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Updates of recent posts. And other steps backward.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Updates of recent posts. And other steps backward....
* My co-walker from last week posted a couple actual pictures of me with a running bib.  Here near the start with our carpool bud Ellen:

And then, at the halfway mark, pointing the way with my oversized water bottle:

* I've been back to several scenes of recent court appearances, which wound up being less amusing than the previous ones posted about here. Another civil court appearance after a long criminal docket in downtown Buffalo, mostly consisting of the DA adjourning case after case after case. The judge was clearly losing patience after a point, even hitting him with a rather bizarre Perry Mason joke from the bench at one point (and making me wonder if the 30-something prosecutor even knew (a) who Raymond Burr was and (b) if he did, whether he was wondering what Ironside had to do with anything).  No night court this week, but a butt-early appearance in a town court north of here. The case went fine, but the Niagara County ambience can be a little scary. 

As you drive "up the Transit" and cross the county line, within a mile or so you come to a car dealership sporting dozens of flags on poles above the cars.  Stars and Stripes are never uncommon for dealerships, but this one alternated them with that Teabagger favorite, the Gadsden flag:

And that tread comes with a 3 month, 3,000 mile warranty!

Court itself led to more spookiness.  In 30-plus years, I've appeared in dozens of courts in almost as many cities and towns, many smaller than this one- and I have never, once, been asked to commence a session of open court by joining in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Until now.  The judge was anything but authoritarian- very nice in the case itself, didn't even bother to command an "all rise!" when he came in- but this kind of mandated patriotism just creeped me.

* Speaking of mandated patriotism:  our Generalissimo-Elect continues to scare me.  My weekend post about the election-result recount ended with a copy of his expressed disgust about the process- but it was measured disgust.  By the time he got to his usual Twittering,  though, all measure had gone out the window:

Never mind that this has no factual support whatsoever outside the Tin Foil conspiracyland of nuts like Alex Jones. Never mind, also, that he WON the damn thing by the rules (at least so far), but that's not enough for him.

* Nor is any other kind of dissent: lookie what came out of his Twitterhole at his usual 3 a.m. tantrumtime:

Now, in fairness, he hasn't tweeted this. Yet:

Three more hours of work.  And a lot for all of us to work at to overcome this crap.
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yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: November 30th, 2016 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
nothing out of donald trumps mouth has been truth yet. why would anything change.
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