Clear and cold this Thursday morning along California’s northern coast — the moon hanging like a fat-ass fingernail in the eastern sky.
And the sound of the peaceful Pacific Ocean can heard roaring a couple of miles away, like an express train coming down the tracks, but going nowhere.
Just like parts of the Left Coast: Tiny Modoc County’s board of supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to support a largely symbolic resolution to withdraw from California, similar to Siskiyou County’s gesture earlier this month.
They want to make themselves a new state called Jefferson.
People are going wacko all over — most-especially in this country’s seat of power where assholes of different colors and stripes are scamming the rest of the US with political chaos.
(Illustration found here).
In Washington, DC, politicians are scrambling around trying to figure out a way to hold the government together for a little while longer, despite such infighting it would put ancient Rome to shame. Democrats are weak-willed, spineless nit-twits and Republicans are mean-spirited and cruel, and between these two nasty clubs the American people are caught with empty pockets and zilch for a future.
Next Tuesday, the government might shut down as the dreaded Affordable Care Act goes into effect, and a couple of weeks later, the debt ceiling bullshit raises its stink — and apparently no one in the entire august capital has a clue about what to do about it.
Gail Collins at the New York Times sizzles at the crazed log-jam:
Our elected officials are loonier than Iran.
Than the pope on sex.
Less useful than Vladimir Putin.
Big deadline coming!
In theory, by Monday, the House and Senate are supposed to have jointly approved 12 bills appropriating money for the various sections of government in 2014.
The entire package should be a prudent rethinking of what various agencies really need to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.
This is probably not going to happen because, as of today, the number of said bills passed by both bodies is zero.
The very, very best we can hope for is that Congress will gird its loins, don its armor, march out into the field and pass an agreement to kick the budgetary can down the road before the federal office doors start slamming shut on Oct. 1.
“I’m tired of dilly and dither,” said Barbara Mikulski, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman.
So say we all.
And we’re saying it pretty loud.
President Barack Obama’s 47 percent favorability rating and the 34 percent positive reading for Republicans are the worst ever for both in the Bloomberg National Poll, which began in 2009.
The 44 percent approval rating of the Democratic Party is at a two-year low.
Obama’s 45 percent job-approval rating is the lowest since September 2011, a month after a partisan showdown over lifting the debt ceiling brought the U.S. to the brink of default.
Americans also are pessimistic about the course of the country, with 68 percent saying it’s headed in the wrong direction, the most in two years, according to the poll of 1,000 adults conducted Sept. 20-23.
Of course, the major horror-problem with this country is the GOP. There’s really no soul at all there. Slashing food stamps while retaining farm subsidies and crowing about the terror of Obamacare — there’s no real desire to govern, or do anything, really.
All said before, via Dylan Thomas:
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night…
That’s an ellipsis there at the end — so there’s more rage in that night, and screaming, and…