A salty Dog

Avast, sunrise off the port bow!

This must be what it feels like to be in the brig after a failed mutiny. Or on deck and in the grip of an obsession, like a one-legged sailor chasing a white whale.

If it’s jail, we built the cells and hired the guards, who’ve been off playing pinochle somewhere, giving the inmates the run of the joint. The whale? Raised it from a pup.

How in hell does anybody get any work done? License plates stamped, kujira sushi rolled? After burning all of my daylight monitoring yesterday’s debacle via NYT and WaPo, trying and failing to finish a job that had nothing to do with a riot goin’ on down in cellblock No. 9 or going fish-fish-, fish-fish, fish-fish-fishin’, I finally threw in the towel and devoted myself entirely to the porthole.

We watched a few minutes of PBS NewsHour during dinner. Holy hell, has that wee beastie ever lost most of its teeth and talons.

Afterward I went back to NYT, watching “live” as the national legislature reconvened for its mutt-and-crowbait show. A few of them acted like they’d gotten the message, emphasis on “acted.” Others, mmm, not so much. Shut that shit off when Lindsey Graham was called to speak. Showered, didn’t feel any cleaner, went to bed anyway.

Woke up at 3. Herself finally bit the bullet and got up when Mia stormed the bedroom 4-ish. I managed to drift back into some interesting nightmares and finally crawled out of the sack around 6.

“Is he dead yet?” I sez to her I sez.

“Nope,” she sez to me she sez.


“Nope. Just beaten.”

Ho, ho, etc. He is not beaten. They are not beaten. Hey, screw, here’s your plate! Where’s my sushi?

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22 Responses to “A salty Dog”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    After the failed Beer Hall Putsch, they put Hitler in jail. Seems relevant to yesterday.

    You turned off the Tube and missed Lindsey Graham disavow the President. Some good came of last night.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Graham is a tick that latches onto whichever warm-blooded beast is headed wherever he cares to go. The man, and I use the term loosely, is a whore with no honor and I wouldn’t believe him if he told me the sun rises in the east.

      • khal spencer Says:

        That occurred to me too, i.e., that he saw the ship sinking and jumped. Still, it needed to be said in this moment.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The son of a bitch is the absolute worst sort of careerist. I can’t tell you how many thumbsuckers I’ve read about his lack of anything approaching a moral compass; he’s a weathervane, with his primary motivation being “What can you do for me?” If it’s something, he’s your bestie. Once it’s nothing, it’s see ya, woon’t wanna be ya.

        • khal spencer Says:

          When does he come up for re-election? Seems to me he should go the way of those two Georgia idiots.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          He was just re-elected. Beat Jaime Harrison pretty soundly in what had been considered a close race until the actual votes got cast. We gave money to Harrison.

        • Dale E. Brigham Says:

          “Don’t get me started; I could talk all night!” (with apologies to Elvis Costello).

          Here in Moron-zzurri, we have one of the latest models of seditious, fraudulent Republi-fucks, Sen. Joshua Hawley. Josh has been to prestigious private schools since 6th grade, and yet he styles himself as a “son of the soil,” which stupid hillbillies here eat up like cake.

          Besides being a sanctimonious, righteous A-hole (he helped Hobby Lobby deny contraception benefits to employees — who knew scrapbooking is a key tenet of Christianity?), he is a former MU law school faculty member, which as an MU emeritus professor, burns me up to no end. He is a duplicitous traitor, plain and simple.

          And, don’t get me going about our House representative, Vicki (Von) Hartlzler. We will be here all night. Dale

        • DownhillBill Says:

          Having just watched his latest pronouncement on CNN, I am moved to wish I could speak German. I’ll bet they have one of those marvelous compound nouns for “oily festering dick pimple” to sum old Lindsay up.

      • Dale Says:

        I just signed a petition to recall my (not) US Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland. He is a major sycophant of Trump. We are unlucky to live in his district.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          I feel your pain. I have spent many years in Bibleburg, El Paso County, Colorado, where Democrats, like children, could occasionally be seen but were rarely heard. That place sent some real psychos to DeeCee and kept a few more at home to handle the light work.

        • khal spencer Says:

          Our 2nd CD idiot voted for this garbage too. But O’G is in the 1st CD and I’m in the 3rd.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    More required reading by a terrorism expert.


    Colin P. Clarke is a senior research fellow at the Soufan Center, where his research focuses on terrorism, insurgency and political violence.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    25A on the table?

  4. Dale Says:

    I wonder if Pence will be remembered as the Trump Cordelia?

    • khal spencer Says:

      Good analogy, for those who remember their Shakespeare.

    • Jon Paulos Says:

      I don’t think so. Cordelia had honor and honesty from the get-go. Pence, not. I think of Pence as more of a Grima Wormtongue. The subservient lickspittle until the last second, then POW with the knife. What does that say about me, that I remember my LOTR better than my Shakespeare.

  5. Shawn Says:

    Ooo. Very nice photo. It makes me feel good and I can hear the Jimmy Buffett in the background. There has to be some Buffet song appropriate for our condition. I know what Donnie likes – “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, and I bet he is wishing he was there right now.

  6. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Sorry folks, I couldn’t resist Molly Tuttle’s flat picking.

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