October 26th, 2008

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New Ads. Old Hypocrisy

From a recent Sarah Palin campaign stop:

See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record... Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free. Let us fight for what is right. John McCain and I, we will put our trust in you.

Now that's a bit more of a stretch than the new McCain/Palin ads, but, from FactCheck:

Echoing a recent McCain theme, Crist says, "McCain knows that people don't want to 'spread the wealth,' " condemning Obama's use of the phrase when he talked to "Joe the Plumber." Actually, McCain has supported taxing high earners more than low earners. Not so long ago McCain said, "Wealthy people can afford [to pay] more." Obama's tax plan would "spread the wealth" more than McCain's, but it's not as though McCain wants to do away with the progressive tax system we currently have.
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Murder, murder I say!

It's a hacked-up mess.

The back yard looks like a hacked-up mess. This is an improvement over the over-grown mess that it looked like before. There's a car-sized pile of green waste that's going to have to go to compost. Anybody got a chipper/shredder?

I also gave everything a wash-down with "insecticide soap" (potassium salts of amino acid soap, a popular organic natural insecticide) to get rid of the aphids and mites that have been infesting some of the trees. We'll see how it works.

We're going to have to replant a few things. A lot is just going to come back up from the roots, though.