October 2008 Archives

Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Bark Bark Woof Woof

Trick or treat. Here's the All Hallows Eve edition of the LC Friday Blogaround.
- A Blog Around The Clock: standing up for atheism.
- All Facts and Opinions: Helen Thomas on church/state separation under Bush.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: the Obama ad.
- Bloggg: I think Moi is a Phillies fan. Just a hunch.
- Dohiyi Mir: NTodd is field operative for Obama.
- Echidne Of The Snakes continues her wonderful series on feminism.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: Mark Weaver tells why he's voting for Ralph Nader.
- Iddybud Journal: Catholic voters are not one-issue voters.
- Left Is Right: more bits and pieces.
- Lefty Side of the Dial: Republicans for Obama.
- Musing's musings: Who would replace Barack Obama in the Senate if he's elected?
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: her last column at ComicMix.
- Rook's Rant: help for the automakers?
- rubber hose: swingin' Pennsylvania?
- Scrutiny Hooligans: the lies of Elizabeth Dole.
- SoonerThought: who's a socialist?
- Speedkill: godless money.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: three voting issues to be aware of.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: beating FDR.
- The Invisible Library: watching the implosion.
- WTF Is It Now?? Obama and Stewart.
If you haven't done it already and you're registered to vote, vote. Vote as if your future depended on it.
Well, not the earliest of thefts, but at least it occured in the morning. And I echo MB's call; vote as if your future depends on it, because it does.

BATK

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Okay, I am home, I am tired, and I am going to bed. Otherwise, yes, I am back at the keyboard.

AFK

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I have a retreat for work that lasts until Thursday night. I will be away from the keyboard until then. Keep em in line and don't let them fuck up the country any more then they already have.

Jury Finds Stevens Guilty

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CNN

The jury found Stevens guilty of "knowingly and willfully" scheming to conceal on Senate disclosure forms more than $250,000 in home renovations and other gifts from an Alaska-based oil industry contractor.

Stevens faces a maximum sentence of up to to 35 years in prison -- five years for each of the seven counts.

Legal experts note the judge has the discretion to give Stevens as little as no jail time and probation when he is sentenced.

As Stevens left the defense area, he and his wife exchanged a kiss on the cheek. Stevens said: "It's not over yet." Stevens' defense team said they will move for a new trial.

So, is he now required to withdraw from the race? I mean, re-electing a convicted felon just isn't right. Does he have to resign? Or, is he allowed to wait for the pending appeals process?
CNN

(CNN) -- Some aides to Sen. John McCain say they weren't happy that running mate Sarah Palin went off script Sunday and turned attention back to the controversy over her wardrobe.

The Alaska governor on Sunday brought up the recent reports regarding the Republican National Committee's $150,000 spending spree on clothing and accessories for the Palin family.

Palin denounced talks of her wardrobe as "ridiculous" and declared emphatically: "Those clothes, they are not my property."

"Just like the lighting and the staging and everything else that the RNC purchased, I'm not taking them with me," she said at a rally in Tampa, Florida.

A senior McCain adviser told CNN that those comments "were not the remarks we sent to her plane." Palin did not discuss the wardrobe story at her rally in Kissimmee, Florida, later in the day.

People, this campaign is collapsing, and neither side is looking good. All I can say is that if these two end up in Washington, we are going to be in for a long 4 years of incompetence, failure, whining, and corruption.

CNN


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Bush administration officials have had talks with the nation's automakers about providing possible federal help for the cash-starved companies, a White House spokeswoman said Monday.

Spokeswoman Dana Perino, responding to questions at her daily press briefing, said a decision had not been made yet about whether federal help will be offered to General Motors (GM, Fortune 500), Ford Motor (F, Fortune 500) and Chrysler LLC.

No. Do you understand me? If not, let me say this again; NO!

Look, the underlying problem is being totally ignored. This whole economic fiasco is being caused by mortgages defaults. Giving money away to the big boys does nothing to confront the root cause, which is still going to be laying deep at the base of the economy.

Damn it, if they need money, so do I. Give me enough to get caught up on my mortgage, and I'll pay it back in as quick a time as the big boys.
Meanwhile, back at one of the NeoCon sandboxs:
CNN

The Taliban claimed that its fighters used a rocket-propelled grenade launcher to shoot down a U.S. Chinook helicopter in the Wardak province, about 30 miles (50km) west of Kabul.

