The Watering Hole; Thursday March 20 2014; Reflections

It’s been a busy week here in the foothills of the Front Range. More on that later. Meanwhile, some ‘reflections’ courtesy of Denny Green, Tempe AZ, taken at the Gilbert Water Ranch last Sunday. I dunno. Sometimes the message(s) implicit in the beauty of the natural world can be a bit humbling to “superior” beings everywhere (not one of which I’ve ever met, but then I’ve never been in Washington, never been on Fox News, etc., so that’s surely why, right?).

Humbling. Reflections. Enjoy.

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3-16-14-3Emily Dickinson said it best: Beauty — be not caused — It Is. She was right. It’s surely fair to point out that depiction of beauty most certainly does NOT require the personage (or portrait) of any known politician, or billionaire oligarch, or even of most any common criminal (assuming there’s ever a difference between, etc.). Funny how that works, how those who are totally unimportant and useless (e..g. Koch Bros., Putin, Boehner, McConnell, McCain, Graham, Palin, Bachmann, Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Jindal, and most anyone named ‘Scott’ et al. et al.) are demonstrably paled by even just-last-Sunday’s soliloquies of/by waterfowl enjoying winter’s warmth courtesy of an anonymous desert watering hole. Beauty implicit invariably manages to overwhelm even human ugliness, and with luck the message therein embedded will someday become a driving thesis . . . here . . . in this so-far hallowed hollowed world, the world of . . . ummm . . . “men” I think some have called us . . . them?  . . . errmm . . . ? Yeah. That world. Our world. The world of, as T.S. Eliot described us, The Hollow Men . . .

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

‘Nuff said. At least for now.

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78 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday March 20 2014; Reflections

  1. Avocets and Black-necked Stilts are beautiful to gaze upon –
    also a favorite meal of our local Peregrines!
    We see them fly in with the shorebirds legs dangling from the falcons beak or talons!

  2. More from the “serious news” network. Reigning nincompoop Don Lemon feels like it’s necessary to ask about every crackpot “theory” making the rounds on twitter. Yes, Mr. Lemon, it is preposterous to consider whether MH 370 was swallowed by a black hole. A black hole would destroy the entire solar system and any 3rd grader with access to the internet could tell you that. Furthermore; it is not responsible journalism to consider all options if the option being considered is preposterous.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/don-lemon-black-hole-malaysia-jet

  3. Speaking of the missing plane. I think it’s highly unlikely that anything but seat cushions and bodies would still be floating after this much time. We could very well be looking at the worst possible case for finding the plane. If the pilots managed to ditch the plane intact and, for whatever reason, the crew and passengers were unable to open a door it’s possible that the plane sank intact and may never be found.

  4. A photo study of the “Little Green Men” of the Crimea (and women to by the looks)

    It’s been a lovely invasion so far for these Russian soldiers. I wonder when the collective hangover sets in in Crimea, when they realize they signed their futures over to Crimean mobster who took over the parliament building with an armed mob or that the power, water, food, tourists all come from Ukraine.

    Tanya’s ‘Joke of the Day’ yesterday was the Crimean shop owner who said “I hope Ukrainians still like us and still want to come for their holidays” …. NPR interviewed a Kiev travel shop owner who said something like: “No the Crimean season is already over – no one is asking, they all are going to Odessa, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Turkey now – if anyone has any money to go anywhere at all”

    • The stupid is international! As you point out – wait until the reality sets in that Russia only wanted the land and not the ‘riff-raff’ citizens on the land.

      • Oil and gas in the Black Sea is one reason, the other is the legendary Black Sea Fleet, which now that the Russians have already started appropriating Tartar land, the Turks will make their age old play and shut the Bosporus to Russian shipping – it will remain the Black Sea Fleet only.

  5. Fred Phelps is dead. George Takei has some thoughts.

    “I take no solace or joy in this man’s passing. We will not dance upon his grave, nor stand vigil at his funeral holding “God Hates Freds” signs, tempting as it may be.

    He was a tormented soul, who tormented so many. Hate never wins out in the end. It instead goes always to its lonely, dusty end.”

    • Mr Sulu is a bit more gracious than me. I hope the funeral is a total clusterfook.

      Drag his rancid hate-filled cadaver down the main street behind a float bedecked in rainbow ribbons, blasting Soft Cell music, crawling with cross-dressers, Freddy Mercury impersonators and hand out smiling ‘Oh My’ George Takei face masks to everyone with candies.

