Hawk Eats Squirrel in Our Back Yard Today

17 07 2007

Don’t ask me why this was riveting but it was.

It was so unexpected to see close up and then you just couldn’t tear yourself away, like watching the OJ Simpson slow-speed white Bronco chase or the 2000 presidential ballots in the Ryder truck coming up the peninsula to the Supreme Court.

Favorite Daughter noticed its white full legs, how they looked like the pantaloons showing from under ballerina-length petticoated skirts in period musicals like Little Women or Jane Eyre.

The kids and I watched this silent, almost stationary drama for a couple of hours at least, and we’re not much into “nature” when it comes to animals eating each other in the wild like on the cable channels . . . we like to see pretty stuff like giant Canada Geese waddling across the road, without ever thinking about where they poop, etc. That’s who we are. 🙂

So this was edgy and very real world for us, I guess. Young Son is tenderhearted about most things and I was surprised when this wasn’t one of them. The first thing he said was, “Dad would be happy!” (Dad has threatened to do all sorts of dire things to exterminate the too-prolific “tree-rats” here.)

What the Heck Goes On in Minnesota, Anyway?

17 07 2007

And can we killfile it under Godwin’s Law even if this is real-life?

Bush like Hitler, says first Muslim in Congress
By Toby Harnden in Washington
Last Updated: 2:58am BST 17/07/2007

. . .America’s first Muslim congressman has provoked outrage by apparently comparing President George W Bush to Adolf Hitler and hinting that he might have been responsible for the September 11 attacks.

Addressing a gathering of atheists in his home state of Minnesota, Keith Ellison, a Democrat, compared the 9/11 atrocities to the destruction of the Reichstag, the German parliament, in 1933. This was probably burned down by the Nazis in order to justify Hitler’s later seizure of emergency powers.

“It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that,” Mr Ellison said. “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”

. . . Mr Ellison said he would not accuse the Bush administration of planning 9/11 because “you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box – dismiss you”. . . Mark Drake, of the Republican party in Minnesota, said: “To compare the democratically elected leader of the United States of America to Hitler is an absolute moral outrage which trivialises the horrors of Nazi Germany.”

So I went to read up on Godwin’s Law, for some hope this real-life “thread” would now end! Didn’t find much of that alas, but how about this?

Godwin’s Commentary

(Mike) Godwin wrote a short article for Wired Magazine on the
Law back in 1994. . .
The article is actually more about the power and danger of memes
than about Godwin’s Law itself, but it’s worthwhile
reading for anybody who actually got this far into the FAQ.