The Watering Hole, Thursday June 20, 2013; “Mystic Eye of the Darkened Sky”

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . an old friend of mine found himself wandering through that depressing maze that shows itself around the time that virtually everything seems to be going wrong. Such was the case nearly four decades ago when he wound up living alone in Utah, his family still in Arizona, while engaged in what turned out to be a temporary and interim, but lonely, employment. About midway through his six month stint ‘up there’ he sent me a poem he’d written one night whilst he watched a full moon rise over the mountains, and over a bottle of sorrow-drowning Scotch.

It occurred to me recently, while contemplating the dismal impact of today’s absurd and thoughtless domestic (Wingnut) political agenda and practice that in many ways, not much has changed in the nearly forty years that have passed since I received his brief but compelling poem in the mail. So I retrieved the poem from its home in the dusty archives and couldn’t help but notice that, as with any imperative poetry, the message is, indeed, timeless no matter the details of the original inspiration. And, too, it seems that the far more recent photographs, when coupled with the sadness implicit in the message, suggest that no matter how dismal the moment might seem, a visit with the beauties implicit in Nature, in that which lies beyond the reach of human foible, can and often does serve to revitalize the sagging spirit.

So, without further ado . . . poem by T.R. Nissle, photos by moi.

The Moon
by T.R.Nissle (ca. 1975)

Mystic eye of the darkened sky,
Compelled to stray estranged on high,
Pallored by the sight of woe below, it watches

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt night when groping souls emerge,
And hears the sobs that upward surge
From broken things – even the wolf’s howl and questioning;

Mystic EyePropelled in unrelenting circuit,
It lights the gloom for lives unfit
That, too, wander derelict alone – and mirrors peace . . .

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn its imprisoned solitude.

Stated another way, to hell with greed, with the lust for power and control; to hell with Wingnut politics, to hell with human foible and with the gloom for lives unfit . . . !!

And hello to the Beauty implicit ‘out there,’ far beyond all the nonsensical BS we have to deal with every day ‘in here.’


72 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Thursday June 20, 2013; “Mystic Eye of the Darkened Sky”

  1. [Happy Summer Solstice – it begins tonight (Thursday) at 11:04 p.m. MDT or 10:04 p.m. PDT]
    and we are only three days away from the full Moon.

    Those are stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing photos and your friends thoughts!

    • Thanks, Ebb. It occured to me as I watched the first segment of last night’s Rachel show — wherein she discusses Keystone pipeline, leaks in both Canada and US existing pipelines, Obama’s pending Keystone yes-or-no decision — that even after humans extinct themselves by destroying the earth’s environment, that very same moon will continue it’s earthly rise and set for what, a few more billion years, at least?

      Some things will long endure — moons, e.g., and some won’t — “broken things,” e.g. humans. Interesting dilemma, esp. for Teh Stupid.

  2. Like father, like son?

    I heard on NPR this morning that Ted Cruz’s father fought with Castro forces because he did not agree with U.S. influence in his home land. Then, after bribing his way out of Cuba he came here on a student visa and when that ran out he went to Canada, where Ted was born.

    No doubt Ted has learned his anti American values from an idealist who ran rather than stand and fight for his beliefs. Perhaps we could show Ted what “Real Americans” did back in those perfect days of yore by tar and feathering him and running him out of town on a rail.

    • Tar and feathers? No need for the feathers. Return him to the land of his birth, then stuff him into the Keystone pipeline and send him back to Texas. Refine him in Houston, then see how he does after he gets to China.

    • I heard the same story this morning, pachy, and almost crashed the car when no one asked Ted Cruz how his father’s story was the “right” way to immigrate. He had a wealthy and connected relative who bribed the right official, outstayed his visa and used refugee status to become Canadian and then, 40 something years after leaving Cuba became an American citizen. They did ask why he waited so long, and he responded that “I dunno, laziness?” Plus, he was Cuban which became a protected class.

  3. June 20, 2013 |
    The co-founder of the Minutemen vigilante border patrol group, also a former kindergarten teacher, was arrested in Phoenix for allegedly molesting three girls, Reuters reports:

    Chris Simcox, 52, who co-founded the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps in 2005, was booked into a Maricopa County jail in connection with the molestation of three girls under the age of 10, said Sergeant Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.

