The latest 100 posts, with excerpts

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  • Far worse than the Ukrainian phone call (10/14/2019) - Trump’s phone call asking Ukraine to interfere in American politics was an impeachable offense. And the impeachment hearings are now in progress. But at least nobody died in that incident. Abruptly abandoning the Kurds in Syria, on the other hand,... Read More ›
  • Comic Sans, the font you love to hate (10/14/2019) - No doubt you’ve heard that Comic Sans, a font that’s been with us for 25 years, is to be despised. I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration. True, it is very informal, even childlike, but it was meant to... Read More ›
  • Elizabeth Warren sees the danger (10/12/2019) - I’ve not gone out of my way to follow any of the current presidential candidates and their various appearances around the country. Even if I wanted to, media attention seems riveted on Trump. But every night I watch Stephen Colbert,... Read More ›
  • Cheer up, things can always get worse (10/11/2019) - Maybe she was kidding, just trying to taunt Trump. But the very thought of Hillary returning as a presidential candidate is almost enough to send me screaming off the top of the nearest tall building.  
  • No shit, Sherlock (10/9/2019) -
  • Slow whistle (10/7/2019) -
  • Gaming Grandma still gaming at 76 (10/6/2019) - Lest anyone think otherwise, I’m still an avid video gamer, even at 76 and change. I spent the entire summer engrossed in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. It’s basically a role-playing game set in ancient Greece. The game gives you the option... Read More ›
  • Let the music move you (10/3/2019) - Music appreciation seems to run in this family. Keep watching. The dog, a rescue named Buddy Mercury, has recorded an album and has a line of merch. He joins in at about 0:40. I found this on Twisted Sifter, but... Read More ›
  • Trump leaves no stone unturned (10/1/2019) - I know I should stop with the cartoons and try to say something intelligent, but I couldn’t help laughing at this one and thought you might also.
  • Brian Smith, R.I.P. (9/29/2019) - A long-time blogging friend to many of us, Australian Brian Smith aka LordBeariofBow aka ElBoB, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24. His daughter posted the following on his blog last night: Hello DOD’s dear friends. It’s with great sadness that I... Read More ›
  • The bigger they are (9/29/2019) - What has happened to Rudy Giuliani? In the wake of 9/11 he was heralded as “America’s Mayor.” Everyone admired his calm, steady leadership after one of the greatest tragedies in American history. Time Magazine named him Person of the Year... Read More ›
  • Whistling past the graveyard (9/28/2019) -
  • Impeachment: The heart of the matter (9/27/2019) - This is an excerpt from the Washington whistleblower’s complaint. If you understand nothing else about the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, understand this: The president of the United States used the power of his office to solicit interference from a... Read More ›
  • Hold on … impeachment is just the beginning (9/25/2019) - While I cheered Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the US House of Representatives was finally going to begin an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, I worry that it comes much, much too late. I thought the man was unfit for office... Read More ›
  • It’s not just a park anymore (9/23/2019) - This weekend I found out I wasn’t as “over” our neighborhood shooting as I thought. Two days ago, for the first time in quite a while, I took my dog for a walk, and our usual route goes right through... Read More ›
  • Vote for your favorite Comedy Wildlife photograph (9/20/2019) - Forty finalists have been announced for the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, and you can vote for your favorite; you might even win an iPad. Winner will be announced November 13. Click on any photo to browse through a slideshow... Read More ›
  • Ocasek was just what I needed (9/17/2019) - I’ve listened to very little music in the last 20 years, but back in the day, I loved The Cars. It saddens me to see Ocasek go. He was a part of my good ol’ days, when my son and... Read More ›
  • What the world needs now (9/11/2019) -
  • Shooting too close to home (9/10/2019) - This was my front yard when I got up Sunday morning. Yep, that’s crime scene tape tied to my tree. I could see a police car just down the street and an officer standing there talking to someone. As soon... Read More ›
  • Rerun: How to do a pet rescue commercial (9/7/2019) - (I first posted this in 2015. When I came across it again yesterday, it once again lifted my spirits and put a tear in my eye. Happy Saturday, everyone.) For years I’ve cringed at the pet rescue commercials done by... Read More ›
