Monday, July 30, 2007

Moon-day





Full Moon and the daffy ducks are running rampant in the streets, so naturally I headed for the hills.








There are some really big trees and this one is no exception. The cool thing is there are many spider cobwebs attached to the green lichen growing on the bark.











Look closely and you can see the webs, individual patterns in each spiders' web but arranged into a treeside colony.









Nature also creates art of her own with driftwood.
Years of rubbing and scraping together with the waves create wonderful shapes.
Beached by the sun to a silver color this cluster contains many odd shapes and sizes.





Nature is art and art is nature.

Though we only see such a small part of it, it is rich and teeming with life, ever changing, renewing, and living.

The beauty of Nature is endless in its display of its' art.

Well kids, another week ahead and more in store, it is getting weirder by the week and this one will probably be no exception.

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60 comments:

DEN said...

Joe Trippi @ John Edwards wants to send gonzo a message.

"Send a message to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The man who brought us Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and illegal spying on Americans is now facing a possible perjury investigation from Congress.

Tell Gonzales it is time to go!

We will send one copy of the Constitution to Gonzales' office for every person who signs our petition. If we reach our goal of 25,000 signatures, we will add all the names to the biggest copy of the Constitution you have ever seen — and send that to his office too!"

DEN said...

Glen Greenwald@Salon

"What we have here, yet again, is the administration completely manipulating the NYT by selectively leaking previously "super-top-secret" information when doing so helps them politically. This, as always, is followed by the newspaper -- desperate for "scoops" -- outrageously granting anonymity to administration officials to do nothing other than disseminate pro-government propaganda, and turning its front pages over to the administration's claims with very little critical analysis or real scrutiny."

Fascists isn't funny!

micki said...

Thanks for sharing those great photos, Den!

Go here for some neat photos in the PNW -- scroll down to some driftwood pics

DEN said...

Micki those are cool pics too!

I wish I had the money to spend and explore the PNW myself, maybe an RV using Biodiesel, HMMMM.

º¿carol said...

Arms Sales in Gulf Will Counter Terrorism, Rice Says

NPR - 1 hour ago
NPR.org, July 30, 2007 · The Bush administration said Monday a $20 billion military sales package to Arab countries will promote stability in a Middle East threatened by terrorism and Iran's weapons ambitions.

It's so strange to me that arming more Arabs is an answer! That arming more people anywhere is an answer. But what the heck do I know.

DEN said...

Carol, stupid isn't it?

Like a desperate need they have to prolong the war by supplying both sides.

It just plain stinks!

Alan said...

1. awesome pictures... I'm envious that you have such beautiful nature scenes close-by.

2. I got the same email from John Edwards. Went to the site and filled it in, but the 'submit' times out and doesn't 'take'.
Now, trying from your link, and I can't even get to the site.

I'm off and should be mowing. My yard looks like a jungle. It's been raining everyday. First day of sustained sunshine (it's hot like a mo/fo), but the yard is still too wet to mow. *sigh*

Gerald said...

Famous Quotations from the Bush Family Tree

º¿carol said...

Supreme Court chief taken to hospital

I'm sure it's nothing because it would be too much to hope for something fatal!!!

Not to mention he'll have the best health care in the world unlike the rest of us.

Alan said...

Oh yeah, I forgot...

I got my "Impeach Cheney" cap in the mail today!

Gerald said...

If I am not mistaken, Portland, OR and Seattle, WA were in the top 15 or runner-up spot for beautiful areas.

I want to add two areas that are beautiful as well - Highway 2 route in western Massachusetts (the Berkshires) and Mackinaw Island in Michigan. I would have to give the edge to Mackinaw Island.

Gerald said...

Carol, John Roberts went to the hospital to see what kind of medical coverage he has. He probably has had a bad case of constipation for years from being full of shit.

Gerald said...

I have been reading that Saudi Arabia has been helping the insurgents in Iraq and Iran is not the country who has been giving arms to the isurgents. This arms sales to Saudi Arabia by the U.S. Of Evil will eventually be sent to the insurgents to keep us in Iraq for decades and to keep Bush in the WH for decades. This has been the U.S. of Evil modus operandi for over 200 years.

Gerald said...

Dangers of a Cornered Rat

Gerald said...

The Nonviolent Eucharist

Gerald said...

New Commandment Contains the Entire Law of the Gospel

Jesus, Himself, unequivocally commands precisely this when He says, "I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another" (Jn 13:34). As the one the Church calls "the greatest saint of modern times," St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the third woman Doctor of the Church, writes in her autobiography, The Story of a Soul:

Among the countless graces I have received this year, perhaps the greatest has been that of being able to grasp in all its fullness the meaning of love...I had striven above all to love God, and in loving Him I discovered the secret of those other words "Not everyone who says Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father." Jesus made me understand what the will was by the words he used at the Last Supper when He gave His "new commandment" and told His apostles "to love one another as He had loved them"…When God under the old law told His people to love their neighbors as themselves, He had not yet come down to earth. As God knows how much we love ourselves, He could not ask us to do more. But when Jesus gave His apostles a "new commandment, His own commandment," He did not ask only that we should love our neighbors as ourselves, but that we should love them as He loves them and as He will love them to the end of time. O Jesus, I know you command nothing that is impossible...O Jesus ever since its gentle flame has consumed my heart, I have run with delight along the way of your "new commandment."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, "The entire Law of the Gospel is contained in the new commandment of Jesus, to love one another as he has loved us," and that "This commandment summarizes all the others and expresses His [the Father’s] entire will."

