Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday Evening Post for June 30th, 2018: High Heat, Humidity, and Anthony Kennedy Ethics In TrumpWorld -OR- GOP Dystopia, 2nd Summer

**This entry was posted June 30th, 2018.**

Flowers against the evening sky, Mary Livingston Ripley Gardens, Washington, D.C., 7:46 p.m. June 26, 2018.

I was walking home from this evening. No, I don't know what sort they are. But the plant from which they grew was very impressive -- reminding me of something from an old Star Trek: TOS series ready to shoot out some crazy pollen or gas.


Saturday night.

OK, so this part of my Saturday night entries has become standardized … I'm back from the gym and in for the night doing my usual Saturday routine nighttime -- blogging, making dinner, and laundry while watching MeTV's Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night lineup and its subsequent Red-Eye Sci-Fi Sunday into the wee hours.

The episode of Wonder Woman was Judgement from Outer Space: Part 2."

The Svengoolie-hosted monster movie is the bizarre 1960 horror movie The Leech Woman

Seeing a young and pretty Kim Hamilton in the movie puts the Sanford & Son episode "The Older Woman" in an interesting light. Of note, Hamilton was partnered with and later married to Werner Klemperer of Hogan's Heroes fame.

After two 30-min episodes of Batman, the Star Trek: TOS episode at 11 p.m. is "Plato's Stepchildren." The Battlestar Galactica episode at 12 a.m. is "Take the Celestra."

The rest of the lineup is Kolchak the Nightstalker (Firefall"); Lost in Space ("War of the Robots"); Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ("The Saboteur"); and Land of the Giants ("The Mechanical Man") ending at 5 a.m.

I'm making dinner -- pork chops, steamed broccoli, and jasmine rice -- and having some Seltzer water, iced team, and one of those Victory Golden Monkey beers I like (and purchased at the nearby Yes! organic market).

A lawn statue of some sort in the Downing and Vaux Condos complex, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:22 p.m. June 17, 2018.


It's an unpleasantly warm and humid night following a hot, humid, and mostly sunny day. At the 11 p.m. hour, it is 80F at KDCA with a 71F dew point. Dew points -- as is their summertime wont in this part of the world -- are creeping up.

NWS weather advisories for the U.S. (without legend), updated 0242UTC July 1, 2018.

The heat advisories are coral-hued and excessive heat warnings are medium violet red-hued. There is also an excessive heat watch is denoted by a maroon color (although I don't really see any on this map).


Much of the eastern third of the United States is in the grip of a summer heatwave with the NWS having issued heat advisories and excessive heat warnings for large swathes of this part of the country.

NWS weather advisories for the U.S. (without legend), updated 1611UTC June 29, 2018.


Highs today were 91F at KDCA, 94F at KBWI, and 92F at KIAD. For its part, KDMH reached 97F. Tomorrow and Monday are forecasted to be near 100F and humid, so quite disgusting.

On Monday, heat indices could reach 110F -- the Sterling LWX CWA's in my view excessively high criteria for an excessive heat warning. (To be clear, other NWS forecast offices have noticeably lower thresholds for this product.)

As for Sterling, it goes out of its way to not issue excessive heat warnings and, when it oh-so-reluctantly does, it quickly cancels them. It's like a weird badge of honor or something.

There also isn't much chance for thunderstorms until later in the upcoming week.

Changing topics …

I had an opportunity, as it were, to go to tonight's Town closing party. A person who shall not be named here (since he did it to be nice) gave me a "TOWN Closing Weekend Line Pass" that would allow me and one guest "priority entry" to the place (over at 8th and U NW, so easily walkable for me), but still having to pay a cover.

I rather doubt it -- I'm in for the night.

For starters, Town was never a place I much frequented. It was always a shadow of what Nation had been (and, earlier, Tracks).

Yeah, these are the people around whom I want to spend my Saturday night / wee hours Sunday morning. Source here.


Secondly, I'm too damn old to gallivant around on an uncomfortably warm and humid night in throngs of people trying to get into a place where I wouldn't talk to anyone and instead get ignored and otherwise treated shittily (is that a word??).

