Saturday, January 5, 2019

Saturday Evening Post for January 5th, 2019: The Trump Shutdown Fail & GOP Shitty Flail Edition -OR- A Spot of Snow on Cobb Mountain

**This entry was posted January 5th, 2019.**

The Temple of the Night Sun rises above the jungle of Guatemala


Home this Saturday night watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Sunday Red-Eye Sci-Fi lineups. The Svengoolie-hosted movie was The Ghost of Frankenstein. A short while ago, Chris T. texted me to ask if I were watching MeTV ("Is it a MeTV night?") but his phone auto-corrected "MeTV" as "meth" ("Is it a meth night?").

Mayan ruins of Tikal, Guatemala


As a weather update, we were supposed to get a lot of rain but as with the rain event earlier in the week, it crapped out. In the past week, we've only had about 0.1 inch areawide. Of course, given how wet it was recently-concluded 2018, I can't very well complain about a lack of rain. The weather also remains on the mild side (35F / 55F range).

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the Western U.S., valid 0Z 06 Jan 2019


Speaking of the weather, the West Coast is getting a series of major Pacific-transiting storms, especially northern California (including the areas devastated by the catastrophic wildfires last year), Oregon, and Washington.

NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S surface weather map with fronts, isobars, and sensible weather noted valid 6Z 06 Jan 2019


I mention this because the Sacramento NWSFO ("STO") issued one of those infographics that the NWSFOs in the Western United States regularly releases. This one showed snowfall potential for Jan 5, 2019 as a colder storm system brings lower snow levels to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The image is here:

STO NWS infographic for snowfall in its county warning area (CWA), January 5 - 6, 2019 with isolated high-elevation snow total representing Cobb Mountain noted.


One particular isolated spot showing measurable snowfall but removed from all the others -- noted above with the yellow arrow -- interested me, namely, what is it? Using Google maps with terrain, I was able to determine that particular spot is Cobb Mountain. With an elevation of 4,720 feet, Cobb Mountain is the highest peak in the Mayacamas Mountains.

Chester -- YOU SEE THAT SPOT?? It'll never come away ... Right There. That sonofabitch ...

Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal


As some political commentary …

The Trump partial shutdown of the Federal Government is now entering its third week with no end in sight because of the combination of Trump's syphilitically-deranged megalomania … the toxic influence of Fox News / Hate Radio / far-right internet on the GOP Base (TM) … and the fact that the GOP itself is more of a cult than any normal political party and enthralled to its own lunacy …

The shutdown is ostensibly over $5 billion this year for Trump's horseshit "Big, Beautiful Wall" between the U.S. and Mexico but that is really more about his diseased, zero-sum view of the world (there can only be "winners" and "losers" and he can only be a "winner"). In this case, Trump and his diseased "base" -- as represented through Hannity, Rush the Pigboy, Ingraham the Bitch, and Ann "Thrax" Coulter -- are in one of their periodic works of performance that, of course, cannot "succeed" in any sense of that word.

The GOP in Congress still does not (and it's not quite clear when it will) feel the pressure it needs to feel in order to turn on Trump -- who for his part made bizarre comments on Friday during a disastrous meeting with Pelosi and Schumer about how he wants to keep the shutdown going for "months or even years" to get his way.

That half-human / half hybrid bullfrog and tortoise Mitch "The Bitch" McConnell -- the world's most sclerotic and amoral tactician -- still feels no need to change course at the current time, so the GOP will remain with Trump.

Nancy Pelosi resumes her rightful place as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Jan 3, 2019 following the disastrous rule of Paul Ryan, Worst Speaker Ever.


Having said that, the shit hits the fan on Jan 11th when the first paychecks are missed for the 800,000 -- and the cascade effect turns into an avalanche such as when not just TSA agents but air traffic controllers stop showing up for work in large enough numbers to impact air travel across the United States. At that point, professional rightwing entertainers such as Limbaugh and provocateur performance artists such as Ann Coulter will no longer be able to drive policy for the United States.

The Dems, of course, now control the House. However, the nihilistic ass-hats that form the American political media are busy obsessing not over the 800,000 federal workers and all the contractors not getting paid … nor all the personal and general financial and economic damage … nor all the vital activities performed by government now idled TO INCLUDE those things that benefit rural Red Staters (such as farmers) … nor the sewage and filth building up at borderline-lawless National Parks (ever notice how everything the GOP touches turns to ACTUAL shit?) …

The awesome Hang Sơn Đoòng (Son Doong Cave) of Vietnam -- the world's largest known cave yet discovered only in the early 1990s.

That tiny speck in the middle is a human being.


Instead, aforementioned political media reporters and pundits (and I don't just mean the Fox News propagandists) are obsessing over what freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib said in a bar to supporters ("impeaching the [Trump] motherfucker"), not to mention ANYTHING done by the Right's current object of frenzied fear and loathing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

About that horseshit faux-controversy, "AOC's" tweet response was perfect:

Let me just conclude on this shutdown topic right now by saying that I'm extremely fortunate (and grateful) that the agency I support is fully funded. For others that I know -- at least three friends -- that is not the case.

El Castillo (Temple of Kukulcan), Chichen Itza, Mexico

Such a beautiful tropical sky in that picture.


OK, that's all for now … Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow momentarily (as I've already composed it). My next planned update will be in a few days. The only issue for next week is that I have a fair amount of stuff to accomplish at work, and I also intend to go to the gym on three (rather than two) nights. Finally, I want to keep a more regular schedule.

Buddhist temple in Nepal with mighty Manaslu dominating the view


Right now, I need to do some laundry while watching Battlestar Galactica and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. For tomorrow, I'm just going to do whatever. Maybe go over to Georgetown or down to Old Town.


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