Word Cloud: HIBERNAL


In the afternoons, it’s hard for me to believe that we are only thirteen days from the winter solstice. Day after day here in Southern California, the weather is sunny and exceptionally dry. Our fire season continues to spread destruction in ever-widening circles. It’s only in the chill of the night that this seems like December. Other parts of the country are getting rain and snow, but we are still deep in drought.

So I’m turning to some poetry with traditional winter imagery as a relief from the anxious waiting for our winter rains to begin.


William Morris (1834–1896) is better known as a leader of the English Arts and Crafts movement, and the revival of  traditional British textile arts, hands-on production of beautifully made books and furniture. But among his many gifts, he was also a poet, as can be seen even in this brief poem.


I am Winter, that do keep
Longing safe amidst of sleep:
Who shall say if I were dead
What should be remembered?


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ON THIS DAY: December 7, 2017

December 7th is

International Civil Aviation Day *

National Cotton Candy Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day *


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Oh look, moving the US embassy will make them forget about everything else …Not

By ann summers


Since November, the accidental president has been trying to escape having won by the perfect storm of Russian intervention, voter suppression, covert sexism/racism, and strategic dirty tricks.

#TrumpRussia continues its dogged march, with Mike Flynn’s deal with Mueller yielding an interesting narrative about the time between the 2016 election and the Trump inaugural, as influence peddling was going to yield an immense return for many oligarchs.

More circumstantial information is being assembled on an intersecting set of motives: for actions made to attempt lifting existing and new Russian sanctions and a parallel action to organize a commercial consortium financed by the Saudis but including Russians that would build dozens of nuclear reactors in the Middle East.

Fascinating in all this is what Lord Dampnut knew and of course when he knew it since his ‘management style’ while chaotic, is highly centralized in terms of information flow.

The interesting matter is his short attention span that contributed to his fumbled tweet on Saturday and its authorship claim by his lawyer, attempting to deflect an actual admission of obstructing justice. Trying to impugn the FBI signals greater desperation even if firing Mueller is still a WH option, however pyrrhic.

This is by no means the whole story since there’s all that Russian election meddling, the GOP complicity including modifying a political party platform to accommodate Ukraine and Russia, and the corruption of US democracy to favor ruling classes of oligarchs and kleptocrats, built on the subliminal fears of ‘bagger culture.

Remember there’s probably no ‘smoking gun’ but rather a smoldering arsenal, since Steve Bannon, among other RWNJ traditionalists want a post-Trump MAGA movement, but as Voltaire remarked on the Holy Roman Empire:

“This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was in no way holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.”[29]

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ON THIS DAY: December 6, 2017

December 6th is

Microwave Oven Day *

National Miners’ Day *

Mitten Tree Day *

National Gazpacho Day

Pawnbroker’s Day


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ON THIS DAY: December 5, 2017

December 5th is

Comfort Food Day

Repeal of Prohibition Day *

Sacher-Torte Day *

World Soil Day *


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ON THIS DAY: December 4, 2017

December 4th is

Cab Franc Grape Day

Earmuff Day *

National Cookie Day *

National Sock Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day

World Wildlife Conservation Day *


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TCS: London Bridge is Falling Down

Good Morning!

Charlene Mullen ‘London Calling’ Mug
London Bridge view — Royal Doulton


Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.

 “When I was small I dreamed of demons. I thought they were under my bed, but you said, it can’t be so, you don’t get demons our side of the river, the guards won’t let them over London Bridge.”
– Hilary Mantel

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