Saturday, November 1, 2008

Headlines - Saturday

Conservative gun enthusiasts have succeeded in forcing a Montana-based rifle manufacturer to oust its CEO after he revealed his support for Obama. 

Documents reveal how Ohio routed 2004 voting data through company that hosted external Bush administratin email accounts:
The ultimate memory hole 
Military investigates amnesia beams to treat post-traumatic stress syndrome. 
What a great re-enlistment tool. You take a GI fresh from the front lines, bake his brain, then tell him he's off to basic training to start all over again. 
Time to bury the "clean coal" myth.
"I don't pay attention to polls,  I just count lawn signs. So get ready for President ReMax!" Stephen Colbert
The Paulson swindle Link


The swindle of American taxpayers is proceeding more or less in broad daylight, as the unwitting voters are preoccupied with the national election. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson agreed to invest $125 billion in the nine largest banks, including $10 billion for Goldman Sachs, his old firm. But, if you look more closely at Paulson's transaction, the taxpayers were taken for a ride - a very expensive ride. They paid $125 billion for bank stock that a private investor could purchase for $62.5 billion. That means half of the public's money was a straight-out gift to Wall Street, for which taxpayers got nothing in return.

These are dynamite facts that demand immediate action to halt the bailout deal and correct its giveaway terms. Stop payment on the Treasury checks before the bankers can cash them.


Two more US drone strikes in Pakistan yesterday, killing a total of 32 people.


This would work for Morningwood Drive too:


There's nothing wrong with being gay - unless you're a closeted gay that rails against homosexuals....

Mr. Elaine Chao (Senator Mitch McConnell) outed again.


In national polls, McCain is ahead of Obama by one point in Arizona. But early voting shows: Obama 54; McCain 42. In Arizona. 



It's not in my copy of the Constitution, but
apparently it's in Sarah Palin's:

... Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama's associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate's free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.

"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media." ...

Actually, the First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press. In other words, it makes sure that the mainstream media can do exactly what it is doing when it "attacks" her.

But Sarah doesn't know that, because she's not living in the reality-based community. 


Saturday Night Live has decided who will be the guest on the last show before the election, and the winner for the spot is…John McCain.


You tell him, Jarhead:                                                    



Another $21 billion for AIG. billion? When do we say enough?


4,189 soldiers killed in Iraq; 625 in Afghanistan.


Is reality that different up in Alaska? Sarah Palin said she did nothing wrong when she clearly violated ethics laws. Now, according to the Anchorage Daily News, Ted Stevens says he wasn't convicted. 

I'm not an attorney, but if an accused criminal goes to trial, and a jury founds the accused guilty, I think it's called a "conviction." The defendant can appeal his conviction, of course, but therein lies the point - he's appealing his conviction.

And this:

Last night, convicted felon Ted Stevens faced Anchorage mayor and Senate candidate Mark Begich in their last debate. Waving away his conviction wasn't his only bizarre moment: 

MODERATOR: Knowing what you know now, do you think that the country of Iraq and Saddam Hussein played a role in the 9/11 attack on the United States?

STEVENS: I know more than you think I know, and I believe they did.

BEGICH: I don't believe they did.

Perhaps Stevens is taking a cue from Cheney in doubling down on insisting a link existed between Iraq and 9/11. He wants Alaskans to believe he knows something they don't, but it's Stevens whose facts are wrong:

– The Sept. 11 commission found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda and said there was "no cooperation" between the two. [6/17/04]

– A Senate Intelligence Committee report found that Saddam Hussein issued a general order that Iraq should not deal with al Qaeda, and found that the Iraqi regime never attempted to facilitate a relationship with bin Ladin. [9/10/06]

– A Pentagon report looking into ties between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and al Qaeda showed no connection between the two, after reviewing 600,000 Iraqi documents. [3/13/08]


Elizabeth Dole's Democratic challenger, Kay Hagen, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Dole for her disgusting and desperate "Godless" commercial.


A group of religious nuts went to Wall Street and prayed that a false idol will save God's economy. 

"We are going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the 'Lion's Market,' or God's control over the economic systems."

If I remember correctly, there is a commandment about not doing that. It's one of the commandments that the Holy One took very seriously.

Let the smiting begin.


"My Friends: The Musical:


Taxpayer-funded racism

On Wednesday, the chairman of the Hillsborough County, Florida Republican party forwarded an e-mail to several hundred party members that warned of "'the threat' of 'carloads of black Obama supporters coming from the inner city to cast their votes.'" While the McCain campaign condemned the email, the sentiment does not appear to be isolated. Earlier this week, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) proclaimed this: 

"There has always been a rush to the polls by African-Americans early," he said at the square in Covington, a quick stop on a bus tour as the campaign entered its final week. He predicted the crowds of early voters would motivate Republicans to turn out. "It has also got our side energized, they see what is happening," he said.

Similarly, Chambliss has been warning his "predominantly white base" in North Georgia, "The other folks are voting."


Campaigning for McCain, John Boehner (R-tanning booth/cry baby) called Barack Obama "chicken shit"


In a speech yesterday, John McCain talked about "an American hero" and his "role model."

Roosevelt? Reagan? Try Joe. You know, the celebrity tax-cheating fake plumber.


Mining operation in Mexico reveals cave of giant crystals, some more than 30 feet long.

Geologist Juan Manuel GarcĂ­a-Ruiz calls it "the Sistine Chapel of crystals," but Superman could call it home.

A sort of south-of-the-border Fortress of Solitude, Mexico's Cueva de los Cristales contains some of the world's largest known natural crystals — translucent beams of gypsum
as long as 36 feet (11 meters).

Take a look (there's a man standing on them)


Caribou Barbie, who can't say what newspapers she reads or what Supreme Court decisions she remembers, who won't release her medical records, said Thursday that Barack Obama didn't offer many national security specifics in the ad he broadcast the night before. Which she obviously didn't watch. And without offering any of her own national security specifics, you betcha.

Bonus asshattery:

Palin received a volley of boos when she said she was glad to be in the home state of the World Series-champion Philadelphia Phillies. Northwestern Pennsylvania baseball fans favor the Cleveland Indians or Pittsburgh Pirates.


Last night Faux News ran another tasteless graphic - this one had two gunmen pointing their pistols at photos of Obama and McCain:

Interviews with numerous legal experts suggest that Colorado US Attorney Troy Eid misled reporters and diverged from state law when declining to prosecute any of the three men arrested in Denver for threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.


h/t Pat
Here are photos of a polar bear attack on a man caught in the open! These pictures were taken in Alaska while people watched and could do nothing to stop the attack. One person captured the terrifying scene using a telephoto lens. Reports from the local newspaper say that the victim should make a full recovery. This is not for the squeamish, so be warned... 

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