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Open Thread…………………………………………….Friday, September 26

September 26th, 2014 13 comments

hummingbirdWhere have all the hummingbirds gone?  Long time passing.

One day my feeders were being bombarded with these mean little birds.  Then they all vaporized.  Gone.  Do hummingbirds migrate?  If yes, then where do they go for the winter?

Hummingbirds are mean and aggressive.  They fight with each other and probably would fight me if I got in their way.

I guess they are finished with me for the season.  I bought them new food and everything.  I hope it keeps until next spring.   Do you still have these snarky little birds at your house?

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Donkey love consored!

September 26th, 2014 16 comments

Some people just can’t stand it that other creatures and critters might just be having fun. It reminds me of the busy bodies on this side of the pond. Why on earth would do-gooders try to keep zoo animals apart?

Ever been to the monkey house? Its about as crass and crude as it gets. A little donkey love is mild compared to the antics of bored monkeys.

The Roosevelts: stark reminder of better times?

September 22nd, 2014 44 comments

Excerpt from Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class’  by Joseph Palermo

Ken Burns’ seven-part PBS series on the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, is a remarkable achievement. Burns sheds a poignant new light on the personal and public lives of three monumental figures in 20th Century American history. And in doing so, he illustrates the relative rottenness of the hacks, partisans, and plutocrats who make up the political class that rules America today.

By exploring the lives and times of TR, FDR, and ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans. This superb and moving portrait is a perfect fit for our times. The utter failure of our current “leaders” is glaring by comparison.

Yes, TR was a warmonger, and FDR signed the order that imprisoned innocent Japanese Americans. There are long lists of both presidents’ failures. But we shouldn’t let those flaws bury the fact that both TR and FDR were not afraid to stand up to big corporations and Wall Street if they viewed their actions as damaging to the country. That alone is probably the biggest difference between those leaders of the early decades of the 20th Century and today.

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Women and influence

September 21st, 2014 14 comments


This is going to be a short one.  Who do you feel is the most influential woman of the 20th century and why?  Is there a runner up?


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Reflections on the McDonnells

September 19th, 2014 12 comments

The McDonnell trial is over.  They were both found guilty on a majority of the counts.  Both could easily go to prison.  But is prison the best placement for the McDonnells?

I have gone soft.  I admit it.  However, let’s review a few points.  The McDonnells did not break any Virginia laws.  Secondly, I am not sure quid pro quo was clearly established.

For certain the McDonnells were greed, stupid and unethical.  However, there really aren’t laws against those negative behaviors.  Yes, they should have known better and clearly he can’t pile it all on his somewhat silly adolescent-like almost senior citizen wife.

We do have to ask ourselves though, is prison the smartest place for either of them? They just don’t seem like prison material to me.  We also need to dispel the myths that there are “country-club” prisons.  There really is no such thing.  Even federal prisons are filled with dangerous gangsters and drug dealers, for heaven’s sake.

Prisons cost money.  Prison is a billion dollar industry as it is.  Why add to the burden with people who have already been broken.  How about 1500 hours of community service in a community health center for the poor?  I would even like to see teaching English in some school in the low rent district in Richmond for a year–something that humbles, not destroys.  (although there are probably people out there who might disagree about destroys.)

I don’t want to see the McDonnells go to prison.  I want to see Virginia make some laws that deal with ethics and how people are supposed to act while in public office.  Being elected to public office is not a free pass of entitlement.  Virginia lawmakers need to learn this lesson fast.

Disclaimer:  I did not like 95% of Governor McDonnell’s decision while he was in office.  I am certainly not a fan.  I just don’t feel they should go to prison.

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The Crusades boss, the crusades!

September 16th, 2014 6 comments

Mike Huckabee closed out his remarks at last night’s “Star Spangled Sunday” event by recounting how, many years ago, he used to watch Arkansas Razorbacks basketball games when they were re-broadcast late at night, especially when he already knew that they had won the game when it was played live earlier in the day because, no matter what the score was at any point, he knew that his team would ultimately win.

