Light/Breezes

Light/Breezes
SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Monday, February 27, 2017

EXTRAORDINARY


    Perplexing matters are just ahead but first we marvel. 
    You are looking at snow, an extraordinarily uncommon sight here on California's central coast.
    In northern San Luis Obispo County the Santa Lucia mountains run from about 1,700 to 3,700 feet though they get taller as they climb toward Big Sur. We are a Mediterranean climate and snow is rare.
     By standards practically anywhere else this is not a lot of snow and they pale as snow capped peaks, but they were a shock to the system as I gazed out of the window while sipping coffee. 

     The jolt was more incongruous since these are the scenes we've been viewing since the rain has abated.
     Bee boxes so they and the birds can do their spring magic.
      Grazing slopes with an abundance of grazing material.
    The snow was gone by late morning and a warming trend is expected.
OOPS
      Who to feel the most sorry for-The Moonlight crew, La La Land's happy and celebrating crowd or Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway?
       Oscar history there. You can imagine the conversation over the production crews ear phones, or in the network offices, or the ATAS office. What a header and plummet of emotion on one hand and bizarre ascension to the top on the other. Maybe the Russians hacked something!

Stooge Patrol
      Donald Trump and his minions should know their obituaries will be written by journalists. 
      The game the White House is playing with restricting access is foolish. But it is also the sort of thing dictators, strong men thugs and Russians do. Combined with his childish "fake news" retorts and his labeling the free press an "enemy of the people" it is also a jab in the eye of a free and open democratic republic. As we have noted "enemy of the people" is an old Russian communist tool designed to silence free thought. 
      Over the weekend I was published on the New York Times on line site raising the concern that Trump treats his followers as a movement and they respond as such, getting further out of the mainstream of American political behavior and history. They disregard the truth, are willingly mesmerized by a con man and ignore the unprecedented amateurism, missteps and blunders. One could question if they and Trump are not the true "enemies of the people."
    This photo of Stephen Miller has been discussed and dissected for several days now. The photo is real, but there is disagreement about whether he is throwing the white power salute sign or is simply fiddling with his coat while doing a television interview. 
      People who know him say he's off the deep end and has been for years. They sight his odd political thoughts while in college and his behavior since. His recent statements have convinced many he's a fascist and white nationalist. He's part of the Bannon gang. What do you think?

     See you down the trail.

10 comments:

  1. I think you got some nice pictures of the snow on the mountain tops.

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  2. I've seen snow on Tamalpias a few times, and often on the mountains east of LA, but never in your area. Have you ever had snow down in Cambria?

    Trump is doing his version of ruling by fiat, using twitter. At this point, it's a question of just how low will the GOP let themselves go just to pass some legislation. The stain will spread, and it won't scrub off easily.

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    1. In our decade we have not seen snow in Cambria, and that is just fine with us.

      The stain will spread and that's a reason why Republicans of integrity and conscience need to act soon.

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  3. I think Stephen Miller is scary. Anyone who says we can't criticize our president hasn't read the Constitution. I wonder what Miller thinks Americans have been fighting and dying for these past few hundred years.

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    1. Miller is frightening because of his narrow mindedness and zealotry. He's an intellectual child.

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  4. See the picture of Miller photoshopped in a Gestapo uniform?

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    1. I haven't seen it. It was probably a good fit.

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  5. I strenuously object to the number of Stephens in the Trump Band of Societally Dangerous Nincompoops.

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    1. In fact I object to that very Band and its leader.

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