Poodles – greetings and welcome back! We convene again for another roundabout recap of all the news that proves that this dear country is headed to hell in an embroidered handbasket full of violets and posies. Will we make it through the week with a forced smile on our faces (as I usually do), or will we grimly gather round the fires of time and lament the uncontrollable forces that make all things seem ever so”¦ trying? Either way, there will be a shoulder for everyone to cry upon, and perhaps some hard liquor too. So gather up your inner big girl, let’s meet this week’s news head on with a brave face and a smile that’s sure to fool everyone.
Isaac got an upgrade. Unfortunately, that upgrade is sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, mandatory evacuations in low-lying areas, and those goddamn levees, again. (NY Times)
On Tuesday, an Israeli judge ruled that “the state [Israel] bore no responsibility for the death of Rachel Corrie, the young American woman who was run over by a military bulldozer in 2003 as she protested the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip.” (NY Times)
Mittens Romney: The dude who makes coal miners give up a day’s pay under the threat of being fired to serve as sweet working class backdrops. You stay classy, Romney. (Huffington Post)
Sigh – the GOP convention is kicking off in full gear. Carry on, folks. (Huffington Post)
French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. His family claimed that he was poisoned with polonium-210 after he died at a military hospital near Paris, from a stroke resulting from a blood disorder. (BBC News)
Rich people are different! In other news, the sky is also blue. (In These Times)
Does it ever get better? The news certainly can paint a different picture. Kids, life is scary and looking at the news can be downright”¦ ugh. So hug tight to your friends, and hope for a better tomorrow. So until next time, find some positivity, treat others well, and pass me my fancy drinking mug.