Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Laus Deo" -OR- Spatial and Temporal Perturbations

Trees growing the yard of the house at 3937 Huntington St., NW, Washington, D.C., 5:31PM, Sept. 25, 2011. This is the Friendship Heights section of D.C.

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Late lunch / early dinner at the bar of the Cheesecake Factory (Wisconsin Avenue), Washington, D.C., 4:43PM, Sept. 25, 2011.

Unfortunately, K. wasn't feeling well and wasn't there.

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I started this entry last night and it was intended to be a quick update with a longer post tonight. Instead, it is all getting posted into a single entry tonight (now on the 28th).

A scene at Nellie's on the upstairs deck of Saturday night, or rather early Sunday morning around 2AM, Sept. 25, 2011. (Oooza the Unloved showed up the previous night.) 

This image was taken by (straight) D.G., mostly because he was interested in the two lesbians dancing / kissing.

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The secluded-looking house -- cloaked in trees and shrubbery -- at the corner of Ingomar and 42nd Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., 5:27PM, Sept. 25, 2011. This is actually 4121 Ingomar Street, NW.

I walked from Friendship Heights (after going to the Cheesecake Factory for an early dinner, sans K., though) back to Dupont.

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Another one of my stealth cellphone images of attractive guys ...

... a young, softly muscular, dark-haired white fellow (of that sort I always have found so attractive) with his other young, buff, black friend, as seen at the intersection of 16th and U Streets and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 3:43PM, Sept. 25, 2011.

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A rather expensive house with a tri-columned portico* at 3728 Harrison **Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 5:40PM, Sept. 27, 2011.

*Remember the SNL skit about buying columns for your house from a place called "Mike's Marbleopolis" in Lynbrook, Long Island ... "People will say, 'Does the frickin' pope live here??'"

**Yes, there are two three-syllable "H" streets in Upper Northwest DC: Huntington and Harrison. I think the "grid" is based off the Harrison one. 

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OK, here is some other stuff. There really isn't any particular rhyme or reason to it ...

The Washington Monument ...

First, I would like to post this YouTube clip from a Euronews clip featuring surveillance camera footage inside the top observation deck of the Washington Monument during the 5.8 earthquake that struck Washington, D.C., on Aug. 23, 2011 and that I blogged about from my own first hand experience here. (I was in my office building less than 3,000 feet from the Monument. I actually thought it was Mr. Sirius having a tantrum over something.)


There was actually structural damage to it -- for a brief period in the 1880s the world's tallest man made object (until eclipsed by the Eiffel Tower), and even today the world's tallest obelisk and stone structure. Yes, it is the tallest non-transmitter tower structure in the District of Columbia.

This is an image of the Washington Monument I took at 10:24AM on April 23, 2010 -- less than a half hour after my successful interview at my current job. I was very happy as I was walking home. I posted the picture originally in this entry.

In the video, masonry is seen falling and folks (including a frightened NPS ranger) running down a flight of stairs that (as I recall) leads to the elevator level. I would have demanded to take the stairs -- which at one time tourists were able to do (and see all the cool commemorative stone objects inside there that were gifts of governments and organizations). That closed back in the 1970s due to concern over vandalism.

Here an engineer rappels down from the very tip of the Washington Monument (there is a little trap door underneath the very tip top) earlier today (Sept. 27, 2011) looking at the exterior for any exterior damage (like on that 7th row down).

The Monument has been closed since the quake.

Of note, the two red winking navigation lights on each face of the Monument used to have a slow, partial "wink" that was out of phase with each other. But since Feb. 1995 when someone installed a synchronizing switch, all eight flash in jarring unison.

BTW, you can't really see the capstone stone or the aluminum capstone tip atop it (surrounded by lightning rods) in this image.

Here is an image of the aluminum capstone itself with photograph Theodor Horydczak admiring it. I'm not sure when this picture was taken. This picture was probably when the Monument was covered in scaffolding in 1934.

Oh, yes, since everyone gets all spooky-weird about Washington's "secret Masonic layout", the aluminum capstone has inscribed on it on the east side: Laus Deo ("Praise be to God" or "God be Praised").You can read about it on Snopes here. Of note, I have not actually been up the Washington Monument since the summer of 1993 or '94 (with Quill).

