The Watering Hole; Friday July 10 2015; One Week, Two Worlds

Circa 1803, British poet William Blake wrote, in Auguries of Innocence, four lines which to this day invariably catch my eye and tweak my imagination.

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

He said a lot with those twenty-nine words about that other world, the world ‘out there’ that is within but still separate from the world ‘in here,’ the world where H. sapiens rules with both an iron fist and a shriveled soul.

So, to be brief, following are a handful of this last week’s episodic moments from each of the two realms. To my eye, there’s no question as to which allows an eternity in an hour and which does not, and the choice is extremely simple. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!


Last week in the world ‘Out There’

Reflection Idyll

Reflection Idyll

     Wild Thistle Flower and Buds

Wild Thistle Flower and Buds

Wild Buffalo Gourd Flowers

Wild Buffalo Gourd Flowers

Late last week while taking a leisurely stroll around a lake, I spotted a Cormorant standing on a rock some fifty yards from the shore. He looked photogenic, so I got the camera out and zoomed in on him, hoping he wouldn’t notice. Below are three shots: the first, a peaceful profile. He must have heard something, though, and started looking around. Then he caught me, barehanded, looked me square in the eye. I guess I must not have been perceived a threat, given that after a moment’s glance he looked away, stayed put on the rock, and continued with Cormorant routine business.

July 3 Cormorant triplet

The brief encounter with the Cormorant reminded me of something Robert Burns once wrote, words that pretty much summed up my impressions on the matter.

“Still thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e’e.
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
I guess an’ fear!”

(For more of the “guess an’ fear” option, see below)


Next up, a view of that other world, the one to which we have become slaves. No pix in or of this one — ain’t nothing much worth looking at anyway. Best to settle for only the words, and in the process be reminded that it’s too bad so many modern hominids (humanoids?) who so recklessly toss words around don’t have much if anything salient to say. Wonder why that is? Oh well, as someone once said, there are some things we’re just not meant to know. Anyway, here goes nothing. So to speak.

Last week in the world ‘In Here’

Trent Franks: Constitution Is ‘The Greatest Gospel Outreach The World Has Ever Known’

Linda Harvey: Prosecute Hillary Clinton For Gay ‘Child Corruption’

Cliff Kincaid: Gays In Military Show Influence Of Obama’s ‘Pedophile’ Mentor

Michael Savage: Liberals To Use Immigrant Gangs And Internment Camps To Kill Christians And Veterans

Michael Savage: Veterans Should Form Militia To Fight Obama

Rick Wiles: America Is Descending Into Hell

Ted Nugent: ‘Donald Trump Should Be Given The Medal Of Freedom’

‘Sodomites, Go To Hell!’: Right-Wing July 4th Event Warns Hurricanes Create ‘Sodomite Heaven’

Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Ruling Will Spark A ‘Raging Inferno’

Louie Gohmert: ISIS Right Across The Border

And finally, last but by no means least,

Mike Huckabee: America Worse Than Sodom After Gay Marriage Ruling


There. Both worlds essentially summed, albeit briefly. Still, methinks the message embedded is clear — to my eyes, at least.

July 8 thistle flower 1745



56 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday July 10 2015; One Week, Two Worlds

  1. The Cormorant seems taken aback being photographed!

    Your flora and fauna captures are beautifully soothing to observe, frugal!
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. In 20 minutes, the ‘ceremony’ for the lowering of the Confederate flag starts at the South Carolina Capitol.

  3. NASA just released the first clear photo ever taken of Pluto and its largest moon.

    • That is very cool. No indication of their true size. Sometimes when I take pictures of moss or bugs, I will put a quarter on the ground so you have an idea of size. Too bad NASA didn’t do that with this photo. LOL

      • Dycker, I’m scratching my head on how they might do that. Maybe Doctor Who could drag our moon out there with the Tardis? 😉

        • They could superimpose a picture of our moon in the background! That would work!!

          • Maybe. I’m not confident our NASA still has that much technical capability, at least in the PR office.

    • Yeah, yeah yeah. that’s just a photoshopped picture of two cigarettes in a dark room. In Arizona. Brought to you by the Bildenbergers or whatever.

    • Damn! Jesse’s lost him some weight, but I’d still like to see him in a cage match against all the suited monkeys in the clown car.

