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Monday, April 30, 2012

When Spring Comes ...

... I've learned, when I walk into my tractor shed, to look up in the rafters before I enter, in case there's a surprise waiting for me.

Yesterday - a nice sunny day - there was a surprise waiting for me.  In the rafters:

Sorry about the crappiness of the photo but the sun mixed with the background darkness and the blackness of the five-foot black snake curled up, looking down at me made for that which you see.

Funny thing is, I had told Paula the week before that there was a wren nesting in the shed, and that that was not a good thing since the shed is a snake magnet in the spring.  Sure enough, the nest is empty.  As are, I'm sure, all the mouse nests hidden behind the junk along the walls.

The snake seemed to have a satisfied look in his eyes.  Must have had a pleasant meal.

Anyway, I look up whenever I enter the shed.  Snakes lurk ...

Me To Roanoke Times:


I had to read this editorial - "Equal protection against abuse" - three times and I'm still not sure whether the really smart person who wrote it sides with Republicans in the House of Representatives who want the Violence Against Women Act to be an act directed at violence against women or with the Democrats who want the Violence Against Women Act to be an act directed toward violence against straight women and gay men and lesbians and transsexuals and bisexuals (and, for all we know, pedophiles, paraphiles, fetishists, masochists, sadists, voyeurs, and exhibitionists).

Which is it?  Are we to be concerned about violence against women - a very real issue - or violence against women and deviants?  Tell us.  The reading public would love to know just how serious you are about the subject.

Quote of the Day

From Damon W. Root:
The New York Times attacks the current Supreme Court for abandoning judicial restraint and “signaling its willingness to replace law made by Congress,” then turns around less than a month later to attack Judge Bork for advocating judicial restraint and saying that “the court must defer to the will of the majority.”

Shouldn’t the Times’ editorial board try a little harder to avoid openly contradicting itself like that?
Did you consider the alternative? Maybe the members of the New York Times editorial board just ain't all that bright.

What a Fruitcake

Only Maureen Dowd could start her Saturday New York Times column with such lunacy:

"It is an astonishing thing that historians will look back and puzzle over, that in the 21st century, American women were such hunted creatures."

Historians - and all of America outside Manhattan - are puzzling today over how it is this ditze even has a job.

American women are hunted creatures.  Go away.  Please.

Why Bloggers Come & Go

This is sad news passed along by William A. Jacobsen.  Don Surber - a gifted blogger with the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail - has had enough and is walking away from it.  He says he's exhausted.  Too bad.

I've quoted Mr. Surber many times over the years.  He was - is - insightful, articulate, and brought a lot of common sense to his work.  He'll be missed.

(On a day when I have to try and put up with the idiocy of Maureen Dowd, of all days.)

Jacobsen calls it "burnout."

I call it "life."

We do this until we don't.  That's the great thing about not making money at blogging.  We do it because we love doing it.  And when we no longer love it, we shut down the PC and go grab a beer.  The end.

I think, the fact that it's not a career choice means we come into the arena with a special zeal.  A passion.

Win or lose, we play hard.  Regardless, we plan someday on giving it up and chasing the old lady around the house the rest of our days.  That's the fun of blogging.

Don Surber was especially good.

He'll be missed.

Life goes on.

The great bard, John Keats, wrote of himself that which could be said of all of us bloggers some day:

Put that beer on ice and let's get back to Obama ...