It's cool and brisk this morning. Sitting with me at the breakfast table, my youngest son caught sight of an eagle trying to fly around the back side of the house without us seeing him. Headed back up the gorge this early probably means that the eating is good out on the lake right now. Nothing like a washed up two day old dead carp to fill up a hungry symbol of this proud nation on a cold Fall morning!
Actually it is the wind that determines where the big birds fly. On calm mornigs they travel against the cliffs that the sun hits first, riding what there is of the lifting currnts generated off the rocks as the sun warms them up. Even slight temperature changes work for them. On breezy days like this one, the wind rips down the creek and they have to travel against the near cliffs using the eddies to boost their efforts. This is another way of saying they are lazy.
I identify with the eagles in this respect.
I'm going for a hike.
OK, I admit that I like Hugo Chavez, the Democratically elected President of Venezuela. I've even taken to buying gas at Citgo when I can. He's thumbing his nose at Bush/Cheney and their big oil machine. Cheney, of course, hates Chavez. That's enough for me to be on Chavez' side right there, but actually I like Chavez public commitment to his people. Unbridled capitalism has failed them and he proposes to change his country. Most movements of this type start out altruistically but often end up in some form of totalitarianistic governance. Our own is dangerously close to falling over that drastic edge, as so many have pointed out. We'll see how it goes with Chavez and Venezuela. I do hope things stabilize enough for me to visit Angel Falls one day without fear of getting caught in somebody's revolution.
Pat Robertson, that jolly old man of god, has called for Hugo's murder. Hugo has offered to do the Christian thing and has offered to help Pat...right after Robertson gets extradicted to Vezuela for making terrorist threats. That's International Law in the treaties the U.S. is still party to. That's how we can bring terrorists to the US for trial. It looks to me like Hugo has a point!
Sunday, speaking to foreign delegations attending a meeting of the Organization of American States in Caracas, Chavez said Venezuela will "exercise legal action in the United States" against Robertson.
"Calling for the assassination of a head of state is a terrorist act," said Chavez, an outspoken critic of President Bush who has forged strong relations with communist-led Cuba.
"We could even request his extradition," he added.
..."We could offer him free psychiatric treatment ... but he could be a lost case" Chavez said sarcastically of Robertson and controversial statements the conservative commentator has made in the past.
Vice President Cheney has gone all war and fuzzy on us, too. Especially if your idea of of warm and fuzzy is the Republican one...you know...Warm and Fuzzy equals "Oozing with sickly green putrid Bile." Yep! That's Dickie, all right.
Charlie Fincher, my favorite "Drawyer", notes a resemblence to another Veep from years past.