Maj. John Redfield, a U.S. military spokesman, told CNN a coalition helicopter went down in the Wardak province after an exchange of fire with enemy on the ground.

All 10 soldiers on board were picked up and taken to safety, he said. He could not say if any were injured.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber on Monday killed two soldiers and wounded three others in northern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan said.

Gosh darn! I am feeling so hunky dory positive and uplifted. Viva La Freedom!

Pre-Market Report

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CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- U.S. stocks slumped Monday morning, joining the global market selloff as investors continued to retreat amid bets of a far-reaching recession.

The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU), the Standard & Poor's 500 (SPX) index and the Nasdaq composite (COMP) all lost at least 1% in the early going.

Stocks have gotten hammered over the last 2 months as the financial markets crisis has accelerated and the credit market has seized up, choking off access to much-needed capital. Efforts on the part of governments around the world have helped loosen up lending somewhat, but not enough to reassure investors.

What is it Atrios is always saying? Oh yeah.

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Only, instead of a slide, it's more like one of those small, really fast, merry-go-rounds that spin exceptionally fast as you pull yourself closer to the center. Because, I've got to tell you, this corner we've been turning seems to be going round, and round, and round, and round......
Well, what do you know. The Legacy Media is noticing the suppression tactics going on in many states.

CNN

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.

But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.

"This office has received notification from the state of Georgia indicating that you are not a citizen of the United States and therefore, not eligible to vote," a letter from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections said.

But Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a passport and a birth certificate to prove it.
Basic journalism, people. Who, What, Where When, Why, and How. This article is sorely missing the why and barely touches on the who. It fails to clearly point out that most of these suppression tactics are being pursued by Republicans; a most important 'who.' Nor does the article point out that Republicans lose election when there is a high voter turn out; a very important 'why.'

Still, it's a start.

Oh, and just because it crossed by mind; I can't help but think this article has surfaced because of all the noise about ACORN. You start crying about voter fraud, then all types of voter fraud get examined.

Quiet Day?

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Okay, in today's 24/7 News environment, there really is no such thing as a quiet news day. However, there is such a thing as a quiet substantive news day. Without really getting all arrogant and elitist about it, there is nothing I find all that of interest.

So, that said, I can report I managed just over 2 hours of writing Friday morning, completing 11 or 12 pages. But, still haven't gotten around to taking the hand written pages and typed them to the computer.

Woman Admits Making Up Attack

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CNN

CNN) -- A Republican campaign worker who told police she was assaulted by a man angered by a John McCain sticker on her car admitted she made up the report, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, assistant police chief said Friday.
I can't bring myself to criticize this girl. She obviously is in over her head. I can imagine the stigma this will cause her for much of her life. Also, I would like to know who really gave her the black eye.

Somehow, I find it hard to believe she willingly allowed herself to get beat for a stunt like this. My guess, she was beat by a boyfriend, or other significant person in her life. More than likely, the story was made up to protect who actually beat her. The fact that she blamed a black man, and tied it to politics has more to do with impulse thinking than thought out conspiracy.

Now, that does not excuse her from being racist or bigoted. Just the opposite, that she blamed a black man just points to her mind frame that blacks are scary, threatening people. And if she has, as I suspect, been beaten by a boy friend or other significant person, I don't believe they are black.

Anyway, she is obviously in need of our pity, not our scorn. I hope she can find help in weathering the obvious social and personal storm she no doubt will experience for some time.
Bark Bark Woof Woof

Friday Blogaround
Eleven days to go... Here's how the the LC is wrapping it up.

- A Blog Around The Clock: political roundup of the week.
- All Facts and Opinions: the waiting is the hardest part.
- archy: the global war on Christmas has begun.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: they're not serious.
- Bloggg: voting booth advice.
- Collective Sigh: on Ted Stevens and stupidity.
- Dohiyi Mir: single party rule.
- Echidne Of The Snakes continues her series on her emergence as a feminist.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: citizen interviews on Amendment 2 (the same-sex marriage ban) in Florida
- Iddybud Journal: James Taylor.
- Left Is Right: bits and pieces.
- Lefty Side of the Dial: wined and dined.
- Musing's musings: polling by signs.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web... from the Left Coast.
- Rook's Rant: one vote counts.
- rubber hose: on and off the SOFA.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: anvil time.
- SoonerThought: Joe McCain and traffic.
- Speedkill: Pat Buchanan on Colin Powell.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: clothes fake the man.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: hateful stuff.
- The Fulcrum: constitutional primer.
- The Invisible Library: writing software.
- WTF Is It Now?? OMFG.
- ...You Are A Tree: tough times and best wishes.
If your state does it, consider early voting.
Better late than never.

