A Poem for this Thread…
Ticks are terrible,
Spiders can kill,
Life’s a bitch.
Don’t leave the house!
It’s hell out there.
But inside your head
Thoughts are hard to bear.
What to do
When Cicadas fly?
When Manchin reigns?
McConnell won’t die?
Take a deep breath,
Scratch that itch,
Love your loves,
And tax the rich.
Totally open thread.
I love that poem so much!
That bush is too close to the house.
@Steeplejack: Oh, no, it’s growing up, right outside the window!
@WaterGirl: And it seems very happy there. Its beautiful ?
@Steeplejack: At least it’s not a willow.
@MagdaInBlack: Thank you.
I think that ferns and clematis are a match made in heaven.
I started with 7 ferns, and they have filled in all along the length of the house.
Love the poem. Well done, Immanentize.
And the clematis and ferns are right pretty.
What did I miss today? I spent the day gardening and working, no time for reading.
@Elizabelle: I thought a garden picture was a good pairing for a poem about bugs and stuff.
We went on the carriage tour of Charleston, it’s hard to keep up with all the l “in 1680” but it was really cool. Sunset from Patriot’s Point was nice too.
@Raven: wow, that photo is surreal.
Wow, fullest clematis I’ve ever seen! ?
Lovely clematis and fern companion planting, in the perfect spot.
Poem made me get the cortisone cream.
@WaterGirl: The marsh cordgrass made a nice foreground
@Raven: It’s a stunning photograph.
It really is.
@debbie: I see that the clematis ran out of room on the trellis and is weaving itself through the ferns on the right.
Ceci n est pas mon nym
Till I got to the names in stanza 3, I was thinking it might be Dorothy Parker. Excellent work.
We were away this weekend and what news reporting I was peeking in on was depressing the hell out of me (like Manchin vowing in effect to kill Biden’s agenda). So I withdrew the last few days. Hope I didn’t miss anything.
I am exhausted. I wonder if 8:30 is too early for bed?
This heat takes it right out of me. 88 degrees to 92 degrees for the next 5 days. Ugh.
@Ceci n est pas mon nym: We have 2 or 3 weeks of Paris After Dark, starting tomorrow.
I have been catching up on shows on Tivo.
I finished Suits on Monday, and I started on 2 seasons of The Imposters last night. That’s a fun show. I couldn’t believe when I saw that I had recorded season 1 in 2016. Where did the time go?
I’m probably posting something that you’ve already seen since I don’t have much time to read the blog these days but just in case, the Boston Globe Editorial Board has a new series “Future-proofing the Presidency.” It’s a must-read and not behind a paywall.
@Felanius Kootea: That looks really good!
I have never seen that sort of presentation before – the way they presented and linked the 6 articles is nothing I have ever seen before. Really impressive presentation. Is that a thing now, or did they just invent that?
Really tired tonight so I am saving the reading until tomorrow.
Maddow managed to spotlight it without going all the way back to Gutenberg as preface.
@NotMax: She’s slipping.
Texas Republicans will gerrymander districts again soon, meanwhile, Mike Siegel and Julie Oliver, recent congressional candidates in Austin-area districts (TX-10, TX-25) announced today
“a statewide grassroots organization in Texas fighting for workers, wages, and weed” asking for help to “drive progressive change in Texas”
Maybe relevant to Capricorn’s action matrix spreadsheet?
Thanks for poem, photo, and more,
Here’s a link to Curtis Mayfield “Keep on Keeping On”
Just finished watching the first episode of “Loki” on Disney+. I enjoyed it. but I’m a Marvelette, so.
Love the poem and the ferns and flowers. Ferns are a feature in my shady sideyard. Ostrich ferns mostly, with a few cinnamon ferns and one narrow-leafed glade fern.
Will it happen? Your guess is as good as mine. That doesn’t mean the effort should be abandoned, however.
