Can’t you see the sunshine, can’t you just feel the moonshire?
Here in the Boston area, you can hardly tell day from night anymore. The gray skies and rain have been with us day after day for more than a month. July 2, and it’s 57 degrees outside my house. I had to turn the furnace on for awhile last night! What the heck is going on with our weather?
The Eastern U.S. was expected to continue seeing severe storm development on Thursday from a slow-moving low pressure system hovering over the Great Lakes region.
Widespread scattered showers were to continue across the Northeast and New England, with moderate to heavy showers over New York.
A slow-moving low pressure system? I’ll say it’s slow-moving. It’s been hovering over us since May. Will we ever see the sun again? That’s what I want to know.
So what else is happening out there?
This time the Red Sox stole a win from the Orioles, rallying in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win.
One day after the team had left shards of dignity on the field at Camden Yards, their best-in-baseball bullpen obliterated by 10 runs in two innings, the Sox were down by four runs with three outs to go.
But Dustin Pedroia worked a walk. And, as Orioles manager Dave Trembley said afterward, “If you’re going to walk people, it’s not the time to do it in the ninth inning.’’
It spiraled, spurred on by an energizing two-run home run by Kevin Youkilis, and ended two innings later on a redemptive single by Lugo that capped off a 6-5 triumph in 11 innings that turned the night before on its head, turned the series around, and left the Sox with a celebration for the plane ride home.
And the Red Sox still lead the Yankees in the American League East by 2.5 games. All right! It sure doesn’t feel like summer, but at least the Red Sox are doing well.
Moving on from New England-centric news, in politics, Chris Cillizza has a lengthy wrap-up of how Al Franken finally won the Minnesota Senate seat from Norm Coleman. Apparently Franken had good lawyers and consultants, and he was smart to stay out of the limelight during his long legal battle.
Right wing blogs are still buzzing over the Helen Thomas-led mutiny of the White House press against the Obama administration’s worse-than-Nixon efforts to control public perceptions. That Robert Gibbs sure is a smarmy, arrogant SOB, isn’t he?
Meanwhile Dana Millbank gives examples of the kinds of comments in Facebook and Twitter threads about Obama’s health care “town hall meeting.”
Speaking of the Carolinas, the Sanford soap opera continues unabated. Why won’t he just STFU and go have his mid-life crisis somewhere out of the public eye? I do not want to hear any more about this man’s love life. Can’t the press just ignore him? I don’t need to know about it, thank you very much.
Gov. Mark Sanford’s long and emotional interview with The Associated Press Tuesday appears to have been the final straw for South Carolina’s Republican establishment, much of which is now actively seeking his resignation.
While Sanford seemed to have weathered the storm in the brutal days immediately following his admission of an affair with an Argentine woman, his support has cratered in the wake of the AP interview in which he talked of his “tragic” and “forbidden” love for his “soul mate” and admitted to having “crossed lines” with a handful of other women.
Fourteen GOP state senators — more than half the Senate Republican caucus — have already called for Sanford’s resignation, joining a list that, as of Wednesday afternoon, included 11 Republican members of the state House and six of the state’s biggest newspapers.
Good! Now please go away. You are nothing but a boring cliche at this point, Governor Sanford.
North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles on Thursday, further stoking tension in the region that was already high due to Pyongyang’s nuclear test and threats to boost its nuclear arsenal in response to U.N. sanctions….
A South Korean daily said that the secretive North may also test fire mid-range missiles in a matter of days.
Washington said this week it had tightened its crackdown on firms linked to the North’s lucrative proliferation of missiles, a major source of cash for the destitute state, and has sent the U.S. point man for sanctions to Asia for discussions.
Two UK soldiers have been killed in the Helmand province during a massive US assault on Taliban fighters in the Afghan river valley. CNN reports that a U.S. soldier who has been missing since Tuesday has been captured by the Taliban.
In Honduras, coup leaders continue to defy world-wide condemnation of their ouster of President Zelaya and have “vowed” that Zelaya will “never return to power.” Interim leaders in Honduras are blaming Hugo Chavez for the crisis.
In Iran, a police chief “invented” an Interpol investigation of the murder of Neda Agha-Solton. Interpol denies that it is trying to find the doctor who tried to help Neda after she was shot. The Iranian government is desperately trying to pretend that Neda’s death had nothing to do with the protests that have rocked the country after the reelection of Ahmadinejad.
The New York Times has an interesting story about two Vatican investigations of U.S. nuns.
A fourteen-year-old girl who was the only survivor of the crash Yemenia Flight 626 on Tuesday has returned home to her father. The girl’s mother along with 151 other people died in the crash.
Fort Worth police raided a gay bar on the anniversary of Stonewall. One man is in intensive care with a serious head injury and may not survive.
The officers who raided the Rainbow Lounge claim that the men in the bar made “advances” on them—and Forth Worth’s police chief is backing them up:
Monday, police chief Jeff Halstead said the officers’ actions are being investigated. However, he also said that officers that entered the bar during the scheduled inspection were touched inappropriately.
“You’re touched and advanced in certain ways by people inside the bar, that’s offensive,” he said. “I’m happy with the restraint used when they were contacted like that.”
Michael Jackson used “a slew of aliases to score prescriptions meds” says TMZ:
The DEA, which is joining to assist the LAPD in its investigation of several doctors who prescribed drugs to Jackson, will be hunting down these names and others.
Sources tell us the prescription abuse was so egregious, one doctor would call the pharmacy and say Jackson was coming down to get Demerol. The pharmacy would then fill the prescription, leaving the patient’s name blank.
Karl Malden has died at 97. He won an academy award for his role as Mitch in 1951’s A Streetcar Named Desire. with co-stars Marlon Brando, Vivian Leigh, and Kim Hunter. He also appeared with Brando in On the Waterfront. Many of us also fondly recall him as Michael Douglas’ partner in the 1970s TV show, Streets of San Francisco. Another of Malden’s memorable TV roles was the grieving father in the true-crime miniseries Fatal Vision.
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