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16 Of The Most Magnificent Trees In The World -


I pulled out three of them for you to see

The other 13 are at this link
http://themindunleashed.org/2014/08/16-magnificent-trees-world.html




This one I have actually seen with my own eyes, one of my peak life experiences. I almost broke my camera taking pictures falling all over my feet circling it.

I'm editing this -happy you are enjoying the trees- to confess that I was so taken with the Angel Oak in Charleston that after I came home I painted a huge oil painting of it. Tomorrow morning I will post a photo of that painting. DU has seen my photos - but I've never shown you a painting.

OK - as promised I show you my painting of the Angel Oak. It was in a closet, it's about 10 years old, and I needed the wallspace. But I am glad to see it again.



The Angel Oak in South Carolina stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall and is estimated to be more than 1400 or 1500 years old. (Image credits: Daniela Duncan)



President, located in Sequoia National Park in California, stands 241 ft (73m) tall and has a ground circumference of 93 ft (28m). It is the third largest giant sequoia in the world (second if you count its branches in addition to its trunk). Do not miss the little red clad guy at the bottom - he made me chose this example - I could not believe it, only later did I notice the second guy near the top. (Image credits: Michael Nichols)



Beautiful Japanese Maple In Portland, Oregon





Integrity Disqualifies Sanders for White House--mournfuly reported by Andy Borowitz




WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s potential bid for the 2016 Presidency was declared over, on Monday, before it even began, because of a key feature of the American political system that makes a person with integrity ineligible for the White House.

According to some experts, the electoral system has developed a number of safeguards over the past few decades to prevent someone with independence and backbone from occupying the Presidency.

“Bernie Sanders’s failure to become a member of either major political party excludes him from the network of cronyism and backroom deals required under our system to be elected,” said Davis Logsdon, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota. “Though that failure alone would disqualify Sanders, the fact that he is not beholden to a major corporate interest or investment bank would also make him ineligible.”

Because of his ineligibility, Logsdon said, the Vermont Senator would be unable to fund-raise the one billion dollars required under the current system to run for President. “The best source of a billion dollars is billionaires, and Sanders has alienated them,” he said. “Clearly he didn’t think this through.”

Logsdon said that Sanders might persist in his quest for the White House despite his ineligibility but that such an effort would be doomed to fail. “Our political system has been refined over the years specifically to keep people like Bernie Sanders out of the White House,” he said. “The system works.”


www.borowitzreport.com


Back tonight at 10 pm and 11pm / HBO = Bill Maher. Guests are, and some are stellar:

Nancy Pelosi

Andrea Mitchell

Haley Barbour (please, pardon the mention...)


Jon Huntsman

and Jerry Seinfeld.

I WILL BE WATCHING

Saudi Arabia Indicates It Will Grant U.S. Request for Anti-ISIS Training Program

Source: NYTimes

Saudi Arabia has indicated that it would agree to an American request to provide bases to train moderate Syrian opposition fighters, American officials said on Wednesday.
Saudi willingness to host a training program comes as Secretary of State John Kerry is preparing to fly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday morning for a high-level strategy session on how to counter to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
READ MORE »
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-isis.html?emc=edit_na_20140910

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-isis.html?emc=edit_na_20140910

How about showing some of your runners up for the contest "LINES"

These two were my most serious other contenders
Showing yours may give others ideas of what to shoot, or what to submit. I would so like to see the submissions fill up to 30.






US Foreign Policy Cartoon. Cleanup difficulties illustrated. (Zyglis)

McCain Rips Pres. Obama's failure to bomb Stone Henge (new accusations revealed by Borowitz)



WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted President Obama on Saturday for failing to bomb Stonehenge while in the United Kingdom for the NATO summit.

“This is a time when it’s important to send our enemies the message that the United States is strong,” McCain told Fox News. “I can think of no better way to do that than by blowing Stonehenge off the map.”

McCain said that he was “astounded” by Obama’s reluctance to order airstrikes on the ancient monument. “He had a clean shot at Stonehenge, and he blinked,” he said.


www.borowitzreport.com

Growing Pressure on Obama to Do Something Stupid - McCain and Graham positions revealed by Borowitz



WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Arguing that his motto “Don’t do stupid stuff” is not a coherent foreign policy, critics of President Obama are pressuring him to do something stupid without further delay.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) led the attack on Thursday, blasting Obama for failing to craft a stupid response to crises in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine.

“Instead of reacting to these events with the haste and recklessness they deserve, the President has chosen to waste valuable time thinking,” McCain said. “This goes against the most fundamental principles of American foreign policy.”

Graham also expressed frustration with the President, telling reporters, “The American people are waiting for President Obama to do something stupid, but their patience is wearing thin.”

In his most withering criticism, McCain called Obama’s “stubborn refusal to do stupid stuff” a failure of leadership. “If I were President, you can bet your bottom dollar I would have done plenty of stupid stuff by now,” he said.


www.borowitzreport.com

Frank Underwood visits The Colbert Report - Sept. 3/2014 PLUS

Stephen Colbert looks at President Obama's indecision and caution in handling the threat from ISIS

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/full-episodes/6jaxht/september-3--2014---randall-munroe

Watch Colbert's show tonight ASAP - the lead in was hysterically funny - he had on a special guest

(honestly, when it comes to the lead - in monologue I was tickled, but I could not laugh, he was too spot on)
and absolutely phenomenal.

He addressed the issue of being cautious before starting new wars, reminding us that lack of caution and not having a strategy in place was exactly what we had the last time, so it should not pose any problems. Of course he did it ever so much more funny than I can re-tell it - but then he should, he has that grand job based on sheer personal merit

He talked about how Frank Underwood would handle this, and showed actual quotes from Fox hires at the mike and some Repubes about how Frank Underwood would handle this.
Then Frank Underwood walked on stage and had a discussion with Colbert about the situation. He was in full character.

I love Kevin Spacey

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