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       I would say Happy Halloween, but it’s almost over and frankly, I haven’t been a real fan of this “Holiday” since i was around 11 or 12.   News and Politics up now….

      The Obama Campaign has kicked three journalists off of it’s plane for the final four days of the campaign, citing demand for seats on his plane far exceeding demand.  But there is another reason cited.  The Newspapers these three reporters work for have endorsed John McCain.  Members from these three news papers feel cheated, and rightly so.  It’s gotta suck to get the boot for the last four days of the campaign, especially when you’ve been traveling with the campaign for the past year and a half.  At least one of the newspapers, the Washington times, says it will pay to have their reporters follow the Obama campaign on their own. The other papers are The Dallas Morning News and the New York Post.  The DMN says it is disappointed and is protesting, particularly as both Jet magazine and Glamour are staying on board.  The NYP seemed pleased.  Guess they like getting their news third hand.

     I’m gonna start this next bit with a quote from a CNN story:  

Of 23,298,564 total in-person and mail-in ballots in 25 states, at least 6,057,527 — or 26 percent — were cast by Democrats or Republicans, according to election officials. Of that 6 million, 57.8 percent were Democrats, and 42.2 percent were Republicans.

       I got up right after reading that paragraph and had a think about it.  Three things caught my eye here. One was the fairly heavy early turnout.  The other is the 74% of the votes being cast by those who are not affiliated with any party.  I thought I was going to have an issue with the reporting here until I read the next paragraph, where it was explained that a number of states do not ask for party affiliation data.  The third was the states that were involved and the number of Dems voting.  Some of the western states have a fairly high amount of people who have already voted.  Almost 20% of the Population of Montana has already voted, as has over 27% of the population of Colorado.  Moving east, One fifth of the population of Florida has already voted. I did not say voters or registered voters.  The percentage of registered voters is considerably higher, one would presume. 

     And the early voting will continue in several battleground states, Including Florida and Ohio. It’s gonna be a helluva ride on Tuesday. 

     For those who like to follow these things, I will be On Twitter from around noon on election day, and will stay there deep, deep into the night.  Just look for MikeTheRhino.  I’ll be the one starting fights and calling John McCain a gay alien sex slave.  🙂

    A viddy, A few quotes and I am out.

     John Cleese On Countdown W/ Keith Olbermann:

     That’s it for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, From George Orwell, Via Wikiquote:  So far as I can see, all political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome. 

It is difficult for a statesman who still has a political future to reveal everything that he knows: and in a profession in which one is a baby at 50 and middle-aged at seventy-five, it is natural that anyone who has not actually been disgraced should feel that he still has a future.

Anagram: News Of The Weak/We Knew Of Haste


     Weakness #2:  Sen. Ted Stevens was found guilty today on all 7 counts of making false statements on financial disclosure documents.  Not surprisingly, Senator Stevens maintains his innocence.  Of mild interest here is the fact that one juror had to be excused due to a family emergency, and an alternate had to be brought in, and deliberations had to be started over, and a verdict was reached amazingly swiftly after that.  I say amazingly because there were three days of intense deliberations and one instance of one juror being a major asshole at the other jurors, according to all reports that I read.  Maybe that’s the juror who left.  I dunno, I see nothing that says that is (or isn’t) the case. 

     Ted Stevens was a lock for the Alaska Senate seat he is defending, but now is locked in a tight race for that seat, with his challenger, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.  He has won every senate race he has participated in, getting at least 66% of the vote, but this may well flush any chance of his getting re-elected down the toilet.  I would feel sorry for the man, but he made out like a bandit for years. He is allowed to continue sitting until the Senate takes action on his inappropriate behavior. 

       Weakness #1: Ah, The Joy of Killing…or plotting it anyway.  Two young white supremacists, ages 18 and 20, have been arrested in what looks to be some twisted Nazi dream.  They had acquired several rifles, cased out one home, and a gun store, to rob it apparently.  They were apparently planning to attack a predominantly black school, and then were going to do a drive by and kill Barack Obama, with the assassination being the “culmination of a killing spree”. 

     Now there are a few things you should know here.  Obama had no plans to actually be in  Tennessee, where the charges were filed, and where the school attack was to take place, anytime soon.  How they were planning on doing it I have no idea.  They said they had spoken of Killing Obama, but whether they had gotten past the “We hate N***ers and we should kill some, and their leader too” phase is unknown to me, but any threat to either society in general or one target in particular MUST be taken seriously.  They have been charged with illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun, conspiracy to rob a firearms dealer and making threats against a presidential candidate. 

     That’s it for the news.

     A quick message to everyone out there ready to Crown Barack Obama President.  Hold yer horses.  It isn’t over yet.  Let’s take a quick look at the electoral college and polling for just a second.

