Daily Archives: October 22, 2010
Here’s part of it… video available at original site:
- Wikileaks Dumps Documents: Secret Iraq War Death Toll Set at 285K (abcnews.go.com)
- Pentagon Ready for WikiLeaks Release of Iraq War Documents (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Daniel Ellsberg on WikiLeaks on the Verge of Largest Intel Leak in US History (alternet.org)
- NATO chief warns against WikiLeaks Iraq release (topinews.com)
- WikiLeaks plans ‘major’ release of secret U.S. war documents (theglobeandmail.com)
OK… today I scored in the Groundhog Trapping game. Before I get all caught up with myself I have to admit that the creature was very, very small. I can’t believe that this is the beast who tunneled down next to our back foundation… nor did it seem big enough to have eaten all that cantaloupe that was outside the trap yesterday.
That must mean that this critter is a child and still has parents down in the hole. Elly recalls that when our tenant over in Hagerstown had a groundhog problem last year, he ended up trapping three of them (not, of course, at the same time.) So I’ve rebaited the trap and set it again and I’ll see if there’s a new animal caught tomorrow.
Before I did that, however, I had to deal with the little fella I caught. Putting the trap in the back of my new old Subaru, I drove about 5 miles from my house to the Opequon Creek Fishing and Wildlife Area, Federal land where wild beasts are welcome, and turned the groundhog loose. It ran off so fast that in a split second it had vanished. I hope it is happy there…I didn’t want to kill it and I didn’t want it to get near any other houses. When I catch the rest of his family they will go there, too.
So now the trap has fresh (albeit rotten) cantaloupe in it and the spring trigger is set. Now if I can just keep our smaller dog, Byron, away from the trap and the groundhog hole, I’ll feel much better.
- Interesting Groundhog Facts (brighthub.com)
This is an unusual week. Usually I spend Sunday through Friday collecting cartoons from many sources and judging my favorites as the Cartoon(s) of the Week. This week I had the odd occurence of finding 3 (actually 4, but I used one on Wednesday which was as good as the others) that made my finalist list… something which happened a couple of years ago with Tom Toles but hasn’t happened since.
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I love Joel Pett. For the Hell of it, here’s the one I ran on Wednesday:
I’ll be back next week with the usual mix.
- Cartoon(s) of the Week… Teabaggers Topple Traditional Tag Teams… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
John and I, as usual, went over to Mellow Moods after the radio show this morning to have a cup of coffee and complain at each other (the joys of mid-sixties life), where Phil, owner of the Mood and our buddy, told us that the Town Hall Oak, a lovely, big tree right on the old sidewalk, was going to come down because it’s too close to the new construction. There are not a lot of trees this size in the downtown area (Phil says it’s the last, ignoring an even bigger one in his back parking area and one of similar size to the THO just across the street on the side of the Shepherd auditorium.) However, Shepherdstown had once been heavily forested and every time we lose another big one it is a shame.
- Brian Ross: Big Brothers Are Watching You (huffingtonpost.com)
- Justices Scalia And Thomas’s Attendance At Koch Event Sparks Judicial Ethics Debate (huffingtonpost.com)
- Republican Billionaires Arrange Secret Meeting to Plot Evil [Conspiracies] (gawker.com)
Looks like I’m in my fifth or sixth year of being unable to sleep through the night. At most I get little hour and a half rounds of partial sleep… with a lot of awake in between. If it weren’t for my afternoon nap, which also doesn’t extend beyond an hour and a half, I probably wouldn’t get through the day.
It reminds me of a JC Duffy Cartoon (over at Night Deposits):
- Recommended Amount of Sleep for College Students (brighthub.com)
- Want to shed pounds? Sleep longer say experts (beinghealthyhomeandaway.blogspot.com)
- Why Late Night Alcohol is Doubly Dangerous (psychologytoday.com)