New Sherwood

Proposition 8 Crucial Vote in Culture Battle

From OneNewsNow:

The vote in California, Wildmon explains, will affect the entire nation. “California is a big dam, holding back the flood — and if you take down the dam in California, it’s going to flood 49 other states,” he illustrates. “It will destroy marriage as it has been known for thousands of years, and with that the cultural decline that normally would follow.”

Yes, indeed. You midwesterners need to understand this. California is not Delaware. There are 38 million Americans in California. Many of them came from your state, and many are going back to your state. Furthermore the sad reality is that California’s media predominance sets the cultural tone for the entire nation. Midwesterners who sneer at the “left coast” are nevertheless avid consumers of California media culture. They complain about today’s left coast outrage while embracing yesterday’s left coast outrage. Prayers, rather than sneers, are in order and most appreciated.

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As an aside, the consensus among my business contacts – totally secular people so far as I know – is that the relentless fires in California are a divine chastisement for the supreme court ruling on same-sex marriage (among other things). I don’t know about that, but it does give one pause.

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Speaking of the fires, here in the valley we are still under a heavy and extremely depressing blanket of brown smoke. Lately you can even see the ashes falling like snowflakes. Combined with the 105-110 degree heat, being outdoors is absolutely miserable. It has been especially miserable for my chickens: we lost four more laying hens this week. Once it hits 105 they start dropping like flies. By the end of summer I expect we’ll be left with exactly one rooster and nothing else.

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July 11, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. Jeff-We lost one hen a couple weeks back. We increased their available shade. But most importantly, we have been putting ice in their water. We haven’t lost another hen and the laying is coming back a little (not to full strength.)

    Good luck.

    Jim

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    Comment by Jim Curley | July 11, 2008 | Reply

  2. You have my prayers–for all of it. Sorry about the farming conditions, too. How far are the fires from you? I admit, I’ve been worried specifically about the Orland Culbreaths when I see the news.

    Can’t disagree about California’s political/cultural influence, for good (Prop 13) and ill. More than 10% of the population, which people sometimes forget.

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    Comment by Dale Price | July 11, 2008 | Reply

  3. Jim: Thanks for the tips. After the first loss this year, I tried letting them out of their yard (even though they can damage the garden). Lots of shade, green grass, etc. available to them. I lost three on the first day. But – I haven’t tried the ice cubes! I’ll keep that in mind. I might have the wrong breed for this climate.

    Dale: Thank you kindly for the prayers. You can always be counted on for that. We’re only about 50 miles from the nearest fire, perhaps even closer. I have relatives who have been evacuated. But we’re not in any danger of fire here in Orland. The smoke is another story and has become a serious health threat.

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | July 12, 2008 | Reply

  4. Jeff, I’m shuddering as I think of your heat, especially combined with the smoke. You must be going outside with masks on, and as little as possible! Does it always get that hot in the summer, or is this somehow related to the fires? I’ll be praying for y’all.

    May the amendment to the CA constitution pass! What are its chances? The governor there seems to have thought not very good, because I don’t doubt he had a finger in the wind when he came out against it.

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    Comment by Lydia | July 12, 2008 | Reply

  5. Lydia: Thank you kindly for your prayers. Today we have a most welcome respite: it is presently a mere 93 degrees with a breeze that is clearing out the smoke! Yes, it usually does get to 110 and hotter for a few days in the summer. It’s always uncomfortable, but the smoke and humidity (an odd combination) last week added multiple layers of misery. Some people were indeed going about with masks. As for the chances of Prop 8 passing, at this point it is anybody’s guess. The most recent polling is not conclusive. I just don’t have any idea.

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | July 13, 2008 | Reply


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