Thursday, April 16, 2015

twisting trees, groping agents, loafing youths, and a butt crack!

Remember those weird trees we were wondering about?  Last weekend?  I found it a weird twist of coinky dink to come across a local news story about just those things!

Anyway, it seems that they are Ute Prayer trees...or medicine trees, or message trees, or burial trees...They were intentionally distorted by Ute Indians many years ago.  They even have initials!  CMT = culturally modified tree.  A former local sheriff researched them and wrote a book that is due to be released soon, hence the news story.

Isn't that cool?!

Not the twisted trees, I mean the fact that we were all, "What the heck's going on with those trees?", and then there's this news story about them!

Okay, I guess the trees are a bit cooler.

In other area news...

I have not traveled by air in a long time.  No, that's not particularly newsworthy, but it's just that I haven't had to deal with TSA in quite some time.

And it turns out that a couple of Denver TSA agents were getting a little too frisky.  A couple of screeners conspired to trigger "necessary" pat-downs on select passengers they found attractive.  Much groping ensued.  The freaking pervs!!

Another screener noticed what they were doing and blew the whistle.  Kudos to the whistle blower, I say!  An investigation caught the screeners in the act, and they were fired, but authorities were unable to press charges since none of the victims had complained.

Until now.  Once the story broke, a bunch of victims have come forward.  *evil grin*


Last week, we had a general election.  Mayor and a few city council seats.  All of my choices lost.  Or maybe I should say, none of my choices won?  Anyway, I'm a loser, but the bigger story to come out of the election was the dismal turnout - only about 30% of registered voters cast their ballots.  Most of those were people over 40.  "Where were the young people!?" the sore losers want to know.

Apparently the young contingent didn't care enough to vote.  I suppose if they don't care, then they shouldn't vote, so it all works out?  Besides, they're busy doing other things like playing the newly released Grand Theft Auto V and Mortal Combat X!

But hey, the young people in Germany care about how things are run!  Okay, they're quite far from my neck of the woods, but it ties in with that local election story, so there.

Did you hear about the 21-year-old protester who attacked the European Central Bank president during a press conference!  No one was hurt (physically), and the photos are a hoot, complete with plumber butt thong action!

Why am I blogging all this?  Because Mama Kat said to, and I couldn't pick that butt crack just one.  

For Mama Kat's prompt:
5. Tell us about a local news story that’s all the buzz right now 



ShadowRun300 said...

Coinky dink indeed! Thanks for sharing the reason behind the cool lookin' trees.
I heard about the TSA groping, but not about the protester. Love the action shot!
And isn't it sad, and kinda scary, that voter turnout is so low. I've heard talk of making it mandatory, but that kinda scares me too. Do we really want people to just check boxes because they have to?

Abby said...

No, I don't like the idea of mandatory voting either. It's strange, many young adults like to protest and hold signs and take selfies and get in the news, but don't vote?

terri said...

Very cool discovery about the trees! I wonder if you'd have stopped to notice the news story if you hadn't been out hiking around recently. Are you going to read the book?

Shame on those TSA agents. Guess they got what they had coming!

The photo of the protester is priceless! I'm guessing she'll get more recognition for her thong butt than for the issues she was fighting for.

Riot Kitty said...

Sorry but the thong protest pic is fucking hilarious!

Mama Kat said...

Oh my gosh that action show of that gal in full attack mode is something else. I wonder if she feels proud of herself. What a looney! And those trees are definitely missed your calling to be a breaking news journalist. You're on it!

agg79 said...

Yea, it is kinda sad how few people can make the choices that affect the entire group. That is the way it is more often that not - people get complacent/lazy. Cannot be bothered to go out to vote in some local, municipal election and then they are surprised with the outcome. Funny picture of the protest. Sometimes you gotta jump on top of the table and show your stuff to get your point across.