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Lubbock County Democratic Chair Kenny Ketner And Amarillo Blogger Ted McLaughlin Are Two Great Texans—The United Nations Will Not Be Taking Over Texas Despite Claims To The Contrary

Good work by friend and Lubbock County Democratic Party Chair Kenny Ketner (left) who was referenced in the N.Y. Times today about the Lubbock elected official who says if Mr. Obama is reelected that the United Nations might take over and that troops might need to be raised to fight the U.N. back to New York City.

Here is the Times article about Lubbock official Tom Head. 

Kenny is seen here with top Texas blogger Ted McLaughlin of Amarillo. Ted writes the great blog  Jobsanger.

I took this picture in Houston during the Texas Democratic convention this past June.

There are so many hopeful people in our world who give their time to make stuff better.

August 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giant Sea Scorpion & The Political Blog Lubbock Left

I’ve been remiss not to post about the prehistoric 8 foot sea scorpion that has been discovered. (Be sure to watch the video entitled “The Giant Beast” under the illustration in the link. It shows the sea scorpion attacking other creatures.)

This animal lived 390 million years ago. Its 2 1/2 foot fossilized claw was recently found in Germany.     

With the illustration below, you can see just how big this giant scorpion was—  

 

Scale model of the scorpion with a human

As for the “modern scorpion”, you’ll find them in Texas. None are fatal to human beings. Some scorpions can live up to 25 years. Here is information about scorpions in Texas taken from The Field Guide To Texas Insects by Drees and Jackman.

Since this blog has aspirations beyond Texas, here is a link to scorpions in other parts of the nation. 

Here is a link to scorpions of Europe. I imagine them as desert creatures, but it seems that is not fully the case. There are 25 types of scorpion in Europe.

Coming back to Texas, another thing you’ll find in the Lone Star state is the blog Lubbock Left. I’ve never been to Lubbock. I do know that it is a quite conservative place. I think anybody fighting for the left side of the aisle in Lubbock merits support.  Especially the friendly folks running that fine blog.

Lastly, and I admit this post is a hodgepodge, here is a stanza from the Gary Snyder poem Milton by Firelight that mentions the scorpion.

In ten thousand years the Sierras

Will be dry and dead, home of the scorpion.

Ice-scratched slabs and bent trees.

No paradise, no fall,

Only the weathering land

The wheeling sky

Man, with his Satan

Scouring the chaos of the mind.

Oh Hell!  

Here is a link to the entire poem.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Books, Poetry, Politics, Sea Life, Texas | , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments