January 10th, 2005

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The brown-headed nuthatch is, I think, my favorite visitor at the feeder. He's fairly small and timid, and his head is large in proportion to his body, which = cute. Something about the position of the stripes and the shape of the head always puts me in mind of a teeny little tree-creeping badger, although he lacks the truculence that one would expect from even a miniature badgerling (which one would expect could give your pinkie finger a savage thrashing if you angered it.) And I see him only rarely, when he gets up his nerve, and he's easily chased off by the larger white-breasted nuthatches, who are bastards, and the bluebirds, who are bastards, and the red-bellied woodpecker, who actually seems pretty mellow, but is also about five times the size of the nuthatch, and so makes him nervous.
breeden

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The brown-headed nuthatch is, I think, my favorite visitor at the feeder. He’s fairly small and timid, and his head is large in proportion to his body, which = cute. Something about the position of the stripes and the shape of the head always puts me in mind of a teeny little tree-creeping badger, although he lacks the truculence that one would expect from even a miniature badgerling (which one would expect could give your pinkie finger a savage thrashing if you angered it.) And I see him only rarely, when he gets up his nerve, and he’s easily chased off by the larger white-breasted nuthatches, who are bastards, and the bluebirds, who are bastards, and the red-bellied woodpecker, who actually seems pretty mellow, but is also about five times the size of the nuthatch, and so makes him nervous.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6802629/site/newsweek

Oh, this is a great idea. Everybody loves a death squad. Sending Kurds and Shiites to kill or kidnap Sunnis? Can't imagine what would go wrong there. Of course they'll be impartial, and wouldn't dream of having an agenda of their own or acting on any old grudges that might be lying around. No. That'd just be silly. It's not like there's ever been any conflict in that region or anything that might, y'know, spill over. Sending them into Syria? Great idea! I'm sure the Syrian government will think that's just ducky.

I'm too young to remember anything about El Salvador. I recall hearing things about death squads and Contras and whatnot. But even *I*, ignorant of history can see that this is a really bad idea. I mean, have we just abandoned that whole winning hearts and minds things? What the hell?

Doubtless my token conservative apologists will tackle this one and explain how El Salvador was a great success. I'm kinda looking forward to the explanation, 'cos bugger all if I can see it from here.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6802629/site/newsweek

Oh, this is a great idea. Everybody loves a death squad. Sending Kurds and Shiites to kill or kidnap Sunnis? Can’t imagine what would go wrong there. Of course they’ll be impartial, and wouldn’t dream of having an agenda of their own or acting on any old grudges that might be lying around. No. That’d just be silly. It’s not like there’s ever been any conflict in that region or anything that might, y’know, spill over. Sending them into Syria? Great idea! I’m sure the Syrian government will think that’s just ducky.

I’m too young to remember anything about El Salvador. I recall hearing things about death squads and Contras and whatnot. But even *I*, ignorant of history can see that this is a really bad idea. I mean, have we just abandoned that whole winning hearts and minds things? What the hell?

Doubtless my token conservative apologists will tackle this one and explain how El Salvador was a great success. I’m kinda looking forward to the explanation, ‘cos bugger all if I can see it from here.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.