The Watering Hole, Monday, April 15th, 2013: Inspiration

While Wordsworth had the good fortune to be inspired by “a host, of golden daffodils”…

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Daffodil_field_in_Northern_Washington
…I, on the other hand, amidst the increasing insanity going on in this country, must be content to find somewhat lesser inspiration in a more simple setting…

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Daffodils in sunlight (photo by Jane E. Schneider)

Daffodils in sunlight (photo by Jane E. Schneider)

This is today’s Open Thread. What inspires you these days?

121 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, April 15th, 2013: Inspiration

    • So, the SCROTUS is very much akin to the moon men. We’ve been Scrooched multiple times by those black robed teabagging hacks.

  1. I went out and looked and my daffodils aren’t even looking like they’re going to bloom this year. Do they have dormant years?

  2. Wordsworth ALWAYS makes my day! We spotted our first daffodil just last Saturday, and when I saw it my first thought was of Wordsworth who also wrote:

    The Rainbow comes and goes,
    And lovely is the Rose,
    The Moon doth with delight
    Look round her when the heavens are bare;
    Waters on a starry night
    Are beautiful and fair;
    The sunshine is a glorious birth;
    But yet I know, where’er I go,
    That there hath past away a glory from the earth.

    And the lopsided Republican majority in this remote corner of Pueblo County — i.e. those who can only see ‘beauty’ in a freakin’ gun — drives that last thought home every minute of every day!

  3. SCOTUS Denies Review To Case Expanding Gun Rights Outside Home

    The Supreme Court, following a pattern that is now quite well established, chose again on Monday to remain on the sidelines as the national debate over gun ownership heats up in the political realm. Without comment, the Justices denied review of the latest attempt to test whether the Second Amendment right to have a gun extends beyond the home.

    Oh well, I guess Heller wasn’t all that extensive after all.

    • Of course it extends outside the home.
      You wouldn’t have a well regulated militia drilling INSIDE the home, now would you?

  4. And, in news nobody actually gives a shit about:
    George W. Bush is a grandpa, via daughter Jenna’s new baby girl.
    Note to Jenna.
    Don’t let that sociopathological prick within a mile of your baby.

  5. The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. ~Tennessee Williams

    Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.
    ~Ikkyu Sojun

  6. Maybe Ed Schultz can tell us the start date of his weekend show when he gets into the studio about a half hour from now.

    • Now, if the guy had thrown himself on the track to be crushed by speeding vehicles, the NRA would have said “See, people can get killed without a shot being fired!”

  7. A theory: This is domestic terrorism.

    Everyone is busily watching all the brown people and Muslim people, while ignoring white racist groups, anti-abortion nutcases, and gun humpers.

  8. Does ‘the right to keep and bear arms’ include explosive devices? If so, no harm done. The only way to stop a bad guy with a bomb is a good guy with a bomb.

    Trying to sound like Wayne LaPissere — it ain’t easy.

      • You’ll need your personal explosive device, everyone should have one. 😦

        Only a good guy with a bomb can stop a bad guy with a bomb. (Unfortunately that thought fits the Drone Program. Something I am not proud of Obama for)

    • Clearly, if any of the dead and maimed had been packing, with safety off and gun out of holster, they could have taken the bomb out….er….well, maybe not so much.

  9. BREAKING: FIRE AT JFK LIBRARY

    The JFK Library incident is reportedly unrelated to the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
    Reports indicate that it was just a fire, not an explosion.
    However, police are investigating video footage to see if the fire was caused by a bombing.

  10. Boston Police: No Arrests Have Been Made In Marathon Bombing

    The New York Post reported that a “Saudi national who suffered shrapnel wounds in today’s blast” has been identified as “a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.” The Boston PD spokesperson did not confirm that report.

    “Honestly, I don’t know where they’re getting their information from, but it didn’t come from us,” said the spokesperson.

    The Post report was attributed to “a law enforcement source.” According to the Post, the “suspect” is “currently being guarded in a Boston hospital.”

  11. A team of Newtown parents who were running the Marathon in tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre are reportedly safe.

    Time to get outta “Dodge.”

  12. Okay, for those of you know know me, I rarely get involved in politics on FB. Not worth it. But one old friend of mine just posts non-stop RWNJ stuff. I ignore it. But today was from a Tea Party site, and it was a graphic that said “I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican. I’m an American and I want my country back.”

    I had to respond.

