The Watering Hole; Th/Fr December 1 and 2, 2016; “Thou, Whoever Art Above . . .”

I’ll admit it. I’m DISGUSTED!

I know I’m not alone in this, but I can say with heavy duty authority that in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential (s)election, my disgust has peaked at levels I’ve never known before, levels that, until November 9, I would have never guessed attainable, much less even possible. But it happened. Somehow, the most narcissistic, egomaniacal, misogynistic, xenophobic, bigoted, racist, fascistic and ego-driven presidential candidate in American history has been (s)elected (at least via Electoral College terms), and will become POTUS on January 20, 2017.

My initial reaction was to rant (which I did), then attempt to listen to those voices of ‘moderation,’ those voices that try to convince us “radicals” that hey, this is America where the voice of “the people” — not of the tyrant — is heard, is determinative of the nation’s (and the world’s) future. Those voices of moderation are, of course, nonsensical in that they ignore the obvious consequences that invariably occur when the entire government of a nation is turned over to what is, effectively, a far right wing politic, a Fascist majority. And sadly, that is precisely what ‘we the people’ did on November 8, 2016; we “elected” a Fascist president, and left in place right wing majorities in both the Senate and the House along with a vacancy on the Supreme Court which will now be filled by an extreme right wing appointee, thus granting control  of the entire of our federal government to the American Fascist Movement.

That should be the point that causes any salient mind to rant and rave for hours on end about electoral national destruction, but then again, to the “salient” mind, what would be the point? As Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar noted, “The die is cast.” Besides, it does one no good at all to imagine being down in the pit, surrounded only by idiots, white supremacists, Republicans, Fascists  — assuming there’s a difference. There are, after all, other places — peaceful and quiet places, places brimming with ‘salient’ life forms — places that are far better, that inspire rather than denigrate one’s imagination.

Here’s an example: a six line poem by longtime colleague and friend T.R. Nissle, words which he penned some 40 years ago in response to a few photos I managed to ‘snap’ during my frequent and solitary sojourns “out there” on some then relatively undisturbed corners of the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona. Six lines with six photos (the top three ‘inspired’ the poem), together offer a refreshing look at the living world — though not expressly through human eyes.

THE PRAYER OF THE CACTUS

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▲Thou, whoever art above, hear me die –▲

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▲Hear my silent, lonely prayer –▲

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▲For tongueless creatures everywhere;▲

003s▲We neither savage, jest, nor boast of soul –▲

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA▲But flower unmaliciously –▲

2004-january-sunrise-ove-salt-river-valley-022f▲Disjoin us from Humanity.▲

Those six photos are of the Sonoran Desert’s most unique life form, the Giant Saguaro Cactus, in various stages of both life and death. Curiously enough, the Saguaro’s longtime scientific name Cereus giganteus (Britton & Rose) was, in recent years, changed to Carnegiea gigantea in honor of renowned wealthy industrialist-become-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who, in his last years prior to his death in 1919, donated (as 2015 share of GDP) some $78.6 Billion (approx. 90% of his accumulated wealth) to charities, foundations, and universities. I suppose it could simply be my naivete, but I seriously doubt that any of today’s billionaires will ever wind up with a signature cactus named after them. Trumpissonia gigantea? Probably not.

The bottom line remains: If humans would take a moment and agree to (1) abolish all war, (2) disallow greed,  hate, and irrational fear, (3) abandon their never-ending savage quest for power, and (4) agree to never again boast of soul — but flower unmaliciously, the world would fast become a livable place for all its creatures, big or small. Including even ourselves.

I remain filled with doubt, however; human history has yet to suggest that humans are uniformly capable of being earth-friendly in any context. More than two centuries ago, for example, William Wordsworth  noted that though . . .

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
the earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;–
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

To which I can only add, in MY voice to all of earth’s creatures everywhere:

Disjoin US from “Humanity.”

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30 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Th/Fr December 1 and 2, 2016; “Thou, Whoever Art Above . . .”

  1. To name a cactus after some one is in my opinion, a backhanded compliment.
    You’re honoring them while at the same time telling them they’re a prick

    • Well, in some cases, you betcha. But in AZ, revising the name of the Saguaro to honor someone’s legacy would be the same as if California did the same with, say, the Sequoia. Now, if e.g. New York got in on the movement and wanted to honor a Prick, they’d change the name of, say, Long Island, to Short (maybe Tiny?) Island in honor of Donald Trump.

        • I know what you mean. I lived in AZ for more than 40 years, have been away since 2008. I don’t miss the cities, the people, the politics or anything else — save for the deserts, canyons, forests, mountains, etc. There’s far more vibrant life on the Sonoran Desert, for example, than there will ever be in the entire of the NYC metroplex. And pick your desert, high or low: there ain’t anything called “Trump” anywhere in the mix.

