Do you own anything that uses velcro? If so, do you like it?


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Not So Springlike

Before he left for home yesterday Andy sent his daily email:

Snowing and blowing. 3:26

He left earlier than usual just in case more trees blew down, but the roads were fine and the snow was just starting to stick to the ground. Springtime in the Rockies.


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Boaty McBoatface

Boaty McBoatface is preparing for its first research mission in the Antarctic. Not everyone hates the science of climate change.


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My Kind of God

When I was a kid I was taught God was always watching us, and if we misbehaved we would suffer mightily for our sins. I like this god better.


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It’s Spring!

The apricot tree outside my bedroom window is in full bloom.

Andy’s daffodils are coming up.

And a shoot from Beate’s rosebush is starting to grow. The rest of the bush was eaten last winter, but the shoot was hidden in the grass so it survived.

August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016

March 20, 2017

Andy put some hardware cloth around it to protect it until Beate and Tim come in a couple of months.

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Not Everyone is Mocking

It’s easy for us to mock Trump because we believe our news sources rather than him. Not everyone agrees.

The NationTracker article defines the Believers as his strongest backers, those who believe in him. The Conditionals are those those who support him with the condition that he deliver on his promises. The Curious are those who don’t support him now but could change their minds depending on what he does. And the Resisters are those who oppose him no matter what.

Notice the Believers plus the Conditionals are about 43% of the likely voters polled.

Here is how confident Trump makes the the various groups feel:

The article goes into more depth about how the people polled feel about the Republican Health Care Bill, whether or not Trump’s offices were wiretapped, etc. I think it’s fascinating reading.


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Laughing Stock

Trump has been saying for years that America is a laughing stock because of our weak, incompetent leadership. Aren’t you glad that’s no longer true?


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Change His Mind? Don’t Count on It.

In addition to looking into suspected Russian meddling with the election, the House and Senate intelligence committees have been investigating Trump’s charges that Trump Tower was wiretapped during the election campaign.

This week the bipartisan leaders of those committees said they’ve found no evidence that Trump Tower was the target of U.S. government surveillance.
As for Mr. Trump’s accusation, White House spokesman Sean Spicer says “he stands by it.” Mr. Trump would be wiser to say he fired the tweet in anger and walk it back. An apology can be good for the soul—and a Presidency.
—Wall Street Journal, ‘Clearly the President Was Wrong’

Walk it back just because there’s no indication American intelligence surveilled him? Fat chance. Instead Trump now says it was British intelligence that did the did the surveillance.

President Donald Trump on Friday stuck to his unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor and brushed off tensions his White House ignited with the U.K. by citing a media report alleging British intelligence was involved.
—Wall Street Journal, Trump Doesn’t Budge on Wiretapping Claims

Andy keeps saying Trump has a lot to learn. I thought maybe he would change his tactics, but I’m seriously wondering now. Trump himself says he hasn’t changed since he was a boy, and his boyhood friends say he had a reputation for saying anything that popped into his head and would stick with his story, no matter what other people said: Confident. Incorrigible. Bully: Little Donny was a lot like candidate Donald Trump

So much for all he was going to accomplish during his first 100 days. Focusing is not his strong suit.


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The Good Old Days

Do you think we will ever look back at these times and think of them as the good old days?


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Happiness Is an Exuberant Puppy


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