Thursday, December 31, 2020

Finally, This Hindsight 2020 Fucking Demon Year Ends -OR- Just Get Here Already, 2021

Winter bare tree silhouetted on the sky, National Mall, Washington, D.C., 2:12 p.m., Dec 29, 2020

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Last day of Demon Year 2020 (yeah, some hindsight) -OR- New Year's Eve 2021.


Apologies for lack of the flurry of end-of-year postings I said I would post on the last fucking day of this fucking year.

But these entries take FOREVER to compose -- and other than one good friend and, perhaps, the BIG Y'EYEMAH and her waddling, cooing / mooing / pooing / always-keen-on-failure tonnage, I have no readers. Just random Google image drive-by "virtual-within-virtual" views (since those visitors aren't actually at this site).

To elaborate, the entries I had in mind are all fucking political-themed in this grotesque year 2020 that is thankfully now ending.


For tonight, New Year's Eve 2021, I will walk home from the office here at Elephant L'Enfant Plaza back to my apartment in WOKE zombified, Branch Covidian cultic terrified D.C.

About New Year's Eve, FUCK YOU, Bill de Blasio's New York City -- a rapidly dying-by-mass suicide city -- and your stupid "health care workers only" 2021 NYE "celebration" -- just a fucking WOKE version of Orwell's 1984 in Victory Square.

Like all trans-liquefied Millennials, they demand to be worshiped just for doing their jobs, and who, much like Critical Race Theorists, are always "tired" that they have to live in a world in which everyone doesn't move in their North Korea-like cultural (de)formations.


These Big Media-sustained Health Scare Industrial Complex workers -- and I refer specifically to that numerically small but super-noisy leftwing, virtue-signaling, bullshit pronoun-obsessed Twitter mob subset who won't shut the fuck up and insist on being worshiped and glorified for just doing their jobs.

What's more, being Critical Race Theorist racists, they are always "tired" that they have to live in a world in which everyone doesn't move in their North Korea-like cultural (de)formations.


Since I'm on it, let me make one more political-themed comment:

The American Illiberal Left as a whole is committing a weird form of socio-cultural suicide in their big, blue enclaves. They are rapidly destroying the very economic and cultural engines that were once the reason people wanted to live in and be part of those places. To use an admittedly tasteless but illustrative analogy, Critical Race Theory is the virus pathogen into these woke zombies. And Covid-1984 hysteria rapidly accelerates the process.


And here in Washington, D.C., with its phalanxes of fully masked and fully WOKE 30-year old Karens and those fucking ageing Baby Boomers who never left and refuse to go away, people are fundamentally psychologically damaged. Things won't revert back to "normal" for years, perhaps until a generational shift has occurred. On a pesrona note, I used to quite like living here. Now, I can't wait to leave and go to a more sane place.


At the end of the day, if you want to wear a mask outside and hide in your basement or your attic until "Covid cases are zero," fine, have at it. I just don't want MY life destroyed for your fucking terror management purposes. Nor for Democrat pol social control purposes.


My point is that something will necessarily replace the failing Blue States as those engines. Rather than mainland China, my hope is that it will be the saner parts of the United States: People in places such as Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Utah, and Idaho, to name a few. Unless they go batshit crazy, too, which I don't think is happening.

Just to state the obvious, this goes way beyond a Pervy Joe titular / Dr. Jill versus Kamala co-presidency. However, I'm genuinely unsure if the Big Media narrative is going to shift to positive / we've-got-Covid-under-control once Biden puts his wizened hand on that Bible and takes the Oath of Office. Or if the hysterical fearmongering will just jump to a new state.


Oh, btw, the big vaccine rollout is going as lousy and half-assed as you would expect in the United States with severely underwhelming uptake and at least anecdotally, significant and possibly widespread reluctance among the non-elderly but otherwise prioritized groups (even not involving the social justice, i.e., racist, metrics demanded by the Left).


Of course, given the federal system-based, highly decentralized nature of the United States, plus the usual fucked up way we do everything, this isn't a surprise. In addition, it is right in the heart of the extended holiday season, Christmas, New Years, Hannukah, Kamala's Kwanzaa, and otherwise. I don't expect things to get cranking until late January.

Anyway, as for right now, I'm here solo in the office, sitting in the dark except for a lamp and the light of the laptop plus two additional monitors while a small desk fan whirls. I'm listening to the Smooth Jazz station on JazzRadio.com.

