Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the pleasant, relatively warm and milky sun skied island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Sunday afternoon, the twenty-third day of February, 2014, a mild one out there; just returning from the dock where the Grey Lady high speed ferry arrives from that fair island of Nantucket, my dog ’shammy’ greeting all the passengers back on the mainland from that little rock 30 miles south/south east of Hyannis/Hyannis Port while we all enjoy the warmer weather we have been experiencing these past 48 hours…watch out though, cold weather to return soon.
The XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will culminate tonight, or are in the process of that as I write these words, a day that is always bittersweet for the athletes and viewers alike. It has been a wonderful Olympics as far as this reporter is concerned, wrapping up my personal viewing today as well (most of it spent in my pajamas baby!), for I have truly been engrossed in these games from start to finish, always amazed at how the whole scene really gets to me. From the beauty of those opening ceremonies, to the great hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, ski jumping, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboard half pipe and other events, to the great, well just fill in the Olympic sport you like and I can assure you that it was great. Today, I watched Team Canada take the Gold in men’s hockey, to wit one commentator stated, “…the best team won” (3-1) and boy was he right as that NHL rich team took it to the Swedes from the get go, playing the puck more than the very talented team in yellow, who were awarded with the silver, Finland taking the bronze. The final medal count had Russia leading the way, followed by the Norway, Canada, the United States and Holland…who had gold medals with 11? well done Norway! There is little doubt in my mind that these games truly can tear people (like this reporter) away from politics, even if just for a brief moment… Thanks for the memories and the puppy dogs Russia! Please be nice to other living things as well, like people who love differently than you do, or the people of the Ukraine… The world is still, and always will be, watching.
Revolution is in the air of that aforementioned country, settling down a bit from the riots of barbed wire and fire just a few hours ago. The president of the Ukraine is no more in Kiev (the capital), but the country is split in it’s loyalty–one siding with the EU/U.S. and the other with Vladimir Putin. This is still a powder keg and we shall have to wait for the games to be over to get a handle on what will happen to that country in the very near future…stay tuned.
Of course, the Sunday talk shows will reveal more on what only a few good journalists (I’m lookin’ at you Rachel Maddow and Steve Kornacki of MSNBC!) have covered thus far this year–such as North Carolina’s problem with coal ash and the environment they hate so much. It seems Governor Pat McCrory (R) of that fine state (former employee of Duke Energy…29 years) may have a little more explaining to do regarding the dumping of tons and tons of that poisonous crap into the Dan River, seeing that 18 subpoenas have been laid upon his desk. Ooops. The days of allowing big polluting disreputable corporate monsters to destroy OUR water ways and drinking water, like Duke Energy, are numbered. The more “American People” these bastards poison, via their drinking supply tainted by chemicals and waste from said polluters, the more those American people are going to fight back and demand JUSTICE. Our water and indeed our air is under constant threat by the big oil and gas polluters, not to mention the bloody coal industry (all of whom OWN politicians, mostly republicans like our pal Pat from North Carolina! You betcha a$$hole!), and what we need right now is to stand up collectively against the big money that is killing our democracy and the environment we all hold so dear, killing it slowly, one mountain top removal, one tainted stream, one drought stricken state, one aquifer at a time, until the whole FRACKING nation and world is decimated and ultimately destroyed, “for generations, if not all generations to come.”
You heard it here first, seacapecod.net, and we have not seen anything yet my friends when it comes to the biggest problem ever faced my mankind–GLOBAL WARMING!!! Keep your eyes to the sky this spring. Have a nice Sunday afternoon everybody and may God Bless all the athletes, spectators, families, NBC television crews and talent, officials of Russia and the puppies coming home to the United States of America! We thank you for the beautiful spectacle of what makes the human race GREAT. SEA you in South Korea! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M