As things usually go in Washington DC, this week hasn’t been much different than all the rest. It’s not that the Republicans wont speak to the Democrats, now, they aren’t speaking to each other! Two of todays’s most important politicians, Boehner and McConnell reportedly aren’t speaking and I have no idea how you’re supposedly going to make the wheels turn when two of your top guys have nothing to say to each other! Does “D” stand for Dumbass or Deja Vous or Dysfunctional or Defective or What? Hey guys, we’ve got better than 300 million folks in the biggest, baddest, meanest country on earth here, and someone better get a handle on how to run it, or some guy with an AR-15 and a towel over his head is more than ready to step in and take over!
Last year at this time, all we heard was these same two geniuses bitching to anyone who would listen, about those horrible Democrats and how awful it was, that upstanding, stalwart Republicans had to share duties with them and because of their horrible policies and proposals, the Republicans had to shut the Government down! Well, they did and we got past that, now, surprise surprise, we find that the two biggest dogs in the fight, Boehner and McConnell, are no longer speaking to each other. Our country is teetering on the edge of being minus a Department of Homeland Security and the snappy tie guys are at it again!
If these guys were as eager to sign a very necessary bill like DHS as they are to pass a very unnecessary bill like Keystone Pipeline, we’d already be out of the woods right? Problem is, there’s no fat checks rolling in on DHS like there was on Keystone so DHS will be attended to as soon as these clowns get damn good and ready! To hell with the fact that they’re putting our whole country on the slippery slope, they’ve got important things to do like showboating for the TV cameras!
As everyone who reads this blog knows, one of my favorite items to write about as a replacement for fossil fuels is Hemp. Also, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about some Canadian guys I stumbled upon who are manufacturing music instruments from this versatile plant. The company is called “Canadian Hemp Guitars” and their web site is http://www.canadianhempguitars.com. If you go there, they’ve got some videos of these instruments in action and what I heard sounded pretty damn good to me! This is simply a couple of artistically inclined Canadians who decided to defy convention and manufacture something to make great music on. They’re going to make that happen, and they’re not going to chop down the woods to do it!
Not only do these instruments sound great, just like the early Martin Guitars, that bore the crystal clear sounds that only mountain music makes, they have a really basic, “no frills” “natural” look as well! As a guitarist who isn’t too much into a lot of fancy bells and whistles either, that’s quite appealing to me. These are “working man’s” instruments and what’s even more gratifying is knowing that these two guys from Hemmingford Quebec, are “making a joyful noise” doing this thing all on their own from the ground up using a product that was falsely outlawed for many years through the efforts of guys like Harry Anslinger and his big industry buddies. I wont expound on their politics here because that’s in the past, and Hemp has once again, achieved “legal to grow” status in Canada. One of the partners at CHG even told me that one of the major Canadian car manufacturers is now using Hemp in the interior manufacture of their cars as well! Just like Henry Ford wanted it! You can go on their web site and give them a listen. Then, dream of the days when we will be able to enjoy that same type of pollution free industry right here in our own back yards because it is now legal to grow hemp in Colorado as well!
Colorado industrial hemp farming is now legal because of Amendment 64 and the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in 2013. Although the version of “hemp” that is used in industry contains almost no THC, it still has this classification because it is a member of the cannabis family. It will have that designation until we get some politicians in office who are actually bright enough to write laws that make sense and separate one version of the plant from the other. That may take a while!
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Have a great week everybody,