Sunday, December 18, 2016

As Predicted, Minus Ragnarök

     Very late last night, the occasional sleet-heavy drip of rain out my bedroom window gave way to the distinctive rattle of icefall and I knew the front was here.

     It iced pretty heavily for a short while, then faded away to be replaced by a light, reluctant-seeming snowfall that was still venturing a timid flake or two late this morning.  Streets and sidewalks have a glaze of ice under a dusting of snow, and temperatures in the teens will be maintaining them for the next few days.

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     Meanwhile, in state capitols and in North Carolina, two more kinds of Ragnarök roll on -- or maybe they're the same kind, each a mirror-image of the other: (some) Democrats are trying to get Presidential electors to change their votes from the decision of their states and (some) Republicans grump about this violation of well-established custom while Dems point out that it is, in fact, not illegal; the opposite is happening in North Carolina, where the GOP-majority legislature is busily reducing the power of the Governor ahead of a newly-elected Democrat taking power -- while Dems grump about such a violation of long-established custom and the GOPpers retort that it is, in fact, not illegal.

     Irony is presently laying in state in the Main Reading Room of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, one of the few places in Washington, D.C. where she was still recognized; it is hoped that the differences between the two parties can be resolved to allow for a timely funeral but the two sides are far apart: the Democrats want her interred at the National Cemetery at Arlington, while the Republicans insist she should be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

4 comments:

D.W. Drang said...

Makes one long for the good old days when partisanship led to canings on the Senate floor...

Roberta X said...

Any time Senators whack one another with walking sticks, for any reason, is a good time. Well, not "good," per se, but an improvement.

Ken said...

Insert obligatory People's Front of Judea/Judean People's Front reference here.

Jay Dee said...

I was hoping the next Congress would adopt the tactics of Taiwan's legislature.