More Could Be Said

Iniquum est conlapsis manum non porrigere; commune hoc ius generis humani est.

It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen. This right is common to the whole human race.

Seneca The Elder


For those who pay attention to these things, I added a widget to the sidebar here on The Rhino Report, it’s for a thing called socialvibe, and it helps raise money for a variety of different charities, and the one I chose is the leukemia and lymphoma society.  I know all you rhino heads out there are more than willing to click the lil widget and help people in need, and if you could find it in your heart to donate, well, that would be about the best thing you could do for these kind people.  Any help is greatly appreciated.


Wednesday’s Linko’rama: 

Mitch McConnell gets negative marks with voters back home in Kentucky

Americans relying on an unemployment extension abandoned

NRA on firing line over Harry Reid

2010 Congressional schedule


I have been reading a few things on-line about the unemployment extension that won’t get voted on until at least the middle of July.  Part of the issue is the fact that the senate has off this week and could not get the damn deal done before they went on their 4th of July recess.  For that you can blame the Republicans, they are very much against helping the American people out of this crisis they find themselves in.  But there are those who are unhappy about the recess itself. 

I have known, pretty much all year, that the senate had this time off.  The republicans in the senate knew it, the democrats in the senate knew it, the reporters who report about it knew it, it is public record that they were taking this week off.  The senate should have maybe made a schedule change and stayed an extra day or two, or seven, or enough days until they got this thing through, AND THEN taken a week off.

It would have been nice, after all they did make their staff stay almost until Christmas day last year so they could get health care done.  It would have shown a great deal of heart on the part of the Democrats in the Senate to force the issue and make everyone stay put until there was a deal done. 


Viddy of the day:  Harry Reid talking about his love of guns and family, along with the E.V.P. of the NRA at the opening of a shooting park in Clark county, Nevada.  Who says Dems don’t like guns?


Now to be honest I don’t blame Sen. Reid for wanting the  scheduled week off.  The man has to fight a hellacious campaign against a hellacious asshole, that dime store putz Sharron Angle, hater of all things American, who is only really competitive because people are angry because life sucks in America, because the economy is a mess, and has been since 2007.  He has to get his boots on the ground in Nevada to fight this idiot and her propaganda.  But it would have, I think, done him a great service to have this fight and have it as public as possible during time the Senate is supposed to have off.

And i understand that until they get that West Virginia senator appointed that they can’t win.  That doesn’t matter, to make the fight public, to say WE WILL STAY AND FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT UNTIL IT IS FINISHED, and force the Republicans to miss their pig roasts with their billionaire wall street owners friends, until the time of the appointment of the new Senator from W. Va., would have been a publicity master stroke.

But what’s done is done, and we will still have this fight, and it will still be public.  It does, however, leave tons of citizens who are in serious need of help out on their asses and flat broke until it is done.  That is something the democrats could have taken advantage of.  A missed opportunity.


A short story;

I saw a little bird today, a fledgling.  It had fallen out of it’s tree, poor little fella looked helpless.  It being a hot day, and the sun beating down, I was concerned for the little one.  But I went on my way. Not knowing what to do for it, I left it alone to go on my run. 

I felt kind of bad about that, though, gotta be honest with ya there.  So when I finished my run, I came back the same way, looking for the little bird, determined to help in any way I could.  And he was still there, he had moved somewhat, but he was still there, and he was at least bright enough to stay in the shade.

I went to pick him up to put him in a nearby tree.  He ran, and tried, unsuccessfully, to fly away.  This gave me pause.  Then another bird came by and started to squawk loudly, while looking at me, and the little guy. It was there protecting the little one from me.  Seeing that,  I walked away. 

If I had put him in the tree, he might have fallen back out,  maybe gotten hurt, or worse.  Not what I was trying to accomplish.    So I stopped trying to save the little guy, and let him fend for himself, with his protector by his side.  He didn’t want to be saved, but I felt like I had to try, at least once.

I walked home. 

More could be said, but that would be overkill.


Lady Presenter: Well, that’s the end of the film. Now, here’s the meaning of life.
[She is handed a gold-wrapped booklet.]
Lady Presenter: Thank you, Brigitte.
[She clears her throat, then unwraps and examines the gilt booklet.]
Lady Presenter: Well, it’s nothing very special. Uh, try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.

Monty Python; The Meaning of Life


Have a good one, America!


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