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Open Thread…………………………January, 2017

Winter is a good time to be outside.  If you are in the woods, you can really see woods!  If you are at the Battlefield, you can really see some gorgeous sunsets.  Some are great, some not so much but it gets me out of the house and moving about.

I am hanging out in a different place now, at least every other day.  I am hanging out at the Vint Hill Dog Park.

What a great place it is.  It is privately owned and supported for the public.  It beats PWC’s dog parks all to hell.  There aren’t any public ones on this end of the county.  I like it better than Fairfax County dog parks also.  It is a huge park and there are always lots of dogs there.  They provide water, bowls, toys, blast horns (in the event of dog fights), pet waste bags, and of course, the big and the little pen.

I have truly gone to the dogs, at least a couple days a week.   If you want to give your dog a little exercise and socialization, try a dog park!

Meanwhile, let’s hear it for sunsets!

 

 

#IcantKeepQuiet: A new Anthem

We have spoken about the power of communication and the power of just getting together to share ideas…These young women didn’t meet until 2 days ago and they practiced their song online.

My brother sent me this video and yes, I cried.

Never underestimate the power of people coming together.  They can move mountains.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Some people are calling this song the anthem of the women’s march on Washington.

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Do not call for my tolerance….

THE RESISTANCE
“I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.

Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To “Get over it.”
To accept this…
I will not.
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Who says size doesn’t count?

Newyorktimes.com:

The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday.

Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity and estimated that there were about 160,000 people in those areas in the hour leading up to Mr. Trump’s speech Friday.

Those are just Washington figures.  Consider all the sister marches around the world.  My guess is the new president and Congress are going to have a rough go of it.  That’s a lot of energy out there.

Not to snag and paraphrase a famous saying but…a sleeping giant has been awakened and she is pissed.

First Press Briefing: the press gets taken to the woodshed

Washingtonpost.com:

President Trump used his first full day in office to wage war on the media, accusing news organizations of lying about the size of his inauguration crowd as Saturday’s huge protests served notice that a vocal and resolute opposition would be a hallmark of his presidency.

With Americans taking to the streets in red and blue states alike to emphatically decry a president they consider reprehensible and, even, illegitimate, Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency for a stream-of-consciousness airing of grievances — including against journalists, whom he called “the most dishonest human beings on Earth.”

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Pink Pussycat hats soften the message!

From the Washington Post  by Petula Dvorak:

The Women’s March needs passion and purpose, not pink pussycat hats

Please, sisters, back away from the pink.

Pink pussycat hats, sparkly signs, color-coordinated street theater, all of it is gleefully in the works for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.

And that scares me a little. Because all of this well-intentioned, she-power frippery can make this thing more Lilith Fair than Lilly Ledbetter. And the Women’s March of 2017 will be remembered as an unruly river of Pepto-Bismol roiling through the streets of the capital rather than a long overdue civil rights march.

This is serious stuff.

It’s about human rights. It’s about the way 51 percent of our nation’s population still gets less pay, less representation in elected office and in corporate corner offices, less access to health care, less safety and less respect that the other 49 percent of our deeply divided nation.

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Lights out

Sigh.  I can’t add to this sentiment.

What on earth are we headed in to?

Thanks to the Obamas for their service to their country.  Thanks for bringing the country back from the brink of financial disaster.  Thanks for 8 years of dignity and a scandal free administration.  Thanks for the humor.  Thanks for setting a good example.

“Day of Tears”? I don’t think so!

Ben Cline (above)

WTOP.com:

WASHINGTON —Abortion rights opponents want to pass a resolution in the Virginia General Assembly that would make Jan. 22 as a “day of tears.”

 The U.S. Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, 1973. The law established a nationwide right to abortion.
Anne Fitzgerald, who is with the organization Day of Tears, said the resolution was “in memory of those babies that are not with us.” She said there have been more than 58 million abortions since Roe v. Wade.
The resolution, HR 268, was introduced by Republican delegates Benjamin L. Cline of the 24th District and Richard P. Bell of the 20th District. The resolution would not only designate Jan. 22 as “Day of Tears” but also encourage Virginia residents to lower flags to half- staff.
“On the morning of Jan. 22, citizens wake up and they’re driving around and they’re seeing people’s flags lowered, they’re going to ask who died,” Fitzgerald said.