Aww Crap! Sorry Everyone

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CNN

(CNN) -- There's been a lot of sniping and a lot of stories Wednesday about Gov. Sarah Palin's clothes.

Politico.com reports that the Republican National Committee spent more than $150,000 on clothes, hair and make-up for Palin on the campaign trail. Now, these are not your tax dollars.

This is money given by Republican donors to the RNC. But the report questions whether it is legal to use campaign cash for quote "personal use."

My issue? There is an incredible double-standard here, and we are ignoring a very simple reality.

Women are judged based on their appearance far, far more than men. That is a statement of fact.

You will never get an argument from me about women having to put up with the double standard Campell Brown is talking about in this article.

But right now, I really don't care. When there is a major melt down of the economy; when the housing market is tanking, when century old Wall Street firms have to suddenly change to a different type of business, $150,000 is an insult to hard working, plain folk like me.

Okay, let's put this double standard in perspective; my house is valued at $160,000. That's only $10,000 more then what was spent to cloth an average all American hockey mom from Alaska. So, yes, what was spent to improve her image does matter. It matter a whole hell of a lot.

McCain Playing Defense

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CNN Political Ticker

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New polls suggest that John McCain is on defense in four of five states that President Bush won in the last election. CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corp. surveys released Wednesday afternoon indicate that Barack Obama has a small advantage in Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina and a large lead in Virginia, with John McCain ahead in West Virginia.
Sweet music, sweet music to my ears!

Yeah, that's right. I'm gloating. After 8 years of having to listen to nothing but boasting propaganda from the Mighty Wurlitzer about the momentous political might of the Republican Party, it's nice to see it knocked down to it's proper level.

See, when you are on the defensive, it's because you're losing. Let me repeat that again; LOSING!

And since John McCain was over 90% in the agree with Bush, that makes the inevitable truth apparent.

Losers, losers, losers.
Losers, losers, losers.
Losers, losers, losers.
Losers, losers, losers.
Losers, losers, losers.
Losers, losers, losers.
Losers, losers, losers.

Come on everybody, conga line!
CNN

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.

In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. She also has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls.

After all the hubris and corruption of the Bush Administration, is it really any surprise to hear about another Republican also slopping at the trough? I am certainly not surprised by this story. The GOP long ago showed itself to be bereft of all honor and ethics.

Oh, and it might be a good time to point to this old post of mine.
McClatchy Washington Bureau

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With polls showing him losing ground, Republican John McCain on Tuesday raised the specter of nuclear war to cast doubt on Democrat Barack Obama's readiness to be president
I can't wait to see his version of the Daisy ad.
CNN

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (CNN) -- As the presidential campaigns enter their final days, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is getting getting the rock star treatment, drawing much bigger crowds than her running mate, Sen. John McCain.
Thankfully, her turnouts still are not approaching Obama levels. And does this article even need to make an implied suggestion that her turnout is going to result in an equivalent turnout on election day?

Come 2010, she will be a footnote in the history books. An almost ran that faced ethical questions in her home state after losing the national election. If she does headline the Republican ticket in 2012, it's because the GOP has become nothing more than a collection of regional parties full of crazies.

Quite frankly, the Palin Factor is nothing more than the crowd come to see the freak show. The crowd, of course, full of freaks happy to see one of their own get their 15 minutes of fame.
CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new national poll suggests that only a quarter of Americans think things are going well in the country today, while the rest of those questioned are angry, scared and stressed out.
One quarter of the population thinks things are going well? What in hell is wrong with them?

The human race's capacity for denial never ceases to amaze me.

Hi There!

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Yes, yes. I know. Where the hell have I been?

Well, to be honest, I have a head cold that is kicking my ass. I have not had much energy, thus interfering with my blogging. I even took a two or three day break from writing my novel.  However, I did resume writing this morning.

