On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/IMG_3442.jpg40323024Alain the site fixerhttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAlain the site fixer2018-12-10 05:00:092018-12-09 22:28:31On the Road and In Your Backyard
On Friday evening, federal prosecutors for the first time said the president had directed illegal hush money payments to women who claimed to be his mistresses. By Sunday, the chiefs of staff of both POTUS and his VP had tendered their resignations. It felt like a quiet weekend.
Bob Mueller revealed quite a bit of new evidence in his latest court filings. Here’s how it connects to everything else we've learned about the Trump Campaign’s Russia connections. pic.twitter.com/1knTRhCb6W
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2018-12-10 04:55:492018-12-10 05:12:23Monday Morning Open Thread: Everybody Have A Nice Restful Weekend?
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00John Colehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgJohn Cole2018-12-09 22:09:122018-12-09 22:09:55Sunday Night Open Thread
He just wanted to put the babies in the cages and maybe practice some causal Jeff Sessions style racism but what he found was the soul crushing misery of Trumpism. Perhaps, he wouldn’t miss the insanity and the stupidity but that said, he did enjoy beating up Corey Lewandowski. pic.twitter.com/E70eU7YrI4
John F. Kelly on Trump (from Bob Woodward’s FEAR): “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” https://t.co/xd7ytVLPud
Trump named John Kelly as chief of staff via twitter without having a formal agreement that Kelly would join. Trump announced Kelly would leave Saturday — even though the two men agreed Kelly would announce it himself Monday.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2018-12-09 19:21:152018-12-09 18:38:42GOP Clown Car Open Thread: Kelly Is Out, But Nobody Wants In
Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House. I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause. 🇺🇸 #Georgia
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00TaMara (HFG)https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgTaMara (HFG)2018-12-09 18:00:042018-12-09 18:00:04Get Me Outta Here
People who have been convicted or pleaded guilty since Trump became POTUS — Trump's personal attorney — Trump's former campaign chairman — Trump's former WH national security adviser — Trump's former campaign adviser — Trump's former deputy campaign chairman
I realize the most important thing about it is that it’s completely wrong, but “Totally clears the president. Thank you!” Is a genuinely hilarious tweet and I hope you’ve all taken the time to appreciate it.
Here is a little gem that figured into a couple of mixtapes a friend made me way back when mixtapes were actually tapes. I remembered the words and the exuberant strumming style, but I’ll be damned if I could ever have pulled the un-bluesman-like name of Doug Quattlebaum (“Have you met my accountant?”) out of long-term storage.
But with scant information I found this quickly on YouTube. It’s funny to think how hard-won this kind of musical knowledge used to be. Hours of haunting out-of-the-way record stores, cultivating a collection of fellow-traveler weirdos, keeping an ever expanding inventory of lusted-for albums ready to mind. You might even have to read a book or two to get up to speed. And the only way to hear these hidden treasures was to be within earshot of a physical copy of a recording.
I would have to say I prefer, no, vastly prefer being able to hear virtually anything I can think of on demand. But, and I know this is a commonplace sentiment, I’m certain I don’t appreciate the triumph of discovery, the revelation of finding something really superior nearly as much as when it was a demanding and sometimes expensive quest.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Alex Smithhttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAlex Smith2018-12-09 14:00:352018-12-09 03:43:30I'll Hide My Shoe Somewhere Near Your Shirttail
It’s kind of weird where we are right now. Pretty much everyone now knows and has internalized that our President and many of those who surround him, including Pence, have either committed multiple felonies or were a party to them. And that’s just the stuff we know about right now. Who knows what else Jared and Trump’s spawn have done that haven’t even been released yet. And we have barely scratched the surface of his rogues gallery of cabinet appointments.
But even knowing that, our nation’s elites are still tip-toeing around the basic fact that our President is a criminal who broke who knows how many laws. Instead of a national conversation about how we are going to prosecute him, it’s more horse-race nonsense- “Will it hurt Democrats to bring impeachment charges? Can a Trump win in 2020 and outlast the statutes of limitations?”
It’s kind of insane. It’s sort of analogous to when we knew all the Catholic priests were molesting those kids, but people were more afraid of uprooting the church than dealing with the monsters. So people talked in veiled terms and looked the other way, and never dealt with the problem or really held anyone accountable.