It is a pain in the ass to go up it because you need tickets and they tend to sell out early. In short, I'm never down by the Mall on early hours in order to stand in line to get any.

I went up the Washington Monument with my dad on my first-ever trip to Washington, D.C., on a bitterly cold weekend in Dec. 1977 when I had just turned 8 years old. We drove down from New Jersey and made it all the way out to Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah.

Speaking of those ruminations about Masonic layouts of Washington, it involves something about a celestial - based triangle formed (coincidentally) by my blog namesake stars Regulus, Arcturus, as well as Spica and the corresponding positions of the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and  the Washington Monument.

We won't even get into what the 19th Century version of today's Teabaggers -- the Know Nothings -- thought about Papal conspiracies and the Washington Monument. Suffice it to say, it resulted in the monument being a stump for years. 

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TV Viewing (Part 1): Terra Nova


Last night, I watched the intriguing opening of the new Terra Nova series on Fox, but once they passed through a "crack" in the space-time continuum in their "time stream" (parallel dimension) and pop out in 85 million years ago smack in the Cretaceous era -- tropical world, dinosaurs, massive bugs, and all -- it was basically like being in a South American jungle cult-compound commune. (You need a parallel Earth, as it were, because going back into OUR past totally changes it, rendering such time travel totally paradoxical.)

I think the currency at the beginning in an ecologically dying, overcrowded, dystopian and "blandly fascistic" world (see Matt Zoller Seitz's funny Salon piece here) -- set initially on Sept. 26, 2149 -- featured Barack Obama on it. That's funny for a couple of reasons.


Anyway, if you COULD travel back then, it might be preferable to be in the Cenozoic Era, specifically, in its Paleocene or maybe Eocene Epoch, rather than the Cretaceous period.

An Eocene Epoch scene 34 to 56 million years ago.

It was a time of grasslands / savannas and gradual cooling as the continents repositioned themselves and orogenies were underway rather than globe-spanning torrid tropical forests teaming with massive carnivorous dinosaurs and insects the size of Volkswagen cars. 

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TV Viewing (Part 2): Pan Am

Speaking of other debuting TV shows (of the sort I really never watch but did this week) ... 

I also quite enjoyed the first episode of the new Pan Am series, set in the world of 1963 (featuring computer-generated refurbishments of the old Pan Am "Worldport" at then-Idlewild Airport).

It reminds me a touch of my own childhood mid-to-late 1970s trans-Atlantic travels between JFK to Brussels and worlds of my dad/grandparents/New Jersey and mom/Belgium (including the first time in 1976 on Pan American World Airways and later in 1977 and 1979 on likewise-defunct SABENA).

Yes, the world had changed by then but 1976 was "closer" to 1963 than it is to 2011.

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Obama Speaks (and it's Actually Worth Hearing)

I was impressed with Obama's comments on Rick Perry's climate change denialism and the hate mongering of the yowling yahoos in the GOP debate audience -- cheering dying uninsured people and booing gay soldiers in Iraq. Here is the quote:

"Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what's happened to that party, are puzzled by what's happening to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay ... That's not reflective of who we are. This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country..."

Speaking of that state that's on fire ...

Here is an image that has been going around the internets showing smoke across the horizon from the fires burning outside Bastrop, Texas earlier this month (Sept. 2011 but unsure date). Bastrop is located about 30 miles southeast of Austin.

But at least the Teabaggers and their crazy would-be saviors can assure us that there is no climate change. We can all breathe easy now. Idiots.


Oh, by the way, and speaking of Obama and a very different Perry, I liked David Sirota's response to Melissa Harris-Perry's silly bullshit about "liberals not supporting Obama being the most insidious kind of racism." Silly jackass. She should just stick to filling in for Rachel Maddow.

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Sunshine State Trip Preview

Actually, the whole reason I started this entry was to note a slight change in plan regarding my upcoming Florida trip. I'm not going to go into great detail on this topic, though, and I'm (re)posting images from earlier Florida visits.

Evening towering cumulus cloud approaching Flagler Beach, Fla., from the sea, 7:47PM, Sept. 7, 2010.

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As you know, I am set to go down to Daytona Beach to visit him in Flagler Beach on Oct. 4th and stay there until Oct. 8th, at which point I am to take a train from Deland to Deerfield Beach and meet Gary, returning with him on Oct. 12th to D.C. from Ft. Lauderdale.

