Background or How You Seed The Audience

Posted August 23, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Politics

So, I watching President Obama speak at Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA today.  As for the President the audience was a mixture of skin tones and they cheered when appropriate.

Two or three days ago I saw Senator Cruz speaking to a crowd in the same type of place but down south, Texas maybe.  Senator Cruz’ father is from Cuba, which to means that he is a latino.  Behind him in the audience were two blacks.  A black lady in the second row off the Senators left elbow and a black man in the third row off of his right shoulder.

The black lady was about as un-enthusiastic as she could be.  Hands in her lap and a neutral expression on her face.  Never a smile.

Snark -just so there is no mistake

Posted August 22, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Domestic Issues

They are making gun nuts younger and younger.  From RawStory

A 5-year-old kindergartener has reportedly been detained at a school in Tennessee after a handgun discharged in the cafeteria.

Shawn Pachucki with Shelby County Schools told WMCT that police were called to Westside Elementary School following a gunshot that happened in the cafeteria at around 7:30 a.m. Pachucki said that the child brought the gun to school in a backpack and it accidentally discharged.

“This morning at Westside Elementary School, a Kindergarten student brought a firearm to school in his backpack,” a statement from Shelby County Schools said. “While waiting for the opening bell in the cafeteria, the firearm discharged accidentally inside the child’s backpack. Nobody was injured, and staff immediately took possession of the backpack.”

Every 5-year-old needs to be armed to protect themselves.

Y – Bridge

Posted July 31, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Politics

In Zanesville, Ohio at the confluence of two rivers.  The picture is looking north with the Muskingum River being bigger today.  The Licking River, on the left, used to be the same size as the Muskingum but has been dammed to provide a recreational lake.

Zanesville is on the east bank.  The current Y-bridge is the fifth bridge erected on this site.  I was familiar with the fourth iteration from about 1959 until the interstate system became a faster way to travel (or 1962, whichever came first).

Y bridge

The small sign with 40 on (center-right of pic) it indicates that it is U.S Route 40, today as it was 54 years ago.  It was, then,  the quickest way to get across Ohio.

As an 18 year old, in ’59, this was a unique and phenomenal piece of engineering.  If you are traveling east-west across Ohio on I-70, I recommend you taking a slight side trip to visit this unique piece of history.

The Lake

Posted July 28, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Birds, wildlife

The ol’ Chief is being adventurous.  I am at the lake and will be blogging on Mrs. Chief’s laptop.

What Lake, you ask?

Grand Lake with the city of Celina, Ohio on the northwest corner of the lake.  In recent years it has been re-named Grand Lake St. Marys which includes the city on the east end of the lake.  But when I first came here in 1959, it was simply – Grand Lake.

After her husband died a year and a half ago, mother-in-law sold the farm, literally, and used some of the proceeds to buy a cottage on a channel just off the main part of the lake.  I enjoy it here.  As long as I have internet access and cable TV, I can enjoy anywhere.

Mrs. Chief loves it here.  The quiet and solitude – peaceful.  Actually, we both miss our place on Lake of Egypt, just south of Marion, IL which we left in 2006 so Mrs. Chief could be closer to her mother.

So, I have been observing a great blue heron (and here) catching her or his lunch.  We had a lot of  great blue herons at Lake of  Egypt, but I never observed them like I have been for the past couple of hours.  The water in the channel is about 18″ below the top of the concrete liner that defines the channel.  The heron will stand on the ground below the concrete and look for fish. And look.  Finally, when a likely candidate for lunch gets close enough, the heron will straighten his neck and almost lose his balance before pulling his beak out of the water with a 3 – 5″ fish firmly clamped in his beak.  He will adjust the fish so it goes head first (least resistance) and a big fish may take several tries.  You can actually see the fish slide down the long throat of the heron.

So far s/he has caught 3 fish over about an hour period.  S/he keeps moving farther away from me and I am about 80 yards from the bird.  I was curious if herons have binocular vision.  Most predators, except ambush predators (crocodiles), like humans, cats, dogs, et cetera have binocular vision.

This picture from the San Pedro News Pilot shows that herons have binocular vision when looking down or below their beak.  Evolution is interesting.

I’m Not Lisa

Posted July 28, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Politics

Every once in awhile I am truly surprised at how ignorant I am.

The song that Jessi Colter sang, way back when (1975), “I’m Not Lisa” I have always felt was the best song, ever done, by someone I had never heard of.   Here’s what Wikipedia says on the subject.

The surprise is that she wrote the song, plus did the keyboards on the original big hit.

I knew she was married to Waylon Jennings, I just was not aware that they were married sometime before 1975.

This is still my favorite single.  Kris & Waylon come in a close second but Jessi Colter is Number One.

P.S.:  I cannot find a way to list and get to play the song.

Life and Appreciation

Posted July 16, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Politics

This post is dedicated to Tunch and John Cole. (Google has blocked Balloon-Juice, but if you persist you will get thru.)

This is Molly.

Molly n Me 2 (2)Molly became part of our family on 5 Jan 2005.  The death of her predecessor from a canine form of a human cancer on 1 Jul 04 had left us devastated.  The second time our family doc suggested we visit his brother’s veterinary clinic to see if he had a dog we could adopt was on 4 Jan.  We visited, she wagged her tail – vigorously, the vet spayed her and we took her home the next day.

There are only three of us – Mrs. Chief, Molly and me.  Molly is closer to me than to Mrs. Chief.  Scary close.  She is super protective of me.  When I collapsed in the bathroom on 21 Jun, Molly did not want anyone to get near me.

This applies.  I have had some serious health issues in the last 3 months.  I have attacked all three issues to get on top of them, but nonetheless at age 72, I realize that I am on the downhill side of life.

  1. I am taking hormone treatment for prostate cancer.
  2. twenty-two days ago I had a pacemaker installed in my upper left chest.
  3. Yesterday I began being treated for seizures with a med called ‘keppra.’  No driving for at least a year.

Anyway, I fully understand how John Cole feels.  We lost Digger and someday either I will lose Molly or she will lose me.

Folks, push-come-to-shove, I would much rather have these emotionally tight relationships with a non-human than live a cold, isolated life without them.

Good Idea

Posted July 16, 2013 by Chief
Categories: Domestic Issues, Politics

I found the pic here.

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