Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Replacing the Valves on an Old City Water Main, Measurements of Recent, Good Fallen Rain, and Year 2 of Trump's Scam, Hopefully Contained

Abandoned house in a field of sunflowers, Roosevelt Co., Montana; photo by Roy Luck, Flickr.


Unfortunately, I simply cannot post a meaningful entry tonight because I need to get up earlier than usual tomorrow in order to be finished my morning ablutions by 9AM. This is because there is a scheduled day-long water outage for the entire 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave NW as DC Water is replacing the valves to the water main.

That being the case, I need to go to bed by 1AM -- not my usual 330AM -- and so I am going to cut the entry short.

Rainy evening, New Hampshire Ave and 18th St NW, Washington, D.C., 6:11PM February 11, 2018.


I went to the gym earlier tonight after work and had a decent workout (jog, weightlifting, and swim). I'm home now at this late hour making dinner, trying to update this blog, and watching the MeTV late night lineup including (as I write this) Perry Mason ("The Case of the Glamorous Ghost").

My plan is to go to the gym tomorrow night again -- rather than doing my usual weeknight after-work alternating bar/gym routine. That being the case, I intend to post a more complete entry tomorrow.

Mid-Atlantic radar-estimated 7-day precipitation totals through 12UTC (7AM EST) February 12, 2018.


The rainfall of the past few days has been decent enough to dent -- 1.5 to 3 inches across much of the area and areas of 4 to 5 inches -- but not end the long-term drought.

KDCA picked up 2.20 inches the past 3 days and for the month it is at 3.87 inches.

KBWI recorded 2.13 inches the past 3 days and for the month it is at 3.79 inches.

KIAD received 1.33 inches the past 3 days and for the month it is at 3.16 inches.

In terms of "winter," it doesn't look like there will be any additional polar vortex Arctic outbreaks and measurable snow chances are probably negligible. As for tonight, it is a chilly, still one with temps around 35F. .

2000 block S Street NW Washington, D.C., 4:20PM February 11, 2018.


However, I would like to post two political-themed items from the online Washington Post:

First, the following is a comment from Robert Costa's piece: Hillary Clinton, a favorite GOP foil, plans discreet 2018 strategy.

Of the 3,500 (and counting) comments, I'd like to feature this one from Madame President:

We keep searching in the many Piles of Dung that are supposed to be "conservative" for that elusive "True Conservative."

Libertootians --- Capitalists ---
Strict Constructionists --- Compassionate Conservatives ---

They keep Morphing like "Shape-Shifters" whenever they need to run away from the last incarnation.


Secondly, I'd like to post the final paragraph from Greg Sargent's Washington Post Plum Line piece (link embedded): Here's what Year Two of Trump's scam will look like.

After going through a laundry list of awful Trump era things -- the worst in human terms being the Gestapo-like ICE raids and deportations that are breaking up families including those who have been in the U.S. their entire lives -- he ended with this:

To sum up: Here's what all of this amounts to.

The vow of big spending on infrastructure -- which was central to the economic side of Trump's populist nationalism -- is likely to prove a scam. Trump will keep embracing the GOP's plutocratic and regressive fiscal priorities, threatening to worsen inequality over time. The implementation of Trump's xenophobic and nativist blueprint will continue in all its cruelty wherever possible.

And Trump will keep up the bread-and-circuses racial and gender-oriented provocation to drive GOP base voters to the polls, even at the risk -- or perhaps with the deliberate end -- of further enraging the nonwhite voters, women and college-educated whites who are already alienated by a year of the same.

In other words, the Real Trumpism, Year Two.

I just have to hope that the midterm elections change this epic catastrophe of Trump/GOP one-party cruel kleptocracy.


OK, that's all for now. As I mentioned, I intend to post another entry tomorrow.


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