After four years of Obama, two years of Democrat rule in his first term, Obama turning the whole of the middle east into a militant Islamic state and the press becoming the right arm of the left....you'd think there was little left that would stun me. You'd be wrong.
Tim Blair has another funny. True, too.
("warmies" is Strine for "Man made global warming alarmists")
Saw this on Twitter, my dear Veteran friends, put everything down before you click on this link. http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/01/11/pentagon-moves-forward-on-cutting-prime-health-coverage-for-vets/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
By the way, Scoop. I like the open threads much better than the threads with a specific title or message.
Because specific threads attempt to control what people can say, or comment on.
Open threads are much richer in their content. By far.
The idea is to keep every single thread from being hijacked by supporters of so-and-so, or such-and-such. Also just plain old thread hijacking in general. You can bring up other subjects in any thread, as long as it isn't a total hijacking.
For example, in a post about Code Pink, if someone mentions they are making a new batch of cookies and the recipe is delicious, then a few responses to that isn't a thread hijack. But when Scoop puts up a post about Hezbollah in Syria, and the Ron Paul supporters come flocking in trying to make the discussion about Israel, that's a thread hijack, and we sit on it, hard.
Surprise,Surprise,SURPRISE! (sarc off)
like anyone thought he wouldn't get off!- was there a call made?
hardly anymore doubt in my mind of the govt & press being in bed together.
Another true story from B.G's forest exploits....
well of course I was hunting deer, sneaking thru the woods as quiet as a mouse...(that's the goal anyways)...
I spied an aminal off to my right up a hill, about 80 yrds. away from me....looked like about the size of a small raccoon, but the colour was an incredible Golden Brown...pointy nose, and he/she was working terribly hard at rooting in a few rocks....could not finger out what this aminal was....so of course, NOT being a Liberal, I had to exercise extreme quiet and caution so I could learn more....& identify....
I tried to get as close as possible, moving very slowly & "sensing" the ground for sticks before placing full weight on each step....
Al the while watching this "Unknown" beautiful creature as it was still energetically digging and obviously after something amongst the moss covered soccer ball sized rocks.......
I closed the gap to about 50 yards, and watched thru my tiny bino's (8 X 21 Ultra Lite), and then...BUSTED....the beautiful lil' creature heard and/or caught my presence and faster than you say "PAY FOR MY BIRTH CONTROL"....he/she was gone gone Gandi!
Okay, with image of said beautiful Aminal indelibly etched in my minds eye, to identify in 'Audubon's Field Guide North American Aminals' when I trekked back to my house, I went up to the location of intense activity....
Evidence of much digging, scrabbling & poking in amongst the rocks....I kinda thought there must be a lil' critter under here that the Unknown Creature was after....
I carefully moved a couple rocks, and there was a little tiny little striped fury creature, panting his little lungs out in obvious terror & exhaustion....
Move a bit more leaves and I see it's a Chipmunk...so I asked him..."Are you Chip or Dale"?
The poor little "Almost Lunch" was cut up & scratched on his nose, a couple scratches in his head, and his tail was half gone....
Wow, buddy....you went through one heck of a close call....(should I have interrupted Mother Nature...")
I picked up the little fella, put him in my pocket and made my way on the two km. meandering trek back to the house.
With Polysporin generously applied to "Chip's" wounds and him/her in a cosy comfy Chipmunk sized cardboard box, I turned to the Audubon reference field guide...to identify a beautiful creature heretofore unseen by these 39 year old eyes....
Above link will tell you about the perplexing question I had set out to answer....as an avid outdoors freak of all 39 years....I though I had a pretty good handle on what and who was in the forest....
It was my first and last glimpse of this seemingly rare & reclusive Golden Brown Creature....
Oh..."Chip" was chipper in a day....I released him out my back porch and he made his new home in the rocks I had surrounded my ugly 40 inch concrete tile that covered my drilled well on the front lawn....
Easily recognizable by his half-tail...he/she was there, and in my porch, on my deck & lawn for the next 3 years....
