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Wednesday, August 16

There Is A House Growing Next Door Morning Coffee Muses

It’s hot again, and humid, the air isn’t moving. Even my porch fans aren’t making it more than passably muse-able. The morning skies look just like every morning, mostly blue, mostly clear with a few cloud to the east over the bay.

The neighbor’s new house is growing like a mushroom. Just the potential of a foundation on Sunday, foundation on Monday, walls mostly framed on Tuesday. The soundtrack of my morning… nailguns. And an occasional power saw.

Did you catch the reality show that is our President yesterday? His response to Charlottesville has been eye opening. First it was as much the fault of the dead and injured as it was the neo-Nazis and other alt-right groups. That was the weekend. Then, as if forced, he called out the hate groups. But yesterday, it all came out… it was shared blame, peaceful alt-right and peaceful alt-left with some bad characters on both sides shared the blame.

And then there was the whole bit about his Charlottesville winery. But, let’s all talk about infrastructure. You know, he’s signed another memo… a proclamation… hell, whatever it is he signs that makes him think he’s getting things done. Even when nothing is really happening.

The most telling thing I saw was a comment to the effect that in America in 2017 a woman unskilled by a Nazi and the President couldn’t bring himself to condemn the act by calling out the Nazis. And people of this democracy elected this man…

And then he wanted to equate Robert E. Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Robert E. Lee was the military leader of a failed rebellion, Jefferson and Washington won theirs or we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. The morality of slavery is a settled matter. The fact they all owned slaves is no relevant to the issue of racism in America today. And the history of these statues isn’t a matter of heritage, it’s a matter of a resurgence of racism in the 1920’s and 1930’s, about the same time the antisemitism of the Nazis came to power. You want your heritage, both of these movements fought worldwide battles and lost. Their movements relegated to the dark corners of polite society… Then we have the election of Trump, and the bugs feel they now have the right to come out and play.

No. They don’t. We can’t let them…

Tuesday, August 15

The Humidity Is Back With A Vengeance Morning Coffee Muses

Stepping out the back door today I was slapped in the face by the return of full humidity. The cloud cover you see in the above photos has blown north in the few minutes since I took the shots. The sky is almost totally clear blue… except for the eastern horizon where the line of thunderclouds is moving up Galveston bay once again. Once again, these morning coffee muses are feeling a bit sticky.

I have come to the conclusion that these folks who think the Confederate Battle Flag is about heritage not racism are half right. It’s that word “not” that gets them in trouble. The Confederate Battle Flag is all about the heritage of racism. The statues of Confederate leaders are all about heritage too… The heritage of racism. Whenever you see all of the symbols of racism in one group… the battle flag, the KKK hoods, the Nazi flag and you add the vitreous slogans, the hateful speech… you’ve pretty much given up on your heritage argument all together.

What amazes me is all of the people I’ve worked with, share genes with, been friends with that have this bogus argument hiding in their makeup. And all it took to bring it to the fore was a  black man winning the Presidency. Many of these folks are God fearing, church goers. And I can’t help but wonder if they edit their bible the same way they edit the constitution… Hell, the way they edit their understanding of history.

This country, my country, is saddled with a President who has not one cell of Leadership in his body. He spends all of his time bullying his “enemies” and passing the buck. It’s funny how the buck never stops at him. And like the party he nominally leads, his agenda is not about aspiring to do great things, it’s about taking back what has already been accomplished. The party of No is still all about taking back… social security, Medicare, Medicaid, environmental protections, consumer protections, work place protections, economic protections. The only thing the Party of No say yes to is the Economic Royalty they serve.

To all of my friends and family who feel their heritage is being subsumed by the politically correctness of modern society, all I can say is it’s about damn time. It was wrong then, it’s still wrong now. We’ve fought wars to put these demons back in the pit. But the demon keeps clawing it’s way back into the hearts of sad, mean hearted people. And the demon lives in the heart of the Trump base.

The thing I keep thinking back to is the Oklahoma Bombing, and the home grown haters that did that heinous act. Are they so much different from the driver of the gray charger? Does it take more than a handful of deranged people fed by the hate of the crowd to cause great damage to a free society. If you think it doesn’t, rethink, look at the battlefields we are on this day and remember, most of the Muslim world does not follow the terrorists.

Sermon over for today…

Thursday, August 10

Blue Skies And Warm Morning Coffee Muses

The smell of freshly cut grass on the morning air. Just a hint of rot wafting thru. Once again the Deere meditations are complete. I won’t need to worry about them again for at least a week.

The early mornings are quiet out. Not even the birds seeming to want to break the silence. Though off in the distance a lone bird sings. A landscape overflown by silent dragonflies in the hundreds.

The view is mostly monochromatic from this rocking chair on the porch. Shades of green predominant amongst a touch of brown stems and trunks and limbs. Though, the wisteria has a sprinkling of small, grape like clusters of purple flowers. Oh… And the pomegranate is covered in red-orange flowers, though from here they are almost invisible.

Coffee’s gone again… time to move on…

Wednesday, August 9

It’s Warm, No It’s Hot, But Not So Humid Morning Coffee Muses.

The frontal boundary is still stalled just south along the coast. Which could explain the dryer air this morning. And the weather prognosticators are giving me a window of time before the next round of moisture starts falling from the sky. So this post will be short because procrastination is no longer an option, and Deere meditations must begin soon. The seed heads on the pasture grasses require it.

Today in birds, a young hawk landed on the bottom limb of the pine tree in front of me and sat while I admired him or her thru the spotting scope.