Archive for January, 2010

Dear SCOTUS: Thanks For Nothing

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — […]

January 21, 2010 · Harry · One Comment
Posted in: Politics

Massachusetts Isn’t The End Of The World

We awoke this morning to discover that Massachusetts had elected Republican Scott Brown to the Senate seat held since 1953 by a Democrat, primarily either John or Edward Kennedy (Benjamin Smith held the seat by appointment from 1960 until 1962, pending Teddy’s election). The right wing is trumpeting the news as a resounding victory for […]

January 20, 2010 · Harry · 3 Comments
Posted in: Healthcare, Politics

Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits. Seriously.

Many years ago, I saw a cartoon that had two Native Americans looking out at a mountain in the distance. In the second pane, the mountain explodes. In the third pane, one turns to the other and says “I see the Corps of Engineers is at it again”. And so they are. Last week the […]

January 11, 2010 · Harry · No Comments
Posted in: Environment

Thinking Warmer Thoughts

I was looking back through some pictures I took last October, and found this one, of a grumpy-looking hummingbird at one of my feeders: I suspect he’s in a warmer place right now.

January 10, 2010 · Harry · One Comment
Posted in: Birds

Ice On The Pond

Driving to church this morning, I realized that I was seeing something you hardly ever see here – ice on the surface of streams and ponds. Granted, it was a thin layer, but it just never happens. You’ll sometimes see some icing along the stream bank, or at the edge of a pond, but this […]

January 10, 2010 · Harry · No Comments
Posted in: Gardening, Weather