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May 4, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Like water, not mud. Better babble.

La, La, La, La with hands over ears can just be done so long.

Worries the neighbors. Probably dialing 911.

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Babbling worth having. ©

No escaping the obsession:  TV news, talk shows, late night shows, radio, news paper – even comics


Better this: Bubbling fountain.

Clean. Transparent. Soothing.

As far away from rabid media – and politics – as possible.

Worth a try. Even small distractions help.

Bubbling fountain worth a try. Even small distractions help. ©

Seriously – with all that’s going on, reporters continue to drool in the dirt?

  • A volcano – not one, but  TWO volcanoes near Galveston! OK, they are under water, but cool! OK, hot. (Any chance that asphalt can be used for potholes? Oh, please don’t disturb the odd life clustered there…Might be relatives. Who knows?)
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s officers playing too rough with their toys? Expensive drone crashes into Lake Conroe. (Maybe they didn’t read the instructions? Thought it worked in multiple environments?) Remember their other drone crashed into SWAT team armored vehicle a while back. (It’s OK. The whole “dressed up and no place to go” event was a photo op demonstration event for other police departments. These drones: your tax dollars given by Homeland Security.) Look, the kid down the block would probably be up to giving drone operator lessons if a little tutoring is required.
  • There’s the subdivision developers breaking ground – and trees – for a new  900+acre master planned community. Clear-cutting now for roads, buildings…..But wait! Some of those trees (about 50. How generous!) will used for the main playground equipment and benches. A little wild area will be left, too. And Sugar Land residents fighting to save mature treesthe HOA/city doesn’t like the bare dirt underneath them. Dirty. (One word: ground cover. OK, two words. Stupid would be one.)
  • Something that really stinks to high Heaven? Four feet deep in places. It’s an invasion of Sargassum in Galveston. Happens every so often. They are frantically using big equipment to clean the beaches for tourists. They do a good job at that. But Whew – the stuff does stink. (Molly, noooo. put it down. You cannot take that as a souvenir)

It gets worse. 

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These are Rocky times ©

Now Congress wants to jump into the NBA and the Clipper’s Sterling controversy?

Fine line between hysterical laughter and simply hysteria.

Just as bad as Congress investigating baseball steroid use during the housing crisis.


Gettin’ a whole bunch of those little bubbly fountains. Anywhere there’s an outlet.

Create a whole network of roaring mountain streams. Useful babbling.

(Some concern Homeland may show up asking about sudden increase in power usage.)

Who cares about some oblivious old rich guy who’s having trouble with his Sugarbaby Stage Dressing who had a pretty sweet deal but is out for revenge because his wife has finally had enough?

No fool like an old fool. No fury like a woman scorned. (Double that.)

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“Gotta wash that man right outta my hair” ©

Congressional representatives were elected to go to Washington to do something about:

Improving the economy, encouraging  job growth, assuring the ability to defend of the country in case of actual attack, create a workable budget (Like live within your means), figure out healthcare costs (without making insurance companies, hospital corporations, and Big Pharm wealthier at the expense of the patients), maintain basic infrastructure (roads, water systems), …and a few other things if any time left over.

No where does it say, ” Congress should jump into the middle of a basketball problem.”

Not sporting at all!

No goals for that!

Drama worthy of reality shows, but not for Congressional concern. 

(Just ignore stuff other countries are/would be concerned about: MERS epidemic, Putin grabbing the Arctic, Ukraine, China’s economy, US debts, Russia pondering US astronauts wanting a ride to the Space Station, State Department emails showing they all knew it wasn’t some video that cause the deaths of 4 US citizens in Benghazi but repeatedly lied to the US public, internet freedom, unemployment, why Federal/IRS employees owing back taxes got bonuses, what motivates so many to choose violence to settle their problems. You can probably think of more.)

