Tuesday Open Okefenokee Swamp Thread

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54 Responses to Tuesday Open Okefenokee Swamp Thread

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Today’s Election Day, only a year to go ! McAuliffe would really like a Dem majority in Richmond, I’m not going to be any help for him 🙂

  2. DeniseVB says:

  3. votermom says:

    I’m not particularly enthusiastic about voting today. But last night we got a robo-call from Sen Bob Effing Casey endorsing one of the SC judges. So now I am motivated to go and vote AGAINST the guy.
    Gotta block the gun grabbers.

  4. elliesmom says:

    We only have a very local election here today. With less than a month left to live here, I’m not motivated to put my shoes on. Since my daughter probably wouldn’t vote for the same folks I would, I’m doing her a favor by not voting. But the people I’d vote for are probably going to win anyway. The folks here do a lot of cost/benefit analysis when they vote on local issues. That really affects the school committee races. The town has built a beautiful new high school they’re really proud of and willing to pay for. But nobody lives far enough away from it to qualify for school bus service so no buses go to the high school unless parents pay for it. One of the people running for school committee thinks bus service should be free to anyone in town no matter where he or she lives. I predict she’s going down in flames.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Local elections are where your vote counts the most. Voting is more than just a right, it is also a duty. That means that every citizen has an obligation to not only vote but to spend some time studying issues and candidates.

      What’s the point of getting more people to vote if they don’t have a clue about who or what they are voting for?

      • Myiq2xu says:

        OTOH, what is the point of voting for the local school board when everything that matters in public education is determined by the federal bureaucracy?

        • elliesmom says:

          It’s true there are fewer and fewer things the local boards have control over. Here the big issue is the hiring of the school superintendent. But the board also decides what things will be paid for by the town and what things will be a fee for service. Always a big issue is the cost of sports teams and who will pay. Building the new high school was a huge issue. But curriculum stuff, test scores, anything in the classroom not so much.

      • elliesmom says:

        This will be the first local election I haven’t voted in in 28 years. I also show up at town meeting every spring. I expect there will be a few people who will be glad I’m not there next year. 😉 When my daughter still lived at home, I used to take her to town meeting with me. She really got into it, but she had the benefit of my knowing who all of the players were, what the issues were, and who was likely to come down on which side of them. I hope she gets involved again. She and her husband have been living in a city where it’s harder to influence what happens.

        Our new house is part of an HOA that owns the pond. It’s the only thing the HOA has any control over, but it’s a lot of work to maintain a body of water that size. The seller’s real estate agent is the president of the HOA. When he discovered through conversation I’m a former water commissioner, he invited me to join the inner circle of the HOA. I’m looking forward to it as it will bring me up to speed quickly on the rest of the workings of the town. It will take some time to get as knowledgeable about our new town as I am about the one I currently live in, but I expect it to be entertaining. Local politics always are.

      • votermom says:

        What’s the point of getting more people to vote if they don’t have a clue about who or what they are voting for?

        Hah. I just told my kid something like that yesterday:
        Politicians like to say as soon as you turn 18, register to vote so you have a voice! I used to agree with that, but now I think, politicians want young people to vote because they are still gullible. I think people should wait until they’ve had more life experience before voting.

  5. Myiq2xu says:

    • elliesmom says:

      Issues of privacy and modesty aside, what a mockery of Title IX this is. If kids who are genetically male can play on girls’ sports teams, kids who are genetically female are at a distinct disadvantage. The feds are threatening to cut off Palatine, IL’s Title IX funds if they don’t let a male student shower in the girls’ locker room when he’s playing on a girls’ team. This deserves mockery. Palatine is a NW suburb of Chicago. The people have threatened to secede from Cook County multiple times. Not everyone in Cook County is a Democrat. 😉

    • 49erDweet says:

      The Department of Education – and this whole administration – is whack. Just…..whack!

    • DandyTIger says:

      Identity politics eventually feeds on itself. They’re already at the point of saying a fixed gender and sexual orientation is cis-whatever, and to be treated as bad. Which means gay rights and women’s rights take a back seat. Soon they’ll be there with race. I’m loving it.

  6. driguana says:

    Just read the article about the Department of (Mis)Education…sad day for sure….Doe, HUD, EPA and the IRS should all be reconsidered and probably eliminated. Really have come to despise this administration.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    No line, next year another 2-3 hour wait? Though Virginia is a Super Tuesday state March 1 🙂

    New ballot too. Just had to color in a little circle then feed it to a machine.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Doing that later here in C’ville. Super lib town, so if you have different leanings, you have less effect. But there are a few turkeys that need to be put out to pasture.

