Sunday Serendipity

Some days you discover something that you never knew existed and it is so beautiful that it blows you away.

It is discoveries like this that make me realize that I’m far too Eurocentric.

Please relax and enjoy these selected pieces from Japan,



74 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. jack, thank you. indeed beautiful, poignant and somehow questioning the universe.

    since we’re looking East-ward this morning, why not a zen-ish koan to also ponder

  2. Jack – excellent.  I enjoy the Japanese flute so much I searched out and found a couple, maybe three, albums.  It is wonderful to put the headphones on, lean back in the recliner, close my eyes and enjoy.

  3. another koan but more along the enlightened kind (reprinted from fractaenlightenment)

    Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

    Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

    The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

    “Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

  4. Caption on podium guy (from Twitter)
    His lawyer said at trial he won’t be taking the stand. 

  5. The state of the union. (Sorry for the lengthy comment)

    Three days after a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol carried out in President Trump’s name, Republican leaders have yet to outline plans to hold anyone accountable or to alter a platform and priorities lashed to the outgoing Republican president.

    Trump and some congressional Republicans, meanwhile, stepped up their efforts Saturday to head off Democratic efforts to impeach Trump over what they call his incitement of violence.

    Behind closed doors, Trump and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner have encouraged allies to fight against a potential impeachment by issuing statements on social media or elsewhere that discourage or condemn the move, people familiar with the calls said.
    It was not clear whether those efforts were having much success. Republican allies of the president were mainly muted Saturday, as pressure continued to mount among Democrats to try to force Trump from office before his term expires Jan. 20.

    Meanwhile, a small group of Republicans who had voted to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory released a letter Saturday calling on Biden to try to head off impeachment.

    “In the spirit of healing and fidelity to our Constitution, I am asking that @JoeBiden formally request that Speaker Pelosi discontinue her efforts to impeach President Trump a second time,” tweeted Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), sharing a copy of the letter signed by seven lawmakers.
    A Biden spokesman on Saturday referred to the president-elect’s comments the day before, when he said he would leave impeachment decisions to Congress.
    Senate Republicans have not moved to investigate the assault on their workplace, which forced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to flee with the help of his security team while Vice President Pence was whisked to a secure location.

    Relatively few Republicans have publicly disavowed Trump, who was received enthusiastically during a phone-in appearance at a members-only gathering during the Republican National Committee meeting the morning after the mob attack.

    Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, for example, criticized the president’s actions since the election during a speech at the RNC. But she also embraced much of his presidency and praised his work in office, including his record on judicial appointments and the economy.

    She tweeted Saturday that the “shameful display of the riots” was a gift to America’s enemies and should never be allowed to recur, with no mention of the president’s role in inciting the attack. She separately tweeted opposition to the actions of Twitter and other social media companies, who have banned Trump from their platforms for allegedly fomenting the threat of violence.

    A seven-point strategy memo from the Republican Study Committee released Friday made no mention of the attack and recommitted to themes Trump has championed, including the investigation of alleged voter fraud….

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) remains the lone Senate Republican to call for Trump’s resignation over what she told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday were his failures before and after the Capitol assault. The attack during certification of Biden’s victory left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has said he would consider impeachment….
    So far the response from lawmakers regarding the security implications of Wednesday’s breach has been mostly free of political finger-pointing. But Republicans appear prepared to resist any attempt to expand a congressional probe beyond the scope of a security review and do not favor including the actions of Trump and other leaders who may have had a role in inciting the riot….

    Trump has not spoken to Pence since before the assault, when he urged Pence to try to block congressional certification of Biden’s victory, according to two people familiar with the relationship, who like others interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the president’s actions on the record. Trump remains angry at Pence for refusing to do as Trump wished.

    Pence plans to attend Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, a person familiar with his plans said Saturday. Trump has said he will not attend, breaking a long-standing tradition….

    And Pence and the 25th?  Mum’s the word.

  6. And in other news

    Amazon suspended the pro-Trump social network Parler from its Web-hosting service this weekend, a move that threatens to darken the site indefinitely after its users glorified the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol….

    I saw a Facebook vid of Dumbass Jr. bemoaning that “big tech” has more power than “big government.” Moron. 

  7. ABC News: A majority of the country believes Pres. Trump should be removed from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, and two-thirds hold him accountable for the violent insurrection on Capitol Hill


  8. pogo, another GOPer coming on board according to WSJ via msn:

    An increasing number of Republicans were also indicating a potential willingness to impeach Mr. Trump, although the timeline and logistics of such a move remained uncertain Saturday.

    Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) said Saturday on Fox News that he believed Mr. Trump had committed impeachable actions and was no longer fit to serve.

    “I do think the president committed impeachable offenses, but I don’t know what is going to land on the Senate floor, if anything,” said Mr. Toomey, who has announced he will not run for re-election next year. “I do think the president’s behavior this week does disqualify him from serving.”

  9. bet we’ll be seeing this replayed several times or alluded to (juxtaposed with cops being injured) during the house & senate proceedings.  

    the hill:

    Particularly damaging to Trump was a clip that emerged showing him and his family in a festive mood watching video monitors of the pro-Trump mob gathered around the Capitol with the party song “Gloria” blaring.

    The video filmed by Donald Trump Jr. showed his girlfriendKimberly Guilfoyledancing and urging viewers to fight, with an enthusiastic White House chief of staffMark Meadowsflashing a thumbs up shortly before rioters overran Capitol Police and ransacked Senate and House offices.

    In the background, the president and his daughterIvanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, could be seen intently watching coverage of the crowd.

  10. what’s crawled out from under the rocks will still be around to do damage on the 17th (MLK day) and the 20th.  here’s a sample of their ilk from a story running in NYT as well as other MSM


    A man who had an assault rifle was charged with threatening Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, after he traveled to Washington for the pro-Trump rally on Wednesday and sent a text message saying he would put “a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” the federal authorities said.

    Federal agents said the man, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., had been staying at a Holiday Inn in Washington and had weapons in his camper-style trailer, including a Glock handgun, a pistol, a Tavor X95 assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

    Mr. Meredith was charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to court records.


    Mr. Meredith, whose current hometown was unavailable, told federal agents that he had been traveling from Colorado and had arrived too late for Wednesday’s rally in Washington.

    “I’m trying but currently stuck in Cambridge, OH with trailer lights being fixed,” he wrote in one text message, according to the F.B.I.

    In another text message, accompanied by a purple devil emoji, he said he had “a ton of 5.56 armor piercing ammo.” In other text messages, he referred to Ms. Pelosi with misogynistic slurs and threatened to run her over, the F.B.I. said.

    “I predict that within 12 days, many in our country will die,” Mr. Meredith wrote, according to the F.B.I.

  11. SFB has been able to get several other Twitter accounts permanently shut down by using them to twit out some twitter.  Like a stable genius that fool is.  He must be bouncing off the walls.  Which is good.

  12. SFB is coming to TX on Tuesday. Gonna bid farewell to his fence.

    Here’s hoping Pence does the right thing and 25s him.  Mikey must be scared that the mob will come after him, however, he became bus meat at the rally when tRUMPsky told the mob that Pence had let him down,

    Yep. The chicken-fried Taliban are trying to destroy this country.

  13. Jack – Another nice find.  That is massage table music.  It melts away the stress.  Maybe pipe that into the airwaves around the world and calm everyone down.

  14. It looks like OM is getting a bit of snow.  DFW will see a mix of something in a few hours.

  15. Yesterday, a friend of mine on Facebook who supports Trump posted: Welcome to North Korea. Obviously mad that Twitter banned Trump. So, I made this meme.

  16. Yep. Why don’t they understand that they would lose all of their freedoms under a regime like tRUMPsky’s?  
    My coworker feels sorry for the domestic terrorists because they are just marginalized whites who have been let down by both parties for 40 years.  Ummm, nope! 
    Hope Mike Pence does the right thing and is acting prez when he attends the inauguration.   The mob already hates him, so just sack up and save America, please. 

  17. Jack…   excellent!
    Craig…  I agree with your assertion that DC should be in lockdown from the 16th-20th.
    I know we’ve been having a bit of fun on here about Kabuki theatre…   but what took place in DC on Wednesday was no joking matter.

  18. new ABC/IPSOS poll today:

    The majority of the American public (56%) says that Donald Trump should be removed from office before his term ends.

    • Two-thirds (67%) say the President deserves a good amount (15%) or a great deal (52%) of the blame for the riots in Washington, D.C. 
    • Virtually all Democrats (94%) and a majority of independents (58%) believe Trump should be removed; only 13% of Republicans agree.
    • Among those who do not believe Trump should be removed (43%), about half believe he did nothing wrong (54%) and half believe his actions this week were wrong, but it is not worth the effort because he is leaving office on the 20th (45%).
    • Sixty-one percent of Republicans believe the President did nothing wrong, and a third believe it isn’t worth the effort.
  19. Beautiful choice Jack

    My son and grandson are both devoted Anime fans so I’m used to the sounds of Japan wafting through the air, but this was a particularly impressive piece.


