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Ferguson open thread

Looks like somebody told Obama the score.

Why I hate those stupid V-for-Vendetta masks

There's a Ferguson verdict, but nobody knows what it is.

Obama's Ferguson rhetoric on "who we are"

In the garden: Autumn's dull palette

Dull, I suppose, if one's spectrum is over-broad and not subtle enough. Many, many subtle shades of green and brown, as plant matter progresses into soil; and many lovely shapes as stems and leaves bow to the ground and then collapse flat. (Perhaps the tapestry effect I keep mentioning is, er, organic: The plants really are flattening onto a plane, from three -- and four, taking wind and sun into account -- dimensions into two; and the colors really are more sober, in the way that color dyed into fabric can never be as vivid as a jewel or a blossom, which reflect light, or allow light to pass through them. Read below the fold...

In the garden: After the cold snap

Here's my desk with a paperweight:

I left the desk out last year, and the cheesy particle board or whatever top began to rot, and so it attracted wasps seeking cellulose to build their nests; I could hear them chewing away! So, that is a novel strategy for pollinator attraction, and I'm anxious to see if it works in the coming year. Read below the fold...

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Prosecutorial Discretion: Plenty for Me; But None for Thee

Republican “strategists,” Party functionaries, and Congresspeople, are saying, with considerable emotion and rage, that the President's Executive Order allowing undocumented immigrants goes beyond presidential authority under the Constitution in the areas of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion, claiming that he must enforce the law without bias, in a manner consistent with his oath to uphold the Constitution. They've made similar claims in relation to his decision to delay for one year the requirement that employers with over 50 employees provide health care coverage or pay penalties, and have now gone to court to get relief from this “horrible” action relieving the financial burden on one of the Republicans supposed favorite constituencies, non-small businesses.

On the other hand, the President's unwillingness to investigate, prosecute and seek convictions against: Read below the fold...

In the garden: Design challenge: Attracting birds

I have labelled the area of interest "1."

Area 1 gets partial morning sun (trees are in the way) and partial late afternoon sun (peeking round a building). There's more of it outside the photo, in the direction of the "Etc." arrow.

The challenge: I would like to attract more birds to my area. And I remember Nipper's Dad saying that "birds like a mess," and places to nest. So here are my thoughts on how to get to that point. Read below the fold...

Common Household Remedies Request

UPDATE Sorry for any brief randomness. More server tuning.

UPDATE Now you can admire my new foam; I went in and fixed the permissions.

Actually, I would like you to admire my new foam. That is, I would have, if the process of rescuing the many images that were almost lost during the server repair had not somehow interfered with the permissions on my files directory so I can't upload the image. Snarl. Read below the fold...

Well, it looks like the site is finally stable....

... so if I have any readers left at this point, please feel free to post and comment. And if the site acts weird, clear your cache and cookies, because after all the crashes, they are probably not in good shape. Read below the fold...

Carole Kaye rules

And after the site was assaulted and then a fan cooling the disks failed...

.... and had to be replaced, the site went down again for unknown reasons. Read below the fold...

The site will go down again about 9:00PM EST for a disk upgrade...

... which I hope will give MySQL a lot more elbow room, and make the site less crash-prone. Thanks for your patience, snarl. Read below the fold...

Conservative Texas blogger on Republican triumphalism, the "Blue Wall," and the "Red Fortress"

Chris Ladd writes at the Houston Chronicle. I'll give you his conclusion before I get to his analysis:

This is an age built for Republican solutions. The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.

What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.

It is almost too late for Republicans to participate in shaping the next wave of our economic and political transformation. The opportunities we inherited coming out of the Reagan Era are blinking out of existence one by one while we chase so-called “issues” so stupid, so blindingly disconnected from our emerging needs that our grandchildren will look back on our performance in much the same way that we see the failures of the generation that fought desegregation.

Something, some force, some gathering of sane, rational, authentically concerned human beings generally at peace with reality must emerge in the next four to six years from the right, or our opportunity will be lost for a long generation. Needless to say, Greg Abbott and Jodi Ernst are not that force.

“Winning” this election did not help that force emerge. This was a dark week for Republicans, and for everyone who wants to see America remain the world’s most vibrant, most powerful nation.

So, OK, that's a rational reason for Pelosi not to have resigned, iron law of institutions aside. And now to his analysis, which begins with a map: Read below the fold...

We're b-a-a-a-c-k!!!!!

What a fucking PITA. Read below the fold...

Sorry for the crashes

I hope to spend a few hours reworking the site tonight. Read below the fold...

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