Mud Season

The snow is starting to melt up in the mountains.

That means the roads are slippery and easily torn up by driving over them.

It also doesn’t do much for the Jeep.

They’re predicting more precipitation, so it may stay muddy for a while.


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Grieving and Support

It’s not just we humans.


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Civil Asset Forfeiture

Recently Trump invited some members of the National Sheriffs Association to the White House to listen to their concerns. (See transcript here, the video down below.) That was a nice gesture, but unfortunately one of their concerns was the pressure on them to ease up on civil asset forfeiture. In their minds it robs them of a powerful tool in fighting drug dealers — they don’t understand the way it has been abused. The discussion about asset forfeiture starts at 21:32. (Click here for the transcript of just this part of the meeting.)

The part that bothers me the most is

PARTICIPANT: Mr. President, on asset forfeiture, we got a state senator in Texas who was talking about introducing legislation to require conviction before we can receive their forfeiture.

THE PRESIDENT: Can you believe that?

PARTICIPANT: And I told him that the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico if he could get that legislation.

THE PRESIDENT: Who is the state senator? Want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.

(Laughter.) Okay, thank you.

That part starts at 26:50 in the video.

As I wrote in a post on the subject in June, 2015, Andy and I were pleased to learn it’s illegal in New Mexico. It was originally designed to cripple large-scale criminal enterprises by seizing their resources, but it

allows police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they allege is involved in a crime. Owners need not ever be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.
–The American Civil Liberties Union

If innocent people want to get their property back they need to sue, a long and expensive process. Otherwise the police get to keep part or all of the assets, which gives them a huge incentive to use this technique.

In my previous post I included this video of John Oliver discussing some of the abuses of the system.

Unfortunately it looks as if attempts to stop the abuses will be even harder now.


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Animal Rescues

Two heartwarming stories about humans rescuing animals. The first was about two ice skaters who helped a moose that had broken through the ice and was stuck in a pond:

The second is about a cat whose paws got frozen in some ice.

People don’t always have to risk their necks to save a life.


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It’s Not Just Trump

Some “facts” are more interesting than others. Welcome to the Twitter generation.

In a comment to yesterday’s post Rummuser gave us links to two videos claiming Trump can’t read:


In fact he does read, selectively. As long as the articles praise him: Here’s Where Donald Trump Gets His News.

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We’re all aware of how much President Trump tweets, which is quite a change from President Obama. For security reasons Obama wasn’t allowed a smartphone until 2016. Even then a lot of features were disabled. He told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show that when they gave it to him they said,

this is a great phone, state of the art, but it doesn’t take pictures, you can’t text, the phone doesn’t work, you can’t play your music on it.

He added,

So basically, it’s like—does your 3-year old have one of those play phones?

Apparently Trump isn’t worried that his phone and digital accounts might be vulnerable to hacking. Even though Clinton’s unsecure email accounts were a big issue in the election.

What a difference a few months makes.

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It Isn’t Summer Yet

Andy took this picture Sunday. The fellows who planned to drive in past the brown gate ended up walking instead.

Today was supposed to be sunny and fairly warm. Instead up there the temperature started above freezing and dropped throughout the day. There was also a howling wind and blowing snow.

The warmer temperature when Andy got up there meant there was water over the icy road, so at one point the Jeep slipped off the road and got stuck. No problem, Andy has a winch on the front of the Jeep so he can pull himself out. The process did take a bit longer than usual — he had trouble getting out of the car because the snow was so deep on the driver’s side it was hard to open the door. Then when he tried unspooling the winch cable he slipped and fell once, sliding partially under the Jeep. Outside of that the process worked fine.

It isn’t summer yet.


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Super Bowl LI

Andy and I aren’t football fans, but we do turn on the Super Bowl each year. We ask Kaitlin who we’re supposed to be rooting for, and look at the game from time to time to see how “our team” is doing.

It was different this year. First of all, when I looked at the TV log to see what channel it was on, it wasn’t listed! So I went on the internet, and found this year it wasn’t on a non-cable station, but we could stream it for free with the Fox Sports Go app. So I installed the app on my iPad and and sure enough, it worked.

I have a device called Apple TV so spent about 20 minutes hooking it up so we could see the game on our TV set instead of the iPad. I only used the device once a long time ago, and it felt good to be able to figure it out.

We were rooting for the Patriots and they were performing miserably — the score was 28-3 in the middle of the third quarter — so I didn’t watch closely until the fourth quarter. Then the Patriots made a spectacular comeback and tied the game 28-28 by the end of the four quarters. It’s the first time a Super Bowl game ever went into overtime, and the Patriots made the winning touchdown so the final score was 34-28. Even I can get excited about that!

I also saw one Super Bowl ad that tickles me:

All in all an exciting afternoon. How was yesterday for you?


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In her comment to More Hazardous Activities, tammy wrote:

I had to laugh at the cartoon. I would have said… in answer to my nephew asking the question… “I’ve been eating too much cheese!”
for a heart problem it’s like a major NO NO. even worse than politics

Do you have any no-no’s? One of mine is bending the spine forward doing exercises or even everyday activities. So I was amused a couple of months ago when a stretching class was substituted for one our Silver Sneakers classes. They warned us ahead of time but the class was supposed to be worthwhile, so I went. For almost five minutes. The teacher started by showing us how to do a Standing Forward Bend:

I quietly slipped out and used some of the weight machines instead.


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Getting Older

Reminds me of sweet Sammy. He still loves his walks even if he can no longer go very far.


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