Photo, by Elisa
Stone, on Unsplash. Free to use under the Unsplash
from the above image, that several other skunks are with that one, in
your front yard. That image is fitting, as the final conclusion will
explain. Yes, our front yard was invaded by skunks.
dear reader. I trust that you are well. It's a warm and rainy Sunday,
in this neck of the woods. There are no skunk sightings today.
apologize for the need to write my sixty-fourth article on
(Greek πολύς, meaning
“many,” and “ticks,” or blood suckers).
I prefer to continue working on the sixth article in my Christian
Evidences series. I, however, will remove these “many
ticks” from my
thoughts, by writing this article, if you will indulge me.
media -- specifically, the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 weeks a
year type -- present the “reactions” of various pundits, to
trending news topics. I don't care to know the reactions of pundits.
I have my own reactions. I am not a pundit. The news media, simply,
need to state only the facts, as verified by accurate information. If
they did only that, then they would not need to be on constantly.
article denotes my public “reactions,” first, to the Tennessee
State of the State Address, on 2/6/2023, and, next, to the State of
the Union Address, on 2/7/2023. I did not listen to either
televised-live address. Instead, I read each address, by the
references, as listed.
State of the State Address (on 2/6/2023, Monday)
complete text of Governor Bill Lee's address is found at TN,
Office of the Governor, 2023 State of the State Address, on 2/6/2023.
(The spending details -- of a billion here and a million there, in
nine spending categories -- are found at TN
Office of the Governor: “Gov. Lee Delivers 2023 State of the State
Address – ‘Tennessee: Leading the Nation,’” 2/6/2023.)
The televised-live record is at “Governor
Bill Lee – 2023 State of the State Address,” on The
National Governors Association, on YouTube.
Governor spoke for 59 minutes. I read his address. I didn't watch it,
since I preferred to watch an episode of Gunsmoke. Four of the
Governor's five main topics, by section, were on:
Good Jobs + Opportunity
Great Schools + High-Quality
general reaction to those four topics is nominal interest. Tennessee,
by law, must balance its budget – unlike the USSA (Ununited
Socialist States of America). The bureaucratic details bored my
mind. The Governor wants to spend money on stuff.
that his “choice lanes” idea will repave roads near us – not
just repatch the patched potholes again. The immorality of citizens
cause unsafe neighborhoods. Good and moral neighbors -- with my
weapons to stop a threat if it arises -- keep Mrs. Appalachian
Irishman and me safe at home, under the Good Lord's provision.
Apparently, the “brighter future” involves a cleaner, greener,
and more nuclear environment.
as the Governor plans to restrict further government intrusion into
my life, maintain a balanced budget, and not increase taxes, then
whatever he said is of mundane interest. Bill Lee is doing well
enough. Regrettably, he knows, too well, how to write and speak like
Governor's other topic was on Strong Families, on which he
stated, in part:
There was a significant shift in
this country last year when it comes to protecting the lives of the
unborn. We now all have an opportunity and a moral obligation to
support strong Tennessee families . . . .
. . . Tennessee has the opportunity
to ease one of the biggest financial burdens on mothers. We are going
to propose covering the cost of diapers during the first two years of
a baby’s life for mothers on TennCare.
of 6/30/2022 referenced the Supreme Court's 6/24/2022 decision
and affirmed the pro-life position. In general, I agree with the
Governor's remarks, under his Strong
Families topic, the
bureaucratic minutiae withstanding.
families, and churches have the primary moral obligation to support
families. Fathers should not be absent. The government usually
“supports” families, by funding programs.
Governor's plan proposes that TennCare buy diapers for babies. Is
that a moral obligation? The Governor, apparently, thinks that it is.
washed cloth diapers (in an old washing machine or the bathtub) for
us for boys, when we were young enough to need them. Those diapers
were reusable. By the way, Dad was, of course, in the home.
closing remarks, the Governor stated, “In many ways, our country
is off track. But America’s best days are not behind her.“
Generally, I am a realistically optimistic person. Unlike the
Governor, I am not optimistic about America (the USSA). I wish that I
Appalachian Irishman and I are glad that we live in Tennessee.
The state government is bloated by layers of bureaucracy, lack of
common sense, incompetence, waste, and inefficiencies. I know, based
on my ten years as a state employee and on my recent interaction with
the Tennessee Department of Revenue (which my
12/5/2022 article highlights). My
9/3/2006 article -- on the “Big Dig” -- denoted wasteful
spending. We, however, don't
plan to move to, for example, California – ever.
of the Union Address (on 2/7/2023, Tuesday)
Address (including my efforts to read then watch)
televised audio and transcript of President Joe Biden's live address
are found at The
White House: February 7, 2023, State of the Union Address. The
address, as prepared for delivery, is found at The
White House: Remarks of President Joe Biden – State of the Union
Address as Prepared for Delivery, on 2/7/2023. I wonder who
prepared the remarks. The President spoke for one hour, twenty
minutes, and seven seconds.
