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The Louisiana voter purge

Posted by Charles II on October 21, 2007

Bloomberg:

Republican U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana late yesterday and will become the first Indian-American to lead a U.S. state.


Jindal, a Rhodes Scholar who became Louisiana's health secretary at age 24, won 54 percent of the vote in an open primary, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's Web site. ...


Jindal, a Bush administration supporter in Congress, was the only Republican running for governor in a state where Democrats make up about half the registered voters and outnumber Republicans two-to-one.


Since Katrina and Rita in 2005, tens of thousands of New Orleans residents who historically voted Democratic have been dislocated.


The Secretary of State's office reports 56,995 fewer Democratic voters now than when the hurricane hit, and 11,355 fewer black Democrats. Those numbers may understate reality because at least two years must elapse before the state purges former residents from voter rolls, office spokesman Jacques Berry said.


YourRightHandThief has more

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Bad moon rising?

Posted by Charles II on October 21, 2007

Nikkei down 3%, yen and euro finding new highs.

Could be backwash from Wall Street’s ugly Friday, or could be an omen of what’s to come.

And to add to your joy, Ashley Seagar, The Guardian:

World oil production has already peaked and will fall by half as soon as 2030, according to a report which also warns that extreme shortages of fossil fuels will lead to wars and social breakdown.

The German-based Energy Watch Group will release its study in London today saying that global oil production peaked in 2006 – much earlier than most experts had expected. The report, which predicts that production will now fall by 7% a year, comes after oil prices set new records almost every day last week, on Friday hitting more than $90 (£44) a barrel.

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Atrocity of the week

Posted by Charles II on October 21, 2007

I know, it’s early.

But guess who C-Span used as the interviewer for Naomi Wolf?

Viet Dinh.

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Angela Merkel

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 21, 2007

When Angela Merkel was elected Chancellor of Germany in the fall of 2005, the sighs of relief from the GOP and their media stenographers were strong enough to power eleventy-five billion wind tunnels.  Her election, narrow though it was (she did poorly in Eastern Germany even though she hails from that region), was treated in the US just like Bush’s selection was in 2000, as a full mandate to shove fascism down her countrymen’s throats.  She was to be the perfect Bush yes-woman in Europe, one who would get Germans to support the occupation of Iraq and perhaps even to donate warm bodies to it.  In short, she would be a Bushbot.

Then, after an embarrassing incident last year where Bush started groping her for no apparent reason, she dropped off the US media radar.  I wondered why.

I think that part of the reason may be found in this article on Al Gore and how he is such a beloved figure in Europe:

Gore’s Nobel met with applause in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has sought for months with limited success to persuade the Bush administration to do more about climate change under the auspices of the United Nations and the Group of Eight major industrial powers.

“Like no other, Al Gore has for many years through his personal commitment contributed to heightening global awareness of the need to develop effective strategies to counter climate change,” Merkel said Friday.

Naughty, naughty, Angela.  You said nice things about the Antichrist, the guy that Bush and the wingnuts hate beyond belief.  Worse yet, you’ve been trying to drag The Decider out of the dark ages of denial.  No wonder why the US press hasn’t been spotlighting you much any more.

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