Potomac River view, Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington, D.C., 2:51 p.m., August 26, 2020
Home tonight in my lamp-lit, carpeted little apartment somewhere in Washington, D.C., window air conditioner purring away. I'm watching my late night comfort TV on Cozi TV, MeTV, and Antenna TV. As I write this, I'm watching a Perry Mason episode on MeTV ("The Case of the Wrathful Wraith").
Clarification: I started this entry around 11 p.m. last night. I didn't actually complete and post it until about 1:40 p.m. today.
Taberna del Alabardero restaurant, Washington, D.C., 6:05 p.m., August 27, 2020
Earlier tonight, I went to Taberna del Alabardero for a nice solo dinner with an attention waiter. I ate inside, which is far more civilized and pleasant (especially in a summertime hot, humid urban environment).
Taberna del Alabardero restaurant, Washington, D.C., 6:27 p.m., August 27, 2020
What's more, it's to avoid any roving mobs of BLM / Antifa animals violently harassing outdoor diners like the secular version of religion-fundamentalist crazies they are. Apparently, that's the new vulgar intimidation tactic by the deranged WOKE that local Democrat pols can get enough of. Like I said here, the morally degenerate base is ON THE MOVE.
Taberna del Alabardero restaurant, Washington, D.C., 7:20 p.m., August 27, 2020
Speaking of restaurants, yesterday, I had lunch at Tony & Joe's in Georgetown. This is because I did not go into the office but teleworked. And for Friday, as I am teleworking, I will probably go to my usual Italiano Angolo spot in Georgetown -- although the impending Mall area riots and any spillover suggest to me that maybe I should just go to Bethesda and try Mon Ami Gabi. I haven't been there in a year.
Early evening late August view of the Washington Monument, 5:28 p.m., August 27, 2020
I must admit that I'm actually surprised that Mayor McCheese is even allowing restaurants to be open for indoor dining in D.C. My guess is that will be nixed -- especially if the Biden / Harris co-presidency ticket wins -- because the Lockdown Left and its twitter mob hysterical shock troops can't get enough of hard shutdowns to include all the mayhem and destruction they cause. That's what you will get in Democrat-run cities and states.
National Mall under twin row of trees, Washington, D.C., 5:30 p.m., August 27, 2020
As you may surmise, there are so many things I want to post, and invariably, I quickly get hopelessly backed up on desired entries. What's more, when I'm home at night, I just want to relax and not have to spend hours and hours trying to pour the content of a screwed-up reality into this, that, or the other entry.
This includes more commentary on the Covid situation with a heavy focus on Alex Berenson's invaluable twitter-based fount of information and informed opinion. Indeed, I'm including screenshots in this entry of about a half dozen of his most recent tweets (and a couple compendiums of tweet strings).
Earlier tonight, I tried to write two separate entries, namely, a standalone one on the Covid situation and another on the political situation in America. Trouble is, the two cannot be disentangled precisely because the former is now nothing more than a hot Culture War extension of the former rather than any sort of genuine "health emergency." This makes it impossible to "decompose" the two topics into separate entries.
For starters, unfortunately, this Covid situation isn't about to end because it's nothing more than an extension of a socio-cultural-based hot political civil war that is presently primarily benefiting the Democrat party and its desire for Cultural Marxist WOKE-based totalitarian control.
This hot civil war involves a Cultural Revolution of WOKE secular-fundamentalist insanity combined with widespread, systemic Antifa / BLM mob violence and mayhem in Democrat-run cities. These twin malevolencies are being facilitated by the underlying Covid fear-driven political climate that at the present time suggests the likelihood of a Biden/Harris victory.
What's more, given Senile Joe's deteriorating cognitive condition, such an outcome means that Biden would be nothing more than a vessel for the most radical Marxist elements of the Democrat Party.
More immediately, tomorrow (Friday) features the "WE SHALL OVERTHROW" mob gathering down on the Mall. It promises to be a vintage Democrat specialty featuring crazed BLM Marxists, endless quantities of pot, and all those white WOKE female millennials writing on the ground. Already there has been violence as it (not coincidentally) happens to coincide with President Trump's RNC acceptance speech, which occurred on the White House South Lawn (more on that below).
All, in all, this year is like an even more demented and psychotic version of 1968, isn't it??
Let's be clear: Endless violent riots, looting, arson, savagely beating people trying to defend their property and lives, and generalized mayhem are the Radical Illiberal Left's version of a hot civil war.
