So-called Patriot Act Renewal Blocked, Thanks to Rand Paul

The Senate blocked reauthorization of the Patriot Act early Saturday, and left for Memorial Day recess without a clear plan to reauthorize the bill before it expires May 31.

Senators rejected both a two-month extension of the bill the National Security Agency uses to justify its bulk collection of phone data, and a reform bill that would make phone companies responsible for keeping the data.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who is running for president, and largely responsible for preventing the Senate from agreeing to even a 24-hour extension of the bill, lauded the delay. “I am proud to have stood up for the Bill of Rights,” he tweeted Saturday. “But our fight is not over.” (RELATED: Rand Paul Filibuster Ends After Nearly 11 Hours)


Way to go Rand Paul!  I Stand with Rand.

Kong the Great Dane

Kong the Great Dane

When we were at the western art show I came across this great dane and his owner. I asked if the dog’s name was Tiny or Little, and I was told his name is Kong. Kong was very friendly. Look at his tail wagging.

Phippen Western Art Show 2015

We went to the Phippen Western Art Show on Saturday. The first photo is a 5 image panorama of the show taken from the steps on the north side of the Yavapai County Courthouse.
Pano of Crowd at the 2015 Phippen Western Art Show

A couple of items that caught my eye were a pair of javelina statues and a sculpture of a peregrine falcon. Very nice pieces, but way out of my budget range :-(
Javelina Statues
Peregrine Falcon Statue


Here are a couple of works being created at the show.

Painting in Progress
Scratchboard Artist at Work


One of the highlights is the  fast draw contest, artists have 1 hour to produce a piece that is sold right there at auction after the contest. Here are some of the contestants at work.
Artist Fast Draw Contest 4
Artist Fast Draw Contest 3
Artist Fast Draw Contest 2
Artist Fast Draw Contest 1

Unusual Weather

Memorial Weekend Clouds over Prescott

5 image panorama of clouds over Prescott, Az on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. We’re having unusually cool, wet weather. This is the first memorial weekend were there are no fire restrictions for campers in the forest in many years.