We heard it go, even from 250 miles away..May 18th, 1980

Nature can definitely be cruel. When Mt. St. Helens, (“Louwala-Clough” “smoking mountain” to the indigenous people) erupted on May 18th, 1980, seconds after 8:32 a.m. PDT, apparently in response to a magnitude 5.1 earthquake about 1 mile beneath the volcano’s bulged, unstable north flank, 57 people, nearly 7,000 big game animals (deer, elk and bear) as well as all birds, most small mammals, and 12 million Chinook and Coho salmon fingerlings were subject to the destructive potential of a volcano. As a kid, with my whole family, from approx. 250 miles east of St. Helen’s, heard the initial blast, later saw the ash plume, and experienced the ash layer later. I really think everyone who was living in Oregon or Washington at the time can recall exactly the moment it happened, where & what they were doing. It had been an everyday ‘thing’ for residents for quite a while. It’s not everyday your neighbor state to the north has daily volcano updates & warnings. But that’s just what it was, & everyday we wondered ‘is it going to blow today?’, or at least I did as a kid.Screenshot_8  (photo is visible imagery of the Pacific Northwest showing the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens, center of yellow dot was home….)

The mountain, part of the North American segment of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, was dormant from its last period of activity in the 1840s & ’50s until March 15, 1980. On March 27, after thunderous explosion, Mount St. Helens began to spew ash and steam, the first significant eruption in the
conterminous United States since that of Lassen Peak, California.
Visible eruptive activity ceased temporarily in late April and early May. Small steam-blast eruptions resumed on May 7, continued intermittently for the next several days, and ceased again by May 16. The eventual collapse of the bulge on the north flank triggered the chain of catastrophic events that took place in May of 1980. The blast was widely heard hundreds of miles away in the Pacific Northwest, including parts of British Columbia, Montana, Idaho, and northern California. Yet, in many areas closer to Mount St. Helens–for example, Portland, Oregon, only 50 miles away–the blast was not heard*. I remember hearing an ominous ‘boom’ (for lack of a better term) while doing the dreaded weekend chores in the gardens with my folks, and they both remarking ‘..think it was St. Helens?’, in an off-hand sort of way. And since at that time my parents were the ‘cruel forward thinkers’ they were, we only had access to the TV for a couple of hours after dinner, so visual updates were out of the question. But Mom, the cool cat she is, always had a radio playing while we worked in the garden, and soon the news of the eruption was relayed to us. Within the hour, above an area of the property we called ‘the bluff’, the plume was visible, and I, at 14, was blown away. A volcano had just erupted! Not on some island in the tropic, or in a nation an ocean away, but a mountain I had seen with my own eyes, not in a picture, but in real life, about 250 miles from where I lived! The only thing that tempered my excitement was the knowledge that there were people on the mountain and near the blast that would not survive, some out of their devotion to study first hand the happenings, others by accident or failure to heed warnings, and of course Mr. Harry R. Truman, living near the mountain for 54 years and deciding not to evacuate before the impending eruption even after repeated pleas by local authorities, telling people: “If the mountain goes, I’m going with it.” He was the owner/caretaker of Mount St.Helens Lodge at the south end of Spirit Lake, in the danger zone at the time of the eruption. Of the 57 victims, only 4 were known to be inside the restricted areas previously set up by federal & local government.20100331-145003-pic-661992092_t725

The first visuals of the area where incredibly scary, and they only got scarier with time. The ash column (eventually 9 miles high), pyroclastic flows, steam-blast explosions, mudflows, and just the level of destruction left a lasting impression on me, and always will. But, the planet we live on has amazing recuperative abilities equal in scope, though not as immediate. Michael Casey said in a piece* for CBS News: “Vast areas once dominated by towering trees were now open to sunlight, giving a whole host of plants, insects, birds and small mammals a chance set up shop.” The big animals have started to return: “Elk, too, arrived to take advantage in [the] explosion of new plant growth, increasing to record numbers.” Casey interviewed Charlie Crisafulli, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, for the article, and his last words are good words, considering what happened 35 years ago: “Restoration efforts weren’t really need[ed] because life is enormously competent and well practiced at reinsinuating itself into disturbed areas,” he said. “Our expectation should be that life is incredibly tenacious.”

