Angelo Codevilla

Historical references and sound analysis justify the title to his latest essay: Igniting Civil War.  For those of us who’ve been assiduously reading the tea leaves since 2009, have actually studied history, and who care about the USA, this article provides a chill up the spine.  Buy more ammo.

https://www.printfriendly.com/p/g/rfV9Zk

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Sunlight

This article is interesting for its dispassionate and historical analysis of mass homicides.  It could help with an effort to organize and deploy stratagems for countering and preventing these events.  Guess what?  Control of inanimate objects will likely not be a part of successful ones.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/08/mass_shootings_the_elephant_in_the_room.html

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They Grow Up So Fast!

Was out tending to the Koi pond yesterday, so was nearby when our local Mallard duck mom came by with her brood to visit the friendly (Trinity) waters.  The kids used to look like little brown ping-pong balls.  Not anymore; they are about 80% the size of mom!  Not old enough yet to show sex differentiation in their plumage.  Glad to see them since these visits are less frequent now that several of our fish are becoming quite large and thus imposing and dangerous in the Mallard brain.  Our water lilies are crazy-robust and plentiful this year, but their leaves were tested for durability by the babies.  Mom is the top-center quacker in the upper photo and is standing on the barely submerged rock in the lower photo.  Life is good.

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Use a Kayak?

This is for those who kayak and might be looking for a convenient way to transport one or two.  This is the Thule Hullavator, a device that uses gas shocks to lift the kayak up to the top of your vehicle with one finger’s force.  The lashings are first quality, like everything Thule.  Here’s a before and after the lift pair of pix.

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Two-fer

We had a fun thunderstorm late this afternoon, and the aftermath yielded a beauteous sunset.  An added attraction is my new personally designed and installed golf net.  Sitting out on our deck, we are prey to serious line drives from the OGA course 14th’s par 5 tee about 150 yards west from us.  Coupled with an awning to protect from the high bloopers, we are safe now.

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Patience

We have been nurturing this Oshio Bene Japanese maple tree since we adopted it as a teeny sapling 18 years ago.  Genetic perfection, careful pruning, along with sealer on the cuts, has yielded a beauty.  We planted him at the edge of the pond; you may have seen this tree in other photos of our pond, but I decided to take a look at just him.  BTW, tomorrow we’re eating Traegered ribs and remembering those who shed their blood to save the USA, and wishing more realized what it takes to maintain our hopefully enduring experiment in freedom.

Oshio Bene

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