Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lake Tahoe is high

Actually, Lake Tahoe, which is on the California / Nevada border, is a lake at altitude.  But the "high" here refers to its water level, which is very high, due to a lot of precipitation and a lot of runoff.

Lake Tahoe only two feet from full capacity

Short article, but all the rain and snow are filling it up.   Now you know too.


Christina El Moussa and her husband were on a show called "Flip or Flop", where they demonstrated how to buy houses in distress, invest some time and money in them, and then sell them at a healthy profit.

Christina and her husband recently had a nasty incident resulting in a separation and likely divorce, which means Christina will, in a relatively short period of time, be eligible for further dating and mating (she might be in a current relationship, by the way, but that's not the point).

The point is, Christina is a very, very hot mother-of-two, as demonstrated in this Daily Mail article:

Twinning! Flip Or Flop's Christina El Moussa shows off incredible figure as she poses in a bikini with her mini me daughter during photo shoot

There's also a video.  Haven't even had a chance to watch that yet.  I will.

Tell it

Paul Waldman expresses the indignation that those of us who wish for fair play and clean politics have been feeling for a long time:

Democrats are going to filibuster Gorsuch; it's the right thing to do

(By the way, I don't think it's the right thing to do, not because I think Gorsuch should be seated, but because I think the Democrats should be showing the Republicans the value of statesmanship.)

But here's what Paul says in the piece, which I totally agree with. I added the underline, which is what I thought was a terrific, true statement.
"Gorsuch was presented to Trump as a possible nominee by the Heritage Foundation; he was on its list not because he’s keen of mind and pure of heart, but because he’s a staunch conservative who, above all, could be counted on to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. The lie that he and all his supporters tell is that every case has one true and objective outcome that you can reach if only you put aside crass ideology and allow yourself to be guided by the light of the Constitution’s wisdom. No one who knows anything about the law could believe that, no matter how often it gets repeated.
So why filibuster if the end result will be the same? The reason is that these are truly extraordinary circumstances. The Republicans’ refusal to allow Merrick Garland to get even a hearing to fill this seat was nothing short of a crime against democracy, a twisting of democratic norms beyond all recognition. Garland should be in this seat, and Democrats should go as far as they possibly can to avoid giving even a shred of validation to the way Republicans stole it."
But I don't agree with that last statement, as liberal as I am.  Mitch McConnell is scum and proved it with this tactic;  Democrats aren't like him.  They should show it, take the vote, and let it be party-line disapproval.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lighthouse of the Week, March 19-25: White River, Michigan

I decided to look up a good old-fashioned Great Lakes lighthouse this week, and it didn't take long to find the cute White River Light Station, near Ludington, Michigan.

The West Michigan Lighthouses Web site has a page about this one:

White River Light Station

And this is from Lighthouse Friends:
White River, MI

Here's a historical excerpt:

"When completed, the lighthouse consisted of a tower set in the northwest corner of a gabled-roof, one-and-half-story dwelling. Limestone was used for the foundation and yellow brick for the superstructure. Though square at its base, the tower’s corners are beveled mid-way up to create an octagonal form. Work on the lighthouse wrapped up on December 28, 1875, and the following April, Mr. Crump, the district lampist, arrived to install a fourth-order Fresnel lens in the lantern room. Keeper Robinson activated the new light, whose characteristic was a fixed white light, varied every minute by a red flash, on May 13, 1876. The period of the flash was reduced to forty seconds on December 12, 1892, through the fitting of another flash panel to the lens, and then in 1902, the light’s characteristic was changed to alternate red and white flashes, with twenty seconds between each flash."
And here's some pictures, including the original lens in the museum:

And I have to note this amazing shot from Joe Gee Photography, of the lighthouse with an aurora on the horizon.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Two Caitlins

Two lovely women named Caitlin, who both happen to be 26 years old.  And it's quite easy to find nude pictures of them both, if you like that kind of thing, which I must admit I do on occasion.

Caitlin O'Connor is an actress, TV host, swimwear model, red carpet presenter, and in general one of those pretty women that makes a living in Hollywood doing Hollywood-type things.

Here she shows us what the well-dressed actress/model/TV host wears to bed.

Caitlin Stasey is an Australian actress, apparently noted for the Australian TV show Neighbours, and was also on Reign here in the States.

Here she shows us what it looks like to be both pantsless and gorgeous on the floor.

Esquire goes hard on the Trump 'budget'

There has been tons of commentary on the Trump budget snafu (and I use that term with its acronymic meaning) this week.   Some of it has been funny, some serious, pretty much all of it from the middle to the left uniformly appalled.  (Right wing?  Well, they're still loving the soma that they're getting from the Doofus in Chief).

The strongest commentary that I found to read was from Esquire.  I expect that there has been stronger, with more profanity, but this one appealed to my own particular appalled self.

And the saddest fact is ... it makes sense.

This Is the Ending Conservatives Always Wanted
You can draw a straight line from Reaganomics to Trump's budget

Two excerpts, but the whole thing is excellent and spot-on.

"This proposed budget isn't extreme. Reagan's proposed budget in 1981 was extreme. This budget is short-sighted, cruel to the point of being sadistic, stupid to the point of pure philistinism, and shot through with the absolute and fundamentalist religious conviction that the only true functions of government are the ones that involve guns, and that the only true purpose of government is to serve the rich."

"Who the hell eliminates research funding for the climate crisis in an age of mega- storms, and wildfires, and steadily vanishing coastlines? Who pulls the country out of the Paris Agreement? Who takes the United States of Goddamn America out of the fight against the biggest existential crisis the planet has faced since the asteroid landed near the Yucatan? Gee, why don't we take a wild guess and say it's the political party—and the political movement that is its only life force—that for decades has taken billions from the extraction industries, placed a climate denier at the head of the EPA—where he isn't going to have much to do, anyway—and appointed an oilman to be Secretary of State. Which reminds me… "
Fortunately, this budget will not persist in its present form.  Congress will make changes. Unfortunately, as the article notes, this is the destination that the Republican Party has been trying to reach since the 1980s.  And since that's where they want to go, I'm afraid that they're going to get way too close.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New slogans for a new age

Two messages from Woodsy Owl: