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A partridge pea colony and a new place

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At this time of year I often come across individual partridge pea plants (Chamaecrista fasciculata) and small groups of them. Less often do I see the colonies that the species can also form. On August 13th I found one of those at the base of a slope around the pond along Wells Branch Parkway at Strathaven Pass on the Blackland Prairie. Until a few years ago that land was fenced off, so I’d never been able to take pictures there. Now that the property has been developed into apartments and houses, I’ve been able to get access and take pictures along the margins, where native plants still grow. The photograph below gives a closer look at one portion of the colony shown panoramically above (which enlarges a good deal when clicked).

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So many hypocritical things have been going on that I could most likely sustain a “Hypocrisy of the Day” series. That would be too depressing, though, so I’ll just do an occasional post on that theme, as I did on August 10th. Here’s a new one, from the Daily Wire on August 17th.

Hard-left Massachusetts Democrat congresswoman Ayanna Presley, a member of the progressive “Squad” that includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Cori Bush (D-MO), has been revealed to have made thousands of dollars in rental income last year with her husband despite the fact that she has been calling for cancellation of rent since at least December 2020.

“Pressley’s 2020 financial disclosure, filed on Friday, disclosed between $5,000 and $15,000 in rental income from a Boston property in her husband’s name. The property was converted into a multi-family apartment after it was purchased, according to Pressley’s disclosure,” Fox News reported, adding, “Pressley’s office did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on whether she and her husband canceled rent for their tenants at any point in 2020. She disclosed the same range of rental income – between $5,000 and $15,000 – in 2020 as she did in 2019, before the pandemic began.

In December 2020, Pressley tweeted, “Keeping families housed is a matter of public health. We must cancel rent, extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, provide rental assistance, and offer legal representation for those at risk of eviction. This is a public health emergency.”

The Boston Herald also covered the story.

It’s unclear whether Pressley is still renting out the unit and collected income during the pandemic because she won’t respond to questions.

The Herald has repeatedly tried to get a response from her spokesman but has been unsuccessful.

So it’s hard to tell whether Pressley is being hypocritical or just arrogant.

It’s the typical non-response from Pressley, who simply won’t answer questions she doesn’t want to or that don’t promote her agenda. She communicates to her constituents primarily through pre-prepared statements, press releases and social media videos. She has demanded transparency from police and other agencies but isn’t willing to follow the same rules herself.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 22, 2021 at 4:34 AM

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