Sunday, September 23, 2018

Puzzled

Here is what I do not understand.

They have a list of nominees. He can't be the only judge they've got who will rule like they want. Why doesn't Trump pull Kavanaugh or he recuse himself - not admitting anything, just to avoid tainting the court with speculation or until there is an investigative result. 

If they did, they could look reasonable. And then, well, he could nominate someone else, they could do their "thorough background check", and vote on him, all before the midterms. McConnell could easily call a special session, right? 

Why is "this man right now" their hill to die on? Can't they see what it looks like? It's like they just can't stand being opposed army all, even rightly, like they just can't admit to even a possible mistake. Or like they really think they're entitled to whatever they want.

Even if what they want repels much of the country.

It's not a good look.

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At 4:39 PM, September 23, 2018 Anonymous Abbot of Unreason had this to say...

I believe it’s because of the footballization of politics. And that man, in particular, doesn’t want to do anything he thinks looks like a loss.

 

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Shaving in increments

Alex Trebec this week, shaving the beard despite its overwhelming fan support - his wife disliked it.

Monday he had the full beard. Tuesday it was a goatee. Wednesday, just the mustache. Thursday, clean shaven.

Kathie wondered if he'd come out Friday wearing a bald cap. Unfortunately, he didn't.

Monday


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Friday, September 14, 2018

Pretty brown bird

Here's a female House Finch. The first and third are the same bird, and probably the second is, too, as a pair breeds in the big box holly a little further down the house, but on the other hand there are several pairs that visit the feeders in the back, so maybe not. Beautiful bird in her patterned coat of brown, regardless.

female House Finch

female House Finch

female House Finch

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ukrainian, not Russian

Oddly, the translation algorithm actually realized that this construction means "is four years old" - though not "is ONLY four" as the всього makes it mean. But it doesn't really understand what's happening in the grammar. If it did, it would know that the noun whose age is being given is in the dative. The word for "stamp" is марка (marka). Марко (Marko) is a very common boy's name. The word here is Марку (Marku) - that's the dative for the name. The dative for a stamp is марці (martsi).

Also, this is Ukrainian, not Russian (it sort of knows that - it gets a lot of the Ukrainian words right, like чотири,  хлопчик, врятував, and справжні. But it got tripped up in a few other places. От (ot) is not the Russian preposition "away from" but rather an adverb/interjection meaning something like "lo, voila, here, you see" (it's вот (vot), in Russian). And while рыбалка in Russian is a fishing trip, or the act of fishing, in Ukrainian the word рибалка (rybalka) means "fisherman" (рыбак (rybak) in Russian). And lastly, in Russian the dash is often the copula, in Ukrainian it rarely is; Ukrainians use the verb much, much more often that Russians do.

I would probably translate the last sentence more like "Real heroes do live among us" or "There are real heroes living among us", but that's a stylistic quibble,  not a grammatical or semantic error.

"Mark is only four, but he's already a serious (= genuine) lifeguard. But you can see he loves ice cream like all children. Together with his mom Daria the boy saved a fisherman from the water. They live among us - real heroes."


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The "Resistance"

Bolling notes* "the author claims to be part of the "Resistance."  The term seems a bit grandiose for someone who is enabling a deranged narcissist under the thumb of a foreign enemy, who is scapegoating and destroying the lives of the most vulnerable in our society, just so that the author's goals of gutting environmental regulations and ballooning the deficit to give tax breaks to the wealthy aren't jeopardized."

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At 11:45 AM, September 13, 2018 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Well, Nixon's downfall came after enough Republicans considering impeachment charges turned against him (very conservative Maryland Representative Larry Hogan Sr. was among the first).

And it took some Republicans turning against Senator Joe McCarthy to bring him down, too.

 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Follow the leader, or, Contributing to the delinquincy of minors

And here's why the feeders have to be put away at night. (I yelled at them, they left. If they stay on the ground and eat out of the tray, they're welcome. If they climb up and break things, they aren't. Be like the groundhog or the skunk. LEARN SOME MANNERS!)

mama raccoon and two babies on the bird-feeder station

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Everybody loves peanuts




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Memory of today

up into the buildingI was at work that day, and spent much of it in a parking lot as they tried to evacuate our building in nothing flat. But, really, who am I, that anybody cares where I was or what I was doing?

Still, here's what I think about:


A man describing making his way down the stairs from the 67th floor of the North Tower:

"And then when we got to around the 35th floor we had to move over for the firefighters. I mean, we were all trying to get out, and here they came, up into the building."


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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Blue jay

In the crab apple tree

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