It is intended to bring about a racially-infused Cultural Marxist and associated political revolution (which, of course, could never "succeed" on its own grotesque terms). It is being actively facilitated by an Illiberal Left media using the instrument of endless Covid "panic porn" nonsense.
Let's also be clear on this: Democrat pols have discovered an all-purpose "general health emergency" gives them a degree of unaccountable control that they could only dream of before the media pandemic struck.
On a personal, living right here in the Capital of the Late Stage Empire, and speaking of pandemics, I'm avoiding the Mall area like the metaphorical plague.
This current atavistic spasm of insanity has infected a fraction society. It has also completely hijacked the Democrat Party and both media and academia, giving a wildly disproportionate influence to its numbers.
On a personal note, given the acute toxicity of this cultural poison that fully infects the city I live -- Washington, D.C. -- this is why next year I will be moving the fuck out of D.C. and to Alexandria, Va. In Slate / Salon / HuffPo / Vox WOKE "co-platforming" speak, I no longer feel safe in this city, and I certainly do not belong here.
House along O Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:29 p.m., August 26, 2020
That move is a planned interim step to leaving the D.C. area outright in, I estimate, anywhere from 5 to 10 years. That departure is a prelude to retirement. However, it goes without saying that this "plan" is contingent on so many presently unknowable future events and circumstances -- including the condition of this country -- that it is really just aspirational.
C&O Canal view near the Key Bridge, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:43 p.m., August 26, 2020
As alluded to in the thoughts above, I would also like to discuss at length the degeneracies of the commercial media/infotainment complex that, by and large, has morphed into a sprawling an Illiberal Left psychological operation (PSYOP) that trades only in fear and loathing.
Finally, and presently very relevant to this entry, there is the topic of nights 3 and 4 of the Republican National Convention, that culminated in President Trump's terrific acceptance speech on the South Lawn of the White House. (It was held there rather than at the planned RNC in Jacksonville. As for the Democratic National Convention, it was a terror-based "virtual" clown show to include Joe Biden drooling in his basement. This was all due to Covid crap.)
Naturally, the WOKE media PSYOP led by PMSNBC and the CNN ass-hat crowd have been massively triggered. On a personal note, I've done by best to avoid even glancing at my Yahoo news feed, much less going to various Illiberal Left media sites such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, or any garbage outfit run by Ezra Klein, an ostensible human being who is one of its more morally perverted and ethically grotesque specimens vis-à-vis his stated profession.
True to form, though, the Leftwing Media PSYOP had a series of racist outbursts about the African Americans who were in attendance and singled out by Trump in his 70-minute speech. This goes beyond just the tweeted garbage from Joy Reid and includes "respectable" publications such as POLITICO and what it said in tweets and headlines about speaker Alice Marie Johnson. (Remember to double click on the Fox News link to get around the "access denied" page.)
Alice Marie Johnson, a true American redemption success story
You can read about her story here. Ms. Johnson's heartfelt speech about her own story is worth embedding in full:
But the disgusting, hateful comments made about her by leftwing self-appointed leftwing social justice warriors and other WOKE assholes are just revolting. You see, Dear Reader, the total control-fixated Illiberal Left cannot abide that certain individuals from its approved "BIPOC" categories are not in lockstep march with its ways and thus run afoul of its eternal exploitation of minorities and other disenfranchised groups for purposes of amassing and keeping power.
But this explains the Left's psychotic eruptions when it encounters such individuals who think for themselves and come to their own informed worldview. This explains the tweets and other comments from the likes of Joy "AM Jemima" Reid. As for Reid, honestly, given her "legacy" homophobia -- which, by Critical Justice Theory logic, implies the truly dreaded transphobia -- she should have already been "canceled" by the Left.
Were Reid's racially-based identity not that of an articulate Black woman with an existing media platform, she certainly would have been.
As violent, jacked-up, drug-addled mobs are already gathered for Friday's "WE SHALL OVERTHROW" rally, there were also clashes with police outside the White House with WOKE-crazed lunatics attempting to attack even a United States Senator as he departed the South Lawn event.
Psychotic, nihilistic, drug-addled mobs -- i.e., the Democrat Party base -- engaged in violent "peaceful protest" outside the White House last night.
The officer above is regular MPD police, so don't expect Mayor Big Breasted McCheese to come to his defense.
Collectively, BLM Marxist thugs and Antifa animals are nihilistic scum whose existence is both cause-and-effect of a deranged time when America is ripping itself apart culturally. As for the picture above, I hope that woman got peppered sprayed and tasered at the same time. Hopefully, though, her breasts didn't pop out -- they would knock everyone flat.
