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Portraits from our yard: episode 12

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A zillion years ago, give or take a few years, Eve bought a sage at a Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center plant sale. Here’s a descendant of that plant as it looked in our back yard on August 19th. I figure it’s scarlet sage, Salvia coccinea.


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Here’s a telling four-minute video revealing a division of opinion on the policy of requiring voters to show a government-issued ID. If you watch the video, make sure to keep on through the second half. It may well make you wonder who the racists really are. The video’s interviews with real people also remind me of a recent post in The Babylon Bee, which is a satirical publication along the lines of The Onion.

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August 24, 2021 at 4:35 AM

Another colony

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It wasn’t only a colony of partridge pea plants I found along Wells Branch Parkway at Strathaven Pass on August 13th. The first colony I found there that morning was purple bindweed, Ipomoea cordatotriloba. In today’s pictures you see them happily flowering away in the summer heat as they twined and vined themselves over other plants, including some common sunflowers, Helianthus annuus. In the first shot, which is an overview looking somewhat downward, it’s hard to appreciate the rings and arcs that the vines formed on the sunflowers. The closer picture that follows, which I took from near the ground looking upward, reveals those rings and arcs.


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Hypocrisy of the Day

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains an online map showing the current status of Covid-19 infections for every county in the United States. Almost all counties are currently colored red, indicating the highest rate of infection. The CDC recommends that in those counties even fully vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor gatherings, as well as outdoors in crowds where social distancing can’t be maintained. For the past year and a half, Democrats have strongly urged Americans to follow the CDC’s guidelines and have villanized people who question those guidelines.

This past weekend in California’s Napa Valley, which is marked red on the CDC map, Nancy Pelosi hosted a fundraiser for the Democratic Party. The event was held outdoors, but a video taken there has revealed that the attendees were packed together side by side down both sides of several long tables. Not one attendee was seen to be wearing a mask. The only masks in evidence were on the faces of the waitstaff. It’s also true that Democrats have touted their advocacy for “diversity,” yet most of the attendees appear to have been old white folks. There were more non-whites among the small group of servers than among the large group of attendees.

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August 24, 2021 at 4:31 AM

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