Archive | June 2018

THE SPHINX—-WILDLIFE AND OTHER THINGS

The Editor:   Is there news about wildlife, LL ?

Lizard Cat:   There sure is,  the Iguanas are making more trouble in The Sunshine State.   They have no natural enemies in Florida.

https://sciencing.com/animals-eat-iguanas-8583323.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/fl-reg-south-florida-iguana-invasive-damage-20180618-story.html

They could pay a bounty of five ( 5 )  dollars for each one turned in, then take a hoe and cut their heads off.   They could feed them to the alligators instead of the gators eating kids at Disney.

TE:  Aren’t all the Hoes working for the Secret Service ?

LC:   Not those Hoes, the garden tool type.   Here is, maybe, a success story.  If they really want these parrots to be successful they should ship a couple to Florida.  In a year they would have more blue parrots than illegal aliens.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/dozens-last-blue-macaws-reintroduced-brazil-204525512.html

Crows might be smarter than Progressive/Democratic/Communist.

https://www.afp.com/en/news/2265/crows-reverse-engineer-tools-memory-study-doc-16s2cf1

Our big pharmaceutical companies made the first patented medicine from marijuana.   That way they can charge you $ 100 a pill instead of you growing your own.

https://www.statnews.com/2018/06/25/fda-approves-countrys-first-medicine-made-from-marijuana/

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The East 96th Street Moon
Image Credit & Copyright: Stan Honda

Explanation: A very full Moon rose over Manhattan’s Upper Eastside on June 28, known to some as the Strawberry Moon. Near the horizon, the warm yellow lunar disk was a bit ruffled and dimmed by a long sight-line through dense, hazy atmosphere. Still it fit well with traffic and lights along East 96th street in this urban astroimage. The telephoto shot was (safely) taken from elevated ground looking east-southeast from Central Park, planet Earth. Of course, the East 96th street moon was the closest Full Moon to this year’s northern summer solstice.

Tomorrow’s picture: tiger stripe moon

A Virgin Bride On Her 4th Wedding

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A woman who had been married three times walked into a bridal shop and told the sales clerk that she was looking for a wedding gown for her fourth wedding.

“Of course, madam,”  replied the sales clerk, “exactly what type and color dress are you looking for?”

The bride-to-be said, “A long frilly white dress with a veil.”

“Please don’t take this the wrong way, madam, but such dresses are usually more fitting for the first time bride who is more innocent in the ways of life, if you get my meaning.”

“WELL!”   replied the customer, a little peeved at the clerk’s directness,  “I can assure you that a white gown would be quite appropriate.  Believe it or not, despite all my marriages, I remain as innocent as a first-time bride.

You see, my first husband was so excited about our wedding, he had a heart attack due to an unknown congenital condition as we were checking into our honeymoon hotel.

My second husband and I got into such a terrible fight in the limo on our way to our honeymoon hotel that we had that wedding annulled immediately and never spoke to each other again.”

 “What about your third husband?”

“That one was a Democrat,” said the woman, “and every night for four years, he just sat on the  edge of the bed and told me how good it was going to be, but nothing ever happened.”

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Stick to your Guns

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Ever wonder where the phrase, “stick to your guns” comes from? It means to stand up for your beliefs no matter what, but can also mean to hold onto your convictions whether others agree with them or not. The origins of the phrase, however, was a command given to sailors that manned guns on military boats, to stay at their posts even when the boat was under attack.

Makes sense to me.

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THE SPHINX—-SNAKES AND OTHER ANIMALS

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https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/06/28/wapo-to-democrats-your-argument-to-block-filling-justice-kennedys-vacancy-is-b-n2495176

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The Editor:   Will you ever run out of snake articles, LL ?

Slithering Cat:   They are like Progressive Democrats, too numerous to control.   Here are a few links to our animal friends.

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/06/18/Florida-men-rescue-alligator-from-attacking-python/1651529332454/?utm_source=upi&utm_campaign=mp&utm_medium=1

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article213509939.html

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/06/20/West-Virginia-high-court-justice-indicted-on-22-charges/2231529514185/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=14

Here is a song about birds.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/swamp-sparrow-bird-sings-same-song-animals/

Watch out for jellyfish.

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/unusual-surge-of-jellyfish-on-volusia-beaches-sparks-concerns

This might be my favorite.  Forget the d-Con, traps, and dogs.  If you have a rat problem feed them some Indian Rupees.  

https://www.yahoo.com/news/rats-break-atm-munch-18-000-cash-132945441.html

I have to show this, it is one of our loyal readers favorite.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Messier 24: Sagittarius Star Cloud
Image Credit & Copyright: Roberto Colombari

Explanation: Unlike most entries in Charles Messier’s famous catalog of deep sky objects, M24 is not a bright galaxy, star cluster, or nebula. It’s a gap in nearby, obscuring intertellar dust clouds that allows a view of the distant stars in the Sagittarius spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy. When you gaze at the star cloud with binoculars or small telescope you are looking through a window over 300 light-years wide at stars some 10,000 light-years or more from Earth. Sometimes called the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud, M24’s luminous stars fill the left side of this gorgeous starscape. Covering about 4 degrees or the width of 8 full moons in the constellation Sagittarius, the telescopic field of view contains many small, dense clouds of dust and nebulae toward the center of the Milky Way, including reddish emission from IC 1284 near the top of the frame.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend