Back of the Brain Dump

The Crazy Guy Across the Street

I don’t think I’ve ranted here about the crazy guy who lives across the street, but most of my (2) regular readers have heard me tell stories about this OCD, perfectionist homeowner who hires his own crews to do work around his house. He must pay them very well. He has one of those life-time roofs that look a little like shingles or shakes, but are actually made of some composite material that won’t wear out in a couple of lifetimes. Today he had one of his workers sitting on the roof with a roll of paper towels and a spray bottle cleaning each individual shingle. Honest. I could not make up the things I see going on across the street. (Just call me Gladys.)

The Crazy State of Politics

Although I don’t usually delve into politics on Thoughts From the Back, that might change as I continue to be frustrated by the divisive nature of our current political climate. Daughter #1 sent me this link to an OpEd piece called A Plea for Sane Rational Leaders in Texas from the Ft Worth Star-Telegram. It’s short, but if you don’t want to read it, just know that my favorite lines are:

I think we’re all looking for rational, sane leaders to uphold and balance gun rights, liberty and safety.

We just don’t have any in Texas.

Also interesting is that the ad that is on the link, at least as I was writing this is for Greg Abbot who has announced that he is running for Governor. He has been in Texas politics awhile, currently serving as the State Attorney General. I used to think of him favorably, but, like almost all Texas Republicans he just keeps moving right. Although I still am in the anybody-but-perry-camp, I’d like a better option. Abbot recently described his current job as, “I go to work. I sue the Federal government. I go home.” OK, maybe not a direct quote, but pretty darn close. In other words, perhaps not the rational, sane leader we’re all looking for.

The Crazy Nation of Politics

I thought Obama’s inauguration speech was great. (Almost as great as James Taylor and his guitar.) This was my favorite line:

We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.

“Yes, yes, and yes!” I was practically shouting at the TV. And adding, “He’s talking to YOU, Ted Cruz!” Yup, I am so proud to vote in the state that sent Ted Cruz to the US Senate. He basically ran on the pledge to oppose whatever Obama supported, and, I have got to give him credit for living up to his campaign pledge. The NY Times is very fond of him, too. See this OpEd piece . Or just read the first paragraph here:

Ted Cruz, the newly elected Tea Party senator from Texas, embodies the rigidity the public grew to loathe in Congress’s last term. He is bursting with fervor to fight compromise and consensus-building in Washington wherever it is found. Unlike 85 percent of the Republicans in the Senate, he would have voted against the fiscal cliff deal. He says gun control is unconstitutional. Breaking even with conservative business leaders, he would have no qualms about using the debt ceiling as a hostage because he believes (falsely) that it would produce only a partial government shutdown and not default.

Absolutism, spectacle, and name-calling or principle, politics and reasoned debate? Don’t bother to answer that.


OK, I know there were a few more thoughts that I was planning to dump out of my brain here, but this is what happens when I start thinking about politics. I get all worked up and forget other stuff. I guess I’ll just go see what the crazy guy across the street is orchestrating now.

10 thoughts on “Back of the Brain Dump

  1. Carol January 23, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    I think you ought to start a political conversation with your neighbor, just for fun, while he’s out inspecting his shiny new roof!

    • Nancy January 23, 2013 / 11:03 pm

      Ah, the issue with that is that he is quite the misogynist and won’t talk to women. So it would be a very awkward conversation.

  2. katemai January 23, 2013 / 10:13 pm

    Sing it, Sistah!
    I wish I had a neighbor like that. I might never leave my house for fear of missing something. Maybe he will come clean your roof when he is finished?
    And Ted Cruz. His ads were just beginning when I left for Paris in August, but I could tell he was absolutely odious. How could anyone strive for intransigence in washington? Crazy.
    And I totally agree with you about Obama’s speech, particularly those lines.
    Oh yes- and James Taylor.
    No wonder you and I get along.

  3. basil49 January 24, 2013 / 1:25 am

    You’re ashamed of Ted Cruz?
    How do you think all those Minnesotans feel about someone RE-ELECTING Michele Bachmann?

    • Nancy January 24, 2013 / 8:42 am

      So true! If either of them were the only one (or even the only two) it just wouldn’t matter so much.

      • jillbcordry January 28, 2013 / 10:38 am

        Makes ya want ta channel Molly Ivins.

  4. jillbcordry January 28, 2013 / 10:32 am

    As a new reader, I wonder if you have mentioned the self-vacuuming?

    • Nancy January 28, 2013 / 11:24 am

      No, I think this is the first time I mentioned said neighbor. And Cary would like to add that over the weekend, he was vacuuming the fascia board.

  5. Martha February 21, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    Sorry I’m a bit behind in my reading and response…..Ted Cruz is an idiot and it pleases me to see you agree. When i learned he was a Texan it all made sense (no offense but hey, the state has Bush and Perry to answer for). I had no idea that you were such a passionate pol. I think there is a genetic connection! Maybe you should run for office. I’m looking for a campaign to work on.

    • Nancy February 21, 2013 / 10:19 pm

      Passionate pol? Not really. Just a moderate who is totally fed up with the extreme partisanship. Also sad to see that Cornyn, the other conservative, republican senator from TX, has become totally wrapped up in Cruz’ spell. Oh well. To think I’m actually missing Kay Bailey Hutchinson…

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