Monday, August 24, 2015

Meanwhile life outside goes on all around you

Some days it's difficult to organize a cohesive thought. We are bombarded with so much information it becomes difficult to sort out what is important and what isn’t or at least what deserves our focus. These flew across the field of vision today:
This photo also crossed that horizon: It's the real
Christopher Robin and Winnie-the Pooh circa
1926. For its influence see the link below.

A sandhill crane taking off from Creamer's field in Fairbanks.…

Chris Christie and Ted Cruz take critical potshots at Jimmy Carter who is facing terminal cancer …

My friend Tom Hale is recuperating from a serious stroke and giving his dear wife,  Mandy, fits but with a twinkle in his eyes and a wry smile on his lips …

That nutso white supremacist who tried to buy a North Dakota town and turn it into a bastion of racism and pseudo military resistance wants to name the town Trump …

A Navajo Code breaker walked two miles in a parade, helped along through the last half mile by two current Navajo Marines …

Some of my female friends swoon over actor Sam Elliot on his 71st birthday…

Indy car driver Justin Wilson dies after being hit by debris from a crash at a race track Sunday …

My friend Phil Munger who is driving off a divorce along the coast of the Lower States has started writing music again …

Danica Patrick is enjoying a vacation on a beach somewhere and showing off her yoga positions – that's hot…

German cruise lines pulled out of the Faroe Islands to protest the slaughter of pilot whales there …

A group from a satanic temple turned out to counter someone's protest of a Planned Parenthood establishment …

Facebook says I may know someone named Evan Christian …

Dan Buckwalter of Wasilla, Alaska is missing since Aug. 4 …

A soldier who helped with communications during the first Iditarod asked for help finding information and photos about that race and several people responded …

The National Women’s History Museum highlighted Sarah Winnemucca a Paiute author and the first Native American woman known to obtain a copyright to publish a book in English …

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker announced a big point in his foreign policy: he wants to cancel the Chinese president's visit to the United States because of a dip in China's stock market …

Still no one seems to remember the name or has heard from the other senator from Alaska, though there was some mention that he was upset not to be included in festivities surrounding President Obama's visit to Alaska, the president he vilified and promised to stand up to during his election campaign …

Several people liked my post in Ocean People about a federal lawsuit against SeaWorld in San Diego …

Josh Duggar's brother in law wants "that pig out of our family"…

Several crews of Alaska firefighters are battling the wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Idaho and the Alaska Division of Forestry has sent 450 miles of hose to help in the effort …

A beautiful high school girl named Lilliana who is an intelligent and informed critic of SeaWorld and whale captives in general was blocked on Twitter by a humpback whale group she has never interacted with. Getting a name for herself …

Discovered another sign of seasons changing tonight – when you go out to water the garden at the regular time and the motion-activated lights come on …

A wolf hunt began around the perimeter of Denali National Park, targeting wolves that often move back and forth in and out of the park …

Kim Kardashian gets fat injections in her ass …

A huge storm is developing in the Bering Sea and warnings are up for heavy surf along western and southern shorelines. Those are the shorelines that are eroding badly …

Two giant panda cubs born at the National Zoo …

Mississippi is rated  the most religious state in the Union and also 48th in intelligence, just sayin' …

And then there’s this quote from Winston Churchill: asked to cut arts funding in favor of the war effort (World War II for you children), he asked, "then what are we fighting for?"…

There's a new store opening in Palmer called "The Frayed Knot." Looks like a crafts store heavy on the knitting …

Three Americans and a couple of others subdued a terrorist shooting up a train in Belgium. Today Fox Noise blamed the attacker on President Obama…

And, just for perspective, the first train robbery in the U.S. happened on this day in 1866 and while he isn't blamed outright for it, Obama did nothing to stop the robbery either …

Yahoo News listed the goofiest laws in every state. In Alaska it's illegal to give a moose beer. Who knew? …

There have been spectacular northern lights shows around here the past few nights and maybe it would be better to bundle up and go outside to stare at them than watch this screen any longer.