The funny thing is; I missed writing my novel. It sounds weird, but that's the truth.

Anyway, I just wanted to quick post and tell you all I am okay.

Madonna and Guy To Divorce

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I didn't know I was married to Madonna. Oh, wait, not me*, Guy Ritchie. My bad.

CNN

(CNN) -- Pop star Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie are to divorce, according to British media reports.
Still, this is devastating news. I just don't know how I will face the day. Seriously. Now that they are getting divorced, I just don't think life is worth living.

Okay, okay. I'll stop with the snark.

Sigh. Back to the corner where all bad Rooks belong.

* Yes, my first name is Guy. My mother got it out of the Book of Saints.

Kline's Feign Towards Madia

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I really do not have time to due this post justice, but I still wanted to get this thought out there. It appears that John Kline is feigning towards Madia. But that begs the question; Why? Madia is not running against John Kline. Steve Sarvi is running against him. So, why the misdirect?

Is John's campaign in need of some free attention? Madia is making tremendous headway in his campaign for CD 3. Maybe John is trying to ride on his coat tails? Let's face it, despite the failure of McCain and Palin's negative campaigning, historically, it works.

Maybe that's the problem. Because of McCain's and Palin's negative attacks backfiring, Kline is trying to prevent a backlash by attacking someone the voters in his district really don't care about. That just seems craven, bordering on cowardly. Very unbecoming of an ex-marine.

So, I guess, why is John Kline afraid of Steve Sarvi?
CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Republicans on Monday objected to new spending measures that congressional Democrats are considering as they draft a $150 billion economic stimulus package.
What? After these last 7 plus years of mostly Republican majority, they are now going to whine like teenagers who think they know best? The party most responsible for the current economic mess complains the Democrats are spending irresponsibly? Please, give me a break.

Sigh. I keep forgetting that people with a privileged mindset are always going to whine.

Well, in case anyone is noticing, it was a Republican President, with a Republican majority in congress that bloated the National deficit to the point an extra digit had to be added to the debt counter.

Oh, and their idea of helping out the economy. You bet yea! More of the same:

Instead, House Republicans proposed a number of measures that, they say, will "turn the corner towards real economic growth," including:

  • Removing legal barriers to speed up new offshore oil drilling. A law banning offshore drilling expired October 1, but Republican lawmakers say lawsuits could block new offshore rigs and want judges to quickly rule on the cases.
  • Lowering taxes on income that U.S. corporations earn from their overseas subsidiaries.
  • Eliminating capital gains taxes on the sale of homes up to $500,000 for a couple.
  • Suspending capital gains taxes on securities purchased during the next two years.
  • Extending government deposit insurance to business transaction accounts.
  • Directing the government to guarantee inter-bank loans.
  • Yup, more handouts to the rich. None of these will help the middle class. It's all for the rich. For Bush's base.

    Speaking Of Jeff Bridges

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    It just so happened I found this by way of his web site.

    CNN

    NEW YORK (AP) -- As Marcia Brady on "The Brady Bunch," Maureen McCormick projected an image of the wholesome girl next door. But off camera, she spiraled downward into drug addiction and depression.
    I use some pretty disparate sources for educating my clients. I've used a post from Jeff Bridges, and discussed John Wayne movies. Now, I might actually have to go out and buy her book. I could use more content to help educate my clients.

    Constrast

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    You know you are in trouble when you have to tell everyone how you are going to turn around your campaign at a time when your opponent is telling everyone their plan for turning around the country.

    Help Out Steve

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    I've been remiss of late. Please go to ActBlue and give Steve Sarvi some green lov'n!
    CNN

    (CNN) -- Sen. John McCain on Monday is delivering a new speech that a senior aide says he thinks "will begin a turnaround for the campaign" as Election Day approaches.
    If you have to announce it's a turnaround, then it's not. McCain's campaign just does not get it. You don't telegraph your moves.

    Seriously, how gullible do these idiots think the American electorate is?* Besides, don't talk the talk, walk it. Don't tell me this is going to be a turnaround for his campaign, show me it's going to be a turn around. Make the speech, and then show us substantial increases in the polls. At that point, you'll get my attention. Until then, you know, shut up about what you are going to do.

    Honestly, hire Nike to do your PR, because they have the right idea.

