January 17, 2019

(Illustration: Edvard Munch‘s ‘The Scream,’ lithograph version, found here).

Dark and gloomy this Thursday evening here on California’s north coast, in the middle of a two-day storm, rain and lightening this morning, sunshine this afternoon — the second half of this weather encounter supposedly tomorrow with more rain and thunderstorms.
Next week’s forecast is sun, so there’s some recompense.

Interesting item I spied yesterday at the Guardian about the artwork pictured above:

The face is a greenish sock of sickly flesh stretched tight over the skull.
Its features have been burned away by pain.
All that remain in the elongated mask are two wide round eyes with dots for pupils, a pair of black nostrils and a mouth open in an oval scream.
We’ve all been there.
The Scream was created by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in 1893 but it has become a masterpiece — the masterpiece — for our time.
There are comparably “iconic” works of art — the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers — but they exist in a world of art and beauty.
The Scream is ugly and brutal and belongs in the here and now.
It is a symbol we reach for as we might for a strong word, to express what we’re feeling this minute.
The cartoonist Peter Brookes called on it to sum up what so many were feeling when Donald J Trump was elected president of the United States.
In Brookes’s depiction of Trump’s inauguration, every single person in the crowd has metamorphosed into the wraith-like figure from The Scream.
They sway in unison, hands to their hollowed faces, clad in black smocks.

The image seems to reveal our reality right now — the T-Rump is freaking-fucked, a caged cretin enraged as the shutdown now in its 27th day, the longest in US history, and is aiming to get even worse. Shit’s hitting the fan (TPM): ‘President Donald Trump, ever hyper-aware of how his administration plays out in the media, boiled over recently as he turned to his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney: “We are getting crushed! Why can’t we get a deal?”

In another view of the trumpster-dumpster fire — Amy Walter with a good piece today at Cook Politcal Report on the real incompetence and moron-like behaviors of the T-Rump gang in regards to the shut-down. Read the whole thing, surreal as shit, like a real-bad 1950s Hollywood movie. The gist:

By this point, it’s pretty clear that the president and the GOP are in a very deep hole.
The wall hasn’t become more popular.
The majority of the public blames the shutdown on Trump.
A CNN poll found that just 66 percent of Republicans agree that building the wall will help solve the crisis on the border — not exactly a ringing endorsement.
But, what should worry Trump the most — and could be more problematic in the long run — was this finding in the Quinnipiac poll: When asked who they trusted more on border security, Democrats in Congress were ahead of Trump by 5 points (49 to 44 percent).
In other words, not only is Trump losing the argument on the wall and the shutdown, but he’s also losing on the issue of safety and security.
That’s losing the battle AND losing the war.

He needs to go…

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