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Um, really?

Again, the notion of what is “equality” or “shared sacrifice” truly begs the question if anyone in this town has any grasp on reality.

But Mr. Schumer sketched out a key area of disagreement, the components of a trigger for what would happen if Congress does not follow up with a second round late this year, based on recommendations by the commission. That is still under negotiation, he said.

“The key to the trigger is one word, equality,’’ he said. “It should be equally tough on Democrats and Republicans.’’ He proposed a series of policy defaults that would take effect if Congress could not agree, to encourage such agreement.

For example, he said, it might include steps anathema to Democrats, like cutting college scholarships for middle-class children or prescription drug benefits. And for Republicans, he said, “They would have to do things they hate, like close loopholes for oil companies, and corporate jets.’’

Breathtaking.

Source : The New York Times

Perfect for this blistering summer day. A great song from Teddy Edwards featuring Tom Waits on Mississippi Lad which I haven’t listened to in ages.  Reminding me how much I love slow, sweltering southern jazz in the summer (aka the Marsalis boys, Nicholas Payton, Marlon Jordon  Cyrus Chestnut, etc.).  Enjoy.

The Stupid Continues →

So who is shifting their retirement savings into a money market this week?

Juxtaposition

Very surreal to be reading about the horrific events in Norway while in the midst of reading the Kurt Wallander detective series in which the the question as to why Sweden (of all places) has become increasingly violent vexes the good detective throughout.

War!
This week it is my pedometer, my competitive nature and desire not to let my teammates down, and ultimately my weekly goal of nearly 90,000 steps vs. the DC heat index which is well over 100 degrees, a new iPhone to play with, the Tigers on every night and general summer laziness.  The latter is gaining the upper edge, but it is still neck in neck.

War!

This week it is my pedometer, my competitive nature and desire not to let my teammates down, and ultimately my weekly goal of nearly 90,000 steps vs. the DC heat index which is well over 100 degrees, a new iPhone to play with, the Tigers on every night and general summer laziness.  The latter is gaining the upper edge, but it is still neck in neck.

Close to Home

He suddenly started to worry that he might be going blind.  He felt like he couldn’t see anything at all.  But afterwards, when the optometrist set a pair of glasses on his nose and held up a newspaper page in front of him … he could read the text without straining his eyes.  

"You need reading glasses," said the optometrist kindly.  "Not unusual at your age.  Plus 1.5 should be enough.  You’ll probably have to increase the power every few years or so."

[He] went over to look at the display of frames. He was shocked when he saw the prices.  When he heard that it was also possible to get cheaper plastic frames, he decided at once on this option.

"How may pairs?" asked the optometrist. "Two? So you’ll have a spare?"

[He] thought about all the pens he was constantly losing.  He couldn’t stand the thought of having glasses on a string around his neck.

"Five pairs" he said.

 ”He” being Detective Kurt Wallander in The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell

Source : Mashable
Black one for me, white one for Neats.  Now we just need someone to explain these crazy things to us.

Black one for me, white one for Neats.  Now we just need someone to explain these crazy things to us.


For anyone who commutes—whether in Cali or DC or wherever.