Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday Evening Post for September 21st, 2019: "The Founders simply assumed that a figure as depraved as Trump would never win an election"; Still No Nice Rainy Spell Forthcoming

Rainy day window view of Nagoya Castle, Japan.


Home on this Saturday night watching my usual MeTV "Super Sci-Fi" and "Sunday Red-Eye Sci-Fi" lineup to include the Svengoolie-hosted monster movie (the 1960 film 13 Ghosts); Star Trek: TOS; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; and, upcoming The Invaders, Lost in Space, and, if I make it, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Land of the Giants.

I made it to the gym earlier today, where I had a good, full-part workout to include treadmill, weightlifting, and swim. This was also very usual given how much I drank last night after work -- first at the Round Robin in the Willard InterGalacticContinental Hotel and then at Post Pub with a fellow I met at the first place.

For this entry, I'd like to excerpt a bit from Andrew Sullivan's weekly New York magazine online Intelligencer column.

It has to do with Trump demanding Ukrainian government dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as a result of some suitably bizarre Fox News political conspiracy theory -- followed by the acting director of DNI's illegal blockage -- with the direct interference by Trump and his mafioso Attorney General -- of the "urgent" whistleblower complaint from going to Congress about this matter.

Source here (scroll down to "Foreign Interference, Part II" section).

The trouble in our constitutional system is that a confidential presidential phone conversation with a foreign leader is obviously covered by executive privilege. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the most defensible cases of executive privilege there is.

The president must have the ability to speak candidly with foreign leaders, and his conversations should not be available to anyone outside the Executive branch.

Separation of powers requires that even the Congress be excluded from the details of this kind of discussion. And yet that discussion may well present a real threat to national security, and constitute an impeachable offense.

What do we do then? The elevation of a despicable, shameless liar and con artist to the presidency has revealed a core weakness in the U.S. Constitution.

Its attribution of executive authority to one individual, the president, gives that individual extraordinary control over the entire government. If that individual is a traitor, a crook, or a pathological liar, too bad. You either impeach him … or he wins. You begin to understand why the Roman republic vested this kind of authority in two men, so that if one were corrupt, the other might correct it.

We have no such system. We have, in effect, a dictator of sorts, and since Trump has no other way of operating, we have slid — perhaps irrevocably — away from liberal democracy toward an elected form of tyranny. The Founders simply assumed that a figure as depraved as Trump would never win an election.

As for Trump's latest grotesquely, treasonously impeachable behavior, it's following the usual pattern with the nihilistic whore-political media coming up with deeply warped stories like this one. The amoral filth of the American political media class is truly unsurpassed -- they are as much responsible for this Trump abomination as anything else.

As for how the main story will play out, we know: Dems will "demand" this or that and issue subpoenas. Trump and his mafia to include Bill "Fastso" Barr, titular head of the Justice Department, will tell them to go pound sand. Then "Moscow Mitch" will have another 57 Federalist Society kooks confirmed to the Federal judiciary and that will be that.


As a weather/climate update …

Highs today reached 88F at KDCA, 90F at KIAD, and 91F at KBWI.

The reason KDCA didn't reach 90F, most likely, is its tidal Potomac River location and a southerly breeze.

Tomorrow, it is probably reach 90F -- making it the 58th such time this year of 90F or higher temps and putting it tied with 2016 for third-most year.

59 days is the second-most -- and occurred in multiple years (1872, 1943, 1966, 1988, and 1991) with three of them occurring in the period of National Airport as official record spot (i.e., beginning in mid-1945).

The most at 67 days -- something we probably will not reach -- occurred in 1980 and 2010. The airport period historical average is 36 days which, as I explained here, is not the same as the fact that the highest average daily temperature during the course of the year peaks at 89F.

NWS/WPC seven-day quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) valid 0Z 22 Sept 2019 - 0Z 29 Sept 2019


There is still no meaningful rain the forecast for the next one to two weeks -- and we're quickly going from an 18-month record wet period (including all of 2018) into a drought. The pattern likely won't shift until well into October.

Atlantic Basin tropical cyclones map updated 10:59 p.m. EDT Sept 21, 2019


There are two more potential tropical cyclones in the Atlantic but they too will likely follow the same recurvature that keeps them well away from the Eastern Seaboard. If they form, they will be named Karen (presently, a wave near Barbados) and Lorenzo (presently, a mesoscale convective system of thunderstorms just exiting the coastline of French West Africa (specifically, Guinea).

Satellite image western Africa 0115 UTC 22 Sept 2019


Concerning this very dry September, the Sterling (LWX) NWSFO issued the following climate information in today's area forecast discussion:

Note: The ICAO abbreviation is used for the airport climate station and IATA abbreviation for the airport in general, the difference in these three cases being the "K" or not.


Here are the rankings for driest Septembers on record.

Washington, D.C. area (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, KDCA)

1. 0.11 inches (2019, so far)
0.11 inches (2005)
3. 0.14 inches (1884)
4. 0.20 inches (1967)
5. 0.32 inches (1977)

1981-2010 normal monthly rainfall for September: 3.72 inches

Note: Weather records for the Washington, DC area have been kept at what is now Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) since 1941. The official weather record consists of that data back to 1945, and additional precipitation records observed in downtown Washington, DC extend the period of record back to 1871.

Baltimore MD area (Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, KBWI)

1. 0.09 inches (1884)
2. 0.15 inches (2019, so far)
3. 0.21 inches (1967)
4. 0.32 inches (1906)
5. 0.35 inches (2007)

1981-2010 normal monthly rainfall for September: 4.03 inches

Note: Weather records for the Baltimore, MD area have been kept at what is now Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) since 1950. Additional precipitation records observed in downtown Baltimore extend the period of record back to 1871.

Sterling/Dulles VA area (Washington Dulles International Airport, KIAD)

1. 0.15 inches (2005)
2. 0.33 inches (2019, so far)
3. 0.62 inches (1967)
4. 0.78 inches (1978)
5. 0.93 inches (2014)

1981-2010 normal monthly rainfall for September: 3.92 inches

Note: Weather records for the Sterling/Dulles VA area have been kept at what is now Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) since 1960.


OK, I think I'm going to sign off for now. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to post a Jukebox Saturday Night edition this week since I would really just be forcing it -- that is, I don't have any particular songs I want to feature.

For tomorrow, well, it's just my usual Sunday free day -- probably the typical G'town jaunt.


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