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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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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 24, 2021 at 4:31 AM

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  1. People can be unbelievably stupid…and quite possibly infected…

    Ann Mackay

    August 24, 2021 at 7:00 AM

  2. This is another plant I’ve been seeing in the construction zones I pass every day. The bindweed’s not only as persistent as the sunflowers, it seems capable of nearly unbelievable overnight growth. I always look closely on Monday mornings, just in case one of the plants has decided to climb a construction crane over the weekend. Some of the cranes they’re using are bright yellow; the combination of the flowers and the equipment would be as pleasing as bindweed and sunflowers.


    August 24, 2021 at 7:23 AM

    • Having that construction zone near you is a great opportunity to observe purple bindweed. Till you pointed out the rapid growth you’ve witnessed there, I didn’t know how fast this species grows, as I’ve not watched any group of them over time. If any of yours climb a construction crane, I do hope you’ll get pictures of the purple on yellow.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 24, 2021 at 7:32 AM

  3. Bindweed is cursed by most farmers, because of its rapid growth and the ability to make quite a tangle around most anything it attaches itself to. It grows all along our perimeter fences and we allow it. Your flowers appear more pink than ours, which tend to be more white, except for a bit of pink at the center.

    Nancy Pelosi has been caught so many times, not following the rules she touts. There really ought to be more journalists and paparazzi following these “do as I say and not as I do” folks around, then publicizing their findings. It might open eyes and make for great entertainment.


    August 24, 2021 at 7:56 AM

    • From what you say about your bindweed flowers being more white, except for a bit of pink at the center, makes me wonder if you have a different species there. Several bindweed species exist, and they’re not all even in the same genus.

      As for the commentary, you may have heard it said that if it weren’t for double standards, some people would have no standards at all.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 24, 2021 at 8:00 AM

  4. CV19 has shown just how stupid or lacking care for others. They blame the young, but from what I see here in the UK, it’s all age groups, a minority in each group admittedly but enough to cause concern. Restrictions have been eased here and you don’t need more than one guess to know what is happening to the infection rate. Then of course we do have those in so called authority who abide by the code “do as I say not as I do”.


    August 24, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    • The delta variant, which we’re told spreads more readily than the original strain, is apparently responsible for the upsurge in cases. A month or two ago it seemed like we were finally beginning to get back to a normal world, but now things have reversed. And unfortunately we’ll always have the “do as I say not as I do” crowd with us.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 24, 2021 at 1:14 PM

  5. Okay, I know I should not have read this, but did anyway. The good news is that I do not find this to be at all infuriating, since it is common knowledge here. duh. Do you remember that old interview with Dianne Feinstein, in which she explains why she carries a concealed gun? Hey, I have absolutely NO problem with here carrying a gun, especially after her experience with the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. It is the hypocrisy of wanting to deprive others of their guns that is so offensive.


    August 24, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    • That’s it: protection for me but not for thee!

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 24, 2021 at 1:16 PM

      • I get it that she needs protection. I have no problem with that. Well, you know, just like you said.


        August 25, 2021 at 10:22 PM

        • Yes, and hers is personal protection. She doesn’t want the rest of us to have even the more general protection that the police provide.

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 26, 2021 at 4:55 AM

          • Fortunately, I do not live in fear; but I would live with more fear if my neighbors were deprived of the right to own guns.


            August 27, 2021 at 6:00 AM

            • California’s among the states most vigorously gunning for the right to own guns.

              Steve Schwartzman

              August 27, 2021 at 8:24 AM

              • California is a big place. Although it occupies less area than Texas, it is more diverse, and very populous. There is more to it than the liberal big cities.


                August 27, 2021 at 11:53 PM

                • True enough, but the heavily populated areas control the state’s government by a large margin.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  August 28, 2021 at 6:15 AM

                • hmmm. . . do you happen to know how liberal San Diego is? As much as I hate to admit it, it is more populous than San Jose. It gets ignored like San Jose.


                  August 28, 2021 at 8:44 PM

                • My impression was that San Diego is less leftist than other large cities but I don’t actually know.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  August 29, 2021 at 12:13 AM

                • If they go too far to the left, they will be out in the Ocean.


                  August 29, 2021 at 12:43 AM

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