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Friday, April 24. 2015
Here in New England, the spring migration is underway. Blackbirds came a month ago, and are still passing through, but the hardy songbirds are beginning to show up despite yesterday's light snow.
The Juncos headed north a couple of weeks ago, and now most of the White Throats have left too. I heard the first Towhee of the Spring this morning.
How quick can bird migration be? Brazil to Pennsylvania in 13 days.
Photo is our Eastern Towhee. Unmistakable, loud call, "Drink your teeeee." Saw my first of the season yesterday, scratching under my feeder. Love those guys.
Here's a chilly male Cardinal. Due to global warming, it was a wicked winter and a cold early Spring this year.
Thursday, April 23. 2015
Did you ever wonder why Al Kooper's organ chords were slightly behind? He didn't know the chords. Besides, he barely knew how to play the organ. He was a guitar player.
Good story, and true. With enough ballsiness, life can be like that.
So soon, we are back in the thick of the old familiar Clinton slime. This morning it was the Russian uranium deal, and this afternoon, this: Hillary's Charities Suffer A "Geithner Moment", Will Refile 5 Years Of Taxes
Tomorrow it will be Bill hanging with crims and underage hookers in the Bahamas...never mind, that already was reported last week by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
For Clintons, speech income shows how their wealth is intertwined with charity. It's become clear, if it had not been already, that those $300-500,000 speeches were bribes and that their "charity" is a slush fund.
And, via the very lib NY Mag:
Mark Halperin: Will the Old Clinton Playbook Work? Well, Wall St loves her so there's that. Who else does? I wonder. I suspect both the Bushes and the Clintons will be past history soon, if not already.
How would all of this go over if the Clintons were conservative Repubs?
Live and learn. Nobody would eat a daffodil bulb on purpose, but if you do it's bad news.
- Some people are highly allergic to daffodil sap.
- Most other plants cannot tolerate daffodil or narcissus sap. They secrete something which prevents other stems from absorbing water. That's why you never see bouquets or vases with daff or narcissus cuttings shared with other flower or plant cuttings.
"To believe in God is one thing. A relationship with God is the end game.”
Pic: Mr. Volcano in Chile celebrates Earth Day with megatons of CO2 and air pollution, via Gateway
Gender identification based on genitalia is the new bigotry.
Warning: Literature Ahead
Same goes for many people who pursue their dreams
SCOTUS takes on the raisin takings case - Classical taking, government theft, or something else entirely?
Stockman: Thanks For The Investment Advice, Mario!
The Meaning of Their Service: General (4Star-Ret. U.S.M.C.) James N. Mattis
Greenfield: Know Your Social Justice Warriors:
Welfare and Social Insurance Lead to Declining Desire to Work
There has to be something criminal in this
The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy: Hillary Clinton’s Scandals Finally Catch Up to Mainstream Media
Hillary’s Team Outlines ‘Clinton Cash’ Response: Attack the Messenger
The sleaze is piling up again
From Goad's Conveniently Latino:
Marines, Navy Looking for Amphibious Alternatives
Wednesday, April 22. 2015
Or so she says: Hillary’s loose lips.
If she wants to topple herself, she just might. Dems need a candidate with integrity, regardless of leftiness.
Related: Mrs. Clinton and the 1 Percenters. Nothing against money, but $200 million in the bank and 2 billion in a personal foundation ain't bad for a life dedicated to public service. Dems need a credible candidate.
Great jolly fun with two old farts: "It’s all going to pot Whether we like it or not As far as I can tell The world’s gone to hell And we’re sure gonna miss it a lot"
Our (too-occasional) contributor Gwynnie sends me an email. Something like "We will be out of town, change of plans. Will you all be willing to fill in for us to host a small, semi-formal luncheon for Luis Palau after church?"
Well, I will do anything for Gwynnie and his family, and they for us, but that is an honor and a treat. You betcha.
G noted that the hispanic workers will be delighted. Well, sure - but not just them. Luis Palau. We'll just sit back, shut up, and listen to the conversations.
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This is not nearly as funny as the Yale vs. North Carolina soccer shoot-out. But since News Junkie stumbled on Studio C, the group of young comedians who made Scott Sterling famous across the globe, I thought my fellow farmer would enjoy this skit. The ending is in his sweet spot.
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Star Wars: The Nostalgia Awakens
‘Sapiosexual’ Deemed New ‘Uber-Trendy Sexual Orientation’
Are sapio sex workers called professors, or students?
Rowing Team's Practice Is Disrupted By A Particularly Invasive Species Of Fish
Help needed: More Ospreys and eagles
Dietary supplements shown to increase cancer risk
More thoughts about The Plight of the Super Genius
Speaking of genius, New York Judge Grants 2 Chimps Legal Personhood
Who will inspect the social workers?
Why the Federal Reserve May (Almost) Never Raise Interest Rates
Apple didn't build that...
For the Media, Democrat Scandals Can Never Be Reported Straight, But
Big money, dark money: Top Donors Help Steer Democracy Alliance’s 2016 Strategy
Iowa Restaurant Patron Can Remember Every Breakfast Ruined By Presidential Candidates
Hillary Clinton not exactly winning the youth vote at Dartmouth.
