Labor Day weekend can be a bit of a bummer.

Just ask Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong, who was traveling on a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank (that’s not the bummer) when a second grade teacher flight attendant kicked him off the plane because he refused to pull his pants up.

It’s a short week, but it doesn’t feel like one for Peyton Manning, The US Postal Service, FEMA, and the President of the United States…

• Barack Obama is scheduled to address the nation before a joint session of Congress on Thursday, when he will present his jobs package to Americans, 62% of whom disapprove of the way his administration has handled the economy. (Luckily?) for him, 68% of Americans also disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are doing their jobs, the highest that number had been since 1994. (Via ABC News/Washington Post)

Paul Krugman is thinking about the speech in terms of three questions: “What should we be doing to create jobs? What will Republicans in Congress agree to? And given that political reality, what should the president propose?” Maureen Dowd wondered if anyone would even watch the speech, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday opposite the Republican debate. “As James Carville acerbically noted, given a choice between watching an Obama speech and a G.O.P. debate, ‘I’d watch the debate, and I’m not even a Republican.”

Peyton Manning is decidedly not ready for some football, according to a statement from the Colts: “As of now, Peyton continues to deal with a complicated neurological recovery, the end date of which is unpredictable.” Fantasy owners better get fired up about Matt Cassel.

Hurricane Katia intensified to a category 4 storm on Monday, with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph. The hurricane, whose name is moronically similar to “Katrina” is expected “to turn north in two to three days, setting it on a path between the east coast of Bermuda and the east coast of the U.S.” And FEMA’s out of dough.

• So is The US Postal service.

Finally, a suggestion to cash-strapped college students debating whether or not to donate sperm: Make a list of 150 or so names first.

That said, there’s a lot to look forward to as you head Back to School…

—C.B.S.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • C. Brian Smith