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Without you

Dedicated to my gall bladder, which served me well for most of my 57 years. Harry Nilsson:

I’m home

And I really, really hurt. It kind of feels like a gang of assholes wearing steel-toed work boots kicked me in the ribs. Thank God for Percocet!

And from the Dept. of Irony, my insurance card was finally here when I got home tonight.

Fairport does Dylan

From Unhalfbricking, 1969:

From ThinkProgress:

Activists working to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) filed petitions today with more than 1 million signatures to the state, close to double the almost they needed to begin the recall process and force Walker to stand for reelection in November. If successful, it would be the first gubernatorial recall in Wisconsin history, and only the third in U.S. history. The number of signatures comes close to the 1,128,941 votes Walker received, and was far more than the 540,000 needed.

Vote for a genuine outsider

This one goes out to South Carolina Republicans who are still on the fence concerning the upcoming primary. More here.

‘Soul of a Man’

Remember

Internet blackout tomorrow to protest SOPA.

Occupy Congress

An early dispatch from D.C., where protesters are still gathering:

Demonstrators from the Occupy movement rallied outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to protest against the influence of money on Congress.

In a sign of renewed vigor for the Occupy movement, which staged protests in many U.S. cities last fall, several hundred protesters gathered on the Capitol’s West Front Lawn to greet members of Congress returning from a holiday break with a day of rallies and protests they said would include attempts to occupy lawmakers’ offices.

Occupy protesters from around the country who gathered on the rain-soaked lawn carried signs saying, “Face it liberals, the Dems sold us out,” “Congress for sale” and “Congress is not for sale.”

“It’s important to let people know we’re not going to take it anymore. People are really mad about the way things are going and we want Congress to understand that,” said protester James Cullen, a 30-year-old unemployed social worker fromGreenbelt, Maryland.

The morning demonstration was peaceful. Police said one protester had been arrested for assaulting a police officer.

The protest against Congress comes as a record 84 percent of Americans say they disapprove of the way Washington lawmakers are doing their job, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll published on Monday.

Let’s take a moment…

And think good things for Susie, for her surgery today. Beds of roses, if she’s not allergic to them. Soft breezes and the waves lapping on Chesapeake Bay. Peace, even. Maybe even a mild spring day.

Fighting mortgage fraud

Hey, what a concept. The NYT thinks President Obama should act as a leader on this issue:

…[Obama] He should form an interagency task force to investigate and pursue potential civil and criminal wrongdoing by institutions and people whose conduct in the mortgage chain had the greatest economic impact.

That would mean focusing on the large banks and their top echelons. The investigators would need to include the departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development, the S.E.C. and the Internal Revenue Service, as well as bank regulators, with the formal co-operation of the most aggressive state attorneys general. The task force would need a leader with the impulses of a crusading prosecutor…

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