The days grow short when you reach September

Have you got time for the waiting game?

Will we see a May December combination or only young’uns or golden geezers on the ticket to face the two faded old farts of the past?

The days dwindle down to a precious few as the song warns us.


39 thoughts on “The days grow short when you reach September”

  1. USAtoday:

    Congress returns from six-week recess

    After a lengthy August recess, Congress is back in session — and there’s a lot on their collective plate.Here are some of the issues you can expect to hear about as senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle return to D.C. Guns: There have been four high-profile mass shootings since the House left for recess and three since the Senate left.Trade: It has been 10 months since the top leaders of U.S., Mexico and Canada signed off on a new North American trade deal, and Republicans — along with even some Democrats — are growing restless to ratify the deal.Keeping the government open: The clock is ticking and another government shutdown could be on the horizon if Congress doesn’t pass its 12 annual spending bills by the end of September. Prescription drugs: Drug pricing is something both Republicans and Democrats appear to see eye-to-eye on and both sides are racing to come up with solutions that could pass both chambers before the end of the year.


    [btw, in the cartoon that engraving on capitol bldg. says “abandon all hope of legislating ye who enter here”]

  2. X……I know what you’re feeling as a friend of ours was senselessly murdered on Christmas Day last year.    Sometimes there’s just nothing can be said to ease the pain.   It’s such a drag.

  3. new poll by CBSnews:
    This poll tells a story of Elizabeth Warren rising. But not Joe Biden falling.
    The former vice president now clings to a narrow lead over Warren in our CBS News/YouGov Tracker estimate of convention delegates — the only count that ultimately matters — with an estimated 600 delegates of all delegates available through Super Tuesday, to Warren’s 545.
    Warren has gained delegate share as supporters of other, lower-tier candidates have been switching their preferences toward her.
    State by state in vote preference, New Hampshire now sees Warren just slightly up over Biden and Sanders in first-choice preference there, effectively making the primary there a three-way contest. Biden holds onto a small edge over Sanders in first-choice preference in Iowa to go with that still-sizable advantage in South Carolina. Meanwhile, Sanders has a narrow edge over Biden in Nevada.
    More broadly, in aggregate vote preference across the early-state contests through Super Tuesday 2020 — the most important contests up front — Warren has risen and holds a one-point edge over Biden. These figures capture the impact of campaigns that are focusing on the earliest states, in contrast to other national polls that include states that won’t vote until late spring.
    But Warren has made strong gains on electability. Among those considering supporting her, the percentage who think she would probably beat Mr. Trump has jumped 16 points since June, from 39% then to 55% now.

  4. ExRep

    My sincere condolences. There are some deaths that make no sense. The randomness of them catch you by surprise with no time to prepare.    It seems trite to say this but you  and your friend are in my thoughts this morning as you deal with this senseless tragedy.

    Here is  virtual hug.

    Take care,


  5. bink, they’re probably one of the bargaining chips in the fight over the must pass spending bills or see gov’t shutdown again.

    from an ap story: “And Congress needs to fund the government by the end of the month or risk another federal shutdown. But the president roiled talks by shifting $3.6 billion from military projects for the border wall and fallout continues over migrant detentions.”

  6. (((((((((Xrep & Mrs Xrep))))))))  so sorry for your and our loss of a good man.

    My 2 favorite months are September and October….   I LOVE the cooler and shorter days.

    ps…  I know it’s weird…  so bite me! 🙂

  7. pss….   I’m thinking seriously of voting for Warren.  I do think she’d make a very good president.  And on the plus side…  it’s one less vote in this state for Sanders.  I’d really hate to see NH make him our winner.

  8. XR, there are no words…


    Lizzie is the one candidate who, if you look at the numbers over time, has gained substantially against Biden over the summer.  Bernie! has made up a few points – about 6, but Lizzie has  improved by 17 points.  (Both have benefitted from the 5 point drop Joe experienced in June.)  She and Bernie! are pretty much in lockstep at this point, poll wise.  I can’t imagine what might change the Dem landscape aside from shifting support due to candidates dropping out of the race.

  9. “cooler days”?   renee, these parts are predicted to suffer sultry mid 90s for foreseeable future.   agree with you on Octobers though… for that matter anytime when it’s not tick season.

  10. Renee – September -mid November, March – May.  I’ll trade a couple hours daylight to stay out of the 90s and upper 80s every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Patd, we’ve got some warm weather for the next few days, but highs are drifting down into the mid to lower 80s, and with a little cloud cover, very tolerable. Two weeks out – highs in the upper 70s. This weekend I spread 20 bags of mulch and until 3:00 or so it was not oppressive. Oh, and the maples are starting to shed leaves.