    Detectives with the department’s Family Investigations Bureau developed “probable cause” that Simcox had sexual conduct with the girls during the past several months, Thompson said. No other details were immediately available.

    Simcox has denied the allegations to police. It was not known if he had an attorney.

    He faces two counts each of child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of attempted child molestation.

    Simcox co-founded the Minutemen in 2002 with an announcement in a local paper headlined, “Enough is Enough! A Public Call to Arms!” In his call-to-arms, Simcox asked fellow anti-immigration activists to join his brigade to “shame the government into doing its job” patrolling the US-Mexico border. For 8 years, the group patrolled the border in southern Arizona, reporting suspected migrants to US Border Patrol.

    As the Southern Poverty Law Center reported, this won’t be the first time Simcox is accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. In 1998, his ex-wife Deobrah Crews accused Simcox of molesting his 14-year-old daughter that he fathered with Crews. Although no charges were filed, the daughter broke off all communication with her father.

    • The last time we ‘dined out’ was summer of 2008, and that was in the restaurant at an Arizona mountain lodge which we ourselves ran, as in did all the cooking, preparing, and serving. We did stray one time since then when, while visiting my daughter in Colorado Springs, we went out with her and her hubby to a fairly decent Mexican restaurant in Monument, CO. And that’s it. Everything we eat we fix at home from fresh ingredients (save for the occasional can of Garbanzos in our bean salad, like which I just made a big tub of this morning!).

      McDonalds et al could load their shit up with arsenic and we’d never be the wiser. Me, I can’t understand why anyone would ever waste their time and money on any of that fast food crap, but apparently lots of folks do. If the stuff causes brain damage, my guess is that it’s mostly Republicans that eat in those places.

      • I love dining out personally, but fast food restaurants don’t qualify. To me, it’s like smoking. People have been given all the information necessary to make an informed decision and may choose to use that information or not. Smoking has plunged in popularity, thank fsm and among some populations so has the consumption of crap food.

        I’m never giving up dim sum or grilled rillettes on ciabatta, though.

        • My “problem” with food and food prep goes back to my heritage, I guess. My dad was owner and operator of his own small-town bakery in rural Minnesota, and I grew up ‘working’ in it (explains, I suppose, why I’ve not bought a loaf of bread or any other baked goods in more years than I dare to count). He was also one hell of a creative cook (“chef” in today’s parlance), and throughout my growing-up years, there was never any real reason for me to ‘eat out’ most anywhere. Plus, he was a damn good teacher, and . . . etc. (explains a lot of what goes down, foodwise and daily, HERE, actually).

          Anyway, I do, truly and honestly, love and enjoy doing ALL the cooking, baking, food prep in general, here at home . . . right over there, in that little kitchen that’s not quite twenty feet to my right (or in Dutch ovens out there in the woods, or on the desert, wherever the camp might happen to be).

          But yes, dim sum can be yummy, and I’ve never tried making it. But yep, I do still fondly recall that lunch in Honolulu’s Chinatown back in the late seventies, also that place in San Francisco . . . 1981? Summer? Somewhere close to then. But there is no, ummm, dim sum (or anything else that might well be ‘commanist’ foodstuffs) here, at the foot of the Rockies, where the standard cuisine rambles somewhere between (beef, of course) steaks and deep-fried Democrat . . . with salad, of course. And “Blue Cheese Dressing.”

          Time for a bowl of fresh and multi-bean salad. Sorry, McDonalds. Not today.

    • Notice she doesn’t go the Republican route of objecting to a Unanimous Consent agreement to bring the subject up for a vote even though she is clearly opposed to this person being our Trade Rep. I think if Democrats were to start pulling the same bullshit games that Senate Republicans do all the time, Obama wouldn’t be able to get away with some of the morally questionable things with which he currently gets away.

  4. So a follow-up to my comment yesterday about Jim Hoft and the “massive” rally. The photograph LGF posted was actually a different rally and he had to apologize to Hoft — at which point Hoft posted more inflated numbers for the Tea Party rally and tried to prove it in a photo — by cheating. And another FAIL.

  5. I just watched Tamron Hall’s segment on James Gandolfini. She said “Galdonfini’ at least a dozen times in two minutes. Fucking talking-heads, all of ’em.