I made no attempts to tame nor feed him....but I think he/she lived a natural life & I thank that little Chipmunk for that episode of the "Wonder of Nature' and introducing me to another gift of learning of wildlife....
What a beautiful story. You have a gift for writing.
You do know of course, that you interrupted Nature, in doing what you did. I don't blame you. Chipmunks are cute. But we have to stop doing things like that, as much as possible.
Human beings are control freaks, but Nature operates on basic principles outside the control of man. To put it in a nutshell, they eat each other, in order to survive.
Somehow, it works. The mouse found himself in the wrong place at the right time, and the hawk had dinner.
Thank you for the kind compliment White...
Check this out....
Buffalo were chased by the thousands over the cliffs.... but of course NO ONE will tell the truth about it...they certainly did not take one or 2 at a time.....
Have a great weekend!
Great story BG..
I once lived in a poor place that was full of mice. I had traps everywhere.
But.. I could never empty the traps. I couldn't even look at the poor babies all smashed up in them. I would just throw a paper over the lot and throw it in the garbage and go buy more mouse traps.
Well.. one day... a mouse got caught by his tail. So he tried to run between the stove and cupboard and got in .. but the trap stopped him from going the whole way.
What to do.
How do you kill a mouse held by his tail.
I know.. I'll drown him. So I get this big pail of water..
Crying and heaving.. I pick up the trap with the creature attached and throw it in the bucket.
I can't even look.
But I can hear him frantically squeaking.
So finally.. after about 15 mins.. I look.
The poor little guy is swimming his ass off.. just keeping his nose above water.
But his tail had come out of the trap.
I can set him free now I realized... which I did.
Took that bucket of water and heaved it out the back door.
The little guy went flying.. and took off running when he hit ground.
It has effected me all these years...
And just for information sake..
While I lived in that mouse infested place... I went and got a white rat. Her name was Sheila.
Well.. within a week.. there we no mice left in my place.
Rats rule.. ;o)
"The little guy went flying.. and took off running when he hit ground.
It has effected me all these years"...
Thank you for sharing S.A....
It is incredible, I find what sticks with us...I recall when I was 5, I found a baby duck mortally wounded...it died, and I had a cat named Tommy....and he was a birder..
I still recall my Mom helping me build a little casket of two 1 pint Berry Baskets to bury him in...a solemn time...
The guilt, the hurt, the pain & confusion of thinkin' MY cat, (whom I loved so very much), .... may have killed this little bird has stayed with me all my life...
You were good to let that little fella free...IMHO all of God's creatures deserve a fair shake...at least that's what I say to myself as I coax a bumble bee on to the piece of paper or magazine and "gingerly escort him out the door to the nearest flower blossom!
We are all just a bunch of softies. When I walk down the sidewalk, and encounter a bunch of ants, I try to find a path where I don't step on them.
Not because I like ants, because I don't. No, the reason I try not to step on the ants, is simply because I am a higher life form, and I can make the decision not to step on the ants if I don't have to. They are extremely busy at whatever they are doing. They have no idea I am even there.
They must have a purpose I am not aware of. Whatever it is, it must be important to them. I sincerely believe all of Nature is like that.
The only aberration in Nature, is man. Because he seems to never look around him, at all of the beauty that exists. How it all works so much better, than all those things that are controlled by man. Nature, left alone, works. It is that simple.
The American Indian understood that. He only took from Nature what he needed. Never to excess. He always said a prayer when he killed an animal for food.
He killed one or two Buffalo a week, and used every part of the animal for both food and clothing. We killed them by the thousands, for nothing more than their skin, leaving the flesh to rot on the plains.
I didn't mean to take a fun conversation about chipmunks, into a discussion of how we treat Nature and Mother Earth. I am not Al Gore. Anything but.
But I do think we have to respect what God gave us. Because without what He gave us, we would not be able to survive.
Think about that, the next time you eat a chicken sandwich.
