For a while, windmills ad nauseum could have been my motto. Then I backed off for a while. They’re still one of my favorite distinctive features of the North Dakota landscape, far better than oil field equipment. This one has seen better days, but I think that adds to its charm. The overcast day captured the mood nicely.
According to this report, Bismarck has received a failing grade from a deceptively named activist group called the Human Rights Campaign. They’re not actually for human rights; they just promote sexual deviancy in the guise of “equality”. The last thing they want is equality; they only seek special privilege for the sexually disoriented.
According to the Tribune article, the homofascists are upset with Bismarck “due to a lack of LGBT-specific benefits” (where is the equality in that?) and other concessions that grant special status to people based on their choice of sexual behavior. Sounds legit.
Kudos to Mayor Mike Seminary for pointing out that Bismarck isn’t on a witch-hunt against homosexuals simply because they don’t want to grant them special status. He’s quoted as saying “We are a very open employer, we don’t discriminate in any way shape or form…We put no barriers in front of anyone that wants to be engaged with the city.” Exactly. These people want their lifestyle choice codified and granted status above that of the average citizen. They must not be accommodated (to use their word).
The most chilling sentence in the piece betrays the true intent of this ranking system by the homofascists: A Human Rights Campaign statement called the annual report “a terrific tool” to spur cities into taking civil rights action.
This extortion attempt must not be allowed to succeed. The list of travesties everywhere these people are allowed to establish themselves grows longer every day: photographers and bakers sued out of existence, religious liberties trampled upon, and the rights of private citizens obliterated in “defense” of sexual deviancy and gender-related disorders. Bismarck must not become the latest casualty of these bullies.
Have you run into that annoying notification from the Bismarck Tribune or other affiliated newspapers’ websites saying that you’ve viewed your quote of free articles for the month? This is only the latest attempt by the publishers to monetize content that other sites give for free. They do so by putting “cookies” on your computer to track your use without asking you for permission. It’s simple to deny them this intrusion.
Here are directions for doing so in the Firefox browser. Yes, I know Mozilla supports homofascism, but what can ya do. Boycott locally, I always say. If one decides to boycott every national business who hasn’t either caved in to or embraced the queer agenda, one will be hard pressed to purchase anything these days. Anyway…
First, go to your Options (under the Tools menu) and select the Privacy tab as shown above. You need to select “Use custom settings for history”. That will change what appears below it, giving you options as far as how cookies are treated by the browser.
Then you’ll want to click on “Show Cookies…” to show which cookies the websites are storing on your computer without your permission. After all, that’s what this is all about.
In the Search box at the top, type in “syncwall” to reveal the offending cookies. Highlight the cookies in the list, then click “Remove Cookies” at the bottom. Close this window. Next, we’ll prevent those unauthorized cookies from being stored on your computer in the future:
In the “Address or website:” box, type in “bismarcktribune.com” or whatever other site has been putting syncwall cookies on your machine, and click “Block”. As you can see above, I already have. This will prevent future unauthorized tracking cookies from being placed on your computer without your permission.
That’s it! You have now prevented sites using Syncwall from putting unauthorized content on your machine. That is, at least until they come up with another scheme. I wonder how this will work out for them. In the past they’ve played around with restricting content to paid subscribers, and it hasn’t worked well for them. There are multiple news sources on the web providing similar content for free, so I doubt that viewers are likely to want to pay for it from the newspapers.
I mentioned a while ago that I was able to play with my new macro lens and grab some close-ups of the various decorations adorning North Dakota’s 125th birthday cake. Here are a few…and by a few, I mean many.
If I’d gotten the focus right here, you’d think that Dickinson was known more for the Dinosaur Museum than for I-94. In the low light I had to use a wide aperture, making the depth of field very shallow. Excuses, excuses…
Not much in southwestern North Dakota. I’d have put a police car with a mannikin in it to celebrate Amadon, at least…but instead we head east toward Standing Rock and a hunting scene. My friend Nathan just got a big buck like this one.
There were a couple of other fittings on the cake, such as some tractors and nods to the Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota Wheat Commission. It was a really cool tour around the state, and I made sure to get a slice of Slope County, where the cake is thickest. See, it helps to know a little bit about my home state of North Dakota!
We hit the road this week to take my little boy to a specialist. My medical stuff is nearing an end, same with my wife, and now we’ve got some other issues to deal with. Along the way I did manage to take out my camera a couple of times this week, and this was one of ‘em.
I love a good prairie pun, don’t you?
Yesterday was a day of milestones, one of which was the 32,000th photo through one of my cameras. I captured it with my new macro lens, and the subject was the North Dakota state capitol. Well, it was actually a facsimile there of, as I’m sure you can see.
This was part of the state’s birthday cake, as yesterday marked the 125th anniversary of North Dakota’s statehood. I’ll have more on this cake at another time, featuring many of the unique decorations from around the state. Yes, I did get a chance to eat a chunk of Stark County late in the day.