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One More Day, One Day More
Author: clintster    Date: 11/03/2008 13:36:37

Well, here we are, ladies and gentlemen; one more day until the most important election of this young century. It certainly seems like it’s been the longest campaign ever. After some 21 months of criss-crossing the country, over two dozen primary and presidential debates, 57 primaries and approximately 1 million broadcasting hours worth of campaign ads, it all comes down to us. You and me. Our friends, family and neighbors. Joe the Plumber. Jeremiah Wright. All of us get to cast our vote and shape America’s path for the next four to eight years.

With that in mind, I thought I’d throw some factoids everyone’s direction, so you’d have something to talk about as you wait in line at the polls, or even if you’ve already voted and are Biden your time until your McCainical difficulties are solved. This column may Palin comparison to others you may see regularly in this spot, but all I have to say to that is: Gobama!

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217 comments (Latest Comment: 11/04/2008 06:08:23 by livingonli)

Watching a train wreck
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 11/02/2008 13:38:39

Just a few snippets of news to give one HOPE!

From MSNBC

DEFIANCE, Ohio -- "Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today?"

That's the question John McCain asked roughly 6,000 people at Defiance Junior High School on [Oct. 30 morning], But the correct answer was no -- Joe the Plumber was nowhere to be found.

There are conflicting reports about where or when or if Joe will appear with McCain at some point during his two-day bus tour of Ohio, but the candidate clearly thought that he was meeting him here in Defiance, the first stop on the tour.

A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses.

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49 comments (Latest Comment: 11/03/2008 03:02:35 by Mondobubba)

Stretch Drive
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/01/2008 12:40:05

Going to the bullpen.


3rd and goal.


Free throws late.


Face off at the home end.



No matter what your sports metaphor, there's nothing more nerve-wracking than your team clinging to a lead in the late stages of the game against a dangerous opponent. Everything has to break your way for tha critical win.

You know my preferred sport....so here we are going into the top of the ninth with the Sox hanging on to a precarious one-run lead in Yankee Stadium (RIP) for all the marbles.

You know Jonathan Papelbon is coming on to put it away.

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48 comments (Latest Comment: 11/02/2008 04:04:10 by Random)

The Undecideds - what are they waiting for?
Author: BobR    Date: 10/31/2008 12:37:31

I read an article this morning that said 1 in 7 voters are still "persuadable" in this election. That means that 14% of likely voters are still not sure who they're going to vote for on Tuesday. What makes them undecided?

Asked where they disagree with Obama, changeable voters most frequently mention taxes and the economy, health care, abortion and social issues such as gun control, and personal traits including his race and his honesty. For McCain, it's the economy and taxes, health care, foreign policy and abortion.

In the interest of preserving the public good, let's see if we can persuade these folks to do the right thing....
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242 comments (Latest Comment: 11/01/2008 04:14:17 by Mondobubba)

Patriotism is the Last Refuge of John McCain
Author: Raine    Date: 10/30/2008 12:22:09

Who is Rashid Khalidi? He is the newest boogyman name that John McCain is slinging around to incite hatred and fear from his supporters.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., did a live interview with Radio Mambi in Miami this morning in which he went after Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for his connections to a “PLO spokesman.”

McCain was referring to Rashid Khalidi, who, five years ago, Obama toasted at a going-away party before Khalidi headed off to New York City to become a professor at Columbia University.

In April, the Los Angeles Times’s Peter Wallsten wrote about the toast, saying a “special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi's wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.
[...]
“He is seen as a moderate in Palestinian circles, having decried suicide bombings against civilians as a ‘war crime’ and criticized the conduct of Hamas and other Palestinian leaders. Still, many of Khalidi's opinions are troubling to pro-Israel activists, such as his defense of Palestinians' right to resist Israeli occupation and his critique of U.S. policy as biased toward Israel.”