My dad silhouetted in his former place in Flagler Beach, Fla., 10:40PM, Sept. 4, 2010.

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I have decided instead to get a motel in Ormond Beach and/or Daytona Beach for four nights rather than staying with him (and the in-live girlfriend who is half his age and her 13-year old daughter). I can't handle that. And I can afford the motel. 

My dad walking on the beach with a couple and their dog in the foreground in Flagler Beach, Fla., 6:46PM, Sept. 5, 2010.

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A trailer park in Bunnell, Florida -OR- "The horror, the horror ..."

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I also arranged through Amtrak to take a taxi from Daytona Beach to Deland on the 8th (it only costs $35 plus $5 fuel fee and, I guess, tip).

The surf at Daytona Beach, Fla., 2:39PM, Sept. 7, 2010.

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There was a big argument on the phone between us and he even had her call and leave me a message. Obviously, I didn't take her call or talk to her. Last night, I told him my lodging plans, end of story. He was actually just glad I was still coming down.

Yours truly in the surf at Deerfield Beach, Fla., 12:37PM, Aug. 2, 2009.

Yes, I was gazing off down the beach looking toward a very distant lighthouse (the Hillsboro Inlet one) that I could see during the day (and winking at me at night) on my trip there in August 2009. 

Here is the lighthouse.

Just kidding.

Here is the actual Hillsboro Inlet Light, 2:26PM, Aug. 2, 2009.

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It was initially a nice walk with my dad along the beach (recall we had gone to Key West and stayed in Deerfield Beach before I departed from Fort Lauderdale).

The gurgling, lightly roiled Atlantic Ocean surf of a South Florida summer day between Deerfield Beach and Hillsboro Inlet (Pompano Beach), Florida, 2:01PM, Aug. 2, 2009.

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But it turned kinda hellish on the return walk, as I recounted here. If I walk there this time, it will only be half way to the strange lavender-hued beach house and thence returning on the beach.

Another view of the Hillsboro Inlet Light and the coast guard station grounds where it is located, around 2:30PM, Aug. 2, 2009.

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Anyway, after the Daytona / Ormond / Flagler Beaches part, I will be going to Deerfield Beach to meet Gary for a four day stint and return to D.C. (DCA) via Fort Lauderdale (FLL).

OK, that's all for now. I'm signing off with my next planned update not until this weekend.

--Regulus

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Close Encounters of the Unwanted Kind -OR- Gay Bars on the Edge of Forever

Second update, 11:54PM 5/29/2014: Section and YouTube link removed -- see below.

Updated 8:16AM 9/27/2011 (Tuesday): I didn't get a chance to post a new entry last night. My plan is to do so tonight.

The Milky Way spans the velvety tropical night sky as seen from the lush rain forest of Mangaia (Auau Enua), the southernmost of the Southern Cook Islands in the South Pacific at 21S.

Alpha and Beta Centauri are visible near the center of the image. The "Milky Way" is the collective aggregate of literally billions of stars that form galactic-scale structures (arms and the central bulge) of the Milky Way Galaxy itself. The Galaxy, of note, is a barred spiral rather than "classic" spiral (pinwheel) galaxy consisting of approximately 200 to 400 billion stars.

What we see as the "Milky Way" in the night sky is really a sort of amalgam of several different galactic structures including the:

* Central galactic bulge (or "galactic bar"); 
*The inner Scutum-Centaurus Arm (or Scutum-Crux Arm);
*The lesser Norma Arm; and
* The smaller Carina-Sagittarius Arm located between those arms and our own Orion-Cygnus Arm (also called the Orion or Local Arm). 

The next one beyond ours is the Perseus Arm, of which the Orion-Cygnus may be a spur.

The Terran Solar System (we can call it that even if it shows pro-Earth bias) is actually located in something called the Local Bubble in the Orion-Cygnus Arm.

A schematic diagram of the Local Bubble, which is a cavity in the interstellar medium that has adjoining "Loop Bubbles" and the Local Fluff, with stars labeled including the Sun, Sirius, Procyon, Arcturus, and Regulus.

The stated structure of the Milky Way continues to be refined and updated based on improved observations and understanding.

As for Mangaia, it is believed to be at least 18 million years old, making it the oldest island in the volcanically active Pacific Ocean basin.