    * Rhetorical. Duh!
    New York Times

    Paul Krugman, a professor at Princeton University and an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday.
    Hey, would you look at that! And he's a blogger too!
    Just over 12 hand written pages. Not bad. However, one of these days I am going to have to start transcribing them to typed files. I might actually begin that today. Well, I've got chapter one typed and part of chapter two, but it's been haphazard at best. I need to develop a more serious motivation towards typing up my novel.

    Then, of course, there is the future rewrite. But I will deal with that when it comes.
    CNN

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least 900 Christian families have fled Mosul in the past week, terrified by a series of killings and threats by Muslim extremists ordering them to convert to Islam or face possible death, officials said Saturday.
    Hate to say it, but under Saddam, the Christians were safe. Again, just another fine example of the failure of George W. Bush.

    Kevin, Seriously; Duh!

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    Is it really that hard to recognize that nothing has changed since the last millennium except our ability to engage in denial?

    A bank, by any other name is a bank. It wasn't, isn't and will not be, about defining the term bank. It was, is, and will always be about avoiding being regulated.

    Seriously; Duh
    CNN

    The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper, reported Friday that Obama told Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in June that an agreement between the United States and the leaders to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2008 should not go into effect unless it had congressional approval.

    The conversation occurred two weeks after Obama secured the Democratic nomination for president, the newspaper reported.

    It was widely reported at the time that Obama had conversations with the Iraqi leadership and expressed similar views publicly at news conferences.

    What is interesting in all this, is that at no point does Palin, or any other member of the McCain campaign, explain how this simple act of pointing out the obvious nature of our government (you know, that congress must ratify treaties) is delaying the agreement.

    But the campaign of Obama's Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, argued that Obama's call interfered with U.S. efforts to reach a "status of forces agreement" with the Iraqi government. The U.S. and Iraq have yet to announce a final agreement despite numerous reports that one was near.
    Again, in desperation, McCain is lashing out in attack instead of presenting his ideas, his policies, his qualities as a leader.

    Oh, wait. McSame, McBush, duh! After 7 plus years of Bush, we already have a good example of his ideas, policies and qualities. It's all the same stale, failed thinking that led us to the current state of affairs.

    They knows this, so they are left with no other option but to shrill loudly and venomously, making some of the most wildly unsubstantiated claims possible. I'd like to see the McCain's campaign's proof that this call, and subsequent statements in public appearances, interfered with the process of establishing a status of forces agreement.

    There is an old adage; the squeaky wheel gets the attention. However, sometimes that means the squeaky wheel gets replaced.

    John and Sarah; the McSquekies.

    Rafid Alwan - Curveball

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    I am not sure what to make of this story. No doubt many of you long time blogsphere members will remember Judith Miller and her now debunked reporting on Iraq's WMD which lead to our invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    Well, it seems CNN has interviewed "Curveball" and damn if I am not amazed at the stupidity of using this man as a source.
     
    CNN

    As slides depicting drawings of the supposed germ labs flashed on a big screen in the Security Council's chamber, Powell drove his point home:

    "The source is an eyewitness, an Iraqi chemical engineer, who supervised one of these facilities."

    Just days after Powell's presentation, U.N. weapons inspectors presented evidence they said disproved those claims. But six weeks later, on March 20, 2003, the United States launched its invasion, toppling Hussein's government in three weeks but locking itself in a war against an insurgency that has cost more than 4,000 American lives.

    No biological weapons, no germ labs, no weapons of mass destruction of any kind were found in Iraq after the invasion. Curveball -- Rafid Alwan -- remained in hiding in Germany, where he had been interviewed by the German intelligence service, the BND.

    Subsequent U.S. investigations into the intelligence failure around the claims found that German intelligence considered the defector "crazy" and "out of control," while friends said he was a "liar."

    Here's the kicker; not only did the CIA not talk to him, but simply relied on the word of the German intelligence agency.

    And, it turned out, the CIA not only never spoke with him, it never even saw transcripts of the German interviews, only the Germans' analysis of the interviews.

    [...]

    Norbert Juretzko, a former BND officer who is familiar with the Curveball case, now criticizes the German intelligence service for its handling of the matter. The BND wanted so badly to believe Alwan, Juretzko said, that the case officers didn't notice inconsistencies in his story.

