Did watching the 2nd and 3rd debates give you a feeling of déjà vu? This montage of synced-up footage from all three presidential debates confirms our deep-seated belief that every debate was exactly the same.
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Archive for October, 2008
A NYTIMES EDITORIAL
In Florida’s “butterfly ballot” debacle of 2000, voters in Palm Beach County were so confused by the odd layout that many appear to have voted for the wrong candidate by mistake. At the time, there was a lot of talk about improving ballot design. Eight years later there are still far too many badly done ballots. North Carolina may have the country’s worst. It is already causing confusion with early voters. And if the presidential race is close, it could change the outcome.
Like a number of states, North Carolina allows its voters to choose a straight-party ticket. To do that, voters can mark one box and cast votes for all of the nominees of their preferred party. But North Carolina’s ballot has an unexpected twist. Even if a voter checks the straight-party box, he or she must vote separately for a presidential candidate.
North Carolina’s ballot explains the need to check two boxes, and election officials make an effort to inform voters of the drill. But the ballot is still far too confusing.
by Jim Lobe
If you haven’t seen it already, check out the op-ed by former Sens. Daniel Coats and Charles Robb in the Washington Post today, entitled “Stopping a Nuclear Tehran.” It is the summary of a report issued last month by an organization called The Bipartisan Policy Center (at whose website you can find the full report), and it amounts to a roadmap to war with Iran to which a senior Middle East adviser in the Obama campaign — namely, Dennis Ross — has apparently signed on.
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By Naomi Klein, The Nation
In the final days of the election, many Republicans seem to have given up the fight for power. But that doesn’t mean they are relaxing. If you want to see real Republican elbow grease, check out the energy going into chucking great chunks of the $700 billion bailout out the door. At a recent Senate Banking Committee hearing, Republican Senator Bob Corker was fixated on this task, and with a clear deadline in mind: inauguration. “How much of it do you think may be actually spent by January 20 or so?” Corker asked Neel Kashkari, the 35-year-old former banker in charge of the bailout.
When European colonialists realized that they had no choice but to hand over power to the indigenous citizens, they would often turn their attention to stripping the local treasury of its gold and grabbing valuable livestock. If they were really nasty, like the Portuguese in Mozambique in the mid-1970s, they poured concrete down the elevator shafts.
FRONTLINE’s critically acclaimed series “The Choice” returns this election season to examine the rich personal and political biographies of John McCain and Barack Obama in “The Choice 2008.” The film draws on in-depth interviews with the advisers, friends and those closest to the candidates, as well as with seasoned observers of American politics, who together tell the definitive story of these men and their ascent to their party’s nominations.
Softening up, crashing, going down, failing to launch, losing firmness — it seems sex and money, or at least libido and the economy, have more in common than language.
In “Sexual Recession” in Forbes this week, Dr. Ruth cautions that people anxious about diminishing investments or “looming pink slips should turn their attention to a side effect of the present economic tsunami: the way it’s washing away the love lives of couples caught up in the rushing waters. Stress, depression and anxiety all wreak havoc on the libido.”
Wars, bases, and money. The three are inextricably tied together.
In the 1980s, for example, American support for jihadis like Osama bin Laden waging war on (Soviet) infidels who invaded and constructed bases in Afghanistan, a Muslim land, led to rage by many of the same jihadis at the bases (U.S.) infidels built in the Muslim holy land of Saudi Arabia in the 1990s. That, in turn, led to jihadislike bin Laden declaring war on those infidels, which, after September 11, 2001, led the Bush administration to launch, and then prosecute, a Global War on Terror, often from newly built bases in Muslim lands. Over the last seven years, the results of that war have been particularly disastrous for Iraqis and Afghans. Sizable numbers of Americans, however, are now beginning to suffer as well. After all, their hard-earned taxpayer dollars have been poured into wars without end, leaving the country deeply in debt and in a state of economic turmoil.
Spencer Overton: Claims about fraud will block thousands of innocent voters
from THE REAL NEWS NETWORK
from The Largest Minority:
This letter to Ralph Nader retracts Professor Zinn’s previous endorsement of Obama. He gave the campaign permission to publish it.
I was wrong in saying I would vote for Obama. I was not thinking of the slam-dunk states, of which Massachusetts is one, and I will vote for you in Massachusetts.
I still think that the electoral arena is one that saps our energy, and gets us nowhere. What you say about civic activity not having a chance to change policy is pessimistic and wrong, and if civic activity cannot be effective then electoral activity will be even less effective.
Civic activity is the only way things can change — you should know that better than anyone because you’ve been so good at it. Such activity affects public opinion which in the long run, when it becomes widespread enough, forces changes in policy. Electoral activity, in a managed political system when the candidacy of third party candidates can only show weakness, will not change public opinion. We are not in a Debs-era situation, when a powerful Socialist movement represented millions of people.
Obama’s duties in the Spanish government will include collating documents, negotiating treaties, and presiding over national days of mourning.
As a statement of solidarity with the lesbian and gay community, BRAD PITT has said that he will not marry Angelina Jolie until GAY MARRIAGE IS MADE LEGAL in the United States. Supporting Proposition 8 in California, Brad Pitt is taking a stand in the Culture War, what are you going to do? Join me, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Post your ideas on how we can re-ignite and win the cultural wars- a non-violent war of ideas that moves past political correctness and affects the behaviors and beliefs (one definition of culture) and pushes religious extremists to the fringes of society to wallow in the shadow of shame and embarrassment currently occupied by the followers of ZUES, men over 40 who play dungeons and dragons, and scientologists. Post your ideas in the comments. Ill take the best 3 ideas & make a follow up video- another STUDENT CHALLENGE, if you will.
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Despite polls that show Barack Obama ahead, one McCain stratagist sees a scenerio that will give victory to John McCain. Lewis Oliver is the Chairman of McCain’s campaign in Central Florida. He says little things such as Palin on Saturday Night Live and gaffs by Joe Biden have given McCain momentum and undecideds will break towards the candidate who looks like he is going to win
Despite the media’s portrayal of her, Cindy McCain says she is a down-to-earth person who enjoys breathing oxygen and consuming earth food for energy.
2008 Presidential candidate Ralph Nader stands on the steps of the Capitol in Washington DC and demands a government free or corporate Control!
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