This Natural Area was once part of our old farm. The majority of the land is now a rural housing development in Southern Washington County. What I used to jokingly call the back 40 is really only about 5 acres, and is now prairie restoration. North of that are valleys created by centuries of run off from spring melts. It’s really quite beautiful. I’ve got close to 50 or 60 pictures I’ve taken over the years. Some of which I’ve lost. Hopefully I’ll be able to locate them, because down in the eastern end of the valleys are some 80 or 90 year old poplar trees that are stunning.
Here’s a picture from the north side of the valley. If you click on the picture you can just make out the back of the sign that’s in the first picture.
Outside the Beltway, the right is livid with new Speaker Paul Ryan’s trillion-dollar spending deal with Democrats.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter says Ryan, just seven weeks on the job, is ripe for a primary challenge. “Paul Ryan Betrays America,” blared a headline on the conservative site Breibart.com. And Twitter is littered with references to the Wisconsin Republican’s new “Muslim beard.”
Did anyone think that Paul Ryan had a chance of herding the Republican cats in the House? If so, I’d say you should go back to huffing exhaust fumes.
But in a nod to the critics, Ryan has also emphasized that he “inherited” the flawed omnibus from his predecessor, ousted Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and that the cake was “already baked” by the time he was handed the reins in late October.
Those arguments have done little to sway some of Ryan’s critics, particularly on conservative talk radio.
Laura Ingraham denounced the spending package as an “omni-bust” and said Ryan should be “regarded as a declared enemy of the Base.” Mark Levin said Ryan is “already a disaster” and criticized the funding package for increasing the number of visas for foreign workers.
Criticism has also come from Rush Limbaugh, the king of conservative talk radio, who declared that the GOP sold the country “down the river.”
There is no chance in hell that the Republicans in the House are going to be able to work together and accomplish anything remotely resembling sane government. The remnants of the Tea Bagger……. err, I mean Tea Party brigade are as yet uncowed, and still of sufficient numbers to stonewall any attempts at serious compromise; especially when egged on by the hard right conservative pundits. That Ryan didn’t dismantle the bi-partisan coalition allowing for the passage of the budget at least shows he wants to be productive. But he doesn’t have the numbers, any more than John Boehner did, to be strictly partisan in running the House of Representatives.
In the end it all comes down to whether the hard-line conservatives want to have total, uncompromising power, or whether they want to be leaders. They can’t have it both ways.
I’ve finished the dishes. Coffee is brewing! That, of course, is the most important aspect of this moment. Outside there looks to be about an inch, maybe more, of snow. No wind at the moment. That’s the real concern. Tina and I are heading to Grantsburg today to have Christmas with my family. Thankfully we don’t have to be there until 2:00 PM.
Anyway…..I just took a picture of the back deck so you all can see the snow for yourself. Oh, and don’t go by the steps, we’ve not cleared them of past snow falls, so they’re not indicative of the amount of snow that fell over night. Instead, look at the railing just to the right of the steps.
I’m looking for a Photo editing app for my MacBook Air. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don’t usually do a lot of editing so I’m not interested in a monthly fee. I’d rather have something that allows me to crop, resize, etc. Don’t really need any layering or filters at this point.