All of this, though, shows the importance of the content of Gov Kristi Noem's speech from night 3, which is embedded directly below:
Best quote of the speech and worth restating:
"From Seatle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being over-run by violent mobs. The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People who can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves."
This sentence so TRIGGERED Rachel "Abortion Queen" Maddow had to change her WOKE sanitary napkin while getting Seattle "CHOP" Mayor Dipshit Durkan to "fact check" it.
By the way, I deeply apologize for what I wrote about Gov. Noem in this entry at the start of the Covid media pandemic. I was completely wrong and she was right. I was still brainwashed in the Illiberal Left's America-loathing, anti-Trump cult.
On a personal note, Vice Presidential motorcade (at least I'm fairly sure it was it) went directly by my apartment -- on 22nd Street, turning up Massachusetts Avenue -- tonight within an hour of the end of the speech. VP Pence was at the acceptance speech tonight.
Most, if not all, of these topics are ones I would like to delve -- and for some of them, given the current awful situation in America, I certainly will. Oh, and I'd still like to post the remainder of my Florida trip pictures. However, any and all of these topics so long to compose an entry, and I just can't do it tonight.
Lake Charles NWS (LCH) radar in standard base reflectivity looped 5:56 p.m. - 6:39 p.m. CDT,
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
This was as the hurricane's eye was coming into LCH radar range.
So instead, what I will just briefly mention is that now-former Hurricane Laura roared ashore around 2 a.m. CDT Friday along a thinly-populated stretch of the Louisiana coastline -- at or near Cameron, La. -- as a strong category 4 tropical cyclone. It had top sustained winds of 150 mph.
Lake Charles NWS Forecast Office (LCH) county warning area (CWA) advisories updated 8:47 p.m. CDT
August 26, 2020
August 26, 2020
Note: I saved the radar and NWS advisory images featured in this entry while the screenshots of The Weather Channel's coverage were sent to me by Tim. (Recall that I don't have cable TV.)
The Weather Channel (TWC) television screenshot of Hurricane Laura at 7 p.m. CDT August 26, 2020
However, it was powerful and close enough to cause some really bad structural damage to buildings and other objects (including a radio tower) in Lake Charles. The preliminary death toll is still under 10, but that will probably increase as rescuers get to impacted areas.
Directly above is TWC tv screenshot of Hurricane Laura satellite image and Stephanie Abrams, a bit after 2 a.m. CDT August 27, 2020, in a casino in Lake Charles, La., where she had taken refuge.
This image shows Stephanie Abrams looking, understandably, worse for the wear of having just gone through the eye-wall of a strong category 4 hurricane -- and very nearly getting struck with flying shattered glass, as shown in this video:
Jim Cantore was also in the storm's path. No surprise there. Oh, and somehow, the power did NOT go out in the casino.
Below are some images of the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in and around Lake Charles, Louisiana.
TWC tv screenshot including radar image of Hurricane Laura shortly after landfall, 2:30 a.m. CDT 27 August 2020
The hourly observations from the Lake Charles Regional Airport (KLCH) got really scary before going off at 2 a.m. -- and I think it will remain offline and I think it will for days. (There is an image of the table a bit farther below.)
Damaged glass-façade building, Lake Charles, La., shortly after Hurricane Laura, Aug 27, 2020
The last report included the following: Wind east 98 mph, gusts to 132 mph.
Yikes. Honestly, I didn't think a NWS anemometer even could record that high.
Damaged homes and structures and residual flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Lake Charles, La.,
Aug 27, 2020
Aug 27, 2020
Other numbers included: Visibility 0.25 mile; fog and windy (rain is almost impossible to record in those conditions); and a sky condition of "VV006" -- short for "vertical visibility" of 600 feet. The barometer was also 28.31" -- a drop of 0.69" or 23.3 millibars (!) from the previous hourly observation.
KLCH weather observations table from 3 p.m. CDT 26 August 2020 to 2 a.m. CDT 27 August 2020
I suspect the weather station including the co-located radar will be offline for quite some time, maybe weeks. The KLCH radar is also down. Of note, the radar is co-located at the Lake Charles NWS Forecast Office. About the LCH office, it is also offline and is being run out of other NWSFOs including Tampa Bay and Brownsville / Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Downed powerlines in Lake Charles, La., as a result of Hurricane Laura, August 27, 2020
OK, I'm going to wrap up this entry. Given the length and complexity of this entry, my next planned posting will either be a brief one on Saturday night or a longer one on Monday.