Winnie-the-Pooh and the East Pole

1 comment:

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed that news round up.

    I imagine a drunk moose could do some serious damage! Or even a sober one.

    Would love to see the Northern Lights one day.


Interesting quotations

· " “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” — Ernest Hemingway

When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth. Kurt Vonnegut

“If you wrote something for which someone sent you a cheque, if you cashed the cheque and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.” Stephen King

The thing about ignornance is, you don't have to remain ignorant. — me again"

Never debate with someone who gets ink by the barrel" — George Hayes, former Alaska Attorney General who died recently

My dear Mr. Frost: two roads never diverge in a yellow wood. Three roads meet there. — @Shakespeareon Twitter

"The mark of a great shiphandler is never getting into situations that require great shiphandling," Adm. Ernest King, USN

Me: Does the restaurant have cute waitresses?

My friend Gail: All waitresses are cute when you're hungry.

I'm not a writer, but sometimes I push around words to see what happens. – Scott Berry

“The rivers of Alaska are strewn with the bones of men who made but one mistake” - Fred McGarry, a Nushagak Trapper

Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stared at walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing. – Meg Chittenden

A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. – Franz Kafka

We are all immortal until the one day we are not. – me again

If the muse is late, start without her – Peter S. Beagle

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain Actually you could do the same thing with the word "really" as in "really cold."

If you are looking for an experience that will temper your vanity, this is it. There's no one to impress when you're alone on the trap line. – Michael Carey quoting his father's journal

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin

It’s nervous work. The state you need to write in is the state that others are paying large sums of money to get rid of. – Shirley Hazzard

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence -- Bertrand Russell

You know that I always just wanted to have a small ship to take stuff from a place that had a lot of that stuff to a place that did not have a lot of that stuff and so prosper.—Jackie Faber, “The Wake of the Lorelei Lee”

If you attack the arguer instead of the argument, you lose both

If an insurance company won’t pay for damages caused by an “act of God,” shouldn’t it then have to prove the existence of God? – I said that

I used to think getting old was about vanity—but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial. – Eugene O’Neill

German General to Swiss General: “You have only 500,000 men in your army; what would you do if I invaded with 1 million men?”

Swiss General: “Well, I suppose every one of my soldiers would need to fire twice.”

Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.—Gloria Steinem

Exceed your bandwidth—sign on the wall of the maintenance shop at the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center

One thing I do know, if you keep at it, you usually wind up getting something done.—Patricia Monaghan

Do you want to know what kind of person makes the best reporter? I’ll tell you. A borderline sociopath. Someone smart, inquisitive, stubborn, disorganized, chaotic, and in a perpetual state of simmering rage at the failings of the world.—Brett Arends

It is a very simple mind that only knows how to spell a word one way.—Andrew Jackson

3:30 is too late or too early to do anything—Rene Descartes

Everything is okay when it’s 50-below as long as everything is okay. – an Alaskan in Tom Walker’s “The Seventymile Kid”

You can have your own opinion but you can’t have your own science.—commenter arguing on a story about polar bears and global warming

He looks at three ex wives as a good start—TV police drama

Talkeetna: A friendly little drinking town with a climbing problem.—a handmade bumper sticker

“You’re either into the wall or into the show”—Marco Andretti on giving it all to qualify last at the 2011 Indy 500

Makeup is not for the faint of heart—the makeup guerrilla

“I’m going to relax in a very adult manner.”—Danica Patrick after sweating it out and qualifying half an hour before Andretti

“Asking Congress to come back is like asking a mugger to come back because he forgot your wallet.”—a roundtable participant on Fox of all places

As Republicans go further back in the conception process to define when life actually begins, I am beginning to think the eventual definition will be life begins in the beer I was drinking when I met her.—me again

