As I write at 9:45 AM for day 53, the temperature at my desk is at today’s inside low, 90° UGH!
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:44 (average 5:30). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From NY Times: …In other words, Republicans, confronted with the responsibilities of governing, essentially threw a tantrum, then ran off to sulk.
How did the G.O.P. get to this point? On budget issues, the proximate source of the party’s troubles lies in the decision to turn the formulation of fiscal policy over to a con man. Representative Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, has always been a magic-asterisk kind of guy — someone who makes big claims about having a plan to slash deficits but refuses to spell out any of the all-important details. Back in 2011 the Congressional Budget Office, in evaluating one of Mr. Ryan’s plans, came close to open sarcasm; it described the extreme spending cuts Mr. Ryan was assuming, then remarked, tersely, “No proposals were specified that would generate that path.”
What’s happening now is that the G.O.P. is trying to convert Mr. Ryan’s big talk into actual legislation — and is finding, unsurprisingly, that it can’t be done. Yet Republicans aren’t willing to face up to that reality. Instead, they’re just running away.
Click through for the rest of this magnificent editorial. Krugman is spot on again!
From MSNBC: What will become of GOP Dysfunction?
It surprised me that this subject even came up on Faux Noise! We only got a small part of the exchange, but I’m betting Wallace goose-stepped to whatever Cantor replied. The Bagger demand of McConnell is Loony Toons, telling Bought Bitch Mitch to be a man. that won’t happen in our lifetime. Don’t you love Cantor’s immigration reform. Leave kids here, on their own, when their parents are deported. As bad as it is for the country, during the years this takes, the Republican Party appears to be going the way of the Whigs.
From Think Progress: Unusually hot, dry weather in Alaska is wreaking havoc on fisheries, as thousands of fish perish in overheated waters. Last month, 1,100 king salmon died on their way up to the Crystal Lake hatchery due to water temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lack of oxygen. That’s the bulk of the 1,800 adult salmon that were expected to return to the hatchery this season.
Earlier in the summer, another hatchery lost hundreds of grayling and rainbow trout in a Fairbanks lake where water temperatures reached 76 degrees. Alaska’s heat wave broke records last week, with 14 days straight above 70 degrees in Anchorage and 31 days of 80 degrees in Fairbanks.
Soon Mooseolini will claim that she can see Bermuda from her front porch.
They provided a wealth of material for Republicans to ignore!