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Sunday Roast: Prairie Dogs

Photo by Zooey

Prairie Dogs are sooooo cute!!  I could watch them for hours.

Highly social, prairie dogs live in large colonies or “towns” – collections of prairie dog families that can span hundreds of acres. The prairie dog family groups are the most basic units of its society. Members of a family group inhabit the same territory.

As cute as they are, prairie dogs are tough little critters!  Watch them take on a rattlesnake, with their cute squeaky bark, cooperation in the community, and earth-moving skills.

This is our daily open thread — Squeak among yourselves.

An open letter to whites about the black community and the Trayvon Martin case

Zooey:

Very moving open letter to white people by a brilliant young man. Please give it a read, because you will learn something.

Originally posted on { The Molinist }:

This morning, I woke up to this. Like many, many people within and without the black community, I followed this case intently and had (continue to have) definite opinions on them (the justice of those opinions is another matter) and, like many, I received the news not with anger or frustration but a sort of quiet sadness that is difficult to explain. I’m going to try, though, in the hopes that I can share some insight into what this case, and this verdict, mean for communities of colour in and outside the United States.

I wasn’t present when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, so I don’t know what transpired. I cannot peer into George Zimmerman’s soul, so I don’t know what he was thinking or with what intent he followed Martin down the street. What I do know is what it’s like to be a Trayvon Martin. To be…

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The Watering Hole: July 2 — Devils Tower

See the climber?

How about now?

How crazy is that!?

The ranger said this climber, and his partner standing just below him on a ledge, were just doing practice runs.  All climbers must register with the Ranger Office, and going all the way up and down again takes about 12 hours.

Photos by Zooey

This is our daily open thread — You know what to do.

Could this be the REAL cause of #Zimmerman s head injuries? #ZimmermanTrial #J4TM

Zooey:

This is very interesting!

Originally posted on Friends of Harvey:

Is anyone else having problems with the cause of the injuries to George Zimmerman’s head? Yep me too. At first glance some of the photos look bad . But when George’s wounds are cleaned up at SPD the next photos show the wounds are really quite small. Even in the cleaned up photos. I’ve shaded what I believe to be the extent of the major wounds to the back of his head below

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As a former firefighter the puncture wounds seem inconsistent with being hit against concrete. Scalp wounds have specific  characteristics due to these factors.

  • The skin on the scalp is stretched over the skull.
  • The scalp is well supplied with blood

If Zimmerman had his head repeatedly hit against concrete, to the extent the defense team are purporting, a high degree of bruising would result and  major wounds would likely to have split open.

For anyone who has…

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The Watering Hole: June 2 — Sculpture in South Dakota

Photos by Zooey

Imagine, if you will, that you’ve just begun driving across South Dakota, and you’re already cross-eyed because of the flatness.  Then, up ahead, you see a hill.  Wow!  This is interesting…cuz it’s a hill.

And on that hill you see something and think, “What the hell am I seeing?” Cuz you’re seeing this:

Yeah.  This!

Whatareyagonnado?  There’s an exit ahead, and you gotta take it, which leads you to Porter Sculpture Park.

He’s got fish…

He’s got snakey monsters…

He’s got flowers…

And he’s got vultures with bib, knife and fork…

I don’t know why, but I was smiling the whole time I was there.  :-)

The Watering Hole: June 15 — Landscape

Photo by Zooey

Cats and Nonewhere are on the road their Big Adventure ™ aka their move West to Oregon.  Safe travels!!

I took this picture just down the road from my place, but Cats & Nonewhere will be seeing more and more of this kind of scenery as they drive West.  Personally, I think they can handle it.  ;)

This is our daily open thread — Where did you go on your last road trip?

The Watering Hole: April 16 — Finding Oregon

From the video caption:

Finding Oregon is the compilation of six months of timelapse photography across the state of Oregon, punctuated by a 1600 mile road trip in September. We’ve filmed the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, the Southwestern Coast, the Alvord Desert, Leslie Gulch, Blue Mountains, Crater Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Deschutes River, and more. We’re proud to have touched all four corners of the state; however Oregon is the kind of place that the more you see, the more places there are to still discover.

Any questions about why I love Oregon so much?  I love everything about Oregon — except camping in the snow.  That’s just nutso.  ;)

This is our daily open thread — What places do you love?

The Watering Hole: April 11 — A Corpse Flower by any other name…

All cartoons are posted with the artists’ express permission to TPZoo.
Paul Jamiol
Jamiol’s World

Really, is the GOP fooling anyone?

What am I saying?  Of course, they’re fooling the fools who continually and foolishly vote for those fools.

It literally does not matter what the GOP says or does, as long as there is an “R” behind the name, the drones will vote for it — usually against their own needs and interests.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m done with trying to enlighten this type of fool.  I won’t even correct their stupid spewings.  Why waste my time and raise my blood pressure?

Like my Mom used to say, “They’d complain if they were hanged with a new rope.”  *spit*

This is our daily open thread — Rant away.

The Watering Hole: April 2 — Spring has sprung

Photo by Zooey

I kind of feel bad about being so relieved that it’s finally Spring, since we basically had a six month Fall in this area.  I think it’s the browns and grays that get to me after a while.

When I rented this apartment in February, I was SO excited to see daffodil shoots sticking out of the ground, in the planter boxes in front.  They’re blooming now, and just looking at them makes me smile.  :-)

I took this picture of one of the first buds on the tree across the driveway.  I think it might be an apple blossom, but I’m not sure.  I don’t want to ask the landlady, because I want it to be a surprise.

I know, I’m a friggin’ weirdo.  Tell me something I don’t already know!

I’ve been pretty much gone from TheZoo for a few months, but I’m working my way back.  Just finally starting to remember that I have something to say now and then, and there might be a few people out here that might like to hear it.

This is our daily open thread — Go for it, all y’all.