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Saturday, March 28, 2015

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Impressed by Laila on 500px
Photograph Impressed by Laila  on 500px


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Friday, March 27, 2015

We Have Become an Increasingly Trivial Country

And you thought Harry Reed was pathetic …

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Chuck Schumer, AKA Schmuck Chuer
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“With news of the resignation of the historically awful Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the odds are good that Schumer will now ascend to the role of Senate Minority Leader. Indeed, Reid—who's one clear accomplishment after 600 years in office was putting the late Robert Byrd to sleep while talking about soldiers and war—has anointed Schumer his preferred successor. So what kind of leader is Chuck Schumer? He is among the very most trivial politicians to serve in that crucible of triviality, mediocrity, and dead weight we call the U.S. Senate. No issue is too stupid or inconsequential for Schumer to weigh in on, inevitably calling for a ban or regulation that serves no other possible purpose than to shine a light on the glory and grandeur of Chuck Schumer.”
— Nick Gillespie, Mar. 27, 2015 (reason.com)


That's just great. Now, imagine Shrillery gets elected. We'd then have a batshit crazy Minority Leader in the House; a schmuck chewer as Minority Leader in the Senate; a President without male genitalia; and, Gropey the Skirt Chaser as First "Gentleman". What could possibly go wrong in that picture?

"Clowns to the left of me, ...".

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Brigitte Bardot, 1955

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Brigitte Bardot, 1955 via HistoryInPics


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Orion in the Sky with Spring

Rule #3: Cosmological Art


Orion Spring, Bill Dickinson, APOD


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Liza

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Liza by Alex Dorofeev on 500px
Photograph Liza by Alex Dorofeev on 500px


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Autumn in the Grand Tetons

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Autumn afternoon light in the Grand Tetons by Gary Crabbe on 500px
Photograph Autumn afternoon light in the Grand Tetons by Gary Crabbe on 500px


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Staggering Reality of the American Left

Lord have mercy, though, truth be told, we don't deserve it.


"We have met the enemy and he is us." — Walt Kelly
"Pogo - Earth Day 1971 poster" by Source.
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“[Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton] have something else in common. They attract the votes of those people who vote for demographic symbolism -- "the first black president" to be followed by "the first woman president" -- and neither to be criticized, lest you be denounced for racism or sexism.

It is staggering that there are sane adults who can vote for someone to be President of the United States as if they are in school, just voting for "most popular boy" or "most popular girl" -- or, worse yet, voting for someone who will give them free stuff.

Whoever holds that office makes decisions involving the life and death of Americans and -- especially if Iran gets a nuclear arsenal -- the life and death of this nation. It took just two nuclear bombs -- neither of them as powerful as those available today -- to get a very tough nation like Japan to surrender.”
— Thomas Sowell | Mar 24, 2015 (townhall.com)


Ever since the Presidential campaign of 2008, my faith in the traditional congeniality of the American people has been eroding. For a complexity of reasons, besides a regression to the meanness of human nature itself, Abraham Lincoln's last best hope for the world has, willingly it seems, relinquished its relative benevelence toward its fellows. The "me; me; me" mentality has steadily gained traction, in real time, as has the self-destructive and concomitant ignorance that continues to pulverise what once comprised the greatness of our unique nation.

In the wake of my faith's erosion, anger at the small–mindedness of our "low-information" voters filled the void, where "low-information" is clearly a euphemism for "ignorant". Recall the short-sightedness of biblical Esau, who sold his birthright to his twin brother Jacob, giving it up for a meal because he was hungry (Genesis 25:29–35:29). In our own time, what good deeds and accomplishments might have followed if not for that miserable little "free meal" — the Obama phone?

Now we are fast approaching another watershed — the 2016 Presidential campaign. Are we going to discard whatever greatness survives the Obama pandemic? Are we going to throw away our American birthright and naturalization for some measly sexist symbolism like "the first woman president"? Will our principal criterion for the Presidency continue to be the absence of male genitalia?

Have we, finally, no gratitude nor decency left as a once-great nation?

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Purveying Perfidy for Fun and Profit

The race to the top is indistinguishable from the search for the lowest common denominator. In both cases, the goal is worthless.

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“State water managers and other experts said Thursday that California is in no danger of running out of water in the next two years, even after an extremely dry January and paltry snowpack. Reservoirs will be replenished by additional snow and rainfall between now and the next rainy season, they said. The state can also draw from other sources, including groundwater supplies, while imposing tougher conservation measures. […]

The headline of a recent Times op-ed article offered a blunt assessment of the situation: 'California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?'” Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor at UC Irvine, wrote about the state's dwindling water resources in a March 12 column, citing satellite data that have shown sharp declines since 2011 in the total amount of water in snow, rivers, reservoirs, soil and groundwater in California.

In an interview Thursday, Famiglietti said he never claimed that California has only a year of total water supply left. […]
— LA Times, March 20, 2015 (latimes.com)


Back in the day, before the 24/7 news cycle, our so-called "paper of record" was the New York Times. If the NYT published it, you could virtually take it to the bank. Back then we also had what was known as a code of honor (moral absolutism), which many (perhaps most) people aspired to. We also had a banking system that paid interest on one's deposits (but that's another issue, albeit not entirely unrelated).

Today we are innundated with: isotropic shitstorms of sensationalism and perfidy; relatively expensive fish wrapper; and, banks that expect to be paid for accepting your deposits. Moreover, as Big Al Einstein fortold, everything is relative, even morality. All of which, of course, raises the question, "How the heck can you differentiate between shit and Shinola?" Truth be told ... but can it be trusted?

We all seek information that is reliable. Whence does it emanate? I submit this is a serious problem in our age of (mis)information. Freedom of information allows us to aggregate it, often free of charge. But verification is much more difficult than ever before. Because, you know — ignorance, perfidy, moral relativism.

Disgusted yet, bitch?

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Marilyn Monroe, Beach, 1962

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Marilyn Monroe, Beach, 1962.
© George Barris/courtesy Heritage Auctions


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Field of Flowers

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Flower Field by Sara on 500px
Photograph Flower Field by Sara  on 500px


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Long Island, New York

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Long Island Sunset by Donato Scarano on 500px
Photograph Long Island Sunset by Donato Scarano on 500px


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Natalie Wood

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Natalie Wood, 1960 on HistoryInPics


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Umbrella in the Sky with Aurora

Rule #3: Cosmological Art


Aurora in the Backyard, P-M Hedén, et al., APOD


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Seabright

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Seabright Dawn by Bruce Frye on 500px
Photograph Seabright Dawn by Bruce Frye on 500px


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

High Street, Guildford, Surrey

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Sunday afternoon, High street, Guildford by PM Photography on 500px
Photograph Sunday afternoon, High street, Guildford by PM Photography on 500px


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Great Wall in the Sky with Moonlight

Rule #3: Cosmological Art


The Great Wall by Moonlight, Francis Audet, APOD


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Waimea Canyon

Rule #6: Everybody loves a spectacular view!


Raining in Waimea Canyon by Jim Dunham on 500px
Photograph Raining in Waimea Canyon by Jim Dunham on 500px


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lysanne

Rule #5: Pretty Woman


Lysanne by Ed Jachimowicz on 500px
Photograph Lysanne by Ed Jachimowicz on 500px


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