Archive for January, 2007

More From This Morning

27 January 2007

Spring Point Ledge LIght and sea smoke at dawn

Spring Point Ledge Light in sea smoke just before dawn.

Spring Point Ledge Light and Fort Gorges in sea smoke at dawn

Spring Point Ledge Light and Fort Gorges in sea smoke at dawn.

It was even colder than it looks.


Heading Out To Work

27 January 2007

Fishing boat in sea smoke

Fishing boat moving through sea smoke at dawn this morning. That’s House Island in the background with Whitehead Passage at the right.

The Bank Sign (as it’s known locally) read -3. And that’s in Fahrenheit, not that pussy Euroweenie scale. My fingers got numb so fast, even on the first shot I couldn’t feel the shutter release button, but I kept going for forty-six shots over the course of an hour and a half. Man, did it hurt: my hands hurt, my toes hurt, my nose hurt. I loved it!

Take The Pledge

27 January 2007

Okay, so I’m a lazy, lazy man. That’s why, instead of actually expending the energy to write my own post about the NRSC Pledge, I just copied and pasted from an email I got this morning from Hugh Hewitt and N.Z. Bear:

The Activism Agenda:

Please tell the candidates in the ’08 cycle especially – Alexander, Collins, Coleman and Smith and would be presidential nominees McCain and Brownback — that a vote for the Warner resolution is the end of support for them and the NRSC.

Senator Alexander’s phone: (202) 224-4944. His e-mail form is here:

Senator Brownback’s phone: (202) 224-6521. His e-mail form is here:

Senator Coleman’s phone: (202) 224-5641.His e-mail form is here:

Senator Collins’ phone: (202) 224-2523. Her e-mail form is here: [because the length of Senator Collins’ info string broke my blog, I converted it to this link — ed.]

Senator McCain’s phone: (202) 224-2235. His campaign e-mail form is here:

Senator Smith’s phone: (202) 224-3753. His e-mail form is here:

Senator Voinovich’s phone: (202) 224-3353. His e-mail form is here:

The GOP leadership, which need to announce that no resolution will voted on that encourages the enemy, and that includes the Warner resolution or any cousin of the Warner resolution:

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s phone is (202) 224-2541. His e-mail form is here:

Minority Whip Trent Lott’s phone is (202) 224-6253. His e-mail form is here:

Senator Jon Kyl’s phone is (202) 224-4521. His e-mail form is here:

Senator John Ensign’s phone is (202) 224-6244. His e-mail form is here:

Take the NRSC Pledge:

If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.

America’s Lady Macbeth

26 January 2007

When one sees past the new, improved, touchy-feely, let’s-chat Hillary!:

Now, you might say, hold on. Aren’t all politicians veined with an opportunistic streak? Why is she any different? The difference is that Mrs Clinton has raised that opportunism to an animating philosophy, a P. T. Barnum approach to the political marketplace.

All politicians, sadly, lie. We can often forgive the lies as the necessary price paid to win popularity for a noble cause. But the Clinton candidacy is a Grand Deceit, an entirely artificial construct built around a person who, stripped bare of the cynicism, manipulation and calculation, is nothing more than an enormous, overpowering and rather terrifying ego.

There’s more in the article from Gerard Baker at Times Online. Via Michelle Malkin.

Snowy Footbridge

24 January 2007

Snowy Footbridge

Also yesterday at the Fore River Sanctuary.

Geese and Grass

24 January 2007

Geese and Grass

Once again at the Fore River Sanctuary. It’s only a mile and a half from my house.


23 January 2007

According to my blog stats page, some poor soul found his way here by typing the phrase “how to stop touching yourself” into a search engine. I didn’t think this place had anything in common with Ace o’ Spades HQ. Just goes to show I shouldn’t be thinking.


23 January 2007

The post “Old Goldenrod” has been edited and is now “Old Aster” to reflect the fact that I wasn’t paying very close attention when I shot the image and made the original post. Any wildflower experts out there who can tell me if that is, indeed, New York aster?

Caption This

19 January 2007

(Apologies to V the K)

Watch That Hand...

This was just too good to pass up. What are these guys doing? And why are they smiling about it?

“Is that a nuke in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”

“I know. My wife laughs, too.”

“Stop touching yourself. Stop touching yourself. Stop touching yourself.”

“Teacher, Evo wants to show you how hot he thinks you are.”

“Not now! You Latin men are so impulsive!”


Stolen shamelessly from this post at Little Green Footballs

New Stuff

19 January 2007

I finally got around to playing with the sidebar widgets. I ended up adding the calendar and rearranging the categories so they make more sense (to me, anyway). I put in but then took out the hit counter, because it showed just how pathetic this blog really is.

I dunno if the search widget is really useful. Any comments on that are welcome.