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Next chapter of smear-a-thon arrives

Posted by Charles II on October 31, 2008

Eileen Sullivan and Elliot Spagot, AP (on AOL; no external link):

Barack Obama’s aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as “Aunti Zeituni” in Obama’s memoir, was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango’s case.

Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcment official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government, but the AP could not establish whether anyone at a political level in the Bush administration or in the McCain campaign had been involved in its release.

My immediate thoughts:
1. No Bush political officer involved? Bwahaha!
2. Great oversight of public housing by the Bush Administration.
3. Ditto for INS.
4. How many more 30 second ads can I endure?

Posted in Barack Obama, immigration, John McCain | 4 Comments »

The good may die young, but the great die very, very old

Posted by Charles II on October 31, 2008

“ ‘Curiosity never killed this cat’ — that’s what I’d like as my epitaph.” (via commenter D. Potter at The Sideshow)

Studs Terkel, free at last

After an amazing life, Studs Terkel is now at rest. Don’t bother to read The New York Times, unless you want the titles of Studs’ books. What you need to know about Studs Terkel is that he was a genuinely free man, that he loved people and cared about them, and was willing to put his neck in the noose for his fellow human being. And you can bet that he voted absentee.

You can listen to him here.

Posted in Good Things, history, Sad things | 3 Comments »

Nature Endorses Obama

Posted by MEC on October 31, 2008

Nature, the highly respected journal of science, has endorsed Barack Obama for President.

On a range of topics, science included, Obama has surrounded himself with a wider and more able cadre of advisers than McCain. This is not a panacea. Some of the policies Obama supports — continued subsidies for corn ethanol, for example — seem misguided. The advice of experts is all the more valuable when it is diverse: ‘groupthink’ is a problem in any job. Obama seems to understands this. He tends to seek a range of opinions and analyses to ensure that his own opinion, when reached, has been well considered and exposed to alternatives. He also exhibits pragmatism — for example in his proposals for health-care reform — that suggests a keen sense for the tests reality can bring to bear on policy.

This is apparently the first time the journal has endorsed a candidate. Science is not political. But political policy can have a profound effect on science, as the last eight years have shown to our nation’s disadvantage and discredit. The staff of Nature have good reason for not just taking an interest in the outcome of the election, but taking a stand.

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Gifts from a distant Avedon

Posted by Charles II on October 31, 2008

1. Jon Swift memorializes the best of crackpot election blogging from 2008. Want to know about Obama’s years as a terrorist? Haven’t got the skinny on Obama’s stashed girlfriend?

And don’t miss Ace of Spades as he connects “all the dots, linking Obama and Bill Ayers, Acorn, Tony Reszko, Charles Manson, the Chicago mob, the Illuminati, Freemasons, the Trilateral Commission, Jewish bankers, Nazis living in South America, Fidel Castro, the KGB, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Bigfoot, Area 51, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Bermuda Triangle, Mrs. Calabash and Mr. Gorsky”!

2. And, to warm the heart of Phoenix Woman and every like admirer of Norm Coleman, from Sam Stein at the Huffington Post:

The CEO of a major marine technology company is alleging that he was pressured by a friend and associate of Norm Coleman to secretly funnel tens of thousands of dollars to the Senator’s family.

Paul McKim, the founder and CEO of Deep Marine Technology, alleges in a civil suit that Nasser Kazeminy — a longtime Republican donor, friend of Coleman, and DMT shareholder — directed the company to send $75,000 to the Senator and his wife.

Ah, what a nasty lump of coal to land in your stocking on election eve.

3. Plus, with an assist from Qrazy Qat, a gallery of Jack O’Lanterns to delight the eye.

Posted in blogs and blogging, eedjits, Norm Coleman | 1 Comment »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on October 31, 2008

Lady Lightfoot wishes you a Happy Halloween.

Posted in Friday Cat Blogging, Lady Lightfoot | 4 Comments »

We Knew This Was Going To Happen, Charles.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 31, 2008

Or at least we could have predicted it.

Watch as alleged Christians worship at the altar of the golden calf.

Posted in big money, capitalism as cancer, Professional Christians, rightwing moral cripples, WTF? | 1 Comment »

Blogroll Update

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 31, 2008

I just had to add Margaret and Helen to the blogroll.

Because old ladies speak their mind. Deal with it.

Posted in Blogroll, blogs and blogging, feminism, friends, Good Things | Comments Off on Blogroll Update

Colorado $#^@s the vote

Posted by Charles II on October 30, 2008

Myung Oak Kim, Rocky Mountain News:

More than 35,000 newly registered Colorado voters could see their mail ballots tossed out because of confusion over the need to include a copy of their ID with their votes.

The state requires county clerks to verify the identification of all new voters. Often, it’s as simple as comparing a driver’s license number on a voter registration form to the state’s motor vehicle database.

But when that check runs into trouble — in cases, for example, when the license number is copied down incorrectly — county clerks want to see the identification.

This year has seen an unprecedented surge in voter registrations. And according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, as of Monday 35,620 first-time voters whose identity had not been verified requested mail ballots.

Those voters should have been instructed to photo copy their driver’s license or other identification and include it when they mailed back their ballots. If they fail to, the ballots will be treated as though they are provisional. That means county clerks will attempt after the election to verify the identity of the voter. If they can’t, the ballots will be disqualified.

“They’re not really registered,” said Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Jack Arrowsmith of voters whose identity can’t be verified.

But wait! There’s more! Myung Oak Kim, Rocky Mountain News:

The vendor for Denver Elections failed to print and ship more than 18,000 mail ballots — 7,000 more than originally thought — but the post office says all of them will be delivered to voters by Wednesday.
Read the rest of this entry »

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Bankruptcy bill the petard on which Bear, AIG, and Lehman are hoist

Posted by Charles II on October 30, 2008

Francesco Guerrera, Nicole Bullock, and Julie MacIntosh, FT

Wall Street unwittingly created one of the catalysts for the collapse of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and American International Group by backing new bankruptcy rules that were aimed at insulating banks from the failure of a big client, lawyers and bankers say.

The 2005 changes made clear that certain derivatives and financial transactions were exempt from provisions in the bankruptcy code that freeze a failed company’s assets until a court decides how to apportion them among creditors.

The new rules were intended to insulate financial companies from the collapse of a large counterparty, such as a hedge fund, by making it easier for them to unwind trades and retrieve collateral.

“The changes were introduced to promote the orderly unwinding of transactions [like you losing your home] but they ended up speeding up the bankruptcy process,” said William Goldman, a partner at DLA Piper, the law firm. “They wanted to protect the likes of Lehman and Bear Stearns from the domino effect that would have ensued had a counterparty [like you] gone under. They never thought the ones to go under would have been Lehman and Bear.”

So, see, it wasn’t all bad.

Posted in mortgage crisis, unintended consequences | Comments Off on Bankruptcy bill the petard on which Bear, AIG, and Lehman are hoist

A Yiddisha take on 2008

Posted by Charles II on October 30, 2008

Via Avedon, a truly funny vid.

Posted in John McCain | 1 Comment »

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