Morning coffee: Wednesday // Day 16 // 15 hours to historic GOP f*ck up

Ildiko Neer

It’s like you awaken, terrified and cold, in a pile of damp leaves. It looks like you’re in a forest—how are you in a forest?  You sit up, feeling nauseated and dizzy. Your head hurts terribly. When you reach up, your hair feels wet. Feeling detached, you notice blood on your fingers. You wonder if you’re dreaming. The last thing you remember, the thing you thought you were doing, was unlocking your car.Then… nothing. Then this.

Then, as if you were underwater and break the surface for air, suddenly there’s sound. There are sounds. Nearby. So you concentrate, you push past the dizziness and listen. When your mind finally cooperates, when that last level of awareness finally lights up, you recognize what you’re hearing. You understand the pattern you’re listening to… from memory. You’ve heard this before and you’re horrified. Someone is singing ‘Amazing Grace.’

Morning coffee: Wednesday / Day Two

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It’s midweek for some people… halfway there!!

But for about 2.9 million other people, it’s only day two of a new Twilight Zone of either (1) no work and no income or (2) work but no paycheck until Congress passes funding for it. That’s the same Congress, incidentally, who will continue to collect their paychecks every two weeks, no matter how long some of them want to drag out the shutdown.