The Watering Hole; Friday January 16 2015; Waterfowl

Given the absolute gross amount of political stupidity that’s been unveiled in the last few days, I thought it was time for a break, to take a peek at something interesting for a change. Coincidentally, it was just precisely at that very moment that I received an email from old college buddy Denny Green. Seems he’s been out and about at various ponds in the Phoenix metro area and  in the process managed a bunch of cool waterfowl shots. Examples: three Hooded Mergansers and a Canvasback drake, each and all enjoying the mild temps and the refreshing desert ponds.

Duck DuckMade me think of a sort of parallel situation, one where instead of water there’s snow, ice, and cold! Brrr! Below a couple of shots from our local lake here in Colorado. First, a Mallard drake making his way through the snow, then a goose-stepping Canadian honker out on a morning ice skate:

Duck GooseFinally, a few geese walking on water (well, not quite, they’re walking on wet ice on their WAY to the water). Their reflections are cool, however, and yes, the air was cold!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOk. Well, I know that this little respite from political idiocy was far too brief, but remember — if you think it’s bad NOW, just wait a until the Repubs get their primary debates underway. THEN you’ll/we’ll ENVY all those higher animals, feathered two-leggers included!

I’ll leave it there for now save to note that the Mergansers and Canvasback drake photos are courtesy of Denny Green, Tempe Arizona; the following winter shots by yours truly, frugalchariot.

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46 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday January 16 2015; Waterfowl

  1. ‘I Am Marxist’ Says Dalai Lama

    The Dalai Lama identified himself as a Marxist on Tuesday while addressing capitalism, discrimination and violence at a lecture on world peace in Kolkata, India. . . . “In capitalist countries, there is an increasing gap between the rich and the poor. In Marxism, there is emphasis on equal distribution,” . . .

    The Dalai Lama’s sentiments are not shared by the Pope Francis . . . the Pope again defended his economic and social ideologies by saying they are rooted in the Christian faith, not Marxism.

    “As we can see, this concern for the poor is in the gospel . . . it is not an invention of communism . . .

    American radio host Rush Lambaugh, has referred to the Pope’s views on poverty and growing inequality as “pure Marxism”.

    Seems to me that the best way to look at things is to toss ideological terms aside (along with stupid shites like Limbaugh) and simply distinguish by noting who cares for the well-being of all people, rich and poor alike, and who cares only for the “well-being” of the rich and powerful. Eliminate “Christian,” “Marxist,” “Capitalist,” and “Communist” — each and all words with far too much baggage, thanks to idiots everywhere. Problem is, I can’t thing of any two single unburdened words to adequately describe those who care as opposed to those who don’t give a crap.

    Anyone?

    • Good and evil, both types can be found in any ideology.
      That mallard is the prettiest thing I’ve seen today.

      • You’re right, I guess. Still, I don’t think the Dalai Lama has ever had a mean bone in his body, and neither does Pope Francis, near as I can tell. And I, of course, am just like them (?) — why should human’s global effort be to further enrich and empower the already rich and powerful, all at the expense of those who actually do the work?

        Wolves aren’t like that. Lions aren’t like that. AFAIK, not even monkeys are like that (although in the latter, we’re admittedly getting closer to Republicans).

        Why are humans so often like that?

        Mallards aren’t like that either. But yes, they are cool.🙂

    • Limbaugh never cracked a book on political philosophy in his miserable life.
      Between those ears on that fat head is a vacuum. Out the pie hole of that obese skull comes vacu-babble, aimed at incitement to hate.

  2. The State Of The Ocean: ‘On The Verge Of A Major Extinction Event’

    A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.

    “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science.

      • Since Jesus threw the moneychangers out, I think the rich are screwed even though they surely don’t deserve it, but . . . crap, it hurts when I lie. OF COURSE the buggers deserve it! Can I watch?? Please!!

    • I think I read something the other day that one of the big reasons that everything on the planet is getting screwed up is that Ellen DeGeneres married her girlfriend and it really pissed god off. I suppose it could happen, but I think it’s a bit of an overreaction.

  3. I can hardly wait to hear this “correction”. It will probably be something like; “well, non Muslims do visit Birmingham but the are lucky to escape alive”. And? There’s still no sign that they will issue an apology for even allowing this vile POS, Pirro, to have a show. In case you missed it; she’s becoming rather famous for her pleas to “bomb them, bomb them all, kill them, kill them all”.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-news-correction-steve-emerson-birmingham-uk-muslim

    Russel Brand, like him or not, makes some great points about Ms. Pirro.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/watch-russell-brand-brilliantly-dissects-fox-news-hosts-charlie-hebdo-hatespew/comments/#disqus

      • I should have issued a warning. Sorry. As much as I disagree with dehumanizing people I am going with the aforementioned “vile POS” or vile creature.

