the jackass and the barn

September 6, 2019
Interesting piece on Mayor Pete's religiosity vs the apocalyptic view in some quarters on the right - the idea that the world can't or won't be better 'til we burn down the current one his horrifying.

I sort of hate how popular "When The Saints Go Marching In" is for NOLA-inspired bands, because it has that apocalyptic message baked in (I especially didn't want to play it for the counter-rally, where you have some idiots marching and thinking they're special messengers.) Like I say: "You know, in the movies, you can tell the bad guys - they're the ones that are plotting for and rejoicing in the end of the world. Turns out, same thing in real life."

I guess there's some privilege in that - when the world is treating you pretty well, there's probably "no place but down from here". But even taking that into account, it's easy to think that people who want to burn it all down are WAY overestimating the chances of it being replaced by something better. Reminds me of the quote:
Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
Sam Rayburn
That's one of the reasons why I put stock in "the system", as flawed and prone to abuse and exploitation as it can be. It needs reform, not demolition.
18 years ago my then 5 year old car hit 50,000. Last night, my 15 year old car hit 130K:

(Check engine light comes on a lot if a full-service gas attendant doesn't do the cap properly.)
All The Ways Brexit Could Go Now, Explained For People Who Are Confused "We're in the endgame now. Or maybe we're not."
Some other Car Talk words and phrases The Boston Globe identified: "dope slap," or a quick, corrective slap to the back of the head in punishment of stupidity; "urgent haircut," or the need to relieve oneself; "T.S., Eliot," or a public-radio friendly way of saying "tough shit"; "schnerdling," a word with Icelandic origins to mean toilet; and "boat payment," a unit of measurement arising from Ray's discovery that the least scrupulous mechanics he knew all owned boats.
Ha, did not know "Urgent Haircut" (as in Urgent Haircut Productions" was a euphemism!)