I’m writing for tomorrow, day 92, and the semi-day off helped. Yesterday was not quite as hot. Today will be, because the sun just hit the breezeway. Sunday can’t come soon enough!
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:10 (average 5:16). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: A group of thousands of "patriots" was planning on taking over Washington, DC yesterday, by force if necessary. According to their Facebook page [Seditionists delinked],
We are NOT going to ask congress to Impeach Obama And HIS Administration,
We ARE going to DEMAND it!
They were planning on using tractor-trailers to block the roads into and out of the city. The trailers would also serve as temporary jail facilities in which to hold members of Congress and other officials who didn’t comply with their demands. They were not going to be armed themselves, but planned to have an armed citizen’s militia waiting in the wings in Virginia to come and save them if authorities in DC became violent. Some of the planners envisioned this as a multi-day event.
This was the gathering that was so nuts that even angry wingnut lunatic Police Chief Mark Kessler of Gilberton, PA distanced himself from it.
They had it all planned out. They were pissed and they weren’t going to take it anymore…
Nobody showed up!
From NY Times: A few days ago, The Times published a report on a society that is being undermined by extreme inequality. This society claims to reward the best and brightest regardless of family background. In practice, however, the children of the wealthy benefit from opportunities and connections unavailable to children of the middle and working classes. And it was clear from the article that the gap between the society’s meritocratic ideology and its increasingly oligarchic reality is having a deeply demoralizing effect.
The report illustrated in a nutshell why extreme inequality is destructive, why claims ring hollow that inequality of outcomes doesn’t matter as long as there is equality of opportunity. If the rich are so much richer than the rest that they live in a different social and material universe, that fact in itself makes nonsense of any notion of equal opportunity…
Click through for an excellent editorial by Paul Krugman. Republicans are working hard to replace the class system with a caste system.
From MSNBC: Rachel Maddow examines the racist Republican "white vote" strategy.
Ted Cruz is different from many other Republicans. He does not hide his racism in what he says or does. Most Republican politicians speak of equality, but act as racists. Once even the Republican Party would have condemned Ted Cruz. Now they may nominate him for President.