My music selection varies among the various jazz channels it offers: Bossa Nova, Coffee Jazz, (if I'm in the mood) Fusion Lounge, Late Night Jazz, Modern Big Band, Paris Cafe, Piano Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Smooth Lounge, and Swing & Big Band, among 43 jazz channels.

Just fyi, it so made sense to pay $60 for a full year subscription to JazzRadio.com and not have goddamn all those brain-freezing, soul-numbing, stupid-ass commercials every 4 minutes.

OK, that's all for now. I'm not going to go into anything more profound on this last day of 2020.

I will say that this will be the first New Year's Eve when I will literally just be home as if it were an ordinary night -- watching Perry Mason on MeTV at the midnight hour and having ZERO notice of the passage of that moment marking the changing of the years.


To clarify, there really is NO way to have even a semi-normal New Year's Eve festivity anywhere thanks to the Branch Covidian / totalitarian Democrat / Big Media Industrial / Health Scare complex married in zombified way to Madam Mayor McCheese Bowser and her terror-mongering. Maybe if I were wealthy and had those kinds of connections, things would be different. But I'm just ordinary and alone.

God, I hate this place.

Yes, another pic of the statue of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on the OAS grounds, Washington, D.C., 1:59 p.m., Dec 29, 2020

She intrigues me, OK? What's it to ya??

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Given the "outdoor only" requirement, there is an easy possibility, namely, that the little outdoor eating area at Angolo in Georgetown. Maybe I'll try that. Especially since it's a mild night (around 43°F). (No, I'm not a fan of those hat-topped heat lamps. They scare me.) But if not, I'll just go home.


Either way, I intend to be home at the midnight hour and watching Perry Mason (the MeTV schedule indicates the episode is "The Case of the Lame Canary").

22nd and P Streets NW intersection view, Washington, D.C., 4:37 p.m., Dec 26, 2020

I was riding with Gary back from Alexandria to my apartment -- and that's my apartment building illuminated in the light of the setting Sun.

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Needless to say, I'll be quite by myself tonight. Just like I've been all week (since Sunday with Chester and, prior to that, Christmas Eve with Tim, although I think he's ghosted me for the time being -- we go through that a lot). I talked on the phone today to my dad down in Florida. Things got interesting last week in his trailer park.

Yes, a Florida man in action.

As for my mom, well, we presently aren't talking. Again.


OK, let me wrap up this entry. You'll note that I'm NOT even attempting to post any profound thoughts about 2021 because I don't fucking have a clue, nor will I venture a guess. Just let it come already. Whatever happens, happens.


As for my next postings, it is unlikely that I'll finish and get posted the two sprawling, political-themed entries I have in draft. Rather, I have a brief, standalone New Year's Day entry planned. Then, on January 4th, I would like to post that whopper of an entry on Three's Company. And I plan to leave that one the lead entry for about a week.


Good night. And good morning.

--Regulus

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Reposted: John Daniel Davidson's "5 Big Things We Learned About Our Elites in 2020" Column in The Federalist Interspersed with Sunday Walk Pics Along Freight Train Line in Ijamsville, Md.

A forest-lined freight train line on a chilly, tranquil early winter day in Ijamsvillem, Md., 2:59 p.m. Dec 27, 2020

We are within 48 hours of the end of this Demon Year 2020 and some retrospectives are in order.

With that in mind, I would like to repost in full The Federalist political editor John Daniel Davidson's piece dated December 28th in The Federalist entitled [link embedded]:

The text is broken up with topically-unrelated pictures (posted in no particular order) I took on a Sunday trek up to Ijamsville in Frederick County, Md., with Chester where we walked for about 1.5 miles each way along a freight train line that wends its way along Bush Creek.

Except for the lead one and a couple noteworthy ones, I'm not captioning them but the file names contain location / time info.


To clarify, I rode the awful Metro to Medical Center, where I met Chester, and then we drove up I-270 to Urbana and thence on Rt 80 (Fingerboard Road) to Ijamsville. Interestingly, I had last been in Ijamsville exactly 5-1/2 years to the day earlier on June 27, 2015. It was during one of those June deluge periods we sometimes get.

Oh, and full disclosure: I'm not even entirely sure how you pronounce Ijamsville.


It was a lovely December day on the walk: Cold but still ... in a silent, bare forest ... deep in a rural setting ... a single line of freight tracks stretching to unknown destinations far beyond the ability to walk, the unspecified distance to wherever enhanced by the complete lack of any trains ... and nobody around.

And for me, the real joy was the dearth of any D.C. Branch Covidian paranoiacs who make present-day life here hellish in the late-stage Imperial Capital.


