Welcome to the Sunday evening Labor-Day-weekend open thread.
Ever wonder how Labor Day came about? PBS Online has a short history. Unsurprisingly, it was born out of a labor dispute, a strike, and an unpopular President who was facing an uphill battle in his re-election campaign.
Labor Day is notable in my personal history as being the weekend I'm most likely going to suffer some kind of automotive situation that involves calling a tow truck or a locksmith or some other tradesman who's charging triple his regular hourly rate due to the holiday.
The week that was:
Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and the Gulf Coast almost exactly 7 years after Katrina, causing, unsurprisingly, a lot of very costly damage, mostly in Southeastern Louisiana.
Some Republicans got together in Tampa, or so I've heard. Paul Ryan established himself as a lying liar who lies, including about his track record. Clint Eastwood made a fool of himself and started yet another new Internet meme. I suppose Mitt Romney also did or said something dumb or offensive, too, but quite honestly I wasn't paying attention. I'd rather dig my eyes out with a rusty grapefruit spoon than watch an American political convention. Any political convention.
Other tidbits from the news:
Desmond Tutu has called for George W. Bush and Tony Blair to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.
North Korea and Iran are becoming friends.
Facebook (or as I affectionally call it, FFB) shares have fallen to a new low. Cue the schadenfreude.
Yes, Virginia, there really is an Internet Cat Film Festival.
And how was YOUR week?