Sclerotic Out of Touch Upper Class Presidential Candidate ‘Surprised’ Small Businesses are Struggling
The US: An Invasion of Refugees
They've been invaded enough. New word for invaders: migrants. Like the migrants at the gates of Vienna - but they brought coffee! Starbucks! to Vienna.
Tuesday, April 21. 2015
Just in time, Steyn's book is out: Climate Change: The Facts.
About the book, Dino says "the downside is it numbs the mind with numbers and equations and history lessons and so forth."
Yup, fossil fuels are organic, and they are biofuels too. All of my vehicles are organically-powered.
It's not either-or. Hospitals are looking for good ratings and market share. It definitely can go to ridiculous lengths and it remains a good rule of thumb that the hospitals with the best "hotel services" are not the most medically-advanced. And sometimes the "most advanced" can get you into new problems.
What's the matter with these Clinton grifters?
My House Wrens returned yesterday, so I am re-posting this. I need to quickly finish my re-painting and refurbishing of their birdhouses because it cheers me to have them around ye olde cabin.
We have two pairs nesting each year in our wren houses, and their cheery chatter is a sentimental springtime pleasure. I can hear them right now. Once they lay their eggs, they tend to go silent so as not to draw attention to their eggs and babies.
With wrens, "If you build it, they will come." They love wren houses. They like to appropriate mailboxes too, or anything else with a hole in it. For many years when I was a kid we had them nesting happily in an old horse feedbag that hung on a nail in an open shed.
Problem with House Wrens is that the males will fill boxes in their territory with sticks to keep competitors from using them. Filthy Capitalist slime.
Read more about the House Wren here.
Image via Moonbattery
Ernie Pyle was shot on the island of Ie Shima 70 years ago
Westport, CT and The New Yorker
Pasta? Ruby grapefruits? Why organic devotees love foods mutated by radiation and chemicals
It was good marketing. Same goes for cereal.
Twinkie's Miracle Comeback: The Untold, Inside Story of a $2 Billion Feast
The Socially Acceptable Sin-It’s everywhere in our society and churches, yet almost never talked about.
Japan stereotyping: Gear Acquisition Syndrome Has Reached a New High
Kimball: Remember the First Amendment?
Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’
Steyn: The Drift toward Despotism
Will advise Brit friends to learn Spanish, fly to Mexico, wade thru the river, and get the freebies
Why Are Many Former Workers Not Even Applying for Job Openings?
She sure doesn't. The Villages?
Hannan: We may have the monarchy, but you have the hereditary ruling class
Replace Daily Mail with FOX and you get the idea
Saudis Brace for Home Front Attacks
Monday, April 20. 2015
I have seen money. Felt it in my hand. I have wasted it one day and built temples to my fellow man the next with money, with no good reason to do either. I have watched it slumber in a bank book with my name on it waiting for nothing more than a notion and a signature. All gone. Gone for good, I think but must not say. She hears everything I say. I utter the sounds but I don’t listen to what I’m saying
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Fiorina Has Hillary Defenders Worried
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I've always had some kind of Asian influence, either art or literature, in my life. I suppose it's the result of my parents' years in the Philippines and then my father's subsequent time in Micronesia after their divorce. We children always received some kind of books or other material from his travels.
Recently, my sister commented that she'd taken my mother and half-sister to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the Kano Exhibit. I was jealous, until she told me it was a four-part exhibit due to the nature of the material. Yesterday, we drove down and joined them for part 2 - Ink and Gold.
Continue reading "Kano"
Posted by Bulldog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:05 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
'Ban GMOs: That Shit Ain’t Food' - How the rhetoric of disgust undermines responsible food choices.
Be a Rebel: Cook Your Vegetables to Death
I like that
Gdansk? It figures.
Women Are Owning More and More Small Businesses
I coulda told em
The transgender triumph
Lengthy, interesting article about trannies
Feds Spent $410,265 Studying ‘Satisfaction’ Levels of Young Gay Men’s First Time
Your tax dollars at work
Four Jobs Our American Universities Don't Do Anymore
College Kicks Off 'Disinvitation Dinner' By Hosting Speaker Shunned by University
IF YOU’RE MALE AND BELONG TO A FRATERNITY, YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS.
The Real Student Loan Crisis Is The One Obama Created
Forget Steak and Seafood: Here’s How Welfare Recipients Actually Spend Their Money
No, food stamps aren’t subsidies for McDonald’s and Wal-Mart - What advocates of a "living wage" get wrong about the labor market
Supreme Court Weighs Bizarre Private Property Seizure
Preventing the Coming Ice Age
Obama Warns U.S.: ‘Climate Change Poses Immediate Risks to Our National Security’
Think Global Warming Is Bad? Wait Until You Meet Sustainability
The Big Idea: California Is So Over - California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior.
Sexism Is The New Racism
Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans´ to-do list as law takes hold
Wait, wasn't she president already? Decoding the passionate, conflicted and deeply strange launch of Hillary 2.0
Dead Broke Hillary Dodged Sniper Fire With Her Immigrant Parents In Tuzla
Biggest Donor to Clinton Foundation Violated Iran Sanctions, Got State Dept Meetings Under Hillary
New Book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ Questions Foreign Donations to Foundation