  • Is ‘lunatic’ too strong a word? (9/5/2019) - From his very first tweet last Sunday about Hurricane Dorian, President Trump has claimed Alabama was among the states in the “cone of uncertainty.” Just 20 minutes later the National Weather Service refuted that, saying Alabama was not included in... Read More ›
  • Bahamas after Dorian (9/4/2019) - Even with photos, it’s difficult to imagine the devastation in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian, hard to grasp the effects of a Category 5 hurricane parking itself over sea-level islands for 24 hours or more. The photo above is... Read More ›
  • Please, let me help (8/30/2019) -
  • Belaboring the obvious (8/28/2019) -  
  • Scarier and scarier (8/28/2019) - What’s next? Trump’s ideas are getting scarier and scarier. Remember this? Over time these characteristics [Trump’s] will only become worse, either because Mr. Trump will succeed in gaining more power and more grandiosity with less grasp on reality, or because... Read More ›
  • Alarmist? You betcha! (8/26/2019) - Alarmist? Since the ’60s I’ve heard that the Amazon rain forest is “the earth’s lungs” and supplies about 20% of the world’s oxygen. Yet all these years later, the Brazilians are burning it down like there’s no tomorrow. Which there... Read More ›
  • ‘Rise,’ another great photo of Longs Peak (8/24/2019) - From Nate Zeman’s website: Like a ship in the fog, Longs Peak reveals itself after being hidden in thick storm clouds. Just after the sun had dipped below the horizon for the day, the massive mountain emerged. It was a... Read More ›
  • TundraCam website gets major redesign (8/22/2019) - One of the webcams I’ve enjoyed for many years, the TundraCam on Niwot Ridge near Nederland, Colo., is now hosted on a handsome new website. The live webcam is a part of a high altitude (11,600 ft) research station used... Read More ›
  • Trump’s latest ‘absurd’ idea (8/21/2019) - When I first heard that Donald Trump was talking about buying Greenland, I thought it was a joke. As big a joke as Trump running for president. Fortunately, he was immediately rebuffed by Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister of Denmark,... Read More ›
  • The kid and the cop (8/21/2019) - This happy little tale aired on local news last night. It brightened my day. Maybe it will brighten yours, too.  
  • The Great Mattress Migration (8/19/2019) - Funny enough on its own, but it happened right here in River City — er, greater Denver — on August 17, 2019. It seems an outdoor event had been planned. Something about movies on a giant screen while the audience... Read More ›
  • Olbinsky releases ‘Vorticity 2’ (8/16/2019) - Mike Olbinsky recently released another of his amazing timelapse videos of storm activity over the Great Plains. Some of you may remember previous examples of his work, “Vorticity” and “The Chase.” One YouTube commenter called these videos “storm porn” and... Read More ›
  • We apologize for the inconvenience (8/15/2019) - After months (if not years) of indecision, I’ve decided to make some changes in Pied Type’s design. This will no doubt cause me great consternation and frustration as I try to get everything looking the way I want. I hope... Read More ›
  • Short list announced for Bird Photographer of the Year (8/13/2019) - Birds aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Neither is photography. But I can’t imagine anyone not appreciating the beauty of birds as seen by great photographers. Finalists have been announced for the Bird Photographer of the Year award, and that means... Read More ›
  • Panning around Boulder (8/12/2019) - For those with a particular interest in Boulder, Colo., there’s a new webcam … or perhaps it’s just a new function of a previously existing webcam. It’s live streaming and rotates every 20 seconds to show views around Boulder. You’ll... Read More ›
  • And now a word from our sponsor … (8/10/2019) - This is a “high fashion” ad that appears in my New York Times newsletter most days. I’ve always thought high fashion stuff was kind of silly. Dramatic poses that normal people never adopt in clothes that normal people never wear.... Read More ›
  • What you can do about guns (8/8/2019) - If you aren’t yet registered to vote, register now. If you are already registered, make sure all your information is up to date. And when the primaries (or any other election) roll around, vote like your life depends on it... Read More ›
  • Shootings require guns (8/7/2019) - Our lawmakers need to stop the excuses and false rationales. Other countries have mental illness. Other countries have video games. Other countries have racists. But only the US has frequent mass shootings. Why? Because only the US has more guns... Read More ›
  • About those red flag laws … (8/6/2019) - There has been a lot of talk this week about passing “red flag laws” to help prevent the sort of shootings that occurred in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend. And some reports have suggested Colorado’s new red flag... Read More ›
  • Congress is (ir)responsible (8/4/2019) -  
  • Today it was El Paso … (8/3/2019) - … tomorrow?  
