Not a Happy Place. The Wuhan Coronavirus did not make this. The Government did.

Layoffs.  Early retirements.  Empty workstations.  Surplus furniture.

This is not a happy place.

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These represent peoples’ lives disrupted and thrown into chaos.  These are the result of the State shutting down the Economy, at the behest of unelected “scientists”, computer modelers (whose models were shown to be spectacularly wrong), and public health “experts”, who knew not what they were doing.  Their jobs were and are not at risk.  Their cubicles and offices, still fully occupied, their paychecks, and generous government pensions (which most employees in the productive sector no longer have), are undiminished.  This is evil.  And destructive.

No New Ideas in the DemocRat Agenda, Biden?

This really made me laugh out loud.  Presumptive 2020 DemocRat presidential nominee Joe Biden laid out his plans to “target racial inequality”, and roll back President Trump’s policies.  Groan…

Check out this “multi pronged plan” to address long-standing racial inequality in the United States.  If he is elected, Joe Biden will:

Spend hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on:

A substantial boost in money for colleges with mainly black enrollment.

A new agency that would compete with private credit-ratings firms.

New Rules aimed at ensuring “fairness” in lending, along with “vows of tougher enforcement of anti discrimination regulations.”

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Then, there are:

Four Trillion Dollars in Tax Increases to help cover his proposals, including raising rates on corporations [who do not pay taxes, but pass along their expenses to customers in higher prices]; investments [targeting YOU, who have investments in your college-savings and retirement accounts]; and high-earners [helping destroy incentives for lower-earners to earn more].  {with thanks to the Wall Street Journal for the list above}

Why would you, as a voter, vote in favor of all these old, hackneyed, proven-ineffective programs?  Why would you consciously vote into office someone who has stated very plainly that he is in favor of increasing the cost of living for everyone?  Leftists simply can’t think of anything new to do with their power, other than More New Government Programs and Agencies, and Higher Taxes.

Defund the Police, you say?

Defund the Police, you say?

Can you ID these suspects in a North Seattle convenience store robbery?

 

“People are dying”  Shootings at Aurora Ave. Motel spark neighborhood backlash.

 

Two people injured in late-night shooting as gun violence continues in Seattle

 

Local broker says people frustrated with protests, violence choose to move out of Seattle.

 

Roving band breaks into Seattle businesses, vandalizing, destroying.

 

Those are only the headlines.  Who will answer your 911 call about an intruder outside your house?  Who will respond when you come home to find your home ransacked?  Who will you call on when you find your car stolen from your driveway?

Defund the police, then see what happens.  You might not like the results.

Thought for the Day: Madness, and containing the spread of Wuhan Coronavirus

Madness is defined as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.

Governments everywhere locked down their states, destroying local economies and throwing millions of people out of work.  Just lately, after gradual re-opening, states and counties are now mandating that everyone wear a mask in the presence of “strangers”; in offices, factories, restaurants (when not eating), stores (including grocery stores), and even homes, for the express reason of containing the spread of the virus.

In spite of the above, the virus continues to spread.  Every single state, locked-down or not, reports more cases of the disease caused by the virus, every day.  It is a rare day that no new cases are reported.  People continue to die of the disease caused by the virus.  Every day, and everywhere, new cases and deaths are reported.

This looks like the lockdowns and mandatory mask-wearing are ineffective in containing the spread of the virus.  Government edicts (not laws handed down by legislatures) issued to contain the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus are obviously not working.

But what do governments do?  They double-down, triple-down on the efforts that have proven ineffective!

Madness, just madness.  There may come a time soon when those edicts will be defied by large numbers of citizens.

Lens-Artists Challenge #106-Autumn

Autumn has always been my favorite season.  Warm weather does not agree with me, and I prefer the crisp air of autumn to heat and humidity.  Here on the West Coast, we don’t have the hardwood forests found on the East Coast, but we do get some of the fall colors.

We went to Victoria, BC for our honeymoon in October of 2003, and a friend gave us an idea of where to stay.  We booked a room at the Inn at Laurel Point, where we had a wonderful view of the famed Inner Harbour.  We could watch the little harbor-taxi boats plying their way across the water.

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Water taxi, and tall ship. Victoria Inner Harbour

And we were fortunate to be right over the pretty Japanese-style garden.

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Pond and Garden, Inn at Laurel Point

Dusk is a particularly peaceful time of day in this autumn environment.  We had the special treat of watching the float-planes land, right opposite our balcony.  That’s the only route from our Washington State home to Victoria that we haven’t taken yet.

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Harbour Air Plane landing at Sunset, Victoria Inner Harbour

Seattle’s Kenmore Air has regular service to Victoria, and we might just take it someday, if the border opens again.

In the morning, we often take a walk around the neighborhood of the hotel.  Not too far away is the Inner Harbour Marina, where there are all kinds of boats docked.  Some are day-sailers and power boats, and there ere even some houseboats. That wooden boat with the square stern is a houseboat.

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Boats at Marina, Victoria

On our honeymoon, part of our package tour was a trip to the famous Butchart Gardens.  The gorgeous fall colors are at their best, and we try to go there whenever we celebrate our anniversary in Victoria.  The gardens never fail to display their showy colors, and inspired design.

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Japanese Garden Path
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Fountain

Literally, beauty wherever you look.

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Walls of Garden

In our own Cascade Mountains, we get some fall colors, even with our preponderance of evergreen trees (not for nothing is Washington called the Evergreen State).  Just over Stevens Pass, in Chelan County, is the Tumwater Canyon, on US Highway 2.  We drive this way many times during the year, because we love to go to Leavenworth on a day trip.  Along the Wenatchee River, if you get there at exactly the right time, you can see the brightly-colored trees reflected in the water.