I will say the freight train track was a bit dicey for me a few times as Bush Creek wends its sinewy way along the rail line with multiple small trestles. The creek runs into the Monocacy River. That aside, there is something very serene, tranquil, and lovely about that part of Maryland (the far exurbs of D.C. in the vicinity of Frederick).


We each brought a bit of food and drink. We walked until about 3:30 p.m. -- not going any farther since we had to return, and I didn't want to be on the train tracks with trestles in the dark. I think we made it to about where the rail line nears Ball Road. Instead, we climbed up a steep embankment and sat there for about 20 minutes before heading back. We rode back all the way to D.C. with Chester kindly taking me back to my place.


Above: Chester walking along the freight train tracks in Ijamsville. Just fyi, Chester has done multiple 100 to 250+ mile walks on trails criss-crossing the Appalachians from Virginia to the Canadian border.

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Anyway, without further ado, here is the full piece (minus all the inline links) along with one commentary interjection and a set of captions with what I think is an interesting detour ...

5 Big Things We Learned About Our Elites In 2020

It’s been a hard year but at least we know, beyond all doubt, that our elites despise us and will do anything to expand their power.


By John Daniel Davidson
December 28, 2020
The Federalist
Original here (with all the inline links)

For as difficult as the past year has been, from politics to the pandemic, it has at least helped to illuminate and clarify certain things about the state of our country.

Above all, 2020 has illuminated and clarified the relationship between America’s elites -- in government, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, corporate America and the corporate press -- and everyone else. In short, our elites believe, contra Thomas Jefferson, that most people were born with saddles on their backs while a favored few were born booted and spurred to ride them, legitimately.


The rigors and suffering of the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the perseverance, resilience, and generosity of the American people, but also exposed -- sometimes in mind-boggling detail -- the greed, hypocrisy, and indifference of our elites.

We like to think we live in a country where everyone, rich and poor alike, is equal before the law. But we know now, thanks to the exigencies and emergencies of 2020, that isn’t true -- or at least it’s only true sometimes, when the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to weigh in and enforce equal treatment.

But left unchecked, as many of our leaders were over the past year, we all know what they will do. In no particular order, then, here are the five big things we learned about America and its elites in 2020.


1. Democrats Don’t Care About Science -- Or Religious Liberty

This year we learned Democrats aren’t the “party of science,” and in fact don’t care about science at all -- especially if it gets in the way of their policy agenda or the exercise of emergency powers.

How else do you explain the actions of Democratic governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo and California’s Gavin Newsom? They both tried to ban indoor religious gatherings based the unscientific belief that people are more likely to contract COVID-19 in a church than in a liquor store or a Lowe’s. In both cases, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such restrictions were unconstitutional because they singled out houses of worship for unequal treatment.


Lost in the media coverage of these and similar cases was the disturbing fact that these governors weren’t basing their pandemic-related restrictions on science or data. When a Los Angeles judge earlier this month struck down an outdoor dining ban issued by county health officials, he noted that the county hadn’t presented any scientific evidence justifying the ban or even done a basic cost-benefit analysis on the effects of shutting down more than 30,000 restaurants.

“It’s not rational to make a decision without doing everything you’re supposed to do, and you haven’t,” the judge said. “You’re imposing restrictions but there’s no reason to believe it will help with ICU capacity.” In all these cases, science had nothing to do with the attempted shutdown. Power and prejudice did.


2. Lockdowns For Thee But Not For Me

Speaking of Newsom, he became the poster boy for elite hypocrisy when he was photographed at a fancy Napa Valley restaurant with a bunch of wealthy and powerful friends right after imposing harsh pandemic-related lockdowns on much of the state.

He wasn’t alone. All over the country, elected officials -- almost all of them Democrats -- were spotted flouting their own pandemic rules and restrictions. My colleague Tristan Justice catalogued some of the most high-profile instances.


There was Austin Mayor Steve Adler telling residents to stay home -- and threatening them with more restrictive measures if they didn’t comply -- while he was vacationing in a Mexican resort town.

There was Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who boarded a flight for Houston to visit his daughter for Thanksgiving right after telling residents to “avoid travel if you can.”

There was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, mask-less, visiting a shut-down hair salon in San Francisco, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot doing the same thing -- then getting caught mask-less in the streets with a bullhorn at a rally celebrating Joe Biden’s victory. Her excuse (they all have excuses) was that the “crowd was gathered whether I was there or not.”


