A Long Day Preceeding A Long Week

Wow, what a day!

It all started this morning when the boys and I met some friends for breakfast at a local place that had a line out the door at 9am. The food was decent, the company was awesome, and a good time was had by all.

After breakfast we all met to practice some lighting techniques, shooting with a backdrop and an actual model. I had a chance to photograph some models a couple months ago, but forgot my camera the night they were at a camera club meeting, so today was the first time I took photos with a model that didn’t have wings or branches.

After our “shoot” the boys and I stopped by Sweetwater Creek State Park, but all we saw were a couple Double Crested Cormorants, seven Bufflehead, and two Pied-Billed Grebes.

One of the guys invited us over, so we stopped by his place after the park and spent an hour or so watching the hundreds of birds in his backyard. (Photos of the birds and the model tomorrow, as I am exhausted tonight).

On the way home we stopped by another friends house to visit and chat for a couple hours and we were home at dinner time.

Before the kids went to bed they stood out on the back deck and listened for owls. We played a couple owl calls from the iBird Explorer Pro app on the iPhone, and a Barred Owl responded almost immediately. I played the sound of an Eastern Screech Owl and we were “buzzed” by what appeared to be a Barred Owl, probably the same one who answered the call the first time.

After an eventful day, the kids are all sacked out and it’s all I can do to get this post done. In fact, I think I may be rambling a bit. I have to clean the garage tomorrow, then Monday I will be making calls about the health-care bill.

Back in 2001, Sen. Robert Byrd went on the record to state that reconciliation for Clinton’s health care package was unacceptable.


This time, however, he has no problem with it. I wonder if he, or anyone else, has a problem with the U.S. House of Representatives passign a rule that says “the House deems the Senate version of Obamacare to have been passed by the House”, when Article I, Section VII, Clause II states,

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively

Pay attention to that last part that is in bold print. Every vote for each bill shall be determined by yeas and nays, not some rule thought up by House leadership to bypass the legislative process of the United States.

This is a do or die week. Call your Congressman, call your Senator. If you have a problem with Louise Slaughter, the Rules Committee chairwoman, gutting the Constitution and completely re-writing the legislative branch of our government, call them all!

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