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it's the end of the world as we know it

You wake up on a Monday morning to find that all hell has broken loose. It's days like this when you want to go back to bed, hide under the covers and pretend the world is a happy place filled with kitties and rainbows.

No rainbows here. This Monday morning brings news of four separate bombings in Iraq. The death toll stands at 37 as of now. Check out Healing Iraq for more.

No rainbows here. Fires are ravaging California. LT Smash has pictures and up to the minute coverage. Unlike the major news channels. Last night I had to wait and wait for coverage of these devastating fires while the stations covered football, weather and entertainment news.

No rainbows here. Continuing on with my thoughts from yesterday (on the vicious hatred that spews from both the far left and far right), I took a trip to Democratic Underground and Free Republic. DU members manage to blame the fires Bush, the war in Iraq and other Republican type things. Freepers, meanwhile, are blaming pagans and Halloween.

No rainbows here. The hateful Rev. Phelps will be in town today, protesting at Mepham High School. I was going to attend, but decided that the less attention this man gets the better.

I still can't understand why the major news networks (CNN, FOX, MSNBC) will give wall-to-wall coverage slow car chases and pre-trial hearings of sports stars as if they were earth-shattering news, but I have to constantly switch channels to try to find coverage of the California fires and the bombings in Iraq.

I keep feeling like every day brings us one step closer to self-implosion, that one day, we are just going to spontaneously combust as the earth explodes from within. Too much chaos, too much disaster, too much darkness and not enough rainbows.

I'm going to find some silver linings. Let me know if you see any, ok?


It has always been thus, we just know more about it. Don't let it get you down. You are health, got a great blog and family. This could be worse.

Halloween is this week. That's a very good thing!

Hey! I thought I was your silver lining! pout

The most hopeful thing I can relate is that in the past year or two, I've discovered there are numerous bands out there playing the sort of basic, roots-connected rock & roll that I love. I never stopped looking entirely, but the growth of the Internet has made it vastly easier to locate bands that one likes. They're not by and large topping the charts or getting played on the radio - that's still mostly the purview of the mediocre and talentless - but there are so many wonderful bands making a living playing great music right now. It sounds corny, but it does warm my heart and makes me feel a sense of hopefulness for the future.

Bands like The Eyeliners, The Donnas, The Groovie Ghoulies, Dropkick Murphys, Bowling For Soup, Fabulous Disaster, One Man Army and many more have all given me great thrills in recent times. And veteran groups like Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, The Go-Go's, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts are all together and playing great rock & roll as well.

That's the single most positive development in my own life that I can think of at this moment.

I think fires in California have become more routine than car chases.

I can't believe the cable news nets aren't running with this - what with all the sexy flame footage that can be had. Here it's all fire, all the time on the local news. Thankfully, because we still have no idea if our apt is safe to go back to or not. Anyway, maybe the cablefolk will pick up with it one day 2. Maybe. If it's a slow news day nationally.

My little daughter gave me a great big toasty-warm straight-out-of-bed hug before I went to work this morning. It's the only defense I'll need for the rest of the day.

This is not to say that much of what you say about our current situation isn't true, but remember that sounds are amplified by devices with a small input and a large output. The Megaphone that is our media is quite good at amplifying that which is sensational and/or controversial. The media has also been instrumental in perverting the meaning of the word "hero". Hero is all too often used to describe sports stars, celebrities, politicians, and entertainers. Fortunately, there are good things happening, and real heroes do exist.

As you know, I lost my beautiful oldest child recently. This past weekend, the direct care facility that looked after his daily needs for fifteen years called me to invite me to a memorial tree planting on the campus grounds for all of the residents who have recently passed. We were delighted to see that over 100 Texas Tech college students from several fraternities and sororities had showed up on a cold, blustery, day to assist with the planting of the trees and to perform other gardening tasks on the grounds. These students came despite a televised Texas Tech Big 12 football game, and to honor the memories of souls personally unknown to them. We stayed for a long time and tried to personally thank each of those wonderful young men and women - common every day heroes.

That is just one example of the rainbows that appear in our skies every day. Unfortunately, they are generally unseen and under-reported.

I have a poster from Despair.com that fits this perfectly.

"Every cloud has a silver lining. And every year thousands of people are killed by lightning trying to find it."