May 27, 2015


Provincial luddite life is delightful.  Occasionally,  though,  our  solar dryers challenge us. This one was courtesy of pretty brown wren who would not sit for a portrait.

Where he will henceforth  live isn't my problem. That's my country seat. He can go find his own.

May 25, 2015

A Travis McGee bonus: Little Doll

For those of you who, like me,  had never seen this picture.

John D.and Dorothy.

May 24, 2015

Second Edition: The Other Iowa Hustle (or) The Republicans are Coming! The Republicans are Coming!

An update of the Original report.  Six  new candidates, or probable/possible candidates, have been added. They're marked with an asterisk.  One original, Paul Ryan,  is retained as a matter of record after claiming he's not running. I count 16 still-panting hopefuls on the list at the moment.

(A second edition of the Democrats is in the works.)


Every four years we in Heartland Center get pestered to death by He or She Who Would Be The Ruler, but at least it is a bipartisan contagion. You know, like ebola.

You have the left-wing authoritarians in the previous post. Herewith the right-wing authoritarians, making due allowance for Dr. Paul. He has inherited a certain amount of respect for the ability of  people to govern their own private affairs without undue armed supervision from social misfits with  government credentials.

As with the Democrats, the Republican list of Iowa Caucus annoyances is offered with no -- or at least  minimal -- editorial comment.


Josh Ellis BUSH, born Feb. 11, 1953, in Midland, Texas; banker, real estate promoter,  entrepreneur, former governor of Florida.

*Benjamin Solomon CARSON, born Sept. 18, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan; pediatrician.

Christopher James  CHRISTIE, born Sept. 6, 1962 in Newark, New Jersey; lawyer, governor of NJ.

Rafael Edward CRUZ, born Dec. 22, 1970, in Calgary, Canada; lawyer, U.S. senator for Texas.

* Cara  FIORINA born (as Cara Carletion Sneed) Sept.l 6, 1954 in Austin, Texas; business executive, politician.

*Lindsey Olin GRAHAM, born July 9, 1955, in Central, SC; politician, senator for South Carolina.

Michael Dale HUCKABEE, born Aug. 25, 1955 in Hope, Arkansas; Baptist preacher, televangelist, teevee personality, former governor of Arkansas.

*John Richard KASICH, born May 13, 1952, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; politician, former congressman (Dist.12), governor of Pennsylvania.

*George Elmer PATAKI, born June 24, 1945, in Peekskill,  New York; lawyer, politician, former governor of New York.

Plyush JINDAL, Born June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; biologist, politician, governor of Louisiana.

Randal Howard PAUL, born January 7, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; ophthalmologist, senator for Kentucky.

James Richard PERRY born March 4, 1950 in Paint Creek, Texas; USAF C-130 pilot, salesman, politician, governor of Texas.

Marco Antonio RUBIO, born May 28 in Miami, Florida; lawyer, politician, senator for Florida.    

Paul Davis RYAN, born January 29, 1970 in Janesville, Wisconsin; politician,  congressman (Dist. 1) (Not running  as announced in January)

Richard John SANTORUM, born May 10, 1958 in Great Falls, Virginia; lawyer, politician, former congressman (PA-Dist. 18),  former U.S. senator for Pennsylvania.

*Donald TRUMP born June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York, real estate promotor, teevee personality.

Scott Kevin WALKER, born November 2, 1967 in Colorado Springs, Colorado; salesman, fundraiser, politician, governor of Wisconsin.

May 9, 2015

Quote of the Week, (Destroyer Sailor Edition)

From the youngest of the heirs to Camp Jiggleview, of which I am Commandant, upon reporting aboard his first salt-water ride:

It's very cramped but she's a beauty ... I got very lucky and got the top rack so I can sleep on my side if I so desire.