Saturday, July 04, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

fireworks
Happy Fourth of July! to all my American readers

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” – Erma Bombeck.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Priorities: She has 'em

What I really, really like about this strip is not how the narration describes her ducking while dropping her gun as "defends herself". No, it's how she stops to pick up her purse before her gun.


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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Inside looking out ...

I took the card out of my father's camera to look at some pics I took of a cardinal and found this on it - from February.

Maple in Ice

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At 10:48 AM, July 04, 2015 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

We infer that your dad snapped the shot -- lovely composition (not that we miss winter, though)!

 
At 11:49 AM, July 04, 2015 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Yes, it's his.

 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cuckoo rescue

Yesterday while sitting on the couch in the living room and reading, I was startled by a loud thump of something hitting the picture window. Looking out the window I couldn't see anything, but if whatever it was had dropped straight down, I wouldn't have been able to. When I went outside, I saw this:


It's a yellow-billed cuckoo. I watched her (him? you can't tell with cuckoos) for a few minutes but she just sat there, completely dazed. Following Cornell Lab's instructions for birds involved in window collisions, I went inside and prepared a shoebox. When I came back out, she had pulled herself together a little, but was still clearly dazed.



I put her in the box. She didn't seem injured, but was unresponsive to being handled.



I took the box inside and left her to recover for about half an hour.



When I took her back outside (she had pecked the box a couple of times, so I figured (hoped!) she was ready to go) and took off the lid, she immediately jumped out but then just sat there.


I put my hand down and she climbed on to it. She sat there for a few minutes, gradually getting perkier and letting me take a few pics:









And then she pushed off and flew over into the bushes at the woods' edge. Another minute and she was gone.



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At 11:27 AM, June 30, 2015 Anonymous Picky had this to say...

How wonderful to have her sitting on your hand.

As to her jumping out of the box, perhaps she was Irish and found that Union Jack culturally offensive?

 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The week summed up

five panel strip showing confederate flag coming down and rainbow flag being raised


(from SPLC)



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Scalia Burns

Snerk. Check out how Justice Scalia would burn you. Here's how he burned me:

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At 1:35 AM, July 04, 2015 Anonymous Adrian Morgan had this to say...

After trying a few, the one I liked best (and quoted in the comments) was:

"One would think that morally reasonable and intelligent people's interpretations are jaw-dropping. I dissent."

Much more fun than using your actual name.

 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Uh, hello?

"But no court, no law, no rule, and no words will change the simple truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Nothing will change the importance of a mother and a father to the raising of a child. And nothing will change our collective resolve that all Americans should be able to exercise their faith in their daily lives without infringement and harassment." Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced his defiance.

But that paragraph must mean, if it's not pure applesauce, that Texas intends to outlaw divorce for couples with children and mandate remarriage for widows and widowers with children and single mothers.

And it must mean that any church that wants to marry gays has to be able to do it legally, because otherwise they're being infringed.

edited to add this update: Though he disapproved of the ruling, Paxton said that Texas would be following the Supreme Court ruling, and county clerks in Texas began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Friday.

and edited again to add this great picture from the Dallas Morning News:



APPLESAUCE it was.

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One more time!


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YES!





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WTF NPR? Really. WTF

I'm flabbergasted.

On NPR today David Greene asked Roxanne Gay this (quote is from memory) :

The Lord's Prayer says "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive the trespasses of others."1. You're not really living up to the spirit of that when you say you can't forgive him.

Jesus Louisus.

I can confidently say that not once did I hear someone say that people who don't forgive Dzhokar Tsarnayev or Osama bin Laden or the 9/11 terrorists or anybody else isn't being a good Christian.

Seriously?

This is racism. This is white privilege. Black people should forgive this white boy who walked into a black church and killed  nine strangers because they were black and who wanted to start a race war, so "we" can "heal" and "move on".

Fuck that.

"Forgiving, healing and moving on" are to make us white folks feel better about ourselves. We move on. Black people stay where they are.

And that needs to end.


(1: oh yeah. That's not what it says. It says "as we forgive those who trespass against us".)

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Good news on Two Fronts

The ACA is Here to Stay!

Read about it here

But also important today, the Court upheld "disparate impact" in housing discrimination - the provision that criminalizes practices not just of overt unfairness, on-the-surface racial discrimination, but also policies that were unintentionally biased, such as zoning strategies that inadvertently promoted segregation, as well as more subtle tactics that make it harder for minorities to live where they want to. It's not as flashy as the Obamacare ruling, or the same-sex-marriage one that might come tomorrow or might come next week, but it's very important, particularly in the light of all the talk of institutionalized racism we've heard this past week.

Read about it here.

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