August is the month where everything starts to become ripe. August is the time of cicadas, frogs, and loud nature. August is a warning to school kids that their freedom is waning.
Watch for the dog days. They are upon us.
There is nothing quite like August in Virginia.
August is the time of sunflowers!
Stephen R. Kelly, a former U.S. diplomat who served in Mexico from 2004 to 2006, teaches at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
In a scene that would have given Donald Trump heart palpitations, 200 flag-waving Mexican troops breached the U.S. border outside Laredo, Tex., 10 years ago and advanced unopposed up Interstate 35 to San Antonio.
It was the first time a Mexican army had marched on San Antonio since 1836 when Gen. Santa Ana massacred besieged Texas independence fighters at the Alamo.
This time, however, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed tens of thousands of homeless and hungry Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Setting up camp at a former Air Force base outside San Antonio, they distributed potable water, medical supplies and 7,000 hot meals a day for the next three weeks.
If this doesn’t sound like the Mexico you’ve been hearing about lately — the one that has been ripping America off, the one that sends rapists and criminals across the border — you might want to consider this little-known gesture of humanity from our abused southern neighbor as you think about Katrina 10 years later.
Perhaps Donald Trump wants to include this act of human kindness in his diatribe against Mexicans.
There are weekly killings. I don’t mean thug on thug violence. That is another issue. I am speaking of perfectly decent people, just going about their daily lives, being gunned down in cold blood.
As I watched the anchors on WDBJ grasp hands and have a tribute, then a moment of silence for their colleagues, it broke my heart. It broke my heart to hear Allison’s father speak of his daughter. These grandiose, senseless killings have to stop, regardless of what it takes.
After I watched the friends and family members of the slain, I listened to Donald Trump. He advised us that we really have a broken mental health system and that guns aren’t the problem. The Hell they aren’t! The pro-gun community must start assuming some responsibility for something other than slogans and bumper sticker sound bites when these things happen. They must start coming up with solutions to screen gun buyers to help ensure that psycho-paths don’t have their weapons of destruction.
Washington, D.C., beat out commuting misery stalwarts Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York for the dubious honor of worst rush hour congestion in the country, a nationwide traffic study found.
Rush hour congestion adds 82 hours of suffering each year to the average commute around Washington, D.C., according to the study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Inrix, a Kirkland, Wash., company that analyzes travel data. Other cities plagued by gridlock include Los Angeles, where motorists spend an extra 80 hours commuting, San Francisco with its 78 hours of delays, and New York with 74 hours.
Overall, drivers lose nearly 7 billion hours each year to traffic congestion – an average of 42 hours per commuter – and waste 3 billion gallons of fuel, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard.
“I think it’s pretty clear people are frustrated,” Tim Lomax, a co-author of the report at the institute, told USA TODAY. “It’s not just the average time. It’s that you have to plan around 45 minutes for a trip that ought to take 15 or 20.”
The average delay has doubled since 1985, the study found. For cities with less than 500,000 people, delays have quadrupled, the study found. By 2020, average delays will grow to 47 hours and the total delay will climb to 8.3 billion hours, the study projected.
We didn’t need a study to tell us we were the worst but it sure is nice to have documentation.
European immigration problems make ours look like a walk in the park. According to the Washington Post:
BRUSSELS — Thousands of refugees, most fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been snaking northward through the Balkans in recent days, confronting a Europe woefully unprepared to deal with them at every step.
Most endured a perilous crossing to Greece aboard rafts and boats, some barely fit to sail. They traversed Greece, a nation paralyzed by economic crisis and too poor to handle a flow of people that in July hit a record high. At the border with Macedonia late last week, they trudged through a wall of riot police, who fought them back with tear gas before relenting. Now, the asylum-seekers, thousands a day, are racing into Hungary, which is rushing to complete a barbed-wire border fence by the end of the month to force them to seek other routes.
It is a long parade of misery unparalleled in Europe in recent years. But the continent has so far failed to agree how to respond. Amid a refugee crisis that by some measures is the worst since World War II, individual nations are being left to improvise their own measures. In Hungary, that is taking the form of 108 miles of barbed wire and fencing.
The crisis is shaking fundamental tenets of European life, including the principle of free movement between most of the nations of the European Union. It is fueling a surge of anti-migrant sentiment in the countries that are housing the bulk of the asylum-seekers, Germany and Sweden. And it is straining the weakest countries, such as Greece, that are on migration’s front lines.
“Unless we do something, we will become a lifeboat sinking under the weight of people holding on to it and drowning everybody, both those seeking help and those offering help,” said Janos Lazar, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, at a ceremony last week celebrating the founding of Hungary.
U.S. stocks rebounded Tuesday morning after a punishing day on the global markets, sailing away from China’s unslowing slide and renewing hopes of an averted meltdown.
The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 320 points, or 2 percent, shortly after the 9:30 a.m. opening bell, one day after raucous trading plunged the index of 30 blue-chip stocks to its lowest point in 18 months.
The Standard & Poor’s 500, a broader look at the market, jumped 2 percent, while the Nasdaq Composite, an index dense with tech stocks, soared 3 percent.
The sharp start marked the first encouraging news after several days of chaotic trades, in which many large U.S. companies lost billions of dollars in market value amid a global sell-off.
The start, in which all 30 Dow stocks made big gains, could go a long way toward helping investors and workers with 401(k) retirement accounts regain some confidence in global trades.
Equities really came out of the gate running this morning. Things weren’t so good for China, even after lowering interest rates.
Compared to most places in Europe and Asia, our stock market is in pretty good shape. Even with the correction, our indexes were down less than other regions around the world.
Let the bulls go back to running! This seems like a good time to buy.
Seriously, people. Don’t we have anything better to do than sit around and gossip about who is sleeping with whom or who wants to sleep with whom or who wants to just sleep with anyone? It was fun and now it’s time to move on, leaving this perceived hotbed of horniness behind.
Many of us have trawled and trolled through the extensive list of (mostly) men who for whatever reason, went on AshleyMadison.com, a match maker for just about anyone. I saw the names of about 20 local people I knew. I have lived in the area a long time. Some I didn’t care about one way or the other. Other names made me sad because of the leap to judgement that seems to be the human condition when perceived wrong-doing is in question. Some folks weather these things better than others.
People have different reasons for going to sites like that. They probably have different reasons for coming to my blog also. It certainly doesn’t mean that they are having an affair or looking for love in all the wrong places. It could just mean they are curious or bored. We just don’t know. Frankly, unless we are married to one of those people, it isn’t any of our business.
I was able to create an account just this morning with no money involved. I wanted to see how easy it was. Naturally, I didn’t use my real name. I thought about doing an account on someone I didn’t like but then I thought that probably wasn’t decent behavior. Oh and did I forget to include I wasn’t looking for an affair, I just wanted to see how easy it was to create an account.
The people who really end up getting hurt when these things hit the proverbial fan are the spouses and children. They didn’t ask for any of this unwanted attention. How many families have now been opened up to ridicule, prying eyes and yes, blackmail.