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Huge larger than hand size Hibiscus blossoms flanked by red roses

A dear friend showed up at my door with this little bouquet.
Showing you how they looked in my kitchen's afternoon light.

The Running of the Bulls in NOLA - this year's version - last Saturday

Hundreds of red and white clad folks gather and the run starts at 8 am and follows a prescribed path. Women on roller skates made up to resemble bulls or whatever trips their trigger carry soft batons. With them they mostly hit the men as they pass them by.

Some of the batons don't sound so soft to the onlookers who line the streets as the hullabaloo goes on, I for one often said “OUCH” watching and listening.

At the end of the long lines of participants come some men - clad as the "Elvises".

This will hopefully make you feel like you also got to see it!

Bridesmen at a Wedding in Jackson Square

Into the deep and hot Bayou to visit the Gators a few July days ago

We took an air boat ride into the Bayou of Louisiana and slowly we saw the Gators appear and then disappear again.
Hope you enjoy the ride from an air conditioned seat

This was our driver / guide with a little 2 year old “baby” gator he passed around for folks to hold. I passed on this priviledge.

Into the heat of the Bayou

Here he comes

and here he goes

OMG - my aching feet

In anticipation of the blue contest, I thought I'd ogle blue shoes..................
because I surely could not wear them

Methinks the Simpsons saw the Greek situation coming

Report about an evening with Arundhati Roy / told by Rob Kall

I missed the fireworks shooting into the sky this year, but instead, listened to some pyrotechnic ideas from Arundhati Roy, at a talk she gave tonight, to the 2015 Socialism conference.
Starting off talking about Independence day, she remarked, "I mourn the birth of all nations," then talked a bit about nationalism.

Asked about what she's writing now, she replied, "I'm writing fiction now because I don't know how else to say what I want to say... I've gathered a lot of ambiguity in me that can only be expressed in fiction."

I wouldn't call what I'm writing here an article, or even a narrative. I'm just stringing together some of the more choice lines I was able to write down as she spoke.

"In many ways we live in boundaries and borders and there are so many boundaries and borders which go through us."

"(There are times when) to keep quiet is as political as speaking out."

Discussing India getting the Atomic bomb: "The way the press was writing about it you couldn't tell if it was nuclear or Viagra."

She talked about how the Indian government used creation of giant dams to control water and people, about how tribal people were transplanted from farms to Bombay slums, how giving them money for their farms was like paying a judge in manure fertilizer. "The struggle needed a writer to tell the story... having a weapon of words to give to fighting people." The dams have displaced over 30 million people.

"Throughout civilization, throughout history, rulers have wanted to control the water."

"Power is fortified not just by what it destroys but also by what it creates, not just by what it takes, but also by what it gives.

Referring to nuclear weapons:
"When human intelligence has outstripped its own instinct for survival"

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Perfect Camouflage.

I have been under the weather and now that I'm moving about again I'm deleting photos to make room for more.
This one is nothing special, but I remember being so struck by how the bird blended into the landscape. Perfect matches. And I don't know enough about doves (is that what it is?) to know if the coloring is ordinary.

Supreme Court Forces G.O.P. to Seek New Bogus Issues for 2016 revealed by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—With its landmark decisions this week, the United States Supreme Court has sent the Republican Party scrambling to find entirely new bogus issues to pound away at during the 2016 campaign.

With gay marriage and Obamacare effectively taken off the table, the Republicans now find themselves without a signature phony issue to disingenuously flog for the next sixteen months.

But according to the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, the Party is already conducting an exhaustive search to find “fresh new spurious positions” to shamelessly distract voters during the upcoming campaign.

“Twenty-foot border fence, national voter I.D. cards, abolition of the I.R.S., mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds,” Priebus said. “Back at R.N.C. headquarters, we’ve got a wall of three-by-five cards filled with crap like that.”

Priebus acknowledged that the loss of Obamacare and gay marriage as issues had dealt a serious blow to the G.O.P.’s supply of meaningless talking points, but he claimed that the Party would come back with even more insincere rhetoric than before. “Anyone who thinks we’ve run out of b.s. is sorely mistaken,” he said.


Our Wonderful Day - June 26, 2015 /// Beautiful photo moments off my TV tonight

Words are not needed
The photos suffice

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