Thursday Thoughts

Thought #1

It sounds like it might be time to get outside and relax for a while.

Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment, already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior, according to research presented at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.

“Mycobacterium vaccae is a natural soil bacterium which people likely ingest or breath in when they spend time in nature,” says Dorothy Matthews of The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, who conducted the research with her colleague Susan Jenks.

Thought #2

Do you live in an apartment? You may want to keep something in mind if you do.

Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry. This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.

What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.” If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

Since when is it okay for a federal employee to enter your home with unfettered access?

Thought #3

Our Disgrace In Chief will be in Chicago this weekend, completely ignoring the long standing tradition of presidents laying a wreath at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day.

On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, south of Chicago – missing the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Why not? He has ignored nearly all of the other traditions most presidents have kept, and it’s not like he will miss anything anyway. Some of our fallen heroes might be there in Chicago with him.

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

Maybe, if we’re lucky, he’ll stop showing up for work at the White House, since most U.S. Presidents have kept that tradition as well.