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

I am happiest when the autumn air is crisp, the leaves on the trees turn yellow and red, and I can be out in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Even right near my home, autumn makes its appearance.  This beautiful red-leafed tree was found in the parking lot of our local Costco store!

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And every year, I notice this line of trees right behind our house, on the property of the Silver Lake Water District.

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Autumn-I can hardly wait until it gets here again.  Simple pleasures, close to home.

 

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Are you suffering from this newly-identified syndrome?

Are you increasingly anxious when you venture out to the grocery store, and every other shopper shies away from you?  Do you get heart palpitations watching TV, and hearing about the newest Governmental Covid Decree?  Do you notice a red, itchy rash on the parts of your face covered by the mandatory mask?  Are you chafing under the latest government intrusion on your personal life?

Are you seeing your freedom of movement increasingly circumscribed?  Are you sad, that you can’t see even your extended family?  Are you feeling like it may be time to start taking responsibility for your own life, instead of the government running it?  Are your finances in as bad a shape as they have ever been, due to loss of your job, by government decree?  Are you taking your anxiety out on your spouse?

Well, maybe you are suffering from SILS, or Severe Individual Liberty Syndrome.  And the only known cure for SILS is behavioral. The Cure is Growth of Backbone, and Defiance of Tyranny.  Fellow Sufferers, Take Back Your Lives!  Resist the urge to Rat out your neighbors for not wearing masks.  Invite your neighbors over for drinks!  Become a Free Individual, and Live Your Life as such.

Fellow Sufferers, we cannot let the government and its so-called “experts” determine the course of our lives and the entire US economy.  Embrace your Liberty!  Defy Tyranny!

Tubers

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NO, not That Kind!

This kind!

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On Saturday, Hubby and I took a drive from our home in Everett, over to the East Side of Lake Washington, and up to the town of Snoqualmie, via Fall City.  In July, the Snoqualmie River there is about three feet deep and pretty slow-moving.  The kids put their inner-tubes in the water upstream, and just leisurely float downstream.  It was a cool, gray day, but they were making the most of it.

It’s pretty hard to believe that, just a short distance upstream, you find this:

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Snoqualmie Falls.

 

 

Tulips, and more Tulips

In a normal year, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place during the entire month of April.  Washington State’s Skagit Valley is the world’s second largest producer of tulips and bulbs, outside of The Netherlands.  There are a couple of large growers who open their fields for the festival; they charge for parking across the street, and tourists are allowed to walk between the rows of flowers, taking pictures and just admiring the beautiful colors of the flowers.  They also sell bulbs, cut flowers, and other festival merchandise (there is a new t-shirt design by a local artist each year, and they get to be collectors’ items).

This year of 2020, the Festival was cancelled, due to the State Shelter-in-Place Order to stop the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.  And to make doubly sure that no one got in their cars and drove up anyway, the farmers (probably directed by Festival officials) turned off the “Tulip Cams” that show how the fields are doing, so people can see the flowers at their best full bloom.  Double-whammy for all those who look forward to a trip to see the flowers.

Hubby and I go most years, and I try to get new photos each year.  So here are many of the photos I have taken in previous years.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Tulip Fields near Mount Vernon, WA

The farmers in the Skagit also grow daffodils, and they bloom before the tulips.

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Skagit Daffodils

2019 was an exceptional year for the tulips.

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It’s a crying shame that the state government dictated that the tulip-growers of the Skagit Valley were unable to sell their crop this year.  So unnecessary, and so depressing for those of us who need those brightly-colored flowers to show us that Spring has arrived.  We fervently hope that the growers will be back next year.

 

 

 

 

South Dakota Sights

For all you Ricochet members who are planning to go to the SD Meetup in September, I thought I’d do a little post with some of the photos I took when we visited on our way to Hillsdale Hostel in 2010.  We didn’t visit all the places Randy has found, but we did catch a few.  One place we visited then, that nobody knows about or wants to visit this year, is the Music Museum at the University of South Dakota in the town of Vermilion.  Get out your map, and try to find Vermilion.  You haven’t seen “off the beaten path” until you have been there.

Anyway, here are pictures of some of the places on Randy’s list.

That’s Devil’s Tower National Monument.  We spent half a day there, and walked the entire trail around the base.

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Obviously, Mount Rushmore.  And for you geology buffs, on the back side of Rushmore:

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I was fascinated by the layers of this rock, and their out-of-kilter appearance.  The power of Nature.

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This is only a small taste of the aircraft found at the Air and Space Museum.

Some more flying things at the museum!

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #105-Spring

Spring.  The first sign is the gradually, gradually, lengthening days.  Still awaking in the dark, but driving home from work in daylight.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, Spring is normally pretty rainy (yeah, the  cliche about April showers bringing May flowers that we all know and love).  But we actually love the rain here, because that means Mother Nature waters our yards instead of us doing it.

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Our Japanese Maple trees leaf out, and the grasses are green again.  The rain fills the bird-bath, and sometimes our resident squirrel comes in for a drink.

On my drive to work in the morning, I travel the roads on the perimeter of Paine Field, the Snohomish County Airport.  There are five of these flowering cherry trees, which are actually pretty old.  This year, the flowers were so heavy, the branches were dipping almost to the ground.

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This year, to spite the Government lockdown, I got in the car and drove up to the Skagit Valley in March to take a look at the tulip fields.  It was too early for tulips, but the blueberry vines were just about to start budding.

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Last year, the tulips were in full bloom in April.  It’s a wonder, being able to get out of your car, and walk through the fields of brightly-colored flowers.  Tiptoe through the Tulips, indeed!

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A bit farther west of the tulip fields is the town of LaConner, on the Swinomish Slough.  Salmon swim up the channel, and local sculptors have captured some.

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And Life flows on, within you and without you…  George Harrison

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