A Little Consistency From The Tea Party, Please

Friday, 16 April 2010, 13:37 | Category : Politics
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The Tea Party idea springs from the Boston Tea Party, which protested taxation without representation. The modern-day Tea Partiers see themselves as inheritors of this independent American spirit – indeed, they like to don the tri-corner hats and wave “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, and walk around in patriot costumes. So I wondered – why isn’t the first item on their agenda pushing for true Congressional representation – senators and a congressman – for the District of Columbia? They pay Federal taxes, yet have no representation in Congress. There are more residents of DC than there are of Wyoming, yet Wyoming has two senators and a representative. In all seriousness, how can anyone who is upset over taxes not start there?

New fishes

Thursday, 15 April 2010, 21:28 | Category : Gardening
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The goldfish pond is cleaned up, the pump is running, and this evening I added eight new little goldfish to the two over-wintering survivors. Maybe I can keep birds and bullfrogs and other carnivorous creatures away this time.

Should I be nervous?

Wednesday, 14 April 2010, 13:11 | Category : Geek Stuff
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I checked Site Meter just now, and noticed that someone from ibm.com came to my blog, based on teh search string “I hate Lotus Notes”, and found this post. I mean, it’s true, I do hate Lotus Notes, but still…

April flowers

Wednesday, 14 April 2010, 10:28 | Category : Gardening
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I took these pictures about two weeks ago, the daffodils are gone now and the tulips mostly so, but they made sitting on the deck in my front garden a very pleasant place in the early Mississippi spring.

tulips

tulips

Tulips from above – my attempt at an artsy shot!

Tulips from above

I had a burst of inspiration one morning, and decided to change our side entry. We’d always kept our garbage cans and recycling bin there. I don’t know why it took so long for me to decide that was ugly and I could do better, but here’s the result:

Side entry

Side entry

I had gotten the frogs a couple of years ago, with the idea of somehow using them around my goldfish pond, but that idea never germinated, so they had sat in my shop. The fern I planted beside them has almost doubled in size in the two weeks since I planted it.

Coach K

Friday, 9 April 2010, 9:02 | Category : Sports
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John Feinstein has a nice read about Coach K and Duke (and Brad Stevens and Butler) at Feinstein On The Brink.