On and on, all over the country. The mayors of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, D.C., all of them Democrats, all of them caught flouting their own lockdown orders.

We can conclude two things from this. The first is that our ruling elites, despite their grave intonations and warnings, don’t really believe the coronavirus is very dangerous or that their lockdown orders are necessary -- at least not for them. The second is that they hate you and think you’re stupid.


3. Lockdown Elites Don’t Care If Small Businesses Die

The elites’ hypocrisy went beyond their personal behavior. It also affected the pandemic policies they supported and imposed. Especially in blue states and cities, elected officials opted for pandemic restrictions that disproportionately harmed small businesses and working families, while giving generous carve-outs and exemptions to special interests.


Nothing illustrated this better than a viral video by a distraught restaurant owner in Los Angeles, who was justifiably upset over an outdoor dining ban that shuttered all bars and restaurants but exempted the film and television industry. Angela Marsden, owner of the Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill in Los Angeles, had spent tens of thousands of dollars to create an outdoor dining space that complied with Centers for Disease Control and county health guidelines in an attempt to save her business, only to have the rules changed on her without warning.

The real slap in the face, though, was an outdoor dining area for a television production set up not 50 feet from her restaurant. The two dining spaces were nearly identical. The only difference is that she, a small business owner, wasn’t powerful or important enough to get an exemption.

I would like to note just how fucking useless, pointless, and self-destructive EVERYTHING that has been in done in California: Graph Showing Difference in Case Rates Between Florida and California Is a Wake-Up Call for America.


I'd like to post a few thoughts on that grotesque parody of the ruling overclass, Gavin Newsom. Even the cadence of his name is offensive.

Gavin Newsom is a prancing, criminally hypocritical asshole whose position as Governor of California shows everything wrong with that state.

An oligarch by ugly turn of fate, Gavin Newsom is a moral twat whose very existence is so insultingly offensive that only a Gnostic cosmos would countenance it.

On the topic of twats, Gavin Newsom is the actual human embodiment of a feminine itch.

In a just Universe (should I even finish that??), given the countless lives he has cavalierly destroyed, Gavin Newsom, his hair, his teeth, and his she-male parts would be on trial and he'd go to prison for life.


4. Silicon Valley Wants You to Shut Up

Another disturbing revelation in 2020 was that Big Tech doesn’t care about free speech or the free exchange of ideas, and will, given the right circumstances, censor what you can read and share on their platforms according to criteria they invent out of thin air.


We saw this over and over again, not only with COVID-19 commentary and reporting but with coverage of the presidential election and the many instances of fraud and illegal electioneering that were documented in the days and weeks after the vote. Twitter and Facebook in particular were aggressive in their censorship of any opinions or information that challenged their chosen narratives about the pandemic and the election.

Again, science and data and verifiable facts didn’t factor into these decisions. Experts like former White House advisor Scott Atlas were censored by Twitter for sharing studies that showed the ineffectiveness of masks. Amazon did the same thing to former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson’s booklet on the ineffectiveness of masks.


On election night, Twitter repeatedly censored President Trump but not former Vice President Joe Biden. Facebook “fact-checkers,” some of them funded by China and Russia, repeatedly flagged content critical of Democrats.

Most infamously, Twitter and Facebook conspired with corporate media before the election to impose a blackout on coverage of the Hunter Biden scandal, including an unprecedented move by Twitter to suspend The New York Post’s account for breaking the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop and emails. This was done rather straightforwardly to shield voters from the Biden family’s corruption. After the election, the FBI confirmed that it is in fact investigating Hunter Biden.

A bald eagle soaring in circles above the freight train line on a chilly, tranquil winter early evening in Ijamsvillem, Md., 4:09 p.m. Dec 27, 2020

There were at least two male bald eagles and a female one circling overhead -- making that unexpected and slightly weird chirping sound they make as heard here:


I say "weird" because it's coming from a bald eagle -- a creature that you expect to make a sound more like the powerful red-tailed hawk screech. Indeed, that's the sound typically dubbed in by filmmakers for the assumed sound of a bald eagle.


OK, back to the last section of the Davidson piece ...

5. Elites Are Okay With Chaos and Violence From the Left

Another glaring instance of elite hypocrisy in 2020 was the reaction to riots and looting in American cities throughout the spring and summer. Because Democrats and corporate media agreed with the ideology and politics driving this violence, and approved of groups like Black Lives Matter (BLM) that were fomenting it, they excused it. Over and over, reporters and commentators characterized violent riots and urban unrest as “mostly peaceful protests,” sometimes even while showing images of burning buildings and mayhem in the streets.

