Archive for October, 2006
I watched this past week, probably one of the most encouraging pieces I have seen in a long time – Moyers on America – “Is God Green?” When I saw that title, I thought maybe, finally, this is what I have been waiting for. Some support from the religious right for the environment. I have never quite understood how Christians could vote for a party that believes the planet is here for our consumption (to make money) when according to Christian belief, the planet is God’s creation, and perhaps even an embodiment of God himself. I do understand however, that in our dysfunctional political system, in order for Christians to vote for other issues that they believe in such as Pro-Life, they have to vote republican.
This leads to the grayness that is in every issue, every belief, every idea, that political parties and the media try to force into being black or white. I have never registered to vote. The reason for this, is that I do not believe that my vote will truly count for exactly what I believe in. Only if we are given the ability to vote on each specific issue, rather than for a party that represents a basket of issues (some we may like, some we may not like), will I let my vote be counted. I have never been one to ascribe to the notion of the “lesser of two evils”. If those are my choices – I choose none and I choose not to participate. I love it when people say that if you do not vote, you therefore should not voice your opinion on politics. Bullshit. I think it is the people that can step out of the paradigm and take a truly objective view, that have the most valuable things to say.
Watch this piece – http://www.pbs.org/moyers/moyersonamerica/green/index.html it is pretty amazing to see these people have a revelation about the environment and it is encouraging. It does also scare me in that it is only when their pastor starts preaching pro-environment sermons on the pulpit, that they come to see what the “tree-huggers” have been seeing all along. Why can’t people think for themselves?
Dean is off to Houston for his sister Melony’s 40th B-day – so I figured Eija and I would spend some quality time prowling the yard counting as many different kinds of birds as we can.
1) Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2) Northern Cardinal
3) Northen Mockingbird
4) Tufted Tit-mouse – black-capped
5) Mourning Dove
6) House Wren
7) American Crow
8) Black-capped Chickadee
9) Black Vulture
10) White-winged Dove
11) House Sparrow
12) Warblers – these guys are migratory and really hard to tell what kind – I saw about 5 of them in the front oaks, maybe Nashville or Yellow warblers
I spotted my first fall migratory bird this morning – a Least Flycatcher. Dean had already spotted him about two weeks ago, but did not know what he was, just that he looked like a small Mockingbird. This guy mainly hangs out up North – Canada, MN, MT but migrates to the tropics via Texas. I am going to try and log as many migrants as they come through this fall. They say the fall migration happens here as early as June, it is a slow gradual process unlike the much quicker spring migration.