Berry College Eagle Cam Not To Be Missed–Female Eagle Protects Young From Intruder

On the right hand side of this blog is a link to the Berry College Eagle Cam.

The eagle couple spent several months repairing and adding to the nest and catching fish and coots in the nearby Berry quarry, Oostanaula River and Garden Lakes. An egg was produced on January 14, 2014, followed by a second egg on January 17. An eaglet chick hatched on Saturday, February 22, from one of the two eggs laid in January. But the other egg is not viable and has been buried in the nest.

Earlier this month there was an intruder to the nest and the female eagle took protective action.

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Scott Walker All But Shows Sheldon Adelson ‘Sign Of The Covenant’ In Las Vegas

This weekend would-be presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spoke in Las Vegas before Sheldon Adelson and his group, the Republican Jewish Coalition.  When it comes to groveling and digging for any support to be found, even when there is little knowledge or background on the topics up for discussion, there may be none better than Walker.

Walker had the usual trite comments for the gathering such as the nation needing “a swift and decisive foreign policy” while at the same time admitting he did not have extensive foreign policy experience.   He could have been honest and just stated he had no such experience.

But Walker plodded along and was determined to appear he was as much akin to Jewish people as possible.

Walker made a special note of making it clear one of his sons was named Matthew, a Hebrew name meaning “gift from God”.    To further suggest that he had the needs of Israel close to his heart he let it be known that every Christmas season he has a “menorah candle” displayed.

Well if that all does not make him one with the Jewish people I am not sure what possibly could.  That is, other than a more cerebral attempt to understand foreign policy before attending an event that is slated as a forum to address such concerns.

All we can be grateful for is that Walker in his zeal to be friends with Sheldon Adelson  did not mention getting snipped.

Still this is only March 2014, and the Iowa caucus is a long time away.  Things can still happen.

Was Jonathan Karl Out Of Bounds Asking President Obama About Mitt Romney?

I noted over the past several days angst from some Democrats concerning ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asking President Obama during a press conference at The Hague if Mitt Romney was correct during the 2012 presidential election to refer to Russia as America’s “number one geopolitical foe.  MSNBC”s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell allowed a national audience to  get the impression the press was out to get President Obama, and Karl was one of those helping to make it happen.

Being a Democrat and a supporter of President Obama should not play into this matter. I am both, but think the question asked by Karl was proper and also important. I also think it to be professional.

There are only so many times during the trip overseas when the press actually gets to ask the President a question. Even then the number of questions are limited. Given the number one topic during the trip was Crimea, and more to the point American-Russian relations there needed to be a solid question asked that would bring to focus the larger themes that percolated over this matter.   When given the chance to ask a question there is little insight to be gained if a softball is delivered. What may seem ‘unfair’ or ‘political’ is actually the best way to force a leader to step beyond the talking points and discuss matters in a more complete and hopefully less-nuanced way.

The question was not aimed at showing Romney to be correct about Russia, but instead how the larger aims of our foreign policy is in such a place that Russia does have the stronger hand to play. Romney was merely the avenue to get to the heart of the question, while also taking into account what everyone was aware of—that being Mitt was making appearances on news shows.   Please note that no journalist at the level of Karl is unaware of the way this larger story is reported by others.  At that time The New York Times had a front-page above-the-fold review of the last 15 years with presidents of both parties having issues with Putin.  Karl was adding—in question form—to the larger narrative that was already being talked about.

I might also note that MSNBC (where the emailed article takes it quotes) can be as dreadful from the Democratic side as FOX News is from the Republican side. I think it harder to view the role of a journalist–which Karl is– when clouded with political-colored lenses.  Everything can not (or should not) be viewed with a political spin because then we get down to breaking down the very questions asked of our leaders.

Democratic Candidate Arnie Johnsrud Leaves First District Assembly Race, Likely Remains Republican After Election

A Democratic candidate for First Assembly District has withdrawn from the race and thrown his support behind the other primary candidate for the election.

I liked Arnie Johnsrud, and was hoping he might prevail in the primary contest.  Johnsrud knew how to run a race as he once had opposed now retiring State Rep. Garey Bies.

The district, though more conservative than liberal, has changed over the decades.  It is a district where a Democratic candidate who can connect personally with the voters along with the proper backing of some key people and organizations can allow for a victory.    I felt Johnsrud was that type of candidate.  Where the area was once rock-ribbed Republican it now has seen an influx of new people and ideas, and with the right candidate can be a competitive playing field.

This past week Johnsrud, however,  left the race and threw his support to the other candidate, Joe Majeski.  

So why did I like Johnsrud?

The statement he made when leaving the race sums it up.

 “We need someone in Madison who will stand up for voter’s rights, stand up for women’s rights, stand up for public education, stand up for local control over our environment, stand up for jobs with livable wages and we need to support health care for everyone.”

While there is always hope in politics I think the best candidate is no longer in the race for the First Assembly District.  Therefore the GOP can feel steady about keeping the seat in their column.