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With the Democrats taking back the House last night, and achieving at least parity in the Senate, it would appear my Democrat demise prediction seems even more far-fetched this morning. Certainly, the implosion dynamic I described a few postings ago in the wake of a Democrat washout last night ain’t gonna happen now. So maybe I should just eat crow this morning, and concede this prediction as faulty.

Not so quick, my friend. Here’s my reasoning: The elections yesterday suggest to me that America has finally caught up to where my head was at about the Republican Party back in 2002. Back then, I started realizing that there was something historically disasterous about Mr. Bush’s administration. Those realizations led directly to this blog. Four years later, it would seem the country more or less agrees with me — at least on that party.

Now what about the Democrats? I’d say Americans are still behind the curve on that party. As I’ve repeated ad nauseum, the Democrats have no over-arching purpose or mission in life. They are aimless and rootless. Hence, they are now about the only thing a political party holds onto from generation to generation: the quest for power.

When the Democrats assume majorities in the House and Senate come January, the national spotlight will shine brightly on them. And in that bright light, I’m suspecting that that party will wilt. The Iraq War is just one quiver of this arrow. But even on that single issue, one can see that vast, opposite camps within the Democratic Party on views about that war. With Congressional majorities, Democrats will now have the power to initiate legislation and conduct invesgations. In other words, to say what they believe.

Let’s see what happens when Pelosi and Emanuel and those folks try to find the elusive fictional middle road in this country. Let’s see what happens with all of the people who will now be chasing the Democratric presidential nomination. I’ll say that Americans will finally see clearly that the Democrats believe nothing other than that they ought to be in power. And when America sees that, the fun begins.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years.

I’m back in the U.S. after this year’s two-week trip to Greece. Went with my 80-year-old dad this time. We spent our time picking olives, getting them pressed into oil, pruning the trees, and burning the cuttings. I had fun. I hope he did too. 🙂 For example, in the Athens hotel the night before we left, we compared scars and scratches on our legs from all of the bramble on our land that we had to walk through.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to bore you with my dull personal life. Instead, I wanted to repeat an observation I made this time last year after last year’s trip to Greece. Just like during last year’s trip, during this trip I ate “terribly” by the standards I live by in America. That is, in Greece, I ate a LOT of sweets and bread, and drank much wine and beer, and even had a few shots of hard liquor at times. In America, I avoid these things like the plague. Observations over the past couple years have led me to the belief that my avoidance of these types of foods in America lets me keep my my slim girlish figure and optimal blood sugar levels.

But in Greece, I violated these rules of mine big time. In fact, this time, since my dad has a serious sweet tooth too, I ate even more sweets. Moreover, since we had our own pressed olive oil, I ate even more bread (for dipping into the oil). The last couple of days, one of the bakeries in town came out with these winter cookies called melomakarna. My mom used to bake them when I was a kid. From this bakery, my dad and I were buying them ten at a time, and I was eating more than 75% of them. Basically, I was out of control.

This morning, my first back in America, I weighed myself and took my fasting blood sugar readings. Results?

I’m down a half-pound since the morning two weeks ago that I left for Greece. And my fasting blood sugar is still optimal, and even a bit lower.

What the f#@k?! I don’t know what the hell is going on with that Greek food, but I gotta find a way to convince my wife to move there for at least part of the year. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where the laws of nature don’t apply, and the variance cuts in your direction?


for the money has gone too far

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