Texas barn owls, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Texas Barn Owls Highlights 2014

7 October 2014

Over six months viewers followed a family of Barn Owls in Italy, Texas. Five eggs were laid and hatched in May. Unfortunately the two youngest owlets passed away, most likely due to starvation, however the strongly bonded Barn Owl parents raised 3 healthy owlets. All three juveniles left the nest box July 14, but continued to return to roost in the box during the day until the end of August. The parents throughout September and October are roosting in the box over night and continue to bond.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology would like to thank the many people involved in watching, tweeting to @texasbarnowls and helping to protect these enchanting birds. Without the devotion of a community of dedicated people we would not be able to show these birds to the world.

A special thank you to everyone who donated to keep the cams running, your support means everything to us.

Thanks for watching, see you in 2015.

For more highlights and news check out here.

Country musician Willie Nelson’s new album


This music video from the USA is called Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth? Willie Nelson.

By Hiram Lee in the USA:

Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers: A songwriter returns

2 September 2014

Veteran country music artist Willie Nelson is now 81 years old. Approaching the sixth decade of his career, he continues to record and perform at an impressive pace. A talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, it is hard to think of another performer in the genre as well liked as he.

Nelson has been making music professionally since 1956. While he found little success as a recording artist in those first several years, he was able to establish himself quickly as a songwriter of note. Some of his early compositions have become standards recorded by large numbers of country, jazz and blues musicians. Nelson wrote “Crazy,” made famous in a legendary recording by Patsy Cline, and “Night Life,” which Ray Price recorded. “Hello Walls” became a hit for Faron Young and “Funny How Time Slips Away” was recorded by Billy Walker.

Like most country music performers, the Texas-born Nelson’s career eventually became centered in Nashville. But Nelson never quite fit in there. He grew frustrated with the constraints of the Nashville entertainment industry and moved back to Texas in the early 1970s. …

In more recent years, an even larger majority of Nelson’s recorded output has consisted of songs by other composers. His latest album, Band of Brothers, however, marks a return to songwriting. Not since his 1996 release Spirit has a Willie Nelson album featured this many new compositions.

Band of Brothers is an interesting and entertaining album. Nelson’s unique, nasal singing voice has begun to weaken somewhat, but his loose—even casual—sense of rhythm remains. His lyrics fall into the music like clothes tossed onto a bed, but they fit him well in the end. …

This music video from the USA is called Willie Nelson/ The Git Go – New Album “Band Of Brothers”.

While Band of Brothers may represent Nelson’s return as a songwriter, some of the strongest songs are still those written by other composers. Perhaps the best verse on the album belongs to veteran songwriter Billy Joe Shaver and his song “The Git Go.” In a duet with Jamey Johnson, Nelson sings Shaver’s angry words:

Money breeds war as long as there’s a man alive/Rich kids go to college and the poor kids fight/And high rollers crap out every time/Roll up soldiers’ bones like loaded dice/War is a beast that makes every mother cry.

One is reminded that when popular country music stars, including Toby Keith and Darryl Worley, wrote openly pro-war songs like “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” and “Have You Forgotten?” during preparations for the Iraq war in 2003, Willie Nelson responded with the anti-war song “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth?” in which he asked the questions: “How much oil is one human life worth?” and “How much is a liar’s word worth?”

Texas homophobia bigwig’s wife left him for another woman


This video is about Germany in the 1930s and 1940s called Nazi Holocaust – The Forgotten Gay Victims.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Wife of anti-gay group president left him – for another woman

Posted 7 hours ago by Dina Rickman

Meet Jonathan Saenz, devout Catholic and president of American anti-gay group Texas Values.

Under Mr Saenz’s leadership Texas Values has led the fight against equal marriage, while Mr Saenz has suggested gay marriage will lead to people marrying their stepchildren and polygamy. He has also supported gay conversion therapy and suggested LGBT activists want to put Christians in concentration camps.

I have no idea on what Mr Saenz bases this assertion.

I do know about a proposal by a religious Rightist comparable to Mr Saenz to put LGBTQ people in concentration camps; like happeened in Hitler’s Third Reich..

Saenz (no surprise) is a favourite of Fox News, part of the Rupert Murdoch empire.

Now reports have emerged that months before he started the role in early 2012, his wife left him for another women.

According to court records cited by Lone Star Q, Mr Saenz’s ex-wife Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz filed from divorce in August 2011. She is said to still be dating Ercilia Paredes, the woman she left him for. The pair share custody of their three children, all of whom are under the age of 10.

Mr Saenz and his attorney did not respond to requests to comment to Lone Star Q. As yet Mr Saenz has not commented publicly on the reports.

MEET THE FIRST ACTIVE GAY DIVISION ONE FOOTBALL PLAYER “Arizona State football player Edward ‘Chip’ Sarafin has publicly come out as gay. The redshirt senior made his announcement in an interview with Compete magazine. The 6’6″, 320-pound backup offensive lineman is believed to be the first active college football player at a Division I program to publicly come out as gay, according to Outsports.” [HuffPost]

Purple martins in Texas, USA


This video is called Purple Martins at Highland Mall, Austin, Texas 2012.

From Associated Press:

Thousands of birds nest near abandoned Austin mall

Published: July 25, 2014 10:12 AM

AUSTIN, Texas – — Outside an abandoned Austin shopping mall is a little-known visual phenomenon to rival the bat flights from the downtown Congress Avenue bridge.

Six oak trees stand in a bank parking lot on the north side of Highland Mall. For decades, every July, birds called purple martins have flocked to the trees by the thousands to roost for the night. And the spectacle draws dozens of bird-watchers each night.

The birds, which are the largest North American swallow breed, migrate to the spot in July and August as they head north from Brazil to breed. The Purple Martin Conservation Association says flocks have shown up on National Weather Service radar.

The Travis Audubon Society holds watching parties from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday and Saturday evening in July.