The Watering Hole; Thursday May 22 2014; Seven Days in May

It was way back in 1964 or ’65 when, as a college kid, I first saw the movie Seven Days in May, a star-studded biggie that dealt with the coup d’etat response to an American President’s negotiated Nuclear Disarmament Treaty with the Soviets. Last week’s American Spring idiocy — the plan by Wingnuttistanians’ to oust the current President along with Senate and House “leaders” — sort of forced me into a faint recall of that fifty year-old movie (which was, of course, FAR better staged and FAR more believable than the 2014 flop!).

Anyway, the consequence of said Wingnut idiocy (after I managed to finally cease LMAO, that is) was to spend some time ignoring Washington’s current political maelstrom and concentrate on something interesting for a change, something worth a closer look. Below are seven photographs gathered during “seven days in May” (May 14-20, 2014) and all within a mile or so of my front door. The first is of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, taken on the morning of May 14, just hours after what everyone here HOPES was the season’s FINAL snowstorm! Fortunately (for various wild critters in particular), the weather warmed almost immediately thereafter; the balance of the photos — taken over the course of the next several days — are of Canadian Geese and their itty-bitty goslings ‘out there’ enjoying the weather and the lake they know as home.

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There’s something to be said for those moments when one takes the time to abandon all thoughts of politics, of guns, of money, power, guns, war, coup d’etats, pickup trucks, guns, ATV’s, idiots, politicians, guns, nukes, oil, coal, fracking, smog, global warming . . . all those hallmarks of human failure, and instead simply takes the time to meander slowly ‘out there’ — quietly so as not to disturb — only to watch and absorb the surreal and ever-so-common beauty that defines the natural world. William Wordsworth pretty much summed it all up a couple hundred years ago when he noted, in his Lines Written in Early Spring —

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

-amen-

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36 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday May 22 2014; Seven Days in May

  1. I would not dare make fun of last weeks “American Spring”.
    From a capitalist’s point of view, I’m sure they sold at least a dozen hot dogs.
    Maybe one or two more than that.
    Well maybe not. Cliven Bundy doesn’t like to pay for anything so that wipes out that discussion.

    • Every time I hear her speak, I hear echoes of Ted Kennedy’s ‘When Does The Greed Stop’ speech. She’s doing it today.

    • She just finished. This should end up available on Youtube, so somebody find it later and post it.

  2. Ed Schultz just said it: “My heart’s not in it, to do three hours of radio a day.”

    • I’ve been picking that up lately, and he’s right, because he shouldn’t keep doing the radio show if his heart’s not in it.

      • Anyone who listens to Ed’s radio show, has to have noticed how frequently he has Best of Ed segments in place of live shows recently. For a while Papantonio took up some slack, and later Mike Rogers has been filling in, also Joel Heitkamp. He’s just too busy to do it all anymore. I also think he wants to spend more time with his wife, or fishing, or whatever. He’s still going to do his TV show, but MSNBC has a setup for him to do it from Minnesota so he doesn’t have to be in New York all the time.

        I’m so interested in what’s going to happen to his time on stations and Progressive Voices, etc. when he’s not on next week. I’d like for Thom Hartmann to move back to his old time slot, but that may not be able happen to for a while, and Thom may like where he is now.

        I’d really like for somebody to bring back Peter B. Collins. I think he’s still doing a podcast. Randi Rhodes could get hired by Dial Global, and return to radio.

        If Bain Capital could finish killing Clear Channel, it could even be sold off in pieces, and anything could happen.

    • West remarked of Duckworth: “I just don’t know where her loyalties lie. You know, for her to have been a veteran, a wounded warrior for the United States Army, she should know that this is not the right thing. And hopefully, you know, she will remember the oath of office that she took as an Army officer and not the allegiance I guess she believes she has to the liberal progressives of the Democrat Party.”

      Mo bettah be like Herr West with loyalties totally dedicated to the American Fascist Movement.

  3. Irony facepalms itself: Serial quitter calls Obama “lazy.”

    I think we all know who I’m referring to.

  4. Aliens almost definitely exist.

    At least, that’s what two astronomers told Congress this week, as they appealed for continued funding to research life beyond Earth.

    Riiiiight, tell that to a body where more than half the members are even starting to question the science on gravity.

    • Heck, I was told LONG ago that a significant fraction of earth’s original human population arrived here because this remote fly speck planet had been designated as THE Intergalactic Colony for the Criminally Insane. Today we call them Republicans, but originally, aliens. Obviously.

    • I got suckered into a discussion about the likelihood of extraterrestrial intelligence with a conspiracy theorist. I think that I actually reached him when I pointed out that, in order for us to detect an alien civilization, they would have to have been transmitting recognizable signals, thousands or millions of years ago, in the short time frame that would allow us to have used existing technology to receive said signals. The whole exchange actually gave me some hope that I can convince him that Hillary and the Rothschilds are not plotting to enslave the human race by pushing the “global warming hoax” but that’s a battle that has not been fought.

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