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Tuesday's Post - No I have no better title LOL

Well, the American government is shut down.
Say it ain't so??
Please. They do this EVERY year at this point. A bunch of spoiled brats who just refuse to share or get along.
What irritates me the most is that the National Park System and Smithsonian Museum lose out and get shut down as well. That's real bright. Some of our best attractions and money makers can now not make money. This was a well though out temper tantrum eh?
I am going to say I do not believe any of our representatives have half a brain nor any respect for their country. If they did, Obamacare would have been looked at seriously and reformed to work for everyone and they would not be so eager to cut food stamps. Yes, this is my fine Nation and I am displeased.

Better to move on to better topics and things as the shutdown is just beyond ridiculous.

I started to watch "The Grapes of Wrath" last night. How timely. And what an incredibly depressing story. I am a little over halfway through it and man, it is killing me. This should be mandatory viewing for Congress. Horrible to see how all these migrant workers were treated in 1939. I am not sure I will ever get the chance to read the book, but I do love this little gem from Steinbeck.
When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects]." He famously said, "I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags," and this work won a large following among the working class due to Steinbeck's sympathy to the workers' movement and his accessible prose style.

Apparently the movie is about to get remade by Steven Spielberg. Alrighty then.

While we are fortunate that it is still very warm here, I do need to get some thermal insulated curtain liners to help keep our home warm this winter. The price of oil is swear word inducing so we are keeping the thermostat low. This family will be in layers. I wish we had a pellet stove or fireplace, but we do not so must find other ways to keep heat in the house.

And from Hooked on Houses we have the Real Estate Sampler: Time Warp Edition.
OH MY!!!



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