Sentinels

Cannon to right of them; cannon to left of them.

Cannon to right of them; cannon to left of them.

Jaysis. I keep hoping things will settle down in my little world so I can pay attention to the larger one and it keeps not happening.

We did enjoy a respite yesterday afternoon. I got out for a two-hour ride with a neighbor who is on the road to recovery after an injury, and afterward I aired out the cats for a bit. Then it was back to business.

I took a quick swivel at the news and it all looks worse than Kellyanne Goebbels after a couple-three meth julips. A follower on Twitter described the antics at the Orange House as “a shitshow,” and I agreed, noting that while I had expected to see some splattered on the walls, I had not planned on it being up to the knees heading into Week 2 of the Bannon administration.

Meanwhile, here’s some light reading for you:

• Kevin Drum at MoJo says the immigration order “is a pinprick, just something to test the waters” for a full-on war on Islam. “Think of it as market research,” he adds. “More will be coming.”

• The architects of the New World Ordure are set to start pushing their Supreme Court nominee. If you’re expecting the second coming of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., prepare to be disappointed.

• What’s old is new again: Everybody, from Henry Giroux to Michiko Kakutani, is revisiting “1984” for reasons that should be all too obvious.

And now it’s back to work. Phone your senators and representatives and urge them to oppose every little notion these dollar-store despots dredge from the shallow depths of their tiny minds. Do it now. Later looks very unpleasant from where I’m sitting.

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12 Responses to “Sentinels”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Huh…..normally that great American icon of power, strength, and unbridled competition (the Super Bowl….and its commercials!) commands our attention by now. Not this year though.

    Saw a great quote the other day: “He’s never so certain as when he’s totally clueless”. C’est vrai, mon ami??

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Nice picture, especially the color contrast of the bark mulch and Turk?

    E mailing senators and representative is done. Senators to drop DeVos like a bad habit, and the rep to kill the F-35 and move the money to the National Park and Forest Service for infrastructure repair. How can the new regime (regime change anyone?) turn down infrastructure repair? I also sent a comment to Arizona Public Media and NPR asking if Trump and his minions is the only news going on in the whole damn world. He continues to get the media centered on him just like during the explosive diarrhea session that passed for an election.

    Riding with neighbors, how sweet is that? We do likewise with our tandem riding buddies and neighbors. Heading to Brown Canyon to wash the shit shower off.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We’ve been phoning ours. Lord, will they be sick of O’Gradys by Valentines Day, if not sooner.

      Squeaked out for a short one on the Steelman this afternoon. Everybody and his grandma was out there ’cause it was fiddy-sumpin’. The old Paul’s cantis got more of a workout than I did, I fear.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    More light reading to put you in the mood for The Next Four Years.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/how-to-build-an-autocracy/513872/

  4. Dale Says:

    And the acting AG fell on her sword. Good on her.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No kiddin’. That took guts. I expect that a good mouthpiece will never lack for work, but still, damn. She knew it was going to end badly and did it anyway.

    • Libby Says:

      I didn’t know she was the lead prosecutor in the Atlanta trial of Eric Rudolph, Olympic Games bomber until after she resigned .

  5. Carl Duellman Says:

    no talk of the cx worlds? the elite women’s race was brutal. so was the men’s but the women’s was worth the money.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I got distracted by gainful employment and painful news, Carl. I signed on late to the women’s race, which was a corker. The men’s race was a little less so.

      I wonder how things would’ve turned out without Mathieu’s untimely flat. But he looked like he was running out of gas to me before the puncture. That was one fast start he had.

      Too bad my homegirl Katie Compton had such miserable luck (flat and a crash that FUBAR’d her rear derailleur). She’s snake-bit at worlds.

  6. Libby Says:

    Turk checking for signal fires on the horizon. During the day.

    An examination why America needs the music of Phil Ochs – now. (Long.)
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/24/why-phil-ochs-is-the-obscure-60s-folk-singer-america-needs-in-2017/?utm_term=.13609443d105

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