Archive - Jan 2008

January 21st

The real reason Hillary won in NH

Aunt Olla just called with the update from the Fertile Hilton. Things are going well.

She reported that she was upset that Tuesday night when Obama was slated to win, so she started praying for Hillary to win, and she prayed until she fell asleep, and when she awoke, Hillary had won!

When Olla reported this result to Truman, the anti-Hillary nurse, he was somber and said he would think twice about differing with a higher authority. So, at that point, the political debate between Olla and Truman reached a truce, where it has remained since.

New Yorker article

This long article from the New Yorker magazine gives a fascinating insight into Hillary Clinton's personality, and goes a long way towards explaining both her appeal and her problems connecting with the public.

January 20th

Obama at Ebenezer

Barack Obama spoke at Martin Luther King's church today. Classified as "remarks," the speech, on paper at least, consisted of some soaring rhetoric. Those who decry soaring rhetoric and prefer mere nuts and bolts might remember the role the rhetoric of Lincoln played in the Civil War, and the role the rhetoric of Churchill and Roosevelt played in World War II. You can't quantify it, of course, but nobody can deny its genius.

January 19th


Sweetwater wetland, only a couple of miles from downtown Tucson, has anything but sweet water. In fact, it is a series of lagoons where they reclaim drainage water--I don't think it is sewage, but it doesn't smell good. Nonetheless, it is an active wetland. The egret, above, was oblivious to the photographers who passed by. 

Obama unplugged

If he keeps this up, he'll be fine. I wrote last week about Hillary's awful, stilted answer to the, "when did you decide to run for president?" question. Obama points out an even worse example of the typical politicians' answer to a question which could be answered in a human and simple manner.

January 18th

Madera Canyon

Agua Caliente

This morning, I joined Bruce at the Agua Caliente Park in east Tucson, way out on the edge of town. It is a historic site, a watering hole, almost an oasis, which has been used for hundreds of years. 

January 17th

A different type of ice fishing

Before this week, my bird photography had been pretty much unplanned capturing of what I ran across on roadsides or outside of my house. Prodded on by professional bird photographer friend Bruce, I for the first time sat and actually waited for birds to appear.

A couple more

A good birding day was topped off by my first-ever shot of a cardinal. 

An aviary

Today was a pretty successful day of photographing birds. I probably saw more new birds today than in any other day since I became aware of birds. Above is a male phainopepla. Phainopepla are a bit shy, but at Sabino Canyon, they seem a little less skittish.