Sunday, February 13, 2011

Posting again already.

Looks like I have some new neighbors moving into my front yard. A pair of magpies have decided to open house in one of my trees. We have quite a few of them in the neighborhood, along with mourning doves and (in summer) a ridiculous amount of robins and finches. I sometimes get hummingbird nests in my trees, and always welcome them.

Picture 1: View of nest from the street.
Picture 2. View of nest from my yard. That black thing is the tail of one of the magpies while it is working on the nest.
Picture 3: Nothing to do with birds, just happy to see the daffodils coming up, finally.


Looks like Swiss have decided to stay free; they voted against government restrictions on their right to keep and bear arms.

"If the 'Yes' goes through, it really risks destroying the country," Xavier Schwitzguebel, an army reservist officer, was earlier quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
"If we take away the weapon, which represents this trust, that means that we are breaking the sacred union between democracy and citizen."

That explains it better than just about anything; a government that does not trust its citizens has drawn a line between the people and the government, and they become subjects rather than citizens.

"When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you."
--Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince


Some of you have probably already seen this; I just wish we would bring them all home. If you can watch this without feeling moved, then you have an empty spot where your heart should be.
H/T to Borepatch and Life and Times of An Average Guy


Some of these should be familiar, depending on your age and what type music you like. I tend to listen to a broad range; about the only kinds I won't listen to are disco and rap.

"Magic" by Olivia Newton-John
"The Wanderer" by Dion
"Not Fade Away" by Buddy Holly
"Take the "A" Train" by Duke Ellington
"It's Only Make Believe" by Conway Twitty
"Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard
"Exodus" by Ferrante and Teicher
"You Know What I Mean" by The Turtles
"Fallen Hero" by Vixen
"With You There to Help Me" by Jethro Tull

One of my favorite bands from the sixties.

Another great band from the sixties and seventies.


James Higham said...

They can't trust their own citizens because, like no other time in history since Jackson, people are waking up to the crooks.

meleah rebeccah said...

what a beautiful birds nest. love the songs today.

Kenny said...

I don't like magpies much.

BobG said...

James: the problem is being able to do something about the crooks.

Meleah: When their nests are completed, they are usually quite big. My neighbor has one that is a couple of feet in diameter.

Kenny: most people don't; they are a lot like their cousins the the crows.

terri said...

The homecoming video was beautiful. I am sitting here with tears running down my face.

Thud said...

That Swiss chappie certainly has it right. good to see winter on its way out at last hey?

Lazarus Lupin said...

Love the Jethro Tull. It always tickles me to think of Michael always having to explain, "No no my name isn't Jethro." Thanks for the smile.

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