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Close Encounters of the Unwanted Kind

**Updated 11:54PM 5/29/2014: Section removed.**

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Rainfall Totals / Weather Update


OK, I'm not going to spend this whole entry talking about that gay avian lot. In fact, I really don't have a whole lot to say in this entry. I would like to note yesterday's highly lop-sided rainfall totals around the region.

I forgot to link to this public information statement issued by Sterling (LWX) on Sept. 14, 2011 giving the regional rainfall totals from Hurricane Irene and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee and talking about how the amounts in the latter event were statistical rare (once in 200 to 1,000 year events, although I'm skeptical about these kinds of claims as they are based strictly on statistical extrapolations that ultimately are based on a set of assumptions).

Anyway, yesterday the following amounts were recorded at the usual three climate stations:

Baltimore/Washington Int'l Airport (BWI): 3.19" (daily record)
Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 0.97"
Washington Dulles Int'l Airport (IAD): 0.36"

My sense is that the BWI amount was too high and, as ever, the DCA amount was too low. This is because the rainfall yesterday featured heavy bands that moved almost due north and I don't think there was that big of a difference between the two.

The IAD amount makes sense because the rainfall cut-off was between Fairfax / Loudoun Counties.

Here is the monthly, since Aug. 1st, and yearly totals so far for the three stations through midnight last night with departures and normals (in parentheses):

DCA
Month-to-date: 8.29" +5.48" (2.81")
Since Aug. 1st: 17.21" +11.47" (5.74")
Year-to-date: 35.59" +6.38" (29.21")

BWI
Month-to-date: 12.76" +9.74" (3.02")
Since Aug. 1st: 23.14" +16.83" (6.31")
Year-to-date: 45.70" +14.83" (30.87")

IAD
Month-to-date: 7.66" +4.66" (3.00")
Since Aug. 1st: 11.40" +3.21" (8.19")
Year-to-date: 33.02" +2.02" (31.00")

Note that BWI has had nearly 2 feet of rain since August 1st and it is already 3.82" above its ANNUAL (full calendar year) 41.88", the new 1981 - 2010 normal.

The DCA annual normal is 39.74" and IAD annual normal is 41.84".

As it is, more intermittent rain showers are in the forecast for tomorrow into Monday. It is also going to remain quite warm and humid with highs around 80F and no sign of actual cool autumn weather.

Oh, it's been a while since we checked in with the Sue Palka-cabra creature.

Are you enjoying this rainy pattern?

ROAR!!

Nope, she's not. She wants her usual drought and heat.

OK, I think that's all for now. I need to go grocery shopping and later this evening, Gary and Damon are coming over before we go to Nellie's. Yes, I'm going there again tonight.

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Frasier and the Star Mitzvah Episode

Before ending, I'd like to post this YouTube clip of the full Frasier episode "Star Mitzvah." For starters, I did not realize just how much has been cut out of the version aired on Hallmark and We TV. Secondly, this episode features Frasier in Boston for his son Frederick's bar mitzvah (his mother, Lilith, is Jewish).

As background to the episode, Frasier does not speak Hebrew but wishes to say a blessing in it at the event.


Frasier's co-worker Noel, an avid Trekkie, has offered to translate the words into Hebrew, but in an act of revenge ("...by the rings of Septarus Five you will pay, Dr. Crane!") -- for Frasier not following through on his promise to get Scott Bakula's autograph at a Star Trek convention* that would allow Noel to complete his autographs of all star ship Enterprise captains from all Star Trek series -- he instead translates it into Klingon.

*Noel cannot go because there is a restraining order that keeps him away from William Shatner.

**Updated 11:54PM 5/29/2014: YouTube link was removed at some indeterminate point because Wall-P is a crummy little tool of America's corporate oligarchy.**

The funny scene in question begins at 14:36. The speech by Frasier starts at 17:21 but it is preceded by Lilith's emotional speech in which she recalls him dancing naked as a baby and reading The Cat in the Hat to him, all of which embarrasses Frederick enormously. Oh, and the blinding camera flash is from Martin Crane's Soviet-era 15-pound camera.

Start watching it at 13:10.

This is when Noel discovers Frasier got him a wonderful gift: the wig that Joan Collins wore in (my own personal favorite) Star Trek Original Series episode:

City on the Edge of Forever.

And with that, I really will end this entry. My next planned update will be on Monday night.

