@*^#&a;*)Great Blue Heron

     Ever since we installed our pond, I have been waiting for the critters to show up. This summer the deer arrived after four years of absence. They cleaned the yard of every newly planted Hosta.  A possum has dug up the lawn looking for grubs. Squirrels have planted corn seed all about the yard. Slinky the garter snake slithered into the rocks around the water fall.  A red tail hawk often swoops through the yard after a squirrel or dove. The place is a veritable zoo at times. 

      I thought things would quiet down now that the leaves have fallen and the flowers are all gone. Last Sunday morning, I sat having my coffee reading the paper. I could see the window from the corner of my eye when it happened, A huge shadow swooped across the window. At first, I thought is was the hawk. I jumped up to see if he nailed a squirrel. Nope. I looked up at the pond, there he was, Big Bird in person. A great Blue Heron had spotted the goldfish. Before I could say “Peg come see,”  the bird had a bulge moving down it’s long throat. He nailed my largest, fanciest goldfish. He saw me, and took off looking like a prehistoric pterodactyl.

I left to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets with my Lions Club. I got home a couple of hours later. Peggy greeted me with “he’s been back three times already.” Later, I saw him again, but as soon as I made a move for the camera he flew off. It is three days later, and we have spotted him at the pond every day. My friend Al told me he would stay until he has cleaned all the fish from the pond. I hope it freezes tonight so he will migrate south.

Kangaroo Trial

Why do we insist on doing stupid things? Politics have reached a new level of absurdity. The liberals want to punish George Bush so badly they have lost their reason.  The GITMO boys were not caught on US soil breaking US laws. Why then are we trying them in a domestic  judicial system? The logic of it escapes me. One strong reason does come to mind. The liberals want to make a show case out of our judicial system. In the process they will open issues of  torture, and harsh treatment of prisoners, thereby punishing Bush once more. I have news for the liberals, the harshest treatment the GITMO boys will receive, is being moved to Illinois. Our winter will convert them to Christianity.

The world will wonder why we go out of our way to give these proclaimed warriors a voice.   I’m sure the accused would go to equal lengths to give their prisoners fair treatment.  Liberals make the argument that we are a nation of laws. I agree, but show me the law that says we try these guys in the US. In the meantime, because they were captured in a war environment, none of the usual citizen rights were awarded them. It is my opinion, that any good judge will throw this case out of court. The GITMO boys will walk. How will we look to the world then? Our great system will fail to convict admitted terrorists. They will not walk because we have a weak system, they will walk because we did not afford them the same rights on the battlefield as we do a gang member on the battlefield of a Chicago street.

Rules of war and domestic laws can not be crossed in court. Each should be treated separately. Our current leader is too stupid to see it that way. He wants this trial to blow up and degrade our country in the eyes of the world. Why does he hate America so?

What?

Both Peggy and I suffer from a malady that causes us to ask “what?” Repeatedly, we request each other to repeat what we said. Neither of us will admit it but we are losing our hearing. It occurs to me that congress must also be suffering from the same malady. What other reason would they have for ignoring  input from their constituents.

I suggest that our congressmen, and senators all use their Cadillac health care plan to have their hearing tested. The results to be posted on Congress.org. With hearing test results posted for our review, we can then decide whether they have a medical excuse for their stupid voting decisions.

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