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The devils and demon-possessed are all over the place.

And, we're going to have them around until after the election of 2016.

There's that cadaverously thin and hollow-eyed Paul Ryan and his annoyingly whorish chain-smoking ghost friend with a Russian accent. That bitch has a crowd of more ghosts, those who were acclaimed as economists by a congress of fools.

Ted Cruz and his multitude of wild-eyed acolytes who are feverishly rubbing oil all over him as father Rafael tediously intones old testament prophecy.

Marco Rubio and his difficulty in not howling at the moon when he forgets his meds.

Fortunately, the Republican witches are a bit subdued, Sarah Palin is probably plowing up another million bucks or so when she's not hanging on the sleeve of Ted Cruz. Michele Bachmann has campaign finance problems. Goody goody!

More immediately, there is the problem of the newly formed Budget Conference Committee with at least nine members who wanted to bring down the American economy -- and with it the world economy:

Paul Ryan (WI-01), of course, it's what Ayn Rand told him to do.  Representatives Tom Price (GA-06) and Diane Black (TN-06), Senators Jefferson Davis Beauregard Sessions III (AL), Charles Grassley (IA), Mike Enzi (WY), Mike Crapo (ID), Ron Johnson (WI), and Pat Toomey (PA), the infamous nine on the conference committee who voted against increasing the debt ceiling, House Roll Call 550, and Senate Roll Call 219.

But, we must not forget the ruthless and desperate clericals who want to destroy America, Pat Robertson et al, Fatboy John Hagee of San Antonio who wants to redistribute our nation's wealth into the hands of his obedient followers, an interesting list of these folk has been compiled which includes a lot of my favorites and may even enjoy a certain amount of reliability.

And, while we are at it, we must not forget our environment and the looming menace of the Gulf of Mexico tarballs, courtesy of British Petroleum AKA BP:

The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, and the waves of tar balls deposited on the beaches shortly thereafter, prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to produce a tar ball fact sheet. Among the factoids was one stating that those sticky, coin-sized clumps of weathered oil, though unsightly and annoying, are not a human health hazard.

But new research findings out of Auburn University indicate thattar balls are reservoirs for a multitude of dangerous bacteria, including at least one pathogen that can and has caused life-threatening sickness and death in some humans. Vibrio vulnificus, a naturally occurring bacterium that thrives in warm seawater, is absorbed by filter-feeding oysters and is most often associated with severe illness and death in individuals with certain medical conditions, such as liver disease or cancer, who eat raw oysters. This is the leading cause of death from seafood consumption in the U.S.

Especially among those at-risk populations, exposure to the bacterium through a wound can lead to tissue-killing, potentially fatal infections, according to the research, originally published in EcoHealth, a global, peer-reviewed journal of the International Association for Ecology and Health.

Whoopee Doopty.

And Happy Halloween!

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