Garden porn – 2011

Tonight’s haul, our first harvest: 145 pounds of organically-grown heirloom tomatoes.

And there ate LOTS more on the vine.

I’m skeert.

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More hostage taking by the Republicans

These people have moved beyond being hateful to being truly evil. Here’s Eric Cantor, Republican House Majority Leader, regarding federal funds for hurricane relief after Irene’s stroll up the eastern seaboard that left almost a million and a half people without power, massive flooding and extensive damage (not to mention some deaths):

Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported this morning that FEMA will need more money than it currently has to deal with the storm’s aftermath and is already diverting funds from other recent disasters to deal with the hurricane, but Cantor’s comments suggest Republicans won’t authorize more funds without a fight.…
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I’m baaa-aaaack!

Thanks for your patience while I enjoyed some time off from blogging to enjoy The Most Beautiful Place in America with my most beautiful wife. If you you checked in at Eclectablog through last Tuesday, you probably saw some photos from our trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Leelanau Peninsula in “the pinky” of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. I’ll have a piece up at A2Politico later this week about the impact of being named The Most Beautiful Place in America on the local economy of the area.

We returned home Wednesday night and discovered the next morning that our well pump had given up the ghost.…

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Mother Nature gives Washingon, D.C. a good shake

Is it just me or did it seem like today’s earthquake in Washington, D.C. was just Mother Nature’s way of saying, “WTF? Get your shit together and do NOT make me come down there!”

God, knows Mother Nature only did what most of the rest of America wants to do but lacks the ability.…

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Sorta live-blogging The Most Beautiful Place in America, Day 4 – Ahhhhhh

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10:00 a.m. on the Crystal River

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When you arrive back in Glen Arbor, you see this on the side of one of the kayak liveries:


Me and Eclectablog reader Lisa Nordby who works at the Cherry Republic ( yum)

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Whale-watching on Lake Michigan with the Wisconsin Alps in the background. Only saw two today.

And a proper one by Anne, of course:

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Sorta live-blogging The Most Beautiful Place in America, Day 3 – More Sleeping Bear Goodness


Just outside of Cedar, 10 a.m., going in search of the Cedar Creek

Just another day in paradise The Most Beautiful Place in America.

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Found it:


a natural cedar bonsai tree, sharing a stump with some moss and fungus.

Just saw a river otter chomping on a crawfish. First one I’ve ever seen in the Lower Peninsula.

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Coming back into Lake Leelanau from Cedar Cteek.

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Mmmmmmm…the beach.

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Life’s a beach

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Art’s Tavern, a Glen Arbor icon

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BREAKING – Michigan Forward Stands Up to False Accusations & Misinformation Disseminated in Robocalls

My breaking of the news about the anti-petition signing robocalls has received widespread coverage. In addition to the Rachel Maddow Show, several other news outlets have covered it, including the Herald Palladium, Michigan Messenger and WNDU.

Michigan Forward, the group who is working to put the repeal of the odious Financial Manager law on the ballot, has now issued a response.

You read it here first.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2011
Contact: LaToya Henry (313) 447-6404

Michigan Forward “Stands-Up” to False Accusations and Misinformation Disseminated in Robo Calls

DETROIT – The blatantly false charges being spread in an anonymous robo call to voters in Western Michigan are a desperate attempt to stop the hard work of hundreds of genuine grassroots volunteers collecting signatures to repeal Public Act 4.

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Sorta live-blogging The Most Beautiful Place in America, Day Two – the socialist Nat’l Parks


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As I ramble about this most awesome place with my best friend, soulmate, lover and wife (all the same person, fortunately for me), I’m reminded that this this amazing place belongs to all of us. That’s the beauty and strength of the National Parks — they are owned by all of us collectively, a truly socialist idea.

I’ll post a few pictures throughout the day. Or not. We’re playing it free and easy on this, our seventh anniversary. Seven years ago today we were married on Sunset beach. Tonight we’ll take a bottle of L.…

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