New Photos from Trip to Southern Arizona!

My pup and I travelled to familiar places this year, but ventured onto new roads and trails, discovering all sorts of things. New views, new creatures…

While in California we stumbled upon the fantastic Rainbow Basin and Owl Canyon Campground. Managed by BLM, and very beautiful.

rainbow basin colors
First Light Owl Canyon East


While in Arizona we stopped in Bousch, Parker, and of course, spent most of our time in the Ajo area.

Desert Silhouettes And Reflections

Hummingbird And Ocotillo


Please visit my Flickr page for more…

Adoption Event This Weekend: Humane Society of Sonoma County and Subaru

I saw some great dogs, cats and puppies at their facility on highway 12 yesterday. In particular there is a super sweet, quiet, calm, adult border collie, all black, named Rooney. Someone, give him a home!

subaru is paying adoption fees

Find a new furry family member to love at Hansel Subaru this Saturday!

The Humane Society of Sonoma County is partnering with Hansel Subaru for a FREE adoption event at the Hansel Subaru Showroom at 2987 Corby Avenue in Santa Rosa this Saturday, September 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hansel Subaru loves pets, and to show just how much, they are generously covering all adoption costs for all adoptions during this special onsite event. Join us for food, refreshments and free gifts… and lots of pets finding forever homes!
Adopt a pet and watch your whole world change for the better!

I thought this was a democracy !

I’m pretty sure that the leader of this country does need to have transparency as well as some kind of oversight By Congress (which should also be transparent and publicly available) when he has “secret” meetings with others. When it’s an adversarial government such as Putin’s Regime you would think oversight and transparency would be obvious.

Apparently Republicans don’t think this is true.

At least that’s what Senator Lindsey Graham is saying today.

I don’t think I like the Republican  form of democracy, do you?

How freaking stupid do you think we are?


More from the Indivisible Guide …

Explainers | May 9, 2017

The so-called “Financial CHOICE Act,” introduced in April 2017 by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), is a bill currently being considered by the House of Representatives. Although the Act’s sponsors tout it as being focused on financial reform and Wall Street accountability, in reality it eliminates major consumer safeguards created in the wake of the disastrous financial crisis of 2008. The bill would weaken regulatory powers that pre-date the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, and eliminate long-standing rights of shareholders to hold companies accountable for corporate misbehavior.

In essence, the Financial CHOICE Act would:

Destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and obliterate consumer protections as we currently know them, including allowing banks to gouge consumers with debit card fees;
Deregulate the banks and financial institutions whose greed brought on the 2008 financial crisis and resulting economic downturn;
Eliminate opportunities for ordinary shareholders to formally engage with the companies in which they are invested.
House Republicans are hoping to sneak this bill through without Americans knowing. The Financial CHOICE Act allows for risky corporate behavior and practices that benefit Wall Street, and would take away power from regulators that should be able to protect us from corporate greed.


The CFPB was created for a simple reason: we can’t trust Wall Street to put the interests of average American families over financial gain. Following the Great Recession, the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression, Congress created the CFPB to ensure that big banks wouldn’t be able to so easily wreck our economy again. The CFPB is charged with protecting American consumers from the greed and abuses of Wall Street.

Despite what its sponsors may say, the Financial CHOICE Act would destroy the CFPB, making it impossible for the CFPB to act forcefully against unlawful practices in consumer markets. As a result, it would make it easier for predatory lenders, big banks, and other financial companies to rip people off. The CFPB is working to stop tricks and traps that cost billions of dollars a year. The CHOICE Act takes away key tools the CFPB needs to fulfill its mission, including its authority to:

Supervise and bring enforcement actions against big banks;
Prevent unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices;
Enforce against lawbreaking by payday and car title lenders that charge sky-high interest rates;
Maintain a public database of consumer complaints about financial firms.

Unfortunately, the CHOICE Act would tie the hands of bank regulators and make it easier for banks to again take risks that endanger our economy. The bill would repeal the Volcker Rule, which prohibits banks from gambling with customer money; the fiduciary rule which requires retirement investment advisors to act in the best interest of clients; and repeal the Durbin Amendment which would allow big banks to rake in higher fees while doing nothing for community banks that are not covered by the provision. The legislation sharply limits the ability of regulators to ensure that banks are managed in a safe and sound manner, and have adequate funds available to absorb potential losses without turning to the taxpayer for a bailout. It would give Wall Street a slew of new tools to overturn rules and make it harder for regulators to enforce the rules that remain. In short, the bill is a gift to Wall Street wolves that seek to prey on honest citizens trying to make a living.


History has shown us that companies often make decisions in favor of profit over community health and safety: oil spills, slashing employee benefits, sourcing goods made with child or forced labor, and much more. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you own stock in a company through an investment or retirement account, you have a right to engage with that company (and much of corporate good citizenship can be linked to shareholder engagement). The Financial CHOICE Act would require shareholders to own 1 percent of company stock in order to formally engage through the shareholder proposal process. For Fortune 100 companies, this means you would need to own an average of $1.2 billion in stock, with a range of $6 million to $7.7 billion. Without shareholders who care and are willing to do the hard work of engaging with companies, local and international communities would suffer under unchecked corporate greed.


Republican Representatives seem to think it’s acceptable to undermine the safeguards put in place that have stabilized our financial system and protected consumers effectively. We must act quickly to make Congress understand that it is NOT OKAY to charge us more for no reason, put our money at risk, and take away the rights we have as shareholders in a company.

Our MoCs must strongly oppose any plan that destroys the CFPB and steals our rights as shareholders. Specifically, they should oppose:

The Financial CHOICE Act in its entirety
Any bill that would dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Any bill that reduces much-needed regulation on Wall Street and financial firms
Any part of the bill that would undermine the right to file shareholder proposals.

The Financial CHOICE Act would return Wall Street to the power it had before the financial crisis. Will you oppose any bill that dismantles the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?
I am an owner of stock in U.S. publicly-traded companies in my retirement account. Every year, I am allowed to weigh in on the behavior of the companies I own. The Financial CHOICE Act would eliminate the rights of small investors like me. Will you commit to me that you will oppose any change to the Shareholder Proposal Rule?
I am responsible for investing my clients’ money in their best interest. As an ethical investment manager, the Financial CHOICE Act would take away my ability to engage with companies on my behalf of my clients, and their investments could suffer. Will you commit to me that you will oppose any change to the Shareholder Proposal Rule that would take away my ability as a trusted advisor to engage with the companies in my clients’ accounts?
The 2008 financial crisis and the recent Wells Fargo disaster both came from Wall Street greed and lack of regulation. The Financial CHOICE Act would repeal laws like the Volcker Rule and the fiduciary rule which are put in place to protect my assets and our financial system. Will you commit to me that you will oppose deregulation of the financial system?