President's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are not organized by
topic, as Governor Bill Lee's were. Initially, on 2/8/2023, I started
to read every word of the prepared remarks; however, the political
spin was so fast and furious that I became dizzy! Thus, I glanced for
key topics and phrases. That was all that I could endure. Finally,
with reluctance, on 2/9/2023, I printed President Biden's prepared
remarks and read them more closely.
2/7/2023, I did not listen to the President's live, televised
address. (I preferred to watch an episode of Star Trek.) On
2/10/2023, I listened to much of his address, via the first website
reference, above, until I could endure no more. I did not compare the
transcript of the President's live address to the prepared address.
what my closer attention could determine, the President jumped,
fairly randomly, from topic to topic. An organized outline, by topic,
would have been better. The political spin was intense and obvious.
President Biden spoke, from the teleprompter, on the following
primary topics, as underlined. (My reactions, notes, and
comments are included in parentheses.)
His “accomplishments” in two
years (which are rife with spin and do not mention the Biden
family investigations that are being conducted in the House).
COVID-19 (including his spin. I
have written 30 articles on “Corona
Myopia.” I'm done with that new cold virus. I have moved on.)
The events of January 6, 2021
(with his abundant spin).
The Slavic war or the Russian
invasion of Ukraine (as I call it, not “Putin's war,” which
did not cause economic decline in this nation. I have written five
articles on the “2022
Slavic War,” which began on 2/24/2022.)
American assistance to Ukraine
(i.e., spending federal Monopoly money, on weapons, to give to
The economy (with several pages
on inflation, jobs, manufacturing, wages, imports and exports,
infrastructure, supply chain, and so forth, with an abundance of
Veterans (with proper emphasis
on their care, often, unfortunately, through the improved but still
too bureaucratic, wasteful, and inefficient VA).
The “Respect for Marriage Act”
(but see my
12/15/2022 article on that Act).
Healthcare and health insurance
(in context of the socialism that monopolizes both, with abundant
“Clean” energy and electric
cars (in context of the global climate “crisis,” which is a
cover phrase for a propagandized and socialist agenda).
Border insecurity (which is
obvious, despite the President's spin) and “immigration
reform” (i.e., the “pathway to citizenship” for illegal
Drug trafficking (especially
due to border insecurity and human immorality).
The federal government's Monopoly
money spending (as I call
it; see my
most recent, 1/23/2023, article on the topic).
The national debt (which is
huge), debt limit (which is too high already), and
budget (which continues to spend more than it
The federal tax system (i.e.,
taking more from the haves, to punish them, and to give to the
have-nots, to keep them dependent on socialist government programs).
Big corporations and “Big Oil”
(with emphasis on taxing more of their “exorbitant” profits,
which will raise prices for consumers).
Public (i.e., socialist)
housing and public (i.e., socialist) education.
Public safety (or the lack
thereof, due to the moral decline in the nation).
“Gun control” (i.e., again
about banning so-called “assault weapons,” with no comment on the
moral decline in the nation).
A cure for cancer, by a “Cancer
Moonshot” (whatever that will be and cost).
“. . . to
protect every woman's constitutional right to choose.”
(i.e., to murder, which is not a constitutional right, their unborn
children. See my
6/30/2022 article on the topic. The President, once again, did
not say what
is chosen -- which is usual, for those who advocate the moral evil of
unborn baby murder. To
choose what, Mr. President?)
Ensure the “safety and dignity”
of LGBTQ citizens (i.e.,
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer. Not safety and dignity,
but the forced acceptance of those immoral lifestyles. See my
6/26/2022 article, under the “LGBTQ Pride Month” section.)
China (and its military and
economic domination, with only a mild inference to their recent spy
Voting (with spin and labeling
against those who want only fair elections).
Specific Reactions to Specific Remarks
introductory remarks, President Biden stated his “vision
for our country,” which
included: “To restore the
soul of the nation” and
“To unite the
I doubt that the President's vision is based on biblical values and
the biblical worldview. (See my eight articles, so far, under
in Conflict topic section.)
into his remarks, the President stated, in part, that he “ran
for President to fundamentally change things . . . .”
