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The Pakistan war

Posted by Charles II on November 3, 2008

Omar Wairach, London Independent:

Now, a year after the Pakistani military launched a campaign here to halt a Taliban insurgency, officials fear that four-fifths of the state has slipped from their control. While the world’s attention has been fixed on the counter-insurgency operations in the volatile tribal areas along the Afghan border, the forces loyal to local Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah have swiftly advanced across Swat Valley, beheading opponents and torching homes and schools as they enforce their brutal brand of Islamic law.

Andrew Buncombe, ibid:

America’s top military commander in Afghanistan and Iraq has been urged to halt unauthorised air strikes against militants in Pakistan because they are stirring up anti-US sentiment and creating difficulties for the civilian government. In Islamabad, General David Petraeus, the new head of US Central Command, was told that such strikes – often using missiles fired from pilotless Predator drones – caused public “outrage”.

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Sadly, This Does Not Surprise Me

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 3, 2008

As most of you know by now, Barack Obama’s beloved grandma, his “Toot”, Madelyn Payne Dunham, passed away this morning from cancer. She was 86.

What you may not know is that the Republicans chose that moment to launch a supremely sleazy smear job:

What… timing. The California GOP goes after Obama for using his campaign plane to fly to visit his dying grandmother without reimbursing the campaign.

I seem to remember Palin flying back to Alaska to see off Tripp—always described as a personal trip. Should she have paid for that? When McCain suspended his campaign he still flew around in the campaign jet.

But more to the point, at this time, is this really something the Republicans think is going to do anything but make them look petty and heartless?

The only thing I can think of, other than sheer nastiness, is that they are trying to provoke a response in Obama that they will then turn around and put in their last-minute ads so they can paint him as an “angry black man”. Somehow, I don’t think that’ll work. I think he’s too busy making sure that he wins this one for Toot.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, obituary, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, WTF? | 3 Comments »

What to do if you aren’t allowed to vote or the election is stolen

Posted by Charles II on November 3, 2008

MARK CRISPIN MILLER: … there’s a lot of things people can do and must do on Election Day to keep this thing from being stolen. They’ve got to make sure they’re registered. They have to know the hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE and 1-866-MY-VOTE-1. If anything happens to you on Election Day, if you’re told you’re not registered when you know you are, when people tell you that, you know—when the machine flips your vote, for example, when you’re intimidated, if there’s a police presence at the polls, if you get disinformation telling you your election day is the next day, anything at all happens, let somebody know. Call those numbers….

But finally, and most important, in the event something untoward happens and John McCain is right and he wins late at night on Election Day, as he recently said he’s going to do, any kind of an upset like that, people should be prepared to attend voter assemblies. This is something that’s being run by Liberty Tree as part of their pledge for No More Stolen Elections! The website is, The aim here is to organize voter assemblies so that on November 5th people will turn out, nonviolently, convene, discuss what’s going on and press for the proper kinds of investigations.

Liberty Tree doesn’t yet have all states covered. Contact them.

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So When Do The Polls Close, Anyway?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 3, 2008

Swing State Project has a handy state-by-state chart to answer that question.

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Monday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 3, 2008

— The Obama people move fast. I don’t think Cheney had finished his little speech endorsing McCain (just the thing Johnny wants — NOT! — when he’s been trying to distance himself from Bush for the past eight months) when Obama’s campaign had an ad up mentioning it.

— The Iraqis aren’t liking that Bush plan to keep US troops there for another four years. They’ve made a demand that they know full well the Pentagon won’t accept: Greater Iraqi control over what foreign troops and contractors do on Iraqi soil. Somehow I doubt that this deal will be signed before Bush leaves office.

— As if you needed another reason to vote for Obama.

— What was that about gun nuts supporting freedom? Dan Cooper was forced to quit his own company, which he’d co-founded, because of the violent and toxic uproar from gun worshippers over his backing Barack Obama for president. Makes me think of a passage from Thomas Harris’ Hannibal (kudos to Bryan Zepp Jamieson for typing it out lo these many years ago):

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Gun and Knife Show in War Memorial Auditorium. Acres of tables, a plain of guns, mostly pistols and assault-style shotguns. The red beams of laser sights flicker on the ceiling.

Few genuine outdoorsmen come to gun shows, as a matter of taste. Guns are black now, and gun shows are bleak, colorless, as joyless as the inner landscape of many who attend them.

Look at this crowd: scuffy, squinty, angry, egg-bound, truly of the resinous heart. They are the main danger to the right of a private citizen to own a firearm.

The grand irony is that most of the people who raised a fuss would never buy a Cooper rifle in the first place: They’re top-quality affairs, and most wingnuts are far more partial to cheaply-made shoddy stamped things.

Posted in 2008, abuse of power, Barack Obama, BushCo malfeasance, gun issues, Iraq war, John McCain, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

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