Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Give politics a rest

Let’s take a break from all this political BS.
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The best selling book in America is not copyrighted. The Bible. I thought the Gideons owned it.
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A couple of weeks ago, TV Guide sold for a dollar. Not just the magazine. The whole damned business. Such is the steep decline of Old Media.
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Hummingbirds spend most of their lives within hours of starvation. So says Sheri Williamson, author of “A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America.”
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A strange thief visited our mailbox and swiped three envelopes. Two were Absentee Ballots. The third was a large manila envelope with a hand-written address to a friend across town. It was delivered. The two Absentee Ballots were never seen again. We can only speculate the thief grabbed the ballots after seeing the Obama sign in our front yard. But why would he go to the trouble to drop the third envelope in the blue mailbox down the street? Minnesota Nice?
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Paul Douglass, long-time Minneapolis weather guru, wrote this today in the StarTrib: “Pundits have been connecting the dots between weather, election turnouts and potential upsets for decades, but new research suggests that it may be more than hot air…the 2007 Journal of Politics suggests precipitation can greatly affect voter turnout, much more than temperature…rain favors Republican candidates; every inch of rain translates into and extra 2.5% of the vote. Proof that Democrats have the more sunny disposition.
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OK. Break’s over. Return to your fighting positions.

4 comments:

The South Plainsman said...

I have humming birds come to my flower garden regularly. They meticulously avoid the feeder I put up for them, but they give the flowers a thorough working over. I have even seen one harrass a butterfly away from a particular flower. They are neat. This year we have two. I hope we will have more next year.

It is amazing the energy they must use just hovering around the flowers. Occasionally, one will perch in the tree above the flower bed for a few minutes.

One of the benefits of being a geezer is being able to sit and watch those marvelous creatures whenever i wish to.

sph said...

We have at long last had our first freeze here in Central Texas. Although we will keep a feeder out for a few more weeks in case of a migrant who is tardy chooses our diner, I am already awaiting their return next spring.

Now the owls, that's another story. We called Screech Owls into a new Owl Shack in Westlake. Immediately three owls responded and flew in, one actually entered the new owl shack to make it his home for the winter. Way cool.

I have worked early voting for two days. Turn out is setting all new records for this county. Hope it's nationwide, it feels so good, regardless of the results, so many first time voters is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I too am ready for a break in the political war.
When you talk of the birds,we have a virtual aviary in our back yard. There are chickadees,buntings,cardinals,blue jays,crows,and the cursed starlings,as well as birds of every description. Our hummingbirds have fled for the winter. We took our fedder down so that they would not want to hang around,but go where humming birds go for the winter.
I bought Patricia a spotting scope and mounted it on a tripod so she could get a really close up view of the birds.Since she can't get out much,this has become one of her greatest pastimes.She has 5or6 different bird identification books,and knows pretty well the names of different birds, their calls,and feeding habits.--Goose

JohnSBoles said...

Yes the birds, the bees, the flowers and the trees. Here is a golden oldie (new for some?). Proof that time marches on. It was given to me as the Aggies digital clock.

http://www.yugop.com/ver3/stuff/03/fla.html

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