The Watering Hole; Friday November 21 2014; Autumn’s Passing

Autumn has disappeared. It vanished suddenly on Tuesday November eleventh — exactly one week beyond the moment that a majority of we the people voted to hand over their hopes and dreams to giant corporations and the giga-rich (another story for another time, perhaps) — when the errant global-warming-induced Arctic Cold Front slammed into the nation’s midsection and blew the gentle temps of mid-autumn southward until they disappeared somewhere to the south of the Gulf of Mexico.

Anyway — in the interest of finding a near optimal method of (gradual) recovery from my recent medical dilemma, I spent much of October and early November (till the climate crash) walking a LOT — always in pursuit of idyllic Autumnal moments here, at the foot of the Colorado Rockies Front Range (everything looked a lot more impressive in real life than in these shrunken photographs; still, it seems worth a try, so here goes).

First, from a perfectly calm and idyllic day, October 24, a Canadian Goose enjoying his sojourn in splashing and feathered soliloquy:

Goose 658Ah, the joys of wing flapping and splahing whilst standing on a mud bottom in one’s home lake!

Next up and just a few hundred yards further along the shore’s margin, a patch of autumnally-tinted trees with doubled visual impact courtesy of their reflections in the glassy waters at their feet:Lake Beckwith 630Made me wonder, upon ‘reflection’ (sotospeak) — what if reflection, rather than reality, was existence’s real thing? What then? Hmmm; I will think on this. Meanwhile, a closer view of the central portion of the above reality seems kind of interesting when it’s flipped upside down. It’s a bit fuzzy, of course, but the rippled “brush strokes” seem to suggest something almost what — Claude Monet-esque?

Inverted Reflections 627 Maybe?

Onward to the idyll of November 8th; same lake, similar trees, less color, less leaves, but same vivid reflections —

Beckwith Reflections 691Fascinating. Here’s an isolated view of the reflections only; (Lessee; November 8th, only six days shy of November 14 and Claude Monet’s 174th birthday . . . ??)Inverted Beckwith Reflections 691Makes one look forward to returning on THIS year’s November 14, just to see if . . . maybe . . . !!

But . . . these are new and different times. The man-caused Climate Change is (sigh) forcing severely altered weather patterns everywhere. And so it was that on the evening of November 10, the following signal was forwarded to me; it arrived circa 6:15 PM from high over the Front Range of the Rockies. The first signal — the view from my front stoop — looked just like this:

Sunset 698Funny how a bunch of really high (those tee-tiny mountains stand at around 12,000 feet, so . . . ) and vibrantly-colored clouds can signal a forthcoming but RAPID temperature drop that will approach 75 degrees F, but that was, indeed, the message therein embedded. Just over 24 hours later, the local temperature had dropped to nearly fifteen below zero, Fahrenheit. A day later, there were six inches of snow on the lake shore; the colored Monet leaves had been blown into at least the next county, and the geese — well, they don’t mind, really. They’re from Canada, after all, and are probably more accustomed to cold and ice than I’ll ever be. Maybe I’ll go out there and check one of these days. Or maybe not!

Adios, Autumn.

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36 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday November 21 2014; Autumn’s Passing

  1. Stunning, calming, great photos to study the changing season.

    From another Emily (Bronte)

    Fall, leaves, fall

    Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
    Lengthen night and shorten day;
    Every leaf speaks bliss to me
    Fluttering from the autumn tree.
    I shall smile when wreaths of snow
    Blossom where the rose should grow;
    I shall sing when night’s decay
    Ushers in a drearier day.

  2. Last market tomorrow, with wind it should feel like 5 degrees. Winter has arrived indeed.

  3. This is very hard to read, and if you’ve been sexually assaulted you may wish to proceed with caution. The story, and the comments defending UVA, are horrific. UVA is currently experiencing the consequences of the failure of two other VA schools, in that a man charged with the abduction of a young woman who was found murdered and who is also tied to the murder of another woman on campus several years ago, left those schools after accusations of sexual assault which were not prosecuted.
    http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/a-rape-on-campus-20141119

  4. House Republicans just filed their lawsuit against Obama “over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president’s executive authority.” Reasons the lawsuit is likely to fail. Among them:

    “The courts have made it evident through precedent that they do not want to settle inter-branch disputes that can be remedied through legislative action. Congress has to establish that it cannot stop or remedy executive actions through legislation. Additionally, Congress must show it has made a previous attempt to address the executive action (see Goldwater v. Carter and Kucinich v. Obama). Evidence must be presented that any failures are not simply a result of an inability to overcome political opposition to potentially effective remedies.

    Although Congress has made no attempt to legislatively reverse Obama’s deadline changes, Boehner will likely argue that any such attempts would be unable to effectively constrain executive implementation of the ACA. It is unlikely that courts will be swayed by such an argument.”

