A Mishmash

Good Morning Ted and Jody:

Yesterday was almost a picture perfect day.  All it lacked was fluffy clouds.  No clouds, no pictures of note.  However, I have saved a couple of photos for emergencies for just such a day—no cloud days.  The first one is a late bloom. 20161009_133351 ns email.jpg Notice the stalk has a mature seed pod on the end.  The second photo was taken last week when a rare meteorological event for the area happened.20161002_164337_001 ns email.jpg Weather came in from the east.  And the third one is an immigrant tree planted in a yard nearby the boat launch where I take dawn and sunrise photos. 20161010_0721 6 shot Panorama ns email.jpg Normally the leaves of the deciduous trees in these parts turn pale yellow and brown—no reds.  So, this fellow stands out in the Green State.

Nancy saw the orthopedic surgeon yesterday to discuss a hip replacement (just to be clear, her hip, not his).  She has talked to several people who have had them and there seems to be an issue over whether the surgeon goes in from the front or back.  She thinks she wants one form the front.  However, this surgeon she talked to would rather do it from the back as there is less risk of nerve damage. So she is in a state of not knowing what to do.  I suggested a second opinion.  The issue on the second opinion is it will take weeks to get to see another doctor.  So, we will be up in the air over this decision for some time. However, I can tell that the pain in her hip from bone on bone contact is getting worse, so front or back replacement technique, it will have to be done for her comfort.

Decades ago when I first became an instructor in the Political Science Department at South Carolina, my father teased me by asking “What’s it like being a civics teacher?”  After some reflection I concluded his appellation was right on the mark.  I was a civics teacher.  Then when I transferred to Central, at my first faculty party I recall several members complaining about the students’’ preparedness for college.  I commented at the time that we were primarily a teachers’ college, normal school if you will, and if our students were ill prepared for college we should look no further than ourselves for we taught their teachers.  Listening to several people explain why they are going to vote one way or the other in this election, I have concluded my former profession, civics teachers (AKA political scientists) has failed in its job to teach Americans what their government, political system and, indeed, Constitution are all about. 

Looking back, I recall how difficult it was to get students to understand the nuances of things like the Constitution.  For example, the first 13 words of the 2nd Amendment—“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, . . .”—might as well not have been written, for other than “ the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 99% of them did not see the first 13 words as having any meaning or impact at all.  So, expecting the average Citizen to know the Congress makes laws and the President does not act alone in this process is probably beyond what I should expect.  Indeed, I may join them and apply for admission to the Electoral College, for I hear they have one hell of a football team and their marching band at halftime is a show we should all see. (Besides, one only has to show up once every four years.)

Warmest Regards, Ed


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4 Responses to A Mishmash

  1. Has Nancy considered a mini-posterior hip replacement, quick recovery, shorter incision, separation not cutting of the muscle and the nerve is not vulnerable as in anterior.
    Your political system is quite mind boggling to me, but then I suppose ours isn’t all that!

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    • Thank you very much for your comments for Nancy. I passed them on and it turns out the procedure you describe is exactly what the orthopedic surgeon told her how he would be doing it. So, your information reinforces what the doctor told her. I think that helps her with her decision a lot.
      On political systems, I rather suspect we all grow up learning something about our respective political system to the point where we think we understand them. At least we are comfortable accepting things the way we think they are. Foreign systems baffle all of us. For example, I heard a fellow who was listening to a Labor critic complain about some Crown Action ask, “Why don’t they elect a different Queen?”
      Expanding that “civics” note in the prior paragraph, Carl Sandburg wrote, and I am paraphrasing: “before the Civil War this country was referred to as ‘these United States;’ after the Civil War it became ‘the United States;’ so, the Civil War was fought over an article.” There are times I suspect the issue of which article has not been settled. As there are 52 different republican forms of government functioning within the borders of the United States of America proper (52 does not include Puerto Rico and other territories, but it does include the District of Columbia).
      Thank you for the comment on the cloud formation. I love it when I get a chance to capture such displays.

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  2. and BTW that cloud system in the 2nd photo is just fabulous!

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  3. beetleypete says:

    I agree with FR. The atmosphere in that shot is first rate, Theo.
    Best wishes, Pete.


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