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Leftist Media Continues As Before…
Monday, July 31st, 2017 | Author:

There have been little or no repercussions for the many bouts of wrong-doing from the Obama generation (IRS, VA, JournoList, etc.)… Heck if Obama could operate openly with spite towards the United States and the Constitution, why would you expect anything different for his journalist sycophants?

One year after WikiLeaks began publishing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that exposed prominent journalists as partisans, many of those journalists are continuing their careers without, it seems, any serious consequences.

Source: No Consequences For Media Exposed By WikiLeak

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In this day and age when hard-copy printed media is disappearing, the Dayton Daily News shares an article about investing $64M for a new downtown library. The story is subtitled “What taxpayers are getting for their money.”  While the facilities are likely very nice, you have to question this amount of investment in brick & mortar to enable ‘book browsing’ (Bear in mind that there was another $100M spent to build other new libraries around the county).  I would be willing to wager that it is not the best expenditure of funds, especially in light of underfunded areas such as pensions for county workers.  How long will we have to wait until they come back to the citizens of Montgomery County for more money?  It’s inevitable.

Because it has four times the public space as the old library, the new building will be able to put all 200,000 of its circulation books and other media on the shelves whereas previously much of it was stored. This means more books to browse…

In 2012, voters approved a $187 million bond issue to pay for library renovations…

The Dayton Metro Library last passed an operating levy in 2009 and has an operating budget of around $30 million. Kambitsch said the library may need to revisit that at some point, but there are currently no plans to go back to the voters.

Source: A sneak peek at Dayton’s $64M downtown library

Garden Panorama
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 | Author:

At this point you’ve probably discovered that I am an avid horticulturist (fancy word for ‘gardener’).  This year I planted Vinca vines at the top of my lattice panels (which love to grow downwards) and Morning Glory vines at the bottom of the lattice (and they love to grow upwards).  In addition, we have plenty representative members of the squash family and legume family of plants, such as beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, and so on (note: I think I could drop a bean seed on my driveway and it would find a way to germinate).  In addition, I’ve got Marigolds reproducing all summer so they are everywhere (note: Marigolds, Begonias, and Petunias are relatively difficult to grow from seed by the amateur gardener in a greenhouse. However, they’re easy to re-seed outside during the summer growing season).  As a result, our deck and waterfall are flourishing with greenery this year.

I’ve inserted a photo below that gives a nice view of what I get to see from my easy chair…  My wife calls it our ‘Gatsby Garden’.

Click photo to view full scale panorama

Some close-up photos of peppers, raspberries, tomatoes, watermelons, and squash growing in the garden.

 

 

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New Approach for Growing Pumpkins
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 | Author:

Update

The experiment has delivered some initial results.  While the plant started to grow a nice sized pumpkin, it appears that the vining plant does not like growing in the vertical direction.  All of the leaves have slowly died off and the plant does not appear to be healthy.

As a controlled comparison, I had a plant that was started from seed at the same time that was grown in the horizontal orientation.  As you can see in the photograph on the right, this plant appears to still be thriving and growing along the ground.

 

june 15, 2007

If you’ve never attempted to grow pumpkins in your own garden, then you likely don’t realize the amount of space the plants require to sustain a single pumpkin.  While pumpkin plants, being in the squash family, are relatively easy to grow from seed, they are a pain to maintain (unless you have acres of land).  As a result, I’m trying a simple experiment this year in growing pumpkins vertically from an irrigated hanging pot at the top of a lattice.  You can see the interim results below with the first photograph showing the plant already 4′ long.  The second photo shows a close-up of a “pregnant flower” becoming a pumpkin.

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I would have never thought that Sela could beat Isner… Is this a replay of ‘David vs Goliath’?  Go figure:

American John Isner is out of the tournament as the No. 23 seed lost to Dudi Sela 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Isner has yet to make the second week at the All England Club and is 4-15 in five-set matches since his famed 2010 first-round match at Wimbledon that ended 70-68 in the final set.The 6-foot-10 Isner had quite a height advantage over the 5-9 Sela, but that didn’t help on this day. Isner clocked 45 aces in the match but couldn’t win any of Sela’s service games in the fifth set, going 0-for-6 on break points.

John Isner and Dudi Sela had fans laughing as they posed for a picture before their match

Source: Wimbledon men’s results Thursday

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House Democrats Support Anti-Israel Group
Saturday, July 01st, 2017 | Author:

Are you surprised?

32 Democrats in Congress signed on to a letter circulated by a group that even the ADL had described as having its “organizational roots in the now-defunct Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an anti-Semitic group that served as the main propaganda arm for Hamas in the United States.”

It won’t surprise you to learn that Keith Ellison tops this list. Or that Betty McCollum, Earl Blumenauer and Mark Pocan are also there.  Then there’s Hank Johnson, who called Jews terminates, Barbara Lee, James McGovern, Andre Carson, Anna Eshoo, John Conyers, Luis Gutierrez, Peter DeFazio, Marcy Kaptur, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Karen Bass, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Roy Khanna, Zoe Lofgren, Bobby Rush, Peter Welsh, David Price, Alan Lowenthal, Donald Beyer, Chellie Pingree, Salud Carbajal, Gwen S. Moore, Danny Davis, Jackie Speyer, Jared Huffman, Tulsi Gabbard and Pramiya Jayapal. 

So there’s the usual Prog caucus gang. And a sizable heaping of Congressional Black Caucus people. 

Source: 32 House Dems Sign Anti-Israel Letter from Pro-Hamas, pro-BDS Groups

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