So, off topic right out of the blocks, but remember Nick Drake’s Riverman? The song? Well, check out Andy Bey’s version, on his album Shades of Bey. If you like his voice, check out his album Ain’t Necessarily So. The eponymous track is out there, but so too is Hey, Love and Someone to Watch Over Me.
Well, ahem, The Deep End of Your Dreams is, yes, serving as a prelude to TimeShadow. A few months ago I decided to expand the current version(s), so the timeline for the final work will include Deep End, then NightSide/Asynchronous Mud (and a third installment of that arc), then the long (and as yet unseen by you) version of TimeShadow. I have no clear picture of what’s happening with the story I passed along to my niece (the HBO wunderkind), but apparently a few people are interested enough to push it around and see what they can do with it. Who knows. Until I hear one way or another I’m going to play with it some more, see where it takes the story.
I no longer am a part of the Wednesday Night Margarita Group so am only getting second hand reports of what’s going down in Steamboat, other than tequila, but my evolving road trip is more than making up for the loss. I went to a cabinet shop today to turn in some drawings for a few kitchen modifications I want to get done before moving into the “new” house (which was, I think, built in 1891), and the fella in there was a real Trump supporter. He espouses an interesting version of American history, needless to say, but what impresses me most is the logic, such as it is, of his arguments.
Politicians are, in his worldview, the scum of the earth. I should clarify. Career politicians are the scum of the earth, yet that’s the only kind there are these days. He claims Jefferson, Madison et.al. never envisioned such an animal as the “career” politician. Farmers like Jefferson would ride to the Assembly and do their thing for a few weeks, then go back to the farm and do their main thing for a few years. So engaged, the cabinetmaker said, our founding fathers were grounded in the real world and their policy decisions reflected real world needs, and were paid for with real world resources.
It’s kind of easy to follow this stream of thought. It’s logical and, to a degree, grounded in the reality faced by the founders. It’s also completely inapplicable in the 20th-21st centuries simply because the world changed into something the founders could never have imagined. Yet the beauty of the constitution is that it’s a living document designed to breathe and grow IN a changing cultural landscape, yet you can construe my cabinetmaker’s Weltanschaung to embrace a sort of Jeffersonian simplicity, or maybe a longing for such simplicity. Whatever…such a worldview may not be appropriate these days…or – is it? Really…think about it.
One other theme in the cabinetmaker’s soliloquy is his take that we’re fast approaching a complete breakdown in this country. That, in other words, civil war looms. He likes to think the Right will win this war because the Right is well armed and the Right practices at the range more than Liberals do. Oh, he hates Liberals and loves the Freedom Caucus. I would guess he owns a dozen or so AR-15s, and I assume he’d enjoy a little Civil War just to get in some appropriate target practice. Or maybe he’d watched the first half hour of Gone With The Wind last weekend.
I wonder if he made it to the hospital scene?
One of the Republican No-votes last week, a female senator who will go nameless, said something to the effect that the senate Repeal and Replace bill was mean and she just couldn’t go along with it. Which kind of makes you wonder why almost 50 Republicans DID go along with it. Is this what happens when you design a bill with ideological purity in your heart, and not the needs of your fellow man? My cabinetmaker employs about a dozen people and he provides no insurance for his employees – because Obamacare didn’t require it of him. His shop is too small.
“What about you?” I asked.
“Oh, I get it through my wife’s job. So do most of the guys who work for me.”
There’s no logical inconsistency in this fella’s thinking, is there?
Oh, just down the road a bit, in Appleton, Wisconsin, you’ll find the world headquarters for the John Birch Society. Gee, isn’t that an interesting coincidence?
From Popular Science, this bit on the weather so far in 2017: “A famous 1936 image shows the people of Nebraska sprawled on the capitol lawn to escape record-breaking temps that had turned their AC-free homes into slow roasters. These vintage photos can make modern summer heat seem cool in comparison. But it isn’t. Average temperatures today are warmer than they were a century ago. And this week, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the first six months of 2017 the second warmest on record. First place went to 2016. What, you say, no records broken this year? Not so fast. Researchers actually expected2017 to be cooler than 2016. Because this year, unlike last, is not an El Niño year. El Niño, otherwise known as the southern oscillation, causes circulation patterns that tend to lead to warmer global temperatures. Absent this cyclical climate phenomenon, temperatures tend to be cooler. But as NOAA’s data and maps illustrate, that hasn’t made much of a difference this year—it’s still hot as heck out there.”
The Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality has inspired so much “racial hatred” that white people in America should fear for their lives, a correspondent for the National Rifle Association’s streaming network said Wednesday. In a segment produced for the American gun lobbying organization’s online channel, conservative host Grant Stinchfield said race relations are deeply strained in the country after Barack Obama’s presidency. “But nowhere is near as bad as it is in South Africa where white families are being tortured and killed almost every day in racist violence. It is a warning for the United States that you will never hear from the mainstream media in this country,” he added.
President Donald Trump plans to nominate his longtime campaign aide Sam Clovis to head science at the US Department of Agriculture, despite the fact that Clovis lacks a background in science and a congressional rule maintains that the role must be filled “from among distinguished scientists.” Clovis, who has been serving as senior White House adviser to the USDA since Trump took office, has a background as an economics professor and a former talk radio host, but he has no formal background in the hard sciences. The White House announced Trump’s plans to nominate Clovis Wednesday night.
A candidate challenging Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for his seat said Thursday that she hopes John McCain — the state’s senior U.S. Senator who has been diagnosed with brain cancer — will “step away as quickly as possible.”
Kelli Ward, who is challenging Flake in the 2018 Republican primary, also said that she hopes Arizona’s governor would consider appointing her to fill McCain’s seat. Ward ran an unsuccessful campaign against McCain in the 2016 primary.
McCain’s office has said he is now considering treatment options, and McCain himself said he plans to return to the Senate soon. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” he said in a tweet on Thursday.
Ward said President Donald Trump’s agenda will be held up in McCain’s absence due to fewer Republican votes in the Senate.
“That can’t stand,” she said in the radio interview. “We can’t have until the 2018 election, waiting around to accomplish the Trump agenda, to secure the border and stop illegal immigration and repeal Obamacare and fix the economy and fix the veterans administration, all those things need to be done and we can’t be at a standstill while we wait for John McCain to determine what he’s going to do.”
McCain’s office declined to comment on Friday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia’s FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show. The documents show that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, successfully represented the FSB’s interests in a legal wrangle over ownership of an upscale property in northwest Moscow between 2005 and 2013. The FSB, successor to the Soviet-era KGB service, was headed by Vladimir Putin before he became Russian president.
Asked what he plans to do when he leaves the presidency, Vladimir Putin paused and smiled. “But I haven’t decided yet if I will leave the presidency,” the Russian leader replied, to laughter and applause from an audience made up almost entirely of Russians who were born after he first became president in 2000.
(from CNN) President Donald Trump has just given Russia what he might call a “beautiful” gift. According to the Washington Post, Trump has decided to dismantle a US program that was arming and training some of the rebels fighting the Syrian dictator, President Bashar al-Assad. When asked about the report, the White House and the CIA declined to comment.
And I’d almost bet you haven’t seen anything in our mainstream media about China and India about to go to war over a border dispute in the Bhutan region? Go ahead. Try to find something.
America’s latest aircraft carrier is about to be commissioned. Soon. The new magnetic catapult system still isn’t operational.
So, I’m about two weeks out from having a real desk and someplace other than Starbucks to write in. Lots to do to keep busy, but I’m taking notes out there. Sunday in the Sun, where it rains when the sun shines.
Y’all be careful out there. Oh, the girls are in heat.