32 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. John Donne, ‘The Sun Rising’.


    Busy old fool, unruly sun,
    Why dost thou thus,
    Through windows, and through curtains call on us?
    Must to thy motions lovers’ seasons run?
    Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
    Late school boys and sour prentices,
    Go tell court huntsmen that the king will ride,
    Call country ants to harvest offices,
    Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime,
    Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time

  2. from puppy bowl to super bowl talk

    Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including Super Bowl LV, Donald Trump’s second impeachment and the GOP’s identity crisis.

  3. mr roger’s neighborhood?  as gomer would say: “surprise surprise surprise”


    In the video, which was obtained and reviewed by ABC News, Stone takes pictures and mingles with supporters outside a D.C. hotel as Oath Keepers hover around him, one wearing a baseball hat and military-style vest branded with the militia group’s logo.

    “So, hopefully we have this today, right?” one supporter asks Stone in the video, which was posted just after 10 a.m. on the morning of the rally. “We shall see,” Stone replies.

    It is not known to what they were referring.

    Stone has maintained that he played “no role whatsoever in the Jan. 6 events” and has repeatedly said that he “never left the site of my hotel until leaving for Dulles Airport” that afternoon. He has also decried attempts to ascribe to him the motives of the people around him.


    The newly surfaced video is the first to show militia members with Stone on the day of the Capitol riots.


    Minuta, the Oath Keeper in the video with Stone, also appeared to be in images marching in December alongside Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn at a rally to contest the election results. Speaking at the Dec. 12 rally in Washington to promote the Trump effort to overturn the election, Flynn told supporters: “We’re in a battle … for the heart and soul of the country … we will win.”

    Rudy Giuliani also appears briefly during the video outside the D.C. hotel, though the president’s personal attorney does not appear to speak to Stone or any of the Oath Keepers alongside him. Giuliani, who appears to be exiting the D.C. hotel, moves quickly in a circle of people into a black car waiting on the street.


  4. 2 good to hear “nice to be back to sanity” quotes  from the hill:

    “I think one of the main objectives here was giving the presidency a sense of normalcy,” said one longtime Biden aide. “Enough of the crazy shit we experienced for four years.”


    “It’s so funny – I hear from friends on both sides of the aisle how cleansing it is to wake up in the morning without feeling that the day will be inflamed by a crazy tweet,” said former Rep. Steve Israel, who served as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the Obama era. “Even people who disagree with President Biden say that at least we’re back to normal.”

  5. Life is good, sleeping better for about two weeks.  Sorry to the distilleries, breweries and wineries which will suffer, life is better now.

  6. i assume SCOTUS also doesn’t agree either with maher’s new [religion] rule rant last night 


    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t bar indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it can keep for now a ban on singing and chanting indoors.
    The high court issued orders late Friday in two cases where churches had sued over coronavirus-related restrictions in the state. The high court said that for now, California can’t ban indoor worship as it had in almost all of the state because virus cases are high. The justices said the state can cap indoor services at 25% of a building’s capacity. The justices also declined to stop California from enforcing a ban put in place last summer on indoor singing and chanting. California had put the restrictions in place because the virus is more easily transmitted indoors and singing releases tiny droplets that can carry the disease.
    Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that “federal courts owe significant deference to politically accountable officials” when it comes to public health restrictions, but he said deference “has its limits.”
    Roberts wrote that California’s determination “that the maximum number of adherents who can safely worship in the most cavernous cathedral is zero—appears to reflect not expertise or discretion, but instead insufficient appreciation or consideration of the interests at stake.”
    In addition to Roberts, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Amy Coney Barrett also wrote to explain their views. Gorsuch and Justice Clarence Thomas would have kept California from enforcing its singing ban. Barrett, the court’s newest justice, disagreed. Writing for herself and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, she said it wasn’t clear at this point whether the singing ban was being applied “across the board.”
    The court’s three liberal justices dissented, saying they would have upheld California’s restrictions. Justice Elena Kagan wrote in a dissent for herself, Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Sonia Sotomayor that the court’s action “risks worsening the pandemic.” She said that the court was “making a special exception for worship services” rather than treating them like other activities where large groups of people come together “in close proximity for extended periods of time.” In areas of California where COVID-19 is widespread, which includes most of the state, activities including indoor dining and going to the movies are banned.
    “I fervently hope that the Court’s intervention will not worsen the Nation’s COVID crisis. But if this decision causes suffering, we will not pay. Our marble halls are now closed to the public, and our life tenure forever insulates us from responsibility for our errors. That would seem good reason to avoid disrupting a State’s pandemic response. But the Court forges ahead regardless, insisting that science-based policy yield to judicial edict,” she wrote.

