The gardens are finally starting to take shape, but yesterday's deluge cut work off a little too soon. Between yesterday afternoon and this morning there was a good 3" of rain at my house and I think some of my seeds were washed away. More thunderstorms are on the way this evening and these might have some big winds too. Last night we just got the heavy rain and some house-rattling thunder. Hopefully it will clear up again tomorrow and I can get a look at what needs to be redone. It's been a tough spring for gardening up here.
I have mixed feelings on the Bowe Bergdahl news. It is, of course, good to hear that any American is released from the grip of the Taliban, let alone an American soldier. That's tempered, however, by questions around the circumstances that led to his capture in the first place. There is the strong possibility, I would even call it likelihood, that Bergdahl deserted his fellow soldiers in a combat zone. If that is the case it is a grave offense, one that can be punished with death under the UCMJ. No, I don't want to see Bergdahl get the death penalty, but if he is a deserter he must be held to account. In the name of good order and discipline within the finest military in the world this must not be whitewashed. We will see where the truth leads us, hopefully.
The Twins managed to take their second series in a row against the Evil Empire on their home turf today. Phil Hughes got his sixth win, which also has to have the bonus effect of annoying the heck out of Yankee fans. Hughes is now 6-1 and has dropped his ERA to 3.12 since his very rocky start. Could the Twins actually be fun to watch again? For a below .500 team I mean.
I watched one of the videos that had ultimately led to the police visiting that Santa Barbara shooter a month ago. Had the cops seen it I don't think they would have been so casual with the guy. I don't believe the spin that nothing could have been done. It's true that there's no guarantee it would have stopped the lunatic in the long run, but I'm convinced there's an opportunity to learn something about identifying and intervening ahead of a massacre, or at least some of them. the press seems to be in "Nothing to see here, move along" mode though, so I don't think we will.
Jay Carney has resigned his gig as White House press secretary. As I commented over at PJ Media, my sources tell me he has landed a lucrative contract with a fertilizer plant in Iowa, where his job on the line will be to continuously speak into 50 lb. bags.