      • Ted Cruz would start crying like a little girl.
        Mike Huckabee would quote scripture at him.
        Marco Rubio would climb the cage walls in abject fear.
        Jeb Bush would start a war with an obscure country that never harmed the U.S.
        Rand Paul would shit himself.
        “Bobby” Jindal would just act stupid.
        Donald Trump would attempt to fire him.
        Rick Santorum would fling “santorum” at him.

        Anyone, please feel free to add to the list.

    • Instead, let’s say a quick prayer to Crom, gloomy god of the Cimmerians, asking for the strength to endure the endless stream of drivel coming from the reichwing festering swamp from now until November 2016…

    • As I remember there was no “under God” in the 4th grade but when I began 5th grade in Sept., 1955 it had been added.

      • Flag Day 1954 (my mom’s birthday). I started 7th grade in the fall of ’54, and I was pretty sure it wasn’t cricket for Congress to do that. That was 61 yrs ago, and my opinion remains unchanged.

    • Senator Butters hasn’t put 2 and 2 together – The Donald holds pretty much mainstream views in the GOP today – The Donald *is* the GOP.

  4. Finally we have some FACTS about the ‘why? ‘that’s behind LGBT rights! They’re a librul plot to eliminate males in the population! According to Michael Savage,

    . . . eventually we could become a whole country of girls and then girls will finally get equal pay. That could be the whole reason behind it. It’s a ‘compassionate’ thing that the maniacs in Oregon are doing, because if they can eliminate males and the nation is all girls in let’s say 50 years, than everything will be perfect, won’t it? Because as you all know, women are better than men, minorities are better than whites. Isn’t that the liberal mantra? All minorities are better than whites. All girls are better than men.”

  5. Sorry, ‪#‎NikkiHaley‬, but you can stop patting yourself on the back and praising your state now. Celebrating the removal of the hateful and racist confederate flag from your capital grounds 150 years after the Civil War and 50 years after passage of the Civil Rights act is “better late than never”, but that’s about it.

    And the respectful removal ceremony was disturbing. That flag should be burned, not handled with pomp and white gloves.

    • And the respectful removal ceremony was disturbing. That flag should be burned, not handled with pomp and white gloves.

      And what does the twine tying around the folded rag mean?
      Good riddance to trash.

    • It was worth it to a large crowd who turned out to see it lowered. They were chanting Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey, Goodbye, as it was carried away.

    • Best comment from a local news site: ” You lost 150 years ago, you finally took down the loser’s flag, and you are proud of yourselves?”

  6. Official: Water Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Was Paid For

    The Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County sued the “Magnum, P.I.” star, alleging that a tanker truck filled up at the hydrant and took it to Selleck’s 60-acre ranch more than a dozen times in the past two years.

    The district announced a tentative settlement with Selleck on Thursday.

    Jay Spurgin, public works director for Thousand Oaks, said a construction company paid a fee to secure the rights to draw water from the city hydrant two years ago. About 1.4 million gallons of water were taken from the hydrant during that period.

    “There was water used during that time, and it was paid for,” he said.

    A number of people at several sites have spoken disparagingly about Selleck over this water issue. I tried to explain how this wasn’t his direct liability unless he owned the construction company, and that he likely had receipts from the company for the water, for tax purposes. Now it seems that the Water District wasted taxpayer money hiring an apparently incompetent investigator, as well as being incapable of internally determining the water was being drawn legally. Most posters were attacking Selleck because he’s a Republican and wealthy, and it just makes it harder to argue effectively on other issues with this kind of baseless attacks going on.

    • You make a valid point. I’d like to know how much the fee was.
      Odd that a construction company would be trucking water to an avocado farm.
      Or was it that Selleck taking years and building, like Mrs. Winchester’s Mystery house.
      There are empty spots that need further explanation.

  7. The Florida Supreme Court just made a huge new anti-gerrymandering ruling

    The court has now ordered eight districts to be redrawn.

    I’m wondering if Alan Grayson was waiting for this ruling to become public, before his announcement to oppose Patrick Murphy for Rubio’s Senate seat? Grayson’s new district helped him back into the House, and after another redistricting, there’s no guarantee what district he’d be in, or whether he’d be in a less friendly one.

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