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Sunday, June 29, 2014

I walk 47 miles of barbed wire

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* Still Serving Their Country: Nearly 70 WWII Veterans Remain on Federal Bench.

* Besides being a rabid partisan, Illinois' Everett Dirksen rose to the occasion 50 years ago to get Civil Rights Act passed:

Up for a vote that June day was "cloture" — ending a record 75-day filibuster against a civil rights bill — and Dirksen took the literary high road. He noted: "It is said that on the night he died, Victor Hugo wrote in his diary, substantially this sentiment: Stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come."

* South Dakota: Lawmaker reaction to Skunk Creek pollution stinks:

The Skunk snakes into Minnehaha County, past Colton and Hartford, before entering Sioux Falls proper somewhere around Ellis. Along the way, it consumes whatever man can mix into it until it's slurry of natural and manmade compounds well beyond the two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen that forms its base.
Once in the city, the creek is lined with scrub oak and ash trees and underbrush, creating a green corridor meandering through neighborhoods and parks before hooking up with its brother Big Sioux in the midst of the country clubs and commercial development, contributing to a massive bend of river that shapes the core of our city.

* Things That Go Bump—or Hoot—in the Night: 5 Animals You May Hear While Camping in Your Yard. [Not mentioned: The boom of the bullbat.]

* Video: The Cache River State Natural Area at the southern tip of Illinois is home to the northernmost cypress swamps in the United States.

* Cuba, cars. Cars, Cuba. We Said, "No Car Pictures."

* I use a cobra snake for a necktie....

Posted by Marie at June 29, 2014 9:26 PM