    • Well . . . I had no idea who ‘Gandolfini’ was until I read that he was Tony Soprano. I’d watched some of ‘The Sopranos’ or whatever it was called on DVD (via a DVD pkg ‘loan’ by a friend), thought it was a pretty crappy effort at modernizing and emulating Puzo’s The Godfather.

      And, btw, who the hell is “Tamron Hall”? Not related to Walter Cronkite, sounds like.

      I miss Cronkite. And Brando/Vito Corleone. Tony Soprano? Nope. Did Gandolfini ever do anything else than that?

      • Sigh….I can’t even begin to say what I think about the above.

        Suffice it to say that when someone of note dies, it’s incumbent upon audio/visual media types to pronounce their fucking name correctly, not to mention repeatedly butchering it.

        • No argument there. I can read, and proper pronunciation sort of follows, usually. I even managed to both spell and properly pronounce ‘Soprano’, even though I never remembered who ‘starred’ in it.

          Beyond the trivia, it sure is a good thing there’s no global warming or climate change. Imagine how bad the fires in Colorado, Arizona, and California might get if climate change was for real.

          Cough, cough. Damn smoke.

      • Do newspeople still wear earpiece? Those kind of mispronunciations used to be quickly corrected by a whisper in the ear.
        (the news copy/teleprompter obviously had the incorrect phonetic and the newsperson is a bit clueless to correct on their own)

  6. Oh shit. The world is going to end. Again.

    Markets Slump Over Fed Exit Plan and China Credit Squeeze

    Global markets tumbled on Thursday over concern about a credit crunch in China and uncertainty about the United States central bank’s plans for withdrawing the monetary stimulus upon which the American economy has become dependent.

    Just a day after the Federal Reserve hinted that it could soon begin winding down its bond-purchasing program, investors were unnerved by reports that Chinese banks had become reluctant to lend to one another, causing interest rates in the interbank market to spike to punishingly high levels.

    On Wall Street, the broad-based Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index ended down 2.5 percent Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 2.3 percent — more than 350 points — and the Nasdaq composite index shed 2.3 percent. On Wednesday, the S.&P. 500 fell 1.4 percent.

    How awful. However will I sleep tonight? Damn Obama. Damn Democrats. Chinese. Federal Reserve. Commies. Destroying Amurka. Where’s Mitt and the Caymans now that we really need ’em?

    • They tell us to invest in the stock market, and then shit like this, which no one has any control over, completely devalues our investments. SOMEBODY has my money, and it isn’t me.

      I’m beginning to think the stock market should be shut down entirely and rebuilt from scratch. I really don;t care who it disadvantages, as they will most likely be among the wealthier people who can ride out financial crises better than the rest of us.

  7. Yes, being able to blow up the world 19x over, instead of 20x over will put us at a disadvantage.

    Lawmakers question Obama’s pledge to scale back US nuclear arsenal | Fox News

    “Now is not the time to pursue further strategic nuclear force reductions,” Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said following Obama’s speech in Berlin, Germany.

    Inhofe was among several lawmakers who warned that cutting the country’s strategic nuclear arsenal by one-third would put America at a disadvantage against countries like Russia, North Korea and Iran. Inhofe said the president’s plan wrongly assumes that reducing the role of nuclear weapons would make the world safer.

    • Here’s the thing about our Congress. Nothing in the Constitution requires them to be truthful when speaking on either House floor. Nothing requires them to back up the crazy off-the-wall claims they make. Further, I think it’s against the rules of both Houses (the Senate, for sure) to stand up and call a liar a liar. (I think their rationale is that doing so presumes the Senator wasn’t being truthful, which is exactly the point being made by calling him a liar.)

      Nothing Inhofe said has any basis in fact, other than that the President wants to reduce our nuclear arsenal.

  8. Ex-gay’ group shuts down as leader says sorry

    A Christian group once committed to reforming people from their homosexuality has recanted that aim.

    For 27 years, Exodus International has tried to turn thousands of gay men and women straight through a combination of prayer and intensive therapy. Late in the day Wednesday, the group’s leader, Alan Chambers, posted an extensive apology for the trauma he caused by promoting the misguided cause.

    • Exodus International Has Lost Twenty Ministries

      It is no secret that Exodus International has had a rough time of it in the past year. Money issues, falling attendance and a major effort to rebrand have left the ex-gay organization in a tenuous state. While there are some mixed reviews on just what the new face of Exodus might really mean in the long run, one thing is certain — member ministries are in their own exodus from Exodus.

      Chambers’ little empire apparently has been unraveling slowly, rather than from one big event. Just because Exodus has shut down doesn’t mean the affiliates are out of business. They just move to the next available charismatic con-artist.

      A number of these ministries appear to now affiliate with Andy Comiskey’s Desert Stream Ministries, which also no longer appears on the Exodus list. Comiskey has been critical of Exodus president Alan Chambers while expressing support for the reparative drive model of ex-gay therapy touted by NARTH and Joseph Nicolosi. It is reasonable to speculate that Desert Stream might become the new “umbrella” for groups who, for whatever reason, no longer agree with or have faith in the current leadership at Exodus.

  9. I’m one of those people who supports the right of someone to die if they don;t want to go on living. But this just blows me away. How short-sighted is this thinking?

    So, he’ll get out and commit suicide by cop. Hopefully he won’t ruin too many lives besides that of the cop who ends up killing him to give him his wish.

    • I absolutely agree that, when someone (of functioning mind) formally agrees it’s time to depart, officialdom has but one responsibility and that’s to get the hell out of the way. Biblical nonsense aside, death need not be a personal decision — but if it is, then sobeit. I could never understand why it was, for example, that Dr. Kevorkian was essentially spat upon and eventually even imprisoned simply because he aided the passage of others who asked him for assist, for a painless way out.

      I could rant for a week on the injustice(s) implicit in so many biblical premises, but I’d probably only be singing to the choir (here, at least). Still, why are we ALL essentially FORCED to adhere to that primitive and nonsensical philosophy when there are so many reasonable and available alternatives?

    • I believe only the death sentence has been cancelled – not that he’d ever get out of prison.
      Doesn’t seem as if the clemency was for the crime – only the punishment of being put to death by the state.

      • I’m also one who is NOT in favor of government-mandated death penalties. I hold to the notion that death is a personal event and should be officially be treated as such. In the cited case, if the prisoner was sentenced to die by the state, that’s not right; however, if the prisoner himself wanted to die (rather than, e.g., remain imprisoned for the duration of his life) then no level of officialdom should stand in his way.

        Death does, obviously and in fact, lurk within each and every one of us. It’s our ultimate fate. It should be a personal decision, and NOT something mandated by others, gummint especially.

      • You’re most likely right and I’m seriously wrong. I should have read the article more carefully.

        And while I oppose the use of capital punishment by the state (it does not do what it’s supposed to do, and that’s to deter other people from killing), I do support the inmate’s right to die.

      • Hey girl, I was hoping you’d drop in. Talk dirty to me, I need some excitement in my life.

        Boy, am I buzzed 😉

          • At different points in my life being buzzed has allowed me to focus deeply into a particular endeavor, on occasion having a feeling of becoming one with the subject. Statistical regression analysis was exciting, while I discovered a extreme passion in musical performance, and on several occasions I became one with the music listening, while buzzed, on my back on the floor with the stereo speakers inches away from my ears. There was ecstasy hearing the soprano,alto, tenors and base voices each alone inside me at the same time.

            Tonight, my beautiful butterfly, I shall allow you to flutter my inner being as I will become Don Quixote with you as my Dulcinea and absolutely anything you do will help in my fantasy tonight 😉

  10. Cristina Torre, Joe Torre’s Daughter, Deserves a Gold Glove

    She never took her eye off the baby.

    The daughter of Yankee legend Joe Torre heroically caught a year-old boy who fell from the awning of a Brooklyn storefront Wednesday.

    Cristina Torre, 44, said she was sipping coffee outside Little Cupcake Bake Shop on Third Ave. in Bay Ridge when several bystanders spotted little Dillin Miller dangling from the awning of a frozen yogurt shop next door at about 10 a.m.

    The baby dropped — and Torre made the life-saving grab.
    “He literally landed in my arms,” she said. “It was a relief. I’m just glad he was safe.”

    One chance, one catch. Perfect season.

    • Doesn’t change my hatred of all those fossil-oily environmental RAPISTS even a whit. Fuck Shell and alladem others as well . . . each and every one of the bastards . . . that even dare THINK(??) that way. And — here I am, I be right here: come and get me, if you dare. Oh, and if you should start coughing up blood during the chase, well, you know. . . . happy returns. You’ve earned them, each and all.

      Do us all a favor. Die. OK?

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