  11. terminator taunts twit with being “unamerican”

    Arnold in wapo op ed:

    California has been a leader in the fight to clean our air since one of my heroes, Ronald Reagan, was our governor.
    The Trump administration, for some reason, is hellbent on reversing decades of history and progress. Whether it is political pettiness, shortsightedness or just plain jealousy, I couldn’t tell you.
    I can tell you that it’s wrong. It’s un-American. And it’s an affront to long-standing conservative principles.
    How many times have you heard conservatives beat the drum of states’ rights? But suddenly, when a state wants to pollute less and protect its citizens from deadly pollution, conservatives throw states’ rights straight out the window. Nixon and Reagan understood the importance of California’s right to clean air, but some so-called Republicans today seem to only believe in states’ rights when it’s convenient, when the state voted for their party, or when the state is doing something really dumb.


  12. It’s the peak of fire season here.

    We want it to rain now but nothing in the forecast for a while

  13. Agree about Warren, RR. I know she’s a gamble for the general but damn she’d be a good president. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a more authentic figure on the presidential stage. And if Trump melts down now is the time to go for the best.

  14. the guardian:

    John Bercow has said he will step down as the Speaker of the House of Commons after a decade in the job in which he has handed more power to backbench MPs, including moves that allowed parliament to block a no-deal Brexit.
    Bercow said he would leave his role by 31 October at the latest, but he could stand down sooner if MPs vote for an early election.
    He told parliament he had promised his family to leave the job after 10 years of living in the Palace of Westminster.
    “At the 2017 election, I promised my wife and children that it would be my last,” he said. “This is a pledge that I intend to keep. If the house votes tonight for an early general election, my tenure as Speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends.
    “If the house does not so vote, I have concluded that the least disruptive and most democratic course of action would be for me to stand down at the close of business on Thursday, 31 October.”

  15. x-republican, one of the thousands of reasons for either having only muskets or NO guns of any kind in civilian hands!  ~So sorry!

  16. Tiptoe – in the context of a SFB presidency, transactional is definitely bat-shit crazy.  Look how well it’s worked so far.  I thought transactional meant entering INTO agreements through negotiation, not opting out of agreements in a fit of pique.

  17. Speaking of days getting shorter — why haven’t we gotten rid of daylight savings?

  18. KC, because 9-5ers like the additional hour of daylight after they get off work during the warm time of year.

  19. It’s time for my regularly scheduled Annual Dissent from Ms Cracker

    Haven’t we gotten rid of ‘standard’ time yet ?

  20. When the Canadian Sir Sanford Fleming invented time as we know it, he should have made it Daylight Savings Time.

  21. So vice SFB’s family is from Sligo, Ireland, which is on the west coast of Ireland, like SFB’s golf course he stayed in – which is 2:48 from Sligo. And you can’t fly between the two.  Call me skeptical about the SFB Misadministration explanation. A 2 hour lunch with family in Sligo would take all day, travel included. Oh, and combine that with the layover at Turnbury, and, we’ll, I don’t believe in coincidence.

  22. Oh no,  supposedly my family is from Sligo, too.

    This administration is an embarrassment on so many levels☹️

  23. Pogo, exactly on transactional .  patd, yep! Every time I hear the talking heads say he’s transactional,  I chringe.  It’s like another way of normalizing the bat-shit craziness! 


    I’m usually not this fragmented. But, as I posted about not being able to get into SS because of Equifax and that my phone carrier blocks texts from companies like Equifax, plus a total chaotic work environment, a chaotic place I go to recover from the work chaos and a sprinkle of medical chaos, they all keep me dancing as fast as I can.  I just finished 2 hours of work crap because everything is data driven these daze.  The job has become a 24 x 7 thang, and I’ve had enough. Retirement is in my near future.  That’ll give me some poverty but the time to deal with all the other chaos.  And then I can be more attentive here!  Yes!

  24. I remember hearing about double British daylight savings time.
    “Double British summertime
    In 1940 the clocks weren’t put back at the end of summer, so we stayed an hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
    In spring 1941 the clocks were still put forward an hour, meaning we were TWO hours ahead of GMT.
    It was the middle of World War Two, so all the extra evening daylight gave people longer to get home before the blackout.
    The government also hoped it would save fuel.
    Lighter evenings means darker mornings – something that can be problematic in the far northern parts of the UK.
    They were eventually put back in 1947.”

  25. Bink, I know what ya mean.  I looked up Sligo. Fortunately most of my kin in Ireland cane from County Cork…fat, far, away.

  26. Fun fact: strong self-ascribed association with Irish heritage among some Americans, along with the display of Celtic iconography by such people, can be an indication of White-Supremacist ideology!

    i kind of stopped with the Celtic crosses, since i found that out, but i still like the knots.  SPLC has some info about it.

    I mighta known some folks like that, but they’re

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