I slept poorly last night, because it was so sticky. Portland reached 98° yesterday with 97° forecast today, and 101° forecast both tomorrow and Tuesday. Then we finally get some relief with temperatures in the 80°s for a few days. I’m taking off my shirt when I go to the restroom down the hall, so I don’t have to change it when I return. Thank goodness today is a Wendy day!
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:53 (average 4:41). To do it, click here. How did you do?
Fantasy Football Reminder:
It was a pleasure seeing Seth at the live online draft of our fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends, last night, but sad that he and I were the only two there. Players, please don’t forget that Opening night of the season is this Thursday. Please have your starting lineups set by then. May the Holy Ellipsoid Orb bless your team. whenever it isn’t playing mine.
From Motherboard: Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, struck back against a self-published children’s book that depicted Pepe as an Islamophobic, alt-right champion on a mission to make his farm great again.
Thanks to Louis Tompros and Don Steinberg—intellectual property lawyers at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP—Furie has reached a settlement with The Adventures of Pepe and Pede author Eric Hauser. That settlement prevents further sale of the book and forces Hauser to donate all profits to a Muslim-American advocacy group.
From Upworthy: The list of groups lining up to protest the Trump administration’s policy agenda just keeps growing. Women. Immigrants and their advocates. LGBTQ Americans and their allies. Yemeni deli owners. Disabled Medicaid recipients.
And now … dinosaurs.
On Wednesday, a large group of T. rexes — seriously, not making this up — marched on Washington to demand Congress overrule the president and continue funding national service programs.
A press release described the protest as featuring a "record number of dinosaurs," a probably technically correct statement that, nonetheless, doesn’t really do the actual event justice.
There it is! It proves that, even if you’ve been extinct for millions of years and have a brain just over the size of a walnut, you’re still smarter than a Republican! RESIST!!
From The New Observer: New maps for electing members of the North Carolina House and Senate are ready for review by the judges who struck down the current maps.
The General Assembly approved the maps Wednesday.
Politicians from all corners of the state took advantage of their last chance to weigh in on the maps before final House and Senate votes, with Democrats taking up most of the speaking time to lodge a few final complaints to no avail.
Rep. Deb Butler, a Democrat from Wilmington, acknowledged the Little League World Series team from Greenville who had spent the morning being applauded by legislators in between redistricting debates. She said the new maps are so unfair to Democrats that it would be as if the baseball team had to start every game down 6-0 and forced to bat with their non-dominant hands. She asked her Republican colleagues, who mostly supported the new maps, to reconsider their support.
It’s likely that the courts will reject Republican racism again. If that is the case, the courts may redraw the districts. RESIST!!