Workers and peasants of fhe blogosphere! Good morning, and for those of you not being held incommunicado in reeducation camps, here is your daily indoctrination. Seymour Hersh, 78, the reporter who brought us the stories of My Lai and Abu Ghraib, is back with a new book about the murder of Osama bin Laden. Among other things, Hersh says that the gov's story of the bin Laden hit is "one big lie," and "not a word of it is true." I'm assuming that bin Laden is dead, so maybe Sy Hersh is overstating the case slightly, but one thing you never want to do is lie to him. He also says Obama is "a lot worse" than Dubya ever was, and will offer evidence in the new book supporting his argument that Barack Obama's lying is habitual, compulsive, and approaching pathological proportions. I had already written about the rise of anew attitude here in the Pacific NWwhen I ran across this article by Bill Maher about the current California renaissance. Apparently, the entire Left Coast is moving quickly away from the rest of the USA, and we can't go too far or too soon, as far as I'm concerned. Maher is one of the best writers, in the technical sense, I've ever read. Because he's funny and loves give offense (for the shock value) it's easy not to notice his excellent technique of refutation through ridicule. On the campaign trail last year, Mitt Romney warned that if we didn't follow his conservative path, "America is going to become like Greece, or... Spain, or Italy, or... California." And that was a big laugh line with Mormons, because Greece, Spain and Italy have some art and poetry and theatre, but nothing like Salt Lake City. Yes, Mitt sure hates California, which is why he moved to San Diego. To the house with the car elevator. Yass, yass, yass. Also, the NRA = "Nuts, Racists, and Assholes." Just because a guy can write, he doesn't have to dispense entirely with name calling.