This was from a week ago…we’ve had the same forecast since then…

Two records fall, DFW sees 100 degrees again Wednesday | Local News | News from Fort Wor…

Today’s high is expected to be 105. Forecasters are calling for highs of at least 100 through Tuesday. If they’re right, we’ll reach No. 2 on the consecutive-days list on Saturday. The current No. 2 is 29 days, set in 1998. After that, it’s 13 more days to No. 1. The record is 42 straight days in 1980.

Yes, that *is* the answer to life the universe and everything.  A man must walk down 42 roads in consecutive 100 degree days.   In Texas, strangely enough.  I think I read that in a book somewhere. 
Just because…I’m guessing we hit 50 days this year, which would end this thing around August 20 or so…

That’s in real money (which stands for work over *time*, recall)

Debt ceiling cost: $1.7 billion for Treasury bills – Aug. 1, 2011

To be precise

the extra cost is $1,721,250,000 more in interest payments than the government would have needed to pay investors just two weeks ago, when they were willing to accept far lower rates before the debt ceiling became a crisis. “That’s real money,” said IHS Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh. “Taxpayers need to wake up to the fact that these kind of shenanigans in the end cost.”

I loved that he used the same exact word I did today to describe this whole debacle.

I hate that this is story is true, and that the people who caused this mess, still do not seem to grasp what it meant, and will continue to mean, to the rest of the world economy. 

If you think this the last if it, you have no idea how this stuff works.  Thousands of very wealthy folks just got the crap scared out of them.  Their financial advisors will do what it takes to make sure it doesn’t happen again. 

Oh, by the way. We get to do this whole debt hostage crisis farce again in six months after the new debt commission deadlocks over taxes (again), and triggers another round of massive cuts or another “crisis”. 

My Objection to the Debt Ceiling Deal in words John Boehner can understand

Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do
I have a perfect puzzle for you
Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-dee
If you are wise, you’ll listen to me

Tax cut are fine when they’re once in a while
People invest and brighten their smiles
But it’s insulting, repulsive and wrong
Cutting and cutting all year long

I don’t like the look of it

Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-da
If you’re not greedy, you will go far
You will live in happiness too
Like the Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do