    “From whom exactly?”

    I get so tired of that “take my country back” meme. Take it back from those of us who voted for someone you don’t like?

    • A few weeks ago some troll called both Ed Schulz and Thom Hartmann on the same day whining about “Obama’s agenda”. Both hosts politely asked him to name one thing about Obama’s agenda that he disagreed with and, utterly failing to come up with one, just kept saying “his whole agenda” and “it’s obvious what Obama is doing”.

      I figure the Reichwhiners fall mostly into two camps. Those who are afraid of everything just because their guy isn’t in the White House and those who are afraid of “colored folk” but are just savvy enough to realize that there will be repercussions if they admit their naked racism.

    • “From whom exactly?”

      From the Black Man in the White House, of course. Geez, I thought everyone knew that…

  13. I was informed by a colleague at school about the bombing around 4 pm. After I did some needed maintenance on her PC I checked Huffington Post for the news ( about 4.30).
    I saw immediately that the NY Post was reporting a “Saudi suspect in custody”from unidentified source –and no one else.
    I relayed that to my colleague, with the comment “but that’s from the NY Post, so I wouldn’t trust it”.

    At 5.41 a Police spokesman refuted the NY Post reporting of a “Saudi suspect in custody–in fact “no suspect in custody”

    At 6 pm I hear myself on NPR that “no suspect in custody”

    Fox Nation and NY Post still leading with “suspect “story as of 6.15 pm, NY POST still claiming 12 dead.

    I’m guessing no corrections will be issued.

    Meanwhile I personally wouldn’t want to conjecture, because there’s no information to work with yet—nothing to even be reasonably wrong about, let alone close to being right.

    /

  14. The hysteria is building.

    I noticed my friend Craig was out grilling in the wind and I decided to show him my new plane and talk about flying. He’s a fellow R/C flier and helped me set up our kids’ BBQ and subsequent food shelf. By the time I got out he had been joined by another gentleman whose name escapes me. Well? He was going on and on about “damned Arabs” and “the left won’t do anything about the bombs” and then I just tuned him out before making a scene. I have a feeling that a great many people are frantically clutching their guns and Buybulls about now.

    • Well, as a member of the left, I have to admit that I for one, haven’t in fact “done anything about the bombs”, so I should probably get right on that.

    • Not me, I’m holding a Heineken, for medicinal purposes no less! I’m pressing the cold bottle against some swollen muscles on my arm and back. Since holding the bottle next to the skin conducts heat to the bottle it causes the beer to warm faster which requires me to consume it faster so its not hot. This of course leads to earlier inebriation which dulls the pain in my muscles that allows me to lay down and sleep, so that’s not a bad thing. 🙂

  15. Right wing conspiracy nutjob Alex Jones is already peddling the story as a government false flag attack to blame the tea party on. His evidence….its Patriot Day in Boston and Tax day. Do we know of any terror organizations who are against a country allowing marathons? Perhaps this was a domestic terrorist plot by the dangerous peoples liberated couch potato party???

  16. @ zxbe:

    When a right winger tells me he or she wants their country back I always ask them if they are ready to go to war against Goldman Sachs, GE, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Monsanto, DuPont, Exxon, BP, Archer Midland Daniels, The Carlyle Group, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Halliburton, Raytheon, Bechtel, etc, etc, etc….because they are the ones who own and rule our country

  17. In good news, Justin Trudeau is now the leader of the Liberal Party up here in America’s hat. He is the son of the great Pierre Trudeau and the right is in a big tizzy over it. Will be good for Canadian liberals.

  18. QOTD:

    “I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. … This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

    But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago,” – Patton Oswald, on Boston.

    • You beat me to it. I was about to post part of that quote when I saw you had a better version of it. It’s too bad there aren’t more people like Fred Rogers. Imagine how much peaceful the world would be if there were.

  19. Will the new scary words be “Saudi national”? That’s the phrase that Rupert’s minions are planting in the minds of the stupid and frightened people who still consider anything from NewsCorp to be “news”. Alas, it seems like the “librul media” is picking up on the term as well. I almost never invoke the name of God but I have no other way to say this: God help us all if tomorrow’s sad news is of Saudi nationals and assorted Muslims and Arabs being dragged through the streets.

    • hmm, they’d probably not use the word “Saudi”. So it would have to be a different ‘brown’ people.

      The second-largest holder of voting stock in News Corp. is Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a nephew of the Saudi king.

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