Wisconsin? What?

Playing Michigan? Are they even allowed to do that?

I hope they don't get hurt.

Another U.S. diplomatic coup

Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy 'on life support' | Reuters

"The United States made clear on Friday that it would not, at least for now, carry through on the threat it made on Wednesday to halt the diplomacy if Russia did not take immediate steps to halt the violence."


So we had this old stuff lying around and we thought, what if we could get Mikey to eat it?

The Ds cash in

Democrats Rake In Money, Thanks to Suit by Republicans - The New York Times

"Democrats denounced it as an assault on democracy and a sop to billionaires when the Supreme Court issued a ruling two years ago that loosened limits on campaign giving.

"But Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party leaders are now exploiting the decision, funneling tens of millions of dollars from their wealthiest donors into a handful of presidential swing states.

"The flow of money, documented in Federal Election Commission reports, shows Democrats expanding their fund-raising advantage in the final phase of the presidential race, defying expectations at the beginning of the campaign that Republicans would dominate the money chase. Mrs. Clinton and the Democrats are now outpacing Mr. Trump and the Republicans on every front, according to F.E.C. records: Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, her party and outside groups supporting her have raised almost twice as much as Mr. Trump and his allies."



Color where you find it

The weather prophets say we may not have much of it this autumn since the summer was so dry…

Wait a minute – if the government doesn't create jobs how can it…

IRS to eliminate more than 7,000 jobs as fewer people file paper tax returns
The Washington Post

"We had people in the hallways crying," said a union rep in Covington, Ky. -- home to a facility that processes paper returns.…

The IRS statement offered statistics sobering to anyone who makes their living processing paper tax returns. The majority of taxpayers file electronically: e-filing rose from 58 percent in 2008 to 86 percent in 2015, the statement said.

In addition, the IRS budget has shrunk $900 million since 2010, and the agency lost 17,000 jobs in that same period.

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Never mind. This stuff just hurts my head.


Let's have drug testing

Many women say Trump showed too much testosterone at debate

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Constant interruption. A condescending tone. Eye-rolling. For many women, the presidential debate...

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Nice work, Senate

Senate blocks stopgap bill to fund government

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has blocked a spending bill needed to keep the government open beyond Friday's midnight deadline...

Most Democrats and at least 10 Republicans voted to block the bill, which also funds the fight against the Zika virus. Democrats are demanding money to help Flint, Michigan, address its lead-tainted water crisis.

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Throw the rascals out. 

Chow down (or up)

Why Beef Is About to Get Cheaper



Whoa! This explains everything!

Chaos in the zodiac: Some Virgos are Leos now (but NASA couldn't care less) - The Washington Post

There is a thirteenth sign, too — Ophiuchus. People born between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17 are Ophiuchuses. (Your new talents include architecture and snake-bearing.)

The Bears are doing so poorly this year…

…the Cubs could win the Series without disturbing the Chicago sports karma.

Just pointing out.

But wait…

Now the Bears can't even show up ready to play - Chicago Tribune

The Cowboys held the ball for almost 22 of the 30 minutes in the first half. They gained 274 yards -- yes, 274 yards in the first half, people. They picked up 19 first downs. They rushed for 135 yards, many of them up the middle where Eddie Goldman used to be and where Will Sutton should never be again.

The Bears have a guy named Will Sutton? How can that not be good?

Look what you missed

Ashes to auction: Capote remains sell for $45,000

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It's not as scary as it sounds…

Auto recalls may take no more than tap of a button in driverless cars

The Washington Post

Over-the-air software updates may end the need for many recall trips to the dealership. Read the full story

What first came to mind was an image of all these cars suddenly returning to the mothership…

Required reading for "Debate" Day

There's No Debate - BillMoyers.com


Is Clinton a heightest?

Clinton to use a custom lectern to reduce height difference with Trump | New York Post


[Or maybe it's a Democrat thing—read on.]


Is there no escape?

The debate will be broadcast live on major TV networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. It will also be shown on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

ABC News and Facebook are partnering to broadcast the debate, as well as commentary before and after, live on the social media platform. 

Other livestreams of the debate will be available on ABC News, Buzzfeed News, CBS News, CNN, C-SPAN, The Daily Caller, Fox News, Hulu, Huffington Post, NBC, PBS, Politico, Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, Twitter, Univision, Yahoo and YouTube.

Nope. None. It really will be bigger than the Super Bowl. At least, there'll be more ways to watch it. I'm just guessing C-SPAN will have the most boring production, so that's the one I'll watch. I am watching with the sound off – I mean it – and C-SPAN seems as good a place as any to do that.

I really don't know why, but this headline cracks me up

Wells Fargo CEO resigns from advisory role with the Federal Reserve
The Washington Post

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Picky, picky

Trump vows to 'utterly destroy ISIS' — but he won't say how
The Washington Post

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That's a pretty big improvement

Lady Gaga reportedly will, in fact, perform at Super Bowl LI halftime show
The Washington Post

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The LI, I mean. (Are they called digits? Places? Just plain old letters?) Whatever—at least it's better than XXVVIVCXXVI, which is positively indecipherable. Sure, I don't know what LI means either, but at least it saves ink.

Wait, ink?

Maybe next year we should call it LI.2 and be done with it.