Saturday, April 30, 2016


This is either a metaphor for life-is-a-carnival, or a Sisyphean warning about the hamster wheel on which we all find ourselves.  Or both.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Self-Portrait Standing On An Old Paul Broun Campaign Sign


Paul Broun (R-Athens) served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th congressional district from 2007 to 2015.  A member of the Tea Party Caucus and an outspoken critic of science in general and evolution in particular, Broun won re-election in 2012, although Charles Darwin received about 4,000 write-in ballots during the election as a protest against Broun's views.  Broun planned to run in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, although he wound up losing in the Republican primary and left office in January 2015.

Here are some of his more memorable quotes:
"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell." - 9/27/2012
"In fact, the thing is, we don’t have constitutional authority under the original intent of the Constitution to fund Planned Parenthood or NPR." - 4/6/2011
"We hear the CBO says well if we don’t raise the debt limit, it’s going to put so many people out of work, I don’t remember the number, I think it’s 250,000 or something, are gonna be put out of work. Well those are gonna be government employees that are put out of work. There are a lot of government employees that need to go find a real job!" - 6/7/2011
"If ObamaCare passes, that free insurance card that's in people's pockets is gonna be as worthless as a Confederate dollar after the War Between The States -- the Great War of Yankee Aggression." - 3/19/2010
"Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson started this process of socializing America, and they did it with the, Woodrow Wilson, particularly, pushes the 16th amendment that taxes income directly, and the 17th amendment that allows the direct elect of US senators, because the US senators initially were supposed to represent the states. . .  I’d like to see the 16th amendment and the 17th amendment to be repealed finally, and that’s going to be a long process." - 7/9/2010
"Scientists all over this world say that the idea of human induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax. There is no scientific consensus." - 6/26/2009
And, of course, my personal favorite:
"Just today, Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said people in America are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. They want to give all the power to the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. This is what the federal, CDC, they gonna be calling you to make sure you eat fruits and vegetables, every day. This is socialism of the highest order!" - 9/30/2010

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Your humble narrator, apparently explaining golf or something in a darkened room.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Empty-handed I entered the world
Barefoot I leave it.
My coming, my going -
Two simple happenings
That got entangled.

- Kozan Ichikyo, d. 1360

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


It's a lot of work taking down a tree that size, and it's even more work taking out the downed branches and limbs.  Work continues, but we're still not through yet.


Monday, April 25, 2016


The big scary tree hanging over my house was no match for the tree contractors who showed up today.










Day One is complete now that all the branches and big limbs hanging over the house are gone.  Just the trunk remains and they're coming back for it tomorrow. Amazingly, not only did they not damage my house, they didn't even damage the tool shed back behind my house.


Sunday, April 24, 2016


Your days are numbered, big scary tree leaning over my house.  If the contractors live up to their promise, you're coming down tomorrow . . .