Hi, I’m just back from a visit to one of our state’s fine county jails. Visiting, mind you– I don’t need one of those get-out-of-jail-free cards that portrays rich Uncle Pennybags in striped pajamas. Just visiting.

Anyway, in my journeying I had the opportunity to fire up the olinternet browser and see what the news world has to offer. What I saw prompted this potpourri post.

First of all, let me express my sadness at the New Zealand earthquakes, centered again in Christchurch. The images of the damage are arresting. I have a personal interest in Christchurch, among other reasons, because the traditional Redemptorist order called the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer (FSSR) have a house there. I link to them at the sidebar, but here is a post that shows the devastation. The Catholic Cathedral is severely damaged, and many in the city are dead or missing.

Here is a video, also at their site:

Democrats keep running away, first in Wisconsin, now in Indiana, to avoid even allowing a vote on cutting back on the extortion/collective bargaining of taxpayer largess. So much for the “will of the people” in elections. If only the Republicans did the same to block the Great Leap Forward socialized-medicine-with-funding-for-abortions-and-euthanasia bill. Of course then the media might have taken a different tack.

Oil is up 9% due to Mideast worries, the dollar is increasingly worthless, Vermont joins a growing number of other states in seeking the path of the destruction of any state influence in national affairs, and TSA is still just as competent as ever.

Just another day at rest stop near the end of civilization.