Another view of aforementioned flowers, Mary Livingston Ripley Gardens, Washington, D.C., 
7:45 p.m. June 26, 2018.


While I don't want to make this entry all politically charged, I would like to follow-up my previous entry by calling attention to this New York Times piece that explains the cozy connection between Trump and retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy: It turns out that Kennedy's son, Justin, was head of Deutsche Bank's global real estate capital markets.

The Trump-Putin money laundering web in Tinker Toy connection chart form.


Deutsche Bank is a key financial institution through which a large amount of that Russian oligarch money was laundered as part of Trump's Putin-funded sprawling, multifaceted criminal enterprise. As Charlie Pierce noted, this explains Kennedy's Citizens United reasoning.

I just want to say a few words on the much-vaunted "moderate/centrist/swing vote" Anthony Kennedy.

In the end, even though he gave us the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, he also gave us Bush v. Gore, the highly destructive Citizens United, and a recent raft of (as Charlie Pierce correctly called it) odious 5-4 decisions including upholding the Vulgar Talking Yam's Muslim ban from seven countries and the usual anti-labor, anti-choice, anti-everything rulings.

Keep in mind that Anthony Kennedy expressly went out of his way to retire so that Trump could appoint and the amoral Mitch McConnell monsters confirm some new horrible piece of shit who will be on the High Court for the next half century.

And Senate Dems -- rather than just refusing to show up for this dirty charade -- will OF COURSE be there to "honor the process" and make "a stern and powerful speech" that achieves the usual garbage: Nothing.

Once this new Federal Society bot and the rest of the "Scalia 5" faction on the court -- they will forever be the "Scalia 5" even though Scalia is dead, dead, dead -- have overturned Roe v. Wade, the decision will go back to every fundie whack-job, ignorant, deeply corrupt state legislature to legislate complex medical decisions.

Yeah, that should work great. But it won't be my problem. It will be the problem of all those women (and their daughters) living in those Red States, many of whom PROUDLY vote for the GOP/Trump.

Expect the entire framework of civil, environmental, and regulatory state laws to be destroyed -- in order to achieve some fucked up dystopian ideal of the Federal Society and their libertarian ilk: an 1820s Mississippi slave plantation world.

It boggles the mind to think: Had Thurgood Marshall timed his retirement announcement a little better, we would never have had Clarence Thomas -- and the whole history of the United States since 2000 would be radically different.

However, God -- or whatever underlying depravity guides this reality -- ALWAYS works to ensure that the worst occurs (while still continuing the whole spectacle).

Of all people, it was Frank Bruni -- a New York Times columnist I dislike and strenuously avoid reading because I think his writings are a waste of precious op-ed page space -- who summed it up best in this column:
The Cosmic Joke of Donald Trump's Power.

Pearls Before Swine, June 28, 2018


In conclusion, Anthony Kennedy was nothing more than a Trump-enabling rightwing Republican political operative masquerading as a wise Supreme Court Justice who in his gilded retirement leaves the country a lot worse off than he found it. But what else would you expect from the GOP?

Of note, there were protests around the country -- including here in D.C. -- against Trump's war on immigrants in the form of the human catastrophe embodied in the failed "zero tolerance" policy that resulted in the forcible separation of 2,000+ minors -- in some cases, 2 and 3 year old children -- from their parents.

Not to worry, though, because Fred Hiatt and his Washington Consensus are there to remind us that we all need to be "civil" and "not shrill" when it comes to kissing the ass of this morally diseased and ethically plagued Trump kakistocracy. Anyway, the GOP just laughs at all these protests.

I should wrap up this entry.

View from my apartment, Washington, D.C., 12:26 p.m. June 29, 2018.


For tomorrow -- given how disgustingly hot and humid it will be -- I should do like I did last Sunday and go over to Georgetown and stop at that dark and air-conditioned bar Sovereign. I had gone to Martin's Tavern, and then went to Sovereign, where -- unexpectedly -- Tim and I met in the darkened, candle-lit downstairs bar/restaurant.



OK, that's all for now. My next planned entry will be late Monday or early Tuesday. Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow momentarily (as I have it already prepared) …


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