An article I read today from AP reported, “Scientists plan to put one of the twin Mars rovers to sleep and limit the activities of the other robot to fulfill a NASA order to cut $4 million from the program’s budget, mission team members said Monday.”Â Here’s a scientific mission which has exceeded NASA’s wildest dream and it is being limited by a lack of $4 million from this program’s budget.
Â I can only assume that the cuts to other areas of NASA are equally as daunting.Â Otherwise, why wouldn’t they shift around some funds?Â And why can’t we afford a measly $4 million?Â Oh right, we are spending a billion dollars a day on a war to wipe out WMDs that don’t exist and squash Al-Qaeda in Iraq which didn’t exist there before we invaded.
When you elect a President who is proud of his “C” average image, you shouldn’t be surprisedÂ at mediocre to failing results.
In reading the headline news, I see that the U.S. is approaching the 4000 mark in Iraq war deaths.Â If I look around the headlines, I see “we are nearing theÂ 4000th” andÂ “closing in on a mortality landmark.”Â Â The media ghouls are revelling in the gore.Â As if the fighter who died at 3569 is less important?Â Wow, win the lottery!Â Be the 4000th American killed.Â And, really, whoÂ is keeping score on the other side.Â Lucky you, be the 40,000th Iraqi killed.Â
And, yay! the pope baptised some Muslim who converted to Christianity.Â What an Easter rush.Â Any symbolism here?Â
Â Try to think about the world without religion.Â
What are all these people dying over?Â Â Oil?Â Â Paradise?Â Redemption?Â Ignorance?
On a sunny February day we happened into Kanab around lunchtime.Â Our plan was to go to the Rocking V Cafe but we found that it was closed for the season.Â As we peered into the Rewind Diner, a local worker passing by commented that they had really, really good food.Â I have to admit that taking a recommendation from someone unknown and from Utah was chancy (see Utah Rules!) but it turned out he was right.Â
Â The interior of the Rewind Diner tries VERY hard at looking like a 50’s soda shop. So we were figuring it would be heavy on the burgers and fries but, no!, we were offered a vegetarian menu as well as the regular menu.Â (Apparently veg food can not be sullied by being on the same menu as meat.)Â We had a faux gyros wrap which was so tasty that it didn’t need to be called faux anything.Â Also we had a falafel plate.Â The falafel was great!Â (Yesterday I had a falafel plate at House of Falafel in Pleasanton, CA and it wasn’t nearly as good.)Â The hummus it was served with had enough texture that it didn’t just ooze out of the pita.Â This was a great lunch and totally unexpected in this remote corner of Utah.
This is a tricky rating.Â I want to give it an A because it was so surprisingly good for Utah.Â But, really, the service was a little ditzy, they ran out of falafel so we could only get one plateÂ and the falafel was fried aÂ bit dark.Â So…
Table consensus – B/B+
I am really hoping that there is a dose of reality out there for all the people who voted for George Bush in the last election.Â It is amazing to me that there is still a small percentage of Americans who approve of the current administration.Â
Just thinking about the current situation with the dollar plummetting, the ill-conceived war in Iraq dragging on, the economy heading towards recession, global warming and the energy crisis makes you want to hide your head in the sand.Â But now is the time for real patriots to step forward and save our country through public service, inovative thinking, and an informed ballot in November.