Steady As She Goes: Not that it seems to matter much to the politicians, but the public wants this tantrum over and a compromise reached. Unfortunately they, like both the Republicans and the Adults, don't want any compromise on the things they care about. Boehner & Co. seem inclined to extend the deadline for six more weeks of whining and posturing while waiting for Obama to commit political and personal suicide. Sadly, Harry Reid says “Everything is on the negotiating table,” which means the “Grand Bargain” is back on the table, which means we're moving from putting off part of Obamacare to cutting Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and Head start and food stamps and WIC and public education and the Civil Rights Act and... It's time to just say no.
Clarification: Afghanistan’s Karzai says that foreign western powers are seeking the right to “continue to attack our people and our villages’. Okay, so he understands why the US wants to keep 10,000 troops there, what's holding up his agreement?
Just Sayin' Prescription drug abuse now more deadly than heroin and cocaine combined.
Essay Question: “We have a particular economic system. It's , called capitalism. ...is it working?" If so, itemize those for whom it works and those for whom it does not.
Once More, With Absolutely No Feeling: The European bankers claim that Greece is risking becoming a “failed state” if no reforms are made. Becoming? Apparently the three plus years of 'reforms' the IMF/ECB/EU austerity mavens have already imposed don't count.
Calvinball: The shutdown/debt ceiling mess is the result of the Republican right trying to nullify the results of the 2012 election, overthrowing the democratic process and instituting a rule of threat and fear.
Noted, Again: Research continues to show that the Affordable Care Act is not increasing part-time employment at the cost of full-time jobs.
Circular File: New York City is denying that it has a “well-documented” spying program targeting Muslims, pointing out that they have gone to great pains to make sure little or nothing about the program has been written down.
For 10¢ Plain: “The Christian faith is the result of the most successful psy-ops program in history.”
Porn O'Graph: The poor do poorly.