Courtesy of Emily Dickinson:
Crumbling is not an instant’s Act
A fundamental pause
Are organized Decays.
‘Tis first a Cobweb on the Soul
A Cuticle of Dust
A Borer in the Axis
An Elemental Rust —
Ruin is formal — Devil’s work
Consecutive and slow —
Fail in an instant, no man did
Slipping — is Crash’s law.
Impressive how she defined so much of today’s America, and she did it more than 150 years ago. How did she know how old Clootie’s minions would be behaving here in 2014? I mean hey, I KNOW that ignorance is pervasive across the ages, but Dilapidation’s processes / Are organized Decays ? Emily Dickinson actually sensed the eventual arrival of, say, one Newt Gingrich? Sure seems like it!
Those brown-skinned devils could come into the United States carrying Ebola! Where they might get it or just how they might carry it — plastic bag? Jar? — he didn’t mention. Still, since Crumbling is not an instant’s Act I guess we’ll all have to wait and see, yet again, the vast extant of Newt.
On the other hand, when Tis first a Cobweb on the Soul / A Cuticle of Dust there’s the US Court of Appeals three-judge panel who just recently
Anything to counter all that voter fraud out there. You know, like when black people vote for Democrats and NOT for old Clootie’s disciples, etc. etc. Unless or until, that is, some little tidbit is discovered that just might NOT work in Republican favor, such as when state law places, because of recent electoral history, the name of the Democratic governor candidate AHEAD on the ballot of the current incumbent Republican, Scott Walker! A cobweb on the Soul / A Cuticle of Dust / A Borer in the Axis! The Devil at work for sure for sure!
Republican legislative leaders filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking changes to the newly redesigned ballot for the November election, claiming the one drafted by the nonpartisan elections agency unfairly benefits Democrats […]
The ballot design is unfair because Democratic candidates are listed first under the name of the office being sought and Republican candidates are separated by a line, the lawsuit said.
Democrats are listed first, per state law, based on results in the 2012 election where President Barack Obama won Wisconsin. Republican candidates were listed first in 2012 because Gov. Scott Walker won election in 2010.
Meanwhile, an appeal is likely to turn the decision away from the three judge panel and hand it to the full, 10-member U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to reverse the decision. Time will tell. Meanwhile, both Clootie and Scott Walker undoubtedly sit in pools of sweat as they wait.
Fortunately, though, that Devil’s work / Consecutive and slow can allow at least a temporary respite, a momentary pause in Clootie’s relentless agenda. That much I myself KNOW to be true. ‘Twas just this morning, in fact, when my bicycle’s odometer turned over to Clootie’s magic number:
I stopped, took a look around; no sign of Clootie anywhere. Just the early morning fresh air, the glassy-smooth lake reflecting the trees, the mountains and sky. No Newt; no Wisconsin GOoPers; no hints of Dilapidation’s processes, no organized Decays, no Cobweb on the Soul, not even A Cuticle of Dust to disturb the moment; nothing more than the peace and quiet, that bliss of solitude that only nature, in this otherwise devilish world, dares allow. All was well and remained well — at least for, according to my odometer’s calculation, another 1.26 miles (that’s 6,666 ft. – do the math) when psssssss — flat tire. Clootie had driven a thorn into it at some point when I wasn’t looking, so there I was, parked alongside the road retrieving tools, patch kit, and pump.
Could have been worse, though. A LOT worse. Suppose Newt was there? Or Scott Walker? A Koch brother?
I’ll take Clootie, a thorn, and a flat tire ANYTIME!
OK, enough silliness. OPEN THREAD begins here. 😉