Photo courtesy of Walt, who writes:

After seeing the reaction when you dared to print a sweet little picture of the delightful trillium ovatum, walking in the woods this afternoon we saw MY favorite local flower, the slinkpod (Scoliopus Bigelovii). It also is divided into three petals and three sepals and the fruit is divided into three segments. But the slinkpod is pollinated by flies and smells bad (it’s also known as “fetid adder’s tongue.”) It occurred to me if a trillium picture would spawn a storm of Rush-tication, what would the slinkpod do?

Perhaps now is the time to mention Arizona’s proposed law which would give employers the right to fire female employees if they couldn’t not provide evidence that their prescription to birth control was used for non-sexual purposes.

That’s so light-weight. We suggest mandatory chastity belts where (male) bosses hold the key.

  1. Mitch
    March 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I’ve said in the past that nobody is pro-abortion. Arizona proves me wrong. Strangely, the proposed legislation doesn’t appear to address Viagra used for non-procreative sex.

    That’s a spectacular picture, walt, thanks.

    But don’t you know better than to post exposed sexual organs, Heraldo. Your blog may be read by children, Arizona legislators, or santorum afficianados. Don’t want to get any of them all hot and bothered.

  2. March 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Ten points for Mitch for seeing the link between the exposed sexual bits pictured here and the latest trend of sex policing brought to us by Republican hypocrites.

  3. Anonymous
    March 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I watched ‘We Shall Remain’, a PBS American Experience documentary on Netflix last night. The first episode is about the loving Christians who tolerated the savages until the savages had shown then how to survive, even sharing an oath to be brothers, and then began stealing their land and murdering those who wouldn’t accept their loving god. One of the testimonials of a converted savage mentioned the shame he felt by having long hair, which was clearly against the wishes of the Christians’ loving god (the Bible is true because the Bible says its true).

    Christians. Gotta love ’em. No, really, you really gotta love ’em or they’ll kill you. Another murder of an atheist took place in Texas this week. My, the times they aren’t a changin’.

  4. Mitch
    March 15, 2012 at 8:57 am


  5. Plain Jane
    March 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Idaho is ready to approve legislation requiring an ultrasound before an abortion. It’s great how consistent the right is about keeping government in our vajayjays.

  6. High Ball
    March 15, 2012 at 10:49 am

    More class warfare from H & Co. Why are the “poor” and the women of America constantly envious of the wealth of men? God helps them who help themselves, get out and help yourself.

  7. Anonymous
    March 15, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Full frontal slinkpod. Jesus Walt, this is a family blog.

  8. Plain Jane
    March 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Have wild irises (my favorite flower) started blooming yet?

  9. McKinleyvillan
    March 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    thanks for a laugh, and a lovely photo of a beautiful critter! Spring is in the air!

  10. High Finance
    March 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Yes, that picture is strangely alluring …..

  11. tra
    March 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Well, flowers are meant to be alluring… though their target audience, of course, is pollinators.

    The fact that even we humans find most flowers aesthetically appealing is perhaps a reminder that, at some level, maybe we’re really not that different from a bird, or a bat, or even a bee.

  12. Plain Jane
    March 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Have you read Michael Pollan’s “The Botany of Desire,” Tra? As he so eloquently explains, by pleasing humans through beauty, flavor, nutrition and / or psychotropic properties, plants have seduced us into spreading them around the world, even to regions they couldn’t exist without special care and protection.

  13. Mitch
    March 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Yessirree, PJ, nothing more all-American and wholesome than Johnny Appleseed and American Apple Pie.

  14. March 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    What does that have to do with A.A, here in your county anyway?

    Under your nose? AA is B#!@!

  15. tra
    March 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    P.J., Yes, great book. And, sure, following Pollan’s line of reason, there are indeed good evolutionary reasons for us humans to like flowers, even just from a more or less utilitarian food-seeking point of view. Still, I suspect it actually goes deeper than that.

    Mitch, Yes — and as Pollan points out in The Botany of Desire, most of the apple trees planted in colonial and frontier America were all about getting apples for hard cider.

  16. Anonymous
    March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    The Lord sayeth: Do not drink of the vine or use contraceptives.

    The apple and viagra? Eh, go for it!

  17. derchoadus
    March 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I’ll just leave this here:

  18. Plain Jane
    March 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Muchas gracias, Derchoadus.

  19. walt
    March 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    This from NPR:

    And Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner recently put forward legislation that would require men seeking drugs like Viagra to first get a cardiac stress test to ensure their heart is ready for sexual activity. Oh, and they would also have to obtain certification from one of their recent sexual partners that they are indeed experiencing problems with erectile dysfunction. And they would be required to see a sex therapist before getting a prescription.

  20. Luther Burbank
    March 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    viagra = $150

    Scoliopus Bigelovii = priceless

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