  • Summarizing the Dem debates (8/2/2019) -  
  • Best line from last night’s debate (8/1/2019) -   During last night’s Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) had a chance to drop one of the night’s best lines. If elected, she said, the first thing she’d do is “Clorox the Oval Office.” Yes! Sure, it was... Read More ›
  • Memorable moment from Tues. night’s debate (7/31/2019) - I had last night’s Democratic presidential candidates debate on in the background while I focused on something-or-other on my laptop. For the most part it sounded like a cacophony of voices, with moderators constantly interrupting everybody for exceeding what seemed... Read More ›
  • Great expectations … not (7/30/2019) -  
  • Cool off with the Katmai bears (7/26/2019) - Looking for a way to escape the summer heat? Don’t forget the live bear cam in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Icy whitewater, leaping salmon, determined bears, hungry gulls. All from the comfort of your couch.  
  • The tornado that wasn’t … or was it? (7/25/2019) - Look closely at the middle of that rain shaft in the photo. Do you see it? A funnel. The photo was taken yesterday, July 24, by Scott Garcia from The Ledges on Longs Peak. The Longs summit is 14,259 feet... Read More ›
  • OMG, it’s contagious! (7/24/2019) - Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse … Here’s what England’s The Guardian had to say: Both are loudmouthed man-children, with a history of adultery and other scandals, whose professional success is a combination of immense privilege, unscrupulous... Read More ›
  • This is not a game (7/24/2019) - Regardless of a Department of Justice memo (a mere memo), no one should be above the law. Not even the president. Especially the president. We’re seeing the results of that now. Imagine how much worse it could be if the... Read More ›
  • Sauce for the gander (7/22/2019) -
  • Fifty years ago today (7/20/2019) -  
  • When good men do nothing (7/19/2019) - “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~ attributed to Edmund Burke  
  • Top Gun 2: Goosebumps all around (7/18/2019) - Most of you are probably yawning at the news: The first official trailer for Top Gun 2 was released a few hours ago. And admittedly I only came across the news by accident. Nevertheless, be it known that Top Gun... Read More ›
  • Once upon a time we dreamed (7/18/2019) - In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first US moon landing, there has been a lot of wonderful television programming — retrospectives of that time, with film footage never seen before and details previously unknown or long forgotten. Once... Read More ›
  • Dancing with dolphins (7/16/2019) - Years ago, in Tampa Bay, FL, I was lucky enough to see three dolphins frolicking off the bow of my tour boat. I’d seen my share of dolphin pictures, but pictures were nothing to the thrill of actually seeing them... Read More ›
  • The devil made me do this (7/15/2019) - The devil made me post this: And then I found this: Two of my biggest complaints, pointedly addressed by some talented cartoonists. I couldn’t resist. Sorry.
  • To Kaepernick & Company (7/12/2019) - (Apologies to my readers, who by now must think this is all I can write about. But I couldn’t resist this.)  
  • Kitty karma (7/11/2019) - Some of you may remember my posts back in 2014 about a tiny kitten that almost froze to death. She was rescued, taken to the Denver Dumb Friends League shelter, named Elsa (from the movie “Frozen,” naturally), and adopted by... Read More ›
  • History lesson for Nike and Kaepernick (7/10/2019) - Nike, Inc. and Colin Kaepernick need a history lesson, one that most of us learned before we got out of grade school. The United States has many official flags. They are my flags, our flags. They are American flags representing... Read More ›
  • Nothing funny about it (7/10/2019) -  
  • Because AMERICA! (7/4/2019) - Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!
