Au Courant

This week’s Au Courant links…

And finally, consciousness and chloroform:

Au Courant

Lees and Orts

Meanwhile, down in Kentucky…

A Kentucky clerk’s office on Thursday again refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple, in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country two months ago…

The action Thursday came just a day after a federal appeals court upheld a ruling ordering the clerk in rural Rowan County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning had already ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses two weeks ago. He later delayed that ruling until Aug. 31 or until the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling. The appeals court did so on Wednesday, denying Davis’ appeal…

Mat Staver, an attorney for Davis, said he was disappointed with the ruling. He said he plans to discuss options with Davis, including an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court…

It’s unclear how Davis would react if she were to ultimately lose her appeals. She testified in federal court last month she would “deal with that when the time comes.” Saturday, she spoke to thousands of supporters at a religious freedom rally at the state capitol, saying: “I need your prayers … to continue to stand firm in what we believe.”

“Regardless of what any man puts on a piece of paper, the law of nature is not going to change,” Davis told the crowd.

Davis has said she will not resign. She can only be removed from office if the state legislature impeaches her, which is unlikely. If she continues to defy a federal court order, a judge could hold her in contempt and order hefty fines or jail time.

“Certainly none of those are appealing to my client,” Staver said. “No one wants to be fined or go to jail and she’s always been a law-abiding citizen. She’s just caught in a very difficult situation.”

Uh huh; always a law-abiding citizen…except for, you know, this law. 1 Kim Davis is one of the more egregiously moronic forms of H. monastic, interested only in forcing her imaginary deity’s “thoughts” on the rest of us.

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From The Donald Files:

Donald Trump’s lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination just reached an all-time high in a new national poll conducted by Gravis Marketing. The survey, released Tuesday by One American News Network, shows Trump leading the Republican field with a whopping 40 percent, up from 31 percent in Gravis’ July poll.

Ben Carson, who placed second in the new poll, had just 13 percent — 27 points behind Trump. Jeb Bush came in third at 10 percent, followed by Ted Cruz at 7 percent, and John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, and Marco Rubio at 5 percent each…

That the Rethug Regulars are “shocked” by Donald Trump’s poll numbers is not nearly as disingenuous as mainstream media’s continuing pretense to be “shocked” by The Donald’s popularity among the GOP’s hard-core unwashed and unwanted – the Tea Baggers and their inbred ilk. I mean, look at what The Donald stands for:

  • A president at ease keeping, nay…flaunts his mistress.
  • A president comfortable with sending his daughter to live with his mistress.
  • A president at home with marital rape.
  • A president who humiliates anyone asking pesky questions.
  • A president with an extensive history with organized crime.
  • A president who wants multiple wars. 2
  • An America that steals oil from other countries.
  • An America that kills people because of their religion.
  • A massive police state constantly checking on hispanics and Latinos its populace.

There’s no surprise here; The Donald is exactly the Frankenstein the GOP has spent since 1994 creating. 3

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I’ve no idea how Martin O’Malley will fare in the Democratic primary, but I surely do luv me sum in your face GOP Social Security expansion goodness. Not only does it take the air out of the lying GOP position that SS is bankrupt and needs to be managed by Goldman Sachs & their thieving companions, but it should be a permanently solid plank of the Democratic platform.

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jeb and george

Oh yeah: that’s reassuring…

Le sigh

Every moderate GOPer I talk to tells me, I mean looks me squarely in the eye and assures me, that Jeb is the smart Bush. Well, maybe not…

“I, for one, don’t think Planned Parenthood ought to get a penny though, and that’s the difference because they’re not actually doing women’s health issues,” the Republican presidential candidate said.

Huh? Look, abortion is only 3% of PP business. That’s right…3%. The majority of their work is comprised of…get this…women’s health issues: Pap tests, breast exams, cancer screening, birth control information and contraception services, and STI and HIV testing, et aliae. 4

Apparently the Bush clan was out practicing bankrupting economies the day brains were passed out.

Seriously, what sort of cretin would vote for Jeb? Never mind…I don’t want to know.

