An afternoon cup turns to evening: the debt ceiling, Google +, the Emmy noms, and the soccer ladies

There’s a lot of anger, accusations, bickering, and blaming going on in Washington today as the president and members of Congress continue to try and find a way to compromise and raise the debt ceiling so our country doesn’t default on its financial obligations to those from whom we’ve borrowed money.  I’m practically foaming at the mouth with words from Republicans regarding the origins of our bazillion dollar deficit.  I’m not sure if it’s amnesia or revisionist history, but we got into this damn situation because of greed and ineptitude on the part of Wall Street and Washington during the let’s-give-stupid-loans-to-people-who-can’t-pay-them-back Bush years, and spending nearly $800 billion for a war we NEVER, EVER should have fought – Iraq – even as tax breaks were given for the first time in a wartime economy.  And while Democrats are hardly innocent — they didn’t exactly stop any of the economic destruction — President Obama is hardly to blame.  I’m less a fan every day of the bank bailouts, but the stimulus packages started under Bush and continued by Obama, appear to have been absolutely necessary to keep us from further ruin.  So when Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader says, “Republicans will not be reduced to being the tax collectors for the Obama economy. Don’t expect any more cover from Republicans on it than you got on health care. None.” – I’m apoplectic.  They keep raising the cost of a state college and university education here in California, so when I hear about the rats in Washington playing politics instead of doing their actual jobs, I get light-headed.  Raise the f**king debt ceiling, take away the Bush tax cuts for the very rich, stop subsidizing oil companies on any level, get our troops out of Afghanistan (it’s not working, it’s really not) and Iraq (let them take it from here), hire Elizabeth Warren to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and stop d***ing around.  AREN’T YOU SO GLAD I’M NOT IN CHARGE OF ANY OF THIS STUFF.  I’m not sure an angry housewife from Studio City is the way to go here.

And OH MY GOD, what the hell are we doing spending time and money to decide whether a baseball player lied about using steroids?!  Seriously?!  Judge Reggie Walton threw the case out on Wednesday for complete ineptitude on the part of the prosecution, but he might just as well have thrown it out because we’ve got better things to do with our time, yes?  I don’t like Roger Clemens, and I’m a sports fan, but really?

News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch has agreed to appear in front of Parliament to answer questions regarding the phone hacking scandal, which led to the demise of the 168-year-old British tabloid News of the World, and to Murdoch’s decision to pull out of a bid to buy BSkyB.

Three idiots were injured in the final day of Spain’s San Fermin festival on Thursday, known otherwise as the running of the bulls in Pamplona, bringing the total for idiots injured in the week-long celebration to more than forty.

U.S. News & World Report had this headline today: “Qadhafi’s Days in Libya Are Numbered.”  How many times have we heard that before?

I don’t know what Google + is other than a rival to Facebook that launched at the end of June, but they’ve already got 10 million signed up to use it, and I received my first invite from someone today to get in on their party. has very kindly offered to answer all your questions.

The Emmy Award nominees were announced this morning and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I need to watch more television.  I recorded “Mildred Pierce” (21 nominations) and only watched the first hour of the HBO miniseries.  My friends keep reminding me to check out Louis C.K. on “Louie” (nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series) and I will, I will.  He’s very funny.  Of course, there are always the snubs, those who many thought should have been nominated but, alas, were not.

Okay, I’m assuming you all saw our lovely American soccer ladies defeat France on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the World Cup, 3-1. If the only female soccer players you can name are Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain, that’s all about to change.  The championship game will be played on Sunday against Japan at 11:30am Eastern on ESPN.  Say Abby Wambach.  Say Megan Rapinoe.  Say Carli Lloyd.  I have a girl crush on the goal keeper, Hope Solo.  Sunday, people.  Don’t miss it.

Apparently, there’s some Harry Potter movie opening tonight at midnight and millions are in a tizzy.

The first paragraph of this post bordered on obloquy, but sometimes I can’t help myself.

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