  8. foxyladi14 says:

    I voted.
    It js my way of enforcing, Term Limits.


  9. Myiq2xu says:

    Via Hot Air:

    The first is the type of coverage which will be near and dear to the hearts of Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. West Antarctic ice melt could raise seas by 3 meters

    Melting ice in West Antarctica is a major concern for global sea levels, and a key area may already be unstable enough to unleash three meters of ocean rise, scientists said Monday.

    The study follows research out last year, led by NASA glaciologist Eric Rignot, warning that ice in the Antarctic had gone into a state of irreversible retreat, that the melting was considered “unstoppable” and could raise sea level by 1.2 meters (four feet).

    Well, now that we know the world is ending we may as well break out the tequila shooters and party like the apocalypse is at hand. We’ve hit the point of no return, so you’d best start investing in beach front property in West Virginia if you want to find a way to capitalize on this. But wait! No sooner had I finished reading that article than this one popped up right below it. Antarctica is Gaining Ice.

    A NASA study finds Antarctica is actually gaining ice cover despite global warming. A study released last week used satellite data to determine the continent’s ice sheet gained 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001, slowing to 82 billion tons from 2003 to 2008.

    The gains are in East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica although losses have been registered on the Antarctic Peninsula and the Thwaites and Pine Island regions of West Antarctica, said Jay Zwally, a glaciologist with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study published Friday in the Journal of Glaciology.

    But… wait. That other guy just said… um…

  10. helenk3 says:


    you have to see this.
    from now on all taxpayer money should be denied to colleges. If this what they are teaching screw them

  11. 49erDweet says:

    Voted. Twice! 😊

  12. cynic says:

    Hire Wrinkles, the creepy-looking clown to scare your kids……
    “For a few hundred bucks cash, he told The Washington Post, he’ll make an appearance at your party or gathering, prank your friend or even scare your misbehaving kid straight, as he was recently hired to do by one mother looking for a way to reform her trouble-making 12-year-old.”


    You’ve got to read the story, and look at the pictures. Looks like nightmares for me tonight.

  13. parentofed says:

    Republican Matt Bevins has won the governor’s contest in Kentucky. This is a very big deal here. People think of KY as red but it has more registered Dems than Repubs, MSM is very liberal, university towns Lexington and Louisville are liberal, and the state GOP is typically weak. Lots of analysis, Dems accusing him of playing God Card, esp since Kim Davis made calls for him

    Bevins not my dream pol but I think it’s our way of saying, “We hate Obama, we hate the EPA and we hate the Obama butt-kissing MSM.” Lots of schadenfreude in media tonight. They’re very sad that the first black female Lt Guv in KY is going to be a Repub

    • DeniseVB says:

      That’s good news ! Hoping Virginia will keep her GOP majority in Richmond which should keep one of Hillary’s soldiers busy (Gov Terry McAuliffe (D-Clintonista) ).

      I read that Bevins was a tea party favorite too 🙂

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Hope Dora got to meet The Donald ! Sounded like quite a street party (people were lining up before dawn and the line had hundreds stretching around a city block).


    • leslie says:

      This is very sad, indeed. I read the article (thanks Denise) and it referenced DNA as well as the officer’s service weapon. I didn’t know they had found it – or if I had heard about it, I completely forget.

  15. DandyTIger says:

    Our Dem County Attorney (aka prosecutor) Denise Lunsford got soundly defeated by the Repub. Robert Tracci. Lunsford either flubbed or worse on a case that got overturned, after the falsely accused guy spent two years in jail. Apparently even the overwhelmingly liberal locals didn’t think to kindly of that.


  16. DeniseVB says:

    Thanks Obama 😉

  17. DandyTIger says:

    In all nearby to me VA House and VA Senate races, the R incumbents handily won. So I’m not sure McAuliffe will see a change in the VA legislature.

  18. threewickets says:

    Hi everyone. Random non political comment. Guess I’ve been on the political internet at least thru Bozo’s two terms. Occured to me earlier today that people DO NOT come out from behind their masks. The only people outside my personal life I’ve even met have been a few TC/CH folks some years back. Could be the people I’ve been hanging with lately. But they just never ever let their guards down…as far as real identities and lives go. It’s weird and uncanny. This is not about the Klown who always gets an exemption of course. 🙂 Best wishes all.

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