--Regulus

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Some Economic & Political Analyses -OR- Not the Best of All Possible Worlds ...

Sunset over the CSX/VRE/Amtrak train line in Southwest Washington, D.C., at the start of my walk home from work (where I stayed late) on Tuesday, 6:45PM, Sept. 20, 2011.  

This train line runs on a complicated underground path from Union Station and around the U.S. Capitol Building and above ground through L'Enfant Plaza in and over the rail bridge that parallels the various spans of the 14th Street Bridge. 

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I actually wrote most of this entry on Wednesday night but did not post it until tonight (Thursday).

Tropical plants growing in the Enid Haupt Garden of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 6:52PM, Sept. 20, 2011.

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This entry features some political commentary and related images, both satirical and informational, though I am also posting a few pictures that I took in the past several days.

The Smithsonian Castle at sunset as seen from the Enid Haupt Garden, Washington, D.C., 6:54PM, Sept. 20, 2011.

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In particular, I would like to post some images and content from the great Paul Krugman's New York Times blog. Again, his blog is one he updates regularly (sometimes several times a day) and is distinct from his regular twice weekly print edition op-eds, which are also available online. The most recent one is here.

The Washington Monument silhouetted on a gentle dusky-evening sky as seen from the National Mall with a series of tents for some upcoming festival or other, 6:56PM, Sept. 20, 2011.

My walk home from work when I do it takes me from Southwest to Northwest D.C. across the National Mall.

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This image describing the effects of ongoing Federal austerity and how Obama's proposal would affect the U.S. economic situation. Paul Krugman blogged about it here.

In short, this graph -- made by no less than the Goldman Sachs multi-trillion crooks -- shows the different impacts of the Obama proposal from nothing to full effect. In short, it is small but not negligible.

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Now here is an image showing the distributional effects of taxes -- BOTH income and payroll -- on different income groups arranged by percentiles. Once again, it puts to the lie all the usual GOP / Beltway pundit bullshit.


The table comes from a new Tax Policy Center report that Paul Krugman described in a blog entry:

"Here's how to read this: 40 percent of taxpayers with incomes between 30K and 40K pay more than 12.9 percent of their income in income and payroll taxes; meanwhile, 25 percent of people with incomes over $1M pay less than 12.6 percent of their income in these taxes. This suggests that there are a lot of very-high-income guys paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries."


"And that doesn't even take into account state and local taxes, which are quite regressive.

"Taken as a whole, the US tax system is probably somewhat progressive — but not as much as you might think, especially at the upper end, and very erratically. There are a lot of rich people basically free-riding on the system."

This political image has additional personal meaning to me: It's a metaphor as well for Mr. Sirius & his Evil Gay Mafia versus me.

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Click on image for larger version.

I've come to the conclusion that Ron Paul -- though lauded for his ideological consistency and integrity, as well as his commitment to civil liberties -- is nonetheless a silly loon whose bullshit Ayn Rand libertarian claptrap philosophy basically makes him a dangerous tool for Koch Brothers type corporate oligarchical intrigue that would quickly lead to fascism and death for the working class.

It also dawned on me today -- while reading this piece about his subsequent "let them eat cake shit" attitude towards a deceased former senior aid of his died with $400,000 in medical bills owing to a "pre-existing condition" that "rationed" him out of America's health care system atrocity -- that this little troll is a modern day Dr. Pangloss from Voltaire's CandideHe sees this and views it as morally good.

Paul is the little Dr. Pangloss who runs around apologizing and excusing every bit brutality committed by our system, and in America -- with its ignorant Know Nothing and adolescent libertarian traditions -- this philosophy makes sense.

And, of course, his spawn -- Rand Paul -- is the natural next step in this kooks' philosophy.

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Here is an excerpt of a funny column by Salon's David Sirota on the impending 2012 presidential campaign season:

"Given that we're a little more than a year away from another election circus, it's no surprise that the now-traditional festivities of the modern electoral grotesquerie have begun in earnest. It always unfolds this way: Toward the middle of an odd-numbered year, you start feeling that rumble of the distant train creaking into town.

