Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Friday, January 06, 2017

Don't ask, man.  I just needed someplace to stash a batpony for a couple hours.  Can  you hold her for me until then?

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

I spent last night setting up a new computer, drinking heavily, and trying not to mourn the death of the republic.

Some rotten kids down the street jeered at me with their hand-drawn Hillary signs as I walked to the polls after work, and I yelled at them that they'd have to live with the consequences of their ignorant foolishness. This morning I spent writing on a project I've been working on since August, every morning more or less - get in a couple of hours, slap together a chapter, and then feed the cats. I get up pretty damn early these days.

 But I was miserably avoiding the dead elephant in the room. I was positive that it was the end of things, the death-rattle in a rictus and a pantsuit. Then I caught sight of a sniveling hipster bewailing fate somewhere online, and I looked up out of my miserable huddle.

The orange clown did it. The horrible harpy conceded. The Senate remains Republican. We may be still crouched upon the edge of an abyss I call "electoral dictatorship", but we're still on the edge. I thought for sure we were plummeting into the depths. Oh, don't get me wrong - he'll screw up from dawn to dusk, and chisel and grift and sleep around with harlots while it's dark out. It's in his nature. Trump will be a monument to bad judgment, ignorance and foolishness. But all of Washington will loathe him with all of their rotten, grasping, arrogant souls, and scheme and plot to undermine every plan, every thing he tries. They'll let him get away with absolutely *nothing*. And Republicans have a proud history of impeaching their own wayward presidents, so rejoice!

 Sing from every mountaintop!

Checks and balances have returned to Washington, torches and pitchforks in hand! I'm listening to 'World Turned Upside Down' right now.

 (I really need to stop campaigning for presidential candidates, it's apparently bad luck. My (loathed, despised, I voted for him anyway) candidate won my state for the first time since I screwed up as a college student and voted for Billy Jeff before the Clintons became a corrupt dynasty-in-waiting.)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Myco beasties are the enemies of all orderly geneological studies.  They make a mockery of proper Linaeusian categorization and study.  The damn things refuse to acknowledge the orderly borders that allow simple speciation or even the sort of distinction that produce coherent genuses. (Genii? I forget how to plurality that...)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

So it's the Cruise again, and honestly the only reason I tolerate it is for the carnival food; they sell cheese fries in town.  I'm not really car-culture people.  Muscle cars just aren't really my thing.  They don't let you race about like maniacs outside of Long Seventies-era movies, so really, what's the point?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

O ye children of Benjamin,
gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem,
and blow the trumpet in Tekoa,
and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem:
for evil appeareth out of the north,
and great destruction.

I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.

The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her;
they shall pitch their tents against her round about;
they shall feed every one in his place.

Prepare ye war against her;
and let us go up at noon.
Woe unto us!
for the day goeth away,
for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.

and let us go by night,
and let us destroy her palaces.

For thus hath the Lord of hosts said,
Hew ye down trees,
and cast a mount against Jerusalem:
this is the city to be visited;
she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.

As a fountain casteth out her waters,
so she casteth out her wickedness:
violence and spoil is heard in her;
before me continually is grief and wounds.

Be thou instructed,
O Jerusalem,
lest my soul depart from thee;
lest I make thee desolate,
a land not inhabited.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts,
They shall thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine:
turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets.

To whom shall I speak,
and give warning,
that they may hear?
their ear is uncircumcised,
and they cannot hearken:
the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach;
they have no delight in it.

Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord;
I am weary with holding in:
I will pour it out upon the children abroad,
and upon the assembly of young men together:
for even the husband with the wife shall be taken,
the aged with him that is full of days.

And their houses shall be turned unto others,
with their fields and wives together:
for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land,
saith the Lord.

For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness;
and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly,
when there is no peace.

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?
they were not at all ashamed,
neither could they blush:
therefore they shall fall among them that fall:
at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down,
saith the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord,
Stand ye in the ways,
and see,
and ask for the old paths,
where is the good way,
and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said,
We will not walk therein.

Also I set watchmen over you,
Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.
But they said,
We will not hearken.

Therefore hear,
ye nations,
and know,
O congregation,
what is among them.

O earth:
I will bring evil upon this people,
even the fruit of their thoughts,
because they have not hearkened unto my words,
nor to my law,
but rejected it.

To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba,
and the sweet cane from a far country?
your burnt offerings are not acceptable,
nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.

