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It’s the weekend Widdershins.  We’ve made it through another week and what a week it was!  It is as if the world, all 5,000 years of it according to the ticket stub from the Noah’s Ark Theme Park and Dinosaur Rental, has turned on its head.

The Speaker of the House is no longer orange and “orange you glad.”  Under relevant experience, new Speaker Paul Ryan listed having driven the Oscar Meyer “Wienermobile”.  While a Republican inside a wiener is usually the opposite of what’s normal in Washington, Ryan’s experience will come in handy when taking the Tea Party troglodytes on field trips.

There was a crazy governor’s race in Kentucky where the winner won by pledging to make a half million poor people losers by taking away their health insurance.  In perfect Kafkaesque logic, it was as if the voters had prosthetic legs and had grown tired of walking.  To cure the problem, they decided to throw their prostheses into a wood chipper, but forgot to first take them off.

Jeb! Bush had a trying week.  First, he lost his exclamation point somewhere on the downhill slide from 8% to 4%.  Next, he changed his slogan to something with the word “Fix” in it and most pundits thought “fix” was perfect since that is where the campaign finds itself.  Finally, Jeb!’s daddy has a new book coming out that explains his deep regret at not having broken the rule of “no child left behind” on family camping trips.

The week ended on a much more optimistic note.  The Democratic Forum last night was a successful, civil, and sophisticated policy discussion.  While all three candidates were light years ahead of the Republican version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hillary’s star beamed.  Her line that stuck with me was this:  I want to be President for the struggling, striving, and successful.

So in honor of Hillary’s eventual ascendancy, let’s have some music for the struggling, the striving, and the successful.

Chat will be back next week after her Georgia Dawgs dine on some Kentucky Wildcats this weekend.  As always, take the conversation in any direction you might like.

Struggling Man from The Walking Dead

 

Striving

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

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spring salad

Yep, we’re approaching that time of the year when bodies will start to be exposed more and more and we’ll want to start eating lighter meals to get into those swimsuits, shorts and the like.  Harrumph!  Harrumph I say, harrumph!  If i were to try to wear, ahem, beachwear, and should I get into the water, I’m afraid someone would try to crack a bottle of champagne on me to christen and launch me!  Suffice to say I won’t be going near the water this upcoming summer season.  And so with that, let’s move on.

So I wonder if Scully and Mulder were on this?

Stuck in the middle of nowhere is this:

If you were to think this Meereen from Game of Thrones I wouldn’t blame you. However, it is North Dakota and is part of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex in Cavalier County, North Dakota.  It was built in the 1960s to shoot down incoming Soviet ICMBs.

Built at a cost of six billion dollars in Nekoma, North Dakota, the site was a massive complex of missile silos, a giant pyramid-shaped radar system, and dozens of launching silos for surface-to-air missiles tipped with thermonuclear warheads. It included a PAR “backscatter radar” site, designed to follow missiles being fired from Russia, which it would shoot down over Canada.

However, due to its expense, and concern over both its effectiveness and the danger of detonating defensive nuclear warheads over friendly territory, the program was shut down, having only been operational for less than three days. Its massive tunnels were flooded. Today it is a military-industrial shell in the middle of nowhere, or in the words of one writer, “a monument to man’s fear and ignorance.”

Here’s a nice image of the entire complex:

There were supposed to be three of these installations under the Safe Guard Program, but after this one went operational it dawned on someone that the idea of using nuclear tipped missiles to shoot down other nuclear warheads (and esp. over the “homeland”) probably wasn’t a good idea.  You can go here and see some more of the photos and several of them are while the complex was under construction. (Sigh)  Your tax dollars at work.

Okay so what is it with Waffle Houses and Georgia?

You may recall that I had written previously about a Waffle House in Loganville Ga where a police officer caught a couple “engaging in the sex act” in the backseat of a Dodge pickup truck.  The officer told the couple to get dressed and the man complied.  However the more inebriated (?) woman had difficulty.  “The officer had to tell her numerous times to put her clothes on, the report says.”  And that’s when she attempted to put a cheeseburger on her foot as if it were a sandal.

So recently there was another “event’ at a Waffle House, this time in Norcross Georgia.  This time it involved a man who tried to rob a Waffle House with a pitchfork.  😆

Police say Jeffery Willard Wooten entered the Waffle House wearing a blue ski mask and threatened employees with a pitchfork, forcing them toward a back room. Police Chief Warren Summers explained in a press release that Wooten then tried to pry open the register and, when unable to do so, just picked the whole thing up and left. “As he was leaving the parking lot, he tripped and dropped the pitchfork.”

Seeing Wooten’s fall, one of the employees picked up the pitchfork and chased him into a Rite-Aid next door. He then fought with the employees while attempting to get into his truck, and was struck with the pitchfork. The Waffle House employee also managed to use the pitchfork to shatter a few of his truck’s windows. (Ugh, pitchfork! You’re supposed to be on his side!)

The man took off and, when police attempted to stop him, he he drove off of the road and abandoned his truck. He has not yet been caught.

Chatblu I have to ask you:  What is it with the Waffle Houses in your home state?  😆

You never know what you’re going to come home to
especially if the “home” is gone when you get there

So, Ana Maria Moreta Folch of St. Johns County, Florida decided she wanted to have a mobile home and septic tank demoed so she called a company to do that.  After she showed an equipment operator that she had a key to the home the guy went to work and demolished the place.  But there was a problem:  Ana Folch didn’t own the trailer she just had demoed.  Rather, it belonged to her neighbor, Maria Gottfried, who showed up to see what was going on.

