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Common household remedies request

Can I patch a leaky, single-pipe steam (and not hot water) radiator? Even if just for one heating season? Read below the fold...

Fait accompli

(In case you don't know, that's French for "Lay back and enjoy it.") Baseline Scenario:

On Friday morning, Diana Farrell – a senior White House official – made a significant statement on NPR’s Morning Edition, with regard to whether our largest banks are too big and should be broken up.

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Common household remedies request

It's getting on winter, so I'm burning wood. So my skin is drying out, and suddenly I'm horribly itchy. (Why is it that when scratching causes bleeding, the itching stops? Not to alarm anyone...) Read below the fold...

I sold my pajamas to the junk man

What a bunch of WATBs "progressives" are. Somebody in the White House said something about somebody and now they don't feel v-a-a-l-i-dated. Or maybe they do but shouldn't. Or should and don't. The future lies ahead! Or it's wrong! All wrong! Read below the fold...

Maine's Own Organic Milk

Cutting Hood out of the food chain. I hope it works out; I'll certainly buy it!

OK, OK, "M.O.O. ..." Read below the fold...

So who said I had pajamas on?

NBC's Harwood gives the views of "a White House official" -- "[T]hose bloggers need to take off the pajamas, get dressed, and realize that governing a closely divided country is complicated and difficult."*


If only we had a dynamic and progressive President who was a powerful orator and had mad negotiating skillz! Then things wouldn't be so c-o-m-m-m-plicated! Read below the fold...

Rocky Mountain Health Plans turns down four-month-old, tells parents: "Your baby is too fat"

Denver Post:

Alex Lange is a chubby, dimpled, healthy and happy 4-month-old.

Bernie and Kelli Lange tried to get insurance for their growing family with Rocky Mountain Health Plans when their current insurer raised their rates 40 percent after Alex was born. They filled out the paperwork and awaited approval, figuring their family is young and healthy. But the broker who was helping them find new insurance called Thursday with news that shocked them.

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Still playing the racist card

Tiresome. At The Obama 527 Formerly Known As Daily Kos, naturellement.

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Merc outfit Triple Canopy: We don't need no steenkin contracts

Why I love McClatchy:

Today, I arrived at the embassy with half an hour to spare before my appointment. I couldn't enter until my escort arrived, so I passed the time talking with a Peruvian guard -- in his broken English and what little Spanish I remembered from high school.

"Are you press?" he asked.

When I confirmed that I was a journalist, he lowered his voice and looked around to see if his American supervisor from Triple Canopy was watching the interaction.

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Ghastly numbers on youth employment.

You'd think at least Obama would do something for his putative base. Read below the fold...

Talk amongst yourselves

And now to clean the kitchen (by moving a lot of stuff out to the newly clean garage...) Hurrah! Read below the fold...

"The progressive right"

That phrase jumped out at me over at Angry Bear; I'll be interested to see if it propagates.

Because it would be hilarious, in a mordant way, if the right stole the "progressive"'s clothes.

But then this is what "progressives" would get for:

1. Never making clear what it means to be a progressive, except for:

2. being in favor of "progress", which is Read below the fold...

So, when do the cops and the teachers get their bailout?

Because the banksters looted their pension funds, too. Quelle surprise. I'll just quote one or two "tells" from David Cho in Pravda to point out some features of the discourse. This is good: Read below the fold...

Arthur Laffer joins board of medical tourism company

So that's what bending the cost curve comes down to? Medical tourism? Southern Beale remarks:

No wonder Republicans didn’t bother to fix healthcare all those years they were in power. There’s too much money to be made by keeping it broken.

Yes, but with a correction:

No wonder Versailles didn't bother to fix health care. Read below the fold...

Extraordinary Bill Moyers interview with Marcy Kaptur and Simon Johnson

The juxtaposition is amazing enough. Go read it all immediately. I can't really do justice to it right now, but do try to think through some of the implications in comments.

One thing I can say: Thank God I don't take the A list -- more precisely, the concerns of the A list -- seriously any more. For whatever reason, they're not following the money, and that's why what they have to say is trivial compared to the scale and scope of the country's difficulties. Read below the fold...


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