It’s Saturday and I’m NOT at Silver Springs State Park

It’s Saturday and I’m NOT at Silver Springs State Park

I do work on weekends these days. Not sure what it would take to change that. It’s an issue I’m working on.

If you’re mostly an outdoor dog — as I am — there’s one advantage to having your free time falling on week days: it’s easier to book campgrounds and you won’t be crammed in to beautiful natural  settings along with 10 bah-jillion other nature lovers.

I understand that but it’s still hard for me sometimes be getting ready for work when most folks are in full-play mode. Heavy sigh…

Here’s a photo I took at Silver Springs State Park just east of Ocala. This was almost exactly six months ago today; it was a very nice outing, indeed. I would so love to be there right now. Or maybe on Monday, when fewer outdoor enthusiasts would be enjoying the sights along with me!

Happy weekend, folks. I’ll be posting again before too long…

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile in full-work mode

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

 

Following the Money Could Lead to the Bigger Scandal – Political Wire

Bulldog says: Wow. Just wow! Many of us who have followed the ever-expanding story around tRump’s sickening corruption have been waiting for confirmation that investigators were focusing on the financial part of all of it. So it’s not an unexpected development but it still packs a wallop now to get confirmation that the probe has gone there.

Buckle up. There’s turbulence ahead.

 

This piece is only available to Political Wire members. Deep Throat never actually told Bob Woodward to “follow the money,” but the phrase, which which was used in All the President’s Men, has become symbolic for getting to the bottom […]

Source: Following the Money Could Lead to the Bigger Scandal – Political Wire : Political Wire

Fave Fotos: hitherto unpublished pix from Wekiwa Springs State Park

Fave Fotos: hitherto unpublished pix from Wekiwa Springs State Park

Never did get these up here on my blog. It’s time.

These are from my second trip to Wekiva Springs State Park this year. Some of these, I think, show my best work. Not sure why I waited so long to get them up here.

Here in Central Florida, we haven’t had a break from near-constant rains in a while. This Monday was somewhat less wet than most days; we did get to see the sun for several hours. But it’s been dreary weather around here for about three weeks now and I’d love to see it end. Yes, I know we needed it.

I rarely make plans to do outdoor stuff when the conditions are like this, and that’s the main reason I’m feeling this way and whining about it. So my strategy to deal with it is to dip back into the picture box and enjoy some photos from an excursion not too long ago where everything — including the weather — was damn near perfect.

In this second shot I didn’t get quite as close to the terrain. I like the way it turned out. It’s quite possible that the next time I get a chance to scratch the outdoor itch, I’ll be heading back to Wekiwa Springs. Not only is it a first-rate site for shutterbugs, but they recently completed some extensive renovations to the camp grounds and I’d like to see how that turned out.

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Some good stuff for nature lovers and folks who like to capture such things with a camera. I hope these pics help to bring a few moments of serenity to you today.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile in dreary O’do

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Go See Wonder Woman

Go See Wonder Woman

This is not going to be a long or complex posting.

I saw the movie Wonder Woman. It was amazing. Gal Gadot is the real deal. Chris Pine’s male lead is just as good for him as his Capt Kirk role.

Go see it. No, really. Go see it. Take your significant other. Your friends. Your Mom and Dad. Your fifth grade teacher.

Just go.

To see the trailer, click here.

By the way, I do not own the photo. I stole it from the net, just because I liked it. If you’re the owner or an attorney for Warner Bros, jerk my chain and I’ll remove it. But work with Ol’ Bulldog here; I’m trying to get you some free PR!

Go see the damn movie!

Trips to the Beach On Those Cloudy, Overcast Days

Trips to the Beach On Those Cloudy, Overcast Days

 

Trips on days like that can be nice.

I made it to the beach on one of those days about two weeks ago. I was sure that I’d get wet but my beach jones was so bad that day that I pointed my car towards the Beach Line Expressway and hit the gas in spite of the really, truly dire forecast.

I’m glad I did. I did get rained on but it was less severe than I expected and the rain held off until I’d grilled my awesome Johnsonville Cheddar Smoked Sausages, cleaned up and explored the beach for about 20 minutes with my Canon. Canon Power Shot, to be more precise. (Just for the record, the fine folks at Johnsonville have not offered me anything to mention one of their great products. Nor the folks at Canon, for that matter!)

It was a very worthwhile trip. And I’m grateful to Mother Nature; her timing was damn near perfect.

Here’s my fave shot from this brief outing. I love shots that re-create that feeling of exhilaration I get every time I get to the bottom of one of those ramps and the planks give way to sand. Only sand. It’s like being launched into Neptune’s domain.

As I put together this post today, I’m having trouble pushing away those familiar and persistent beach cravings. I’m overdue. Because today’s my Friday, my chances of being able to scratch that beach itch soon are very good.

I’ll be sure to take some pictures.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

 

Conservative Columnist Jennifer Rubin Tears Into Our Trumpenfuhrer

Since Jennifer Rubin is not a bleeding heart Libtard, you might think that tRump supporters would give some credence to what she’s saying. But, of course, the vast majority of them will not.

Let me quote from her column which was published yesterday, June 4, 2017:

“We wound up with this president because millions of Republicans could not prioritize character, decency and overall fitness to serve over their mundane and frankly petty partisan wish list (28 percent top marginal tax rate!)”

And she didn’t stop there; Rubin goes on to say:

“Self-appointed religious leaders fail to see that this soullessness — not the dreaded liberal elite who insist on saying “Happy Holidays” or refuse to countenance discrimination against gay customers — is a threat to the moral fiber of a democracy that requires a modicum of common sense and human decency to function.”

To read her very insightful and very timely opinion piece in the Washington Post where she thoroughly takes down our scum-bag unPOTUS just follow the link.

This treasonous, know-nothing, would-be dictator is hell-bent on carrying out the Alt-Right agenda and trying to undo everything done by his predecessor just because he’s a hateful asshole. He has not changed since he decided long ago to become birther-in-chief in an attempt to delegitimize Barack Obama. He hated our twice-elected 44th President then and he hates him now.

Some of his die-hard (former) supporters see all of this clearly; that’s why his approval ratings have been dropping fast since the woeful day he took office. However, the majority of his supporters never will and see all of his frequent train wrecks, including the matter of collusion with Russia’s attempts to throw the election, as proof of that terrible “liberal conspiracy” against their beloved leader. They’re not going change.

If there is a successful terrorist attack during his presidency — especially if casualties are high — tRump most certainly will try to tear the heart out of American democracy and the bill of rights in order to become a dictator like all the ones around the world for whom he has repeatedly and enthusiastically expressed admiration.

Contempt on all of you who are complicit in our #Trumpenfuhrer‘s attempt to scuttle our democracy so he can win his current self-produced reality show and become America’s First Tyrant.

Orlando’s Fashion Square, one of America’s struggling malls – Orlando Sentinel

Ben writes: You may have read my posting from May 6th about how the Florida Mall on the south end of Orlando is still doing fine. Orlando Fashion Square Mall is the one whose downward spiral I have noticed most closely. I loved that place. This piece in the Sentinel is right up-to-the-minute and is worth a read by anyone who’s been here in Central Florida for a while and remembers some of our landmarks that have been around for many, many years.

 

 

 

Orlando’s Fashion Square is one of America’s many struggling malls, looking to reinvent itself

Source: Orlando’s Fashion Square, one of America’s struggling malls – Orlando Sentinel