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It's a wet weekend here in California. That's what happens when you're contending with an atmospheric river. And with the power of climate change, there will be more where that comes from.

  • President Obama is nearly to 51% in the latest tally of votes by Dave Wasserman. As of Friday evening, 5:47pm PST, Obama's majority stands at 50.92%.
  • Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is going to court to force the Koch group Americans For Prosperity to reveal its donors:
    Secretary of State Ross Miller filed a civil complaint today alleging Americans for Prosperity violated Nevada’s campaign finance laws in a case that could force the national conservative organization to reveal its donors for the first time.

    The complaint, filed in Carson City District Court, alleges AFP engaged in “express advocacy” in an attempt to influence the Democratic primary election in Senate District 4 earlier this year.

    Americans for Prosperity sent several campaign mailers to voters in the district criticizing Democrat Kelvin Atkinson, who ultimately won both the primary and general election.

    Even more wasted billionaire money. The crocodile tears are really flowing.
  • Why don't you do a bit more reading on the possibility of megastorms that could turn the agricultural lands of Central California into an inland sea? It has happened before. Climate change is making it more likely that it will happen again.
  • Fracking on food-producing land is causing this:
    Schilke’s troubles began in the summer of 2010, when a crew working at this site continued to force drilling fluid down a well that had sprung a leak. Soon, Schilke’s cattle were limping, with swollen legs and infections. Cows quit producing milk for their calves; they lost from sixty to eighty pounds in a week; and their tails mysteriously dropped off. (Lab rats exposed to the carcinogen 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent used in fracking, have 
lost their tails, but a similar connection with cattle hasn’t been shown. In people, breathing, touching or consuming enough of the chemical can lead to pulmonary edema and coma.)
    And yet, the hydrocarbon industry wants to tell us that the chemicals they're putting into the ground and the processes they use are a trade secret.
  • The first dog inspects the holiday decorations while wearing a Santa hat. Your daily dose of presidential squee.
  • Why not donate an item or place a bid on one at the Netroots Nation Holiday Bazaar? All for a good cause, you know.
  • Here's some good news: 117 members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the organization that brings lobbyists and legislators together to craft cookie-cutter model bills that help corporate and conservative causes, are no longer hold their seats. Follow through to the link to get an excellent interactive map from Bill Moyers about state legislators who are members of ALEC. You can even look up your own.
  • Shorter David Gergen: yeah, Obama won, but he should still give Republicans what they want. And that's why journalism is dead.

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  •  Huffpost Front Page had an article about what (4+ / 0-)

    Geitner said on MTP. I guess the Republicans commenting on Huffpost are not on social security and they do not expect to ever receive social security or they do not need social security. I find all of that hard to believe as many of the right wingers commenting there are from the AOL people and most admit they are retired or older.   But yet they would rather just bash the President and Geitner rather than talk about what McConnell has proposed about slowing Cost of Living increases for social security and raising the retirement age. And there are a ton of Republicans affected by that as well who are in their 40s and 50s commenting on these sites as well.

    Do they not get that the Republicans want to raise the retirement on them or their kids  and that their social security checks will not have the COLA increases if Repbulicans have their way. Yet they keep supporting them and saying they are willing to sacrifice to reduce the deficit. These selfish Republicans are willing to sacrifice for this country > Since when ?  Yet they want o see the Rich get richer while they get poorer? They have a brain disconnect for sure.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:07:32 PM PST

  •  Why does Gergen blame Obama? (12+ / 0-)

    The title of his piece is "Will President Obama push us over the cliff".  The Senate has already passed a bill that will continue the tax cuts for 98% of Americans and the President has said he will sign it.  Exactly how is it that Obama is pushing us off the cliff?  The House can pass that bill tomorrow and the first half of the problem is taken care of and the uncertainty that it creates is gone.    That is on Boehner and the House.  Yea, journalism doesn't exist anywhere in that article.

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:09:18 PM PST

  •  Someone more familiar with the geohistory fill me (1+ / 0-)
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    in.  The history of ag in CA is the story of water sources literally stolen from long time smaller farmers and gifted to LA and larger ag businesses.  What used to be a prosperous, green valley is now a desiccated dead zone.  Yes, no?  Right history, wrong area?  So, which area would return to an inland sea?  Or both?  Would be satisfying were the sea to cover what was ripped off in the first place, but natural events aren't usually so humanly discriminating.

    And isn't there an area in northern CA with the right cold damp climate and 500 ft of topsoil for horseradishes?  I remember reading about the horseradish capital of America and the climate sounded Adams family.

    Acceleration is a thrill, but velocity gets you there

    by CarolinNJ on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:13:40 PM PST

    •  The horseradish capital is where Tule Lake (2+ / 0-)
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      used to be, a vast inland sea in northeastern California with snow-capped Mt. Shasta reflected in it. Now 1/6 of its original size due to draining it for agriculture, Tule Lake used to host millions of migrating birds and provided fish for the Modoc Indians. What a tourist attraction that would be today, but now the old lake bed provides horseradish.

