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    • Donald Sanders

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    • January 8, 2015 in Columnists

    Just when we think things are going pretty good, they go bad

    Is this world crazy or what? Sometimes I feel like we are all in a big cauldron with all of our big ideas that for some reason we think are good ideas. It’s all like a really, really good stew. A little dash of this and a dash of that, it’s steaming hot, smelling good, and then it goes to hell. It all turns to rot.

    Just when we think things are going pretty good, they go bad. When we think things are going bad, they turn out good. So what the hell are we supposed to do? Some of us blame it on the politicians – others blame it on the cops. It’s just the way we do things. When things turn sour we start to play the blame game.

    By now I’m sure you are wondering, “What the hell is he talking about?” Maybe it’s the fact that much of the civilized world is aghast at the fact that, yes, once again, I have been passed over for the Citizen of the Year Award and not even considered for the Theodore Winters Award. I’m still crying over that, but I’m not thinking of that now.

    Let me explain. Okay, for example, over in Paris this morning, things were going really, really good. Frenchies were going about their happy ways, to and fro. They are all talking really, really fast and nobody knows what they are saying because the French language sucks really, really bad.

    At the offices of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, a bunch of French people were standing around talking. They were saying gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, or something along that line. Anyway, things were going really, really good for them when some people with guns burst in the door and killed them, one and all.

    What the hell? What’s up with that? Let’s investigate.

    Okay, all these Frenchies were in their cauldron, jibber jabbering the way they do and everything was fine, going good. What the heck could possibly go wrong? Well, here it is.

    Okay, we’re in the cauldron – going good – going good – when lo and behold, some asshole wants to get in the cauldron with a picture he drew of the Prophet Muhammad. We don’t like this asshole because everybody knows that you aren’t supposed to draw a picture of the Prophet Mohammad, right? We let him in anyway because he thinks he needs to hide.

    You see? Right when you think things are going good, they’re really going bad and right when you think things are going bad, they’re really going good. What’s so bad about the whole mess is the fact that we know in the back of our minds that something is not right, but we let it go. We know something is going to change, but we don’t worry about it.

    What did we learn about things as we look back at it now? Did we learn that should you draw a picture of the Prophet Mohammad, which will insult every Muslim on Earth? It might take them 10 years or so, but they will seek you out and kill you and everybody around you, too. Okay, that was just an example of a good stew turning bad.

    Now consider this. We are all in a big cauldron of stew and things are going really, really good right now. At the gas pump, the price per gallon is really, really low and we can drive like hell anywhere we want to go. We don’t even need roads because everybody has a 4X4. Things are going really, really good, so we don’t think about what’s going to happen next.

    Why is the price of gas so low?

    OK, those OPEC guys over in the Middle East are sitting in their cauldron jibber jabbering the way they do and things are going really, really good for them. They are talking about how those American oil companies won’t join their little oil club. They want to get some of the huge, huge profits that the stinking American guys are making but how do they go about getting it?

    Here is the thing that spoils our cauldron and makes everything rot:

    • The OPEC guys flood the oil market with excess oil.
    • As a result of excess oil the price of gas goes down. We are elated and we jibber jabber among ourselves like we do.
    • OK, the American oil guys have to lower their prices so their huge profits begin to fall like bricks in a wall, boom, crash, pow!
    • The American oil guys know they are under attack but they don’t care. They are so rich and they know they will survive.
    • Eventually the OPEC guys will give up and oil prices will go back up, higher than they have ever been.
    • The OPEC guy’s cauldron may smell and taste a little bad, but the stew is still edible and the American oil cauldron is a little smaller but still in good shape.

    Okay, our cauldron is doing good – doing good – doing good and we are driving around like crazy, jibber jabbering like we do. What could possibly go wrong? Well, if you ask me nicely, I might tell you.

    Okay, since YOU all saw fit to pass me over for every award in the WORLD, you can find out for yourself!


      • Madgew

      • January 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm
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      I still say you deserve all the awards. Town is failing you:)



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