If only they were trees or something

Sunsets are supposed to be beautiful, colorful — and, you know, natural, right?

But I liked this view I saw last night, when I was walking across the Dominion right-of-way that runs through Quail Hollow — can you imagine a less romantic setting than that” — and saw the symmetrical pattern the huge concrete electrical towers formed against the setting sun.

Sorry they’re not trees or something inherently, traditionally beautiful. But I kind of liked the pattern…

4 thoughts on “If only they were trees or something

  1. Leon

    This is one of my two pet peeves with the electric company. They string power lines all over the place. Lexington-West Columbia are inundated with towers and lines. Secondly, for the power lines already up, they hire tree trimming companies to trim haphazardly any tree limbs within 30 or so feet of the lines. Many times I drive down roads and imagine what the scenery would be like without the poles, towers, and power lines there. Believe me it would be a definite improvement. It is inconceivable to me that the power companies deliver electricity to its customers in the 21st century basically the same way they did in the 19th century. Seems like we could have figured a better way to do it by now.

  2. Barry


    The Supreme Court has concluded the (fake) investigation into itself (and they say they are worried that they have lost credibility- LOL)

    The last surprising news possible is released – they were unable to determine who leaked the recent abortion decision. Shocked I tell ya- just shocked.

    Employees and aides at the court had to sign sworn statements during the investigation, with many turning over their own phones for review. The Justices did not have to sign affidavits and were simply asked the most basic of questions. No follow up was conducted to determine if their answers could be verified.

    In TOTALLY unrelated news, a former close confidant of Justice Alito’s recently said that he was tipped off to the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision, before it was released, as he dined at Alito’s home with Alito and his wife.

    “Years before the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, a landmark contraception ruling was disclosed, according to a minister who led a secretive effort to influence justices.”

    “In a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and in interviews with The New York Times, the Rev. Rob Schenck said he was told the outcome of the 2014 case weeks before it was announced. He used that information to prepare a public relations push, records show, and he said that at the last minute he tipped off the president of Hobby Lobby, the craft store chain owned by Christian evangelicals that was the winning party in the case.

    Both court decisions were triumphs for conservatives and the religious right.”


    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      I’m not following your reasoning here, Barry. I don’t get the “shocked” sarcasm.

      But I’m not much of a conspiracy guy.

      I get that you think it was somehow advantageous to the majority in the case to leak it. I’m not seeing that. Seems to me they’d be the ones most ticked off about it. But it’s possible. I tried to construct such a theory back when this happened, but my explanation wasn’t nearly as convincing as the many reasons someone from the other side may have done it. Maybe you can explain it to me…

      In any case, it shouldn’t matter what the motivation was (except that, of course, ANY political motivation would have been worse than some other kind). It was a very wrong thing to do.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        NOT being a conspiracy guy, I would assume the following until I see evidence to the contrary: The justices — or MOST of the justices, since I have to remind myself that it’s always possible that a justice was the leak — were royally ticked off, and eager to find the guilty party and hang that party’s hide on the wall.

        But they didn’t, and were frustrated…

        Maybe not. But that seems most likely. I certainly would have been on the warpath, regardless of my view about the case…


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