It's hot and muggy here in Sonoma county. The sky yesterday reminded me of the summer skies I used to see in the midwest. I do not like it. It saps my energy, makes it hard to sleep and I sweat like a pig. But I better get used to it. My one consolation is that red states will have it worse.
Meet Nepenthes attenboroughii, a pitcher plant big enough to eat a rat. Found on the island of Palawan, in the Phillippines. A few of these in the vegetable garden would solve the gopher problem in a hurry.
The authoritarian right is regrouping. The Party of no is adding exclamation points. Even though they are hated more now than last November, they've drawn a line in the sand over health care reform. Generously funded by the insurance companies, aided by the media they own, the right wing has given their minions their marching orders to disrupt debate by any means necessary.
When the Right was in power, they tightly controlled their interactions with the public and stifled debate. Now that they're out of power, they are open in their intent to stifle debate. They know that true health care reform would benefit Democrats for decades and they don't care what they have to do to stop it.
How far will they take it? There have been vague but ominous threats as to what they'll do if they don't get their way on Election Day.