|ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL MORNING|
Wednesday, 8:30 AM. 66 degrees F, wind W, calm. The sky has a few high, thin white clouds, the humidity is 45% and the barometer is trending down. It is a beautiful morning.
Signs of fall are beginning to be evident now, the earliest apples are ripe and there are fallen apples on the ground in neighborhood yards. On our Monday trip to Minneapolis sumac and red maples were turning here and there. The daisy-fleabane, Erigeron annuus, in the composite family (looks somewhat like a fall aster) is a summer annual and is beginning to show its age. I think it will be an earlier than usual fall. I hope we get adequate rain as we are still short on moisture from the drought earlier.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has chastised retired military who are criticizing President Obama, stating that the military should remain "apolitical." That is true for active duty personnel, but not for retirees. Retired military (which once included almost every male citizen ) has not only a right, but a duty to comment on politics, and participate actively if so moved. We have had generals as President (Washington Jackson, Grant, Eisenhower). Should they not have served? I don't know what the others would have done if they had been told they couldn't participate in politics, but Jackson would have knifed someone. The Chairman is himself being "political" in trying to muzzle a major group of citizens.