I’m writing for tomorrow, day 97. I’m hoping fall is upon us, as there is only one hot day forecast in the next ten. Fantasy football players, set your lineups. There is a Thursday Night game this week.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:44 (average 4:35). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: If anyone doubts the complicity between the mainstream media and the titans of finance, one simply needed to watch Meet The Press with David Gregory yesterday. The seven plus minute segment started with David Gregory stating the obvious: An economy five years ago that was on the brink of collapse is now a high flying economy for the 1 percent and on the brink of collapse for the working middle class.
His guests were then-Secretary of Treasury and past CEO of Goldman Sachs Henry Paulson, CNBC mouthpiece and apologist Maria Bartiromo, and ex-Congressman Barney Frank. Most of the segment was the standard blabber of nonsensical statements on the economy…
…The zinger of the segment however came from Barney Frank’s comment about the bankers. He said:
I do want to add one thing though to your question about those poor beleaguered bankers who have been forced to do so much to keep from not being able to pay their debts, that they can’t lend money. If they really are running businesses that are so stressed that they can’t do their basic work, why are they paying themselves so much money?
That statement left Bartiromo, Paulson and Gregory temporarily speechless with facial expressions that said it all. They were trapped and unable to speak to acknowledge the fact laid out by Frank. Their enslavement to the plutocracy was evident. Gregory had a nervous laugh as Bartiromo again deflected…
From NY Times: Details buried in the United Nations report on the Syrian chemical weapons attack point directly at elite military formations loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, some of the strongest findings to date that suggest the government gassed its own people.
The inspectors, instructed to investigate the attack but not to assign blame, nonetheless listed the precise compass directions of flight for two rocket strikes that appeared to lead back toward the government’s elite redoubt in Damascus, Mount Qasioun, which overlooks and protects neighborhoods and Mr. Assad’s presidential palace and where his Republican Guard and the army’s powerful Fourth Division are entrenched…
Tinfoil hats on both sides of the aisle are misrepresenting the contents of this report, to claim there is no justification for military intervention. I also oppose military intervention, but lefties should not be playing fast and loose with the facts. Integrity is how people can tell us from Republicans.
From TPM: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared Tuesday that Republicans intend to use the debt limit as "leverage" to extract concessions from Democrats, setting up a direct confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has vowed that raising the debt limit is non-negotiable…
The sabotage and sedition to allow America to default on paying the bills for what Congress has already spent is not just the demesne of the lunatic fringe of the party, aka the base. If it were not Republican policy, Bought Bitch Mitch, the Senate Majority Leader, would not be supporting it.