    Republicans are talking about suing Obama over his immigration executive order. That suit would also be an extreme long shot:

    “[I]t would be “very difficult” for the House—or another challenger—to successfully press a case against Obama’s immigration actions on deportation enforcement, said John Malcolm, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. The main problem is the legal question of standing, or who has been injured by Obama’ s policy change and can bring a lawsuit. That issue has already stopped a legal challenge brought by border agents to Obama’s similar 2012 immigration action, and it looms over any other suit lodged by a member of Congress.”

    • On the matter of Obama’s immigration reform exec. action: “The main problem is the legal question of standing, or who has been injured by Obama’ s policy change . . . ”

      The answer to that is simple and obvious: the ONLY people “injured” by it will principally be members of that radical right wing neo-fascist movement some call the Tea Party. There are also some Republicans peripheral to but not members of said Tea Party, of course, but beyond them it’s safe to say that no one — man, woman, child, bird, or beast will be “injured” in any way.

      If there is a god, btw, one would presume that the injuries will prove fatal to the Tea Party along with the entire radical right-wing fascism movement in general.

      Let us pray.

  5. Walter Dellinger, who really knows this shiat, says it’s legal:

    “The idea that the immigration plan just announced by President Obama is a lawless power grab is absurd. As the Justice Department legal analysis that was just released amply demonstrates, much of the advance criticism of the president’s action has been uninformed and unwarranted. The opinion is well-reasoned and at times even conservative. The president is not acting unilaterally, but pursuant to his statutory authority. Wide discretion over deportation priorities has long been conferred on the executive branch by Congress, and it is being exercised in this case consistent with policies such as family unification that have been endorsed by Congress.”

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/11/anyone_who_thinks_the_legal_arguments_behind_obama_s_immigration_order_are.html

  6. One president declares war on the wrong country, killing over 100,000, and he’s lauded. The next president allows American children to continue living with their parents and he’s the lawless one?

    Wait, what are family values again?

    • family values are: wimmen shalt not get an abortion under any circumstances & whatever the white male wants, the white male gets.

  7. Interesting etymology on the word ‘fall’ v ‘autumn’ – fall was in general use in England until the American Revolution when after the enforced separation, fall died out in English use and the Germanic Autumn took over. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn

  8. Reagan’s ghost haunts GOP on immigration and torture

    Name an issue, foreign or domestic, and Republicans will turn to the holy ghost of Ronald Reagan for wisdom and guidance. But for two of the biggest controversies in the news this week—immigration and torture—conservatives won’t like the answer they get when they ask, “What would Reagan do?” After all, President Reagan didn’t just sign an amnesty bill for three million undocumented immigrants in 1986. He then acted unilaterally to keep thousands of immigrant families together by using the exact same executive authority President Obama will turn to on Thursday night.

    Somebody call Issa and fill him in. Or up, whichever.

  9. I love this stuff. President Obama quotes the Buybull and the rightwhiners are outraged. It’s funny because the exact same rightwhiners were criticizing Obama for “never talking about faith” just two days earlier. It really is amazing that they don’t all suffer from terminal whiplash the way they change course in order to remain diametrically opposed to everything Obama says and does.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/11/21/now-fox-amp-friends-is-upset-that-obama-is-quot/201665

    • Wow. I certainly don’t remember President Obama spending a lot of time defending late term abortion. If this Tucker person was not so delusional, he might recall that there is no mentions of abortion in the Bible and lots of stuff about caring for strangers.

      • If Cucker Farlson ever read the Bible he certainly didn’t understand a word of it. Doocy and Hasselbeck are so stupid that they wouldn’t be able to follow the “open other end” instruction on the bottom of a bottle.

        As much as I am against religious justification for public policy I would love to see President Obama include a Bible quote in every speech. Watching the rightwhiners trying to justify their outrage would be classic!

  10. Kobach Wonders If Hispanic Majority Would Conduct ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ In U.S.

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a leader in the anti-immigrant movement, said during his Sunday radio program that it’s possible that a Hispanic majority in the U.S. could conduct an “ethnic cleansing.”

    Kobach made his remarks in response to a caller who asked, “What happens, if you know your history, when one culture or one race or one religion overwhelms another culture or race?”

    Claiming that immigrant rights groups are “calling for the return of the Spanish territory, which could be almost half of the United States,” the caller warned, “When one race or culture overwhelms another culture, they run them out or they kill them. And it’s a bigger issue than just being Democrats. And they know in numbers, once the numbers are so bad, they can pretty much do whatever they want to do.”

    “What protects us in America from any kind of ethnic cleansing is the rule of law, of course,” Kobach responded. “And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a president who disregards the law when it suits his interests . . .

    Kobach was one of the architects of Arizona’s notorious ‘Papers Please’ law. I’m willing to bet that if “ethnic cleansing” were to ever catch on in the US that Kobach would be one of the first in line to volunteer to help. Fascists are like that. Javohl?

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