Ooh, Shiny! Look at that cool bird! (Edit: see below for addition I just couldn’t resist)

I love bird-watching, and when I’m outdoors I try to find them.  But sometimes, when I’m doing something else, one will catch my eye.

This guy was on the roof of an accessory dwelling in the back yard of a friend in Colorado.  What a place for a feeder!

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We were surprised when a family of quail skittered across our path, down at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  I wasn’t looking for birds, just cactus.  And they have such great camouflage, you have to be attentive to movement!

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Quail foraging under the agave at Desert Botanical Garden

We were just walking the trail along the Sammamish Slough in Bellevue, Washington near where we live, when the sound of this little marsh wren attracted us.

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…SQUIRREL!!

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We knew the managements of Facebook and Google were Liberal

People are probably quite familiar now with the big story of how a Google software engineer was summarily fired for circulating a memo around his company, positing the viewpoint (taking into account verifiable scientific studies that confirm this) that a reason why more women don’t work as software engineers could be that most women don’t want to be software engineers; not that the evil male empire is preventing them from becoming software engineers.  Google circulated memos in opposition, and their reason for dismissing their engineer was that his memo “violated company policies”.  Here is a link to a post on the Ricochet Main Feed.  Maybe you’ll want to join.

Just recently, the Daily Caller newsletter published an article discussing the participation of Google and Facebook in a gathering called “Netroots Nation”, a meeting of a variety of far-left techies.  It seems that this “net roots” group will be ganging up on a pro-life organization.  A Ricochet member did this, which is absolutely perfect:

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[Editorial Comment.  If your organization protests a group that is “pro-life”, what does that make you?  Why, it makes you and your organizations and your sponsors “anti-life”, or “pro-death” (here’s looking at you, Planned Parenthood)]

The Daily Caller story also referenced a video, with the Google name changed to Gulag.  You may never think of Google in quite the same way again.  I have stopped using Google for my internet search.  I use DuckDuckGo instead, and it works just fine.  You already know that I do not use Facebook.  Here’s just one more reason why.

Photo Challenge…Elemental…Water

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we live nearly surrounded by water.  In Western Washington, anyway, you are rarely more than a mile from some body of water or other. Lake Washington, Puget Sound, the Green River, the Snoqualmie River, and Silver Lake are minutes away.  No two bodies of water or rivers are exactly the same from minute to minute, or season to season.  All those bodies of water moderate our weather here, and we rarely get extremes of heat or cold (recently we have been in a very unusual pattern of high temperatures and no rain at all for nearly two months).  Water gives the Earth and all its creatures life, and sustains us all.  Herewith, some examples of the beautiful water that surrounds me.

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This is the Yakima River, just east of the Cascades in Kittitas County. It is wide and shallow, and a great place for fly-fishing.

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The wake of a Washington State Ferry, leaving from Edmonds across Puget Sound to the Kitsap Peninsula town of Kingston.

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Sky over Puget Sound in Seattle.

Note how the color of the water is a reflection of the gray clouds overhead.

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The Deschutes River at Tumwater Falls.

This is video I took of one of my favorite places, the Wenatchee River near Leavenworth.

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Fall Colors on the Wenatchee River, west of Leavenworth, WA

Hard to believe that this flat, reflective surface becomes a raging torrent not too far away from this spot.

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Glacial-fed Diablo Lake on the Skagit River.  I am always amazed by the blue-green color of the water.

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Calm waters of North Puget Sound, off the Port Townsend peninsula.  We saw many kayakers that day, sticking close to shore.

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Last, but not least, a rarity.  Frozen water in the bird-bath in our back yard.  Both ice and snow are present, and beautiful.

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The Governor of the State of Washington needs to be Committed

The Governor of the State of Washington needs to be Committed

For years, we residents of the State of Washington have been hearing about the woes of our largest state psychiatric institution, Western State Hospital in Lakewood (south of Tacoma).  This institution has had numerous escapes of dangerous inmates, reports of employees attacked by inmates (and sometimes attacking, themselves), and staff shortages and resignations.  Once, a court commissioner nearly put Cheryl Strange, the Head of Western State Hospital in jail for not admitting an obviously insane patient who had been picked up by local authorities.  The Federal Government, which contributes funds to the running of the hospital, has threatened to withdraw support if the hospital can’t improve its operations.  This institution has been a hot mess for years!

