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Saturday, July 04, 2009


Yeah, yeah, it's ICHC

And here in the fire zone, the grass and weeds have already turned brown despite a long, wet spring. Fortunately, it's not as hot this year as it was last year. Nevertheless, it's time to put on the shorts and the old sun hat and venture downstairs for another day of weeding. We leave you to determine how much pain this day's adventure will cost. Fuck me blind, when you haven't used your muscles for over a year, they find new and innovative ways to let you know that fact.

A joyous Independence Day to all! The Declaration of Independence belongs to this day, and herewith a brief excerpt to remind us all of why we celebrate this day:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
"To effect their safety and happiness ... ." Wouldn't those words lend themselves to the interpretation that a government that does not provide health care for its citizens should be rejected in favour of one that can and does?

La Casa de Los Gatos apologizes for the desultory blogging of that issue, and begs its friends and readers to understand that recent health problems make one unable to brain sufficiently to say something intelligent and useful on the topic, wherefore it is better to say nothing at all than to irritate by one's stupidity. We urge our fellow hoominz to continue pushing for Universal Health Care - a public option that will safeguard the health of nearly fifty million of our fellow Americans who are currently without any health care at all, and who, being placed in this position by us all, constitute a greater threat to the public safety of all of us in case of an epidemic than the expenditure of tax monies in providing them with health care possibly could.

Remember, you Republican nutcases and "small-government" yobbos — in the face of a raging epidemic, it's too late to vaccinate. Precautionary measures must be taken before the fact, not in response to it. New and increasingly deadly epidemics are moving swiftly among us, thanks to global warming and increasing urbanization. Better to spend the money now if need be than regret the loss of one's loved ones after the fact.

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At 2:16 PM, Blogger Sungold said...

I think you underestimate your brainz. I've felt like mine were clogged by dust kittehs ever since I got sick last winter. But when I look at what I've written since then, it's mostly coherent. It just requires a superhooman effort to sit down to write, in the first place. (Fuck fatigue! How many geniuses has the world lost to chronic exhaustion??)

I also know about the price muscles pay when they try rev up again - and I was nowhere near as immobilized as you, my dear. So take it slowly. And know that if you move at a sleepy cat's pace, you *will* see gradual improvement. You *will* get stronger. It sucks cat feces that recovery takes so long, but you *will* continue to improve.

Oh, and I swear I now write *better* under the influence of Ativan. Someday someone will set me straight, I'm sure. :-)

Hang in there, you're not alone.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Sandy-LA 90034 said...

TPC - I'm just glad you can get back into your garden. I know you've missed it. How is the twisted knee doing?

Thank God the weather's been relatively mild this year. We've had several exquisite days - when I drive out to my Mom's place in Alhambra, I don't have to turn on the air conditioning until I get to South Pasadena! The flowers and gardens are blossoming all over and it's a pleasure to drive through residential areas right now.


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