A large bald eagle nest in a tree along the freight train track in Ijamsvillem, Md., 4:11 p.m. Dec 27, 2020

If you look carefully, you can see an eagle next to the nest. There were two males circles and a nearby female -- clearly perturbed by our passing presence.

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By contrast, peaceful and orderly protests of pandemic lockdown orders in the spring were reported as dangerous and threatening, not because they were actually dangerous or threatening but because the protesters were mostly conservatives and Republicans who thought governors and mayors were overstepping their authority. At the same time, these same outlets downplayed or simply refused to report on the many instances of violence, including shootings, perpetrated by Antifa rioters and BLM demonstrators across the country.

When armed groups began showing up at these BLM “protests” to protect property and businesses from being looted and burned down, major outlets like The New York Times pretended the gunplay and violence started with the right, not the left. Biden’s deputy campaign manager even went on air and accused Trump of “inciting violence,” as if the mere fact of Trump presidency justified widespread violence and rioting.

We learned from all this that the left is prepared to burn down cities to seize power, and will make excuses for rioters and looters as long as it serves their political and ideological agenda.


That’s of a piece with everything else we’ve learned about our elites in 2020. They don’t really care about the things they claim to care about. They don’t care about science or data or even keeping us safe during a pandemic.

They don’t care about small businesses or working families or getting kids back to school. They don’t care about free speech or the free exercise of religion or anything else that hinders their power -- and they certainly don’t care about you.

John is the Political Editor at The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter.

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OK, that wraps up this entry. My intention is to post a few more entries over the next several days -- culminating in that ginormous one about Three's Company that I've completed and intend to post on Jan 3rd and will keep up as the lead one for about a week.

--Regulus

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Kamala Hateful Harpy Harridan Harris, The 25th Amendment Coup Madam President-in-Waiting, Coos Over Her Quality Kwanzaa Memories

**Updated 10:22 p.m. 12/30/2020: See bottom of entry.**

Kamala the Hateful Harpy Harridan, 25th Amendment Coup Madam President-in-Waiting, explains the generations-long spiritual meaning of KWANZAA to her Jamaican - Indian family.

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Yes, a Jamaican - Indian monsterously hateful pol ... the hateful and barren stepmother married to a white Jewish guy with two children from a previous marriage ... who herself has spent her teenage years in Canada definitely can't get enough of Kwanzaa, a holiday created in the U.S. when she was about 2.


But not to worry: The fucking WaHoPo, New York WOKE CULT Times, PMSNBC, and the fucking racists of CNN are there to inform folks that if anyone DARE question Lady Harridan Macbeth's status as Virgin Mother of God and of the Universe -- thus beating out Winnie "The Necklacing Pooh" Mandela --are on par with Holocaust deniers.

Yes, this is how the WOKE but historically illerate and fundamentally brain dead-ignorant Big Media roll and why they are actual excreta.

What's more, Twatter and Fece-Book will make sure to "deplatform" anyone and anything that fails to take into account her greatness.

I'm just looking forward to what happens when Kamala the Hateful Harpy Harridan has dispatched Drooly, Pervy, Incoherent, Incontinent Biden -- I refer to "Doctor" Jill's dementia-addled husband who notionally holds the title of "President of the United States" -- and starts (as she will) her Gavin Newsom-style executive orders for gun confiscation and Obama-inspired, identity politics-based confiscatory taxes for "reparations."

Oh, and then there is when she creates the Department of AntiRacism and makes Doctor Ibram X-Hole Kendi the first Secretary and gives him unlimited power to do as he pleases.

Yeah, that'll all work out well -- even with Twatter and Fecesbook to "ban" any dangerous views.

If you're curious, I give Biden six months. I also give even odds that Kamala is the last President of the United States in its present form.

And on that note, I'll end this entry.

UPDATED 10:22 p.m. 12/30/2020

OK, I must note this Ann Coulter column on Kwanzaa and Kamala [link embedded]: Happy Kwanzaa! The Holiday Brought to You by the FBI

Excerpt:

"Post some pictures, Kamala! We’d love to see your Brahmin and Jamaican grandparents sitting around the Kwanzaa candles recalling celebrations way back when they were three or four years younger. (Would that The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” would start counting Kamala’s lies!)"

"Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 (when Kamala was 2 years old) by black radical/FBI stooge Ron Karenga — aka Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of United Slaves, the violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers. Liberals have become so mesmerized by multicultural gibberish that they have forgotten the real history of Kwanzaa and Karenga’s United Slaves."

