Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Toosday Wee Hours Blog Entry -OR- To Err is Human, Comedy and Justice Divine ...

**Updated 10:31PM 8/21/2014: See below.**

The (evening silhouetted) Dante Alighieri statue in Meridian Hill Park, Washington, D.C., 7:43PM May 4, 2013.

The Dante statue is located in cheek-by-jowl fashion very near to the James Buchanan statue -- with Buchanan watched over by two of his Greek boys ...



This is another one of those cases where I would like to post a lengthy blog entry replete with sundry topics, but it is ALREADY 12:14AM as I start writing this, and any extended entry would take a minimum of three hours to do, which obviously I cannot do on a "school night" as I do have to be at work at a reasonable hour.

So where does that leave me?

For starters, Quill thankfully is doing better though she is still in the hospital. It was a bad setback she had but it was caught in time.

The lovely corner house cloaked in spring greenery at 16th and Swann Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 3:16PM May 5, 2013. I think this is 1817 16th Street NW. Is that whole side considered a turret?


I went to the gym tonight and had a good work out -- second consecutive such night. I'll take tomorrow night off. I jogged for 5 miles on the treadmill, weight-lifted (on the machines) for an hour, and then went swimming for a half hour.

That really hot guy was in the locker room (having just finished swimming) and I spoke to him briefly -- to make a (genuine) inquiry about how one does that "flip" at the end of the pool when doing laps. I simply cannot do it -- I end up doing a 360-degree flip in place. He tried to explain it to me. He was only in his bathing trucks and he's so buff and beautiful. I even got his name, but I won't write it here. Knowing his name didn't really clear up his nationality -- he could be anything from Brazilian to Spanish to Israeli to Iranian. I can tell he's about 24 years old or only nearly 20 years younger than I am.

The intersection of 15th and T Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 6:30PM May 3, 2013.


I went into the swimming pool where the lifeguard D. was on duty, and initially there was only one other person in the water. D. -- who is Serbian and about 30 years old -- often likes to give impromptu explanations and demonstrations to people on how to swim. (He was a swim instructor at one point.) Ironically (given my locker room conversation) started to explain to him how to do that flip, and I actually managed to semi-do it, at least in the deep end and not too close to the pool wall. I can't do it in the shallow end.

The structure (house? apt bldg?) at 1717 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:28PM May 3, 2012. The cement cross atop it was damaged or lost a piece somehow in the past few years. Next door is a place called Bishop's Gate, so I guess there must be / have been some Catholic angle to these properties.


Oh, yes, yesterday I weighed myself on the big scale in the locker room in just bathing trunks, and I weighed a whisker over 154 pounds. This means by that scale I am down 29.5 pounds from when I first weighed myself on June 23, 2012 when I rejoined the gym. But in actuality, I'm easily down 30 pounds from my peak -- and considering I've put on a few pounds of muscle, it is probably more like 33 pounds, which represents a large portion of the 55+ pounds of basically all fat I had put on between 2004 and mid-2012.

The 1600 block of T Street NW looking east, Washington, D.C., 11:03PM May 6, 2013.


**Updated 10:31PM 8/21/2014: Content removed.**


Weather Update ...

The weather tonight is overcast and somewhere between damp and muggy with a light but thick southeasterly breeze carrying an Atlantic mT air mass into the area. Temperatures are just about 60F with dew points around 56F at all three airport climate stations (KDCA, KBWI, and KIAD) with an easterly or northeasterly breeze around 10MPH.

The Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) web page map of advisories updated at 12:28AM EDT May 7, 2013.


Rain continues to be in the forecast as a decaying cut-off low with broad occlusion creeps up slowly from the Southeastern U.S., but the rainfall coverage has shrunk considerably and the axis of heavy rainfall is likely to be well south and southwest of the immediate D.C. area along a convergence zone parallel to the occlusion in central Virginia and into the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge due to a combination of isentropic and orographic lift.

There is a flood watch in effect for much of the Shenandoah and Virginia piedmont from Prince William County and points southwestward down toward Roanoke.

The LWX NWS radar in enhanced base mode reflectivity, 12:25AM EDT May 7, 2013.


NWS high resolution U.S. surface weather map focused on East Coast and Appalachians valid at 00Z May 7, 2013 (8PM EDT May 6, 2013).  Note the occlusion stretching from far southwestern Virginia across North Carolina to near Cape Lookout and offshore.

I'll actually be surprised if we get much (needed) rainfall here in D.C.

The 3-day QPF forecast valid from 00Z May 7, 2013 to 00Z May 10, 2013 issued by the NWS/WPC earlier tonight.


Some commentary on the Howard Kurtz situation ...

Let's start with a very satisfying headline from last Friday on the Huffington Post ...  

Howard Kurtz, the one time "media affairs" report for The WaHoPo and subsequently the Washington Bureau Chief of the Daily Beast and Newsweek. You may read about why he was fired here. Kurtz was grilled on his own CNN show "Reliable Sources" on Sunday, which prompted this follow-up Pareene piece.

You may read more about Kurtz's current woes and the larger context here ...

Robert Parry: Howard Kurtz's Belated Comeuppance (I'm not really well-versed on the Gary Webb / Iran Contra story but it is something that Robert Parry has discussed for years.)

Eric Alterman on various Howard Kurtz issues (Note: Alterman and Kurtz really dislike each other)

Only the Parry piece really gets into some of the deeper issues about how "Howie" Kurtz embodies all that is wrong with the corporate compromised mainstream whoremedia with its phony balances and obsession with irrelevency while evil goes unchecked.

He was a useful tool during the 1990s Clinton Wars from the Whitewater hoax to Monica's Dress and culminating in his belief in the completely bullsh!t "Clinton aides trashed the White House ahead of Dubya's presidency" story.

Kurtz also did his best to legitimize the Supreme Court "Scalia 5" coup of 2000 that gave us Bush, specifically, in the post-9/11 recount and how it was reported (see Parry link above). And then there is the nonsense he spewed about The WaHoPo editorial board being "leaning-left" and Fox News being "balanced" -- those are about the biggest media lies of the past 40 years.

The specific thing that tripped up Kurtz -- his embarrassingly wrong and hateful take on the Jason Collins gay NBA basketball player story -- was minor compared to these other issues but that's how things work. 

Interestingly, Kurtz seems to have his own weird issues gay people. In addition, his work has gotten lazy lately. Indeed, it was that laziness plus his nebulous relationship with the Daily Download website that got him into trouble.

Full disclosure:

I had an e-mail exchange with Howard "Mistah" Kurtz back in the mid-to-late 1990s when "the internets" first got popular.* I actually met him a total of three times but these were not planned (except for one at his book signing for his dumb ass book Spin Cycle). It was no where near the level of "relationship" I had with James K. Glassman. As with Glassman, the exchange with Kurtz ended on a very sour note by the early 2000s.

*I was part of the flame wars on his online column (which predated his "Media Notes" column). It was so stupid of me to be part of that. And, yes, it was 90-10 right wing ignorant internet trolls to progressives back then -- with the same outcome.

There were a few other things I wanted to discuss from the South Carolina special election that is likely to produce a Sanford victory to the civil war / regional conflict by proxy in Syria, which I've not mentioned before but it is getting more intense and the pressure is steadily increasing on President Obama "to do something"  (esp. with Israeli air strikes underway).

In particular, the usual media neocon chicken hawk warmongers who cheer-leaded the Iraq debacle are demanding war now. Just another day in the Imperial Capital City.

But it's too late now and I'm going to wrap up this entry now. My next planned update will be on Wednesday or Thursday night. Oh, yes, my weekend camping trip as of now is still on.


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