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In the garden: Next year's front garden (an aerial view)

Typically, one waits for seed catalogs in January before thinking about this stuff. But since I might have to order some trees from FedCo for spring.....

Obviously, this is very, very crude and doesn't have the careful division into zones and vistas of previous plans, but that can come later. (All that planning led to what I consider a massive success for the front garden this, or rather, last season; lots of pollinators, lots of flowers, and two -- or was it three? -- people I'd never met actually stopping especially to photograph it, despite, as you can see, its very small size.(

Here is a sketch of the water feature: Read more about In the garden: Next year's front garden (an aerial view)

ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Howard Dean throws Gruber (and by extension Obama (and Clinton)) under the bus

This is interesting. Mediaite:

Reacting Wednesday to the now-infamous “Gruber video,” former DNC chair Howard Dean said it demonstrates how the Affordable Care Act was written by “elitists” who don’t understand America.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe played the 2013 clip of Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explaining that a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter” helped get the 2010 health care law passed. Asked for his reaction by Mika Brzezinski, Dean went off:

The problem is not that he said it. The problem is that he thinks it. The core problem under the damn law is it was put together by a bunch of elitists two don’t fundamentally understand the American people. That’s what the problem is.

Dean was a long-time proponent of single-payer health care, rather than the standard insurance-based American system or its legislative overhaul.

MH370 story heats up again

International Business Times:

The suspect who brought the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to the unknown is a technical genius with highly sophisticated hacking skills, to the extent that he or she has profound knowledge of how the Boeing 777 works, according to satellite expert Michale Exner. Profiling the suspect this way, MH370's captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is therefore innocent, Exner who is independently investigating MH370 concludes.

Well, that's interesting: Read more about MH370 story heats up again

Veterans Day

The Clash on Vietnam:

You can practically hear the helicopters, especially the ones leaving. And I always find a Goya "Disasters of War" print, so here is this year's: Read more about Veterans Day

Common Household Remedies Request

I've got problems with identity. Read more about Common Household Remedies Request

In the garden: After the first snow

Here is a horrible but beautiful image in pale yellow, grey, green, and brown of a left-over cancerous snow blotch, autumn leaves, frost-killed Black-Eyed Susans covered in mold, and grunge thrown to the side by the plows. "Change and decay in all around I see...." Read more about In the garden: After the first snow

New York Post gives a hat tip to the Green Party

I don't believe for a moment their motives are anything other than mischievous, but this editorial does have the merit of being true:

Two cheers for New York’s Green Party

II]n this year’s election for governor, the Greens stood out by doing what third parties are supposed to do — but in New York so rarely do:

They ran their own candidate, giving voters a real alternative. ... Read more about New York Post gives a hat tip to the Green Party

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Bill Clinton is so full of shit

Bill Clinton, that loveable rogue. I still have a soft spot for him because he's so damn good at what he does[1]. And no matter the reason, the Clinton 90s were better for a lot of Americans than Bush's oughts or Obama's teens; real wages, on average, went up, for example. But that was a long time ago, and what has Bill or any Clinton done for me lately? But dear lord. This is unforgivable:

[BILL CLINTON:] We are in the best shape of any big country in the world in the next 20 years,” he said. “No big country that is running this well is as young as we are, as diverse as we are or as technological as we are. In the next 20 years, there will be bad days, there will be bad headlines, but you can keep the trend lines positive.

Bill, if I want any shit from you I'll squeeze your head. Take a look at this chart: Read more about Bill Clinton is so full of shit

Rahm Emmauel using the midterms debacle as an excuse to backstab Valerie Jarrett?

Politico, naturally. I'll quote and last paragraph and the author bio:

Fire Valerie Jarrett

Because somebody has to take the fall for the midterms. Why not Jarrett? Read more about Rahm Emmauel using the midterms debacle as an excuse to backstab Valerie Jarrett?

"Folks" infiltrates Britain

Oh gawd. All hope is lost! Now the Brits are going to sound as fake and mushy as we do!

Chicago's "We Charge Genocide" presents report To U.N. Torture Committee on Chicago police

This is great, great stuff; I ran into it through following the Ferguson protests (and they also sent representatives). Read more about Chicago's "We Charge Genocide" presents report To U.N. Torture Committee on Chicago police

Ferguson protester arrested for rolling an apple into a parking lot

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Democrats blame voters for loss

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