    Here we go.  Republicans are slowly starting  to say tRUMPsky is an on-going threat to democracy.

    The only reason some Americans outside of tRUMPsky’s base aren’t calling for his removal is because they do not realize the seriousness of what happened, and, that this was just the beginning.  Poo-tin is laughing at what he was able to get his orange monkey to do.  

  21. RR excellent Pelosi wall decor!
    Congress needs to have inservices.The democratic caucuses on both sides need to be inserviced on how to use a gas masks, self defense, and watch active shooter videos. There are a bunch of them.  Even one of the FBI website.

    Every year I’ve had to watch hours of video on this topic.
    Also, seems some of them were exposed to Covid while bunkered down  in groups during the rampage says the congressional doctor.

  22. I watched No Way Out again last night.  It’s free now on Amazon Prime.  Yep, I think 4 & 8 chan and q-anon are Russian moles, agents imbeded in the US causing the internal division of us.

  23. my comments they day of minimized the scale of the riot- after seeing more videos that have been made available since from inside the building, it was nothing less than a coordinated assault

  24. Looks like Pelosi outsmarted McConnell’s aim to push Senate trial to Biden’s first days, will pass impeachment later this week and wait to send it to the Senate until after first 100-day agenda passed. 

  25. Yes, Craig, I heard she could hold it.
    It must be interesting to have your local news be national news all the time.

  26. today in the guardian:

    Two weeks before the election, Mary Trump described her uncle Donald’s campaign to me in stark terms: “He knows he’s in desperate shape, so he’s going to burn it all down, sow more chaos and division…[and] if he’s going down, he’s going to take us all down with him.” In the Observer’s Biden/Harris victory edition, as she considered the loser’s remaining weeks in office, her tone was still edgy. “I worry about what Donald’s going to do in that time to lash out.”

    The storming of the Capitol still shocked her. “What struck me first was how degrading it was. That amount of desecration. The tawdriness of it. Tawdriness is who Donald is, but playing out in the halls of Congress.” She describes the people vandalising offices, carrying Confederate flags, wearing Camp Auschwitz T-shirts – and yet Trump’s message to them was how much they were loved.


    “It was the last four years in real time, distilled to its very essence, proving how much the very worst people among us have been so enabled and emboldened. It hit me later that the next people in line for the presidency were in the same room, and how unfathomably dangerous that was.”

    The ramifications need addressing now, she says. “This is not a time to deliberate. It’s time to act quickly.” She believes the 25th amendment should be invoked, ….


    The instability of her uncle right now remains the most pressing issue. “Remember: this is the man who tried to invalidate mail-in ballots in the middle of a pandemic. This is the man who forced resignations of high-level officers in the Pentagon, replacing them with sycophants. This is why, for six hours on Wednesday, the Pentagon blocked the National Guard from containing an insurrectionist mob. Our system failed miserably because this man’s been allowed to dismantle every institution this country counts on.”

    And it’s not that her uncle believes he won legitimately, she argues. “He’s never had a legitimate win in his life. All that matters is getting the win, no matter if there’s an asterisk next to it.”

    With this in mind, we shouldn’t underestimate him. “In less than two weeks, he won’t have the Oval Office to protect him from lawsuits, bankruptcies and criminal indictments. I don’t know what he’s going to do, but we need to understand he’s capable of doing anything. And the clock is ticking.”

  27. niece mary is not just some airhead or disgruntled relative speaking. according to wiki she “holds a PhD in clinical psychology” and among other things “has taught graduate courses in developmental psychology, trauma, and psychopathology.”  she just might know what she’s talking about when she warns us “we need to understand he’s capable of doing anything. And the clock is ticking.”

    a degree in clinical psychology is relevant in this case. wiki definition:

    Clinical psychology is an integration of science, theory, and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development.

  28. In case anyone is wondering what horrible thing I said that got me suspended from Twitter, it was a response to one of those idiots saying that a law requiring them to wear a mask was infringing on their freedom. I said that if a law like that to protect themselves and others was an attack on freedom, then they should unbuckle their seat belts and drive off a cliff to see how that worked out. This was reported (probably by umpteen zillion MAGAts) as threatening someone’s life and against Twitter rules.

  29. Craig

    It was before the idiocy of Wednesday.  I’ve protested, but I’m sure the powers that be are very busy dealing with all the crazies they have suspended since then.  One little, old, cat loving great grandmother is probably beneath their notice at present.  Maybe one of our people in the clouds has some weight to throw around on my behalf. If so it is Case# 0184527463: Appealing an account suspension


  30. I’m seeing a whole mess of need to, ought to, must, and shoulds……have to, got to, all just highly ineffective, non-productive, loser-lingo.   
    There is no should—there is only do.

