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Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

Folks, this is really just the greatest post to start this week. I know tomorrow is tax day and all, but I will be putting up a little fundraising post for a few good causes Wednesday. “Beyond politics and civic duty, it’s time we did some other good in small amounts,” says I.

And for those who might wonder why tax day isn’t Monday, it’s because Washington, D.C., your Nation’s Capitol, does not have the same representation in Congress, much less the Senate, that you do. And so each year, since DC residents have Taxation Without Representation, the DC Government has a holiday which forces the Federal Government to push the due date one extra day.  One little annual “F-You” from the folks who live here and yet have no say in our Federal system.

I am no longer a DC resident for well over a decade, but the passion still burns strong, as it should for all you readers. Literally – the people who live in Washington, D.C. have no representation in Congress and are overseen, like untrustworthy children, by the same Congress they have no voting representation in. This is bullshit and 100% un-American. Even worse – the DC population is higher than some states. It is antithetical to our fundamental myths and values and yet we really don’t care.  There’s a world of stories of race, power, class, heritage, and cowardice at root in this city waiting to be uncovered and explained by our moral successors.

To be clear, I don’t mean to dismiss the important causes in Puerto Rico, USVI, and the assorted Pacific territories – American Samoa, the Marianas, and Guam! Not to mention the third world conditions on too many reservations throughout our land of unparalleled plenty.

And for those who may care, then-candidate Obama was correct, just fumble-mouthed. There were 57 primaries – not states – because there are all these other places that are parts of America, including Americans Abroad.

On that note, have a great day and let’s enjoy today’s singular focus.




Today, pictures from valued commenter Vicki Delany.

Trip to Malaysia in March/April 2018. Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia

Juvenile Orangutans at the Sepikok Sanctuary

Taken on 2018-03-26

Sepikok, Malaysia

Play time for young Orangutans


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12 replies
  1. 1

    the DC population is higher than some states.

    Not California, we have legal weed now(I think “population greater than” might be better). You know how snarky the jackals get in the morning(and noon and night).

    Did my email with Mt. Lowe pics get lost? They were kind of large, so I sent in 3 or 4 emails.

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    JPL says:

    Everyone should have a time for play.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Smart ass. ;-)

    I’m sure the population in DC outnumbers that of Wyoming. No one seems to live there.

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    @opiejeanne: That one was served up right over the plate, if I hadn’t hit it you know one of the other jackals would have.

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    rikyrah says:

    That was so cute😄

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Gee,Vicky. You came by and didn’t say hello? Pout.
    A correction: it’s the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which is run by the Sabah state Government. The centre takes care of orphan, injured and displaced orangutans, and teaches the young’uns essential skills for life in the wild.

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’m sure there’s a Marion Barry joke in here somewhere.

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    arrieve says:

    I love orangutans! Borneo is on my list and this just bumped it to the top.

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    debbie says:

    Sweet picture.

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    ET says:

    As a current DC resident, thanks for attention. I don’t expect change in my lifetime if for no other reason that the fools on the Hill don’t seem to care that much. Then there is the issue that Republicans like to to treat DC like a nauty child. We sometimes get to be a proxy to absorb their pet issues.

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    satby says:

    I love this picture, thanks Vicky!

    I know orangutans are endangered by deforestation so my tiny contribution to reducing that is to try not to use palm oil in soapmaking. But it turns out paper products like books are a major driver too. Damn!

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    satby says:

    @Amir Khalid: Aren’t you in KL? If I head back to Asia as I hope to in the next couple of years, you are on my list to see if a meet up is possible. My exchange daughter Valentina is from Java.

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