Friday, July 31, 2015

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 37

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Our question concerns Cecil.  Cecil has gotten a great deal of attention in the news.  Many are outraged and enraged and even the President of the United States is so troubled by Cecil that he has vowed to "get to the bottom of it".

What is this Cecil matter about?

The dangers of playground equipment?
Hostmaster:  fascinating response.  However.  The issue is Cecil.  Not seesaw. 

Oh!  Cecil!
  I have a friend who's a
Leader Dog for the Blind.  Cecil means
blind.  Was someone mean to a blind
Hostmaster:  probably.  But that isn't what the current Cecil outrage is about.
Is Cecil that cabinet member who
 used a private server to handle
sensitive classified emails? 
Hostmaster:  incorrect.  That would be Hillary Clinton.
Is Cecil the name of the abortion
doctor that was caught on tape
negotiating higher prices for
aborted baby parts so she could
buy a Lamborghini?
Hostmaster:  incorrect.  That charmer's name is Debra Nucatola.
Cecil the Lion was a totally innocent
majestic beloved creature who was
 murdered because of the gun culture.
That dentist should be made
accountable for his heinous crime.
Planned Parenthood is being attacked by
right wing religious zealots that
are against women having
health care.
It's all a lie that they
are selling body parts. 
Besides, it's legal.  Anyway 
abortion is only 3%
of what Planned Parenthood does.

Sigh.  You are correct.  Cecil the Lion is what's news.  It seems some guy, an American dentist, wanted to go big game hunting and his "guide" told him Cecil was a legitimate target.  Turns out Cecil the Lion was a thirteen year old tourist attraction at a Zimbabwe Park. 
That this innocent lion's death has created more outrage than the 125,000 or so innocent babies killed by abortion every day is a surely a testament to our culture.
So ends another round of Pop Culture Frenzy.

Round 37
Fluffy/Molly  16
Bryan/Cyndi   14

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Giant Hole

There is no filling the hole Mabel left when she left us.

Well, life goes on and all that.  Grieving is a time consuming process.  Why not fill it with something worthwhile.  Like training a puppy?  Or two?

So.  We've taken in a couple of baby giants that would probably cause Mabel to roll her eyes.

Lily is a Great Pyrenees.  Clover is an Irish Wolfhound.

Meanwhile, Lois is not the sort of gal who rolls her eyes.  Still, sweet Lois is ten and feeling the years.  Even so, no.  Lois didn't roll her eyes.  At first, Lois was not thrilled with the appearance of these two wild babies.  But Lois being sweet Lois, has warmed up to them. 

Perhaps she remembers when Mabel was a pup.

Things have a way of working out.

Monday, July 13, 2015


A member of the Woodpecker family, there are two types of Flickers in North America: the yellow shafted Flicker and the red shafted Flicker. 

Shafted?  This refers to the tail feathers (shafts).  The color of the shafts are visible when the bird is in flight.

The red shafted Flicker's range extends from Canada to Mexico.  The yellow shafted Flicker is found in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico.
Some red shafted Flickers migrate to northern parts of their range in spring where they mate, raise a brood or two before heading south in the fall.
Individual birds typically return to the same area year after year and often to the same tree where they drilled a hole for a nest the previous year (sometimes they use the same hole, sometimes they drill a new one).
The males and the females travel in separate flocks of up to one hundred birds.  When they get to the breeding grounds, the males drum their beaks on trees and sing to call to his mate.  Flickers usually mate for life but the couple are only close for a few months of the year, during breeding season.
After mating has been accomplished,  the female lays 7-9 eggs.  Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the young.  Unlike other Woodpeckers who feed the nestlings live bugs, the Flicker feeds by regurgitation.
Flickers eat bugs mostly- ants and beetles are favorites- which the Flicker digs out of the ground with his bill.  When the youngsters are a couple months old, they are able to dig their own bugs.
The Flicker's habitat is open woodlands, suburbs (red shafted) cactus country, desert woodlands (yellow shafted). 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ducks Redux

Just three months old, they've got their grown-up feathers.

Here's a couple of fun facts about these ducks. 

With a snap of their beaks, they can catch a bug in mid air.

When in the presence of a human being holding an open umbrella they run wildly in circles uttering frenzied vocalizations.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer is Here

That is certain.

For here is our annual It's Hot Enough for Malcom to be Outside picture.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Meanwhile, at the Homestead

What happens when Henry barks at a deer?

The deer pauses briefly, then returns to eating apples off the tree.