      • I tend to agree. I just thought it was fitting to begin with gentle words. Personally? I would have fed the old bastard and most of his evil brood to the hogs before he died.

      • Me either, though sooner or later he and/or some of his fellow travelers are surely going to fall for one of those FBI fake bomb stings.

    • Doing away with public lands is an important part of their “privatize so all natural resources can be extracted” policy. The hatred for federal land actually predates the black guy. Someone who owns property near a national park or other monument might not be able to destroy his land as he sees fit and that’s a violation of freedumb.

  6. Can we have an asshole death trifecta?

    1. Fred Phelps
    2. Rush Limbaugh
    3. (your choice here)

    • I’m thinking that Steve King carries as much hate around in his belly as either of the two mentioned. He’s far from alone, of course. In fact, Christian Militia leader Everest Wilhelmsen (see above) seems to have a shot at becoming the most hate-filled gasbag since Fred Phelps.

      • He’s only offering $200 reward for Clinton, $300 for Holder, $100 for Kerry, and $100 for Hagel, DEAD or ALIVE! He’s a cheap hate-filled gasbag.

      • Interesting choices up there, so far. I find them to be fairly innocuous and not fanatical purveyors of hate and intolerance. I was thinking more like frothing-at-the-mouth, rightwing radio hate mongers or religious zealots like say…Brian Fischer or Tony Perkins. Those two would be particularly ironic deaths.

      • +1 – I’d take all three of those slots and do one of them again to make sure.

      • I’d prefer Foulsmell woke up in bed with an underage boy, but he’d think he was in heaven!

      • There are so many worthy candidates that one could never think of them all. Nugent and Batscat Bachmann are, at least, deserving of mention. Bush and/or Cheney? That goes without saying. Glenn Beck, The Savage Wiener, inSeannity. The always nasty Laura Ingraham and the awful blonde skeleton who has an Adam’s apple bigger than her tits. Sigh… I guess I can’t limit myself to three candidates.

  7. Alex Pareene skewers ”Scott Greenberg”:

    ‘Just your typical millennial here, wearing tortoiseshell glasses and a cool leather jacket and also really concerned about gas prices. They really eat into your typical millennial’s paycheck!

    But give the RNC some credit: Most millennials still believe that they need or will need to own a car (which, in most of America, is a completely accurate belief), they just find the cost of car ownership a burden. Just like Scott here! And that’s why Scott is a Republican: Because they support an “all of the above” energy policy, which Scott sums up as, “solar, wind, shale gas, oil, whatever!” I mean, increased domestic energy production doesn’t necessarily lower fuel prices in the U.S. because it is a worldwide market, and “all of the above” is actually the energy policy of both parties, but, you know, “whatever,” as the millennials say. “LOL,” they sext one another. “Let’s frack some shale gas, YOLO.” ‘

  8. Oh, ‘we can’t take it, only dish it out’

    Shirley Phelps-Roper, Phelps’ daughter, said Westboro will not hold a funeral.
    “We do not worship the dead,” Phelps-Roper told CNN.

  9. It’s also Fred Rogers’ birthday. Fred Phelps picketed Mr. Rogers’ funeral and now has died on his birthday. Cosmic.

    • Maybe she should put herself in front of a moving train and experience a ‘small snapshot’ of the Rapture herself!

    • Hey! I already mentioned this little tidbit up above. I’m not complaining because I don’t think all of us, combined, have enough scorn to heap on these freaks but… I WAS FIRST!!!

      Plus. It’s another case of fundies who haven’t bothered to learn their own myths. Any student of Rapture theology should know that there are only supposed to be 144,000 chosen ones. I don’t know where she gets “millions” from but I suspect that she’s just too effing stupid to interpret the Scripture for herself.

        • I heard that Billy Graham once said (back in the ’70s), “If the Lord had wanted me to wear rags, I’d wear rags. It just so happens the Lord thinks I look good in a $200 suit.” They’re in it for the money and the power and prestige of being known as the Nation’s (Unofficial) Minister and to counsel presidents.

          • The really scary part is that Billy is much less disturbing than some of the freaks who have accepted his business model.

            • Quick Q: Ummm . . . does ‘Stand your Ground’ apply if/when an armed non-theist happens to run across a loudmouthed wingnut preacher named Graham (or whatever, take your pick)? Just askin’.

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