August 02, 2010
Blues and greens
El Cabrero is not overly superstitious most days, but I do believe it's good luck to see a great blue heron, if only because herons are cool. I saw two great blues flying yesterday during a long road trip, which I took to be a good sign.
Yesterday evening, however, who should appear at Goat Rope Farm but a green heron who has been known to hang out here from time to time, our creek being one of his favorite dining establishments.
It remains to be seen whether the good luck portended by the flying blues was seeing the green or if seeing both kinds means that things are about to go really great. Judging by current events, it may well be the former.
THE NEW NORMAL. Are we supposed to just get used to high unemployment rates and government inaction?
MEANWHILE, BACK IN WV, economic signals are mixed.
STOP THE PRESSES. I agree with Alan Greenspan about something.
IMPORTANT VOTE TODAY. The US Senate may vote today (again) on an important measure which would extend fiscal aid to states through the federal Medicaid match (FMAP). This measure has been narrowly defeated several times in the past by Republicans. If you want to do a good deed today, try calling yours bright and early, especially if they are on the fence. State layoffs and budget cuts could turn a lackluster recovery into a double dip recession.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED