Baby pelicans are so cute!


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Snippets: mini blog posts


I like reading the comment threads of online articles because they reveal the hatred, stupidity, and ignorance that seem to be so prevalent in society. I was reading a sports article yesterday on the web site for an arch-conservative newspaper serving an arch-conservative community and an arch-conservative university. After reading the article I scrolled down to the comments only to find this:

Rules of conduct

Should I admit that I found the comments essentially dull, boring, and uninteresting.

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Sunset and a tall ship in San Diego, California

That’s the sunset from the Maritime Museum of San Diego on Friday, September 4. I had just come from the Parade of Sail which opened the Festival of Sail taking place this weekend. Many of us consider the Parade of Sail to be the unofficial start to San Diego’s “Fleet Week” in recognition of the military stationed and living in San Diego, mostly Navy and Marine. “Fleet Week” is a misnomer since it officially starts September 8 and ends October 4.

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I liked this statement from author Anne Rice about Kim Davis:

“Whatever gave this woman the idea that any individual has the right to publicly and stubbornly disregard the rights of an entire group of Americans, based on her personal belief? And to think all of this is over secular marriage licenses! Not life and death. Not war and peace. But secular marriage licenses! What a colossal waste all this has been of the tax payer’s money and the court’s time.”

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Climate change seems to be bringing a lot more rain to San Diego. Along with the rain—July was the wettest July in recorded history here—has come some strange weather, like hail on March 1.

Rain and hail, though, mean clouds, something that usually is an all or none situation. However, we’re getting some really nice clouds which means really nice pictures, like this one:

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The place where I go each year to watch the Parade of Sail has a lot of friendly pelicans, like these two:

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The little baby pelican in the middle is soooooooooo cute!

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4 thoughts on “Baby pelicans are so cute!

  1. Wilhelm Vins (@pitvins)

    Hi Russel,
    As to snippet #3: I’ve never understood the obsession very many Americans have with religion. To my mind they completely misunderstand – or willingly misinterpret – the Constitution, to be able to impose their own rigid religious beliefs on others. What the Constitutions religious freedom clause means is that the state/government must not help any religion. But it also means the state must not interfere in religious matters. And that, massively interfering according to her own religious beliefs, is what that clerk was doing. Unfortunately, and that is a drawback created by the American system of electing public officials, she cannot (immediately) be removed from office. Definitely unthinkable for me as a German. She would have been dismissed the very first moment she refuses to issue a marriage license. Talking of Germany: out government does support churches by collecting the so called church-tax, but despite – or maybe because – of this, we don’t have such official bigotry.
    Have a great Sunday,

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Actually, it’s not “the American system of electing public officials,” it’s the Kentucky Constitution’s system in this case. Each jurisdiction (city, county, state, national) has its own system for electing and removing elected public officials as defined by their charters, incorporation bylaws, and constitutions. Kentucky simply didn’t think out their process as well as other states, which is not surprising because it seems the Deep South doesn’t do a whole lot of thinking as a group.

      Then there is the fact that the people who elected her might not want to remove her. We saw that in Alabama where Judge Roy Moore was removed as Chief Justice in 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing to follow the law. In 2012 he ran for Chief Justice again, and won.

      This is why we have a 3-part government system providing checks and balances on each other and preventing the majority from inflicting their will on the minorities. Unfortunately, when the majority does inflict their will, it often takes a good amount of time for the courts to find that will unconstitutional, and sometimes even the Supreme Court gets it wrong before righting itself (slavery, anti-sodomy laws……..).



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