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 02:15:28 PM PST

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  •  51% will also.. (5+ / 0-)

    ...bring Obama to a five million vote advantage.  That would be crushingly awesome.

    The scene on November 6, midnight: Barack Obama holds up newspaper reading "Romney defeats Obama" as he heads to give his second term acceptance speech.

    by alkatt on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:14:10 PM PST

  •  Thoughts on the Virginia Governor's race (2+ / 0-)
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    is what I called this post which started as a comment on another diary yesterday.  I invite you to read.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:17:18 PM PST

  •  New post (4+ / 0-)
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    “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:22:48 PM PST

  •  Just a reminder the second half of the Norquist (5+ / 0-)

    Pledge Suicide Pact is that if you close loop holes you have to lower(Not Raise) rates so that they are revenue neutral...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    In the version for the U.S. House of Representatives, the signer pledges to:[5]

        ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

        TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

    So Boehner's offer is a scam out of the starting gate

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:23:15 PM PST

    •  This is what I have been trying to point out since (2+ / 0-)
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      Boehner made his "concilatory" offer to put revenue on the table.  It is all a SCAM and a SHAM.  It is the exact same offer he made during the debt ceiling debacle last time.  Only at that time he claimed he was NOT putting revenue on the table.

      Why is the media allowing this ruse to go on?  Even Gergen in his hack article misleads the public by stating that Boehner has had a "breakthrough" and is willing for the wealthy to pay more.  PUH-LEASE.  There is nothing new in what Boehner is offering.

      Everyone needs to remember that Boehner has signed the Tax Pledge.  Until he renounces that pledge, I don't care what he says publicly (misinformation/disinformation/propaganda), the GOP is not going to vote for revenue.  Boehner will never even bring such a bill to the floor.

      Why has not a single "journalist" asked Boehner if he is willing to violate his pledge?

      This is not even Kabuki theater.  It is just a con game.

      •  Sunday show (0+ / 0-)

        Chris Wallace ask Boehner if he had put a plan on the table SINCE the election..... and all Boehner did was talk all around it. Also was ask what was in his plan...blah blahblahblah  He is worried about loosing his speaker position in the new year... will love seeing that!!!

  •  American history (topic: money) (1+ / 0-)
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    I've been listening to a podcast about the history of money and banking in America. Some of it is normal history and some of it is puzzlingly 'editorial'....so I looked up the author on Wikipedia.

    Turns out...he's a founder of Libertarian party and the source of flawed judgments being perpetuated. Worth making his acquaintance:

    Murray N. Rothbard:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    What tipped me off to his possible unreliable judgment was not only his unexpected editorializing but also his mispronunciation of some very basic names in modern money and banking.

    I think he was, to paraphrase Wm. F Buckley's nasty obituary about him, a denizen of too small an ivory tower.

    Maybe it is because I just watched the excellent TV documentary about The Dustbowl that I found it so repulsive that a lecturer reading his history of Money and Banking in America could talk about The Great Depression in terms of statistics and key players without mentioning the effect on ordinary people.

    If only we had our own Vast Left Wing Noise Machine to set things right.

  •  First dog inspects Christmas tree (5+ / 0-)

    We all know that this would have ended with a leg lift for most male family dogs.  

  •  It is now 65 degrees here in Chicago. (3+ / 0-)
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    Tomorrow's high is 66. In December.

    But no...no such thing as global warming.

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will!

    by Sister Havana on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:32:33 PM PST

    •  Warmer there (1+ / 0-)
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      than here in California -- we're in low 60s and very damp (had a huge downpour this morning, now just cloudy). Got to go out and grocery shop but hoping for an extended dry spell this afternoon, plus my jeans are in the wash.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 01:43:15 PM PST

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    •  And in Phoenix, (0+ / 0-)

      we're still in the upper 70s to low 80s.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:34:04 PM PST

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    •  Mountains of western NC (0+ / 0-)

      we have some trees that look like they might bud out soon, hubby is seeing signs of new growth when he is on his walks. We have had 2 bad years where everything budded to early in the spring and then froze. Got no pears at all in 2012. Just a few blueberries, I did get a few grapes, none the year before 2011, only a handful of cherries.
      Gardens that were put in at regular time did not do very well. My peppers were way early. Tomatoes did terrible. Did get some beans.

  •  Trust me, just trust me on this one! (0+ / 0-)

    Don't bother with the live-action Fairly Oddparents movies. They suck. Stick with the animation.

  •  A friend theorized that "proprietary" = poisonous (0+ / 0-)

    And it makes sense.  Some of these industries generate a fair amount of waste.  How convenient to call the stuff a trade secret and just pump it under ground.

    I'd like to think such things are outside the realm of possibility, but with that industry, who knows?  Deceit is part of the standard operating procedure...

    "Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person." David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World

    by Delta Overdue on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:06:42 PM PST

  •  Wish we had some of that rain in the midwest (0+ / 0-)

    We are very very dry here, with no real rain in sight. It's extremely unusual, with a record high today. December 2 and it was 77 degrees today! That's just not right!

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 01:13:55 AM PST

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