Today is a Holy Day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, so I will be meditating, when done here. I’m current with replies. Tomorrow the time has returned for my Podiatrist to cut a recurring growth from my foot, so I will post an Open Thread at most, and that may be late. I hope to post articles on Tuesday, before leaving for prison volunteer work.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:35 (average 4:42). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From MoveOn: What’s Big, Orange, And Makes A Ton Of Sense?
Have a nice day!
From NY Times: Their states are still recovering from the recession, and now the nation’s governors are bracing, again, for cuts in federal aid.
They have been down this road before — Congress has already missed several self-imposed deadlines to cut the deficit — but many say they fear that this time, the talks in Washington to avert the so-called fiscal cliff will actually lead to deep cuts.
So they want a say in the negotiations.
Let’s call a spade a spade. Democratic and even most Republican governors fear the damage to their states that Republican proposed cuts will cause.
From ABC: When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and fewer tea party-backed House Republicans from the class of 2010.
Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of centrist veterans in both parties. Among those leaving are some of the Senate’s most pragmatic lawmakers, nearly half the House’s centrist Blue Dog Democrats and several moderate House Republicans.
That could leave the parties more polarized.
ABC’s take on this is way off target, and revels their pro-GOP bias. The so-called moderate Republicans virtually always goose stepped, following orders, but the Blue Dogs often defected. If there is more gridlock, it is only because fewer Democrats are likely to cave-in to absurd Republican demands.