♪ He thought he was the King of America
Where they pour Coca Cola just like vintage wine
Now I try hard not to become hysterical
But I’m not sure if I am laughing or crying
I wish that I could push a button
And talk in the past and not the present tense
And watch this hurtin’ feeling disappear
Like it was common sense ♪
— “Brilliant Mistake,” Elvis Costello*
Uvular finds himself surprisingly, but not regrettably, slammed with paid work during this waning weekend of the worst year in U.S. politics in his nearly half century inhabiting this corporeal plane. So allow him to cheat slightly** by heading up the wind down with two epigraphs, two video embeds, and two annotated links to the scope of scurrilous scandal perpetuated by the kakistocrats*** currently ascendant in Washington, DC.
How bad did things get following Jan. 20, 2017? Worse than even we pixel-stained and wretched Politicados managed to catalog on all our overflowing collections of daily comments. Delve, if daring, into Politico’s litany of “138 Things Trump Did This Year While You Weren’t Looking.” Recall or recoil for the first time from everything along a continuum of calamity that extends across abdicating civilian command of the military to bolstering civil forfeiture of assets held by people merely arrested, not charged or convicted, for alleged crimes.
♪ It’s been a good year for the roses
Many blooms still linger there
The lawn could stand another mowin’
Funny, I don’t even care
When you turned and walked away
And as the door behind you closes
The only thing I know to say
It’s been a good year for the roses ♪
Remarkable thing about roses: They thrive in ways almost no other shrubs do in polluted soil, choking air, and unclean water. So expect many bumper crops of the thorny perennials as the elimination of environmental laws, regulations, and guidances steams forward like a coal-fired locomotive. Number 14 on Slate’s list of “Environmental Protections That the Trump Administration Dismantled in 2017” will literally blow someone’s mind since it nullifies a set of requirements that oil exploration companies use technologies and work rules designed to prevent rig explosions.
What say ye in regards to the guttering annus horribilis? Feel free to predict miracles for 2018. Above, never stop commenting.
Rejected Dec. 30, 2017, WPT titles: “The Weekend Politics Watches 2017 Go Out Like a Lyin’” (March-ing orders); “The Weekend Politics Thread Writes of Assman the Lyin’” (Aslan the Lion’s ne’er-do-well brother); “The Weekend Politics Thread Eats an Impeahment” (not Allman)
* Apt second verse: She said that she was working for the ABC News / It was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use / Her perfume was unspeakable / It lingered in the air / Like her artificial laughter / Her mementos of affairs / “Oh” I said, “I see you know him” / “Isn’t that very fortunate for you” / And she showed me his calling card / He came third or fourth and there were more than one or two
**He learned it from watching you, Trump!
***Amazed and repulsed in equal measure, the people asked Father Trump, “What do you call that act‽”