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About the Donald...

Swampland:

Trump has always known that the pageantry of a presidential campaign is a near-perfect marketing opportunity. He has been running this ruse since 1987, the first time he ruminated about replacing the permanent political class that had made America a “laughingstock.” He has gone farther this time to sell the fantasy, hiring political staff in states like Iowa and New Hampshire. But the success of the stunt will still be measured in money, not votes.

After all, there are about eight billion reasons Trump won’t be president. He was pro-choice until recently. He supported massive taxes on the ultra-rich. He has advocated tightening gun laws. He backed single-payer healthcare, a policy that conservatives abhor even more than Obamacare.

Well, that's pretty amazing. Read more about About the Donald...

In the garden: Come ON!!

The whole front area is sewn with clover (next to sidewalk) and wildflowers (further in). But so far, only one wildflower has bloomed! (Aside from some pretty and discreet small white flowers.) That's it. Read more about In the garden: Come ON!!

Ted Cruz as a college debater

London Review of Books:

During his Princeton debating career, Cruz caused his team to lose a competition when an opponent from Yale (the future Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, as it happens) went after Cruz’s favourite talking point, about how his father emigrated from Cuba with nothing more than $100 sewn into his underwear, noting that, heroic as the tale might be, it really didn’t shed much light on the subject under discussion, the growth of the federal deficit. ‘How dare you insult my father!’

Eesh. Grab some bench, rook. The elites at play aspect (Cruz vs. Goolsbee) aside, I can't imagine a serious debater deploying ad hominem as some sort of crushing rebuttal. Not even a serious high school debater. Read more about Ted Cruz as a college debater

In the garden: More effloresence

Probably a bit too much like a dark tapestry, but that's what I did so that the white peony flower didn't flow out.

And I don't know what I did to deserve this: Read more about In the garden: More effloresence

In the garden: Effloresence!

Columbines under the evil Norway Maple. They self-seed, and the winter was tough, so I don't have as many as I did last year. But then, even with lots of perennials and self-seeding annuals, every year is different anyhow! Read more about In the garden: Effloresence!

Quick random thoughts on TAA/TPP

It's late, and I have to post some flower pictures, so this will be a bit scattered.

1) Have I mentioned lately what an asshole Obama is? His meeting with the House caucus didn't turn the tide on Friday, and could even have made things worse; some members came out saying he'd impugned their integrity. Welcome aboard the S.S. Lame Duck, Mr. President! Read more about Quick random thoughts on TAA/TPP

In the garden: Little stars

Each little white flower in the galaxy will turn into a raspberry, so most of my patch came through the winter. (Although there seems to be underground movement by shoots away from the source of pain and danger, the road, and into other beds farther away from it.) Anyhow, the pedestrians who pick them will be happy!) Read more about In the garden: Little stars

In the garden: The flowers that bloom in the spring

After the simple sequence of forsythia, lilacs, iris, roses comes the complexity; lots of flowers starting to bloom all at once!

The very first blossom from my wildflowers ("Shady Mix"). I know I sewed them too thickly, but last year I did the same thing, and it worked fine, and I always worry that not enough will come up. This will be pretty amazing when the poppies start blooming! Read more about In the garden: The flowers that bloom in the spring

In the garden: Beach roses

The first rose budded, when the site was down, and now they're fully in bloom. Read more about In the garden: Beach roses

Sorry for the outage

The rent didn't arrive when I expected it would. So, snowballing disasters. Read more about Sorry for the outage

Wall Street Journal's Hilsenrath follows up on his "humorous" piece

Today. This is actually the nut graph, and it's fourth from the bottom:

The item was signed The Wall Street Journal’s Central Banks team. It was conceived and written only by this reporter.

In other words, Hilsenrath's colleagues, whose email and twitter addresses he so helpfully listed, got a shit ton of feedback. And so we have the "lone ironist, acting alone" thesis. Excellent! Read more about Wall Street Journal's Hilsenrath follows up on his "humorous" piece

The Wall Street Journal trolls the Internet

Here's a humorous-except-not posting from the Wall Street Journal's Daily Report on Global Central Banks, written by one Jon Hilsenrath. You really have to read the whole thing -- here is it, I'll wait, but put down your coffee -- and I'll quote some of the unfunnier bits just so you can get the flavor. Read more about The Wall Street Journal trolls the Internet

In the garden: Mud season in June

Lilac blossoms landing on my yards of soil. If this were a Japanese woodblock print, we'd have cherry blosssoms, not lilacs, and probably not mud, either.

Zooming out for context: Read more about In the garden: Mud season in June

In the garden: How rainy was it?

So rainy there are mushrooms in my front garden! (Also, the wildflowers are coming along very nicely; the frondy plants are Poppies.) I don't know what mushrooms say about the state of my soil; good things, I assume. Read more about In the garden: How rainy was it?

In the garden: My soil came!

So, I'm all excited about a big pile of dirt:

Two yards of gardening soil (i.e., earth with some seafood compost in it). So, tomorrow I distribute the soil over the beds and sheet mulch everything, or at least as much as I can. Church gardening sale, then flats from the Farmer's Market, so all in all an orgy of planting....

Also gravel: Read more about In the garden: My soil came!

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