"Soon after, the familiar bustle returns: the professional polling prognosticators doing their best fortune teller impressions; the carnies in the political operative class busily setting up their tent-pole campaign headquarters; the drooling campaign reporters" -- ha ha -- "hollering at the boisterous pack of freakshow-caliber candidates; and the wing-tipped emcees in the White House beckoning passersby" -- ha ha --  "with bold-but-patently-absurd promises of great things yet to come (all for the price of a campaign contribution, of course)."

Full column here.

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The very orange-yellow hued interior of the Au Bon Pain at 1100 13th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 7:30PM, Sept. 20, 2011. 

Actually, my (cheap) cellphone camera sort of exaggerated the colors a bit. I stopped in here on my walk home from work in order to get a bit to eat before stopping at Club Nine for a double drink (it's a 2-for-1 happy hour).

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I shall conclude this entry by posting an extended excerpt of Michael Lind's most recent Salon column about President Obama showing hints of true progressiveness interspersed with some pictures I took last week on Sept. 12th while walking along the Mt. Vernon bike trail and through National Airport (minus some descriptions -- click on images for those) as part of my walk back from Old Town Alexandria.

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Trees along the Mount Vernon bike trail near where the main path intersects a spur, Alexandria, Va., 4:20PM, Sept. 12, 2011.

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Excerpts:

"During the Congress of Vienna in 1815, Austria's Prince von Metternich, when told that the Russian ambassador had died, is said to have replied, 'What can have been his motive?' American progressives are responding with similar suspicion to President Obama’s newly announced long-term deficit plan, following quickly on his proposed $447 billion jobs program.


"Their suspicion is understandable... The skeptics may be right that the big plans that Obama has unrolled in recent weeks are election year propaganda. Certainly they have no chance of passing a Congress divided among Democrats, many of them more conservative than the president, and a House controlled by Republicans determined to paralyze the federal government until they can control it again.


"Let it be stipulated that Obama’s plans are tactical exercises intended to define him against his Republican adversary in the 2012 election. Whatever its motives, that redefinition should be welcomed by Americans in the New Deal liberal tradition..."

"...The president has provided a clear alternative to the conservative program for the U.S. economy with his proposals for a short-term Keynesian stimulus plan and long-term tax increases on the rich, together with his rejection, at least for the time being, of cuts to Social Security.


"If Obama sticks to this script, then American voters next year will have a choice between two distinct visions of political economy -- one in the line of descent from Franklin Roosevelt and John Maynard Keynes, and another in the tradition that seeks the rolling repeal of the New Deal while cutting taxes even further on the wealthy. If Obama stays on message, then nobody will be able to say, in the words of George Wallace, 'there ain't a dime's worth of difference' between the two national parties..."

Full Michael Lind column here.

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Yours Truly in the Enid Haupt Garden of the Smithsonian at the start of one of my once-every-few-weeks walks home from work (and stop at Club Nine bar for a drink), Washington, D.C., 6:53PM, Sept. 20, 2011.

I'm a funny looking person.

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As noted, it is Thursday night. I will post this interminable entry soon. I've been busy at work dealing with compliance cases. I get to talk and send emails to contractors, company sales reps, engineers, and even school and town officials up to mayors (!) (of small towns in the Great Plains). It's quite interesting (and nice to have my calls / e-mails taken seriously).

The 2000 block of 15th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., at cloudy humid dusk, 7:04PM, Sept. 21, 2011.

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That's about all for now. Oh, yes, the autumnal equinox officially occurs tomorrow at 0904UTC or 504AM EDT. But the weather has been insufferably humid and warmish all week with air temps reaching 77F to 80F for highs with dew points stuck around 69F / 70F.

We are actually under a flash flood watch across the D.C./Baltimore area and a rainy weather spell is in the forecast.

Here is the NWS Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) map website showing current weather advisories effective 8:24PM EDT Sept. 22, 2011.

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The NWS forecast panel for NW Washington, D.C., valid Sept. 22 - 26, 2011. The 18Z 22 Sept 2011 GFS's 72-hour cumulative precipitation fis 2.5 to 4 inches of precipitation area-wide.

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OK, that really is all for now. My next planned update will be on Sunday or Monday. I'm planning to have a quiet weekend. I don't really have any plans except to see K. and my usual gang (Kristof, Gary, and Jamie). I'll like go to Nellie's and LL. I doubt I'll sneak over to 17th Street, again, although I quite enjoyed giving that metaphorical (if not actual) middle finger to that evil gay mafia.

--Regulus