Cold, Snow, and a Day Off

It started spitting ice yesterday afternoon, snowing in the late evening. We woke up today to temperatures that never got out of the 20s and snow that shut down most of the city.

It meant a day off and time to sit by the woodstove. Heating with wood and a stove is a lot of work, and there just aren’t enough days like today. I know this weather made things hard for a lot of people, but I got the chance to enjoy a surprise day off.

The birds came out and got on the feeders in the afternoon. I think this is a female Baltimore Oriole.
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Hope all of you are are safe and warm.

From The Bench

I didn’t take this deliberately. This is a capture from the time between I put the camera down still recording and fished the lens cap put of my pocket. But I like it. It is truly “from the bench”.from the bench

Gov. Christie and Pr. Obama

In a report from the AP, the Democratic chairman of the panel investigating the politically motivated closing of some traffic lanes had this to say:

“Using the George Washington Bridge, a public resource, to exact a political vendetta, is a crime,” New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski told NBC News on Saturday, “Having people use their official position to have a political game is a crime. So if those tie back to the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense.”

And I agree with him. If Gov. Christie ordered them to close those traffic lanes because he wanted to use the power of his office to punish someone who opposed him in some way, he should be impeached. Follow that logic to recent events that effected the entire nation. Using the same words: “Using the National Parks and Monuments, public resources, to exact a political vendetta, is a crime,”… “Having people use their official position to have a political game is a crime. So if this ties back to the President in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense.”

I don’t understand why the unnecessary forced closing and draconian tactics the Park Service used to prevent citizens from accessing parks and monuments was not seen in the exact same light as this closing of two traffic lanes. But I’d be willing to revisit it.

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
–James Madison