The Rock Wall

Posted October 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

There is an advantage to having a local editor. Monday we received a chronological report from a sheriff’s office which said that a person I have known all my life was arrested when stolen property was found in his possession during the execution of a search warrant.

I said, “That’s not him. There has to be a mistake.”

Meanwhile, I got a full press release from the sheriff’s office about the search warrant, property recovery and arrest of two people. No mention of his name.

I was so sure there had been a mistake, I called their house and talked to his wife. It was their property which the sheriff’s office recovered. Talk about getting a report backwards.

Meanwhile, another sheriff’s office caught a mistake in their report which said a man had hit a widow. Should have said he hit a window.

– Who really shut down the government? I got an e-mail with a copy of a newspaper column by Thomas Sowell on that topic. He referred to, of all things, the U. S. Constitution which, he said, says spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives and gives that branch of the Federal government sole right to decide whether to spend money on a particular activity.

Mr. Sowell said that if Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money needed to run the government because the House bill leaves out money that want to run ObamaCare, that is their right and also their responsibility.

He said the move used to be called “legislation by appropriation” and it is both legal and not unprecedented.

Mr. Sowell said that perhaps the biggest lie isthat the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt. Enough tax money keeps coming in during the shutdown to more than pay the interest on the national debt, he said.

His conclusion was that unless Republicans get their side of the story out, the lies will win and the whole country will lose.

– Davis plans to come home this Thursday. He wanted to come Tuesday, but decided to stay so he and his partner could enter the weekly Wednesday night Pong Tournament. They win most of the time and he didn’t want to turn down a tidy sum. He’s coming home to hunt turkeys with me, but mostly to run the Spring Water Pong Tournament Saturday. It’s uncanny to watch him pick a cup and put the ping pong ball in it from the other end of the table. He’s not going to compete which is the only way your money would be safe.

– Got this interesting e-mail: I was visiting my daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. “This is the 21st century,” she said. “I don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, use my iPad.” I can tell you this. That fly never knew what hit him.