The Republicans are so corrupt that even with everything we already know, they will not convict in the Senate. We’re basically just going to have to live with a criminal President until the economy craters and the money guys decide to cut their losses. It’s nuts.
As we approach the hinge of the year, some reminders of better days, from the indefatigable & gifted Ozark Hillbilly:
We had a rather colorful Fall, with each tree in turn, turning its appropriate colors. As usual the oaks were mostly on the subdued side but the dogwoods, maples, and hickories more than made up for them.
Peak color came in the 1st week of November. (I remember when the 3rd-4th week of October was peak color. Global warming anyone?)
Then our first snow came on November 8th, followed by the 2nd on the 11th, and the 3rd on the 14th.
At top: I have several stands of maples and a few of pines. This pic captured the best of both.
Our dogwoods were special this year, taking on many colors.
A view of one of my stands of maples looking down a holler.
I planted Mexican Sunflowers for the first time this year. While I was disappointed in how they propagated, I was not disappointed in the pollinators they drew.
“I’m not dead yet!”
By the 2nd measurable snow fall, my mums, and my garden, had succumbed.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2018-12-09 04:39:102018-12-09 03:02:57Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Shutting Down for the Season
A growing number of Republicans fear that a battery of new revelations in the far-reaching Russia investigation has dramatically heightened the legal and political danger to Donald Trump’s presidency — and threatens to consume the rest of the party, as well.
President Trump added to the tumult Saturday by announcing the abrupt exit of his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, whom he sees as lacking the political judgment and finesse to steer the White House through the treacherous months to come.
Trump remains headstrong in his belief that he can outsmart adversaries and weather any threats, according to advisers. In the Russia probe, he continues to roar denials, dubiously proclaiming that the latest allegations of wrongdoing by his former associates “totally clear” him.
But anxiety is spiking among Republican allies, who complain that Trump and the White House have no real plan for dealing with the Russia crisis while confronting a host of other troubles at home and abroad…
The White House is adopting what one official termed a “shrugged shoulders” strategy for the Mueller findings, calculating that most GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe.
But some allies fret that the president’s coalition could crack apart under the growing pressure. Stephen K. Bannon, the former Trump strategist who helped him navigate the most arduous phase of his 2016 campaign, predicted 2019 would be a year of “siege warfare” and cast the president’s inner circle as naively optimistic and unsophisticated.
“The Democrats are going to weaponize the Mueller report and the president needs a team that can go to the mattresses,” Bannon said. “The president can’t trust the GOP to be there when it counts . . . They don’t feel any sense of duty or responsibility to stand with Trump.”…
REPUBS IN DISARRAY!
He’s your very special chosen leader, my GOP dudes. You own him, and he owns you.
I Don't Know The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, I've Never Met The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, I Could Shoot Liberty Valance On 5th Avenue, But I Am Certainly Not The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance #TrumpCrimeMovies
A madcap race to get as much money as possible before everyone is indicted! Presented by an all-star cast of reality tv personalities, b-list celebrities, and internet conspiracy theorists ??#TrumpCrimeMovies
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2018-12-08 22:05:452018-12-08 22:05:45Night At the Movies Open Thread: #TrumpCrimeMovies
Here’s handsome Mr. Badger snuggled up in a pile of Mexican blankets:
No reason he should be chilly — it’s 69 degrees F right now, but apparently he’s a Miami terrier rather than the Boston variety. He really is a wimp about the cold — shivers like mad if it drops below 70 F.
Because I’m an idiot, I bought a car today. I gave my vintage Caddy to the spawn because the terrible dirt road we have to traverse now that we live in the howling wilderness would have eventually killed poor old Cruella DeVille, and I bought a little Jeep.
First new car I’ve ever purchased! (I don’t count the pickups the mister and I have acquired over the years since, although they were technically partially mine, I wasn’t the primary driver.)
Please don’t tell me terrible things about Jeeps in comments. The “Car & Driver” review of my model said it was rugged off road but “slow as a three-legged turtle.” Whatever, man.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Betty Crackerhttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgBetty Cracker2018-12-08 19:25:312018-12-08 19:25:35Saturday Night Open Thread