  31. It’s going to be murder and mayhem on 19 and 20. 
    Get ready now, CC… about to be in close proximity to Very Big Doin’s. 

  32. They should impeach, he oughta resign, Pence got to pull a 25, Et King Faroukin’ Cetera. 
    It’s going to be bloody hell if they’re not prepared for what’s coming. 

  33. The best thing Pence and Congress could do is, as Bink said, 25 him and then impeach him.  

    The domestic terrorists will not be happy until tRUMPsky is declared prez for life and succession is set up for his evil spawn.  

    Do this now to save our democracy.  

    How long will congressional Republicans continue to back a dictator and side with the terrorists?

  34. Who’s “the cabinet“ that would 25th him, anyway?  I’m assuming acting secretaries don’t count🤷‍♂️

    Pompeo and Mnuchin won’t vote to remove

  35. There is no way, legally, that dipshit is President after Jan. 20th.  His coordinated coup to destroy the electoral certifications failed.
    Any empty plinth that needs a statue would be graced by one of the Congressional staffers rescuing those certifications from the mob.

  36. Bid

    The Polio vaccine was delivered to every school district and the kids were processed through in lines.  The current vaccine has more restrictions on it’s care before delivery, but there really once all the health care people are injected, there really isn’t any reason that delivery sites in huge venues such as stadiums couldn’t be used for say parking lot drive throughs.


  37. If they don’t strike now, they’re through; hence they will strike now.  
    it’s going to be very untidy.  

    The entire deep state will be in one general location all at the same time. That’s troubling in itself.

  38. i agree it’s foolish to hold any public inauguration.
    Ok, by my count there are 10 Senate-confirmed cabinet secretaries, and they all look like loyalists to me- i strongly doubt 5 turn against dipshit

  39. “It’s going to be murder and mayhem on 19 and 20.”

    don’t forget the 18th MLK day when joe & kamala are scheduled to make some sort of appearance.  it’s also within that time frame the mega-haters have  said/tweeted/planned they’ll be in D.C.  the 17th.  most likely the core cabal are still holed up in their sewers & rat warrens there and pipes in hands will spew forth with rebel flags waving monday morning.

  40. Mega drive-thrus aren’t great for folks who use public transportation or folks like me who only drive about 5 miles in the suburbs. I’m not Uber-ing to get a vaccine. 
    Anyone not actively working to remove tRUMPsky is a traitor, propping up a violent dictator.   They will be remembered as such. 

  41. For everybody’s safety, MLK events should be online.  All TV networks should dedicate programming for the day.  Make sure the idiots in their F-150’s with truck nuts have nobody to victimize.    As for the insiders who helped with the attempted coup, they will be charged and lose their jobs.  

  42. Jamie
    Twitter has lost its mind! Your response to those crazies was entirely appropriate and common sense. I’m sure they will come around as it’s just nonsense. I miss your tweets and hope they hurry up!

  43. SFB is always thrilled when he claims another “record”.  I think getting impeached twice in one term seems about right.


  44. Twitter is going thru some things right now.  I’m sure many accounts are being affected but will probably all return to normal as soon as they get it all sorted out.  They made a bold move and took a hard stand.

  45. BiD

    No there is not actual law called “Domestic Terrorism”.  Authorities can sort of cobble together multiple charges that describe the activities, but Congress really needs to pass a terrorism law.


  46. Sturgeone

    That’s why I’m trying to be patient with them, but there are so many issues right now it feels weird not to be able to toss in my many characters in response.  




    Barry R McCaffrey





    Given the security threat to the inauguration…. the ceremony should be moved to a more protected location like the Capitol Dome. NOT a signal of weakness. I’ve seen a lot of combat. I’m still alive because I react immediately to signs of danger.

  48. Moving the inauguration to the Capitol Dome would actually be a nice, symbolic move, given that tRUMPsky’s chicken-fried Taliban (and some on the inside who will be ferreted out) carried out an assault on our democracy in that building.

  49. Dumbass should be subject to the full range of options available to the Congress, the cabinet and the Department of Justice, likely in that order.  

  50. I sure hope Flatus is watching his Cleveland Browns beating the snot outta the Steelers.  The first quarter isn’t over yet… and the score is 21 to 0.    The Browns just intercepted for the second time!

  51. I’m worried about him, given his diagnosis on top of the virus that’s floating around. 

  52. Renee, I agree about Flatus and the Browns – hope he’s watching, and I hope he’s doing well. 

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