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I have my hummingbird feeders put up in their usual spots and I've been getting a few regulars

stopping by. Surprisingly, my regulars now include a pair of House Finches that have been here every day for the last week or so. They always arrive together, perch on the "rail" around the feeder and poke around at the holes with their beaks and then move on.

The feeders holes don't show any damage like they are trying to peck or chip pieces off and I don't see how they could be accessing any nectar. Since they are always together should I assume that they don't have any nestlings to feed or eggs to incubate?

Has anyone else ever observed this behavior?
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Jun 2, 2017, 02:14 PM (4 replies)

White House orders agencies to ignore Democrats oversight requests

The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers' oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump.

At meetings with top officials for various government departments this spring, Uttam Dhillon, a White House lawyer, told agencies not to cooperate with such requests from Democrats, according to Republican sources inside and outside the administration.

It appears to be a formalization of a practice that had already taken hold, as Democrats have complained that their oversight letters requesting information from agencies have gone unanswered since January, and the Trump administration has not yet explained the rationale.

The declaration amounts to a new level of partisanship in Washington, where the president and his administration already feels besieged by media reports and attacks from Democrats. The idea, Republicans said, is to choke off the Democratic congressional minorities from gaining new information that could be used to attack the president.


It sounds like Trump is trying to establish a dictatorship.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Jun 2, 2017, 11:52 AM (4 replies)

Trump gaining weight and emotionally withdrawing as Russia probe swamps White House: report

Donald Trump is “emotionally withdrawing” and gaining weight as the FBI investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and the Russian government creeps closer to the Oval Office.

As he returns from his mercurial trip abroad, the president is forced to deal with the fallout from news that members of his inner circle, including son-in-law and “Secretary of Everything” Jared Kushner is a person of interest in the FBI probe.

CNN’s Gloria Borger reports the president was already “in a pretty glum mood” when he set out for a multi-day blitz through Europe and the Middle East. But now he faces even more legal woes after reports revealed Kushner tried to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. He’s even brought on his longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, who will “supervise” the president’ legal team.

One source told Borger Trump’s major misstep was firing former FBI Director James Comey, which ultimately resulted int he appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed May 31, 2017, 06:21 AM (21 replies)

Just take a minute to think about this.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Mon May 22, 2017, 10:56 AM (1 replies)

Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget,

Slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net.

For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to low-income Americans, Trump’s budget plan would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade.

The White House also will call for giving states more flexibility to impose work requirements for people in different kinds of anti-poverty programs, people familiar with the budget plan said, potentially leading to a flood of changes in states led by conservative governors. Many anti-poverty programs have elements that are run by both the states and federal government, and a federal order allowing states to stiffen work requirements could have a broad impact in terms of limiting who can access anti-poverty payments — and for how long.

Numerous social-welfare programs grew after the financial crisis, leading to complaints from many Republicans that more should be done to shift people out of these programs and back into the workforce. Shortly after he was sworn in, Trump said, “We want to get our people off welfare and back to work. . . . It’s out of control.”


This is undoubtedly how he plans to offset the tax cuts he has proposed for the 1%.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun May 21, 2017, 04:54 PM (5 replies)

Who was the Trump apologist on "This Week" round table?

I missed his name and didn't recognize him, but he kept defending Trump and talking over the other panelists. Reminded me a lot of Kellyanne's statements.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun May 21, 2017, 12:17 PM (0 replies)

At the Coast Guard Commencement, Trump declares

"You have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight,'' he told the cadets. "Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine. Look at the way I've been treated lately – especially by the media. No politician in history – and I say this with great surety – has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can't let them get you down.''


This man is unbelievable.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed May 17, 2017, 02:53 PM (2 replies)

The Trump Presidency Falls Apart

After an astonishing week of revelations, Donald Trump’s presidency appears to be on the verge of collapse.

Consider what has happened just in the last 10 days: a string of damaging stories about a president unprecedented since at least the Nixon administration.


This drip-drip of legal changes hints at why Trump faces a different challenge in recovering from his present situation than he did from bouncing back on the campaign, or during his famously up-and-down business career. As a businessman, Trump could cut bait or declare bankruptcy and start over again. As a candidate, he could simply change the subject, or wait for Hillary Clinton to hand him a gift. As president, however, there is no bankruptcy and no way to walk away. Legal investigations are slow and methodical, but they are also harder to distract than voter attention. If anyone can survive the present crisis, it must be Trump. But he seems increasingly frustrated and hard-pressed for ideas that don’t make his situation worse.


This is a long read, but worth it. It was impossible to pick 4 paragraphs that give you a good idea of the contents of the article. It includes a timeline of the last few days and analysis on what went wrong and what the impact may be.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed May 17, 2017, 12:34 PM (16 replies)

An article sent to me by a friend arguing against impeaching Trump.

Don’t Impeach: The Liberal Case for Not Removing Trump

Democrats are excited. They are beginning to sense that they have Donald Trump right where they want him.

And they do. Trump is doing more damage to himself and his party every day. Every new stupid statement, every new blunder, and every new scandal make it more and more likely that Democrats will win big in 2018 and 2020.


Even if it were possible—and I still maintain, with 24 House Republicans and 19 Republican Senators needed, that it is highly unlikely—the absolute stupidest, most self-defeating thing Democrats can push for right now is the impeachment and removal of President Trump.

No. Keep him in office. Politically, Trump is the goose that’s laying a treasure trove of golden eggs. Let him spend four years making such a toxic wreck of the Republican Party that disgusted voters won’t want to get anywhere near the GOP for a decade. Let him finish the job that George W. Bush started and turn the party into a smoldering ruin at last.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue May 16, 2017, 08:24 AM (16 replies)

Donald Trump Is Attempting a Coup We Must Have a Special Prosecutor

So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails.

Stop laughing.

Trump takes us for chumps. The Republic is nothing to him but a crap game. And he loads the dice.

In this case, he signs the letter dismissing Comey and hands it to his personal bodyguard to take over to the FBI office. But Comey isn’t there. He’s in Los Angeles, where he will hear on television that he has been dumped — and at first think it’s a practical joke. We are not making this up.


Excellent article by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sat May 13, 2017, 01:02 PM (13 replies)
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