I discover neck gaiters

My last remaining cold weather problem is solved.  Keeping my neck and face warm in autumn/winter cold wind…without steaming up my sunglasses at the same time.  I bought my first neck gaiter.  It was obvious it would work to keep my neck comfy.  Piled up in layers like a broad lightweight scarf, that was predictable.  But, when I headed out for my first fence-line laps, this morning, I was looking forward to pulling it up over my nose – right up to my sunglasses – to block a 10mph wind straight out of the North.

Everything I’ve tried previously either gave little protection or was so impermeable my breath would steam up my sunglasses.  This morning?  SUCCESS!  The gaiter was easily breathable while doing a good job of deflecting that wind.  The only hint of glasses steaming was on the portion of my walk along the bosque with my back to the wind.  Even then, it was a shadow of the fogging problems I had wearing a surgical mask as windbreak.

I’m happy as an Ipswich clam.  Knowing me, I’ll enjoy the same vanity I have with my four pairs of sunglasses.  I have two of these gaiters, now.  One patterned, one plain.  I’ll be ordering more.  These are Naturwool 100% merino wool ordered via Amazon.  Affordable and comfy.  A very fine knit fabric and lightweight enough to be unnoticeable against my ancient skin.

Sotomayor warns of danger to Supreme Court legitimacy


Erin Schaff/New York Times

Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioned whether the legitimacy of the Supreme Court would endure if it overturned abortion rights during a landmark hearing on a Mississippi law restricting the procedure.

Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts?” Sotomayor said during oral arguments Wednesday morning. “I don’t see how it is possible.”

Sotomayor said that state legislatures are moving forward with abortion restrictions “because we have new justices,” referring to the three appointees by former President Donald Trump — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Those appointments have shifted the balance of the court to 6-3 in favor of conservatives. Sotomayor was appointed by Barack Obama in 2009.

“If people actually believe that it’s all political, how will we survive?” Sotomayor continued, arguing that any right, including the Second Amendment, could be in danger if the court’s legitimacy is undermined. “How will the court survive?”

RTFA for the detailed argument against the Republican Party’s flunkies on the Supreme Court.

I’m just taking a few lines to remind men reading this post that the original law governing NO rights for women to have abortions also stood as interpreted to mean that men had no right to have a vasectomy. I broke that law when I had my vasectomy and was liable for arrest and charges until Roe vs Wade threw out all aspects of that archaic religious crap.

Which is why I still send a few buck$ every month to Planned Parenthood. They fought just as hard for men’s rights as everyone else leading up to Roe vs Wade.