Biden Moves To Begin Closing Guantánamo Bay
Policy follow-up to the initial feelers announced in February.
Thanks, I’ve bookmarked it. I cheated and read the very last paragraph. ?
We had 2 truckloads ~26 tons~ of gravel delivered. Very inept driver. Instead of a nice even layers he put almost none down in places and a foot deep in others. This quarry has delivered gravel before and the other driver spread it so even I barely had to rake it. I think I shoveled up and moved about 30 wheelbarrow loads. Mrs Kelly spent 3 hours raking.
@Kelly: Thirty wheelbarrow loads, three hours of raking gravel. I hope you are both ok. My back hurts just reading about this.
Typical day in the neighborhood: https://www.nola.com/news/crime_police/article_90459304-c959-11eb-b7df-2ff7fbccd03a.html
Love, love, love the poem!
Is it the base at Guantanamo Bay that Biden wants to close, or just the detention centre that was notorious as Camp X-ray? Headline suggests the former, story says the latter Obama always wanted to close Camp X-ray, but Congress refused to support him on that.
I also wonder if the Gitmo base as a whole still has any military value, and if the US Navy and Marines there might not be better off relocating to a Stateside facility.
I just threw some money in Val Deming’s ActBlue account and signed up for a monthly donation. Getting rid of Marco would be a great, great thing.
(scroll down if you don’t want to immediately give)
as the saying goes.
While recognizing that the DoD rarely wants to give up facilities, it doesn’t sound like they are interested in leaving (but will of course do so if that becomes US policy).
@zeecube: From that newspaper report:
Wonder whether the police, the reporter, or the spellcheck software is responsible for that mistake. That is, assuming that the device wasn’t actually a better design.
Most excellent poem
@WaterGirl: Love it too. I’ve a request that you or whoever can approve making a front page post about Fair Fight ‘s action requesting all of us to call our Senators every day during June to support the We the People Act.
Tonight Lauren Groh-Warhol was on LOD show to ask folks to do this. We need to jam the phone lines to show support. She provided the 888# we should all program to our phones. I wasn’t quick enough to write it down. This is a great simple action we could do to support our democracy and just maybe get the bill across the finish line. It isn’t dead yet.
Steve in the ATL
@WaterGirl: we loved The Imposters! Wish there were more seasons.
@Another Scott: Cuba hasn’t moved, has it? I mean, it’s still just 100 miles from Florida, so doesn’t seem to be as irreplaceable as Hawaii or Diego Garcia.
I wonder if Puerto Rico becoming a state would open up opportunities there?
It’s 888 453 3211
Oops, that’s a reply to dww44 just above, about the call-in for the voting bill.
LAMag – The Curious Rise of Twitter Power Broker Yashar Ali.
An interesting, and cautionary, tale.
Thanks for this beautiful picture! Brings back memories of my parents’ house. My mom had a thing for clematis and had several winding their way up the downspouts of the gutters. Every year a lot of fretting whether they would make it through the winter and elation in spring when the first buds showed.
On a different note, since I was one to complain vociferously about the video ads, they are not as bad as the placeholders and their frenetic pace on Friday made me fear.
@Ken: It probably has more to do with the geography and the depth of the bay and so forth. Natural deep ports are rare and very valuable.
I remember that the DoD had to spend a lot of time and money to bring Kings Bay online:
So, I dunno.
@Another Scott: I’m happy to help, but I’m spending all my deductible on antibiotics.
@KrakenJack: Antibiotics are important!!
I’m trying to pay it forward. ;-)
Hang in there!
They were so old!!1
@Another Scott: They also had a spot for the names off the two grandfathers, but not grandmothers?
That is a fantastic poem.
What a lovely poem, and thank you so much for sharing.
@WaterGirl: Wow…wish I could get MY clematis to do that…it only puts out a couple flowers on a mound of vegetation…
@evodevo: Do you have something planted near/in front of the base of your clematis? The roots really like to be shaded.