1 BLAME IT ON THE RAIN Southern Saskatchewan is in rough shape after record rainfall. It’s a mess.

2 NDP CONVENTION WRAPS UP Read all about it.

3 HIS WAY OR THE HIGHWAY? Prairie dog’s favourite immigration minister evar says the Prime Minister might kill the Senate altogether if he doesn’t get the reforms he wants.

4 APPEAL BOARD SAYS NOVA SCOTIA MUST PAY FOR POT And it’s a reasonable command given what the Province pays out for prescription drugs.

5 DEAD JACKASS One of the TV show’s and movie’s stars was killed in a flying, exploding Porshe incident. R.I.P.

6 SYRIA NEEDS A NEW GOVERNMENT THAT’S LESS MURDERRY The country’s president really puts the “ass” in “Assad”. I’m really looking forward to his inevitable trial for crimes against humanity. Assuming he isn’t murdered himself at some point.

BONUS! SMAUG HAS BEEN CUMBERBATCHED! A British actor I’ve never heard of has been confirmed as the voice of the dragon in Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. This is good because I thought Jackson might wimp out and do Smaug without dialogue, which would suck. This is also good news for people who like their dragons to talk like sexxxah boys.¬†Anyway. Clips! Here’s Benedict Cumberbatch discussing his BBC Sherlock Holmes role.

And here’s old Smaug, from the 1977 Rankin/Bass cartoon.