  7. The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, And hastens to the place where it arose.  6 The wind goes toward the south, And turns around to the north; The wind whirls about continually, And comes again on its circuit.  7 All the rivers run into the sea, Yet the sea is not full; To the place from which the rivers come, There they return again.  8 All things are full of labor; Man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor the ear filled with hearing.  9That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.  10 Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.  11 There is no remembrance of former things, Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come By those who will come after.

  8. Bid and TT,  for your anti-cruz enjoyment click this from meidastouchpodcast yesterday: “Scaramucci’s Epic Takedown of McCarthy, Cruz and Trump.”

    [warning colorful language for those of tender ears]

  9. Thou great star! What would be thy happiness if thou hadst not those for whom thou shinest!For ten years hast thou climbed hither unto my cave: thou wouldst have wearied of thy light and of the journey, had it not been for me, mine eagle, and my serpent
    Prologue.Thus Spake Zarathustra
    (Thomas Common translation, by most accounts a rather horrid rendition, but I kind of like it for the prologue)

  10. It took a week, but now I have my FB algorithm giving me Spanish, Finnish, and occasionally Japanese feeds.  What is the next challenge to meet in screwing with people who buy data?  For a while it did have me living somewhere in England, but that did not last long.  Perhaps France, that would be nice for the Tour de France le juillet.

  11. I still LOVE this picture!
    BlueBronc…  good on you to get ahold of your life.  Is that a picture of your yard?

  12. My first post on my shiny new Mac….     a lot to learn….  but this thing screams!

  13. Thank you – that is a picture of a little section or our peninsula’s improved drainage and shore protection system.  It replaces ditches and culverts to slow the water down and clear out sediments before it flows into the Chesapeake Bay.  It helps keep the Bay cleaner and reduces shore line erosion.

  14. Fed up with talk nation suffers without two viable political parties. One party that includes Joe Manchin and Bernie Sanders at odds gets us plenty of balance. We can live without a racist hate-mongering Republican party.

  15. So tired of the hand wringing, even by some Dems, that GOP should fix itself for the good of the country. No, let them go away, democracy better off without their perverted hateful racism. Enough diversity within Democratic Party for popular centrist governing going forward.

  16. The repubs are about to bow out as a major party but the system will stay basically the same,  with left-democrats and right-democrats.   (nothing new under the sun, so to speak.)    Time now for the democrat-democrats get a shitload of stuff accomplished while that other party lemmings on off the cliff.

  17. Saturday afternoon sitting around half asleep and suddenly jarred awake.  President Biden could be like an older brother if I had one.  When President Obama won I had to admit I was older than him and that goes with getting older.  Then the next president is elected and instead of “Uncle Joe” he is more like “hey Joe how about a ride to the store”.  Oh this can become so confusing as I never expected to be younger than any future presidents.

  18. This why Trump and his ilk need to be shunned.
    Convict him in the senate

  19. Heaven help us all, but I actually hope the Dick Cheney machine still has enough clout to smack down the fascists going after Liz.   Just because they aren’t q-razies doesn’t mean they aren’t traitorous asshats. 

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