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WARNING: THIS SITE FEATURES ORIGINAL THINKING...Jim Croce once sang Don't tug on Superman's cape..., which seems like reasonable advice should we not wish to anger the supreme powers. We do have this duality in our culture: the Superman that is the state collective, the leftist call to a politics of meaning managed by the state, the deification of "we're from the government and we'll take care of you" - versus the Superman that celebrates individual freedom, private property, freedom of conscience, free enterprise, and limited government. We humbly take on the latter's mantle and, eschewing the feeble tug, we dare to PULL, in hope of seeing freedom's rescue from the encroaching nanny state. We invite you, dear reader, to come and pull as well... Additionally, if you assume that means that we are unflinching, unquestioning GOP zombies, that would be incorrect. We reject statism in any form and call on individuals in our country to return to the original, classical liberalism of our founders. (We're also passionate about art, photography, cooking, technology, Judeo/Christian values, and satire as unique, individual pursuits of happiness to celebrate.)

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August 10, 2005
MACRO for the micro...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

Wait a minute... Did you say MACRO lens? Cameras West?

Why, yes I did.

And what sane person would drop that kind of dough for a small package of exceptionally fine optics? Well, there's no doubt that my sanity has been under question for some time.

Yesterday, then, I hopped around, getting gimpy from the long weekend trek, probably frightening the women and children as I drug camera gear around Juanita Park on Lake Washington's east side - north of Kirkland, north of Bellevue - not far from Bill Gates' house in Medina actually.


Juanita Park - just a municipal park - is famous for its willows...


huge cattail stand...


And the largest expanse of lilypad I have ever seen. But it has much, much more...

(If you click below, you will be mercilessly subjected to 37 more images - there, I warned you...)

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Pulled by Emcee on August 10, 2005 at 04:11 PM
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You just never know what you'll see...
Filed in: Current Affairs

So I'm driving around on Monday - decide to stop at the Cameras We Take All Of Your Money As Far As The East Is From The West shop to look at that new macro lens they got in - glance at the next row of vehicles parked by - and I swear I see the Gadsden Flag flying from the back of a Jeep.

Well, you know, you just have to go check that out when you see it. So, naturally I do, and kablooie:


I'm pretty certain that I've seen that rig before:

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Pulled by Emcee on August 10, 2005 at 10:06 AM
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August 09, 2005
It was no dance for Cash Friday. What really happened?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, Satire, The Armadillo Conceptual Series

I really did start this last Friday. Took a little longer than I expected. Research you know.

It should be a slide show. Until then, enjoy.


Click just below to continue...

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Pulled by Emcee on August 9, 2005 at 01:09 AM
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August 08, 2005
Rainier - Day's end...
Filed in: Celestial, Current Affairs, Photography

I don't want to drive the hairpin turns in the dark - so reluctantly leave ... hoping to somehow capture the elusive numinous that pervades this magic mountain.


There is still a little breeze at Reflection Lake. But as all the escarpment falls into shadow in the fading light ...

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Pulled by Emcee on August 8, 2005 at 11:46 AM
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Rainier - Fauna
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

I'm accustomed to seeing bear, deer, marmots, and mountain goats on this mountain.

For a while yesterday I thought that it would only be ...


the bees ...


and tadpoles that I would be able to see - I think most of the animals were shy about the sun...

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Pulled by Emcee on August 8, 2005 at 11:20 AM
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Rainier - Flora
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

During a brief four week season, the alpine flowers further beautify this incredible landscape. I don't know many of the names, so I'll have to come back and fill this in some more. My favorite is called "Inidian Paintbrush". You can easily tell which one that is...


They seem so delicate to live in such an environment - indeed remind me how precious and fleeting life is.


No human gardner plants these ornamentals. They just grow where they are placed by the hand of God...

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Pulled by Emcee on August 8, 2005 at 10:57 AM
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Rainier - Paradise Lodge
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

Originally built in 1917, moved in 1920, and then mostly rebuilt in 1926 after a fire, the Paradise Inn is nestled up against the mountain.


It offers little in the way of creature comforts, but I understand that it is completely booked well in advance during the summer season.


The frame is constructed ...

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Pulled by Emcee on August 8, 2005 at 10:35 AM
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Rainier - Nisqually Glacier
Filed in: Current Affairs, Photography

This mountain displays its remarkable geology from this southern view.


The Nisqually trail leads to what are for me the most astonishing views in the park.


The trail courses through alpine meadows...

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Rainier - They call it Paradise
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The final ascent leads to the launch point for Rainier hikers that make the two day assault for another 8,000 feet of vertical elevation.


Along the way are visual demonstrations of the vastness of the escarpment.


Big, big, country...

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Rainier - From the south to Box Canyon
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From the grove, another switchback road leads to the first views of the mountain from the south.


Some think that this is the more picturesque side.


I will never choose...

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