The other day I was reading a newspaper rundown of the stated positions of Republican candidates on all manner of things: same-sex marriage, abortion, global warming, foreign policy, health care and the like. I grabbed a highlighter and circled all the things that froze me in my mental tracks. I hadn't known, for instance, that all the evidence for global warming was simply "junk science." Apparently, if you're a Republican presidential candidate, the polar ice caps won't melt in front of you, glaciers won't vanish and the sea level won't rise. Which must be cool, like having a Cloak of Invisibility.
The more I read, the more convinced I became that we have a new set of superheroes before us, with unique superpowers. Who needs the Fantastic Four? These guys get to say who reproduces and when, and who gets to get married and where. They can debunk entire bodies of science with a single "Poo-poo!" And I thought it would be cool just to be able to fly, or pick up a car.
Before long I had circled pretty much everything on the page.
Then last evening I was listening to NPR and anchor Audie Cornish said this:
And by virtue of this rather sly wording, I got a sudden mental image of some snow goose photos I took in New Mexico in 2007.