An odd title for a post, to be sure, but an apt one. I find the concept of artificial flavoring deeply offensive when dealing with food that's supposed to be good for me, a cheap substitute for something real. For example, when I'm eating oatmeal, I don't want to see ingredients that came from some chemist's lab. I want to see oatmeal, real fruit, real nuts, real herbs and/or spices, and not much else on the label. Perhaps a preservative or two, but that's it.
In the same way, I don't like people who pretend to be something other than what they are. I don't understand why some feel the need to do that, and I have little patience with it. The closest I come is remaining cordial with people I detest yet cannot avoid being around. Eventually, though, it always comes out. I make no excuses for my temper, though I have made serious headway towards taming it over the years, nor do I attempt to pretend that I am anything other than what and who I am. Anyone who doesn't like that is cheerfully invited to place their complaints in the nearest round bin.
In comments on another post on my blog, 1138 sent me this link from Congressman Norm Dicks' office. Wow. I'm impressed. I find it completely unsurprising that a yellow-dog Democrat would send me documentation to "support" his position from the office of a Democratic Congressman "representing" the 6th Congressional District in Washington State. However, he's left out one minor, almost insignificant detail. In fact, it barely bares mentioning. After all, when corruption benefits Democrats, it's not really a crime, is it? Well, try telling that to Darleen Druyun. With all that corruption and industrial espionage-by-proxy (Ms. Druyun WAS still technically employed by the USAF at the time), who can know how that dead tanker deal would have turned out if the playing field were level? But as long as Boeing gets the deal, who cares if little things like "laws" get broken and "ethics" are ignored. After all, they don't matter as long as the end result is a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation with powerful friends getting what they want, right?
1138, you've made your stance clear. I won't ask you to let little things like "facts" get in the way of your bias. To wit, I won't ask you because I already know your answer. You have made your stance perfectly clear.
Finally, I submit to you another inconvenient truth I got in my Inbox. This is in no way an endorsement of the current administration. Frankly, a lot of the stuff they've pulled over the last 7 years and however many days makes my blood boil. That said, I'm no fan of another individual either, because I care very little for hypocrites. "Do as I say, not as I do" is bullshit, no matter how popular the purveyor of the false morality lesson is, and no matter how unpopular the actual person in the right is. I guess this was one of the two times every day the broken watch that is George W. Bush is right.
A Tale of Two Houses
A 20 room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2400. In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 12 times the national average for an American home. This house is not situated in the Northern or Midwestern "Snow Belt" area. It is in the South.
House # 2
Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university. This house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide. The house is 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on a high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and it consumes one-quarter of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape.
HOUSE # 1 is outside of Nashville, Tennessee: It is the abode of the "environmentalist" Al Gore.
HOUSE # 2 is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas: It is the residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.
This assertion is supported here.
1138, I bet you never met many Mormons who were fans of metal either. While I am a fan of good metal bands (early Metallica for example), I think I'll go in a different direction and dedicate this song to Heather Mills, Sir Paul McCartney's ex-headache. Even though I disagree strongly with several of Kanye West's politics, I recognize and respect his abilities as a musician. Also, Jamie Foxx is a perfect choice for this song. Enjoy.