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Monthly archives for March, 2017

You don’t want to fund Planned Parenthood? I don’t want to fund the wall!

You don’t want to fund Planned Parenthood? I don’t want to fund the wall!

Republicans prefer to spend money on things like further bloating our military, their damn wall, and tax cuts for the rich (which steals from government services that benefit us all). Democrats prefer to spend money on things like renewable energy, public education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Planned Parenthood. Why should only Republicans […]

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Marty’s photo of the day #2141: Here’s a turkey vulture that I photographed while hiking in Mexico last year. If you look closely, you can see the sky through its nose.

Bad Feet in Borneo

Bad Feet in Borneo

Marty’s photo of the day #2140: Yesterday, I posted an underwater photo of an octopus, sitting on my feet, and wrote: “When I was a kid and got my first camera, I took a bunch of photos of my feet. My dad thought that was horrible, and threatened to take my camera away. If he […]

Time for Republicans to take personal responsibility

Time for Republicans to take personal responsibility

Hey Republicans! Now that Donald Trump is doing everything in his power to roll back environmental regulations—just like he said he would before you voted for him—I hope you will take a moment to sit down with your children and/or grandchildren and explain to them that you take personal responsibility for shortening their lives. Depending […]

There’s an octopus on my feet!

There’s an octopus on my feet!

Marty’s photo of the day #2139: Here’s a photo from last December, in the Sea of Cortez. This is an underwater shot of an octopus, sitting on my feet. When I was a kid and got my first camera, I took a bunch of photos of my feet. My dad thought that was horrible, and […]

Zambezi Sunset

Zambezi Sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #2138: Sunset on the Zambezi River (I’m standing on the Zimbabwe side of the river, looking toward the Zambia side).

My new novel is coming along great!

My new novel is coming along great!

Yay! I just finished the first draft of my new novel. My two previous books were nonfiction, so this is my first attempt at fiction. I started the book right after Christmas, with the goal of having the first draft done by the end of May. It’s amazing how much easier it is to write […]

Fall in the Yukon Territory

Fall in the Yukon Territory

Marty’s photo of the day #2137: Fall along the Campbell Highway in the Yukon Territory.

Why Republicans can’t write a bill that helps people

Why Republicans can’t write a bill that helps people

To understand why Republicans failed to pass their replacement for Obamacare, all you need to do is look at the Encarta Dictionary definition of conservatism: “Unwillingness or slowness to accept change or new ideas.” Coming up with their own bill meant that Republicans had to be forward-thinking—and that’s just not in their DNA. What a […]

Amazon kids

Amazon kids

Marty’s photo of the day #2136: Kids who live in the Amazon Rainforest don’t have TVs to sit in front of, or video games to play, like kids in the United States do. They also don’t have helicopter parents. Still, I have a hunch that they are bored less often and have more fun than […]

Can you find the katydid?

Can you find the katydid?

Marty’s photo of the day #2135: If you are looking at this on a small smartphone screen, it won’t appear to be much. If you can, enlarge the photo and find the katydid (photographed in the Amazon Rainforest).

Molting elephant seal

Molting elephant seal

Marty’s photo of the day #2134: Here’s another shot from Antarctica. This is a female elephant seal. Her skin looks kind of like Donald Trump’s because she is molting.

The leopard seal couch

The leopard seal couch

Marty’s photo of the day #2133: Here’s an Antarctica scenic shot, with a leopard seal on the perfect ice couch. What you can’t see in this photo is another leopard seal circling (underwater in this photo), and trying to take over the couch, without success.

Martyman does New Orleans

Martyman does New Orleans

Marty’s photo of the day #2132: I wasn’t sure what I was going to post this morning. Then, as I looked through the photos on my hard drive, I came across this one from when we took Martyman to New Orleans. Martyman, of course, had a blast. He picked up this little dolly and danced […]

Grazing Hippo

Grazing Hippo

Marty’s photo of the day #2131: Here’s a photo from Deb’s and my hike across Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. This was a photo I had to be very quiet about taking. Even though I used a zoom lens, hippos are very fast. Had he heard me approach and charged, I would have had […]

Moose bush trimmer

Moose bush trimmer

Marty’s photo of the day #2130: Here’s an old favorite of a moose trimming the not-yet-budded bushes in front of our house. Later, when the bushes filled out, the moose would come back for some touch-up work.

Nature’s spectacles endangered by Donald Trump

Nature’s spectacles endangered by Donald Trump

Marty’s photo of the day #2129: Yesterday Deb and I drove 200 miles north to Freezout Lake (near Fairfield, Montana). The lake is a major migration stop for swans and snow geese, as they work their way north. Approximately 3,000 swans and 20,000 snow geese were at the lake when we were there. That seems […]

Snow gees migration

Snow gees migration

Marty’s photo of the day #2128: I’m posting late today, as Deb and I got up at 4:00 a.m. to make the 200 mile drive to Freezout Lake in northern Montana. Freezeout Lake is a major migration stop for swans and snow geese, as they work their way north. Freezeout Lake had been on our […]

The Republican Jesus: On Guard for Military Contractors

The Republican Jesus: On Guard for Military Contractors

Marty’s photo of the day #2127: Now that Donald Trump has released his Federal Budget Proposal, the Republican Jesus is busy guarding his money to make sure it only goes to military contractors and tax cuts for the super-rich. And, just as important, he is guarding his food to make sure it isn’t given to […]

Gull

Gull

Marty’s photo of the day #2126: I photographed this gull last year on the Sea of Cortez.

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