*http://mountsthelens.com/index.html ~ http://www.cbsnews.com/news/35-years-after-mt-st-helens-eruption-nature-returns/

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HA!! FUC_ U Sarah Palin, Bristol’s fiancé could already be married.

fuc u palinOh how the righteous fall, and when the do, unfortunately a lot of the time it’s the kids who get hurt the most. And in this case, two kids are hurt. Bristol Palin’s nuptials to Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer “will not be held”, and just three days ago documents emerged showing that Bristol’s fiance married a Michigan woman at the age of 19 in Kentucky in 2008. Sarah Palin in a release to media shared a quote encouraging: “Trust in God’s timing. It’s better to wait a while and have things fall into place than to rush and have things fall apart”. Former VP candidate and sexual abstinence for teens supporter should learn her a,b,c’s….Abstinence, Begets, Children..or something like that. Gotta feel sorry for the 1st and 2nd grand-babies though. You would have thought Sarah would have vetted the guy a little better, with all her experience! OOPS…oops palin

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George Zimmerman and the Candidates, shared sentiments..

With the current crop of cretins vying for the GOP’s top spot on the turd pile of presidential candidates, recent ‘shooting victim’ George Zimmerman may fit right in. After all, he seems to share many of the same views, ideals and characteristics of this group. Not that this would ever happen, RIGHT? Let’s make some comparisons of fact, just for fun. (For the remainder of this script, Catholic altar boy and high school graduate G.Micheal Zimmerman will simply be referred to as Gzman.)George-Zimmerman-Wont-Face-Federal-Charges-300x227

His Peruvian born mother gave birth to Gzman on October 5, 1983. His father is an American of German descent, working in the Department of Defense for the last 10 years of his military career. Gzman has identified himself as Hispanic on voter registration forms. Recently announced candidate Jeb Bush (whose father, George, graduated from one of the oldest incorporated high schools in the United States in 1942, joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged in September of 1945) grew up in Texas, earned a degree in Latin American affairs, married a woman from Mexico and listed himself as Hispanic on a 2009 voter registration application. Voter registration, check…

Gzman, after a jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges said on CNN’s “New Day” that ‘there’s only one judge who matters’: “I know that ultimately, he’s the only judge that I have to answer to.” “He knows what happened. I know what happened. So I’d leave it up to him.” ‘He’, according to Gzman, is God. More recently, in March he said: “..I believe that God does everything for a purpose, and he had his plans and for me to second guess them would be hypocritical and almost blasphemous.” Candidate Mike Huckabee in ’98 vowed to “take back this nation for Christ” and recently said: “I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that — the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God.” Religious rhetoric, check…

Candidate Ted Cruz, in April, seems to have possibly plagiarized portions of Gzman’s statements from March regarding the POTUS and ‘racial tensions’: “President Obama, when he was elected, he could have been a unifying figure,” adding “he hasn’t done that, he’s made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions that have divided us rather than bringing us together”. Gzman’s statement in part was: “He had the most authority and in that sense I would hold him in the highest regard believing that he would hold that position and do his absolute hardest to not inflame racial tensions in America” and “for him to make incendiary comments as he did” in regards to Obama’s feelings on the shooting and outcome of the court case in the death of Treyvon Martin. Gzman’s remarks are from an interview conducted by Howard Iken. Cruz’s comments were made while he addressed an evangelical Hispanic gathering in Texas. Cruz, whose main past platform was to repeal “every word” of ObamaCare, and then singed up for The Affordable Care Act, said to those in the Texas crowd: “What you’re hearing me say is, my message is going to be consistent.” Cruz is an idiot, check…zimmerman-ebay-painting

Gun control is a hot topic with many of the candidates, eager to flaunt their support for the Second Amendment. At an event in New Hampshire earlier this year, Cruz said “Gun control means hittin’ what you aim [at]”. At the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Nashville Rick Santorum held up his concealed carry permit during his speech. Jeb Bush flaunted Florida’s gun carry laws saying over 1.3 million have a valid concealed weapons permit: “That’s the most in the nation — nearly double that of the second state, which is Texas.” And now, once again, Gzman is in the headlines, this time on the receiving end of a bullet possibly fired in self-defense. Gzman and the man who shot at him have been in an ongoing dispute according to police in Lake Mary, Florida. This involvement in any type of gun related altercation, or for that matter any type of violent altercation, is of no surprise to myself, nor, I expect, any rational citizen. At this time, many facts about the current event are still unknown, but these fun facts are documented: In 2005, an ex-fiancée filed a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence. On September 9, 2013, police responded to a report that Zimmerman had threatened his estranged wife and her father with a gun and had punched her father in the face. In November he was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon – a felony – as well as domestic violence battery and criminal mischief, after his girlfriend called the police alleging that she had asked him to leave her home, instead he pointed a shotgun at her and began breaking her belongings. September 9, 2014 saw Gzman named by police in a road rage incident where he reportedly threatened and followed another driver. And 2015 started out with a bang, because on January 9th he was arrested by Lake Mary police and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon after allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend. Oddly, charges in the cases were dropped. But it seems ‘third times a charm’, because Gzman was ordered to surrender his weapons after being arrested the third time for domestic violence. In a past interview with “Armed America Radio” he said: “I would definitely invest in getting some type of self-defense insurance and again, arming yourself with the knowledge of what you can do and what you should or shouldn’t do after the incident.” Delusional gunned-up Nugget nutnarcissism, check……This could be an even lengthier lamenting about the lameness that is the crop of crap known as GOP presidential hopefuls, I’ve got a stack of resources* to make comparisons that won’t quit, but Gzman should be the focus, seriously. The candidates may be a mixed bag of tools, but George M. Zimmerman is dangerous, not in office, but on the streets, in the neighborhood, any neighborhood. This guy…this former armed Neighborhood Watch program coordinator is a loose, unstable, menace to society, with or without a gun, and to borrow a term much misused as of late, a thug, in every dangerous sense of the word.tumblr_m8of6lGd9j1qbiyt2hoodiegunshot