Capitol Reflection pool in Washington, DC. (Image:Bo Neilsen/AgnosticPreacherKid/Flickr/

Reflection pools were placed In Washington, DC for a reason. HINT! (Bo Nielsen/Flickr/

Perhaps Congress should go outside. Clear their heads.

Could be all that hot air inside.

Perhaps sick building syndrome. (You know how things are building there.)

There’s plenty of fountains and waterways in Washington.

Washington DC reflection pool

Duck in for a refreshing thought.(AgnosticPreachersKid/

Yes! Everyone into the pools. Media and press corps included.

Maybe real world sounds would encourage a better flow of ideas.

Bubbling and babbling brooks. Common sense.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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Trying to get those little rocks in the fountain arranged like these. Never underestimate the power of one little pebble…Ever had a rock in your shoe? ©









  1. easyweimaraner / May 4 2014 2:10 pm

    I agree, never unterestimate the power of one little pebble. Once a king lost a battle because of a stone in his shoe :o) Have a wonderful sunday.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 4 2014 3:59 pm

      Paw waves Easy! Glad you dug out a comment. Today’s probably the last really nice day before the sweltering heat and humidity arrive. Outside! Everyone out! Will run by shortly to see what you’re up too. Thanks for trotting over


  2. Carrie Rubin / May 4 2014 4:04 pm

    Maybe if Congress doesn’t behave, they’ll have to take a time-out near the stinky sargassum or near the underwater volcanoes…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 4 2014 4:20 pm

      Great idea! Bury them in seaweed! Finally a good purpose: let’s do the reporters first. You know if we submerged the media’s idiotic blathering over reality show topics maybe Congress wouldn’t be distracted?
      (But the creatures found around those volcanoes are so unusual – the extruded shape of the volcanoes are like flowers…the sea is a wondrous as the sky..adventures await…but I am not scuba diving…seen too many movies….)
      Thanks for floating by with such a soothing comment. (So I can put you down for 57 little fountains?)


      • Carrie Rubin / May 4 2014 4:23 pm

        Ha, well, let me get back to you on that… 😉


  3. marthaschaefer / May 4 2014 5:19 pm

    Well you certainly rocked that one!


  4. Spinster / May 4 2014 6:11 pm

    234 Nigerians girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Not to worry, though… the Clippers are much more important. Thanks for highlighting some real news.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 4 2014 6:34 pm

      Seriously, where the heck are those girls? I know they aren’t not US citizens, but human trafficking (dare I say slavery) still happens. It is an international, world-wide problem – and some of those poor unfortunates are smuggled through here. Guess some can’t stand ugly difficult issues- better to play around and maybe get autographs? LaLaLaLa….so put you down for 39 little bubbling fountains? Thanks for braving the rapids to get here


      • Spinster / May 4 2014 6:45 pm

        Yep, slavery. Damn shame.

        Always good stopping by. 🙂


  5. Paul / May 4 2014 8:39 pm

    Back in older times (and still in some mideast countries) air conditioning consisted of flowing water in the house with fountains or special water boxes. As the water from the spray evaporates it draws heat from the air and cools the room. So, my concern is that if you set up too many of these little water parks in your house you will cool the house below the norm and a low flying drone with a heat detector will recognize this temperature anomoly and notify the NSA. You see there is much national security interest in cyrogenics right now and they may think you are hiding a rogue lab and experimenting with forbidden technology. This could result in a 2am raid by Special Forces teams who would simultaneously break down your doors and burst in through your windows They could use items you own such as a copy of Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, as evidence to incarcerate you and your family indefinitely without any trial under the Homeland Secuity Act. Once you had confessed, under the duress of waterboarding and sleep deprivation techniques, they would ship you off to an American “sponsored” detention facility in a foreign country by way if an unregistered secret CIA jet. We would never hear form you agian and the Philosopher Mouse Of The Hedge blog would fade, unused, into oblivion. And we would all cry.

