haven't even managed to get cool weather veggies planted or set. No cabbage, no lettuce, no cucumbers, no potatoes. Next week will push the envelope on them. The good news is I have plenty of time on the squash, corn, candy (aka okra).

Is there a political point in all of this? Yes, there is. Warm weather is better for man, beasts and plants. More and better food is produced further north (and south if you live in the southern hemisphere) and less energy is required to heat our homes and even the beasts of the field live longer. Yet our political idiots moan about a hoax that even if it was true would be a blessing.

Did I tell you I read that all of the great cathedrals of Europe were built during the medieval warming period?? And Greenland was green???

Were has our common sense gone? Why do I ask?

Ivy Leaguer `infiltrates' Falwell's university
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Kevin Roose managed to blend in during his single semester at Liberty University, attending lectures on the myth of evolution and the sin of homosexuality, and joining fellow students on a mission trip to evangelize partyers on spring break.

Roose had transferred to the Virginia campus from Brown University in Providence, a famously liberal member of the Ivy League. His Liberty classmates knew about the switch, but he kept something more important hidden: He planned to write a book about his experience at the school founded by fundamentalist preacher Jerry Falwell.

Each conversation about salvation or hand-wringing debate about premarital sex was unwitting fodder for Roose's recently published book: "The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University."

"As a responsible American citizen, I couldn't just ignore the fact that there are a lot of Christian college students out there," said Roose, 21, now a Brown senior. "If I wanted my education to be well-rounded, I had to branch out and include these people that I just really had no exposure to."

Don't believe me, eh? No really. I have his picture and a link as proof.

Roose's parents, liberal Quakers who once worked for Ralph Nader, were nervous about their son being exposed to Falwell's views. Still, Roose transferred to Liberty for the spring 2007 semester.

He was determined to not mock the school, thinking it would be too easy — and unfair.

Huh? Too easy? Unfair? I wonder if Roose can spell arrognant?

He aimed to immerse himself in the culture, examine what conservative Christians believe and see if he could find some common ground. He had less weighty questions too: How did they spend Friday nights? Did they use Facebook? Did they go on dates? Did they watch "Gossip Girl?"

Gotta watch those Baptist! They might think defending the country is a good thing! Plus they are a sneaky bunch. To wit.

Once ambivalent about faith, Roose now prays to God regularly — for his own well-being and on behalf of others. He said he owns several translations of the Bible and has recently been rereading meditations from the letters of John on using love and compassion to solve cultural conflicts.

He's even considering joining a church.

Anybody got a fatted calf?
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