1. TEXAS IS STILL ON FIRE. And not with disco or politics. Wildfires are burning in every quadrant of the Lone Star state. One wildfire has burning for over a week, but dry conditions and winds have defeated attempts to put it out.

2. GOD, WHY? People are still taking Donald Trump seriously as – well, anything, really. But I’m talking about his rumoured candidacy for the Oval Office. The Republican party’s chances for the 2012 elections are slim to none if people are interested in Trump as the leader of the free world. So why do I feel this uneasy rumbling in my gut?

3. LAST WEEK’S VAGUE ANNOUNCEMENT IS TODAY’S VAGUE PLAN. Mayor Fiacco unveiled a wide-ranging and intriguing plan to develop the 53 acres soon to be left vacant by CP Rail. There’s going to be a new corporation to handle the details, but it looks right now that the development plan will be at least 8 to 10 years (probably more, I’m betting), with a new ‘entertainment facility’ in place by 2015 (probably not, I’m betting). Folks! This will be interesting! And there’s even a video:

UPDATE: Studies have revealed that it’s really, really easy to sit back and mock the accomplishments of hard working people by posting videos of some guy throwing a rock into a hole. More on this story as it develops!

4. SPEAKING OF HOLES: BEWARE THE ‘BLACK HOLE’ OF HARPER NOT GETTING WHAT HE WANTS. According to Stephen Harper, the Man Whose Eyes Never Smile, a non-Harper majority will result in a ‘black hole’ of a coalition between the Liberals, NDP and the Bloc.

Personally, I think it will be more like the Dark Crystal. Except in this case the Skeskis won’t merge with the Mystics. They’ll just have to sit on the other side of the aisle and whine for the next five years.