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more more bird stuff

I heard a wood thrush this morning and evening. Awesome. And the tanagers have been here doing territorial calls for several days. And, I saw an eastern kingbird on a wire near some openland on my way into town. So the migration has definitely progressed.

Catch up on politics

Since I am have written about politics, and national politics at that, more than anything, and I have been following the presidential races, I want to continue weighing in.

more bird stuff

Today I heard a summer tanager and a what I am pretty sure was a Tennessee warbler. The summer tanager was singing it's song, not chipping. It was, no doubt, just passing through, as I heard it twice and then it was gone. The Tennessee warbler was making partial calls, which I thought sounded like a Tennessee warbler in tone and notes, but after it called a few times, it finally did a more complete call. I feel pretty certain it was a Tennessee warbler.

white eyed vireo

There's been a white eyed vireo here for two days. I'm not sure it is the same one, but I have heard it on different days. It's a migrant, well, what I mean is that it is going further north and just passing thru. I doubt if it is one that stops here and nests.

The afternoon after I heard the white-eyed vireo, I started hearing blue-gray gnatcatchers. But these are the only ones so far. I know I'm going to start hearing new species regularly.

heard whiporwill sing this morning

It was a chilly morning this morning. When I went out to the car at about 5:45am I went to start it and when the headlights came on, I noticed that I couldn't see out the windshield. There was some decent frost. I used the defrost turned up all the way, and the windshield washer, and within a few seconds, I could see. But it was pretty chilly.

Even so, I heard a whiporwill call this morning. This is the first whiporwill call of the year, even though I saw one several days ago.

politics

I haven't written about politics for a bit, and so much has gone on, and I need to write about it because that is what I write about mostly.

And I guess it would be proper for me to talk about the dems first, since that is more my leaning. Hillary and Bernie! The way I look at it, not a bad choice. A hell of a lot better than the reps. But we'll get to that later. I guess the one thing that the Hillary and Bernie contest has shown us is that Hillary's baggage is much heavier than anyone thought.

birds in the news!

I heard a northern parula yesterday. This was the first neotropical migrant bird that I heard this season. Almost always it is between the blue-gray gnatcatchers and the parulas as to which shows up first. And, interestingly enough, my friend Tom, who lives about a half hour drive to the northwest, saw a blue-gray gnatcatcher yesterday. With the whiporwill siting the other day, and these occurences, it is clear that the migration has begun.

history of word processing

http://web.stanford.edu/~bkunde/fb-press/articles/wdprhist.html

here's an interesting piece. makes you wonder how words have been "processed" over the years.

saw a whiporwill this morning

Today is April 5, 2016. The spring here is advancing, but in a very slow advance. We aren't rushing from winter to summer. Well, we really didn't have a lot of harsh winter - the winter was pretty moderate. But there were a number of really heavy rainfalls. We are having days where the afternoons, when they are sunny, are mild, but the mornings are cool.

presidential campaign further update

I have listened and watched the pundits pontificate over the primaries yesterday. The one thing that is making me rethink is about Rubio. I have been saying that the republicans would ultimately nominate Rubio and that he is the biggest threat to the democrats. I still sort of think that is true, but I'm ready to completely abandon that theory until after next Tuesday. It still is very possible that no republican candidate will come to the convention with 50% plus 1 of the delegates. If that is the case, anything could happen.

presidential campaign update

I'm sitting here and watching the Friday night news talk shows that are on my TV. At the moment, it is "McGlaughlin Group". I have been watching this show pretty regularly for a long time. 3 of the panelists, Buchanan, Clift, and McGlaughlin, have been the core panel for a long time. The swing liberals and conservatives change every so often. Clarence Page is the best fit for McGlaughlin as the main swing liberal, but he is only on now and then. It makes a difference whether the swing is a liberal or conservative.

The presidential races - OMG!

You have to give Trump something - not sure if it should be credit, or something else. But, I can't think of too many people that have called the Pope, and particularly this Pope, "disgraceful." It's like telling your Mom she is fat, only worse!

Saying too much at the wrong time

There are few things in politics which come back to haunt a politician more than saying (particularly that which they didn't have to say) too much and worse yet, at a bad time.

Obama has done of this, and it has caused him the most headache and damage of anything that has happened. The big example: the "red line" over chemical weapons in Syria. Obama blustered that if anyone in Syria used chemical weapons, that it would cross a red line and trigger a response - which most people took as meaning military.

Weather

Today, it snowed about 4 inches, at least so far. It's almost feeling like it might be over for the most part. In the days ahead, the forecast, which I think will be correct, is that it will warm up - like spring. At this point, I don't think there will be any turning back. Even Puxatawney Phil gets it right once in a while - early spring! But at the moment, winter has hold. If the TV weather prognosticators are that wrong, and it stays really cold for weeks, I'll quit listening to the TV at all. They're pretty good a day or two out. After that, not so good.

Scalia passes away

I can hardly believe it. I turned on the national news about 5 minutes after it started today and came into the middle of a story about someone important dying. Pretty quickly I realized it was Supreme Court Justice Scalia.

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