Wednesday, August 22, 2018

An Intertwined Tuesday and Wednesday Entry from the Tangled, Smelly Swamp of TrumpWorld Interspersed With Weekend Georgetown Pics

Front entrance, 3139 Dumbarton St NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 3:14 p.m. August 19, 2018

The pictures in this entry are from Saturday and Sunday and were taken (by me with my cheap flip open cell phone camera) in Georgetown. The ones on Saturday were taken on my walk back from the Georgetown Hospital emergency room following my second (excruciating) shoulder displacement and "reduction" procedure. The ones on Sunday were taken on my usual Sunday afternoon walk to Georgetown.

Georgetown Hospital ER, Washington, D.C., 10:32 p.m. August 18, 2018

In both cases, I stopped at various places on my way home. The pics are topically unrelated to this entry.


The vestigial trolley car tracks that run down a portion of O Street (west of Wisconsin Avenue) in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:07 p.m. August 18, 2018


I've been trying to post this entry for the past two days. Most of it was written Monday night and Tuesday afternoon. However, it's still a bit disjointed. I'll write about today (Wednesday) in my next entry (which I intend to post later tonight).

House and yard, 3300 block O Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:08 p.m. August 18, 2018

This house is located between 3322 and 3332 O Street NW, but I couldn't find an address number on it. Nor was it clear if it is a private residence or something Georgetown-y historical. Or both.


From the Tuesday portion of this entry …

I tried to post an entry last night but just didn't feel like writing. I managed to do two loads of laundry -- carefully and basically just using one hand / arm to avoid any of those motions that could result in another dislocated shoulder. I ended up just watching television and making dinner before taking a shower and going to bed around 1:30 a.m.

House with a yellow door, 3327 O Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:09 p.m. August 18, 2018

To be clear, I was walking from Georgetown Hospital ER -- where I had just had my shoulder "reduction" procedure for a second time -- back home, stopping at Sovereign, Mr. Smith, and Ri Ra.


About my a/c, the building site manager asked me to turn it up to 72F and "clean the filer" (as if I don't) because the window unit is "leaking water onto the awning and porch below."

Oh, dear, my window air conditioner unit water is dripping on the sidewalk. Heaven forfend!

Red doors to a house in the 2200 block of Decatur Place NW, Washington, D.C., 2:43 p.m. August 19, 2018

This picture and the ones below were taken on Sunday when I walked to Martin's Tavern for lunch.


For starters, I can't set a specific temperature -- just a dial ranging from 1 to 7 (max cool). I know the cooling unit shuts off when it's too cool outside. Secondly, what the hell has anyone in this apartment building ever done for me -- except to threaten to evict me for a really jackass stupid reason?

If the water is dripping, get an umbrella.

Cars parked in the 2300 block of Decatur Place NW, Washington, D.C., 2:45 p.m. August 19, 2018 

This is in the Kalorama - Sheridan neighborhood. Decatur Place runs between 22nd Street and Massachusetts Ave NW.


It's a warm and thickly humid, overcast, day with scattered rain showers. The air temp is about 80F and the dew point about 70F.

As an update from the initial part of this entry …

Yesterday's (Tuesday's) rainfall totals were quite hefty with a daily record of 2.46 inches at KDCA, pushing its yearly total to 39.74 inches, which coincidentally is exactly the 30-year annual average.

KIAD also had a daily record of 2.72 inches, bringing its annual total to 40.56 inches (just under an inch below the 30-year annual average of 41.54 inches).

Finally, KBWI picked up 1.02 inches, bringing its annual total to 44.38 inches (already above the 30-year annual average of 41.88 inches).

A wall concealed a leafy, secluded yard, at the corner of Massachusetts Ave and Decatur Pl NW, Washington, D.C., 2:45 p.m. August 19, 2018

This could very well belong to one of the embassies that predominate in this part of the District -- it's not for nothing that Massachusetts Ave NW is called "Embassy Row" in this area.


Returning to my entry from yesterday (Tuesday) late morning …

The Trump EPA -- how hilarious is that concept?? -- just came out with this bullshit plan to replace the Obama Clean Power plan.

As this New York Times article prominently notes, by the agency's own admission, it will lead to more deaths. Such an outcome is more-than-fine in Trump World and the larger, degeneracy of the GOP Universe. It's the actual "policy" goal.

Massachusetts Ave rounding Sheridan Circle, Washington, D.C., 2:49 p.m. August 19, 2018

I don't think I've ever actually previously featured a picture of Sheridan Circle on my blog.


That is, as long as there are trillions of dollars in tax giveaways to billionaires and assorted Dark Money oligarchs (wherever they are and whatever business they run, though preferably predatory and destructive ones), and as long as it involves "performance cruelty" against those outside the GOP Tribe (i.e., certain kinds of white people), then everything is fine for them.

Another picture of Sheridan Circle -- including the actual central, grassy circle itself -- Washington, D.C., 2:49 p.m. August 19, 2018


Putting aside the cruel hoax of Trump's coal medicine wagon fleecing everybody in every hamlet, holler, and hillock in Appalachia into which it rolled, any plan that pollutes, destroys, harms, imprisons, and "puts ion an early grave" all while shoveling money upwards to the 0.1% is not a bug of any GOP world-system but a design feature.

