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Goodnight, moon

Well, I'm crossing my fingers, but it looks like the (organic!) Critter Ridder works. I left a thin stalk across the hole in the tomato patch where the chipmunk used to come out, and it hasn't been disturbed for two days. And I don't see any other holes dug.

Yay! Plus, I have a good three-quarters of the can left. I wonder if it would work on woodchucks? Read below the fold...

Obama: Taking the profit motive out of health care will incentivize the private sector

Just... Wow. But let's get the dishonesty out of the way first; then we can go on to the incoherence. CNN transcript:

Now, one of the plans that we talked about is a public option. And part of the reason we want to have a public option is just to help keep the insurance companies honest.

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The new normal?

08/05/2008:

weather.com says we've got six days until sun, which we're going to have for one fucking day, and then rain again. [Yes, I know this isn't like the Mississippi flooding my back yard, but it's still very unusual for my corner of Zone 5b].

The weather's like we're living in England, for pity's sake. Except no pubs.

So what are the Brits going to get? Greenland? Read below the fold...

Ha ha, only serious

[I'm stickying this because RL calls, and I must answer. Maybe it's the rain, but I'm at the end of my tether with the Democrats. --lambert]

As Lord Eschaton's celebrity fill-in, John, says: Funny; it's a marked up copy of Palin's resignation speech. Lots and lots of red marks. And I know what all the editorial marks mean, and it's a damn fine job of editing. And damn funny. But. Read below the fold...

Oakland, CA taxes marijuana

AP:

Oakland residents overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to approve a first-of-its kind tax on medical marijuana sold at the city's four cannabis dispensaries.

Preliminary election results showed the measure passing with 80 percent of the vote, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. ...

Oakland's auditor estimates that based on annual sales of $17.5 million for the four clubs, it will generate an estimated $294,000 for city coffers in its first year.

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Sad, sad, sad

Just go read. Such touching faith. And so wasted. Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Fucking raining again. I can't believe this. The rainy season, then the winter. This just sucks. I guess I'm going to have to learn how to cook green tomatoes.

And maybe make a hoophouse to extend the growing season as far as possible into the fall. Read below the fold...

Elizabeth Warren posts at Baseline Scenario!

My gawd, what a get. Go read.

She's incredibly lucid, as usual. Read below the fold...

"Trust us!" Adapting the words of the old joke...

Howard Dean: Public option is a PONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL:

In your opinion, what is missing from the House and Senate HELP bills?
[DEAN:] I'm not going to answer your question. If you do have the public option, the rest will sort itself out.

I'm gonna name my pony Hoho!!!!!!

OK, you know what to do, right? Read below the fold...

More great work from Marcy

Here. But.

The A list really needs to figure out whether they want to be Pravda, or replace Pravda. Totally schizophrenic:

On the one hand, we've got Marcy doing investigative reporting, with detailed analysis of cable traffic. Read below the fold...

One more reason not to sign anything with a bankster

The fine print always puts you into arbitration -- a privatized judicial system. Surprise, it's corrupt. Read below the fold...

Shorter Obama August deadline: Some bill, any bill

Economist's View is a neutral observer. After quoting Reich, this summing up: Read below the fold...

Because they're doing such a good job...

Online WSJ:

Executives and other highly compensated employees now receive more than one-third of all pay in the U.S., according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Social Security Administration data -- without counting billions of dollars more in pay that remains off federal radar screens that measure wages and salaries.

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