In a rather revoltin’ development, the NYS Fair opens today – a day early with a “preview” day, that I think they added in order to help pay for some of the money they’ve spent renovating the facilities. This is the beginning of the end of a summer that was a really shitty summer on multiple levels. I think I was in the pool maybe five times total this year, and when you spend nine months waiting for warm weather (as we do around here), it really kind of sucks when the season doesn’t live up to expectations. It’s kind of like Winterfell around here – winter is always coming. All we can hope for at this point is a warm fall that lasts until New Years or so (and maybe more than 4 wins from the football team, though that’s kind of doubtful). I’ve seen plenty of white Christmases in my time (and Halloweens, Election Days, Thanksgivings, etc.), and I don’t need to see any more.

Today is also 12th anniversary of the day (I think) that what would soon become known as Hurricane Katrina formed in the Atlantic. Ah, those were the days. Whatever happened to Ray Nagin, anyway? Oh, that’s right, he’s doing a 10-year stretch in a Federal prison. Just minimum security, though, so you probably don’t need to worry too much about him. Pretty sure no white folks went to prison for anything.

So, your President went to the land of the loonies (sorry, KP, wherever you are) and gave one of his patented, unhinged and full of shit speeches out there in the desert last night. I don’t have the intestinal fortitude to listen to him, but from what I’ve read, he was in good form.

Cheer up, folks, just another 7 or so years to go.

Hey, you didn’t think I’d leave you without a look at the butter sculpture, did you? Not sure what this one’s about, but I think these creepy guys are getting ready to make veal cutlets or something.