I'm tired and not feeling much like updating this blog.
I had a complicated day. I still remain basically unemployed but I finished an assignment for my contracting job even as I finally managed to have that long-delayed meeting with a former head of INPO. For someone such as me, that's kind of a big deal.
The teleconference was actually in a room at the City Club of Washington in the ornate Columbia Square building next to the Warner Theatre. It was there for a complicated reason -- and it did not off that smoothly with a full 20 minutes wasted because of technical problems that had nothing but nothing to do with me. Nevertheless, it made me look really stupid and inept.
Here is a chandelier in the room where we were sitting during the call.
My main "former" boss was there, as was one of the two company heads. That other person really likes me and has been throwing work my way while my main "former" boss -- I refer to her this way since I'm not working there anymore but rather only on a contractual basis -- really doesn't seem to want to have much to do with me. Perhaps that shouldn't be a surprise.
It was weird to go from totally unemployed back to formally attired in a posh setting only for an hour, just to go right back the other way.
Oh, yes, thank you Chris T. for making those copies of the questions for me.
I walked home -- during which I took some pictures with my crummy cellphone camera such as the one directly above by Logan Circle -- and discovered that I had an email from a recruiter working for a major consulting company for which I would really like to work. I answered her questions by email. We'll see what happens next.
As for this blog, my readership has fallen just to near zero.
California Supreme Whores Punt, Fail 6-1 on Basic Human Rights Issue
As for the 6-1 California Supreme Court decision upholding Proposition 8 even while upholding the 18,000 marriages that occurred before its passage ...
I realize that some of the legal cognoscenti think the ruling is just fine* since it totally sidesteps the issue -- leaving it to plebiscite while reaffirming the right of Californians to "amend" (rather than to "revise") their state Constitution in a sort of easily abused hyper-democracy.
*This also applies to those fearful libs who are glad this happened -- just like they're glad when Dems lose elections -- because it means things will go all the better next time, or in the defeat, our side won't suffer the wrath of the other mobilized other side.
The Court's reasoning seems quite problematic since this robbing people of a basic civil right -- which is how I view it -- seems quite a revision indeed. Specifically, the basic civil rights of citizens ... humans ... any sentient life form, for that matter ... is decided by frickin' plebiscite with the decision left up to the dumb, duped, and ignorant electorate ...
... in this particular case, poor urban blacks from South central L.A., such as the Watts Ghetto Zion AME Baptist Church of the Tabernacle, and super-rich, super-white, super-wacky Utah Mormons.
That would be the same Church of Latter Day Nonsense that didn't even think African - raced people could be redeemed until 1978.
I was going to make some jokes about golden plates, the "prophet" Moroni, and sacred underpants, but I don't even feel like it now. What's the point. Any anti - Mormon jokes will just encourage their ultra annoying martyrdom complex that is characteristic of ultra religious people everywhere.
For a more reasoned critique, this HuffPo column is good.
More generally, I think California's hyper-democracy has been badly abused by the forces of reactionary intrigue. I wonder how many propositions will be on the ballot next time around in California? 543? 544? The State is incapable of governing itself for a variety of reasons, as Paul Krugman pointed out in his most recent NY Times column.
As for the U.S. Supreme Court and Pres. Obama's pick of Federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Justice David Souter, well, the Deranged GOP Deathstar and Shrieking Media Whore Machine have both kicked into high gear. Already Rush the Pigboy is bouncing up and down about "failure" and anal something or other.
This could very well be dreadful -- with Obama and the Dems caving and collapsing no matter how much power they actually have.
If this goes badly for Obama, expect that ubiquitous TV bitch Anderson Cooper to blather 24/7 about why Repubs "have found their issue" or something like that.
Phil's sister's dog, Esau, May 23, 2009; Esau, you baby doll, you're so good -- and there you are with that big winter coat on a very warm, humid May afternoon.
Rainfall update ...
We had a deluge of rain last night around the D.C. area with 1.5 to 3.5+ inches falling. All three airports had daily rainfall records:
1.65" at DCA
2.29" at BWI
3.59" at IAD
The following month to date and year to date figures were updated through midnight Wednesday (i.e. 1159PM Tuesday, May 26, 2009):
Month to date: 6.95" +3.73" (normal 3.22")
Year to date: 16.17" +0.74" (normal 15.43")
Month to date: 7.10" +3.84" (normal 3.26")
Year to date: 17.96" +1.28" (normal 16.68")
Month to date: 8.35" +4.58" (normal 3.52")
Year to date: 17.86" +1.75" (normal 16.11")
All three regional airports are now in surplus for the year, although they are each below to well below last year at this point (-1.82" at BWI, -3.58" at IAD, and -6.30" at DCA).
Noteworthy Info on Dulles Precipitation:
Dulles (IAD) received 3.59", the most since a 5.11" deluge on Sept. 6, 2008. It was also the third most stretching back to May 11, 2008, when 3.73" fell.
Prior to that while there were a couple of 2" daily precip. events, to find another calendar day with 3 or more inches of rain, you have to go all the day back to June 25, 2006 when 5.94" fell. Thus, the 3.59" was the 4th most rainfall in a single day in basically the last 3 years.
This is actually more a testament to how "dry" Dulles Airport has been for the past three years compared to normal and compared to DCA and BWI.
I know I haven't really written about my graduation last Friday. It was OK. Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska was the commencement speaker for the policy school.
Here is a picture of Sen. Hagel and the Policy School's dean of students Bill Powers. This was in the dance hall next to the theatre where the ceremony was held in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland on the UMCP campus. It was taken at 3:26PM, Friday, May 22, 2009.
Cirrus sky over College Park, 5:07PM, Friday, May 22, 2009
As soon as I get my actual degree -- sometime next month -- I'll update my blog "About Me" bio.
Also, I need to go to College Park to campus before Friday to clean out my gym locker. Now I can just go back on my merry way to being fat. I feel fat.
That's all for now. My four day vacation to Fort Lauderdale, or rather, Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton, for June 6 - 10 with Gary and Chris T. is still on.