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August 15, 2011 1:34:39 PM PDT
It's not just me. It's a real talker. Why is it that every time the weather acts up, it really acts up?

It doesn't just rain anymore, it floods. It doesn't just storm, it shoots lightning bolts into houses (mine included), or tornadoes into neighborhoods. Trees don't just blow and bend, they blow over. And it hails in August. Or it snows in New York City as if it were Syracuse.

You don't have to be a left-leaning sort or a rocket scientist to suspect that something is amiss with the earth. All this severe weather doesn't just happen without an assist from Mother Nature.

If it's not global warming, then certainly some type of climate change is afoot. What to do about it? That's the $100 billion question (up because of inflation from the more conventional $64,000 cliché).

Meteorologist Amy Freeze, in for Lee Goldberg, heads our coverage tonight at 11, as we clean up from another downpour today.

And, speaking of is it just me, does anyone else think it's a bit strange that Pres. Obama is out campaigning? His three-day Midwest bus tour is designed to try to get him ahead of the parade, and show people he's really truly really totally for-sure honestly trying to lead the country. Not sure if he'll take credit for the big stock market surge in the past three days, but after a market plummet last week, bad news on the job front, chaos in Washington, and the Republicans now having their straw votes in Iowa (at $30 a vote, we should remember), the President likely feels more than a bit under siege. Sound bites might make his staff feel better - and, who knows? - maybe they might make some Americans feel better. But wouldn't it have been better for him to stay in Washington and put on his thinking cap and figure out, oh, how to create a few jobs?

I'm just sayin'.

And I know that Pres. Bush took all those vacations days on his ranch in Texas, but at least it was a ranch. In Texas. Not exactly a vacation hot spot. Mr. Obama and family plan another Martha's Vineyard experience. Again, hello?????? Can we get some jobs here?

We'll have the latest on the President's bus tour and the economy, tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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