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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Tuesday, 8:30 AM.  32 degrees, wind WSW, calm.  The barometer is trending down at 29.52 in., and the humidity is 95%.  It was a soupy morning, the fog just now lifted enough to reveal Madeline Island.  the roads and walks are a veritable "sheet of ice, " and few folks are out and about.  Tina Nelson was walking her little miniature husky Shasha, but was creeping along the crusty edges of the road.  I ventured as far as the end of the driveway to say hello, and I let Buddy skitter up and down the icy road until even he got tired of overshooting his mark and crashing into embankments and flipping onto his backside.  As for myself, I have no desire to suffer another broken ankle or egged head.
    Another below zero cold snap is predicted to hit Bayfield and environs on Thursday, and I sure hope the city crews plow the heavy slush off the roads before then, or we will be negotiating frozen lumps, bumps and ridges of ice.  I do not approve of the heavy use of road salt, but these condition will have to be dealt with or the body shops will be very busy.
    Senator Feinstein is introducing radical new legislation restricting firearms, the details of which I won’t bother to debate here because of the improbability of its passage, even in the Democratically controlled Senate.  But I will point out one provision which highlights the cynicism not only of such legislation but of the Senator herself:  the bill specifically exempts public officials (that includes Senator Feinstein) from the restrictions of the bill.  Senator Feinstein can carry any one of the dozens of banned automatic pistols in her purse, or keep it in her home to protect herself.  You can’t. 

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