Ms Gottfried called the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy arrived, Ms. Gottfried explained that she had owned the mobile home since 2006 and that she had never given Ms. Folch a key. Jacksonville.com, citing an arrest report, says that Ms. Folch claims she had the trailer bulldozed because, “people who had lived there were unsavory and she suspected they had broken into her car. She said she considered it a favor to her neighborhood.” This ‘favor’ wound up causing approximately $25,000 in damage. Ms. Folch was charged with criminal mischief.

That was an expensive “favor’.

Some assorted youtubes

A dog helps out a disabled little kitteh.  The kitty has a neurological disorder known as feline cerebellar hypoplasia. A kitten is born with “CH” when their cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth.

These cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.”

Cute kitteh hug – precious!

You may have seen this one:  Tiny Hamster eats tiny burritos.  The “chef” makes little tiny burritos for his hamster.  (I guess you can pass a day doing this)

And lastly, to give you dear Widdershins a chuckle here’s Louie Gohmert giving one of those general speeches to an empty House chamber where he compares gay rights activists to…Nazis.  Yep, ole Louie went for Godwin’s Law right at the beginning.  Listen to his comment about Moses and what Moses said-according to Louie.

 

Okay Widdershins, that’s all I have.  Let me know in the comments how your day is going.  This is an open thread.

 

 

Here’s hoping this Friday is yet another good Friday Widdershin friends.

Never stop questioning

Last weekend I reread the long story in The Washington Post of Lee Atwater’s deathbed confessions. Like several members of his family, Atwater was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor at the young age of 39 and lingered just a few days over a year with the debilitating pain of his medical death sentence.

Atwater was stricken just at the time when he was at the top of his game. In Republican circles, he was the amoral engineer of modern-day wedge issues. Giving us such 60-second slam dunks as Willie Horton and ads where white hands wadded up a job rejection letter while black hands held a job offer, he was the Picasso of divisive politics. Atwater defensively said he didn’t create the art form, but without fear of contradiction, his too short life was spent perfecting the technique.

Atwater spent his last year writing gracious letters of apology, shopping religions, and trying to reconcile both his open affair and his marriage. I don’t know if he succeeded in his personal absolution, but undoubtedly his quest was earnest and forthright.

Scratching HeadI was reminded of Atwater by the story about Charles Cooper, the attorney who argued in favor of California’s ban on same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court. It seems he is now in the throes of an earnest and forthright personal quest to “reconcile his beliefs” since he now finds himself planning his lesbian daughter’s wedding.

Then I read of Oklahoma’s ongoing bid to become the most crimson of the red states by making it illegal for local communities to enact raises in the minimum wage. Fearing this would not be enough to secure uber-infrared conservative status, Oklahoma has also enacted a tax on the sun via anyone who dares utilize solar panels.

Then I read about Georgia’s new “guns everywhere” legislation allowing guns in churches, schools, bars, government buildings, almost everywhere — that is except the state Capitol building. The Capitol is still off-limits for random pistol-packers since the sponsor of the legislation said, “We have some ongoing security concerns here in the Capitol.”

Then I found myself thinking about the states where making it harder to vote is all the rage to combat fictional voter fraud. And also thinking about the states where they are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to prevent 5 million poor people from getting Medicaid coverage.

Then I found myself scratching my head about those who are opposed to both an increase in the minimum wage and food stamp expenditures. If ever there was a self-defeating Möbius loop this is it since an increase in the minimum wage would reduce spending on food stamps by $4.6 Billion a year or $46.0 Billion over the usual 10-year budget cycle.

Color Doubt

How to make sense out of this disparate group of facts and issues? It was then that I ran across an article about marketing and the genius of asking just the right question. Within the article was a quote from Descartes, “Doubt is the origin of all wisdom.”

Given that most of the tea party types have never before been part of the political process — never having sat through school board or city council meetings in seats of authority — they have no reason to doubt what imbued them with their new-found “power” in Congress and statehouses.

No compromise, no respect for another point of view, disrupting town hall meetings, being enthralled by conspiracies fomented by infotainment buffoons — why would they have any reason to doubt? They have ridden a tidal wave of unfocused anger to lead a band of voting pitchfork and torch wielders.

In the arena of politics for profit, doubt has zero purchasing power. Likewise, in a world where opinion has replaced reality, how could the seeds of doubt ever be sown? They can’t be sown in a media echo chamber where even a glimmer of doubt could foster the guilty pangs of responsibility.

Wisdom is rarely a spontaneous event and never is it found by those not seeking it. It took a medical death sentence for Lee Atwater and a father’s love for his lesbian daughter in the Cooper family, but inevitably their doubts led toward seeking wisdom and greater personal truth.

Sky question markIn those states where gun deaths, heightened hunger, deprived healthcare, or impoverishment wages are the spiteful answers for muddled questions of gossamer fictions, there is little hope for curative wisdom creeping into policy decisions. In the near term, the best we can hope for is the enlightenment of doubt.

This is an open thread.


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Kellyanne Conway’s new job

So similar

Take the kids to work? NO!

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

“The” Book

Nice picture of our gal

Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

Hopefully soonerJanuary 21st, 2021
2.8 years to go.

Mueller Time!

Wise Words from Paul Ryan

Heroine of the Resistance

B-I-N-G-O!

Only the *best* politicans bought by the NRA

Marching for their lives

Perfect Picture

Perfect Name For Him h/t Daily News

Scary a.f.

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