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Maddow calls Trump out as a liar

Rachel tells us that our new soon -to-be president will flat out lie to us and will put it in writing even when we can check the information for ourselves.

Does this frighten anyone else but me?  For years I have heard people condemn various Democrats for lying.  Clinton about Lewinsky springs to mind…

This lie deals with our national security.  Does he think we are just stupid?

I have a shiver down my spine also.

Scott Pruitt: Be afraid, very afraid….

Washingtonpost.com:

Oklahoma is 1,400 miles from the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Md., halfway across the country. But the distance didn’t matter to Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt, after the Environmental Protection Agency drew up a plan to clean the polluted bay. He tried to stop it.

Pruitt was one of 21 state attorneys general who signed an amicus brief opposing the largest cleanup of a water body in U.S. history. The brief supported a federal lawsuit filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau that claimed the EPA usurped the power of states in the watershed to regulate pollution that flows into the bay from cities and farms.

Pruitt is now President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to run the EPA, the agency that Pruitt has railed against, suing it more than a half-dozen times over regulations on clean water and clean air that he disagreed with.

How can anyone deny that the Chesapeake Bay needs to be cleaned up?  Where did all the fish go?  Oysters?  Crabs?  These ocean dwellers are slowly returning as clean up efforts continue.  Does this bureaucrat  think that people who rely on the Chesapeake Bay for their livelihoods don’t need jobs?  There have to be fish, crabs and shellfish in order to make a living off the Bay.

People who live here in Prince William County can all do their part also to keep the Bay clean.  We are part of the watershed.  I don’t think for one second that our local government would do anything necessary to prevent the fouling of the Bay, unless of course the EPA ordered it to happen.   In fact, I have heard the BOCS chairman moan and groan about the regulations the board must pay to comply with.

Taking it a step further, we need clean air to breath.  Factory emissions must be curtailed.  Why do people deny these things.  Anyone who thinks burning coal is clean, has never lived around it.  Anyone who thinks that burning coal is healthy has never met anyone with black lung disease.  Read More

What the bleep? Trump national security pick Monica Crowley– plagiarist!

 

CNNmoney.com:

Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley, whom Donald Trump has tapped for a top national security communications role, plagiarized large sections of her 2012 book, a CNN KFile review has found.

The review of Crowley’s June 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” found upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources, including the copying with minor changes of news articles, other columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia. The New York Times bestseller, published by the HarperCollins imprint Broadside Books, contains no notes or bibliography.

Crowley did not return a request for comment. Multiple requests for comment by phone and email over the past two days to HarperCollins went unreturned.

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Megyn Kelly lured away from Faux News by NBC

New York Times:

Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed amount, people briefed on the negotiations said on Tuesday.

The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.

The move will herald a seismic shift in the cable news landscape, where Ms. Kelly had become the second-most watched host — after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News — and often helped define the national political debate, especially over the last year as Donald J. Trump regularly attacked her, at times in viciously personal terms.

Ms. Kelly’s departure would upend Fox News’s vaunted prime-time lineup and inject a new dose of tumult just a few months after the departure of the network’s powerful founding chairman, Roger Ailes, who was ousted after several women made allegations that he sexually harassed them.

Good for Megyn Kelly.  She has a brain and was wasting it on the T & A show over at Fox News.   I hope she sends Donald Trump a fruit basket thanking him for her liberation.  She did an excellent job during that first debate where Donald Trump showed his true misogynistic colors by attacking Megyn.  She acquired a great deal of support from that incident.

The Solstice: Winter is officially here

Not only is winter here but it is here with a vengeance.  The good news is, the days will now be getting longer.   Yes, the Oak King overpowers the Holly King and the days grow longer and the nights grow shorter.

For those of us who enjoy the sunsets, this is good news.

I still sit in wonder at the various places around the world like NewGrange and Stonehenge that line up so perfectly with the various heavenly bodies at the solstices.  How on earth did the ancients know that much astronomy and how did they build these precise edifices?