Friday, 16 September 2011

Just Observations

Several different news items today.

First, there's a school up in New Hampshire....middle school....that had this autistic kid who brought in his US flag from home.  He wanted to share his experience....one would imagine.  The school officials looked at the flag, and the stick it was on, and made a determination that this could be used as a weapon, and then confiscated it.  They did make a comment about the pointed end to the stick.  I kinda sat and pondered over this.  For the first nine years of school that I had, each classroom had some US flag on a stick with a pointed end.  I was probably in a very dangerous situation for that whole period, and never realized it.  I have to be thankful that I've lived this long in life without some whacko picking up an American flag on a stick with a sharp end, and stabbing me.  Yes, thankful, indeed.

The game-plan of the US postal service downsize is now becoming obvious.  Saturday mail is going to disappear, period....without any doubt.  They now indicate that a significant number of these mail centers where it's sorted and pumped out to the nation......will decrease.  So that one-to-three day delivery thing we got used to over the past forty years?  Gone.  I'm thinking we will see three-to-five day deliveries as standard by summer of 2012.  By 2020?  Well....mail might take seven-to-twelve days by then.  By 2030?  Fifteen-to-twenty days.  We might actually retreat to the standards of 1776, by 2076.  That would make things interesting.

Finally, at some fancy big bucks-for-the-dinner episode this week.....the President spoke out that he had a better chance of winning in 2012, than in 2008.  I sat and pondered over this.  John McCain and Sarah Palin were not exactly the dynamic duo in 2008.  You could find a fair number of independents who just laughed over the options, and voted for candidate Obama.  So for 2012?  If you had another pair of McCain wannabes, then the President might be right.  If you tossed up either of the top two Republicans and this Latino senator from Florida (Rubio), I suspect that it'd be an awful close election.  Beyond that, if I were the President....I wouldn't comment on this speculation at all.  What you really don't want is a wrapped up race in July of 2012 where the President is sitting at a thirty-seven percent approval rating, and you have to sit there with a guy who will be around for six more months while you wait for the next guy ot arrive.

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