Timothy Lawton

Archive for March, 2010

The First Flowers Of Spring

by on Mar.28, 2010, under Gardening

I have had the first flowers at my new home come up. Crocuses. The first fruits of my efforts last fall. The daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips shouldn’t be too far behind. Outside I planted peas on the 18th of March only one day behind schedule. We’ll have to see how the unusually warm and wet weather affected them. In the green  houses I have planted many different types of seeds. Coleus, peppers, srtawflowers and tomatoes to name a few. Next week will be more tomatoes and marigolds of all sorts. I’m going super heavy on the marigolds this year because the deer don’t seem to like them. Yet, I’m still going to work with the plants they have been eating as well.

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The Day America Died?

by on Mar.22, 2010, under Uncategorized

The passage of this health care bill is a crime and those who voted for it are criminals. This assault on our Constitution is unconscionable. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are the equivalent of King George III. They are tyrants and this legislation is the most naked attempt in our nation’s history by the government to control our everyday lives. This socialist agenda must be stopped. These politicians are trying to destroy the system that this nation has enjoyed for over 200 years. We were not made the greatest country on earth with government handouts. This legislation is not about health care it is about changing the principles that this nation was founded upon.

Not only is the bill itself utterly flawed the manner in which it was passed was a travesty of justice as well. The bill is around 2700 pages long. It is filled with out and out bribes for specific legislators. And many of the people who voted for the bill never even read it. It is quite possible that the methods used to pass this monstrosity will be found unconstitutional as may many of the provisions in it. At least ten states have already announced intentions to challenge its legality. We do need health care reform, but this move towards socialism will only make things worse. If the Democrats were actually serious about bringing down costs then why are tort reform and allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines not included? Because this legislation is a means to enslave the American people to government entitlements.

The health care reform passed yesterday will have exactly the opposite effect that its proponents contend that it was supposed to accomplish. It will raise costs and diminish the quality of care. We will add tens of millions of people to our system and most likely lose many health care professionals. How many doctors will quit their jobs and go into other fields? How many young people will now decide to make their livings in other careers?  Medical specialists will become a thing of the past. How many new medicines and treatments will be pioneered when there is no money to be made? This bill will also kill jobs and further burden our economy with unnecessary taxes. When has the government ever given us a reason to believe they will do anything other than increase costs and complicate the day to day operations of what they put their filthy hands into? Ever been to the motor vehicle bureaucracies across the country? Ever deal with the IRS?

Further more this bill will be completely unaffordable. It will drive private insurance out of business and that is exactly what the socialist Democrats want. We already have a Federal deficit that runs about $40,000 per person. That is not including existing entitlements in the future. How much more so will this add to that incredible burden we have already? Why are we following the failed socialist models of western Europe and states like California? They are all going bankrupt. The Europeans and Canadians health care has been propped up by higher costs here. There is no other country upon which to piggy-back our system. We were the last bastion of capitalist health care unless this bill is found unconstitutional or it is repealed in the future. Yet, by then it may be too late to undo what has been done.

I intend to study the provisions of this legislation to figure out exactly what I will do on a personal basis. Can I opt out of my health insurance plan pay the fine and make money? If insurers can’t turn away customers for pre-existing conditions should I just wait until I get sick and then buy health insurance? How many millions of Americans are thinking of the same things? The unintended, and covertly intended, consequences of this legislation will be myriad. This bill could very well be the death knell of the once great U.S.A.

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Weather Disasters: Get Used To Them

by on Mar.16, 2010, under Commentary, Gardening, General, Political, Uncategorized

I have been an avid weather watcher for my whole life. Over the years my personal observations, of what has been around me and from reports around the world, have lead me to conclude that the climate will only continue to spiral out of control. The generally subdued weather and climate of the period from 1850 to 1990 is not the norm. The more extreme events that we have seen over the last two decades are far more likely to be typical earth climate. Since our societies have largely developed into the state that they are currently in during this tranquill episode we are not prepared to deal with the variability that our future climate presents. Regardless if mankind has an influence on this current uptick in extremes I believe it to be a natural occurrence.

Massive blizzards, extreme winds, and now flooding have been a hallmark of the 2009-2010 winter season over much of the eastern United States. Conversely much of the northwest of North America has had a rather warm and relatively snowless season. All over the world this is being repeated and it is occurring year after year. Whether it be droughts or floods, hot or cold, or prolonged periods of calm or extreme storms the climate is becoming far more erratic. Desert floods, fires in the rainforest, the European heat wave of 2003, and countless other events are showing us a world in transition. It seems that no place on this planet is being spared from these freakish examples of nature’s fury.

Yet, we must look at what this means for people as a whole. What does this foretell of the future? Can mankind adequately respond to a climate that challenges us on a nearly continuous basis? It is easy to sit in the industrialized world and simply dismiss what a more turbulent climate may mean for us, but that is very short sighted. First off the effects that will be visited upon us will eventually become an impediment to our every day existence, but before that the trials and tribulations that decimate the third world will visit their results upon our nations. Europe, the United States, Japan, and the rest of the first and second world will be overrun with the refugees from nature’s devastations. Thirsty and hungry people will not go quietly into that dark night while an arrogant, lazy, and spoiled people hold all that they need at their finger tips to stave off their impending doom.

The third world will be hit first, but the more technologically developed societies will not be far behind. The crops that we have cultivated are mostly hybrids bred for the traits that made them suitable to the climate of the past. Clean and reliable water will quickly disappear from much of the world. Massive crop failures will make it to the farm belts of the Northern hemisphere and probably to those of the south as well. Wars over the most basic materials such as water and food will naturally ensue. Malnutrition will lead to epidemics and pandemics and no corner of this globe will be immune. This applies to our livestock as well. Our precarious and comfortable position on this earth is about to take a turn for the worse. All of these natural disasters will only further stress the institutional problems that have been exposed over these last few years. On top of all of this the eco-systems upon which we depend will thrown into complete disarray. Forests will disappear, marine life will evaporate, and the cost of the most basic necessities will skyrocket.

What does all of this mean? What can we do? My primary concern is that we now have no leaders, for the most part, across this world. There are virtually no people who will stand up and take the tough measures which we need to address this coming series of crises. Planning for alternative means to generate agricultural and natural resources is paramount. Again, I must stress the impact that this will have on the populations of the third world. They will be first to endure these hardships, but they will quickly spread to the rest of the world. What are now weather anamolies and inconvieniences will become increasingly meaningful challenges to our very existence. We ignore them at our own peril!!!!

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The Unfathomable Aeons

by on Mar.09, 2010, under 1997, Poetry, Uncategorized


The ocean lapping against the shore in rhythmic thunder and spray
But for the unfathomable aeons…..timeless
Ebbing and flowing with the years
Before and beyond any breath of man, but not the thought
The stars pin prick holes puncturing the fabric of darkness
But for the unfathomable aeons…..timeless
Traversing the heavens with the years
Before and beyond any breath of man, but not the thought
The moon that nether world of the night
Full faced, profile, or out of sight
But for the unfahomable aeons…..timeless
Waning and waxing with the years
Before and beyond any breath of man, but not the thought
The sun bathing the earth in the glow of its nurturing light
But for the unfathomable aeons…..timeless
Rising and setting with the years
Before and beyond any breath of man , but not the thought
The creation teeming with life in dependent unison all according to plan
But for the unfathomable aeons…..timeless
Growing and dying with the years
Before and beyond any breath of man, but not the thought
God the shaper of all forms and mind of all thought
Even against the unfathomable aeons…..timeless
Steady and unchanging with the years
Before and beyond any breath of man, only the being of the thought

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