Monday, July 4, 2016

Another Fourth of July Is Here, But at Least It's a Rainy One; Again Pondering Historical Mistakes

This is just a quick entry on the 4th of July as I don't have much time because Andrea is picking me up in a bit to go to Jake's place in Arlington.

July 4th, Independence Day, this year is falling on a Monday, meaning that anytime evening / nighttime festivities must necessarily be of a limited nature as tomorrow is a regular work day.

The good news is that it is cloudy, gloomy-gray, and now raining across the D.C. area. It is a big warm and muggy -- 72F air temp over 67F dew point at KDCA at the 1PM hour -- rather than cool. The only bad news is that the originally advertised heavy rainfall of 2 to 4 inches has been pared all the way back to 1/2 to 1 inch, but still I'll take it.

No, I won't talk like that in the car or at the party.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped 12:27PM - 1:09PM July 4, 2016.


Hopefully, the rain will limit the wild-ass street corner fireworks displays that take place in certain quarters of the District (e.g., Columbia Heights, Petworth, and Anacostia) -- and thus no incessant explosions and air thick with sulfurous smoke for hours.

Last year, I walked from Rosslyn back to Dupont Circle through Georgetown and it was total residential side street silence. However, it turns out that you can get a good view of the big National Mall fireworks display from Dupont Circle itself looking due south down 19th Street.

There isn't the slightest chance that I'm going down to the Mall itself for the main fireworks display in that awful throng of humanity.

Yesterday, I had a nice lunch with Andrea and Quill at Rock Bottom in Bethesda and then I headed on the Metro back into the city and went to the usual two bars (Trade and No. 9).

I would like to direct your attention back to this blog entry I wrote last July 4th pondering the question -- motivated by a piece on by Dylan Matthews -- of whether the American Revolution was, and hence the United States of America is, a historical mistake (as Sigmund Freud purportedly said).

Now next year at this time, we will, quite likely, either have President Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump -- and if it is the latter, then the country is in serious jeopardy for its basic integrity, stability, and functioning survival, especially given what an atavistic Ayn Rand sick cult is dominate Republican Party.

HRC's big test is coming up on whether she is indicted because of the stupid email server thing. The odds of it went up because of her idiot husband's ill-advised and almost intentionally sabotaging meeting with Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General, since Lynch has said she won't overrule the FBI's findings on this, and the FBI consists of a lot of hateful, far-rightwing, erstwhile fraternity boys-turned-law enforcement that hate "that bitch" with a rightwing political/media entertainment complex-enforced passion.

The first tea baggers!

As for Bill Clinton, that's the kind of intentionally sabotaging and destructive stuff my father has regularly done.

Anyway, I don't have time to write an entry now. Tomorrow night is a planned gym night and then I'll try to post something afterward.

Happy Forth of JooLie!!!


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