    "He was put under pressure by the BND: 'Tell us something,'" Juretzko said. "They were desperate for something. They gave him money, privileges, a visa and the like. And so this man used his imagination to get all these things."

    No wonder Colin Powell's honest response to the information was "bullshit."

    My God. BushCoâ„¢ was so desperate for any reason to invade Iraq, they ignored all the obvious signs back then of this guy simply being out of his element and scared to death. Hell, from what I can see, he is still out of his element and scared to death.

    Another kicker; he has a lawyer keeping him from going to far.

    Alwan brought with him to our meeting documents to prove his identity, certificates saying he has a degree in chemical engineering from Technical University in Baghdad and a student ID card from a German college. Multiple intelligence sources told CNN that the man we spoke with was, indeed, Curveball.

    [...]

    Alwan had brought with him a second man, introduced only as "Mr. Ali." Mr. Ali was also wearing a flashy suit with a peach-colored shirt, and he seemed to be coaching Alwan, making strange signals behind my back.

    As I talked to Alwan, I could feel the wind from Mr. Ali frantically waving his arms. Whenever Alwan began to offer details, Mr. Ali made a time out signal with his hands, and Alwan stopped talking.

    When he wasn't prevented from talking by Mr. Ali, Alwan answered questions in a roundabout manner, sometimes backtracking and correcting himself, sometimes telling completely different stories in the same sentence.

    And some people wonder why the reputation of the United States is in the shitter.

    Wager On The Wing Nut Response

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    CNN

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor in the firing of her public safety commissioner, but violated no laws, a report for the state Legislature concluded Friday.
    Just because it needs to be said: The wingnuts are going to skip right over the claim of abuse of power, point to the no law violated judgment, and proclaim, therefor, no abuse of power.

    10 to 1 odds.

    Just For Your Further Edification

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    Bush appearing on TV is about as worthless as drinking a non-alcoholic beer in a bar. Or getting a hug at a whore house.

    None of the three make any sense.
    Bark Bark Woof Woof

    Friday Blogaround
    Better late than never...

    Look at it this way; between now and Guy Fawkes Day, we'll know who won the World Series, who won the Nobel Peace Prize, and who won the election. Hang in there.

    Here's the LC look at the week.
    - A Blog Around The Clock: celebrate Open Access day on October 14th.
    - All Facts and Opinion on the Connecticut ruling.
    - archy: get squiddy.
    - Bark Bark Woof Woof: Obama in Cincinnati.
    - Bloggg: Happy Birthday, Bug!
    - Collective Sigh: stray "debate" thoughts.
    - Dohiyi Mir: veep thought.
    - Echidne Of The Snakes: skylanda discusses pre-empting racism in the sub-prime debacle.
    - Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: DailyKos raises funds for Miami candidates.
    - Iddybud Journal: Big oil and India.
    - Left Is Right: martial law?
    - Lefty Side of the Dial: three questions.
    - Musing's musings: yet another lie from John McCain.
    - Pen-Elayne on the Web: If you're in L.A., let Elayne know.
    - Rick's Cafe Americain: post-debate game.
    - Rook's Rant: We spied on us.
    - rubber hose: Christopher Buckley endorses Obama.
    - Scrutiny Hooligans: vilifying democracy.
    - SoonerThought: former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating makes news.
    - Speedkill: voting against academic elites.
    - Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: uncontrollable rage.
    - Stupid Enough Unexplanation: over the edge.
    - The Invisible Library: is this the greatest library ever?
    - WTF Is It Now?? that's a prayer?
    - ...You Are A Tree: remembering a friend.
    No, I have never met William Ayers. Why, what have you heard?
    Yeah, MB made up some excuse about Blogrolling being out of commission. I was all set to do the deed myself, seeing how I've done it once before, only to be foiled by, well, Blogrolling being out of commission.
    CNN

    The congressional oversight committees said Thursday that the Americans targeted included military officers in Iraq who called friends and family in the United States.

    The allegations were made by two former military intercept operators on a television news report Thursday evening.

    A terrorist surveillance program instituted by the Bush administration allows the intelligence community to monitor phone calls between the United States and overseas without a court order -- as long as one party to the call is a terror suspect.

