In case you had any doubts that we’re spending too damn much time going on about the wrong subject, consider the following: Google search results for “Chick-fil-A gay” returns 240,000,000 hits, while “US drought 2012″ returns 12,700,000. Don’t ever chuckle about Nero fiddling while Rome burned. It’s human nature.
Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government’s list of natural disaster areas as the nation’s agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s addition of the 218 counties means that more than half of all U.S. counties — 1,584 in 32 states — have been designated primary disaster areas this growing season, the vast majority of them mired in a drought that’s considered the worst in decades.