...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732


Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Night Music ~ Luther Vandross - Endless Love ft. Mariah Carey

Found For Friday

 Roadside Miracle

A man was driving along the highway, and saw a rabbit hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the rabbit, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of the car and was hit. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and got out to see what had become of the rabbit. Much to his dismay, the rabbit was dead. The driver felt so awful he began to cry.

A woman driving down the highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.

"I feel terrible," he explained. "I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it."

The woman told the man not to worry. She knew what to do. She went to her car trunk and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead rabbit, and sprayed the contents of the can onto the rabbit. Miraculously, the rabbit came to life, jumped up, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped down the road. 50 feet away the rabbit stopped, turned around, waved at the two again, hopped down the road another 50 feet, turned, waved, and hopped another 50 feet.

The man was astonished. He couldn't figure out what substance could be in the woman's spray can! He ran over to the woman and demanded, "What was in your spray can? What did you spray onto that rabbit?"

The woman brought the can closer and read from the label: "'Hare Spray' Restores Life to Dead Hare. Adds Permanent Wave."

A lorry-load of tortoises crashed into a trainload of terrapins, What a turtle disaster



I swear, the other day I bought a packet of peanuts, and on the packet it said ''may contain nuts.'' Well, YES! That's what I bought the buggers for! You'd be annoyed if you opened it and a socket set fell out!''      


I backed a horse last week at ten to one.  It came in at quarter past four.   


I went down the local supermarket, I said, ''I want to make a complaint, this vinegar's got lumps in it'', he said, "Those are pickled onions''.     


I was having dinner with Garry Kasporov (world chess champion) and there was a check tablecloth. It took him two hours to pass me the salt.


Four fonts walk into a bar the barman says ''Oi - get out! We don't want your type in here''   


So I went to the Chinese restaurant and this duck came up to me with a red rose and says ''Your eyes sparkle like diamonds''. I said, ''Waiter, I asked for a-ROMATIC duck''


I was in Tesco's and I saw this man and woman wrapped in a barcode. I said, ''Are you two an item?''   


Went to the paper shop - it had blown away.


Sweet!



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Night Music ~ The Metropolitan Blues All Stars performing Caldonia on The Lonesome Pine Special - 1987

Throwback Thursday

When I was a young boy I would go to my great-aunt's home on Saturday Night.  I had three unmarried great-aunt's and would stay overnight with them.  We would meet my great-uncle and aunt who were married. My uncle would drive us out for a drive and he would stop to have his haircut and we would wait and it was always a fun time (ice cream may have been in the car also).  

My great-aunt Kate had a shelf which she called a What-not I looked it up in the dictionary and found it was really a thing....It is a light open set of shelves for bric-a-brac. I always enjoyed looking at the many little things on the shelf.  These little Quaker children are two that I had from my childhood.  I was born in 1941 and was probably about 3 or 5 when I would spend the night.

We figured out that my mother would go to the American Legion to have some time dancing, drinking and socializing while I was being taken care of my my great Uncle and Aunts.  I treasure my memories of them and these little iron figures always make me remember times.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Night Music ~ Chuck Berry - Johnny B-Goode

Toad Tales



The greater prairie chicken or pinnated grouse (Tympanuchus cupido), sometimes called a boomer, is a large bird in the grouse family. This North American species was once abundant, but has become extremely rare and extirpated over much of its range due to habitat loss. Conservation measures are underway to ensure the sustainability of existing small populations. One of the most famous aspects of these creatures is the mating ritual called booming.

