* HOW HOT IS IT? I'd like to give a secondary plug to Gene Lyons' column, already featured at the top of the page, on the drought. He captured exactly the withering feeling it leaves humans as it saps the life out of other living things. Global weather pattern anyone? Something's happening here. What it is may not be exactly clear, but beware.
* ABOUT THAT MUSTAIN REFERENCE: A good Chicago Tribune feature on the effort by the former Razorback quarterback to make a professional career in baseball.
* THEY SPIT ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS: This is a small issue unless you are a woman, particularly one living in Washington, D.C. All four Arkansas congressmen voted yesterday for a bill to limit abortion rights in Washington, a major city granted only a semblance of democracy by Congress. The bill failed, needing a two-thirds votes, no thanks to anti-choice congressmen Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford, Steve Womack and Mike Ross. Repubs (and Mike Ross) have pushed repeatedly for anti-choice legislation in recent weeks, the country's other problems apparently having been solved.
The legislation, H.R.3803, is the third stand-alone anti-choice measure that the House has advanced in the last four months. NARAL Pro-Choice America joined Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and other civil- and reproductive-rights leaders in opposition to this legislation. The bill would ban abortion at 20 weeks in the District of Columbia, with no consideration for a woman’s health or her situation, including cases of rape, incest, or fetal anomaly. District of Columbia resident Christy Zink, who terminated a pregnancy at 21 weeks after doctors found a cyst on the brain of the fetus and a follow-up MRI revealed severe anomalies of the brain, would have been unable to get the care she needed had this ban been in effect.
PS — Whatever the day brings, becoming branded as a discriminatory outfit is bad for business over the long haul. That applies to people who loudly identify with the cause, too, BTW.