The central equestrian statue on Sheridan Circle, Washington, D.C., 2:51 p.m. August 19, 2018

The circle is named for Civil War Union General Philip Henry Sheridan. According to The Keeper of All Knowledge, the statue was designed by Gutzon Borglum, the same man who designed the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.


But then again, what can you say about a warped and deeply malevolent lot such as today's Republican Party that has the mindset of Mick Mulvaney and the amorality of Mitch "The Bitch" McConnell, a.k.a., Mr. Elaine Chao.

God, McConnell is a loathsome, amoral, human bullfrog.

Intersection of M Street and Pennsylvania Ave NW at the east end of Georgetown's main thoroughfare (M Street), Washington, D.C., 5:53 p.m. August 19, 2018


As for the syphilitically mad, narcissistic, early-stage dementia-suffering lunatic that currently occupies the White House as President -- Donald J. Trump -- this world-class grifting reality TV freak show monster continues to shamble forward, raging at the Universe through its obscene tweets.

Motorcyclist, 2700 block M Street NW, Washington, D.C., 5:56 p.m. August 19, 2018

I'm unsure if this motorcyclist was part of what followed seconds after I took this picture-- since the thunderous phalanx of 100+ wheelies-popping dirtbike cyclists and ATV-riding hooligans that came swarming down Pennsylvania Ave exploded onto M Street just a bit west of this spot.

They were followed by three or four MPD police cruisers half-heartedly chasing them and an MPD helicopter that seemed more interested in filming than doing anything meaningful. That is, these brigades of dirt bikes and ATVs are highly dangerous, yet the District doesn't seem to do anything to stop them. I called 911 to complain.

Honestly, I think the city likes when this happens and encourages it.


The Mueller investigation into the matter of Russian election 2016 interference and Trump campaign collusion continues to obsess him because he can't fully control it.


The James G. Blaine mansion at dusk, Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 8:05 p.m. August 19, 2018


Today (August 21st) was a very bad day for Trump …

For starters, Trump's former campaign manager -- Paul Manafort -- convicted on 8 of 18 charges in a trial that wasn't even DIRECTLY related to Russian government interference and related collusion, and while the jury deadlocked on the remaining charges, it did so in the context of a wildly biased, dirty old man of a judge, T. S. Ellis III, who wouldn't shut the hell up the entire time. (Keep in mind this is only the first trial -- the main one involving "collusion" -- is set to begin next month.)

More importantly, Trump's former "fixer," personal attorney Michael Cohen formally pleaded guilty to 8 federal counts and has turned on Trump, stating that he indeed arranged the porn star payoffs for purposes of influencing the election (a fact that seems trivial compared to the actual conspiracy with the Russian government).

Above: Cover of the Aug. 22nd, 2018 New York Daily News print edition.

Here are the takes on it by Chait and Pierce …

From Jonathan Chait …

From his profitable association with La Cosa Nostra, to his lending of properties out for worldwide money launderers, to his "Trump University" scheme that he was forced to settle, Trump has built an entire career knee-deep in ethical filth. Very little of this was litigated in the 2016 election -- which, in fact, devoted more attention to the sloppy email practices of his opponent than all of Trump's shady associations and practices.

His ubiquitous "lock her up!" chants reflected the widely shared belief that Trump's opponent was the greater sinner.

From Charlie Pierce …

More to our purposes, though, it is now plain that the Trump campaign in 2016 was merely a vehicle for various grifters and opportunists to get rich. I still believe none of these people had the foggiest notion that Trump would become president*. But if your primary goal in life is to grab enough loot from enough places, a political campaign is a nice fat turkey to be sliced up.

So I think they all had their own agendas, including the president*, and all of them were sort of in business for themselves, but under the Trump flag, as the Gambinos used to put it.

Most of them had been working in a corrupt business enterprise for decades before it turned itself into a political campaign and then a presidency*. Then, my god, he gets elected. Who's stupid fcking idea was that? He's president*, and we're all in trouble now.


Returning to the Tuesday portion of my entry …

Of note, Trump has recently discovered the joys of revoking security clearances of formerly high-ranking Deep State individuals -- initially, former CIA Director John Brennan -- and setting off the usual melee upon which he derives the dark energy to keep him alive.

Today (Tuesday morning), Trump is denying that he "targeted" the former President -- Barack Obama -- for this treatment. This denial tells you it most definitely happened.

The James G. Blaine mansion at dusk, Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 8:07 p.m. August 19, 2018


Speaking of Putin's malevolent empire, the Russian intelligence services are now busy hacking rightwing think tanks.

That's pretty damn funny if you think about it from the fact that today's "Movement Conservative" apparatus is, in fact, both an inverted Marxist one (bullshit libertarianism and all that) and one that is increasingly an ethno-nationalist white racist one.



OK, wrapping up this entry …

I didn't go into the office today but instead teleworked in the morning and then went to Friendship Heights / Chevy Chase (on the Metro) to the MedStar facility where I saw the shoulder specialist. It was basically a five minute meeting, if that, but it started a longer process that I'll write about in an entry I plan to post tomorrow. At that point, I should be caught up on entries for this work week.


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