tree frog 2

What is all that racket outside every night, once the sun goes down?  Why its tree frogs!  They are singing their hearts out, looking for a mate.

Tree frogs are definitely a sign of warm weather.  They are also a sign that all is well and right with the world.  In the forest, when tree frogs get quiet, it means that they are aware of danger.  Their silence becomes an anti-alarm of sorts.

Near my house, nothing shuts them up.  Their sound can be deafening.  Oddly enough, they sound isn’t coming from Bull Run Creek but rather the opposite direction.  So much for the bull frog theory.  If there are bull frogs in the mix they must be ones who have taken over someone’s swimming pool.  Croakers’ rights or something like that.

138 thoughts on “Open Thread…………………………………………………….Monday, June 1

  1. Pat.Herve

    Wolve :
    @Pat.Herve
    The option for the Repubs is to keep their “fix” powder dry until we see the outcome of November 2016.

    That plan failed in 2012, are they going to repeat it again – they will never learn, will they.

  2. Scout

    So Cargo (# 118), why was there no mention at the time of passage of the internal self-destruct button in the legislation that you think was part of the original intent of Congress? Not a peep.

    This recent attack was ginned up after passage by opponents poring over the legislation trying to find anomalies in the drafting (and there are quite a few, to be sure). But if the intent of Congress had been to withhold subsidies from states where the federal exchange was operating, you would have thought someone would have said something about it, either in Congress, or contemporaneously from opponents of the legislation as an argument for states not to set up exchanges. The argument emerged after the fact.

    The majority didn’t re-write the legislation, they used long-established conservative principles of statutory construction to protect Congress from judicial usurpation.

  3. Wolve

    Pat.Herve :

    Wolve :
    @Pat.Herve
    The option for the Repubs is to keep their “fix” powder dry until we see the outcome of November 2016.

    That plan failed in 2012, are they going to repeat it again – they will never learn, will they.

    2012 is in the past. Over and done with. A twice-repeated national mistake where we foolishly let an unvetted and incompetent camel get his nose under the tent. 2016 is to come. Time to make up for the folly of 2008 and 2012.

    1. Who would you suggest as the camel to get his (or her) nose under the tent?

  4. Scout

    Wolve is right – it is possible to lose by greater margins than we did in 2012. We can tack even farther away from the core values of the American population.

  5. Pat.Herve

    Can someone tell Bristol Palin – a teen pregnancy prevention spokesperson – that if the abstinence thing does not work, there is a thing called birth control that can take care of it. Having two babies with two different baby daddies is far from what I call a family values type of life style. Very sad that some people look to her as being their role model.

    1. Yea, if no doesn’t work then try the pill or some other method. No one would care.

  6. Wolve

    Scout :
    Wolve is right – it is possible to lose by greater margins than we did in 2012. We can tack even farther away from the core values of the American population.

    Scoutie, you should be honest for once and drop the “we.” If you keep kissing the Dem cheeks so much, they will get chapped and won’t be able to sit down.

    1. Ahem…Wolve…I hate to bring this up but you used the term “we” also. Does that mean you are now a Republican?

  7. Starryflights

    Wolve :

    Pat.Herve :

    Wolve :
    @Pat.Herve
    The option for the Repubs is to keep their “fix” powder dry until we see the outcome of November 2016.

    That plan failed in 2012, are they going to repeat it again – they will never learn, will they.

    2012 is in the past. Over and done with. A twice-repeated national mistake where we foolishly let an unvetted and incompetent camel get his nose under the tent. 2016 is to come. Time to make up for the folly of 2008 and 2012.

    Best of luck, buddy. Perhaps Don Trump will be your savior.

  8. Scout

    If I weren’t a Republican, Wolve, I wouldn’t be so alarmed and embarrassed by some of the utter nonsense that gets spouted in the name of a Party that my ancestors were active in establishing and that I’ve actively supported in more ways that I can count since 1964. Romney was an excellent candidate and would have been a competent President. If you think of him as “unvetted and incompetent”, you will never find a candidate that suits you. If your remarks were directed at Sarah Palin in 2008, I would agree with you, and would retract my comment (#129) to the extent she was the focus of your concern. You are no doubt right that someone like Tom Ridge would have been a better choice. But 2008 was not going to be a GOP win no matter what, following as it did on Iraq and the economic collapse.

    One of the GOP’s biggest problems winning national elections is that it has not, in recent years, been firm enough with loonies with big mouths who attach themselves to the Party. The Dixiecrats and the Calhounists have no place in the Party and need to saunter off to someplace distant. There was a time within living memory when the Republican Party stood for civil rights, budgetary discipline (on both the tax and the spending side), and intelligent foreign policy formulation. There are shards of this past still visible within elements of the Party, but they are not dominant in the public projection of the Party’s image. I hope that changes.

  9. Cargosquid

    @Scout
    “So Cargo (# 118), why was there no mention at the time of passage of the internal self-destruct button in the legislation that you think was part of the original intent of Congress? Not a peep.”

    Because NO ONE READ IT. It was discovered when implemented by the IRS. Furthermore, it wasn’t considered a self-destruct button. It was incentive for the states to join. The admin was surprised when some conservative states said, “No thank you.” to the “free” money.

    The IRS implemented rules that did not exist.

    “The majority didn’t re-write the legislation, they used long-established conservative principles of statutory construction to protect Congress from judicial usurpation.”

    They rewrote the bill. Roberts even admits it by ruling for it because of “intent,” ignoring the actual text.

    1. Surely you see some good in Obama care?

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