Here are the pictures for those who can’t, or choose not to, access facebook. Thirty eight Hannan’s and family showed up. It was great weather and a good time was had by all.
Here’s the 2016 calendar from The Creek. Merry Christmas!
The weather has been great the last few days. It was actually in the 50s last night. The windows are open, the A/C is off, and fresh air is back. The only problem is if you have allergies. The fresh air is starting to fill up with interesting stuff. I have the plenty of good old ragweed, goldenrod, iron weed, and daisies for starters. All of them lining the paths and the driveway. Then there’s all the mold this year. It’s been so wet the mold has been overjoyed and abundant. Fresh air is still better than recycled though. Besides I’m not allergic to anything but ex-wives and bullets :)
Islam is a peaceful religion. Just ask a Muslim or any liberal mind-numbed sheep. Louis Farrakhan is the head of the Nation of Islam. At a meeting last week, in a baptist church, the head of the Nation of Islam said he’s looking for 10,000 fearless men who will “rise up and kill those who kill us; stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!” Does that sound peaceful to you? You have to read the entire rant, linked below, to appreciate the irony. And you know who he’s wanting these fearless men to kill? I quote, “white folks.”
According to CDC numbers from 2011, 42.5 percent of blacks who died, age 15-24 of both sexes, died from being murdered. Murder was the #1 cause of death. For all blacks age 25-34, homicide was still the #1 cause of death, but it dropped down to 25.7 percent. Still over a quarter of all deaths. To see the numbers for yourself, scroll down to the middle of page 35 in the CDC report cited below.
Those numbers are incredibly sad, but the truth is that it’s black people who are killing black people. Even a far left pundit like Juan Williams makes that clear. Williams said. “No. 1 cause of death, young black men 15 to 34 — murder. Who’s committing the murder? Not police. Other black men.” From 1980 through 2008, 93 percent of black homicide victims were killed by other blacks. The FBI report for 2013 still shows that 90% of blacks murdered, were murdered by other blacks.
So Mr Farrakhan, who is it you want your 10,000 fearless men to kill? You are a cancer on your religion and your race.
I’m a libertarian. By my definition of libertarian, it’s none of my business who you love or who you want to marry. This ridiculous fight over the meaning of the word marriage is as much the fault of the right as the left. Gay marriage isn’t going to hurt “traditional” marriage. It’s traditional divorce that’s causing the problem. Gay marriage is just as likely to end in traditional divorce, so have at it. If you love someone, and want to make a life commitment, call it whatever you like.
I’m not particularly religious, but the constitution is clear that religion is a special case. It’s protected by the first amendment, not restricted, as some people seem to believe. The very first sentence in the amendment is:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
That is the only place in the constitution where you’ll find the word religion. Notice it doesn’t say Christianity or Islam. It just says religion. It clearly states that the government can not create or endorse its own religion, or prohibit Americans from practicing their religion.
Sexual preference is not a religion. It’s not protected by the first amendment, or any other part of the constitution. Sex appears once in the constitution, in the nineteenth amendment. This amendment is about your sex not being used to deny you the right to vote. It’s got nothing to do with sexual preference.
What bothers me about the whole LGBT issue is the lack of tolerance for other people’s beliefs on both sides. Regardless, one thing is clear; one person’s sexual preference should not trump another person’s religious beliefs. My definition of libertarian lets people do whatever they want as long as they’re not hurting others. Forcing someone to violate their religious beliefs is hurting them.
If you want to have a gay marriage have one, but you should not be allowed to force some member of a religion’s clergy to marry you. Especially if that person’s religious beliefs mean he or she is committing a sin. Especially when there are priests, preachers, ministers, parsons, and judges who will be glad to marry you.
It’s not the fight for equal rights that’s causing the problem. It’s contentious spiteful activism that’s driving this LGBT conflict, of which gay marriage is a small part. You have the court ordered right to gay marriage now, as you should. And there are people who are willing and able to help you. There are clergy willing to marry you, bakers willing to make you wedding cakes, photographers willing to take your wedding pictures, and venues who will be happy to host your celebration.
If the LGBT community persists in trying to force their right to gay marriage, to violate other people’s religious beliefs, they are the problem. They are the ones who are being intolerant. They are the ones creating the conflict. They are the ones who should be condemned for their actions. Wait for the dust to settle and we’ll see who’s really interested in tolerance.
It’s been one of those weeks. The good news is I live at the creek. Creek therapy cures just about anything. Wading in the creek, fishing, catching snakes, pickin’ berries, and just enjoying the trails, puts a grin on your face. All your troubles seem to fade away. I took all of these from my yard, except the berries in the kitchen. I’ve got a great yard :)
There are some clear signs that spring is here. I have daffodils blooming. The bluebells are starting to push up through the soil and the wild turkeys are leaving their tracks along the creek. The Canada geese are back trying to find a place to build a nest that the flood will wash away. I have chipmunks and squirrels cleaning their nests out. Last year was a good year for walnuts! I’ve been running through spider webs when walking the trails lately, and I killed the first two wasps in the house today. The grass is going to need mowing real soon. Especially with all this rain. I got 2.8 inches in the last 30 hours or so, and it’s still raining off and on.
And of course there’s the spring flood. The creek is as high as it’s been since back on March 4th, but this time at least there’s no ice slamming by. I’m not walking the creek bank trails for a while though.
These pictures were taken from March 10th to March 16th. One week of changes at the creek. From the water level down, to the water level up, to the water level back down again. The ice was deposited on March 4th. The ice was washed away by a flood of equal height on March 14th. It didn’t hurt that the temperature was up in the 60s by then either. Spring is coming, if it’s not already here.
First, I want to make it clear I’m not complaining Mother Nature. I’m just noting the consequences of warmer weather, country living, and dogs. I have towels on the porch and a mop in the pantry for just these kinds of consequences.
It was a good day to get pictures of stranded ice. It was up in the 50s today and the snow is going fast. The huge blocks of ice stranded by the flood on Wednesday are easy to spot and amazing to look at. I tried to keep the dogs in the pictures when I could. They provide some perspective on how big the chunks of ice are. I also used my walking stick for the same reason.