There’s no present. There’s only the immediate future and the recent past.
–Â George Carlin
On occasion there’s just too much going on to actually get a hold on some subject for a morning’s blog post, which happened today — plus I didn’t sleep too well and crawled out feeling a bit of the WTF.
This is Thursday and payroll day at the liquor store I manage, a lot of paperwork, checks cut and a day’s worth of work whittled down into a few minutes.
(Illustration found here).
Although there’s the news the French have killed that nutcase killer; a shitload of a shitstorm has sprouted up over the killing of that Florida teen-ager last month — what’s to be expected of a state that’s gone freakin’ nuts — and a small Wisconsin town is getting the Twilight Zone treatment:
But thatâ€™s whatâ€™s been happening since Sunday night.
Booming noises have shattered the air and rattled the ground, wrenching many residents out of their sleep.
â€œWeâ€™ve checked everywhere,â€ city Administrator Lisa Kuss said in a telephone interview.
â€œWe checked the dam, the landfill.
Weâ€™ve consulted with the military.
There is nothing going on.
Weâ€™ve checked with local businesses, and thereâ€™s nothing there.
Thereâ€™s no blasting.
Weâ€™ve checked mining, quarries and pits.
The mystery booms began around 9 p.m. Sunday and ran to about 3 a.m., affecting mainly the northeast quadrant of the city, Kuss said.
But the sound and vibrations were felt in many other parts of the city, sending people from their beds outdoors into the dark — sometimes in their pajamas.
Unfortunately, officials have little to say to the hundreds of residents who have called: The cause of the noises â€” which occurred a third time yesterday â€” is unknown.
But authorities have scheduled a city meeting to discuss the events.
And, of course, some most-famous last words — from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi (via Raw Story): â€œThe worst is over, but risks remain,â€ Draghi told the daily Bild, Germanyâ€™s most widely-read newspaper. â€œKey indicators such as inflation, the current account balance and above all budget deficits are all better than, say, in the United States,â€ the Italian central banker said.
Well, let’s just wait and see.
Not to be out done — zombies in DC?
Arlen Specter (thought he was dead): â€œLike cannibals eating their own, thatâ€™s whatâ€™s happening in Washington,â€ he said on CBS News…â€œThe cannibals have taken over and it has produced a gridlocked Senate and a dysfunctional government,â€ he added. (also at Raw Story).
And keeping up with the war news — a Denver woman attempted to get out of jury duty by inventing battle stress:
District Judge Anne Mansfield dismissed the cosmetologist and author from jury duty after Cole said she “broke out of domestic violence in the military” and had post-traumatic stress disorder.
But when Cole told a radio show months later that she went to court disheveled to appear mentally ill, the judge was listening.
The Denver Post reports that prosecutors charged Cole on Wednesday with perjury and attempting to influence a public servant.
Have a good day before Friday.