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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It's Opening Day On Stoney Lonesome Farm!

Yesterday was the day - now an annual event - when I ATV back to where I keep my mower deck in the winter and remove the tarp, getting ready to mow the fields.  Why is this an event?  Because every year, I take the tarp away and photograph the snake(s) living underneath.

So yesterday I took the tarp off and ... nothing.

But wait.  What's that tucked inside the fold?  (Click on the images to enlarge them.)

There's the little rascal:

And he ain't happy.

Somehow he decided that that was HIS (her?) mower deck.

It took more than a bit of coaxing to dissuade him of the notion.

(I should mention, for those who wonder why I don't just shoot the little bastard, I live by the "mutual coexistence" standard.  They eat rodents and bugs - and, yes, baby birds, more on that in a second - and I'm in favor of them eating rodents and bugs.  And they leave me alone.  So ...)

Finally, I hook up the mower to my tractor and I'm heading back west along the fence line, when I look over at a bluebird box that I'd built a while back ...

... and darned if there wasn't a snake there with his head sticking out, looking at me.

I think there had been a nest of sparrows in the box.  Operative words being "had been."

At the end of the day, I pulled the tractor into the shed, looked up, and saw another snake in the rafters above my head.  (No photo this time; it was a tad too dark.)

Mutual coexitence is one thing, but geeeeezzz.

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While I'm on the subject, I might mention - those three snakes were all black snakes (4 to 7 feet long).  I can deal with them.  But while I was replacing fence posts last weekend, I happened to look down at my boots, and saw one of these bad boys curled up in the tall grass about a foot from my big toe:

Black snakes are cute and cuddly.  Copperheads on the other hand ...

With a gentle nudge, he too wandered off to frighten the bejeebers out of someone else, hopefully on a farm far, far away.

I love Spring.

Shut Up & Listen To Your Elders

I have a whole new respect for Jonah Goldberg after watching this:

On "youth culture" in this country:

"There is a certain power worship that ... finds its expression in this adulation of youth, that, 'well, they're going to run the country one day, so therefore, we should really kowtow and cater to them.' My view is, they're going to run the country some day, so we should explain to them why they're so friggin' stupid about so many things."

For the best example of "friggin' stupid," see "Occupy Wall Street."

They Still Intend To Destroy Coal

We may have driven Rick Boucher into retirement after he betrayed Southwest Virginia and voted in favor of Barack Obama's scheme to bankrupt the coal industry - that scheme known as cap-and-trade.  But don't think for a minute that we've stopped Obama's scheme from being reality.

See "Welcome to Obama’s second term of office."

He's not going to stop until we're all out of work and dependent on him for our daily bread.

I say let's stop him instead.

Welcome To The World Of Liberal Academe

She was fired for having the courage to state the obvious.

Why was Naomi Riley fired?  What was "the obvious"?

In my day, "jocks" on scholarship were ridiculed for taking really tough college courses like Beanbag 101.

Today that make-it-look-real regimen has given way to "Black Studies."  "Gender Studies."

Worthless curricula that give participants a feeling of self-worth.  Until the moment they graduate and suddenly realize their advanced degree in Africana Studies or Women's and Gender Studies won't buy them a cup of coffee.

The jocks are gone though.  Replaced by equally vapid boys and girls with no sense of direction, drive to succeed, or inclination to deliver The American Dream to their offspring.

Yet on they'll go.  Breaking new ground in the study of completely pointless nonsense ...

Why She's Leaving In Disgrace

This will certainly endear North Carolina residents to their much-despised - and departing - Democratic Governor:

Passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes North Carolina "look like Mississippi," Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday.

Well, that comment will surely gain Ms. Perdue a slot on Current TV, where failed Democratic Governors go after they've crashed and burned in public life.

By the way, isn't the Democratic National Convention being held down there in her racist, homophobic state this summer?

What's a liberal to do?  What's a liberal to do?

Hope Fades

How did Mr. Majestic go from this in 2008 ...

... to this in 2012:

Can't draw a crowd, Mr President? Obama makes speech in couple's GARAGE... and even they say they might not vote for him

With a lot of hard work and ineptitude.  That's how.

Don't Ya Love It?

A wealthy socialist who professes a hatred for the rich.

The room is permeated with the pungent smell of irony.  Ed Driscoll reveals the shocking truth:

"LIFE IN THE ONE PERCENT: 'Socialist Hollande owns three homes on the Riviera,' according to the London Evening Standard. 'Francois Hollande, 57, who ‘dislikes the rich’ and wants to revolutionise his country with high taxes and an onslaught against bankers, is in fact hugely wealthy himself.'”

A soul mate to Nancy Pelosi, no doubt.

'The Late Great Planet Earth'

What was, is.

Is Planet Earth doomed?

Hal Lindsey (among others) thinks so.  Watch:

"Bear to face the chain of events predicting the end of our planet. The increasing frequency of earthquakes and floods, dramatic changes in weather patterns ..."

Sound familiar?

This, however, isn't from 2012.

It's from forty-one years ago.

And it didn't arise out of fear of "climate change."

It was a frightened human's reading and interpretation of The Book of Revelations.

A baseless, irrational fear all the same.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

California Walks The Plank

Here's a textbook case relating to the deleterious effects high taxes have on economic growth.

California residents - those employed anyway - are some of the highest taxed citizens in America.

California residents - particularly the wealthier ones - are fleeing the state because of it.

Thus, even with the onerous tax rate, tax revenues are plunging, because those who can pay the exorbitant rate choose not to.  And move to Texas and Nevada.

Governor Jerry Brown's (a Democrat, by the way) answer to this growing crisis?

Higher taxes.

May God help those residents who haven't yet fled the state.

Standard Procedure At WaPo

This should surprise no one:

Washington Post Quotes the Dead to Defame Romney

Hey, if the slime balls there can make up a new word to defame George Allen, they can certainly make things up to defame his fellow Republican, Mitt Romney.

It's what they do.

Headline of the Day

BBC Thought for the Day: Climate-Change Deniers Are Like Terrorists, Slave Owners, Paedophiles, and Nazis — And They’re All Men!