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Radical Incline

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Best of Spirits

Trust and wanderlust

Kittens on the Loose
If I go outside with my cats,
they tend to hang around.
If they go out without me,
soon, they're nowhere to be found.

When they go out without me, then,
I wonder where they go.
Perhaps it's just as well because
I might not want to know.

Radical Incline

The Bill of Rights, and wrongs

Originally pubished in 2013,
in the depths of the Obama regime.

Warning: Do not tread upon.

Fifty Stars
Fifty Stars
Among other states of North America.

Liberty's Light
Liberty's Light
Fueled by resistance to tyranny.

From the Consent of the Governed
From the Consent of the Governed
That whenever any Form of Government
becomes destructive of these ends,
it is the Right of the People
to alter or to abolish it,
and to institute new Government,
laying its foundation on such principles
and organizing its powers in such form,
as to them shall seem most likely
to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence

First and Foremost
First and Foremost
What part of "no law" is so difficult of understanding?

I wasn't really sure how well George Zimmerman's case
qualified for illustration of a "redress" question,
but then I realized how he wasn't charged
until the Federals intervened.

Shall Not Be Infringed
Shall Not Be Infringed
1. To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate
2. Obsolete To defeat; invalidate.

"Also, we're not quartering. We're fortifying."
"Besides, we are at war. A war on crime!"

What? That old rag didn't say anything about
laptops, cells, cameras, or automobiles!
Or bloggers. Or computers.

What? I have to say I plead the fifth if I don't want to say anything?

Bill of Rights
Fifth Amendment: Double Jeopardy (1791)

Impartial Justice
Impartial Justice
Impartial isn't supposed to mean imbecilic.

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Jury Rigging
Jury Rigging
Juries and Democracies share the same potential weakness.
A moral and informed citizenry is required.

The Prosecutor:

Unusually Cruel
Unusually Cruel
Surely this is just what the Founders had in mind.

Colorable Pretext
Colorable Pretext
We'd tell you what others, but that just makes it worse.

When the Constitution is abandoned.

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Best of Spirits

Defending the homefront

So this just happened.

While suburbia encroaches, we still live in a rural area. We have three cats, Charlie the golden, Onyxia the black, and Spirit the old gray lady. Weather permitting, we leave the door open a cat's-width for them to go in and out. Sometimes other critters get in, usually flies, but one time a possum! So, the perimeter of our old house is not entirely secure.

Besides the border gaposis, having cats also means fur on comfy chairs (usually covered with a protective sheet when not being used by humans). Having cats means expenses, vet, wet and dry food, and kitty litter. Now and then the cats will bring in one of their hunting trophies, sometimes still alive. We have had to chase after birds, mice, and lizards they've released inside. Also, we humans collect our share of scars from tooth and claw of our feline housemates. There's even the worry that one might not come home, when we gather them in at night. And the heartbreak, when one of them dies, runs deep. You might wonder, with all that trouble and expense, why have cats?

Ours are working farm critters, not merely pampered pets. (I pause to wistfully miss our Defender Doggie.) It's unpleasant to see cardinal feathers on the porch, but we know they also keep the rodent vermin population down (that's foreshadowing), as well as chasing off feral felines encroaching on our territory. Sometimes a frog or a snake gets in the house, and, while they won't eat it, they alert us to it with meowing and a "pointing" stalking pose.

Charlie, sleepingToday we were changing the sheets on the bed, when, out from behind the head of the bed runs a modest-size mouse, right in front of me. Ran under the nearby massage table (one of our few luxuries). I ran over and grabbed Charlie from where he was soundly sleeping, and threw him behind the table, repeatedly telling Charlie to "catch the mouse! Mouse!" Our old cats do have some vocabulary, "mouse" being one word they all seem to recognize. While Charlie sniffed around, I began pulling out storage boxes and baskets stored under the table, although I thought by that point that the mouse had probably scooted further away.

Mouse, running

I was still pulling out boxes when I saw the mouse tail drooping from Charlie's mouth; quick work! I picked Charlie up, telling him not to drop the mouse (heh), and put him out the front door. He sat there a moment; I thought, he's disappointed the chase wasn't any longer. Then he dropped it, but the mouse was at this point well past play mode; dead. So, Charlie began chowing down and I left him to his grisly meal.

When he was ready to come back in, we applauded and praised him.

I'll probably still complain about cleaning the litterbox, but it's just part of the price we pay for having our mighty hunter housemates.