16 October 2014

That Was Short-Lived

We went to bed early last night, and I had what seemed a long, nonsensical dream. But near the end (in the dream), I looked out the window to see a layer of fresh snow.

Woke up excited and ran to the real window ... but alas.

Oh well, it won't be long now.

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Mixed Messages Dept:  Same-sex marriages in Alaska were delayed, at least temporarily, Wednesday, with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issuing a stay in the case.

That, after a lower court denied the stay.

We sure are glad that judges all adhere so closely to the Constitution, aren't we?  I'm always amazed at how some jurists can find things in the Founders' words that simply aren't there.

In the words of Ronald Reagan, “It isn't so much that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so.

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It Ain't Global Warming OR Cooling: In a copyright story, the Associated Press reports,
A university researcher has a new suspect in the decline of protected Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska.

A study by Oregon State University researcher Markus Horning says Pacific sleeper sharks may be contributing to the mortality rate of Steller sea lions.

The western population of Steller sea lions, which includes the Aleutian Islands, has declined to about 20 percent of the levels they were before 1975.
 I've been hearing for years that the decline is due to warming, or something.

Turns out the "something" part is kinda-sorta correct. The alleged warming? Not so much.


ProudHillbilly said...

Here's the thing: most species of plants and animals that have ever existed on this planet went extinct long before man and his horrible combustion engine appeared.

And for a lot of them, I'm good with that.

Rev. Paul said...

Absolutely, PH. The vast majority of creatures that lived on Earth have been extinct for a very long time, most pre-dating bipedal mammals. I'm okay with it, too. :)

PioneerPreppy said...

Makes sense. We keep harvesting everything in the ocean and polluting it with water bottles and nuclear cooling water. The sharks hafta go after what is left.

Rev. Paul said...

Yep - all God's creations gotta eat. :)

Cathy said...

That business about the sleeper sharks being the culprit is really interesting.

Rev. Paul said...

Cathy, agreed. Predators are responsible for declining numbers of prey? Who'da thunk it??