Adults of both sexes are medium to large chicken-like bird, stocky, with round-wings. They have short tails which are typically rounded and blue in color. Adult males have orange comb-like feathers over their eyes and dark, elongated head feathers that can be raised or lain along neck. They also possess a circular, un-feathered neck patch which can be inflated while displaying; this, like their comb feathers, is also orange. As with many other bird species, the adult females have shorter head feathers and also lack the male's yellow comb and orange neck patch.
Charles Wheeler took this gorgeous shot of a Greater Prairie-Chicken displaying in Nebraska.
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The greater prairie chicken was almost extinct in the 1930s due to hunting pressure and habitat loss. They now only live on small parcels of managed prairie land. It is thought that their current population is approximately 459,000 individuals. In May 2000, the Canadian Species at Risk Act listed the greater prairie chicken as extirpated in its Canadian range (AlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntario). It was again confirmed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada in November 2009. Nonetheless, sightings and encounters continue to occur in the south-central regions of Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with southern Ontario where sightings are extremely rare.
In states such as Iowa and Missouri that once had thriving prairie chicken populations (estimated to be hundreds of thousands, total numbers have dropped to about 500. However, the Missouri Department of Conservation has started a program to import prairie chickens from Kansas in the hopes that they will be able to repopulate the state and increase that number to 3,000.
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Greater prairie chickens do not migrate. They are territorial birds and often defend their booming grounds. These booming grounds are the area in which they perform their displays in hopes of attracting females. Their displays consist of inflating air sacs located on the side of their neck and snapping their tails. These booming grounds usually have very short or no vegetation. The male prairie-chickens stay on this ground displaying for almost two months. The breeding season usually begins in the United States starting in Late March throughout April. During this time the males establish booming sites where they display for the females. The one or two most dominant males will do about 90% of the mating. Due to their now small populations and habitat fragmentation the greater prairie chickens often undergo inbreeding causing observable inbreeding depression: with fewer offspring and a decreased survival rate within these limited offspring further aiding their population decrease.




After mating has taken place, the females will move about one mile from the booming grounds and begin to build their nests. Hens lay between 5 and 17 eggs per clutch and the eggs take between 23 and 24 days to hatch. There are between five and 10 young per brood. (INRIN, 2005). The young are raised by the female and fledge in one to four weeks, are completely independent by the tenth to twelfth week, and reach sexual maturity by age one (Ammann, 1957). A study of female greater prairie chickens in Kansas found that their survival rates were 1.6 to 2.0 times higher during the non-breeding season compared to the breeding season; this was due to heavy predation during nesting and brood-rearing. [8] One problem facing prairie chickens is competition with the ring-necked pheasants. Pheasants will lay their eggs in prairie-chicken nests. The pheasant eggs hatch first; this causes the prairie chickens to leave the nest thinking that the young have hatched. In reality the eggs did not hatch and the young usually die because the mother is not there to incubate the eggs.




http://www.thenaturalistsnotebook.com/

Monday, March 27, 2017

Night Music ~ Celtic Thunder Heritage - "A Place in the Choir"

Molly and Todd on Monday

 Molly here,

    BG took some pictures this week. We think they are pretty good.

We have been staying inside a lot because it has been raining.

BG has been wiping us down when we come in from the rain.


So here are pictures.   I hope you like them.






You can see the condition of our yard right now.  BG doesn't like it when we track in mud.






We go outside and then we come in and enjoy our time at home.  BG says we have a good life.


We think so.





 Thanks to coming to see us.  Have a great week!  Woof!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Night Music ~ MusicMan Pick.aLotTalk.aLittleMore

Apiarian


"Were I to be the founder of a new sect, I would call them Apiarians, and, after the example of the bee, advise them to extract the honey of every sect."  
- Thomas Jefferson

Have the courage to face
the light of your own Being.
~Sufi Saying


"The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul..."
~Carl Jung


If bullies actually believe that somebody loves them and believes in them, they will love themselves, they will become better people, and many will even become saviors to the bullied.
~Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing


It's easy to stand with the crowd, but it takes courage to stand alone.
~ Rumi



"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within."
- Maya Angelou


“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”
― Plato


"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear." ~Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


The light of the flame is the knowledge of reality, its heat is the reality of reality, and Union with it is the Truth of the reality.
~ Sufi Saying


Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is.
~ Rumi


"Withdraw to the untroubled quietude deep within the soul,
and refresh yourself."
~Marcus Aurelius


"Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you."
~ Author Unknown



Friday, March 24, 2017

Night Music ~ Runaway - Del Shannon Original

Found For Friday


A sceptical anthropologist was cataloguing South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal pujo who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation. When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the pujo looked him in the eye and said, "Let me tell you, with fronds like these, you don't need enemas."

Went to the corner shop - bought 4 corners.   


So I met this gangster who pulls up the back of people's pants, it was Wedgie Kray.  


I'll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself.  


I tried water polo but my horse drowned.


A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: ''I'm looking for the man who shot my paw.''  


You see my next-door neighbour worships exhaust pipes,
he's a catholic converter.


I've got a friend who's fallen in love with two school bags, he's bisatchel.     


Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. But when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it.


I said to this train driver ''I want to go to Paris". He said ''Eurostar?'' I said, ''I've been on telly but I'm no Dean Martin''.


My phone will ring at 2 in the morning, and my wife'll look at me and go, ''Who's that calling at this time?' ''I don't know! If I knew that we wouldn't need the bloody phone!''



HT/JMK