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Show 4 footnotes

  1. If you think about it, that’s the current sate of affairs in America; it seems people are picking and choosing the laws they deign to follow.
  2. This from another draftdodger, of course.
  3. But try telling that to the Rethugs who are hindered in fleeing from the monster they created only by the necessity of abandoning their beliefs.
  4. See page 19 of their annual report for the breakdown. Yes yes yes; self-reporting, I get it. So does PolitiFact, so sit back down, Mr. Eager To Argue.

The Fucking NRA

Regarding the on-air murders in Virginia yesterday?

See here.

And here.

And here.

Or here or here or here or here or here or…you get the idea.

There’s no sense in writing anther damned word about America’s insane love affair with guns; we’re not Australia, we won’t do the right thing. 1 Instead we’ll continue to ignore the situation, hoping it will just go away.

The Fucking NRA

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  1. You might bookmark this page for future reference; next time –quite possibly next week– some nutter guns down 2 to N people in public, just revisit the page and click any of the links at random. They will be pertinent.

Garrison Keillor at Starlight

Garrison KeillorFirst memories are the strongest.

Your first kiss, your first dawn glimpse of the oh so green and dew dappled grass, your first heartbreak; these memories hold sway over all that comes after. Your second kiss may well have been, technically, by whatever standards you adjudge these things, a much better kiss, arousing you in ways the first kiss didn’t even hint at. Yet that first kiss, years, even decades later, is the one you remember the clearest.

Some writers chase these first memories, lovingly detailing them as the linchpin of the long arc of their days. Proust comes immediately to mind, of course. So does Garrison Keillor.

Garrison Keillor’s

One also casts Keillor as the epitome of the baby boomers. 1 Raised in Anoka, Minnesota, he has since college magically conjured from that upbringing the quintessential Midwestern allegory, America’s own mystical Albion, Lake Wobegone, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

Saturday, perhaps playing Starlight for the very last time, Keillor wove his spell around a willing audience; he has announced his retirement for next year and the current America the Beautiful Tour is to be his personal farewell.

“I feel like I’m 36,” Garrison said as he strolled through the Starlight audience to open the show, “but I’m 73.” A minute later he added, “I have no regrets … because of memory loss.”

And for the better part of the next 3 hours Keillor continued the story he’s spent the last 40 years telling.

This was not a live broadcast of Prairie Home Companion, though the evening was structured as such. When Keillor remounted the stage the Radio Rhubarb Band, led by Rich Dworsky, along with guest musician Sarah Jarosz, started off the show with a series of songs that Keillor steadily mixed with favorites bits of PHC: Guy Noir, Private Eye; Fred Newman sound-effecting his own life; and The Lives of the Cowboys.

During intermission, while the rest of the cast and crew repaired to backstage, Keillor walked out into the audience and led them in song, American standards – America the Beautiful,  Swing Low Sweet Chariot, you name it.

“The News From Lake Wobegone” is the heart of PHC, the most powerful enchantment in Keillor’s grimoire, and it was no different Saturday evening. As he slowly strolled among them again Keillor beguiled the mostly AARP-aged audience with an unlikely tale of Lake Wobegone’s statue of The Unknown Norwegian (with an even more unlikely ear issue), baseball, embezzlement, parasailing, loss and inheritance.

The tale well told finished, the evening’s magic nearly exhausted, Keillor meandered back stage left to a white bench placed just out of the lights and sat down, eyes closed and his head nodding along with the music, perhaps mining a few more memories for another in a diminishing number of shows.

Garrison Keillor

That image of a tired old man dozing on a park bench as the band played on, with the joyous and youthful face of Jarosz beaming out at the audience, said more about Keillor’s impending retirement and PHC’s future than all the long meditations I’ve read on the subject. Throw in this morning’s live Yo Lo Tengo’s accompaniment of NPR’s All Things Considered, and you can see the future from here.

Or even from a white park bench partially obscured by shadows.

Garrison Keillor’s

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  1. Perhaps unfairly; that American subgenus ranges from 1946 to 1964. At 73 Keillor predates the boomer generation.