The Watering Hole; Thursday August 11 2016; 2016 Election, Primaries thru Conventions; Images Worth Recalling

“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.”
(William Blake, in ‘Auguries of Innocence’)

It’s been a long year already. In January there was the run-up to both the Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries. The Dems featured a reasonable contest between Sanders and Clinton; the Republicans brought a clown car to the fest, filled with seventeen ___________ (use your word of choice). But in both cases — finally — the chatter was pretty much over and the real contest, complete with voters, was about to begin. The primaries (and caucuses) themselves began in early February and splashed down regularly until they finally were over in early June.

During those months, I’ll admit that I did indeed pay a certain amount of attention to the whole political melange that has come to define the bulk of this country’s electoral system. And every time I watched an episode or two or three on the telly, I typically became totally disgusted and wondered why the hell would anyone with a functioning mind waste their time doing that? Is it because such nonsense is the only thing remaining in this world that’s worth pursuing, worth pondering or thinking about?

Answer: Hell no! There’s another world out there, a world that’s NOT inhabited and driven by idiots! And it’s not far away — it’s ‘right over there’!

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Jan 23 2016 geese 2165

▲January: a pair of obviously bored Canadian Geese▲

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▲February: a Bald Eagle, clearly waiting for word from Iowa and New Hampshire▲

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Mar 19 2016 North peak-St Charles low snowfall 2206

▲March: Weird upside-down snowfall pulls attention away from primaries▲

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Spring 2016 setting full moon 2216

▲Late March: Setting full moon. No politics can compete. Thank all gods!▲

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2016 May 2 North Peak and St. Charles 2223

▲Late April: Rightside-up snowfall. What are primaries, again?▲

May 12 2016 Gosling 2279

▲May: Gosling; next generation’s arrived and doing well!▲

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May 9 2016 goose family 2259

▲May: Canadian (goose) family. All’s well.▲

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So where were we? We were talking about something . . . something human . . .

Oh, yes, now I remember. Politics. Boring. Yuk. Well anyway, so in early June, Clinton and Drumpf had become, thanks to fifty primaries/caucuses, their respective Party’s nominees for President of the United States, nominations that were confirmed at the respective Republican and Democratic National Conventions, held the last couple of weeks in July. Bang Zoom. Only around 100 days left till the election!

I remember reading that somewhere. One hundred days. Another eternity on the hoof. Where are the distractions when you need them, I wondered.

Then it happened!

2016 Aug 7 Butterfly 2407

▲Early August: Intruder in the Zinnia garden!▲

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2016 Aug 7 Butterfly 2408

2016 Aug 7 Butterfly 2413

I have no idea what the critter’s name might be, but I KNOW it’s not ‘Trump,’ not ‘Hillary.’ But one thing is certain: it’s far more interesting, far more colorful, far more gentle, far less intrusive than anything I’ve seen on the campaign trail or the telly in the last week year — or likely will see in the next 90 days, give or take! Instead, we’re left with . . . ewwww. (see below)

Trump 1

Make Amurkkka Great Again??

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I think I prefer Wordsworth:

Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

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29 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday August 11 2016; 2016 Election, Primaries thru Conventions; Images Worth Recalling

  1. Some people have accused Julian Assange of deliberately trying to harm the Clinton campaign. It could be that the Trump Campaign has offered Assange amnesty if he helps them take down Hillary. No link, just a thought that occurred to me.

    • Politics are stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make some degree of sense to be a good story.

    • Many people agree with you and some people say the same thing, believe me, it’s unbelievable what’s happening!

      • Yes, many people are saying Drumpf is a tired hack, but I don’t know. Many people think he did cause the Great Recession, or was it the Depression? I don’t know but maybe those First Amendment people, you know, I don’t.

  2. Drumpf blathering that Obama “He’s the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS.”
    Sorry dickheadhair. That honor goes to his predecessor, one G.W.Bush.
    The invasion of Iraq, coupled with the incredibly stupid move of disbanding the Iraqi army in the aftermath. That;s what founded ISIS.
    But what do we really expect from an idiot like DumpsterFireDrumpf

    • Amen.

      The other day I noticed that two mothers of guys that died in Benghazi (2 of the 4) have brought forth lawsuits against Hillary for the death of their sons. Made me wonder why there aren’t several thousand mothers bringing suits against Dubya in re the death of THEIR sons or daughters via the bogus war HE started in/with Iraq?

      I look forward to that event, also to the media’s coverage of it.

      • Their lawsuits should be thrown out. A SCOTUS ruling from many years ago (in a lawsuit against Nixon) basically said you can’t sue a public official for performing their duties just because you don’t like the outcome. Hillary did nothing wrong, and nothing illegal where the defense (or lack of it) of Benghazi is concerned. Therefore, these two mothers have no legal standing to sue and no cause.

        Expect the right wing to go nuts when the lawsuit gets tossed.

  3. Quick Q: Why hasn’t Trump been arrested? I mean, if police can shoot and kill a black person (m or f) for absolutely no reason, why can’t/won’t some enforcement agency somewhere do the right thing, for once, and toss Trump-the-Lying-Seditionist into the slammer, and then leave him there? Maybe let him out the first time he tells a verifiable truth and pisses off his supporters/surrogates?

    • Whilst that would be amusing, it would take him off the stage. We need him front and center on that stage, reminding people each week how criminally effedup his brain is.

    • The GOP has been in circular firing squad mode for quite some time.
      When some one like John Boehner bails out and runs away like a house burning down, you know something is wrong.
      All the signs have been in place for some time and all the money from the Koch brothers won’t raise the Titanic.
      At this point, it’s just rearranging the deck chairs.

  4. Fight! Fight!! Fight!!!

    More GOoPers are speaking out against Trumpy. Of course, if they really gave a rat’s ass about this country, they would acknowledge that Trumpy is merely the inevitable outcome of their rotten party being an extremist movement and speak out against the whole damned gang of thieves and morons but even little steps are encouraging. It will be interesting to see what happens when Reince tells them they have no choice but backing Trumpy and they can all go pound sand if they don’t like it.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/republicans-sign-letter-urging-rnc-to-cut-off-trump-funds

    • Aw, c’mon. Every good rightwhiner knows that President Obama has a time machine so he can go back and change history to flatter himself. It’s the only way he can fulfill his destiny as the most evil dictator of all time while also being “shiftless, lazy, and incompetent”.

      He’s also a master of disguise! Everything bad that Dumbbya did was actually done by Obama, or maybe Hillary, wearing a “Mission Impossible” mask. It’s so effing obvious, even an idiot like Trumpy, or anyone stupid and crazy enough to still support him, can see it!

      • You can see him in the above snippet — in full makeup, looking pretty much like the new Iraqi HMFIC. He clearly blinked in order to signal the shoe toss; very clever, but still plainly obvious to anyone who KNOWS what BHusseinO is all about, what he’s really here for. Betcha even Trump can spot it.😯

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