Coyote in Kananaskis

Christopher Martin Photography

Kananaskis Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9379

This coyote trotted in front of us and then slipped into forest.  I kept my lens on her and she was curious enough to steal a quick look our way when she was in a small open space.  We were spending our anniversary in Kananaskis and it was a nice moment to include in “our” day.

Please note that I took artistic license with this image and desaturated the colour in the forest around the coyote. The woods in Kananaskis are not black and shades of grey.  For reference, the original image is included below.

Kananaskis Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9379-2

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Iran Building Missile Sites in Syria

WarSclerotic

Iran Building Missile Sites in Syria
By Adam Kredo January 13, 2015 Via The Washington Free Beacon


(Meanwhile….back on the ranch. – LS)

Iranian military leaders admitted this week to building and operating missile-manufacturing plants in Syria, where it was also revealed that Tehran is helping to build a secret nuclear facility.

An Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander stated in a recent interview that the country’s Supreme Leader ordered forces to build and operate missile plants in Syria, where Iran continues to fight on behalf of embattled leader Bashar al-Assad, according to regional media reports.

IRGC Aerospace Commander Haji Zadeh touted Iran’s capabilities and bragged that Iran has gone from importing most of its military hardware to producing it domestically, as well as for regional partners such as Assad.

“A country such as Syria which used to sell us arms, was later on to buy our missiles,” Zadeh was…

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BBC R4: Paris ‘tensions’ due to Israel’s failure to make peace

BBC Watch

h/t JK

A particularly noticeable characteristic of BBC reporting on the Paris terror attacks has been a general avoidance of any meaningful discussion of the actual issue of Islamist extremism.

Instead, BBC audiences have seen, read and heard numerous commentators bemoaning the social conditions which supposedly turn disadvantaged and alienated youths into Jihadist terrorists. On other occasions, the Charlie Hebdo magazine has been described as ‘racist’ as though that misapplied label somehow provides relevant context to the premeditated murders of seventeen people. And in other cases audiences have been herded towards a view according to which if Jews are attacked in Paris, it is ultimately the fault of other Jews because of things they do – or do not do – in another part of the world.

We will be providing additional examples in future posts, but here is one which appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘World at One’ on…

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Some Good Quotes

I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: – ‘No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.’
– Eleanor Roosevelt

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Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement..
– Mark Twain

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The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible
– George Burns

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Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.
– Victor Borge

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Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
– Mark Twain

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By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
– Socrates

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I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
– Groucho Marx

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My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe.
– Jimmy Durante

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I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.
– Zsa Zsa Gabor

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Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.
– Alex Levine

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My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.
– Rodney Dangerfield

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Money can’t buy you happiness…. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.
– Spike Milligan

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Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP .
– Joe Namath

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I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.
– Bob Hope

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I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it..
– W. C. Fields

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We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress.
– Will Rogers

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Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
– Winston Churchill

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Maybe it’s true that life begins at fifty… But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out…
– Phyllis Diller

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By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere. – Billy Crystal

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And the cardiologist’s diet: – If it tastes good spit it out.