The internationally esteemed Catholic Biblical scholar, Rev. John L. McKenzie, echoing the understanding of modern Biblical scholarship, states that " No reader of the New Testament, simple or sophisticated, can retain any doubt of Jesus’ position toward violence directed to persons, individual or collective, organized or free enterprise: he rejected it totally…If Jesus did not reject any type of violence for any purpose, then we know nothing of him." Now since Jesus’ rejection of violence, as well as, His teaching of love of enemies are beyond reasonable doubt and therefore morally certain, then that love that is in the Spirit of Christ, that love that is imitative of Christ, that love that is Christ-like, that love that is "as I have loved," that love which "contains the entire Law of the Gospel," that love "which expresses His entire will" is a nonviolent love of friends and enemies.

Both Biblical scholarship and a common sense reading of the Gospel tell us that this new commandment of Jesus to "love one another as I have loved you," is not a throwaway line or an arbitrary insertion of a thought into the Gospel. On the contrary, the new commandment is so placed in the Gospel as to be presented as the supreme and solemn summary of all of Jesus’ teachings and commands. The importance of all this for Eucharistic understanding and Eucharistic unity is this: Jesus’ solemn new commandment is given and proclaimed not on a mountain top nor in the Temple, but, as St. Thérèse notes, at the Last Supper, the First Eucharist.

At this bitter-sweet Last Passover Meal, poised between time and eternity and about to be pressed like an olive by religiously endorsed, rationally justified and state executed homicidal violence, to which He knows He must respond with a love that is neither violent nor retaliatory, with a love that forgives and that seeks to draw good out of evil, He tells those He has chosen, "I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me and as I told the Jews, where I go you cannot come; now I say to you, I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another" (Jn 13:33-34).

DEN said...

Carol, Roberts fell down on his boat dock at his summer cottage.

Must have tripped over his ego.

carey said...

Shiver me timbers! FBI raided Ted Stevens home in Alaska!

Justice Roberts had a seizure of unknown origin. Wow.

I must rush. Brandon is rehearsing to play "Captain Hook" this Friday and he's working on his villainy.

Impeachment is not going away. Thom Hartmann brought it up this morning. Randi Rhodes brought it up for Cheney and Gonzelez as well. It's the central theme I'm telling you.

My cat has been critically ill too. The danger has passed finally.

Sorry about this scattered post. Your lovely post Den is so calming. All I can say is:

EVERYONE SHOULD SEE PLANET EARTH!

A groundbreaking series of videos you will not believe. Talk about centering yourself with nature, Den. This show does the trick.

carey said...

Screw it. Gonzales.

Gerald said...

Carey, Brandon is probably too young to enter the real world. That will occur as he reaches manhood. If acting is of interest to him and he is into being the villain, he will have history's greatest villain to emulate. All he will need to do is practice his Hitler Bush parts and he will win several Oscar's.

Gerald said...

Welcome to Richistan, USA

David B. Benson said...

Maybe somebody here remembers their Latin. Is

sempre veritas

correctly declined?

Latin is a dead language,
dead as dead can be.
First it killed the Romans,
now its killing me.

Gerald said...

The rich are pissing on our legs and they are calling it trickle down economics.

º¿carol said...

Gerald said...

Carol, John Roberts went to the hospital to see what kind of medical coverage he has. He probably has had a bad case of constipation for years from being full of shit.


Hoo boy, you made me laugh!!! Now they're saying he had a seizure. PROBABLY FROM...FROM BEING FULL OF SHIT!!! Bwahahahaha........!!!

But hey, if you have one seizure it's possible you're in line for another one....or several. Now there's some REAL hope!

º¿carol said...

semper veritas. Always truth. Ever true? Something truth. I had to take one year of Latin. Ugh.

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- This was his second. First was in 1993.

David B. Benson said...

sempre veritas

I'd translate it as always truthful.

Doesn't apply inside the Beltway, especially inside the White House...

David B. Benson said...

Oops. Yes,

semper

semper


(Transposition error.)

micki said...

Idiopathic seizures are not nothing to worry about.

Seizure: Uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, which may produce a physical convulsion, minor physical signs, thought disturbances, or a combination of symptoms.

The type of symptoms and seizures depend on where the abnormal electrical activity takes place in the brain, what its cause is, and such factors as the patient's age and general state of health.

Seizures can be caused by head injuries, brain tumors, lead poisoning, maldevelopment of the brain, genetic and infectious illnesses, and fevers.

In fully half of the patients with seizures, no cause can yet be found, i.e. "idiopathic seizure" a seizure of unknown origin/cause.

David B. Benson said...

maldevelopment of the brain in this case.

Gerald explained why...

micki said...