  • Pardon my patriotism (7/3/2019) - In recent days we’ve seen a big flap about Nike’s almost-introduction of its patriotic Betsy Ross shoes. It seems the Betsy Ross flag was offensive to Colin Kaepernick, the NFL player who was essentially black-balled after he started kneeling during... Read More ›
  • Open letter to America’s news media (7/3/2019) - Attention News Media: America’s Fourth of July traditionally features a huge public celebration on the National Mall in Washington, a gigantic nonpartisan celebration with patriotic music and spectacular fireworks. If you cover Donald Trump pontificating in front of the Lincoln... Read More ›
  • There is no free lunch (7/2/2019) - What does The Far Left not understand? There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Some way, somehow, somewhere, somebody has to pay for it! (Nice touch here, having the donkey actually running to the left. I wonder if he... Read More ›
  • Yep, it’s just a webcam (7/1/2019) - … and people wonder why I’m hung up on webcams. This is from the Wild Basin webcam that I just rediscovered recently.
  • Mt. Meeker and the sleeping Indian (6/30/2019) - I was certain I’d written about this in the past — the profile of the sleeping Indian visible from Highway 7 near Allenspark, Colo. I was equally certain I’d included a photo of my own, annotated to point out the... Read More ›
  • Debate expectations (6/26/2019) - Tonight’s the night. We’ll see the first of two breathlessly awaited (yawn!) Democratic presidential candidate “debates.” Despite all the hype, my expectations are low … like, less than zero (see cartoon). NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo have allotted two hours to... Read More ›
  • What, me worry? (6/21/2019) -
  • There’s something about this cat … (6/20/2019) - Maybe it’s just me, but when I came across this picture, I could think of only one thing. And it was human, not feline.
  • Wild Basin webcam is my new favorite (6/14/2019) - I’ve long said Rocky Mountain National Park is my favorite place in the world. And it’s easy to assume that would mean a lot of time spent in and around Estes Park, gateway to the park. However, the majority of... Read More ›
  • No collusion? (6/14/2019) - Apparently it depends on your definiton of the word.
  • Because we could all use a feel-good moment (6/13/2019) - Eleven-year-old Tyler Butler-Figueroa was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4. He was bullied at school because of the hair loss caused by his treatment, and he was ostracized because of a rumor that his cancer was contagious. He got into... Read More ›
  • D-Day: 75th Anniversary (6/6/2019) - Normandy by the Numbers The Normandy Invasion consisted of 5,333 Allied ships and landing craft embarking nearly 175,000 men. The British and Canadians put 75,215 troops ashore, and the Americans 57,500, for a total of 132,715, of whom about 3,400... Read More ›
  • A cat tale (6/1/2019) - You might have noticed I haven’t been writing much lately. But I have reasons, or excuses, depending on how you feel about cats. Mousse, my beloved kitty for 16 years, died in early April. And as you might imagine, I... Read More ›
  • Memorial Day 2019 (5/27/2019) - ~ Never Forget ~ All gave some. Some gave all.  
  • Cookies in the cabinet (5/22/2019) - Yep, I saw the video yesterday. Dr. Ben Carson, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Renewal, did indeed think the congresswoman said “Oreo.” Wouldn’t it have been nice (and amazing) if Trump had appointed qualified people to cabinet posts instead... Read More ›
  • George Carlin on abortion (5/20/2019) - Given the recent surge of extremism re Roe v. Wade, now seems a good time to reprint these insightful words from comedian George Carlin, first published here April 26, 2012. For those who prefer to hear it straight from the... Read More ›
  • Back to the Stone Age (5/17/2019) - Supposedly Alabama’s restrictive new abortion law is intended to get the abortion issue before the now more conservative Supreme Court in an effort to overturn Roe v. Wade. But unless and until that happens, it’s an incredibly cruel, regressive law... Read More ›
  • Trade wars bad, very bad (5/15/2019) -   Trump lost a billion dollars in ten years (ala “The Art of the Deal“!?), but at least it was his own money. Now he’s playing with your money and mine. Bad. Very bad. “If the world goes to hell... Read More ›
  • My favorite webcams: Estes Park, Rocky Mountain NP, Pikes Peak, Denver/Boulder (5/14/2019) - Updated Oct. 11, 2019. From Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park, south to Pikes Peak, these are my favorite Front Range webcams.
