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Climbing hempvine on cattails

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At the Riata Trace Pond on September 15th I found that several climbing hempvines (Mikania scandens) had indeed twined their way up on the dry leaves of some cattails (Typha domingensis). Below you get a closer look at a flower globe produced by one of the vines. It’s not a coincidence that those flowers somewhat resemble the ones you recently saw on a boneset plant in my yard: both species belong to the Eupatoriae tribe within the very large sunflower family.


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Lie of the Day

Government officials lie so routinely and so blatantly that I can’t claim I need to do diligent research to uncover their lies, any more than I’d deserve credit for noticing that the sky is blue and the sun yellow. Even so, I figured I’d post this lie of the day because it’s a follow-up to my September 18th commentary about the chaos, degradation, and lawlessness at the Texas border in Del Rio.

While watching television news on Tuesday I saw a video clip of Department of Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas declaiming categorically: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned, your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life.” As he said that, the government was busy processing and releasing into the United States thousands of Haitians who had walked across the Rio Grande River illegally a few days earlier. The current administration is letting those illegal immigrants go into the interior of our country by bus and airplane. They’re not being systematically tested for COVID-10 or being required to get vaccinated.

The next day I saw an interview with Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, who said that in the past eight months the number of people who’d illegally come into the country yet were allowed to stay here anyhow was well over half a million.

Have you ever noticed that the sky is blue and the sun is yellow?

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 23, 2021 at 4:32 AM

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