    So, the moral of the story is Phil, please go easy on the water fountains in your house, we would all miss you very much. Yours most burbley, your followers in a canoe (on the serene waters of Phil philosophy).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 4 2014 10:18 pm

      La-La-La.Oh, sorry. Unplugged some tiny fountains in order to pack them up for you…estimate you’re good for 14-15 wall plugs there. (No. No. No thanks required. RC Cat insisted – although she is just tired of wet fur) Understand that tears are salty and not the best for fountains, although might work in place of sea salt for chips…so you can feel confident that the Cinco de Mayo snacks tomorrow will pass inspection. Although NO ONE in Mexico is as rabid for Cinco as the US which has been bamboozled by beverage distributors offering yet another excuse for cerveza. (Not one to complain though.)
      !(just turn your head so that exclamation point is upside down correctly)Vive calmar!


      • Paul / May 4 2014 10:39 pm

        Ahhhh, thank you. I shall eagerly await the shipment from RC. I was just concerned about your well being (and RC and Molly)given what I’ve seen on TV about your country. Arroyo burbujeante sobre rocas.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 4 2014 11:18 pm

          What? You’ve seen all the mold lawsuits?
          Those water cooling units were/are seen in Arizona, New Mexico and places with lower humidity. “Air Cooled” motels does/did not mean air conditioning. Now the best cool air is found on a sailboat. (Boat beer always better…and while sails sing, the notes don’t disturb the splashes. Muy tranquilo….until you have to dock…throw the line, not the cat…)


  6. shoreacres / May 5 2014 1:42 am

    You heard it here first: Sterling is not going to go quietly, and he’s a sharp lawyer. Yes, yes – despicable person and all that. On the other hand – there’s a lot of self-righteousness over there on the other side. The irony is that the owners who fear the PC police and vote to make him sell may be greasing their very own skids.

    All together now! “What goes around, comes around!”


  7. angelswhisper2011 / May 5 2014 6:33 pm

    I come to swim with the duck and wish you a Happy Week 🙂 Pawkisses 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 5 2014 7:58 pm

      It’s swimming weather here…about to get out Molly’s pool. (RC Cat life guards from the window) Cheery week to you, too!


  8. jannatwrites / May 5 2014 9:09 pm

    So much going on! Clearcutting – I wish they wouldn’t do that when building subdivisions. I’m glad the residents are fighting to save mature trees. Seems rather bully-ish to just bulldoze whatever is in our way (the Native Americans would agree, I’m sure.) (In Phoenix, they razed an entire orchard to build on the land… then they planted a portion of the orchard back… then they cleared it all out again. Fewer and fewer trees in the city.)

    Don’t get me started on the Clippers. Absurdity.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 5 2014 9:56 pm

      Clearcutting is so archaic. People buy in areas where there are trees. Some realtors insist land owners cut every living thing down so prospective buyers “can see the land.” They always say the buyer can then plant trees where they want them. So then a bare patch sits and sits and erodes. Better get back to that bubbling water zone. (Hey should I put you down for 58 soothing bubbly fountains…no fair you can just go outside…but indoors…oh, you can probably open windows there.) Thanks for la-la-la-ing along


  9. PiedType / May 8 2014 2:10 am

    You know, those developers could get a lot more money for the new homes if said homes came with mature trees on the property …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2014 2:10 pm

      Makes so much sense. But then you have to hire actual architects to design around the tree. The last place we lived was heavily forested when we arrived, but forgetting people came there for trees, the “new” mostly out of state builders came in and the first thing they did was clearcut. Quick money – short sighted. Planned communities that keep trees, forested areas, and small water features sell better and at higher prices.It nearly killed us all to see the little island’s mature oaks destroyed…the land still sits bare and eroding for a couple of years. But so much easier to build apartments instead of lovely homes as originally planned…(CA developer…who has a bare failed development down the road already) Oh, forgot to plug in bubbly fountain this morning…Ahhhh, much better. Enjoy those spring fed streams there! Thanks for splashing down here for a bit


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