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Archive for October 31st, 2008

The Tattlesnake – Obama Infomercial Seals the Deal Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:42 am by HL

The Tattlesnake – Obama Infomercial Seals the Deal Edition
While the Tattler doesn’t usually like the kind of wan-music-in-the-background soft emotional porn of the ‘Oprah-ized’ infomercial, Obama’s half-hour spot Wednesday night avoided most of the worst aggravations of this TV cliché, especially the forlorn solo piano music sound track with flourishes of swelling strings redolent of tacky video matchmaking and cancer treatment center ads. It […]


Fox News Poll: McCain Closes Gap With Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:41 am by HL

Fox News Poll: McCain Closes Gap With Obama
A new Fox News Poll shows the presidential race has tightened with Sen. Barack Obama now leading Sen. John McCain, 47% to 44%, among likely voters nationally.

Last week Obama led by 49% to 40% among likely voters.

“The race has tightened in part because of changes in a couple of important swing voting groups. Independents back Obama by 5 percentage points today, down from a 9-point edge last week. Similarly, among white Catholics, Obama held an 11-point edge over McCain last week and today they split 46-46.”


Late Late Nite FDL: Last Call For The Baby Boomers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Last Call For The Baby Boomers
As an American citizen born in 1965, I often find myself conflicted between wanting to praise you old DFH’s for what you did in the 60’s or wanting to criticize you for dropping the ball to soon. So I generally do both with mixed results. I know one thing, we as a nation would have never made it this far without you. With that in mind, It occurs to me these days, this election may be your generations last call. Will you successfully beat back the party of Nixon this time?

Bob Dylan “Like A Rolling Stone”

Jefferson Airplane “Volunteers”

As an American citizen born in 1965, I often find myself conflicted between wanting to praise you old DFH’s for what you did in the 60’s or wanting to criticize you for dropping the ball too soon.  So I generally do both with mixed results.

I know one thing, we as a nation would have never made it this far without you. With that in mind, It occurs to me these days, this election may be your generations last call. Will you successfully beat back the party of Nixon this time?

 What’s on your mind tonight?


Overnight

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Overnight
Rock on.


“Be the Change” Aims to Get Out the Music Vote

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:37 am by HL

“Be the Change” Aims to Get Out the Music Vote
Graham Nash and other big name music acts get out the vote with Election Day phone calls to their fans.


Destroying From Within…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:36 am by HL

Destroying From Within…
So many valuable ideas have been advanced in response to my initial post that it’s hard to choose which to address. But I do want to say that Andrew Bacevich’s whimsical suggestion of a Pentagon run by Barney Frank…


Election Central Morning Roundup

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:35 am by HL

Election Central Morning Roundup
CQ changes its ratings on 14 House races — 12 in the direction of the Dem. That and the day’s other political news in the TPM Election Central Morning Roundup….


Crunch Time

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Crunch Time

What are you going to do between now and Election Day?


Gay marriages begin in CT Nov. 10

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Gay marriages begin in CT Nov. 10
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? Officials are gearing up for the day next month when gay and lesbian couples can begin tying the knot in Connecticut. Attorneys involved in the gay marriage case said Tuesday that couples can begin picking up marriage license applications sometime on or after Nov. 10. A judge at the New Haven Superior Court, where the case began in 2004, still must decide the precise date.


Graham jokes about torture, says Obama infomercial ?violated the Geneva Convention.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 31st, 2008 4:32 am by HL

Graham jokes about torture, says Obama infomercial ?violated the Geneva Convention.?
Introducing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at an Ohio event this morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warmed up the crowd with a few jokes, first saying McCain had obtained “the motherload” in marrying a beautiful woman who owned a beer company. He then criticized Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) half-hour campaign ad last night, comparing it to […]

Introducing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at an Ohio event this morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warmed up the crowd with a few jokes, first saying McCain had obtained “the motherload” in marrying a beautiful woman who owned a beer company. He then criticized Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) half-hour campaign ad last night, comparing it to torture:

Anybody see the infomercial last night? Thank god for cable! If we had played that at a prison camp it’d have violated the Geneva Convention.

Watch it:

Though conservatives like to joke about it, torture is a reality of U.S. policy — and is no laughing matter. In fact, just yesterday a judge ruled that the CIA can hide statements from detainees saying they were tortured while held in secret prisons. The decision “allows the Bush Administration to continue to hide its use of torture techniques.”