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Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

WISCONSIN and Ray Bradbury

No bicycle related post today.  While bicycling, I do think about politics, thus, this post.

The recall election in Wisconsin is disheartening, to say the very least.  Walker and the teabaggers spent a lot of least 7-1...over the retain his governorship.  I also believe that, if this is what the voters in Wisconsin want, let them have this guy.  In the next state elections in Wisconsin, you will probably see, hopefully, the legislature going Democratic.  Should that fail, Wisconsinites will get what they deserve.

I won't belabor the point here, but how to handle an individual's or a family's debt is not the same as how States or the Feds should be handling their debts.  Read a few of Paul Krugman's columns or his blog in the NY Times.  Krugman clearly describes why these are separate issues and clarifies the differences, as well as points out what those politicians who are ranting about "the debt" are really after.  Waving the red flags of debt is merely a ruse to gut social programs, important social programs that help all of us in the long run and those in the most need in the short run.  Despite what the GOP and teabaggers would want you to believe, these are not related.

Tomorrow, I'll be posting about bicycle related stuff.  In the meantime, I'm going to have a few beers...and curse a bit.  About Wisconsin and that Ray Bradbury, one of my fav writers died.  Loved his stuff.  God speed.

A tune to get my mind off of things...Today, I read the obituary of the last member of the original Platters, Herb Reed, so today's tune is one of The Platter's first hits...dedicated to Herb and the rest of The Platters.  Lots of young lovers, lost in each others arms, danced to this tune.  I have many memories associated with this tune and of other songs by The Platters.  Thanks for all of them.