Crazy Weather: Western Washington deals with landslides and flooding after yesterday's monstrous downpour, Central Florida prepares to freeze, and the Middle East is clobbered with sandstorms, thunderstorms, and snow.

All In Favor of the President's Gutless Compromise Say Aye: The first Senate vote on Obama-GOP tax deal expected today.

Deadly Kaboom in Kabul: "An explosives-packed minibus blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing six NATO troops and two Afghan soldiers as they prepared to head out on patrol," reports the AP.

Move Over, WikiLeaks: Dsigruntled former cohorts of Julian Assange plan to launch rival docu-leak organization today.

Breakthrough Discovery on the Causes of Autism: It's nothing as simple as vaccination.

New Targets for Operation Payback?: Facebook and Twitter close accounts corresponding to Operation Payback organizers Anonymous.

Gawker Becomes the Gawked, Defamer Defamed, Etc: sites hit by hackers. (Here's Gawker's official statement.)

Finally, happy birthday to my older brother Wally, who is responsible to introducing me to more good music than anyone except Robert Christgau. Here's something he passed along when he was starting college and I was starting middle school.