No garden blogging today since the freeze earlier this week took out the remaining tomato & pepper plants, but there's plenty of stuff to discuss. Here are a few things that caught my eye this morning: feel free to jump in with your own topics.
First, aren't these the cutest trick or treaters ever?
These little guys aren't at all scary, but this next story sure is. Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to warn NJ governor Chris Christie to stop talking nice about President Obama or "take blame."
A number of prominent conservatives have worried that Christie's newfound appreciation for the president could prove to be a decisive liability to Romney's presidential campaign. Rush Limbaugh, for one, attacked Christie during his show on Wednesday as Obama's "Greek column."
It remains to be seen whether Christie, who has presidential ambitions of his own, will alter course in response to conservative blowback. The governor has already dismissed the suggestion that he make a new push for Romney, saying, "If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me."
Two things jumped out at me specifically:
- The idea that Gov. Christie should take time from overseeing hurricane recovery in his state and hit the campaign trail for Romney.
- The demands that Christie go on the attack against the very same federal agency & officials who are bringing relief to the people in his state.
That's the Republican philosophy of "governance" in a nutshell. The job be damned. The people you swore to serve be damned. Murdoch, Limbaugh, & company instead demand obedience to the big money & dark money masters. In that view, a candidate/governor's real job is to salute & ask "how high, Sir?" when the puppermasters snap their imperious fingers and say "jump!"
And finally, hats off to Ralph Giles, Chrysler Head of Product Design, who spoke the truth to Donald Trump in the plainest way possible:
Trump, from his Twitter account, said, "Obama is a terrible negotiator. He bails out Chrysler and now Chrysler wants to send all Jeep manufacturing to China--and will!"
To which Gilles, from his Twitter account, responded to Trump: "You are full of shit!"
In a second Tweet, Giles added: "I apologize for my language, but lies are just that, lies."
Yep. Romney's whole campaign is built on a shifting sand of constantly changing positions. If he & his surrogates didn't lie, they'd have nothing at all to say.
What's up in your corner of the world this morning?