Earth to Lindsey Graham!
In the world of Lindsey Graham and his band of Boom! Boom! Bomb Iran! knuckleheads this happened:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday he’s working on legislation that would give the president the green light to attack Iran if negotiations over the country’s alleged nuclear weapons program stall.
In the world the rest of us live in this happened:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told NBC News on Wednesday that his administration will never develop nuclear weapons and that he has full authority to make a deal with the West on the disputed atomic program.
In Rouhani’s first interview with a U.S. news outlet since his election, he also spoke to NBC News National and International correspondent/anchor Ann Curry about his initial interactions with President Obama, who sent him a letter of congratulations and raised “some issues.”
“From my point of view, the tone of the letter was positive and constructive,” Rouhani said.
All we are saying, Lindsey, is give diplomacy a chance.
Also somewhat related Harry Reid blew off a little steam:
We should be facing the reality of climate change. Look what happened in Colorado. I talked to Senator Bennet yesterday. He said the floods were “Biblical.” In one part of Colorado, it rained 12 inches in 2 hours. I cannot imagine that. Fires all over the West. Climate change is here. I met with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. They do not know what they are going to do with the rise of the sea which is taking place. In that country there is no high ground. It is that way all over the world. The Marshall Islands–a thousand islands make up the Marshall Islands–55,000 people live there. These islands are being washed away with the new waves they have never seen before.
Climate change is here. We are doing nothing about it. They are spending all of our time, the American taxpayers’ time, trying to repeal a law that has been in effect for 4 years.
Speaking as someone who’s been witnessing these “Biblical” floods from the literal sidelines*, all I can say is “No shit, Sherlock.”
Our government is so very, very dysfunctional and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it.
*Denver was pretty much unscathed being somewhat to the South of the worst rain and having pretty good flood control systems in place. But North of here the devastation is truly unbelievable. Whole rivers changed course as a result of the rains and most of the northern Front Range is inaccessible by most vehicles. They are still pulling people out in helicopters and many, many still unaccounted for. Not to mention the hugely swollen South Platte River (at about 5 times its normal height) is now plowing its way across to Nebraska picking off farms and small towns as it goes!
I’m not an expert on weather but as I understand the meteorological description of what happened, and how climate change is involved, picture an open boiling pot of water with steam pouring off then you put a cold pan lid on top of it. Instant precipitation. In this case the pot of steam was our August monsoon which lingered well into September, stalled over the mountains by high pressure. Since we had a blazing hot August and early September, the monsoonal stuff heated way up. Then it got a shove to the East and collided with a cold front coming down from the North. And stalled. And stalled. And stalled. Pretty much until it rained itself out I guess. In prior years, when August and September used to be cool we would still have gotten a lot of rain but the heat factor is what made it torrential.
Oh, and the Red Cross could definitely use some love as they try to handle this and the various other disasters popping up around the country.