Huckabee urged those in attendance to apply this same lesson in response to the threat from radical Islam, saying that they should read the Bible in order to realize that the Christians will defeat the Muslims in the end

The sons of Ishmael? Come on, Huckabee, these aren’t the crusades.

I actually hope that most of the Muslims agree with us and want to get rid of terrorists who insist that only one brand of Islam is practiced. Why would he try to pit the entire Islamic world against Christians!! That really isn’t what this is about.

First he throws down the gauntlet by dividing us clearly into Christians vs Muslim. Then he declares us the victors. Next thing he will be wondering why there are religious wars. What a dumb ass.


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Adrian Peterson: Was it just a “good switching?”

September 15th, 2014 50 comments

Was the Adrian Peterson case overkill? Minnesota Viking Peterson was arrested for supposedly beating his 4 year old kid with a tree branch.  Let’s walk this one back a bit.  Could some of these charges be hyperbole?

The classic switching is well known to many kids and adults. Many kids even had to go select their own switch.  Could a switch be also called a “tree branch?”  Of course.  Forsythia probably makes the best switches, especially if you let the shrub grow freely.

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Holy Batman! Border Vigilantes Confront Scientists

September 14th, 2014 47 comments

A frequent message among anti-immigrant activists is that the federal government is refusing to do its job in guarding the border, and therefore civilians should consider joining border patrol militias to stop the purported massive flood of immigrants, sometimes with tragic results. Calls to join such vigilante groups only increased with the rise of unaccompanied minors fleeing drug violence in Central America, even though the minors were actually seeking out border patrol officers.


This week, one of these armed groups ambushed a group of geologists who were “counting bats in a local cave” for a wildlife survey. One of the researchers told the Huffington Post, “We didn’t know what they were doing. We started hiding behind rocks. We’re not doing what they’re saying, and they’re acting kind of jumpy. … We had them yelling at us with spotlights, acting like they have some kind of authority.” Of course, that led actual Border Patrol officers to come to the scene of the (non)crime…taking time away from their, well, actual job that they are supposedly not doing -

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After Ray Rice: What’s the new standard

September 10th, 2014 10 comments

There are all sorts of defining moments where the rules all change.  The press will never turn the other way after the Senator Hart and the Monkey Business.  Behavior between men and women in the work place will be forever changed after Anita Hill.  Lots of things changed post Watergate.  Sports figures will never get by with domestic violence after Ray Rice was banished from football after a video was released of him coldcocking his soon-to-be wife in a elevator, knocking her unconscious.

Many folks were already upset that the NFL had such lightweight sanctions on players who were involved in violent acts against others.  Penalties were longer for those who were arrested for drug use than for beating one’s wife to a bloody pulp.  All that is going to change now and it should.

Hopefully these kinds of sanctions will carry over to other sports and to other career fields.  Domestic violence has to have sanctions. Now, here is the question.  Would we feel differently if the roles were reversed?  What if the perpetrator was not a well-know athlete?  Would we have the same abhorrent reaction?  Is this about size difference?  Gender?  Would we be as upset if a wife or girl friend flew into a rage and pummeled an athlete?  No one seemed to care that Mrs. Woods broke up tiger’s golf clubs. Speak to the issue of domestic violence please and do we cut slack to women to beat on their husbands?

So what do we do about ISIS?

September 8th, 2014 47 comments


Basically, we don’t have that many choices about ISIS.  We can ignore them, we can attack them from the air, we can form a world coalition to destroy them, or we can put boots on the ground to go to war with them.

What should we do, given we have been at war in this area off and on for 25 years.

The U.S. State Department has made a video advising young people to “Think again, Turn away.”   U. S. officials want to discourage all recruitment.

Is the video too crude?  Too graphic?  Will some see it as free advertising for this terrorist group?


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