"In what was ultimately a foolish gambit, during the madness of the ’60s, the FBI encouraged the most extreme black nationalist organizations in order to discredit and split the left. The more preposterous the group, the better. (It’s the same function MSNBC serves today.)"

Hahahaha

End of Update and of Entry.

--Regulus

Friday, December 25, 2020

December the 25th Posting in the Craptacular Covid Year of 2020: Overview of a Rainy Deluge Christmas Eve and Alexandria Chart House Restaurant Visit; Plus, Why the New NWS Radar Display and WMATA Both Suck

Snows Ct and 25th St NW, Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., 3:34 p.m., December 20, 2020

I didn't know we had a Snows Court in D.C.

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Christmas Day 2020.

I'm just home today -- alone but not lonely. Maybe a touch bored and worried / dejected / agitated, but, then again, I'm always that way.

I'll refrain from a discussion of any Covid-1984-related crap. I already referenced the situation here in and around D.C. in my previous entry.

The situation is far worse -- indeed, nothing less than grotesquely totalitarian -- in the UK. You can read about that here. Imperial College's Neil Ferguson really oughta rot in hell for eternity. As for BoJo himself, he's clearly a deranged and dangerous man destroying his country.

Anyway, my own Christmas plans were altered and I did not visit my mom. Just as well. Like last year, I suppose this means my inheritance percentage allocation will be decreased again -- probably eventually to zero. Yeah, that's the kind of relationship it is.

Whereas last year's situation was the aftermath of a violent assault on me by some ghetto thug, this year's is actually because of my idea of just moving away from here, perhaps with an interim step.

My reasoning is that this Covid lockdown horseshit and related Democrat / Big Media terror-mongering will never end because the purpose is the Bill Gates / Davos oligarchical set's "net zero energy" (rationed) "Great Reset." With the goal of fundamentally altering civilization, it relies on Cultural Marxist identity politics in the form of the virulently racist CRT.

That being the case, I need to live in a conservative-minded place where Democrat one-party rule cannot institutionalize a totalitarian wasteland filled with WOKE, terrified Karens and Antifa vermin.

Funded and provided material support by the George Soros set, Antifa vermin are the the shock troops of Democrat pols. Their mission is to terrorize and destroy groups that threaten the Great Reset. These include small businesses, traditional religious groups, non-identity politics-based local law enforcement, and 70M+ Trump voters of whatever stripe or flavor.

Anyway, as a result of such consternations in my ultra-limited family, I'm home on this Christmas holiday in my small efficiency and , watching old TV shows on Antenna TV. This included a very nice Christmas episode of That Girl entitled "Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid" and a hysterically funny episode of Maude called "The Office Party." Later, I may switch over to MeTV and Cozi TV.

Here's the late afternoon / early evening Antenna TV lineup:

Basically, Antenna TV is airing at least one Christmas-themed episode of EVERY sitcom in its program portfolio

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As it is, I'm going to South Florida with Gary for several days in late January -- flying to Fort Lauderdale and staying in Deerfield Beach. And I'll visit my dad in April in north Florida, Flagler Beach. As for my dad, he and I talk on the phone about every other day, so the fact that we missed today really wasn't a big deal. We've never made a big deal about holidays or birthdays.

Changing topics ... I had intended to post a weather-related entry to discuss the energetic and very wet frontal system that slammed through the area with rainfall deluge that dropped 1 to 2+ inches across the region. Below are some weather maps from the past few days.

NWS weather advisories with legend, updated 2352 UTC
23 December 2020

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Unfortunately, I no longer can get GIF or JPEG-based animated radar imagery any longer from NWS because it's new radar graphical display system doesn't permit that. What's more, the new radar presentation system has been as big a disaster as I knew it would be. It sucks and is basically functionally useless.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern US, valid 15Z 24 December 2020

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It is going to be necessary to rely on commercial forecasting outfits -- such as AccuWeather (yes, it pains me to write that), Weather Underground, MyRadar, and even the Weather Channel -- that take radar data (NWS and otherwise) and repackage it.

NWS WPC NDFD U.S. surface weather map with isobars, weather features, and type and likelihood of precipitation, looped 0Z 25 Dec - 0Z 27 Dec 2020

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Below is an anonymous comment that I found on this website "AskWoody" in which someone takes issue with the praise "Woody" lavished on the new radar display. This individual succinctly and clearly states what is wrong with the new radar display:

Surely you jest. The new site is simply horrible, slow to load, updates the entire US even when you’re looking at a[n] area subset of the data, and updates *every time* you zoom. It’s not as granular, nor detailed, as the old radar site. The “animation” loads huge blocks consisting of the entire US that take a good 60 seconds to fully load on a very fast connection.