    So much for trusting the Bush Administration.
    CNN Commentary

    BERKELEY, California (CNN) -- Every time the economy and stock market turn down, financial historians get predictable calls from reporters.

    Could this be the start of another Great Depression? Could "it" possibly happen again? My stock answer has always been no.

    However, reading through Barry Eichengreen's article, he never really affirmed his stock answer. In fact, as he continues on he implies, IMHO, that before the next President is inaugurated there must be action. To me he is saying it is quite possible the next great depression is just around the corner.

    Also, while trying to note some of the major differences, he also points out some of the similarities.

    The Great Depression resulted from a series of economic and financial shocks -- the end of a housing bubble in 1926 and the end of a high-tech bubble in 1929 -- but also from truly breathtaking neglect and incompetence on the part of policymakers.
    I hate to be a sour puss, but it seems we are facing a very similar situation, only the high-tech bubble of our economic situation was the .com bust at the start of this administration's watch, which it never really dealt with, and now, of course, the housing bubble that has taken Wall Street down. And let's not forget the damage done by September 11th, 2001 to our markets, which was right on top of the .com bust.

    I know this much; McCain is as ignorant about economic crises as the leaders back in the 20s and 30s were. If he gets in office, we are all screwed.

    The Washington Monthly

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    The Washington Monthly

    Campaigning in Wisconsin alongside Palin, McCain, complaining about earmarks, said, "[W]e've had a Bridge to Nowhere, $233 million bridge in Alaska, which I'm glad, happy to say, this governor stood up against."

    Now, every reporter on hand knew he was lying. I suspect even most of the crowd knew he was lying. Palin knew it, McCain knew it, practically everyone knew it. The line was debunked, over and over again, more than a month ago.

    This, of course, leads to a few questions. Why on earth would McCain bring back a demonstrably ridiculous claim now? Does he not remember last month? Is there really something wrong with his cognitive skills?

    Okay, we are approaching end of Reagan's second term behavior now. He is simply not dealing well with the pressure. This man can not be the President. He does not have the mental ability to handle the stress.

    CNN

    He said many of the evictions involve renters who are paying their rent on time but are being thrown out because the landlord has fallen behind on mortgage payments.

    Mortgage companies are supposed to identify a building's occupants before asking for an eviction, but sheriff's deputies routinely find that the mortgage companies have not done so, he said.

    "These mortgage companies only see pieces of paper, not people, and don't care who's in the building," Dart said. "They simply want their money and don't care who gets hurt along the way.

    "On top of it all, they want taxpayers to fund their investigative work for them. We're not going to do their jobs for them anymore. We're just not going to evict innocent tenants. It stops today."
    Good on him. Especially the part about taxpayers having to fund their investigative work for them. And get the heartless corporate bank response:

    The Illinois Bankers Association opposed the plan, saying that Dart "was elected to uphold the law and to fulfill the legal duties of his office, which include serving eviction notices." The association said Dart could be found in contempt of court for ignoring court eviction orders.

    "The reality is that by ignoring the law and his legal responsibilities, he is carrying out 'vigilantism' at the highest level of an elected official," it said. "The Illinois banking industry is working hard to help troubled homeowners in many ways, but Sheriff Dart's declaration of 'marshal law' should not be tolerated."
    What we have here is a budding example of fascism returning to America. When innocent people -- who have done nothing wrong except rent from someone financially insolvent -- are thrown to the street without warning there is something wrong with our country.

    Furthermore, where are the cries from the Conservative Christians, the partners of the Corporate American arm of the Republican Party? Why are we not hearing about the abandonment of the teaching of compassion? Why are they not up in arms about an obviously overt, unjust, and heartless act of greed? Is it possible that these God Loving Christians believe Jesus is more sympathetic to corporations than to the meek? No. Can't be. I would never expect such blatant hypocrisy from the...... OUCH!

    Damn, there I go, biting my tongue again.........

    Just Answer The Damn Question!

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    Oh for crying out loud, is it too much to ask? Seriously, droning on with the same non-answer makes your boss look crooked!

    Okay, there are misspeaks, and then there are misspeaks that say something. This misspeak says something:




    I think this man needs a thorough medical examination -- with a neurologist.