Well, the one in 1993 is the one they're admitting to.

Better to admit that there was at least one in the past, because if there wasn't one, and this was his first, people would begin to wonder....

IMO.

micki said...

Dr. B - LOL!

Gerald - LOL!

micki said...

thought disturbances

A common Repuke malady....

micki said...

Gerald -- one of the most beautiful places in Washington State can be seen on the route of the North Cascades Highway.

But, there is a multitude of lovely places in this state.

David B. Benson said...

semper veritas.

An online translator gives forth

always truthfulness,

which wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I guess is close enough...

ºCºarol said...

I like "always truthful" best.

David B. Benson said...

Another online translator gives

always the truth

which seems better...

micki said...

vincit omnia veritas: truth conquers all things

magna est veritas et praevalebit: truth is mighty and will prevail

in vino veritas: there is truth in wine

semper veritas: ever truth

micki said...

cum grano salis....

micki said...

When it rains, it pours....

DEN said...

Now thats what I been sayin.

Wanted: Truth

Truth in government,

Truth in religion,

Truth in media,

Truth to others,

Truth to ourselves.

David B. Benson said...

And just when we thought it couldn't possibly get any weirder...

David B. Benson said...

My just previous post was comment number 42, which is the answer to the meaning of the universe...

David B. Benson said...

That is, 42 is...

DEN said...

Yup that was weird alright!

•c•arol said...

cum grano salis

With a grain of salt is what I get out of that, Micki. Cum means with. Cum laude is with praise.

Maybe the grano word changes everything. I only took one year of Latin. Guess I'll go look it up.

DEN said...

Full Moon

•c•arol said...

Well, it's with a grain of salt so you must have had another meaning with the rains it pours thing that eluded me. You NEVER make mistakes. As usual, I'm the idiot. :(

David B. Benson said...

NEVER makes mistakes?

:-)

David B. Benson said...

Fifty.

micki said...

We all make mistakes. Well, except the busheviks...

When it rains it pours is the slogan on Morton's salt. Been on the containers for years...

When it rains it pours

That was the "connection" to cum grano salis.

Carol, you are NEVER the idiot. That is reserved for the Village Idiot, the POTUS.

micki said...

I was being overly oblique when I posted cum grano salis...

º¿carol said...

I hate it when I can't figure out oblique references like that. I should be RIGHT on top of that! I really am slipping. :(

I know the Morton Salt thing well. It's been on the salt container my entire life. When I see the label, or hear the phrase it makes me nostalgic. :)

micki said...

Carol, cruise around that Morton's website. The historical background is interesting.

º¿carol said...

Dr. B alludes to 50 Micki mistakes? Hey, I laughed right out loud, Doc. I'd pretty much trust Micki with my life. :)

Gerald said...

DBB, seizures are not my forte. I do believe that with more and more mercury being dumped into our rivers and lakes we will have more and more children being born who are intellectually challenged. I do not take lightly John Roberts seizure but these Nazis really piss me off. I believe with medication John Roberts will be the Chief Justice into his 90's. A Nazi Chief Justice for some 40 years now that is a real nightmare.

I believe that we are headed for a second civil war in Nazi America. Bush wants the borders opened so that after Blackwater, the National Guard, and the Military slaughter true Americans the new Americans will be enslaved by the Nazi Party. I fear something dreadful is coming our way. I do not know the date or time.

Micki, I never was in Washington State but the Oregon Coast is a great ride and visit. My nephew visited Seattle and he loved it.

I had two years of Latin. As a young buck I did not appreciate different languages. It was a big mistake. As I look back on my life, I also wish that I could have danced more than some slow dance. Dancing is a great social and physical activity. Two dances that I wish I could have danced are the polka and the tango.

When I was growing up Latin and some Greek were necessary for the priesthood. I never really appreciated the priesthood until my twilight years. The priesthood is an awesome vocation.

micki said...

Gerald, you didn't consider the priesthood because you were a self-described young buck!

Good decision.

From that young buck standpoint, I mean.

micki said...

Here in the rainy PNW we put salt on slugs.

And we also have geoducks. (pronounced locally as gooey-ducks)

Now, THEY ARE WEIRD!!!!!!

micki said...

Main Entry: geo·duck
Pronunciation: 'gü-E-"d&k
Function: noun
Etymology: Lushootseed (Salishan language of the Puget Sound region)
Date: 1883
: a large edible clam (Panopea abrupta syn. P. generosa) of the Pacific coast that sometimes weighs over five pounds

Gerald said...

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Dear Posters:

I am at my computer and I am looking out the window. I recall some recent posts that I have shared with you. The most disturbing post was the realization that on July 24, 2007 I came to grips with the fact that it is all over for our democracy and our republic. We are now an enslaved banana republic in the hands of a despotic dictator. I can only say to my country, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

Bush says that we are at war. He wants to impose his will on us and he is succeeding. The wait for a police state is over because the police state is upon us.

I want to apologize to all the posters. I only wish that I could have done more to stop the Nazi takeover of my country. All I can do now as the last man leaving the room is to turn off the lights. Once again I will say to my country, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

Sincerely,
Gerald