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170 comments (Latest Comment: 10/31/2008 04:03:18 by Raine)

Seeing the Bush through all the Trees
Author: BobR    Date: 10/29/2008 12:15:51

In all the hoopla leading up to election day (6 more days!), there has been so much focus on the candidates, that the Bush Administration has been pretty much ignored. Considering he still has almost 3 months left to drown us in the bathtub, perhaps it's time to take a moment to see what they're doing.
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242 comments (Latest Comment: 10/30/2008 03:01:18 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/28/2008 10:46:03

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,050th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the warron terra, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4188
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4049
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3727
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3330
Since Election (1/31/05): 2750

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 625
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 378
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 445


We find this morning's cost of war passing through $566, 275, 000, 000.00


Perhaps you've heard of Army Lieutenent Ehren Watada?

In 2006, Lt. Watada refused to deploy with his unit to Iraq, calling it a "war crime". He became the only commissioned officer to refuse service, and as such he's been under arrest ever since. His first court-martial ended in a mistrial, and even as the army was preparing to try him again, a federal judge overruled the army, calling the trial "double-jeopardy". Of course the army is appealing the decision.

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231 comments (Latest Comment: 10/29/2008 05:43:26 by livingonli)

8 days to undo 8 years.
Author: Raine    Date: 10/27/2008 12:29:49

8 days, everyone... 8 days to undo 8 long years of a failure of epic proportions.

Take a deep breath... close your eyes. Exhale. Allow yourself to believe that this can happen. Allow yourself to dream. Do you remember what it was like to imagine possibility? Pause. Breath again. Exhale. Open your eyes. Yes, the world is still here. Watching. We have 8 days to tell the world that we can do this, yes we can.
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180 comments (Latest Comment: 10/28/2008 07:53:41 by Scoopster)

A Day in the life of a Democratic Operative
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 10/26/2008 12:46:30

We awake before the sun is up. I drank way to much Moet Chandon last night, and my head is pounding, my throat is sore. I must have been screaming, again. I just hope I didn’t make a fool of myself, running around naked and ranting insanely to a crowded room. My rants never go far and eventually end up with me curled in the fetal position in the corner of the ballroom, weeping. There is no telling what I’ll do during these black tie fundraisers.

Barry is still asleep. Once again, we’ve slept in the same bed. He must have been as drunk as me. No. We aren’t having an affair, I’m not his type, when he’s not with his wife, Michelle – who he fondly calls “Button Head” – he’s with some 14-year-old super model. Mostly he goes for the ones from South America.

I get up and phone the hotel’s private valet to alert the chef for our breakfast. The usual for Barry: 3 egg whites with smoked Salmon, Fresh fruit and yogurt, and Veuve de Vernay & Orange Juice. For me: A shitake mushroom omelet with applewood smoked salmon, Biscuits and a Bloody Mary with a shot of 40-year-old Glenfiddich. Of course we’ll need plenty of coffee and some painkillers for our headache.
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47 comments (Latest Comment: 10/27/2008 07:04:57 by livingonli)

Bob Barr Memorial Sinkhole
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/25/2008 10:39:54

Good Morning!

Well, if it's a Saturday blog before 7am, that can only mean one thing....it's time for my monthly platelet donation. I've been doing this for about 8 years now, and I'm one of the Dedham Donor Center's most predictable and reliable sources. It doesn't hurt (much), and if you're already a blood donor, why not go to the next level? Blood supplies are always critical; as a perishable item, the national supply is only good for a few days at most. But don't take my word for it...check out your local donor center.

And here's a link to the latest Apherisis Newsletter sent by the Dedham Donor Center...




So, on to the business at hand. As we near the election (240 hours to go as of this writing), the Libertarian Party's ballot access campaign is starting to wind down. It looks like Mr. Barr will be listed on 45 state ballots this election cycle. That's significantly more states than allowed them on in 2004, but I'm sorry to say that Connecticut won't be one of them.

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33 comments (Latest Comment: 10/26/2008 05:20:36 by BobR)

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