Blowin’ in the wind

The wind is shrieking like a House Repuglican
whose Koch Brothers rent check got lost in the mail.

God is running His leaf blower today, and my back yard sports more needles than the alleys around Pennsylvania and Central.

Speaking of the mean streets of The Duck! City, a couple state legislators did a photo op over the weekend, kipping in a tent at 4th and Marble to draw attention to homelessness.

A few of our local TV stations took the bait, because they are local TV stations. And while some might take offense that one story was peppered with ads from Vrbo,, and, I doubt that many of the unhoused were browsing the ’Net from their cardboard condos. No harm, no foul.

The legislators would not have enjoyed street life today, though I hear Oz is lovely this time of year, and Emerald City Airlines rarely loses your tent.

Meanwhile, there’s an air-quality alert in place until noon tomorrow, and anyone who likes their air regular instead of extra-crispy is advised to hold their breath until then.

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21 Responses to “Blowin’ in the wind”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Snowing, windy, and 35 here. Wait, the sun just popped out. The older I get, the colder I get.

  2. Shawn Says:

    There is nothing more pleasant then hunkering down in a tent with the howling wind testing the bending stress of your poles. Well that is unless your set up in a location where hot lead may freely traverse the landscape, or Bob the Berserker is rampaging because funding for the local mental health clinic has dried up. Yep, I like my solid walls and roof, located in a less tornado prone area.

    Regarding cold and age; The cold may physically affect me more now, but I whined about it more when I was younger.

    • khal spencer Says:

      My kid brother and I were tenting out one summer in the back yard when were were hit with a thunderstorm and wind gusts. The tent twisted sideways, collapsed on us as the poles exceeded their elastic limit, and we were rescued by our parents from a very wet pile of canvas. Was pretty funny.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Really howling up here, too. I had to go chase the garbage and recycling bins across the yard a couple times after major league gusts.

    Humidity 48%
    Wind Speed E 22 G 44 mph
    Barometer 29.90 in (1011.7 mb)
    Dewpoint 15°F (-9°C)
    Visibility 10.00 mi
    Wind Chill 21°F (-6°C)
    Last update 23 Jan 10:53 am MST

  4. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    In unrelated news, Solomon Peña will remain a guest of the Graybar Hotel pending trial, a judge has ordered. This should save local Democrats thousands in stucco repair and Sominex.

    • khalil spencer Says:

      Seems that Arnold Tool must have been thought up by Arnold the Pig, given that it seems to default to sending crazies back on the street. The other problem is the Constitutional Amendment required “clear and convincing” evidence to hold someone. Preponderance of evidence might have been better, but I suppose one is innocent until proven guilty. But when one is caught sneaking around shooting up homes for political reasons, that seems to be clear and convincing evidence that this guy has some serious problems with being a member of society. Hell, even the 6 January kooks didn’t pull the trigger on anyone or anything.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        I think that now and have since the Jan 6 coup failed. The problem is many of the Jan 6 insurrection perps aren’t thinking that. They were used, and when the insurrection failed they were thrown away. The guy in Nancy’s office still don’t get it after conviction. Who’s paying his mouthpiece for the appeal work?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      A few more of the FreeDumb® Fighters will be going away directly. More convictions handed down today, for four Oath Creepers and the dude who parked his brogans on Nancy’s desk.

      About time some of the higher-ups in that little scheme got their perp walks and bracelets, don’t you think?

      • Shawn Says:

        I can understand being ignorant and foolish enough to get caught up in the excitement of charging the capital (“Yeah, look at us. We’re modern day patriots. We’re going to make some changes.”), but I find it ridiculous that those that chose to “be drawn along”, actually think that there would not be repercussions.

        • JD Says:

          Shawn: I agree. It’s as if America has become a nation of many people who believe that decisions don’t have repercussions; choices don’t have accountability (personal and group) for outcomes; etc.
          That said, I believe the dog ate my homework that’s due tomorrow!!! 🙂

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        It’s almost as though their mothers never asked them, “If everyone else were jumping off a bridge, I suppose you would too?”

      • khal spencer Says:

        Not so fast with the gloating over the Freedumb Patriots getting perp walked. My problem with this is the continued effort to go after the small fry. It is Nuremberg turned on its head. You don’t find privates, corporals, and low level officers doing stupid and evil shit unless there are leaders leading them off the ethical cliff.

        We didn’t for the most part hang ordinary soldiers after Nuremberg. We went after the folks who tilled the soil, planted the seeds, and watered it. I only understand putting the thumbscrews onto the little guys if it is to get them to sing on their bosses, RICO style. Otherwise, it is a waste of time and a sellout to the big picture. If some dumbass buffoon who took a shit on Nancy’s desk does real time but Trump, Eastman, Giuliani, Powell, et al walk, we have failed, and the shit will hit the fan again.

        • Shawn Says:

          When it comes to my moments of being impulsive and making stupid decisions, the only General, Admiral, President or other leader that I blame, is me. I make the final accountability for myself. I agree however, that the time and expenditure to prosecute the low hanging fruit appears as though it is not worth the value of the result, but the outcome will assist the future decisions of other low hanging fruit that may decide to act upon the orders of their imaginative generalissimos. As has happened in the past, and will again happen in the future, many of those with power and money that may have been more instrumental in acting against the agreed upon laws and ethics of society, will again escape adequate justice. We can only do as well as we can do, but we need to make sure our impatience doesn’t restrict what we end up doing.

        • Pat O’Brien Says:

          The trumpers are in a perpetual state of cognitive dissonance. Every piece of evidence showing they have been conned just reinforces their belief that they did nothing wrong and the justice system is corrupt. It will take time for the majority of them to realize they have been used. Just talk to one, without getting angry or impatient, and discover how propaganda and lies work. And, if the trumpers in congress can destroy the faith and trust in the government’s debt, then watch orange julius get elected again. When a member of congress shoves a phone in a wannabee speakers face and yells it is trump wanting to talk to them, you know the coup is not over.

        • khal spencer Says:

          Shawn, I’m with you on being the guy who goes and looks in the mirror first rather than blaming others.

          That said, there will always be fools willing to drink the Kool-Aid. But when you have masters getting a judicial walk in the park after whipping up current and new batches, the line for the drinks will continue. Or as someone who is actually smart once said:

          “No one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ― H.L. Mencken.

          I think we know from criminal law that incarceration somehow doesn’t change the hearts and minds of hardened crooks. If one is a hardened Freedumb Fighter, I suspect as Pat says, the cognitive dissonance will continue until something bad enough happens to jolt the paradigm. Hopefully not an event like Germany in April, 1945.

  5. Peter Dineen Says:

    Patrick – what weather app are you using?

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