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Wretched excess, 3: On Mustard Seeds, Mountains, and Antigua

Even the mountains are not immune from Obamania:

ST JOHN'S, Antigua – Antigua plans to give the new U.S. president its "top" honor on his birthday: renaming its tallest peak Mount Obama.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer says the Caribbean nation will rename Boggy Peak, as it is currently known, on Aug. 4 to mark President Barack Obama's 48th birthday.

He first announced the plan in November in a congratulatory letter to Obama but didn't say when it would happen. He revealed the date on Tuesday.

Spencer said he joined "people of color all over the world, and indeed all people" in celebrating Obama's inauguration.

Boggy Peak rises 1,300 feet

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Jill's Spill

So, lost among all of the pre-inaugeration coverage on Monday was the news that Jill Biden revealed, apparently, on Oprah that her husband was given a choice between Secretary of State and the vice presidency:

an. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden’s spokeswoman issued a statement backing away from remarks made by the vice president- elect’s wife on a television program suggesting that Biden “had the choice” of being secretary of state or vice president.

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How do they DO that?! Canada's Medicare explained by an expert

Martha Livingston, one of the editors of 10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care, supplements the wonk, describing how Canadian Medicare came about and how it works today. Read below the fold...

Post-inaugural Lo-Fi blogging

Omne animal post coitum triste.

Wretched excess, 1

Wretched excess, 2

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Thinking About Trauma and Euphoria


This is a dense, sober, fact-based post that people should read, but likely won't. That's a shame. There are many lighter and easier to read posts out there which say, more or less, many of the same things; you can find them if you search for them- here, and at other "hater" blogs. I'll try to simplify what I've taken away from the writing I prefer to read of late (a body of works which I'll note is growing in number rapidly) that responds to the stated aims and policies of the administration, which of today, is "official." Read below the fold...

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Dear FSM, Ceiling Cat and all the gods --

For two Democrats in the Senate today -- 91-year-old Robert Byrd, now the dean of the Senate, and 76-year-old Ted Kennedy, the Lion fighting cancer, please have mercy and give strength.

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Marie Antoinette speaks out about the need to cut your nursing home care


Digby has Andrea Mitchell's latest embarassment:

Andrea Mitchell: It does go beyond rhetoric. He needs to engage the American people in this joint venture. That's part of the call. That's part of what he needs to accomplish in his spech and in the days following the speech. He needs to make people feel that this is their venture as well and that people are going to need to be more patient and have to contribute and that there will have to be some sacrifice.

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Single payer utopians?

More health care defeatism from Ezra Klein

Atul Gawande has a nicely turned health reform piece in this week's New Yorker that makes quite a few useful points but ultimately says surprisingly little. His thesis statement is simple enough: Countries do best to build atop what they have. He presents this as a rejection of the single payer utopians on the left and the free market ideologues on the right.

Precisely why is this utopian?

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Politics and Media Headlines 1/20/09

It’s Time for the Taste Test

Crowds pack frigid Mall for Obama's inauguration (AP)
WASHINGTON – Braving frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of hundreds of thousands packed the National Mall on Tuesday to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as America's first black president. He grasps the reins of power in a high-noon ceremony amid grave economic worries and high expectations. Read below the fold...

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Updated: Transcript over the jump.

Rev. Joseph Lowery:

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Starting the Clock on Obama's Promises


The folks at Propublica made this nifty Obama Promise Clock.

"While some candidates on the presidential campaign trail treat paint (sic) promises in glittering generalities, President Obama was often quite specific about what policies he’d implement as president, with exhaustive lists of promised policy plans [1] on his much-ballyhooed website.

As part of our ongoing “Promises Clock” feature, we’ve chosen five of these promises to keep an eye on.

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