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Friday, 06 May 2011


Mannie Sherberg
Yael -- absolutely wonderful post. I wish I had something intelligent to add to it, but you've said everything that can be said. I'll contribute only two notes: (1) I'm a sucker for alliteration, so I fervently wish I had written the "dilettantes, dabblers" pairing; (2) As I watched last night's debate, it occurred to me -- since I'm also a sucker for puns -- that we may yet see this GOP bumper-sticker: CAIN IS ABLE!
Rick Richman
I can't improve the post or the comment; I would just note that Sarah Palin was subjected to similar treatment by both the Democratic and Republican elite, and but for her connection to the heartland it is unlikely the Republicans would have done as well as they did in 2010.
I draw no conclusions, and neither should you--at least not yet. But this situation may be worth watching (as exacerbating other inflationary pressures)-- TEXAS: "On an average year, Texas farmers will produce 100 million bushels of wheat, but this year it looks like it's going to be a third of that, he said." Read more at http://agfax.com/Content/texas-agrilife-today-crop-weather-report-wildfires-still-spreading-and-wheat-still-deteriorating-04192011.aspx OKLAHOMA: "The sixty seven million bushel wheat crop is a major reduction from the 126 million bushel crop of a year ago in Oklahoma, although wheat prices that could be double that of wheat harvest of 2010 could ease the pain as long as you have at least some wheat to sell." Read more at http://www.oklahomafarmreport.com/wire/news/2011/05/00484_OkWheatCropEstimate05042011_132118.php KANSAS: "Participants on the annual Wheat Quality Council’s hard winter wheat tour forecast Kansas production at 256.7 million bus in 2011, down 23% from 333.5 million bus forecast by tour members in 2010. . . The low estimate for 2011 was the result of drought in southwestern portions of Kansas. Dry conditions also have reduced production prospects in nearby states. Tour participants forecast winter wheat production in Texas between 40 million and 50 million bus (U.S.D.A. 127.5 million bus in 2010), Oklahoma around 67.7 million bus (U.S.D.A. 120.9 million), Colorado 73 million to 79 million bus (U.S.D.A. 105.75 million) and Nebraska 63 million to 64 million bus (U.S.D.A. 64.1 million)." Read more at: http://www.blackseagrain.net/about-ukragroconsult/news-bsg/u.s.-wheat-tour-forecasts-kansas-crop-at-256.7-million-bus MINNESOTA: "Production of corn in the U.S., the world's largest grain exporter, dropped 4.9 percent last year and will leave supply before the 2011 harvest at the lowest in 15 years, the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday." Read more at: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/12/crop-outlook/
PSALM 127:1-2 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh /but/ in vain. /It is/ vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: /for/ so he giveth his beloved sleep.

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