That was a very vague statement, but the President revealed his
change agenda through out his address. The change should be to return
to founding constitutional principals, not to further advance
socialism and immorality.
but still into his early remarks, the President stated, as a single
paragraph, “I’m a capitalist. But just pay your fair share.”
I simply had to laugh out loud! I assume that the President was
joking, by stating that he's a capitalist. “Fair share” is the
commonly used and euphemistic expression for taxing the haves more,
to give to the have-nots, to further expand the socialist federal
closing remarks, the President stated, in part:
My fellow Americans, we meet
tonight at an inflection point.
We are a good people, the only
nation in the world built on an idea.
That all of us, every one of us, is
created equal in the image of God. A nation that stands as a beacon
to the world.
Because the soul of this nation is
strong, because the backbone of this nation is strong, because the
people of this nation are strong, the State of the Union is strong.
I have never been more optimistic
about the future of America.
words did nothing to inspire me. The inflection (or turning) point
should be to repent as a nation and to return to godly and moral
living, under the original intent of the Constitution, which is based
on biblical values. The President, of course, believes that some of
us are more equal than others (i.e., the socialists are elevated,
while the conservatives are relegated). He, of course, does not
affirm the equality of the unborn child. This once great nation needs
to return to the Beacon to the world, in Christ. The souls of true
followers of Christ are strong. The national soul, which, in
majority, does not follow Christ, is morally weak and corrupt. The
State of the Union is, at best, continuing to weaken, ever so slowly.
I am a
realistic optimist. I, however, am very pessimistic about the
socialistic future of America.
Blackburn Report: Responding To The State Of The Union
Senator Marsha Blackburn's The
Blackburn Report -- which I received by email on 2/10/2023 -- is
the title of this section. I subscribe to her weekly emails.
Blackburn's introductory paragraph is as follows. (The website links
are in her original paragraph.)
This week, President
Biden delivered his second State of the Union address in front of a
weary nation. On the day Biden walked into the Oval Office, inflation
sat at 1.4%,
border encounters were three
and our adversaries feared us. Two years later, inflation is at a
40-year high, our national debt has exceeded
for the first time ever, 4.6 million immigrants have illegally
crossed the southern border, and Chinese spy balloons are violating
U.S. airspace. The Biden administration has intentionally implemented
policies to further a destructive left-wing agenda, and the American
people are paying the price.
inclusion of Senator Blackburn's response, to the President's State
of the Union Address, are added to this article, simply to strengthen
my own response.
today is “Supper” Bowl Sunday. It's the 57th “Supper”
Bowl. The football game, between the Kansas City Chiefs and
Philadelphia Eagles, starts at 6:30 PM ET.
that time, our supper should be over, and Molly (our doggy) should be
inside with us. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman will probably be washing
supper dishes. An episode of Gunsmoke will probably, as usual, be my
notes on the “Supper” Bowl are in my articles of 8/8/2021
Roger Goodell never did reply to my 7/19/2021 e-mail to him.
Balancing the President's Spin
I was one of millions, who chose not to watch the President's
2/7/2023 State of the Union address. See “27.3
Million Watched the 2023 State of the Union Address,” on Nielsen,
2/8/2023. The article states that viewership was down 29%, from
President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union address. The article
includes historical audience data, for State of the Union addresses,
from 2/17/1993 to 2/7/2023.
Gallup, “Presidential Approval Ratings -- Joe Biden,” poll
(1/2-22/2023) shows that 41% of Americans approve of his job
viewership and approval ratings, which I have cited, place into
context President Biden's political spin and propaganda, in his
2/7/2023 address. I do not understand how even 10% of Americans could
approve of the President's job performance. At least 41% of
Americans, apparently, are drinking the poison-laced, socialist
about the skunks, which the introduction mentioned? Why the
photograph, for this article? I will explain, as I close.
last Sunday into Monday morning, the skunk invasion of our front yard
occurred! Early in the morning, of Monday, 2/6/2023, while still
dark, as Mrs. Appalachian Irishman was leaving for work, we both
smelled the pungent odor of skunk spray – even before she opened
her garage door.
that day, I noticed several diggings in and around our front yard. I
spoke with a neighbor, a few days later. He had spoken with other
neighbors. The conclusion was obvious! Several skunks had entertained
themselves, in at least three yards, by having a skunk war! The spray
lingered two days. The diggings are still present in our yard.
Molly (our doggy) was not sprayed. She did, however, do a lot of
barking and sniffing around the skunk diggings.
of political skunks. Their stinky spray is unpleasant. We can't keep
from smelling it. Just don't let them spray you directly.