So, today, the Governor has appointed a new head of the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), which has had its own problems for many years (mistreated foster kids, elder abuse, high staff turnover, very high caseloads for social workers).  And that new head of DSHS would be…wait for it…Cheryl Strange!  So the state now has a head of the most-stressed cabinet institution, who has already demonstrated failure to handle the huge institution she has been responsible for for years!  It is my considered opinion that Governor Jay Inslee needs to be committed to Ms. Strange’s former institution, so he can see how really competent his new head of DSHS really is.

Photo Challenge…Textures

It seems counter-intuitive for a plant to be both soft and prickly at the same time.  This Arizona cactus, at progressively-closer views shows two entirely different textures.  Seen from relatively far-away, it looks soft, with rounded curves.

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Seen closer-up, the big spines look pretty dangerous, and the plant looks like you wouldn’t want to get too close.

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But when you get really close, you want to jump back.  Those spines can hurt!

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If you feel the plant carefully, between the spines, it is actually very soft.

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A Clear Case of Media Malpractice! Democrat National Committee…

A Clear Case of Media Malpractice!  Democrat National Committee…

IT Staffer Arrested Trying to Flee the Country

Now, have you noticed this story being covered by any of the traditional “news” outlets, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN?? Not one of the above “news” outlets has even mentioned this huge story, not even on an inside page!  This is an obvious case of media malpractice!  Here is a short list of the entities that have reported this story.  What do they all have in common?

Fox News, Washington Free Beacon, World Tribune, Daily Caller, Catholic News Service, Gateway Pundit, American Thinker.  They are all centrist or Conservative news outlets, and they all report the truth!

Here is a short synopsis, with thanks to the Washington Free Beacon:

Politico reported in March that Imran Awan was one of five House contractors under investigation for “stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge” and “committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”  It was said that Democrats were trying to cover up this story, due to the Muslim religion and Pakistani origin of the perpetrators.  Yeah, they hesitate to tell the truth about these criminals, because “Islamophobia”!!

So, here are links to other articles from the above news outlets.  I recommend that you read them, and get the Truth about what is going on in Washington DC.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/25/feds-arrest-it-staffer-for-wasserman-schultz-trying-to-leave-country.html

http://freebeacon.com/politics/debbie-wasserman-schultz-it-staffer-arrested-charged-with-bank-fraud/

http://www.catholic.org/news/national/story.php?id=75609

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/07/breaking-wasserman-schultz-staffer-imran-awan-arrested-airport-trying-flee-u-s/

Remember, this is the Democrat Party, who has been hounding President Donald Trump and his family, and his campaign staff, and his Cabinet members, about their alleged “collusion” with Russia to influence the 2016 election.  [Please note that NO evidence has been found of any collusion by Trump staff or family]  And all the time, their own party headquarters suffered from Russian infiltration caused by Stupid John Podesta falling for a Phishing attack!  And now, we find that their former Chairman was having their computers looked after by real scum!  It is criminal that this story has been totally suppressed by the “Mainstream Media”.  And who suffers?  The average American who has been kept in the dark and fed totally irrelevant crap about their duly-elected President.  I think the term “deplorable” applies to them, much more than it applies to the average Trump supporter, don’t you?

Satisfaction…Human Ingenuity

I am always impressed with the products of human ingenuity, many of which were designed and built thousands of years ago, and still remain for us to marvel at.  Every time I drive down a mountain road, I can’t help thinking of all the engineering and labor that went into that road.  When I look at a tall building, or a huge containership, my mind says “human ingenuity”.  Some may think that other animals are as smart as we humans are, but when did any animal build something like these?

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VietNam Memorial

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BC Ferry, making its way through the Gulf Islands
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Pipe Organ in recital hall at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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