I so fully understand and agree with this sentiment:
We who stand in awe of his accomplishments cannot be grieved when someone of his stature is taken from us in the fullness of time, but rather grateful that such men walked ever among us when we needed them.
I'd really paid no attention to the firing of the US attorneys brouhaha nor Gonzales' resignation. I knew it was bogus, but didn't really think about it or remember why. Then an acquaintance sent me a link to Anthrax's latest column which I read hoping she wouldn't tear Gonzales apart (he seems like a nice enough guy in over his head to me). Coulter concludes her comparison of our last three AG's thusly:
Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Ashcroft: 0 Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Gonzales: 8 Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Reno: 93
There were so many shenanigans during President Clinton's terms that it's easy to forget some of them. Now I remember how he had the justice department purged when he came to town. I wonder if Senator Clinton (D - NY) has a list?
I got back from my Uncle D's funeral last night. I've been wanting to do a really good post about it, but I'm not sure I'm able. Maybe I'll try later, or maybe I'll just keep it private. But for now... WOW, what a family. Thanks, Thorps -- it's an honor to be one of you.
Hummingbird Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
Flamingo! One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
Falcon! Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
Black Skimmer These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
Dead sea turtle cool, but smelly
Reddish Egret These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
Brown Pelican I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
Wood Pecker They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.