Zooming is sketchy at best as you often overshoot your target with it practically impossible to slowly zoom in. If you zoom during an animation it has to reload the entire thing again (remember – the entire US and taking a good 60 seconds).


You could also zoom much closer in with the old site. I dread how badly this will perform during a weather event. At least with the old site I could still see the US – now the whole thing will likely crash. It just looks “pretty” to compete with all the junkware sites mentioned. Give me their old radar sites any day.

Below are the two-day storm rainfall totals (and, yes, KDMH is still offline):

KDCA: 1.48"
KBWI: 1.04"
KIAD: 2.25"
KNAK: 1.05"

This rainfall pushed the yearly totals to the following with departures:

KDCA: 57.34" +18.12"
KBWI: 57.38" +16.08"
KIAD: 49.46" +8.40"
KNAK: 49.41" [N/A]

While there might be additional precipitation (rainfall) between now and New Year's Eve, it is unlikely there will be a significant amount and so neither KDCA nor KBWI will have a 60-inch year.

Also, it's just a weird double coincidence that KDCA and KBWI and KIAD and KNAK are nearly identical -- and it's odd and unrealistic that KBWI and KNAK differ by such a large amount since the two spots are only (straight line distance) about 16 miles apart.

There was some snow flurries earlier today but hardly the proverbial, much less actual, White Christmas. However, snowfall in this area is, as ever, extremely unlikely.

Season-to-date (i.e., November and December) totals and departures through today are:

KDCA: TRACE -2.2"
KBWI: 1.6" -0.6"
KIAD: 2.4" -0.7"

Basically, it no longer snows in D.C. (as measured at frickin' National Airport). When the new 30-year normal (average) base period comes out next year for the period 1991- 2020, it should show at least a 10% drop in average snowfall.

There was some snow flurries earlier today but hardly the proverbial, much less actual, White Christmas. Right now, it's a mostly cloudy, blustery, cold evening with air temps about 30°F and a gusty west/northwesterly wind in the 20 to 30 mph range.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for SECONUS, valid 21Z 25 December 2020

The cold front cleared the U.S. Eastern Seaboard did so all the way to South Florida -- following a west-to-east trajectory with the front itself located about 300 miles east of Miami, well out over the Bahamas (see above weather map image).

NWS weather advisories, SECONUS (without legend), updated 0108UTC 26 December 2020

Cold air has infiltrated across the Florida peninsula with freeze and even hard freeze warnings in effect, as shown on a portion of the US weather advisories map (without legend) -- see image directly above.

Miami NWSFO "Falling Iguanas" infographic

While there are no cold weather hazard products in effect for South Florida, the Miami NWSFO issued a weather infographic cautioning about "falling iguanas" from palms because the cold-blooded creatures could become immobile with the 45°F low temps forecasted (see image directly below).

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Rainy, gloomy Christmas Eve, Prince Street, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 3:53 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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As a brief update, I went to the Chart House restaurant in Old Town Alexandria at the marina yesterday. Remember that unlike in D.C. itself or the Maryland suburbs, there is still (at least for now) indoor dining (at 50% capacity) in the Northern Virginia D.C. suburbs.

Outdoor Christmas decorations on a rainy, gloomy Christmas Eve, 100 block of Prince Street, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:03 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

There was a helluva lot less of the wealthy, white, and WOKE thought police virtue-signaling BLM signs everywhere, not to mention the avalanche of Biden/Harris and sundry Democrat candidate posters.

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I took the Metro from Foggy Bottom to King Street Station, where as I exited the station, a young, black guy instantly accosted me on the pretext of wanting "change for a twenty" (as if he ever pays a station fare) and he cursed me ("fucking punk ass," or something like that).

I mention this partly because it shows the basic fundamental depravity and evil of this reality and physical existence, Gnostic-style, but also because I had zero reaction to it.

Marina, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:07 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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That is, I did not have my usual volcanic explosive emotional response. This is partly because of the trouble I have had with these sorts of street people to include being physically attacked by a homeless man with a Kryptonite bicycle lock in D.C. a few weeks ago. (I avoided any contact with him, though.)