I'll give you my list of liberal policies gone bad!
1. War on poverty, has made poverty WORSE
2. War on guns, makes gun sales go through the roof
3. War on mental illness, has let mentally unstable onto the streets, giving people psychotropic drugs to lower their stress or ADD causes mass murders
4. Feminism- makes men know that women are easy and they use them accordingly.
6. post law abiding citizens with gun permits addresses on line, lets husbands who beat their wives know their wives addresses, lets criminals know what houses don't have protection, lets criminals know where police, prosecutors and witnesses against them live.
7. Socialized medicine- raises rates for everyone and lowers medical standards.
I have more.
Trey Gowdy slams Obama on potential use of EO to restrict 2nd Amendment. He also talks about what SC does for armed school protection. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BinY_j2PR8&feature=youtu.be
Tweet him frequently about impeachment and how he could possibly consider illegal alien amnesty while requiring Americans to pay taxes while illegals get a free pass on tax evasion which would put us into prison.
I don't know why not... If Piers Morgan's ignorance of the Constitution can be part of the American discussion to the point Obama is taking his advice under consideration, I don't know why your's couldn't...
Good article at AT on Big Government/Totalitarianism expoused and written by Hazlett in 1956.
Not for nothing does the poet speak of 'Nature red in tooth and claw'!
Not for nothing was the expression 'food chain' coined.
And btw - I loathe mice!
I love pet mice (purchased from a pet store). They are sweet little critters, much sweeter than hamsters and so full of life. Now, I can't stand a wild mouse loose in the house. Thankfully, my 2 house cats see to it, they don't come inside.
Pet mice are sweet - but one of my sons who had a couple was not very diligent in getting them back into their cage at night. I had visions of hordes of white-and grey striped mice invading the house. Once the mice are in, it takes huge effort to get them out.
Mind - that was a long time ago, sigh.
Cats are a no-no, not with housewolves around.
She was one of those full grown strays... but she was so sweet we decided to keep her as a pet. She has always acted like a cat from day one. She even helps clean the cats and when we have kittens, she will actually produce milk and help the mother cat nurse the kittens! I have never seen anything like it.
Omigawd - 30 pet mice! Good thing you gave them away.
As for your housewolf - were the cats in residence when you got her as puppy?
I'm afraid my housewolves couldn't stand cats, especially one orange tom who sat on the wall where they couldn't get at him. Drove them bonkers - and the tom just looked totally disdainful.
My daughter is very good with putting her mice back into their cages, so I don't have that problem. And you are right, it doesn't take long to get hordes of them. One time, she had 2 mice (a male and a female) needless to say within a few months we had about 30 pet mice in cages, I finally, donated them all to pet stores. :)
Our "housewolf" thinks she is a cat... *sigh
Me too. I would shoot a mouse. I would kick a mouse. I would drop a mouse from the top of my house. What's worse, a mouse or a louse? Even my spouse hates mouse.
Screeeeching halt! Wait a second. She loves Mickey Mouse. She has Mickey Mouse seat covers, Mickey Mouse sweat shirts, sheets, pajamas, mousepad...
Open Thread?? Ok, Obama makes me want to puke. I wont even let my little newborn see him on TV. I apologize to her also that she had to be born during the Obama regime.
I let her watch Biden though. Is there a better cartoon?
I never tire of watching bald eagles hunt fish while I'm also hunting fish. So majestic. Yeah, the Eagles are kinda' majestic too (rimshot). It makes me kinda sad for them during the winter when the lakes and rivers freeze over. Their fish intake must go way down and the mammal intake way up.
I wonder if this particular bird of prey, prayed before he ate that mouse. I also wonder if he said, "I'll make mincemeat outta that mouse" right as he was about to grab it. These are the types of questions that bounce around in my head.
I do not like RODENTS...at all! Good for that bird! Mice, Rats, Squirrels all carry nasty diseases and remember.... the Black Plague that killed millions upon millions was caused by rodents. I need to send that soldier a Thank You card!