  2. This pic was posted last night on the open thread at C&L by xilef regnu (that’s Felix Unger backwards). I expect we’ll see much more of this sort of thing in the near future.

  3. Post election Christerism in action:

    Jim Bakker: Buy My Food Buckets Before Anti-Trump Riots Sweep The Nation

    “We are in the Last Days,” he said. “If you want to be safe and there’s rioting in your street, what are you going to do? Is your mom going to walk down through where they’re burning and killing and all?”
    (. . .)
    “Things are going to happen and we must be prepared for what’s coming on the earth,” Bakker continued. “The war is going to get greater. Warfare is coming, God spoke that to me this morning, today. A civil war between good and evil. The Revelation days are here, praise God!”

    • Every real and even phony journalist needs to read that. Sooner or later they have to realize Trump is a threat to the Nation and take him out like Nixon.

    • Many of us have used the words ‘narcissist’ and ‘egomaniac’ to describe Trump since the day after (maybe before) he announced his candidacy for POTUS. How in hell did the media — and 60 million voters — miss it, when it was SO OBVIOUS??

      I do give the writer a great deal of credit for his detailed summary and analysis; now, if only someone with a really loud voice would glom onto it . . .

    • The really funny part is that all the same freaks who pitched a fit over President Obama “taking over the car industry” are now cheering Trumpy’s efforts to bully a private company into doing his bidding. No. That’s not the funny part. The funny part is that said freaks are gushing over Trumpy “saving 800 jobs” while they have had nothing but scorn for the 1.5 million jobs saved in the auto industry. Wait a minute. I guess that isn’t funny either. It’s just more evidence that rightwhiners have separate rules for themselves and for others.

      • For the foreseeable, the only goal of the Repugs, other than screwing up S.S., Medicare, Medicaid, handouts to anyone other than corporate and rich fucks, is to say and do whatever it takes to undo every single thing attrib. to Obama that benefited anyone in the country or the world. Meanwhile, whatever Trump manages to destroy — people, country, world — will be hailed as a yuge and successful accomplishment.

      • The real issue is that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to slowly at first, but more rapidly later, replace the need for human labor.
        We need to figure out what type of socio-political-economic response we are going to adopt to adapt.
        Or perish.

  4. Conspiracies And ‘Witch Doctor’ Obama: Tom Price’s Ties To The Medical Fringe

    Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), an orthopedic surgeon . . . member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons . . . AAPS established in 1943, aims “to fight socialized medicine” . . . urges members to refuse to treat Medicare patients . . . advocated for rescinding the citizenship of so-called “anchor babies,” . . . pushed the myth of a link between vaccines and autism, suggested a link between abortion and breast cancer, and questioned the relationship between HIV and AIDS. . . . An article separately posted on AAPS’ website even speculated that President Obama’s oratory could in fact be a form of hypnosis, suggesting that he won the presidency by hypnotizing impressionable voters like young people and Jews.

    Tom Price, current member of AAPS, future head of Health and Human Services. What evah could go wrong??

    • I’m guessing that actual science will not be given high priority in the Trump (spit) administration.

      • Science is a Chinese Hoax, most likely, so it would be unpatriotic to even consider it. In fact, I’m thinking that people who accept science deserve the same as those who burn the flag — A YEAR IN JAIL AND REVOKE THEIR CITIZENSHIP!!!

        I know, I get carried away sometimes. Not lately, though.

        • Between this anti-vax loon and AG to be Cornpone Sessions saying that disabled children cause “the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America”, I’m damned glad my son graduates this year.

          • It’s not disabled children who cause “the decline in civility and discipline . . . all over America.” “Disabled” children can be delightful, especially to people who care, who want to understand, to help when possible, to teach . . .

            It’s the disabled adults — make that “adults” — that are responsible for “decline in civility and discipline.” Check out Trump, Pence, anyone named Bush, or Palin, or . . .

            Oops. I said ‘adults’ didn’t I. sigh. Never mind. 😯

            Congrats to your son, btw. He’s a fortunate lad.

    • After flag burning gets your citizenship revoked, the next step will be failure to kiss the rump of Drimpf poster and stick your arm out and shout Heil Drumpf! that gets you put behind razor wire.

  5. Ready for today’s math challenge?
    Mr. Pence, in a private meeting with Greg Hayes, chief executive of United Technologies Corp., the owner of Carrier, also offered the company $7 million in state tax incentives over the next 10 years to keep about a third of the 2,100 Indiana workers in the U.S.

    OK, ready? If you spend $700,000 per year for ten years, and it keeps 700 jobs (2100/3) from leaving the country, how much taxpayer money are you spending over those 10 years, per job to keep it here?

    Answer: WTF! Heckuva job, Drumpfy! Only $10,000 per job!

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