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Friday: Here comes the sun, doo-n-doo-doooo!

The sun!  The Sun!  I think it’s out this morning.  I must get my camera and take a picture so I can remember this day.  Hallelujah!  My pasty white skin rejoices for the return of vitamin D production.  I think I shall weep with joy. Let’s have breakfast on the beach at the New Jersey Shore.

Ruh-Roh.  It looks like the foul weather may be contributing to the spread of the H1N1 virus.  Too many school children are cooped up inside and they are being the hardest hit.  Remember that this flu is the result of antigenic shift, which means that most of us have no immunity to it.  The more people infected, even with a mild to moderate flu, the more chances the virus has to mutate into something a lot more virulent.  If you’re sick, please don’t go to work.  It’s still early in the pandemic.  It’s not too late to pester your workplace about their plans in the event that you come down with it.  Your employer would be doing a public service. Vaccine makers are getting busy.  When the vaccine arrives and you have a chance to get it, get it.

Speaking of health, Congress is planning to do a number on those of us who have high salaries in states where high salaries don’t mean diddly.  What exactly are we going to get in return for a tax on our employer based health benefits?  I don’t have a “cadillac plan”, whatever that means.  I have to stay in network to keep a low co-pay and my choices of doctors is limited.  But now I have to cough up more money to fund a plan that reforms nothing?  Like I don’t have college to pay for?  Sigh.  It’s not the tax that bothers me so much as the fact that we won’t be bringing down the costs of health care until every one of us is covered.  And we can’t get to that point if our elected officials are too fricking cowardly to take on the insurance industry.  Screw bipartisanship.

Ayatollah Khamenei tried to guilt protesting Iranians into rejecting the “media belonging to Zionists, evil media”.  Does he mean Twitter?  Twitter sounds so cute.  Ahamadinejad is back in Iran and trying to backtrack his comments of a few days ago when he called the protesters “dust” and compared them to the fans of the losing team at a soccer game.  I think that is the equivalent of the Obot scream, “Get over it!  We won, you stupid, uneducated, working class, sino-peruvian lesbians!”  Or, what was it Markos called us?  Ah, yes, a “shrieking band of paranoid holdouts”.  That’s what Iranian protestors are.  Well, Ahamadinejad is trying to walk it back:

“I only addressed those who made riot, set fires and attacked people. Every single Iranian is valuable. The government is at everyone’s service. We like everyone.”

Ahuh.  Alright then.  Now, we wait to see if the protestors are convinced to put down their deadly two fingered victory salute and go home.  Given then number of protests in cities all around Iran and the growing crowds, I have my doubts, but I’ve been wrong before.

Iranian PUMAs at a protest in Tehran

Iranian PUMAs at a protest somewhere in Europe

Update: Since I started this post, Ayatollah Khameini has declared the election results “fair” and has told everyone to get off his lawn and go home.  Yeah, that ought to go over well.

Juan Cole has more good links and analysis at his blog Informed Comment.  According to Twitter, a new protest is scheduled for tomorrow.  Protestors are asked to bring their Qurans and sit down if they are attacked.  A perfect weekend event for the whole family!

Paul Krugman says Obama’s proposals for reining in bad banks is only half-assed. Ok, Paul didn’t say that.  But that’s what he meant.

Obama is vetting candidates for his old seat while claiming to not endorsing anyone.  Meanwhile, Larry Sabato recaps the off-off-year elections, including the gubenatorial race here in New Jersey.  It turns out that Corzine really is disliked here.  It isn’t just me.  Sabato doesn’t get the tax issue with Corzine though.  It’s not that Corzine raised any taxes.  There were a few minor ones here and there, like the iTunes tax.  No one much cares about those.  It’s that Corzine did *nothing* about the ridiculous property tax system.  Municipalities are still raising them  We’re hostages to our houses.  What the state needed was a bold visionary for major tax reform with new funding mechanisms that would stop dumping the entire burden for funding the state on the backs of homeowners.  Corzine wasn’t it.  Oh, and he nullified my primary vote for Hillary.  WHERE’S MY VOTE, JON??

The Washington Post fired Dan Froomkin yesterday.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  With David Broder and Crazy Krauthammer, WaPo is becoming the print version of Fox News, a conservative propaganda unit.  This is not your Watergate newspaper anymore.

A crowd in New York City chased Robert Pattison, the blood sucking star of Twilight, into the path of a taxi.  What was left out of this report was that the cabdriver got out and started screaming at him.  (just kidding)  Come on, people, repeat after me, “He’s not a real vampire.”

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