22h10 UTC; THURSDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2014: May I apologise at this time for the relative tardiness of this post today, reader, inasmuch as some confusion ensued in my apartment today when the local council installed new refrigerators and stoves in the projects where I reside. And some delay ensued when it emerged that a fellow tenant's faucet leaked rather awful, requiring considerable delay for repairs in that respect to be completed.

Meanwhile, Mein Innkeeper Friend is wondering whether such on the Christian Right as insist, for example, that the State's function is to Enforce the Law of God (yes, at least one Elmer Gantryite saith this of late) are actually echoing the talking points and articles of faith of ISIS and other Islamist fundamentalist extreemists such as they enjoy loathing For My God and My Country. And yet remain unaware of this.

So where exactly, pray, is the "clear and present economic harm" in crude oil prices on the commodities markets falling below $80/bbl for benchmark grades such as North Sea Brent and West Texas Intermediate ... the news that Saudi Arabia is announcing price cuts for export crude oil for the American market, even as her OPEC partners are coping with record production ... and, in its turn, pump prices for unleaded regular falling below $3/gallon in some parts of the country over recent weeks? Isn't such actually supposed to help consumers by putting more money into their pockets?

So much for Blaming Teh Gay for bad road conditions aggravated by wet weather: One Washington State taxpayer some years back, during an extended rainy period as saw the road to his house become muddy and impassable, put up a sign explaining that an Act of God was responsible for the bad roads, and urged passing motorists to not explain such to county road commissioners. In the end, serious action was duly taken. (In fact, "Act of God" is sometimes used to avoid insurers' liability to pay.)

So what exactly is wrong with a 1ยข/fluid ounce tax on soft drinks that Berkley, CA voters approved per Proposition D on Tuesday, never mind that such was seen to be in the interest of public health and welfare (and industry groups opposing same claiming that Berkley "is not representative of REAL AmeriKKKa" as opposed to, say, Branson, MO)? California Redemption Value (CRV), as in container deposit, isn't good enough for you?

(A similar ballot initiative across the bay in San Francisco, Proposition E they called it, failed for want of the two-thirds supermajority required for passage.)

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")

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