Happy 10th Anniversary TrailMixers!

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Can you believe it…  ten years ago this month our fearless leader started the first version of this blog.  So let me say that ol’ cliche . . . it seems like just yesterday.  I started reading from the first post, but didn’t participate until it had been going on for a few months.

So many people have come and gone….   so many memories.

I want to dedicate this post to you, Craig…  thanks for continuing with this little space in the blogosphere and for keeping it a friendly place to share some thoughts with good friends.

Renee and all Trail Mixers — Especially these days, this blog has always been about YOU. Thank you for keeping it alive! — Craig

Sunset Over Mars


NASA — Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission’s 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover’s location in Gale Crater.

Dust in the Martian atmosphere has fine particles that permit blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently than longer-wavelength colors. That causes the blue colors in the mixed light coming from the sun to stay closer to sun’s part of the sky, compared to the wider scattering of yellow and red colors. The effect is most pronounced near sunset, when light from the sun passes through a longer path in the atmosphere than it does at mid-day.

Agenda Free Monday

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Yeah…  I’ve been falling down on my job here.

Okay…  so let’s get going on an agenda free monday.

Have at it boys and girls.

Brevity is the Soul of Lingerie

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— Dorothy Parker

While sitting watching the dreary Beltway weather forecast something popped into my head. What are the political implications of a Vanity Fair cover? Specifically that of a Republican woman? A woman who had previously changed her name, and not because she married?

Oh my have I heard crickets from the very people who would have been all over the airways if Big Dog had done anything like that. The explosion in Congress never occurred. Or at least is delayed. The RNC has gone missing.

The main political blast or rather, question, is from the Washington Post, “Is Jenner Still A Republican?” That is a very good question. One I think will be answered once the Republicans show up with hat in hand trying to fund their campaigns for president.

Jenner, under the Bruce nom de plume (I understand what it means to live a under a name not of your preference), was a solid supporter of the party whose members consider her “confused” if not crazy or “sick and delusional” (no links, I viewed them so you do not have to). His millions, and gold Olympic medals, were well known.

Now? The self-declared Big Tent party will have a chance to show what they really are. Craven, “give me the money (but do not touch me)” or stick with the red meat crowd, “I will not accept anything from the freak.” Will a few photo ops with Caitlyn help the Republican candidates?

I do think there will be Republican candidates sneaking in the door of the mansion to ask for money. Maybe a sit down across the coffee table pics. Perhaps a handshake shot. All of which to show how moderate, if not sort of accepting, he is.

Will Jenner see the error of her ways and become a Democrat? I do not know. I do know Log Cabin Republicans and their false hopes of changing a party that still wants to return to 1840 — and Caitlyn will not fit in with them.

The acceptance of Caitlyn will be Republican generational. The cohort which is fine with gay marriage will be fine with her. The rest of them are holding their tongues, quite unusual to say the least.

I do hope she tells the RNC to go find another money fountain.

— Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor

Memorial Day Weekend

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I am fortunate enough not to personally have lost anyone to a war.  However, I will be laying down flowers at my father’s grave in a Veteran’s cemetery this weekend.  And while I’ll be thinking of him, I’ll also say a prayer for all the persons buried there who did make the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.  And yes, I’ll also be at Rick’s family camp for a barbecue.  A good weekend to all.

— Rebellious Renee is a Trail Mix Contributor

Look at the world as a big fruitcake …

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It wouldn’t be complete without a few nuts in it. (Old saying)

The world has stumbled and shuffled through all sorts of “interesting times” these past couple of months. It is hard to believe that only a small number of days ago Baltimore was in flames and winter refused to leave us. Now, it is summer, which has promised to disappear midweek. Which reminds me of “life goes on”.

Politics is the world I enjoy, it is always filled with characters and creatures; many right out of Night of the Living Dead, or was that Angry Red Planet? My time in politics showed me that ninty percent of all politicians are hard working people who spend many hours each day trying to make their districts better and America better.

What I also learned was there are those who had only themselves and a select money group in mind. They are the dangerous ones.

I am all giddy, although mid-day Sunday is normally not a giddy period, with happiness that the clown bus is getting a lot of attention. Say, you heard about that horse race? You mean between Rick (don’t google me) Santorum and Ted (don’t call me crusin’) Cruz? Not that one. The one where that Egyptian King won, in the snow and tornado, in suburban D.C.

The Republican leadership is concerned about all the clowns climbing on the clown bus. They are really concerned that it will topple over and crush all hopes of taking the White House in 2016. Plus, they are buying cases of adult diapers because the top heavy fruitcake special is starting to affect down ballot. Not that the Republicans in state houses and school boards have not made a mess in their own hideouts.

fruitcakeWe have seventeen months more to go. Will the supply of popcorn hold up to the demand? What about the scorecards? We have to have one just to know who is running, who is not running and who is said to be running even after saying they are not running.  And those select few who are said not to be running and they are not running.

A SWAG of the potential Republican lineup looks like as many as twenty-six are ready to redecorate the Oval Office. Not that they would have a chance of getting through the gate otherwise.  As is pointed out by reporters going by the false equivalency book, the Democrats are doing it two — that is, two people other than HRC.

The Brits showed us how the conservatives can win. First they have to be center right Democrats. That’s a knee slapper by golly. Those guys are so far right they need to use an arrow on a stick to point to right of center from off the picture.

Summer is starting and it is time to watch the show from the air-conditioned peanut gallery. A place safe from the spittle of flying lips, all trying to be more out of touch with reality than the others on that bus. I dare think it will be a boring summer because they are more alike than not. Maybe I will take up something for the summer that does not involve fruits and nuts.

— Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor