The first day of a new school year in Khan Younis


With education there is hope.

Originally posted on Gaza : The Bleeding Heart of Humanity:

Palestinian schoolgirls, pictured through a hole in the roof of a classroom that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, attend a lesson on the first day of a new school year at Suhada Khouza school in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Us – Them

This gem showed up on the Bastiat Institute’s Facebook page this morning. I love it. It’s so true!

Folks, the people on the other side of the water aren’t too different from us. They want to eat, to have shelter, to raise their kids decently, to grow old in peace, and to exercise the freedom of conscience and expression God gave us all. I hope you reject the Us – Them, We’re Good – They’re Bad, propaganda we get from self-serving, snake oil peddling politicians these days as they seek to climb the Big Government, Big Politics ladder of power.


Study tracks school lunch food waste


Eating fruits and veggies is a great idea. But, it should start at home with parents teaching kids to eat nutritious food. They aren’t likely to eat it ‘cuz the lunch lady tells them to.

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

More fruit and veggies than ever ending up in trash

It's harvest season! You can give school kids all the fruit in the world, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to eat it. @bberwyn photo.

Staff Report

FRISCO — A push to get kids eating healthier school meals isn’t exactly playing out as hoped, according to Vermont researchers, who used cameras to track what students are doing with the fresh fruit and veggies on their lunch trays.

It may not be a surprise to anyone who has spent time in a school lunch room, but many students are putting the apples and oranges straight into the trash, eating even fewer of them than they did before the the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed.

The new study, published online in Public Health Reports, is the first to use digital imaging to capture students’ lunch trays before and after they…

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“They’ll open the box, go,’Oh God!’”: StemExpress CEO jokes about selling ‘intact’ aborted babies in new video


It’s shocking or should be. Just how low can American moral values sink?

Originally posted on Twitchy:

After a judge in Los Angeles ruled that StemExpress couldn’t stop the Center for Medical Progress from releasing more undercover videos, an 8th video was posted that has StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer bragging and laughing about how her company sells fully intact aborted babies for research:

But here’s the worst part. Dyer jokes about it:

We’ve run out of words. Here’s the video:

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Tommy’s calling card

Tommy, the wild turkey who showed up a few weeks ago here at Ladybird Lane, left his calling card while we were away visiting family in Romania. Tommy had dug himself a dust pit and seems to think the north side of the house is a pretty good place to stay cool during the summer heat.

We told friends and family about Tommy and everybody advised us on how to catch a “curcan sălbatic” and turn him into a good meal. I told them that turkeys were government property and I would need a license to do that. Most were pretty amused by the idea of having to get a license for anything and especially just to take a wild government turkey.

Turkey feathers are really pretty. The large one is big enough to make a nice writing quill. The smaller ones have a lot of very soft down at the quill end. I guess that’s how Tommy keeps warm in the winter.


The March of Hillary Clinton


Right on the dot! Why can’t the mainstream media just call this what it is, arrogance, hubris and a tyrannical disregard for the law?

Originally posted on GrrrGraphics on WordPress:

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Hillary should be marched to prison, not the presidency. For years she has gotten away with scandals, including Whitewater, Travelgate, Benghazi and now she has obviously committed treasonous acts including letting state secrets go to other countries in exchange for Clinton Foundation donations as well as erasing evidence of top secret material from her private server.
If she’s elected, her arrogance, her sense of entitlement and her criminality will get even worse.

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It’s all downhill from here

I heard the weatherman excitedly pronounce a few days ago that from here on through January the average daily high temperature would be decreasing. Wow! That’s a cheery thought. So, here in southern Sconnieland we top out at 83 degrees Fahrenheit the last week of July. Gradually the average high declines until the end of January when the temperature finally hits 26 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s kind of optimistic, I think. The way I remember the end of January we’d be really happy to see 26 degrees. :-)


Bright yellow daylily

On the other side of the house we have some really bright yellow daylilies. This is a lot easier to photograph than the pale yellow ones since the detail shows up much better. When taking the picture I wanted to get both the pistil and the stamens in focus and not totally blur the petals. It seems to have worked out pretty well.


Pale yellow daylily

I like taking pictures of daylilies but pale colors often turn out to be kind of boring. Any suggestions for improving this sort of photo? I like photos that present nature as it is yet this seems dull.


Meet Tommy, our new tenant at Ladybird Lane

We have a new tenant here at Ladybird Lane. This is Tommy. He gets free run of the backyard, all the bugs he can catch and all the bird seed that he can knock out of the tube feeder. He’s really clever. Honestly! I noticed a week or so ago that the tube feeder was being emptied really quickly. Tommy can’t eat directly from the feeder because it’s on a shepherd’s crook above his head. But, he can jump a bit, knock it with his beak and that lets quite a bit of seed spill onto the ground. It works for him and the squirrels seem to enjoy the leftovers. I think Tommy could go through a 50 pound bag of seed fairly quickly if I were that generous. I told my father-in-law a wild turkey had taken up residence in our backyard. He went, “Mmmm, mmmm good when roasted!” :-)

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