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Tuesday Open Thread

Photo by Cory John O'Quinn

Photo by Cory John O’Quinn


The photo is of the outline of Casa Grande from Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park. One of the great joys of my life was camping here while in college — sitting at night smoking good cigars, shooting the shit and watching the stars and satellites in Big Bend.

Crooked As a Dog’s Hind Leg

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Here’s the CNN.com Headline — Clinton had no official State Department e-mail address. Let that sink in for a moment…

Using personal email as a sole method of communication appears to break rules outlined by the National Archives and Records Administration. The government agency stipulates that personal email can only be used in “emergency situations,” and when used, the emails “are captured and managed in accordance with agency record-keeping practices.”

According to the Times report, Clinton’s “aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time.”

CNN emails to Nick Merrill, Clinton’s spokesman, have gone unanswered. But Merrill did tell the Times that Clinton had been following the “letter and spirit of the rules” and that she has “every expectation they [the emails] would be retained” because Clinton was emailing with other State Department officials’ government accounts.

Despite Clinton using a personal email address, all of her emails to official government accounts would be archived as received mail by the people on the other end of the email. Her communication with people not using government emails, however, would likely not be automatically kept.

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Monday Open Thread

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On this date in 1836… while the Alamo was being besieged by a Mexican army, Texans doubled down — declaring their independence from Mexico to form the Republic of Texas.

Happy Texas Independence Day — a selection from the Texas Declaration of Independence:

It hath been, during the whole time of our connection with it, the contemptible sport and victim of successive military revolutions, and hath continually exhibited every characteristic of a weak, corrupt, and tyrranical government.

These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by the people of Texas, untill they reached that point at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. We then took up arms in defence of the national constitution. We appealed to our Mexican brethren for assistance. Our appeal has been made in vain. Though months have elapsed, no sympathetic response has yet been heard from the Interior. We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the Mexican people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty, and the substitution therfor of a military government; that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government.

The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation.

We, therefore, the delegates with plenary powers of the people of Texas, in solemn convention assembled, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do hereby resolve and declare, that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations.

Sunday Open Thread

Yellowstone Fallls and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Yellowstone Fallls and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone


Yellowstone National Park was formed on this fate in 1870

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Elbow has been one of my favorites for the last decade or so. Popular in the UK… small but loyal US following. Good stuff

Saturday Open Thread

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The cast of Hogan's Heroes

Today’s photo was picked in a “spin the globe to pick a country” fashion which my phone app allows. Hogan!!

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R.I.P. — Leonard Nimoy

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A little late to the game perhaps… but RIP Leonard Nimoy. The above photo is, of course, from the greatest scene from the greatest installment of the Star Trek franchise. I won’t recap all the “live long and prosper” or “peace and long life” bromides going around. Just a simple thanks for all the memories — and as Eric noted in the OT the “In Search Of” series which was a memorable part of my childhood as well. RIP Leonard Nimoy — dead at 83.