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Solly Mack

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Current location: Back of Beyond
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 82,872

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Busy observing the group dynamics of dust bunnies.

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Pollinator II: Return of the...

I took these later in the evening (than the ones before). I shot these today.

(1/200 shutter speed)

Other things out and about before sunset.

The Giant Robber Fly


The Pollinator

Of course he does.

Now. It's kinda out of fashion now so it's OK to be against it. And, golly, don't he look just so righteous in the doing!

But there was a time not so long ago...

asked Comey to square his personal beliefs on the torture practice with his approval of 2005 memos authorizing the practice during his tenure as U.S. deputy attorney general.

"Do you agree that waterboarding is torture and is illegal?" Leahy asked bluntly.

"Yes," Comey replied.

But the president is reportedly poised to sign off on the nomination of the former number two official in the Bush Justice Department, who twice signed off on torture memos okaying waterboarding, wall slams, and other forms of torture.

Comey gave a second thumbs-up to waterboarding in signing off on the May 2005 rewrite of Bybee II. He reportedly wrote an email to a colleague at the time, in which he said he "concurred" with the new torture memo. At the same time, he strenuously opposed the approval of the second memo combining torture tactics. Waterboarding was okay, as long as it was done the "right" way.

Smell that? It is the smell of the expedient coated with bullshit.

Prosecutions? Hello? Hello? Prosecutions?????????

Silly me. Who needs to prosecute war crimes when everything is made all better by admitting that torture is torture.....now.

Until the next time.

They Got Away With It.

(and not just them)

Come walk with me

to my walk.

Where the Cherry Blossoms were blooming

and the bees were buzzing

and the White Tails were roaming

and the Red-bellied Woodpecker was building

and the Common Grackle was stealing

and the Peacock was roosting

and the Black Swan was grooming

and the Green Heron was profiling

and the Redhead (diving duck) was cruising

and the Raccoon was picnicking (albeit rudely)

where the Beaver was waving

and the turtles were sunning (one's an albino)

and the sky was beautiful

where even the Black Crowned Crane made an appearance

and the Great White Egret reigned supreme.

Shortly after 7 A.M.

I was outside with my doggies and saw a great mass of birds in the sky. The flock landed in a tree several houses down and I knew what they were. The Cedar Waxwings have been rather elusive this year, choosing to feed from berry shrubs other than my own. I grabbed my camera and in my flip-flops I walked through the cold, wet grass in hopes of getting close enough to snag a few photos.

I didn't want to get too close and cause them to fly away. Against the backdrop of a still rising sun I was able to get a few shots before they took off again.

Just a few shots from my bird count.

I know I do a lot of birds. Sorry!

The much hated House Sparrow.

The cute and adorable Red Breasted Nuthatch.

The very fast and tiny Carolina Chickadee

The neurotic Eurasian Collared Dove.

The curious Purple Finch (Female)

Great Backyard Bird Count: Feb. 15-18, 2013

Just a reminder.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up this weekend.

Why count birds?
Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document and understand the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.

The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists investigate far-reaching questions, like these:

• How will the weather influence bird populations?

• Where are winter finches and other “irruptive” species that appear in large numbers during some years but not others?

• How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?

• How are bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting birds in different regions?

• What kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural areas?

How to participate.

And just think of all the bird photos you can share! They also host a photo contest!

When will the "(Global) War on Terror"/"Overseas Contingency Operations" be over?

Will a "state of emergency" continue to exist that will require certain actions by the government?

As long as the AUMF is cited as the reason behind the authority of a certain action or actions, it can be said that a state of emergency exist. The AUMF has been cited as the authority behind warrantless wiretapping/electronic surveillance, detentions/indefinite detentions, "enhanced interrogation techniques" (torture), and drones/targeted killings.

There was a time when a state of emergency passed and all the powers that went with it ended.

Is that time over?

I think FDR should have been held accountable for that.

I've said the same before on DU.

Matters not to me who decided it was Constitutional, thereby legal. Read Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail. Declaring something legal is one way to legitimize a host of horrors and abuses.

I think Bush (and all the rest) should be held accountable for war crimes. This isn't going to happen because America likes to pretend it is something it isn't. A country that cares about human rights. Oh, we give lip service to it, and we always promise to do better (As if before Bush we didn't know torture was wrong), and we most certainly chastise other countries over their human rights abuses - but let something bad happen to us and we're right back to committing abuses and declaring those abuses legal.

I don't support the "war on terror". Prior to Bush, acts of terror were handled as criminal acts. Many, many Americans, have allowed themselves to be swept up in the Bush/Cheney idea of a global battlefield, where enemies lurk in every corner, so we must bomb those corners into oblivion to feel safe. With each passing year the battlefield has grown, the enemies have multiplied - do we feel safe yet?

I've witnessed a change over the last 12 years and it has been an ugly change. More and more people are willing to accept almost anything as long as someone tells them it is legal (Thanks to the superb conditioning of the last 12 years). People have always been susceptible to the declarations of authority but I swear there was a time when more people fought against it: they questioned it - loudly. A small minority to be sure - but that minority has gotten even smaller. Sad.

I'm a registered Democrat and likely to remain so. But I was born a human. I can't just switch that on and off.

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