Globalization, wars which have caused very high energy costs, and the banking collapse all hit my little town of Berlin, NY, very hard. Despite the struggle to survive in economic hard times, this very small town continues to host one of the area’s biggest 4th of July parades with towns from miles away participating. But every year, the parade is smaller and smaller due to the toll the economy has taken here. But the stalwart citizens try their energetic best! This is what is good for America. Our main hope for the future.
First of all, the weather: it had been raining off and on for two days and we were most fortunate the rain paused briefly for the parade and when the parade was done, it resumed. Note the map above: it was a screen shot of most of the US and Canada at 10am which is right before the parade began. Note that it is, except for Death Valley, quite cool for this time of year, in the Great Lakes region, downright cold for July.
This continues the weather this year which is generally on the cold side. One cold front after another in summer is not normal. But on to the parade. This year, I decided to focus mainly on our children and grandchildren. They are lovely people and turned out in droves for the parade and expressed great enthusiasm.
Except for one girl who was a little under the weather which is understandable today. As usual, the Dairy Queen is good farming stock. And despite the economic pressures, we still have dairy farms here although the numbers have been hugely reduced over the last World Trade era thanks to pressure on profits. One thing that really bothers me is the negativity online from various groups both left and right, all proclaiming doom and destruction.
Yet look at these children. They are the future and we owe them a chance to be optimistic and feeling of hope and strength which they desperately need. This is why I am angry at liberals howling about how we are all doomed to roast to death or right wingers, especially the Catholic right wing judges on our Supreme Court who are attacking women’s rights yet again not to mention, worker’s rights in general. And Congress: SPEND MONEY ON OUR KIDS, thank you all. Not on overseas hopeless adventures.
My horses used to be in the Berlin parades but they have died of old age. But there are more who trot along and again, our younger people are riding horses and I liked the crochet unicorn headpiece on the horse carrying the lovely purple butterfly rider and the patient pony dressed to the nines.
Finally, the subject of US military dress uniforms. Evidently, to pay for the F-35 fleet grounded for the eighth time over unknown engine issue which is costing us a trillion dollars, the government no longer issues dress uniforms so we have the embarrassment of military men parading in camo pajamas while a rural upstate fire company has proper dress uniforms that are quite spiffy! Sad, so very sad.
Instead of spending money on reviving al Qaeda or harassing Russian citizens of Ukraine, why not spend money on our own soldiers here? Veteran Dies Waiting for Ambulance in VA Hospital: he didn’t just wait 30 minutes for an ambulance, he was already in the hospital in the cafeteria and it took 30 minutes to take him a few hundred feet to the emergency room! This is insane. Give me a break!
Cheering our soldiers while treating them like crap is disgusting. But typical of a dying empire. And it is so hard to be optimistic when thinking about this sort of stupid thing that is inexcusable.
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