*for this article: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/11/us/florida-george-zimmerman-shooting/index.html  ~   http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2015/0110/Gun-hero-George-Zimmerman-ordered-to-surrender-arms-after-assault-video ~ http://www.18884mydivorce.com/georgezimmerman2015/ ~ http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/ted-cruz-obama-baltimore-racial-tensions-117484.html ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Zimmerman

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TBT: DADT, and something ‘put out of Arkansas’ that killed 5000 birds in ’11.

I had forgotten about the ‘apocalyptic’ black bird deaths at the start of the new year all those years ago and just what, and who was at fault. According to pfaw.org and their revered religious haruspex Cindy Jacobs it was…Don’t Ask Don’t Tell..that was “put out of Arkansas” by the evil that is “a former Governor” Bill Clinton. In the real world, the bird deaths (about 200) in 2012 resulted when someone went into a large roost of blackbirds in Beebe, Arkansas, as the clock struck midnight Saturday and set off fireworks. On the previous New Year’s Eve, roughly 5,000 birds were found dead in a square-mile area, and those same kind of fireworks caused otherwise healthy birds to become disoriented and “fly all over the place” into stationary objects, such as trees and buildings, according to Ginny Porter, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokeswoman at the time.

It’s all old stuff, but the conbaggers at RWN are still eating this weirdos stuff up. AC does a good job with his take on her, but you have to see her god job take too. I want to know who and what does she blame her murder of basic sentence structure on…

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Oh yeah, this ones a keeper ma!!! She’s a professional gal…

Well…this is just stupid. Really, all eating contests are asinine.

Sunday afternoon, in less than 30 minutes, Molly Schuyler inhaled three meals consisting of a 72-ounce steak, a baked potato, side salad, shrimp cocktail and a roll. The meat alone was 216-ounces of carnivorous candy (around 13 pounds total). Surprisingly, this was not her first victory in competitive gluttony. In January 2014, she downed a record 363 wings in 30 minutes at a competition in Philadelphia and earned $22,000. In May 2014, Schuyler beat the six-year record previously held by Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. The 120-pound woman from Sacramento, CA, ate an entire 72-ounce steak and the sides in less than five minutes, then went on to eat a second complete meal in less than 10 minutes. Today, after the recent pig out production (now tipping the scales at approx.133lbs and change?) she said “I come in thinking I’m going to fail, but you know if I win it’s a lovely parting gift and that’s cool. I also get free steak so I don’t really lose.” Schuyler was awarded $5,000 for completing the challenge in under an hour. She also pocketed the prize of $1,000 for fastest eaten steak dinner, giving her $6,000 total. Oh yeah, she’s a real winner……Image result for pictures of gluttonySean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Molly Schuyler bites into a 72 ounce steak Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Schuyler conquered the 72 ounce showdown eating three 72 ounce steaks and sides in 20 minutes.   Sean Steffen

Duck Dynasty…the musical?…really??

I thought this was a joke when it was first mentioned, but the “Duck Commander Musical” had its opening in Vegas on Wednesday. Hopefully, the ‘what happens in Vegas…’ mantra will be applied to this musical quackery. According to flipsidepa.com, patriarchal drake Phil Robertson was not in attendance with the numerous family members for the opening at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Theatre-goers expecting an apology from the actor playing Phil Robertson won’t get one. Instead, they get a glimpse into his long-ago descent into drunken irresponsibility before he finds God and atones in pathos that arrives near the end. The explanation for the comments? Phil was just being Phil. And Phil, like the rest of the family, loves everyone, they sing.”

I’m sure he’ll be in Texas though on the 19th for the DC 500. That’s more his style..maybe Sara Palin the loon will be there..

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