Hunting is a “critical element for the long-term conservation of wood bison.”—a state department of Fish and Game official explaining why the state would not go along with a federal plan to reintroduce wood bison in Alaska because the agreement did not specifically allow hunting

Each day do something that won’t compute – anon

I can’t belive I still have to protest this shit – a sign carriend by an elderly woman at an Occupy demonstration

Life should be a little nuts or else it’s just a bunch of Thursdays strung together—Kevin Costner as Beau Burroughs in “Rumor has it”

You’re just a wanker whipping up fear —Irish President Michael D. Higgins to a tea party radio announcer

Being president doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are—Michelle Obama

Things sports announcers say

"… there's a fearlessment about him …"

"He's got to have the lead if he's going to win this race."

"Kansas has always had the ability to score with the basketball."

"NFL to put computer chips in balls." Oh, that's gotta hurt.

"Now that you're in the finals you have to run the race that's going to get you on the podium."

"It's very important for both sides that they stay on their feet."

This is why you get to hate sportscasters. Kansas beats Texas for the first time since 1938. So the pundits open their segment with the question "let's talk about what went wrong." Wrong? Kansas WON a football game! That's what went RIGHT!

"I brought out the thermostat to show you how cold it is here." Points to a thermometer reading zero in Minneapolis.

"It's tough to win on the road when you turn the ball over." Oh, really? Like you can do all right if you turn the ball over playing at home?

Cliches so imbedded in sportscasters' minds they can't help themselves: "Minnesota fell from the ranks of the undefeated today." What ranks? They were the only undefeated team left.

A good one: A 5'10" player went up and caught a pass off a defensive back over six feet tall. The quote? "He's got some hops."

Best homonym of the day so far: "It's all tied. Alabama 34, Kentucky 3." Oh, Tide.

"Steve Hooker commentates on his Olympic pole vault gold medal." When "comments" just won't do.

"He's certainly capable of the top ten, maybe even higher than that."

"Atlanta is capable of doing what they're doing."

"Biyombo, one of seven kids from the Republic of Congo." In the NBA? In America? In his whole country?

"You can't come out and be aggressive but you can't come out and be unaggressive."

"They're gonna be in every game they play!"

"First you have to get two strikes on the hitter before you get the strikeout."

"The game ended in the final seconds." You have to wonder when the others ended or are they still going on?

How is a team down by one touchdown before the half "totally demoralized?"

"If they score runs they will win."

"I think the matchup is what it is"

After a play a Houston defender was on his knees, his head on the ground and his hand underneath him appeared to clutch a very sensitive part of the male anatomy. He rolled onto his back and quickly removed his hand. (Remember the old Cosby routine "you cannot touch certain parts of your body?") Finally they helped the guy to the sideline and then the replay was shown. In it the guy clearly took a hard knee between his thighs. As this was being shown, one of the announcers says, "It looks like he hurt his shoulder." The other agrees and then they both talk about how serious a shoulder injury can be. Were we watching the same game?

"Somebody is going to be the quarterback or we're going to see a new quarterback."

"If you're gonna play running back in the SEC you're gonna take hits."

"That was a playmaker making a play."

Best headlines ever

Sister hits moose on way to visit sister who hit moose.

Man loses his testicles after attempting to smoke weed through a SCUBA tank

Church Mutual Insurance won't cover Church's flood damage because it's 'an act of God'

Homicide victims rarely talk to police

Meerkat Expert Attacked Monkey Handler Over Love Affair With Llama Keeper

GOP congressman opposes gun control because gay marriage leads to bestiality

Owner of killer bear chokes to death on sex toy

Support for legalizing pot hits all-time high

Give me all your money or my penguin will explode

How zombie worms have sex in whale bones

Crocodile steals zoo worker's lawn mower

Woman shot by oven while trying to cook waffles

Nude beach blowjob jet ski fight leads to wife's death

Woman stabs husband with squirrel for not buying beer Christmas Eve