    Hey! New Game

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    C&L

    C&L sources who are on GOP e-mail lists report that at least a half hour before the debate was even finished, they started receiving e-mails spinning and whining about the format and how it wasn't a REAL town hall -- therefore, it's unfair to poor John McCain. Ben Smith at Politico got the ball rolling:

    I wrote earlier that this would likely be an empathy contest, but between the odd rules, the candidates, and the visibly displeased moderator, that's not really happening. The questions are basically impersonal, and the questioners then disappear.


    Right. It's not the debater who failed....it's the debate format that failed him.

    Okay, using the same logic as displayed here; It's not Bush who failed the country... it's the country that failed him.

    Or; It's not that conservatism failed the nation... it's that the nation failed conservatism.

    Please, feel free to add your own in the comments.

    In Case Anyone Was Wondering

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    IMHO, this is the moment when McCain truly lost the election.



    One jack ass in the Oval Office is enough. Somehow, I don't see the electorate putting another in right behind him.

    Missed The Debate

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    Had to work until 9:00 PM. That means I missed the debate. Please, someone tell me who won.

    Eschaton

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    Eschaton

    I think at some point the wingnuts stopped having a conversation with the country and started having a conversation amongst themselves. It makes sense to them, but is gibberish to to the rest of us.
    With one sentence, Atrios sums up the Republican party's failure.
    By way of Prometheus 6:

     

    More About The Upgrade

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    Well, I finally figured out how to make my blog publish dynamically. There really was no clear direction from the Movable Type Manual. I sort of stumbled upon it by accident, really. I noticed, finally, that the list of templates state whether they are published statically (an html file is produced and stored on a server) or dynamically (the post content is stored in a data base, then recalled and quickly produced on the spot). So, I took a look at the individual templates and discovered you simply choose at that point which which type.

    So, I now have all my templates publishing dynamically. It should decrease the wait on submitting comments, and immediately show them, instead of displaying the cached page saved on your computer, which never has your just submitted comment.

    That means, Bryan, you won't be doubling up on your comments, leading me to delete one of them. Not that I enjoy deleting your comments.

    No, seriously Bryan. I don't enjoy deleting your comments. I only enjoy deleting the comments of assholes who think insulting me, or another commenter, on my own low traffic blog is going to be tolerated. It's why I switched back to registration. I want to be able to weed out the trolls intent on simple ad hominem attacks.

    Guess There Are Problems

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    As always, I end up with problems when I upgrade. I received an email informing me of difficulties in commenting. If anyone else should have problems email me a rook at rooksrant dot com. You know what to switch around.

    I'd say more, but I have to get ready for work.

    A Game To Be Proud Of

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    I've said this in the past, but it bares repeating, I can really pull a game out of the hat. Such as this one:

    Play chess online!

    But, But, It's My Name!

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    HowManyOfMe.com
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    183
    people with my name in the U.S.A.

    How many have your name?

    But how many of those with my name also have a birthday today?

    Happy Birthday To Me!

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    XX* years ago, at 4:00 AM my mom had the audacity to bring me into the world. It's been the same ever since. Stop by and say Happy Birthday to Lab Kat, while your at it.

    *I am old enough to know better than to tell you all my age.

    Rebuilt

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    Well, that took a while. But, I've now have a shiny new MT upgrade installed on my hosting company's server. It allows for much easier manipulation of the side columns. I can switch different widgets in an out with extreme ease. It was just the initial creation of the widgets that took a bit.

    On a more sober note, I lost 2 months worth of posts. Not like my lost achieves that are sitting in a flash drive waiting for repair. These two months are simply gone. Puff! It seems my old installation just didn't have quite the oomph to download every single post. Or, the program I used didn't have enough oomph. Either way, I've lost August's, September's, and the first few days of October of this year.

    There really was only one post I regret losing; My popcorn recipe.

    Now, I've removed the CAPTCHA widget because I understand it's a pain for some. But, that also means I've resumed requiring registration. There are multiply ways you can register. You can just register with my native Movable Type system. That requires approval from me. Or, there are several other services, OpenID, Vox, TypeKey, and LiveJournal, all of which don't require my approval, but do give me the ability to ban.

    Now, I understand some of you already registered once. Unfortunately, I wiped my database clean to eliminate some bugs that were held over from my 3.XX version of Movable Type, so you'll have to register once again. Yes, Brian, I am sorry.

    Now, I have a few more images to upload, then my work should be complete.

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