Saturday, July 27, 2019

Entry Catch Up From Earlier This Week: Globally Heated Western Europe and Mueller Time Miss

**This entry was posted July 27th, 2019.**

The exterior of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington, D.C., 12:02 p.m. July 24, 2019

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This entry is actually one I started on Monday night (July 22nd) but never completed, returned to on Tuesday night (July 23rd), returned a third time on Wednesday night (July 24th), and then just gave up. I'm going to post it in its disjointed form.

From Monday night …

Not much to say tonight. I made it to the gym and had a complete, multipart workout.

I'm home now watching the late-night MeTV lineup of old shows. The Perry Mason episode is one I have not seen before: "The Case of the Sad Sicilian."

There's lots of yelling and screaming and wild emotions and vendettas -- and things going wrong no matter what you do.

I can relate to that.

A leafy tree grows in the 1500 block V Street NW, Washington, D.C., 12:01 p.m. July 24, 2019

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From Tuesday night …

Tonight's Perry Mason episode is "The Case Of The Murderous Mermaid." It guest stars Jean Hale (pictured left), who is still alive and was once married to actor Dabney Coleman. Of note and related to this, multiple Perry Mason episodes occur on the Pacific coast of Southern California -- in a way that goes beyond Southern Californians' relationship to the Pacific.

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From Monday night …

We sorta got screwed out of any meaningful rain here in the immediate D.C. area the past few days -- just a tenth of an inch or so officially at KDCA -- with more to the west, south, southeast, and northeast over the Baltimore area (where 1/2" to 1" fell).

This was associated with a cold frontal passage that swept out our extended heat-and-humidity wave.

Tonight is distinctly pleasant night with temps around 73F and, more importantly, dew points in the 62F to 64F range at the 11 p.m. hour.

Looking ahead, there's no rain in the forecast for at least the next five days, which is annoying. But given how wet it has been the past 12 to 18 months, I can't complain.

Of course, I can always find a reason to complain.

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Summer day view, V Street and New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 12:00 p.m. July 24, 2019

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From Tuesday night …

NWS Sterling (LWX) radar in standard composite mode looped 6:17 p.m. - 6:42 p.m. EDT July 24, 2019

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The weather today featured a "surprise" deluge over the immediate area that dropped "officially" 0.37 inches at KDCA (while zero fell at KBWI and KDMH and "trace" at KIAD).

The Capital Weather Gang had this entry to explain what went wrong. At least CWG provided a mea culpa. Sterling (LWX) never really acknowledged the busted forecast, such as it was, in its periodic area forecast discussions.

But then again, it usually doesn't do stuff like that.

In the meantime, here is a CWG entry on Europe's latest globally warmed heatwave.

As an update, Paris managed to hit a ridiculous 109F, or rather, 108.7F -- a new all-time high that easily surpassed the previous hottest ever of 104.7F set in 1947; see this CWG entry.

Western Hemisphere high temperatures [in Celsius] for July 24, 2019

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All-time records were set in Germany (107F) and the Netherlands (104F). London hit at least 98.2F and Cambridge 100.6F, which was apparently only the second time a temperature greater than 100F has been recorded in the UK.

ECMWF 500mb height anomalies for the Northern Hemisphere, valid hour 72, 0Z July 28, 2019

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And the residual heat of that heatwave is heading up into the Arctic, where it will probably supercharge the melt season with massive Arctic sea ice and Greenland ice sheet loss -- and, possibly, result in the a new record low in sea ice coverage by September, surpassing the 2012 low.

Tree foliage, 1500 block V Street NW, Washington, D.C., 12:01 p.m. July 24, 2019

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From Wednesday night …

So, Robert "Stone Face" Mueller delivered exactly what we thought he would -- namely, "above the fray" nothingness -- in that he was, as expected, a total milquetoast wuss in the face of Trump and his degenerate kleptocracy. But it was worse than that. He couldn't even remember his old side -- much les take it in this battle. More generally in this grotesque Trump affair, t's hard to overstate what a historical and pathetic tragedy has been Mueller's approach.

It goes without saying, sadly, Mueller is the antimatter opposite, metaphorically speaking, of Ken Starr. As for Democrats, they'll do what they always do: Lose.

Yes, let's be frank, Trump is going to "win" his reelection thanks any number of reasons, none of which I want to rehash right now. We know them all by chapter and verse.

The bar at the restaurant Ocean Prime, Washington, D.C., 8:17 p.m. July 24, 2019

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From Tuesday night …

So, tomorrow is the big, long-awaited, totally anti-climactic testimony of Robert "Stone Face" Mueller. I think Bill Maher said it best about "Prosecutor Jesus" in this Real Time "New Rule" segment from late April …



"For over two years, America has had a crazy person in the White House, and for over two years, Democrats have done fuck-all about it because they were waiting for Mueller. We all sat around waiting for Prosecutor Jesus to turn in his big report."

The best line (paraphrased): "When history called, Mueller let the call go into voice mail."

Here is an op-ed column from the WaHoPo on the matter:


[Mueller's] contorted explanation in the report not to provide a bottom-line characterization of Trump’s behavior as criminal, notwithstanding supplying all the building blocks for that determination.

Here Mueller developed and relied on his own self-imposed "fairness concerns" about charging Trump in a setting in which he could not clear himself though a speedy and public trial.

It's more evidence of Mueller’s genuine rectitude, but there is an irony in Mr. By-the-Book's gratuitously writing a whole new chapter, and it served to greatly confuse the public while permitting Trump to claim victory.


That, combined with his Delphic formulation that “if we could have exonerated Trump, we would have,” left it to Trump antagonists to try to argue in complex sound bites that Trump had committed obstruction. It also gave Attorney General William P. Barr a hole big enough to drive a truck through with his (mis)characterization of Mueller’s report.

And here is a conversation between Jonathan Chait and Benjamin Hart: Will Mueller Tell Democrats What They Want to Hear?

Chait quote:

The basic rule of all political investigations are that the central figure has to placate both sides, and the GOP’s expectations are always way farther outside the bounds of neutrality.

Janet Reno had to appoint a Republican to investigate Clinton because the crazy Republicans would never accept a Democrat’s findings. Pat Fitzgerald had to investigate Dubya, because crazy Republicans would never accept a Democrat's' findings, Likewise, a Republican had to be appointed to investigate Trump.

Finally, here is Michael Isikoff:


OK, that's all for now. For tomorrow night, I'm planning to go to the gym again, but I need to do my laundry when I get home. My next planned entry won't be until Thursday or Friday.

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Office building complex at night, 1400 block L Street NW, Washington, D.C., 9:43 p.m. July 24, 2019

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Returning to Saturday night …

OK, now I'm going to post my usual pair of entries.

--Regulus

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