    • Her tone of voice is what gets me. Sarcastic and vicious; not even a hint of regret that we must commit genocide to protect ourselves (which is also a pretty fucking horrible thing to say).

    • Jeanine Pirro is a former Westchester County District Attorney. It’s one of the most affluent counties in the country. (I’ve heard it’s second only to Orange County, CA.) She got in some hot water (but not nearly enough) when personal friends of hers ran into a legal dilemma.

      While her friends were out, one of their kids had a party with lots of beer and underage drinkers. A fight broke out between two of the guests (one of whom was known to come from a family of fighters). One kid hit the other and he went down, hitting his head on the concrete surrounding the pool. “As Rob Lay Dying” (the title of the Rolling Stone – I think – article about the incident), the other kids started ditching the beer cans and running away before the cops showed up. NONE of that is in dispute.

      Rob died, but the parents of the kid who threw the party (the ones who were personal friends of Pirro) never faced any charges for what they allowed to happen at their home. Kids lied to the police and Pirro actually said that it is not a crime to lie to a police officer. Let me repeat that, so you know it wasn’t a typo. Pirro actually said that it is not a crime to lie to a police officer. (How such lying does not clearly and unambiguously constitute obstruction of justice is beyond me.) I think the kid who punched Rob got convicted, but the parents of the illegal drinkers (should we call THEM “illegals”?) got off cleanly.

      • Yes, she’s clearly a Republican. She pretty much defines the vast bulk of them, in fact. Cuz as everyone should know, the law only applies to lefties and bums, not to those of us whose very philosophy DEFINES the law.

        Kinda like Germany back in the thirties and forties. The God-fearing rightists were never wrong . . . no matter how many of those hated non-Christians they killed and disposed of. Some are supreme, the rest are not. It’s so simple. Ask Jeanine Pirro if you have trouble understanding such a basic truth.

      • Her ex husband was also convicted of tax evasion and conspiracy. I find it hard to believe that a vile creature of such accomplishments would have been oblivious to her dear hubby cooking the books.

  4. A great quote i saw today:

    ~ “Let’s see if I have this right. Because of the original intent of the founding fathers, the second amendment means that each and every nutjob has the right to use an Uzi to silence anyone who doesn’t share their uniformed opinion because disagreeing with their uninformed opinion is the definition of tyranny?”~

    Followed by:

    ~”A well regulated militia can be defined as you and your drinking buddies, real or imagined.”~

    good stuff that….

    • Was it Ben Carson perchance? I saw where he pointed out that ISIS was the same as our Founding Fathers, and Reince Priebus was quick to agree — lest Carson might piss off certain Republicans, I’m guessing.

      That “well regulated militia” phrase I always thought was meant to define the contents of an outhouse basement. I guess the same after a booze party would be pretty close to the quote you’ve offered, however. It all kinda fits.

        • Oh, yes. I got into a lengthy back-and-forth with one of those idiots earlier this week on C&L. I have to say that it’s never been easier to demonstrate ‘Teh Stupid’ for all to see than it is via a “discussion” with an ammosexual. Always good for a laugh, they are.

  5. Fischer And Rios Are Outraged That A Muslim Congressman Is Allowed To Serve On The House Intelligence Committee

    Earlier this week, Democratic Rep. André Carson of Indiana was named to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which has thrown the Right into a tizzy because Carson is Muslim.

    I would think it might be a good thing, might even help out by improving the meaning of ‘House INTELLIGENCE Committee.’ I mean hey, the guy’s not a Republican, right?

  6. Beck: Our Founding Principles Require That Christianity Receive Preferential Treatment

    “We are clearly a Judeo-Christian nation,” he said while warning that society has now begun to “coddle those who disagree with Judeo-Christian values.”

    “We are becoming openly hostile to our own foundation,” Beck said. “We have tolerated and excused and embraced the ideals that are in direct opposition to our founding principles.”

    How was it Thomas Jefferson put it? Lessee:

    “If my neighbor believes in twenty gods or no gods, it does not pick my pocket or break my leg and therefore it’s no harm to me.”

    Yeah. Like that.

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