Bocci last night was truly night time bocci. The lights went out!
A wire went down behind Home Depot and the whole island turned dark. For about 2 hours.
We tried to play with headlights. It did not work for us. Our court was located at the end where we could not get a car close enough. At the other end however, two courts were able to play under car and truck lights. Like under the stars!
So we drank. And lamented that we were going to miss the debate!
Someone said the lights were out only on the island. Up the keys things were ok. I live 2.5 miles north of Key West. So I hurried home. I had power!
I fixed myself a drink and settled in for the debate.
Palin did better than expected. One could say her expectations were so low, she could not miss.
There is some merit to that statement. However she did do good! Credit must be given were deserved.
On the other hand, she answered very few questions directly. She took off on her own from what I assume was a prepared script. A better moderator would have followed up and required more pertinent responses. However such did not happen and so we must give Palin credit for a good performance.
Biden was what I expected. A knowledgable performance. He gets good grades also!
In the end I thought Biden was the winner, if there is one. However there really was no loser.
My mind is clear though. If one of them might become President, I would want Biden answering that telephone at 3 in the morning!
Lights out was a common place occurrence yesterday.
I was reading Buchanan’s book on how WW II could have been avoided at Borders in the afternoon. I was sitting in the back. The lights went out. For about 20 minutes. Very dark in the store. I made my way to the front where there are large windows. Mother Nature was helping. The sun was coming in the windows. I found a chair nearby and continued to read.
I finally finished the book. One of the most interesting writings I have read in several years. Maybe because I was a history major and now a political junkie.
Churchill turns out not to be the hero we all knew. Rather he was a politico who wanted Hitler defeated at any cost. At any cost…..the operative words. Several times the war could have been avoided or concluded. But Churchill was not so inclined. His destiny was tied to defeating Hitler.
Churchill succeeded. But it cost Britan 400,000 men and the loss of the Empire. A heavy price to pay to satisfy personal vanity.
Judgment comes into play. Churchill thought Stalin was a great guy. Churchill agreed to many give aways to guarantee Russia’s assistance against Germany. Again, victory at any cost!
Stalin must have been a charmer. The book takes the position that even Roosevelt was taken with him.
Lend lease was interesting. I was always under the impression that Roosevelt helped England out of the goodness of our hearts. The US was helping a friend it could not yet do battle for.
Buchanan shows that Roosevelt charged England for every piece of lend lease aid. And collected every penny like a banker.
Apparently the cost of payment helped put England in dire financiasl straites. But Churchill was not concerned. Again that victory at any cost thing.
Buchanan suggests that Hitler was willing to end the war after Dunkirk. He never wanted to fight the British. His concern was Stalin and Russia. Buchanan claims all Hitler wanted was the return of some African colonies that England had taken from Germany as part of the Treaty of Versaille following WW I.
Think of what might have happened if that scenerio had played out. The Germans and Russians would have killed each other. We would have avoided getting into WW II and then 50 years of Communism. And England would have remained a giant among nations!
Buchanan closes the novel with something which left me feeling a bit uncomfortable. He claims that when the present President Bush took office, he had a bust of Churchill placed in his office.
A friend sent me an e mail about comments made in 1955. That is 53 years ago. I am going to share a few with you over the next few days.
…If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is rediculous.
…I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible
to buy a week’s groceries for $20.
…When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost
29 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.
The sun is shinning bright this morning! What will this day hold for me?