Consequently, this morning, he woke me up at 6:30. "Things to see, critters to kill."
About 9:15 while I watched my first Meet the Press without Tim Russert and grieved, Bob yowled at me from outside the French doors. "Hurry up! Come on! Look what I've killed."
My murdering little feline had dropped a gray field mouse on my doorstep. I let him inside and gave him his usual pay: three shrimp-flavored cat treats. He ate them and then went to sleep in his place beside my laptop.
At noon, he was ready to go back outside. And by 2:30, he was howling at me to come see. "Look what I've got!"
This time it was a rat. From nose to tail, a foot-long rat. UGH! I let Bob back in, but didn't rush to give him his treat. He followed me around, yapping and demanding payment until I gave him his second bounty of the day.
I really need to include "disposal of carcasses" in our next employment contract.
Speaking about contracts, I've gone a whole week without mentioning my dislike of the current administration.
Tom Friedman had an op/ed piece in the New York Times this morning titled "Mr. Bush, Lead or Leave." Read the whole article here.
He pointed to the utter hypocrisy of George Bush's current energy position:
Get Saudi Arabia, our chief oil pusher, to up our dosage for a little while and bring down the oil price just enough so the renewable energy alternatives can’t totally take off. Then try to strong arm Congress into lifting the ban on drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Friedman calls this a "massive, fraudulent, pathetic excuse for an energy policy," and I agree completely.
For six years George Bush has opposed creating a sensible energy policy. First, he refused to believe in global warming and actually had his minions redact data from reports that would reveal how dire our global situation was. He protected Detroit automakers from potential legislation that would force up the mileage standards and discourage rich boy toys like the Hummer. He made the EPA as useless as a teat on a boar hog as we say here in Texas (Note: a boar hog is a male pig as opposed to a sow, which is a female pig).
Friedman roars with the same outrageous anger Moses must have expressed when throwing down the tablets as he points to:
. . . a president who hasn’t lifted a finger to broker passage of legislation that has been stuck in Congress for a year, which could actually impact America’s energy profile right now — unlike offshore oil that would take years to flow — and create good tech jobs to boot.
That bill is H.R. 6049 — “The Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008,” which extends for another eight years the investment tax credit for installing solar energy and extends for one year the production tax credit for producing wind power and for three years the credits for geothermal, wave energy and other renewables.
George Bush has promoted and protected his own uneducated (and unsupported) opinions for two terms at the expense of this nation's safety, integrity, reputation and the lives of its young soldiers.
Email your U.S. representative today and ask if s/he is supporting H.R. 6049.
If you don't know your representative's name, go here and search.
Even if you agree with drilling offshore or in ANWR, know that it will take years before we see any oil produced that way. We can do something with solar power and wind power today.
Do something for the environment. Do something for your grandchildren. Do something for the United States of America.