Archive for the ‘Hetch-Hetchy (Guardian Angel)’ Category

[Cont’d: Guardian Angel of Hetch-Hetchy)

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Maybe today’s San Francisco – in spite of her thirst for the waters of Hetch-Hetchy – would shirk the duty to uphold Mankind’s servitude of Creation. But she shouldn’t.  In spite of our current rage for the theocratic reign of Environmentalism the Religion, O’ Shaughnessy Dam is not a scarring sign of Man’s Original Sin: its engineering magnificence not a sloppy bite into some fallen virgin apple. .

There is no righteous reason to pull the dam down and restore the submerged valley. There is, though, a stewardship duty to keep it as it is: to stand athwart this engineering marvel and cry stop.

O’ Shaughnessy Dam is a witness to the truest truth one can say about Man, that he is created in God’s image.

It is said that such creaturliness has something to do with stewardship: mankind tending God’s garden, standing guard over its integrity. And so it is, our Hog-Bristle Brush picturing it all out.

Such caretaking is not static: as nature never is, never truly staying virgin. Nature is mad for Man’s knowing – as Adam knew Eden’s beasts. Taking up the duties of a steward Mankind does God one better, for he makes and invents as a creature.

Hetch-Hetchy’s dam testifies to Man as a sharer in God’s creativity, in His pleasure of invention.  It does so, boldly.  One could say that that Damn Beautiful Dam enhances and calls forth the Genesis story: that it too, this dam, this pile of concrete and rod, can glorify God the Creator by magnifying Man'[s calling as maker and inventor.

God did not call Man the Crown of Creation for nothing.

© Stephen L. Golay

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 Victor Davis Hanson (City Journal)

The shot heard around this painting!.  Read it.

[Also, see POST: The Great California Drought]

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For California one could post a cauldron pot of institutes, foundations, and NGOs being busybodies in the State’s Water Wars.  We won’t.  The few listed here will do.

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Even the pieces not about the “environment” – a word that has slipped  (that we have let sheathe) into nasty usage – apply, bleed over, and boost our claim that Hetch-Hetchy (and California’s  Great Water Project) is a crowning work of Creation’s Crown, Mankind in California.

[Also, see POST: The Great California Drought]

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Superbly Toned. Pitch-Perfect.

  • Reading Among the Ruins(PJ Media) I have been reading both new and classic books this week among the ruins (see photos below). Martin Anderson, now almost in his 90th year, has written a fascinating memoir about fashioning a cattle and big-game preservation ranch in Africa: Galana: Elephant, Game Domestication, and Cattle on a Kenya Ranch. At one time Galana was believed to have been the largest single ranching operation in Africa, and one encouraged by the Kenyan government to be a model of tourism, cattle production, and wildlife protection.Galana is an analytical but also personal memoir about what Africa was like in its once hopeful and immediate postcolonial phase, and how Martin Anderson in his late thirties came to the Kenyan wild in 1960, when most Westerners were leaving, often for understandable reasons. . . . Speaking of the bush and the wild, as I was finishing rereading Galana last evening, I got a call from my son about a truck speeding out of the family vineyard alleyway across the road. Yes, I know, reader — same old, same old:  The miscreants had already dumped their trash: chemical drums, paints, solvents, oils, concrete, tires, garbage, and lots of broken fluorescent glass tubes — something a bit worse than the usual toxic brew that is left on San Joaquin Valley property.
  • The Myth of a California Renaissance (NRO) Are the recent raves about a new California renaissance true? Rolling Stone magazine just gushed that California governor Jerry Brown has brought the state back from the brink of “double-digit unemployment, a $26 billion deficit and an accumulated ‘wall of debt’ topping $35 billion.”Unfortunately, California still faces existential crises.
  • The Great California Land Rush (PJ Media) Boom or Bust? I have lived on the same farm for 59 years and seen at least three boom-and-bust farm cycles — one in the late 1960s, another in the early 1980s, and a third right now.
  • Krugman’s California Dreaming(NRO) It is rare, even in the case of Paul Krugman, to read a column in which almost everything that is stated is either wrong or deliberately misleading. But his recent take on California’s renaissance is pure fantasy.
  • Five Days of Hope and Despair (PJ Media) Brief travel log of five days amid 21st-century California.
  • The California Mordida (Tribune Media Services)  California now works on the principle of the mordida, or “bite.” Its government assumes that it can take something extra from residents for the privilege of living in their special state.
  • Beautifully Medieval California  (PJ Media) Gates Close at Dusk: At about dusk, I close two large metal gates to my driveways. The security lights come on, and I enjoy intramural life.
  • It’s a Mad, Mad World (NRO)Dorner Debacle:It is hard to remember worse coverage of a catastrophe than what we are given about the ex-cop Christopher Dorner’s murdering rampage. Some reprehensible pundits, ever so easily, fall into blaming LAPD and its “history of racism,” in a sorta, kinda contextualizing of Dorner’s brutal killing of innocents by the specter of Rodney King.
  • California at Twiligh(PJ Media) We keep trying to understand the enigma of California, mostly why it still breathes for a while longer, given the efforts to destroy the sources of its success. Let’s try to navigate through its sociology and politics to grasp why something that should not survive is surviving quite well — at least in some places.
  • It’s Hard to Screw Up California–But We Try Our Best(NRO) There is a sort of upbeat New York Timesarticle arguing that California — in part, thanks to passing the highest sales and income taxes in the nation — might be coming back, a sort of recovery that can guide the rest of the US to a renewed faith in the Obama/EU/blue-state way.

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