Therefore thus saith the Lord,
I will lay stumblingblocks before this people,
and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them;
the neighbour and his friend shall perish.

Thus saith the Lord,
a people cometh from the north country,
and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.

They shall lay hold on bow and spear;
they are cruel,
and have no mercy;
their voice roareth like the sea;
and they ride upon horses,
set in array as men for war against thee,
O daughter of Zion.

We have heard the fame thereof:
our hands wax feeble:
anguish hath taken hold of us,
and pain,
as of a woman in travail.

Go not forth into the field,
nor walk by the way;
for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.

O daughter of my people,
gird thee with sackcloth,
and wallow thyself in ashes:
make thee mourning,
as for an only son,
most bitter lamentation:
for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us.

I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people,
that thou mayest know and try their way.

They are all grievous revolters,
walking with slanders:
they are brass and iron;
they are all corrupters.

The bellows are burned,
the lead is consumed of the fire;
the founder melteth in vain;
for the wicked are not plucked away.

Reprobate silver shall men call them,
because the Lord hath rejected them.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
and see now,
and know,
and seek in the broad places thereof,
if ye can find a man,
if there be any that executeth judgment,
that seeketh the truth;
and I will pardon it.

And though they say,
The Lord liveth;
surely they swear falsely.

O Lord,
are not thine eyes upon the truth?
thou hast stricken them,
but they have not grieved;
thou hast consumed them,
but they have refused to receive correction:
they have made their faces harder than a rock;
they have refused to return.

Therefore I said,
Surely these are poor;
they are foolish:
for they know not the way of the Lord,
nor the judgment of their God.

I will get me unto the great men,
and will speak unto them;
for they have known the way of the Lord,
and the judgment of their God:
but these have altogether broken the yoke,
and burst the bonds.

Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them,
and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them,
a leopard shall watch over their cities:
every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces:
because their transgressions are many,
and their backslidings are increased.

How shall I pardon thee for this?
thy children have forsaken me,
and sworn by them that are no gods:
when I have fed them to the full,
they then committed adultery,
and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.

They were as fed horses in the morning:
every one neighed after his neighbor's wife.

Shall I not visit for these things?
saith the Lord:
and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

Go ye upon her walls,
and destroy;
but make not a full end:
take away her battlements;
for they are not the Lord's.

For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me,
saith the Lord.

They have belied the Lord,
and said,
It is not he;
neither shall evil come upon us;
neither shall we see sword nor famine:

And the prophets shall become wind,
and the word is not in them:
thus shall it be done unto them.

Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts,
Because ye speak this word,
I will make my words in thy mouth fire,
and this people wood,
and it shall devour them.

I will bring a nation upon you from far,
O house of Israel,
saith the Lord:
it is a mighty nation,
it is an ancient nation,
a nation whose language thou knowest not,
neither understandest what they say.

Their quiver is as an open sepulchre,
they are all mighty men.

And they shall eat up thine harvest,
and thy bread,
which thy sons and they daughters should eat:
they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds:
they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees:
they shall shall impoverish thy fenced cities,
wherein thou trustst,
with the sword.

Nevertheless in those days,
saith the Lord,
I will not make a full end with you.

And it shall come to pass,
when ye shall say,
Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us?
then shall thou answer them,
Like as ye have forsaken me,
and served strange gods in your land,
so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.

Declare this in the house of Jacob,
and publish it in Judah,

Hear now this,
O foolish people,
and without understanding;
which have eyes,
and see not;
which have ears,
and hear not:

Fear ye not me?
saith the Lord:
will ye not tremble at my presence,
which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree,
that it cannot pass it:
and though the waves thereof toss themselves,
yet can they not prevail;
though they roar,
yet can they not pass over it?

But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart;
they are revolted and gone.

Neither say they in their heart,
Let us now fear the Lord our God,
that giveth rain,
both the former and the latter,
in his season:
he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

Your iniquities have turned away these things,
and your sins have withholden good things from you.

For among my people are found wicked men:
they lay wait,
as he that setteth snares;
they set a trap,
they catch men.

As a cage is full of birds,
so are their houses full of deceit:
therefore they are become great,
and waxen rich.

They are waxen fat,
they shine:
they overpass the deeds of the wicked:
they judge not the cause,
the cause of the fatherless,
yet they prosper;
and the right of the needy do they not judge.

Shall I not visit for these things?
saith the Lord:
shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;

The prophets prophesy falsely,
and the priests bear rule by their means;
and my people love to have it so:
and what will ye do in the end thereof?