Sunday Serendipity

By Jace, a Trail Mix Contributor

A beautiful song for a beautiful morning. For the duration of the Trump era I can be found in that place described below. Hope to see you all there. As always enjoy the music and enjoy the day!

In the middle of the little pond
stands a pavilion of green
and white porcelain.

Like the back of a tiger
arches the jade bridge
over to the pavilion.

Friends sit in the little house
well dressed, drinking, chatting.
some writing verses.

Their silk sleeves glide
backwards, their silk caps
rest gaily at the napes of their necks.

On the small pond’s still
surface, everything shows
whimsical in mirror image.

Everything stands on its head
in the pavilion of green
and white porcelain.

Like a half-moon is the bridge
its arch upturned. Friends
well dressed, drinking, chatting.

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Putin’s Buyer’s Remorse

What’s a puppet master to do when the strings get tangled?

Watching Trump’s twists and turns in all directions, Putin has to wonder why he bothered to meddle in our election. At least there’s no Hillary in his face, but the loose cannon he got instead doesn’t seem to have a clue or inclination on how to do what Putin hoped: steer the U.S. away from it’s traditional western alliances in favor of a world order that benefits Russia.

In his appointments of anti-Russian military leaders to the Cabinet, backpedaling on questioning U.S. commitments to NATO and the abrupt firing of his Russia-friendly NSC advisor, Trump hardly seems the dish Putin thought he had ordered.

Trump Befuddles Media Again

Donald Trump’s media mauling yesterday sounded more like his tweets than a presidential press conference. His rambling word salads stitched between made-up stats and relentless boasting kept reporters off guard, as if they were trying to swim through sawdust.

The President likely thrilled supporters who hate the media. And most who don’t are still not inclined to defend them. Which makes it so easy for Trump to dominate these sessions.

Even when confronted with an error he made moments earlier — that his Electoral College victory was the greatest since Reagan’s (Obama and W. Bush did better) he nonchalantly shoved it aside as “those were the numbers that were given to me.”

Somebody’s getting fired, unless he was the one who gave the numbers to himself.

Jews Fear Not, Trump Won Electoral College

A reporter asks Trump about fears of rising anti-Semitism and racism — even within his Administration — and he responds with yet another boast about his election victory.

“Well, I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had. 306 Electoral College votes. We were not supposed to crack 220, you know that, right? There was no way to 221. But then they said there’s no way to 270.”

He went on to note that his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish, and vowed to do “everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other that’s going on.”

Pence In The Distance

Once it comes out that Donald Trump treated the presidency like a casino funded by the Russians, even blinded Republicans will have to open their eyes.

VP Pence could always just declare the President batshit crazy and remove him with Congressional approval. The Constitution’s batshit crazy clause has never been invoked, not even when Nixon was licking the White House walls in the middle of the night. That other constitutional provision was invoked in that case — resign or we’ll do it for you.

Are Pence and other establishment Republicans in the White House yanking the clothes off their emperor, thread by gold thread, one leaky drip after another?

How interesting that Pence was able to so quickly and efficiently distance himself from Russian thuggery, making it known that Flynn apologized to him for lying about it.

And in the process place himself in the distance. Congressional GOP leaders would be among the first to welcome that.