00h UTC; THURSDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2012: As I post these my comments here in the Minnwissippi region, the skies look cloudy and things are starting to cool off, with rain immiment any second now (and expected to persist well into the overnight, per the forecast for these parts) ... which, by some indications, could be the best hint that fall may not be all that far behind. However, considering the warm weather over the summer and the drought as well, it's possible that the fall colours could be all the more transient and muted on the bluffs around here; hence, you're best to come this way all the sooner if you want to catch the colours of fall.

Meanwhile, some topics as are worth talking about:
  • How do we know that the real foreign-policy agenda of the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan Presidential ticket, in light of his somewhat puerile remarks responding to attacks on the American Embassy in Cairo and the martyrdoms of four Americans (in particular Our Ambassador to Lybia, Chris Stevens) as were themselves stoked by an Islamophobic prolefeed video financed by elements best described as weird and/or unwholesome (closet degenerates, perhaps?) questioning President Obama's initial response, isn't really one of xenophobic North Korean-stylee isolationism?
  • Fresh news for the "AmeriKKKa Should Be More Like China" crowd vis-a-vis socioeconomic recovery, jobs creation and "prosperity" subject to the disciplines of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe as one with AmeriKKKan National Character and Identity: Anecdotal reports suggest that Apple's biggest contractor, Foxconn, is turning to low-paid "internships" with Chinese vocational schools to hasten production on the just-launched iPhone5, subjecting said "interns" to the same degrading conditions and low pay as have been the casus belli of numerous suicides among Foxconn assembly employees and reported protests and rioting at Foxconn's assembly plants in Chengdu and Shenzhen. Worse yet, reports have it that many of the "interns" so assigned were studying in areas unrelated to consumer electronics and were threatened with failing grades unless they met production quotas.
    As if such weren't appalling enough, a reporter for China's Shanghai Evening Post went undercover to expose the horrid, Dickensian even, conditions at a Foxconn plant in Taiyuan producing the iPhone 5 on Apple's behalf (a grammatically-challenged English translation of the report can be read here by the interested).
  • Pat "700 Club" Robertson was overheard the other day suggesting, in response to a viewer's enquiry about how to get his wife to "submit graciously" to the husband's will, that he consider relocating to Saudi Arabia and converting to Islam so she could be beaten with impunity ... prompting Your Correspondent to call to mind a 1549 printing of the Bible as came to be nicknamed the "Wife-Beater's Bible" thanks to its rendering I Peter 3:7 thus (spelling from original): “And if she be not obediente and healpeful unto hym; endevoureth to beate the fere of God into her heade, that thereby she may be compelled to learne her dutye and do it.”
  • A Mills Fleet Farm commercial Your Correspondent would love to see is one which has its "We LOVE it!" strapline followed immediately, thanks to quick and precise editing, by Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar's "NOT!!" per the "Wayne's World" sketches from Saturday Night Live some 20 years back, eventually inspiring two movies. (The which, essentially, was a parody of local cable access channel programming.)
Meanwhile, something worth borrowing from our German brethren when it comes to "keeping handy just in case" anything comes up (just remember to read and follow label directions beforehand):

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