Grasshopper Soup: News from Heaven and Earth
May 3, 2011
TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; What a great week of news. Everybody agrees we have to do something about the federal budget deficit and over spending, but nobody can agree on what that something is. Some of us can agree, but thereand#8217;s no way we can do it without the help of the people who think we are nuts.
Pictures of obese children are showing up on billboards all over the state of Georgia, creating a huge uproar. Call attention to a problem and what do you get? More problems.
Sarah Palin was in California minding our own business for us and, fortunately, reigniting passions about federal government regulations that protect the three-inch Delta smelt while depriving farmers of the water they need to farm. And Kid Rock, with three rings on his right hand, received the Great Expectations Award from the NAACP at a dinner in Detroit. We should always expect great things from people who wear bling.
When the World Trade Center buildings collapsed people cheered and celebrated at the top of their lungs in the streets of Middle East countries. Then, a couple days ago, U.S. Navy Seals snuck in to the sovereign state of Pakistan and successfully whacked Osama bin Laden with enough precision and dominance to extract the body. Then we watched as massive groups of Americans came out in the middle of the night, wild with delight in Times Square and in front of the White House to celebrate his killing. In short, Obama got Osama, indirectly.
Itand#8217;s nice to see the world never changes, and we can always expect consistency. Same old news, just different names and places. God clearly has a sense of humor. He made it easy to praise and enjoy his handiwork. Even conflicts are enlightening. They make you realize Jesus was right when he said his kingdom is not of this world.
The Factor, Bill Oand#8217;Reillyand#8217;s show, has a segment in which letters from his viewers are shown and read. Yes, I do watch FOX. I watch everything. I donand#8217;t believe everything I hear and I donand#8217;t believe everything I read. But I do believe it is necessary to take any and all views into account. Monday, Bill Oand#8217;Reilly read two letters about bin Ladenand#8217;s death. They were both short and sweet, perfect little gems from people with refreshing insight, intelligence and humor. The first one was exquisitely revealing. It simply said, and#8220;So we can kill them but we canand#8217;t water board them. Very interesting.and#8221;
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The second letter had to be written by someone who went to great lengths to consider Osama bin Ladenand#8217;s personal feelings at the time of his death, a gesture that is a cut above the common reaction of street celebrations. Some think itand#8217;s appropriate to react to Bin Ladenand#8217;s death in the same way that some middle easterners reacted to the mass murder he committed on 9/11. I donand#8217;t share their frame of mind.
But I did celebrate. After hearing the news of the successful, covert raid in Abbottabad, I walked over to the store, bought some chocolate chip cookies and had two with milk when I got home.
The second letter, the one that so kindly took bin Ladenand#8217;s personal feelings into consideration, said, and#8220;It gives me great comfort to know that the last thing bin Laden saw in his life on earth was an American.and#8221;
But what was the first thing he saw when he died? Maybe he saw Mohammed in Heaven filled with Peace, Love and Joy. Then Mohammed told him there was no way he was letting him in because he had an eternity of real hot time to do, because whatever you do to the least of the people on earth, you do to God in Heaven.
He may have also heard Jesus say that they who live by the sword shall die by the sword.
Bob Sweigert is a Sierra Sun columnist, published poet, former college instructor and ski instructor. He has a B.A. and an M.A.T. from Gonzaga University. He has lived at Lake Tahoe for 28 years.