  • Beneath the cover-up (5/6/2019) - Although I agree that Attorney General Barr is nothing more than Trump’s lackey, that’s not why I laughed at this cartoon. I’d never thought about what Trump’s hair must look like right after it’s washed. With the length he needs... Read More ›
  • Finally, my Shingrix vaccination (5/3/2019) - It required three or four months on a wait list, but I finally got my first of two Shingrix shots yesterday. Shingrix is the new vaccine for shingles that has been in short supply since its approval and introduction last... Read More ›
  • Religious intolerance makes no sense (4/29/2019) - They all worship the same god -- Hate & Intolerance
  • It’s Earth Day 2019 (4/22/2019) - Pogo (Walt Kelly) said it best.
  • Today is Earth Day 2019 (4/22/2019) - Let's make every day Earth Day before it's too late
  • Curiosity’s killing the cat (4/21/2019) - This is part of the Mueller Report released by the Justice Department. Looks almost like an abstract pattern for fabric. That’s some pretty intense redaction in some places. Why? What’s on those pages that are almost completely obscured? It certainly... Read More ›
  • Words fail (4/16/2019) - Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world's greatest treasures, is burning.
  • Photographic evidence (4/12/2019) - Proving what we already knew about Trump
  • Springtime in the Rockies (4/9/2019) - The high today in Denver was 78°. A blizzard warning has been posted for tomorrow.
  • Release the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (4/4/2019) - The redacted Mueller report ...
  • Timer Tip (4/4/2019) - Have you ever wished you had some kind of timer that you could set once and it would alert you every 30 minutes, 4 hours, or whatever interval you choose, to take your meds or stand up from your desk... Read More ›
  • I am from … a while ago (4/2/2019) - Several recent conversations brought to mind this item I first published in 2009. I probably should have mentioned in the first few paragraphs that all this took place in Oklahoma City between the late ’40s and the end of the... Read More ›
  • Joe Biden and the #MeToo conundrum (3/31/2019) - The #MeToo movement has raised a lot of perplexing issues, demonstrated most recently by Lucy Flores, a former member of the Nevada Legislature and 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor and U.S. Congress. Last Friday Flores accused former Vice President Joe... Read More ›
  • Something is rotten in Chicago (3/31/2019) - Sixteen charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped
  • ‘Short’ sighted (3/28/2019) - Seriously, NASA didn’t think to stock up on smaller spacesuits as soon as they let women into the program!?  
  • Nobody asked me (3/27/2019) - Yesterday Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced the adoption of a new official logo for the state. Can’t say I’m thrilled with it. Yes, I appreciate that it’s more colorful than the old triangular logo (adopted in 2014) that I never... Read More ›
  • What price oil? (3/22/2019) - Updated March 23, 1:30 pm If you were planning a move to Colorado, is this what you’d want to see? Would you buy a home where this picture was taken? That’s the issue that has been and still is dividing... Read More ›
  • Gun culture (3/20/2019) - The recent mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, were terrible beyond words and yet, sadly, not at all unfamiliar to Americans. Mass shootings have become all too common here. It’s worth noting that in New Zealand the immediate reaction by... Read More ›
  • If you want to play with others, follow the rules (3/19/2019) -   The rule should be, quite simply, “No admission to a public school (or to the US) without immunizations.” Period. There’s always home schooling, permissive private schools, or online education for those who can’t or won’t get immunized. The unimmunized... Read More ›
  • Worried about Ronni Bennett (3/18/2019) - Update, Mar 19: As of 6 pm MDT yesterday, Time Goes By was back on line. I have a request for any of you who follow Ronni Bennett at her Time Goes By blog. For several days I’ve been unable... Read More ›
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