From Denny: When it rains it pours, goes the proverb. It applies to weather these days from the Spring snow melt-offs flooding the American Midwest to the South to the frenetic weirdo politics of 2012 presidential campaigning.
Mississippi River flood
I live in south Louisiana in Baton Rouge, a large city just south of the Morganza Spillway. The Army Corps of Engineers let open a number of gates to flood 18,000 acres of farmland and small towns. They hoped to save two of the largest population centers that are each a large port: the capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge and the largest port, New Orleans.
So far the drought conditions in Louisiana have contributed to keeping the earthen levees strong enough to hold the strong Mississippi River while it pushes to change its course. Millions of gallons of water per minute are straining to scour the river bed and the levees as the river challenges its boundaries.
At present the estimated damage economically is about $2 billion due to the flooding. The flooding prevents planting crops that feed the nation. The flooding prevents port traffic on the River that slows down or prevents the chemical plants, the oil refineries and farms from delivering products.
Osama Bin Laden death
Speaking of boundaries - it's that segway thing - Bin Laden wore out his welcome on the national stage a decade ago and has been hunted ever since. Finally, this president and his intelligence community found the rat, set the trap and dealt with him and his enablers.
President Obama came under withering fire from Republican opponents trying to highlight on the Bin Laden success. The GOP, the Bin Laden family and other Arab groups keep demanding Bin Laden death photos. Obama refused to highlight on the terrorist's death and rejected releasing the death photos of America's nemesis.
Last week, Obama did allow Senators to view the death photos in an effort to quell the need to release the photos to the general public. Even GOP Senators commented at how gruesome the photos were with Bin Laden's brains protruding out of his eye socket where the bullet had entered.
Of course, Al Qaeda and The Taliban continue to vow vengeance. Even they have to be shaken that America finally lost patience with Pakistan's protection of Bin Laden, killing him ever so easily. Once the terrorist groups were convinced Bin Laden was invincible. Now they know he was not - and neither are they.
Since then, evidence of Bin Laden's life at the compound has surfaced. Video of him watching TV wrapped in a blanket, sitting on the cold floor, looking spaced out on drugs. More video of Bin Laden stumbling over a speech, looking to the side for encouragement and help from someone else clearly in charge. Marijuana crops growing outside the kitchen window like some innocent herb garden.
Then there's the pornography found in abundance. The guy had four of his wives living with him. Why did he require pornography? Really makes you wonder what a supposed "holy man" was doing with all that mental garbage. Again, Bin Laden was a scam, someone who marketed himself as something he clearly was not.
And so it ends, the life of the typical cult leader imploding from a bad foundation built upon a house of cards. It does make a person wonder what he could have accomplished with his life if he had decided instead to do something constructive for society rather than specializing in death and destruction. Well, I guess that's Bin Laden's contemplation for his next try on the Wheel of Life. Can you imagine trying to live down that karmic debt? Makes you wonder just how many life times that will require. See, there really is justice.
Newt Gingrich and the 2012 election
Speaking of justice - don't you just love that segway thing? - there's Newt Gingrich jumping up onto the national stage to provide us with endless amusing entertainment. It's like this guy is one big wad of chewing gum satire all wrapped up into a bow for the comedians and cartoonists. He makes their job easy.
This past week, Newtie declared officially he was running for president. I'm sure the Obama White House was secretly filmed doing the Excessive Celebration Dance in the hallways. OK, they were probably laughing their a$$ets off. I know I would be.
Newtie thought himself one slick Baby Boomer that tweeted his announcement on Twitter with a link to his YouTube video. Like Jon Stewart commented, "The close-up was not a good idea. They should have pulled out the camera - to somewhere like Cleveland." Well, yeah.
Of course, this week, Newtie thought he would run away from the carefully polished conservative image and run to the political center. He decided to go on a talk show and talk up how he agreed with Obama. That backfired and enraged his conservative supporters who told him he should leave the Republican Party.
Maybe if we are lucky he will leave the planet. Then again, the aliens will probably deport him from the Universe for Excessive Pompousness. If you look up one stargazing night and see a shooting star it just might be Newt Gingrich booted out of an alien spaceship.
It's been less than a week and Newtie, as usual, can't keep his mouth shut or prove he is presidential material. Read that as a major gaffe with the GOP who want his head on a platter. The rough and tumble politics seems to be coming less from the candidates this year and more from the exasperated voters on both sides of the political aisle.
2012 election and Donald Trump
And the best news of all this week? Donald Trump decided against running for president. Quick, everyone make their best chagrined face. Yeah, me too. Like any of us were surprised at this huckster trying to pump up his flagging ratings for his idiot "Apprentice" show. What made Trump the most nervous is the possibility of the business sector finding out he really isn't worth as much as he has been claiming all these years. He is no longer a billionaire.
But hey, Daddy gave him $300 million to start years ago and he has left now in his coffers around $200 million. He is such a "great" businessman. Why anyone places this man on a pedestal is beyond me. He is always giving his name to projects - yet has no money invested in them. Sneaky, isn't he? Licensing the use of his name or spreading investment rumors to get others to invest. What a huckster.
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