Sunday, July 31, 2011

Odd Shots - Into the abyss

Caught this bug on the gate at dusk, flash made the grass below dark.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Reflections - Clearing sky after rain

Weekend Reflections is hosted by James of Newtown Area Photo.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dysfunctional Congress

This is generally a place for my images of the world as I see it. I have no pictures to illustrate the thoughts I had as I listened to the dueling "debt limit" speeches by the President and Speaker of the House last night, so here are the words.:

Our Congress has become totally dysfunctional! They have been slowly drifting into the abyss for a number of years as seen by the number of times the budget has been continuing resolutions to keep the government running. The current impasse is because some of our representatives say their oath to Grover Norquist overrides their oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. They are ready to declare bankruptcy when collectively we have the financial resources to pay our bills. Our debt is a growing problem that needs to be addressed. It should be resolved with judicial budgeting by Congress while making some hard choices.
Many (including the President, leaders of Congress and the media) blame "Washington" for the fiscal mess. They seem to forget that the City of Washington has no vote in these matters. The people in charge come from places like West Chester, Ohio; Searchlight, Nevada; Louisville, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; San Francisco, California; Springdale, South Carolina; Fargo, North Dakota; Frederick, Maryland and other small towns and large cities across this great land.
And finally a question: Where do these representatives think the money spent by the US Government goes? Somehow they think that if we take 1, 2 or 4 trillion dollars out of the economy, the people now getting tax breaks will magically spend even more money hiring millions of out of work citizens. That money ends up in someone's pay check or some businesses profit, either directly or when individuals receiving it buy food, clothes, medicine, cars, and toys for the kids, etc. etc.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Odd shots - Living dangerously

Last Thursday afternoon I spotted a somewhat larger bird than the usual cardinals, robins, catbirds and finches that entertain us. It looked like a hawk so I took a few shots through the widow and went outside to get some closer shots and it flew away. A little later I looked out again and there were 2 hawks, one in the birdbath and the other on the ground. So a few more photos and the hawks flew. Another 20 minutes and I noticed one hawk had returned AND a squirrel was heading for the birdbath for a drink. It then headed for the fence. (The squirrels think our split rail fence is an aerial tramway for their convenience.)

At the top of the post, SURPRISE! Squirrel made a quick retreat to hide on the lower rail. The hawk flew off to join its mate.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Reflections - on Dad

It has been seven years since my Dad passed, and I reflect on his life, I share two pictures of him. The first was taken on his ninetieth birthday and the second about three months later.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Odd Shots - Watch cat

Don't know what this cat was watching, but he stayed there on the edge of the field for a long rime.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Reflections - Street corner

The corner of Patrick and Market streets in the City of Frederick.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Odd Shots - Orange pillow

Buster likes to sleep with a pillow and he found this one on the kitchen cabinet.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Odd Shots - Two dog day?

Strolling down Market Street on Saturday I spotted this duo performing behind the statue of a dog. Another canine seemed to be taking an interest in the bas fiddle.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Reflections - Shimmering water

Weekend Reflections is hosted by James of Newtown Area Photo.