Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Trying (and, Yes, Failing) To Avoid the Usual Bitter GOP Cocktail of Vinegary Depravities -OR- Some Wee Hours Sips of Some Dandelion Wine

A starry sky in an especially dark setting in Idaho with a meteor shower time lapse; photo by Oliver Guy

This image clearly shows the radiant point of the meteor shower. Not sure how long it took to get that many "shooting stars" in the image -- yet without any star trails.

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For this entry, I just want to relate that on some days, the news of what's happening in the larger world really bothers me, and Tuesday was one such day. I refer to what happened involving the Republican-forced primary in Wisconsin on Tuesday with sundry voter suppression efforts IN THE MIDDLE of a health pandemic that has shutdown society and so much of the economy. For that reason, tonight it has been difficult one for me not to post an especially vitriolic and profanity-laced entry. This is my third attempt.

An abandoned, thoroughly overgrown structure that was once a house and home in rural Arkansas

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Specifically, the by-GOP-designed botched primary happened on a  day when the U.S. national death toll from COVID-19 was almost 2,000 as we approach the impending peak -- and did so with the active ethical abominations of both the Wisconsin Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Whore Court.

Aerial view of a rugged ocean coastline

I got this image from some video screenshot but I don't remember where.

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This clearly reveals that the GOP's sociopath-infused monomania with voter suppression to hold onto power has achieved stunning depths of depravity -- in this case, simultaneously risking the lives and disenfranchising so many, all to hold onto a state Supreme Court seat on which it already has a majority.

COVID-19-related closure sign on the exterior fence around Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.,
5:21 p.m., April 4, 2020

This picture and some of those below (it should be obvious which) are ones I took recently.

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It is also illustrative of the broader range of amoral depravities that are part-and-parcel of today's Republican Party. In this way, Trump is as much the carnival barking, rotten fish head symptom as the cause, not to mention shows that the Supreme Court and the larger judiciary -- having been successfully hijacked by the depraved GOP -- is merely a grotesque naked appendage of that husk of a political party-turned-weird cult.

Dandelions growing on a grassy patch outside of DOE HQ, Washington, D.C., 2:58 p.m. April 7, 2020

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But I also know how self-defeating it is to go down this rabbit hole while drinking from the GOP's bitter vinegar concoction that is designed and intended to maximize agonies for the sake of "being owned" -- all while the non-existent anthropomorphic God that it peddles laughs its triple-face and triple ass off.

Closeup of a few dandelions ...

Yes, I thought of Dandelion Wine. You know, I met Ray Bradbury once ... and he signed my copy of Dandelion Wine.

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As for Trump, he's is just the grotesque carnival barking head on the cult. I'll refrain from looking at his FiveThirtyEight approval ratings, though, because they never go down -- just hover forever in the 43 to 49 range (even with the roughly 5 point average "bounce" he got at the start of the pandemic -- a paltry amount compared to other national leaders. That's because Trump's behavior in this pandemic situation has been as bad as you can imagine -- a sort of would-be mobster running a protection racket and an outright malignantly narcissistic crazy man.

Tulips by the sign for The Palm, Washington, D.C.,
3:10 p.m., March 26, 2020

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My hope is that in the coming couple decades -- through whatever traumas and dramatic transformations take place in American society -- "SCOTUS" vanishes as an institution, at least in its present dictatorially unaccountable form.

Nice spring day, grounds of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History at 12th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 1:53 p.m., April 6, 2020

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As it is now structured in a 50-50 divided country, it is causing too much fucking trouble given the behaviors of "justices" who are really just rightwing political apparatchiks with fascist and/or authoritarian leanings (i.e., "Scalito" Alito, "Slappy" Thomas, "Boof" Kavanaugh, "Ass-suck" Gorsuch) who stay on the court for hundreds of years, unanswerable to anyone or anything.

Fuck the Supreme Court. It's nothing more than the excreta that comes out of Mitch McConnell's backside. Oh, and John Roberts is a worthless pussy.


Changing subjects ...

I've been home tonight since 8 p.m. just watching my comfort TV shows on MeTV, Antenna TV, and Cozi TV. Right now, is the deeply poignant episode of Murphy Brown entitled "Full Circle." Actress Colleen Dewhurst (she of great talent, not to mention an amazing husky voice) who played Murphy's mother, had died, and that was written into the episode.

The same place / view as in image above but at 1:54 p.m.

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In the episode, Murphy has a Come-to-Jesus moment with her estranged father, played by Darren McGavin (an appropriate choice, given the show's premise and McGavin's own role as a wire service reporter in the bizarre show Kolchak: The Night Stalker).

As a brief weather update ...

NE CONUS base reflectivity radar mosaic looped 0518 - 0628 UTC April 8, 2020

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There's a cluster of thunderstorms sagging southeastward from Pennsylvania toward the D.C. and Baltimore areas at this 3 a.m. wee hours. The storms may or may not hold together, but hopefully we'll get a good dousing of rain.

Of note, there were some heavy rain showers in the immediate D.C. area (not elsewhere) on Tuesday afternoon that washed the pollen out of the air. The rainfall totals were as follows:

KDCA: 0.37"

KIAD: 0.30"

KNAK: 0.11"

KDMH: 0.06"

KBWI: 0.04"

We also needed the rain.

The t-storms tonight in Pennsylvania are associated with an upper level disturbance and surface low over the Great Lakes, one of several moving along a quasi-stationary / warm front.

Hi-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern U.S., valid 03Z 08 April 2020

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A more vigorous cold frontal passage is forecasted for Thursday and the arrival of a more active pattern -- after months and months of, well, nothing really.

NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast looped 12Z 10 April to 12Z 12 April 2020 showing fronts, precipitation type, and likelihood

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OK, I think I had better wrap up this entry, so that's all for now.

--Regulus

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