View of the marina from the Chart House, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:17 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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Anyway, I walked down Prince Street in the rainy mid-afternoon gloom of what was -- but hardly felt like -- Christmas Eve. I went to the Chart House, where I had made a reservation for 4:15 p.m. Of note, it didn't even dawn on me that I had gone to the Chart House on Christmas Eves in Annapolis with my mother and Ray a number of times.

Another view of the marina from the Chart House, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:17 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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I was seated in a small, circular, alcoved partof the restaurant with lots of windows and a central, small gas-fired fireplace (that's probably not the correct term) was going. Turns out I was seated at table #1.

And I stayed there for several hours -- taken care of by a nice, young waiter -- and watching as a heavy rain squall blew through, for a time completing obscuring the view of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I engaged in a lot of texting, and long story short, I got Tim to show up as a sort second part to the dinner.

Another view of the marina from the Chart House, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:38 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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Tim and I had a really nice time -- like we almost always do when we go out -- and discussing all manner of things. Astronomical. Cosmological. Political. Familial. He even got me a present: A rolled up poster picture of the Full Moon. (FYI: That's the ONLY Christmas present I received this year along with zero cards.)

But, of course, all such visits have to end and I never like that. Drinking too many martinis doesn't help matters, all the more so if the night has been a good one.

Interior view of the Chart House restaurant, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:40 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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We walked in the rain to the King Street Metro -- he actually lives quite close to it in a nearby large high-rise condo complex -- but somehow, once again, I missed the last fucking Metrorail back into D.C. The posted schedules including online are totally meaningless when it comes to Metro.

The entire WMATA rail and bus system is a massive, self-perpetuating parody of an urban public transit agency. This includes its venality, staggering incompetence, obvious contempt for the very safety of its passengers, and a financing structure that is functionally a money laundering operation.

Crime ridden and filthy in its stations, trains, buses, and bus shelters, WMATA is an all-around unsafe experience for many riders -- a fact about which WMATA could not give less of a shit precisely because of the hatred it has for its core customers. Why else would WMATA essentially welcome homeless schizophrenic people public relieving themselves in stations and brawling teenagers who casually jump the fare gates while openly smoking pot?

In its typically urban racially deterministic way, Metro provides lifetime sinecure for 13,000+ people with job positions characterized by high wages, generous benefits, a taxpayer-financed pension (based on its funding structure), and easy work with virtually nothing required. Indeed, it's entire funding structure has turned WMATA into a perpetual motion machine of what I have described.

As for the Metrorail cars, they're filthy with the harsh florescent (or LED) blue-white lighting creating a garish interior that only accentuates the grime and institutional-like despair.


This is a result of the 7000-series cars, which while nominally more functional than the remaining 3000 and 4000 series, have created a zombified experience in which riders exist in a dystopian suspended animation trying to get to their stops. This is all exacerbated in the time of Covid with the endless do-loop of exaggerated automated announcements.

View of the marina from the Chart House, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:38 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

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Anyway, after the station manager rudely yelled something at me about the train, I realized I had missed the last one and started on foot toward D.C. in the rain. I walked northward, past Braddock Road station and toward the Mount Vernon bike trail. But all of a sudden, a yellow taxi cab driven by a Pakistani fellow appeared.

Marina view from the Chart House during a gloomy Christmas Eve deluge, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:45 p.m., December 24, 2020

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I made sure to let him know I'd wear my mask and bribed him with $43 -- and we were on our way back to D.C. I had a nice conversation with him, and it was a good way to end the night. I got home, I estimate, around 12:30 a.m., but I didn't actually go to bed until about 2 a.m.

About the $43, that was added to an extremely high expense day with the two distinct Chart House charges. Including $20 that (I think) I put on my SmarTrip card, yesterday's expenses were some sort of a record at $312.90. Today, I spent zero.

For tomorrow, Gary and I are planning to go back to Alexandria with the idea of going to either Fish Market or O'Connell's restaurant.

Marina view from the Chart House during a gloomy Christmas Eve deluge, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 4:48 p.m., December 24, 2020

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My next planned entry will be Sunday night. Of note, I should have that Three's Company entry completed next week, but I need to decide when to post it. Once I post it, I want to keep it the lead entry for about 4 or 5 days. That beign the case, I'm unsure whether to wait until after January 1st.

Yours truly in the Chart House restaurant, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 5:32 p.m., Dec 24, 2020

Just FYI, using Paint, I blacked out the company logo on my shirt in this image. The logo was that of my previous federal contracting company employer.

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OK, that's all for now and signing off.

--Regulus