        According to the real clear politics electoral college/polling map, John McCain has 17 states and 130 electoral college votes, at least according to the Information at hand, locked down, while Barack Obama has 19 states + D.C. locked down, with a total of 255 Electoral votes.   But that also leaves 14 states and 153 electoral college votes in either the leaning or the toss up category. Any state that has a lead for any particular candidate of less than 10 percentage points is considered a lean, and anything less than 5% a toss-up.  Most of these states have, in past, voted with the Republicans and only two of these states have gone democratic once in the last two elections.  Toss-Up states include Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina,  and Florida.  Georgia is called a Lean state, as is Arizona.  Put those states in the McCain column, which could conceivably happen, all of a sudden we have a Much tighter race on our hands.  It then becomes 255-219.

     If you are a McCain supporter, there is no reason to give up hope. 

    But If you are an Obama supporter, things are very much looking up, but know that the race isn’t over until the last electoral vote is counted.  Why, with all I just said, do I say that Things are looking up for Obama?   A few reasons.  One.  Even without leaners, he is, according to the polls, only 16 electoral votes away from victory.  Two, even if you give John McCain every single tossup state, and all the leaners that are leaning his way, the states of West Virginia, Arizona, and Georgia, while giving Obama all the states he is leading in, Barack Obama still wins, and pretty handily at that, 306-232. 

    It;s gonna be fun next Tuesday.  Don’t forget to vote, and make sure you bring munchies, this is gonna be entertaining to the last second. 

    Damn! Politics is more fun than Baseball!  No Rain-outs On Election day, Baybee! And no shitty umpires fudging the calls….well…. Anyone who remembers Bush V. Gore might argue that Point.  Still better than Baseball though.

    A video, some quotes, and I am done.

    A Keith Olbermann campaign comment from today. Ashley Todd, John Moody, and a plea to John McCain.

       That’s it for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets:  Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.    Ron Paul

Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens.   Jigoro Kano

Anagram: I Feel Like An Idiot/Into Lifelike Idea

       I have to tell you I feel a little dumb right now.  I am back doing stuff on  Read my previous post to find out what happened.  The problem was some kind of major glitch in the system, perhaps some kind of system hack.  It wasn’t reading me at all.  The password wasn’t working, it didn’t recognize my e-mail address or my name, the page at first didn’t show up at all when I just went to look at election coverage, and then when it did, it was a standard template, not the page i had been used to seeing. My wife looked at the Whois on the page and said it was someone new, she didn’t recognize the owner.

    I overreacted, I honestly thought It was all over for me at El-Co.  But thankfully it isn’t.  I really like writing, and I also really like the site and the subject matter.  And I got to writing just as soon as I figured out that I could post again.  The first three posts are as follows.  Monday’s story is an overview of how John McCain could win enough electoral college votes to become President. Tuesday’s story is an overview of Barack Obama’s chances to get to the Oval Office.   Wednesday’s story is a series of recommendations to fix the electoral process, from media usage to a constitutional voting rights amendment. 

     Ya know, it’s late, or early depending on your viewpoint, I’m a little tired, I’ve been up since 9:30 yesterday morning and i’m just relaxing because work is quiet.  So what I’m going to do, rather than my usual, report and comment on one story, I’m just going to drop a bunch of links on you, with a blurb on each, and let you read and react on your own to the news of the day.

    This one came out Thursday.  The Politico story about the “Republican Death List

     Nothing says love like shooting Syrians.  American Helicopters came from Iraq without the knowledge of the Iraqis, violated Syrian airspace, landed, and shot up a farm. Or a Construction site, depending on the report sited.  8 people were killed, and the Syrians are pissed.  The Syrians claim it was a simple farm house, but the Americans were told it was Al-Qaeda.  If the Al-Qaeda link was legitimate, then this was the only correct course of action. 

     Ouch.  Even Sarah Palin’s hometown paper, the Anchorage Daily News, is jumping off the McCain-Palin Bandwagon.  They just Endorsed Barack Obama.  Read the entire endorsement here.

   Aaaaaaaand, just in case you forgot there are assholes in the world, Undeniable proof here.  $20,000,000,000 in bonuses for Businesses that have lost their shirts…Including Lehman Brothers. Hell… Bonuses went up at Merrill Lynch, BECAUSE more than 3,000 people lost their jobs there.  Up to an average of $110,000 per employee.    Just a guess here, the mailroom guy and the copy operators and the rest of the working stiffs won’t be getting $110,000 each. 

     There is no justice

   Oh yeah one more thing.  DJIA Futures are down 240 points at this point.  The Dow is now sitting at 8,021 points.  At least it isn’t as bad as it was on Friday, and it was worse earlier.  It got below 8,000 points for a bit there.  Let’s hope for a big uptick here. I’m not expecting it, but I’m hoping.

    A viddy, some quotes, and I am done.

    John McCain on Meet The Press with Tom Brokaw Sunday Morning. 

    That’s it for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, Via Newspeak:  Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.  Plato

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.  Thomas Jefferson

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What its supposed to be about

     I spoke to a buddy of mine today.  He is a Republican, or at the very least an unhappy minarchist who sees nothing but ugly in a potential Obama Administration and all things democratic.  I remember the word socialist coming up several times.  There was talk of the Financial mess being the fault of “that fag Barney Frank” and Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel…he named a few others.   I had to remind him that it wasn’t just them, and that there are these guys, these “Blue dogs” or Dino’s(Democrats in name only) who have helped put the Republican agenda through the House.  He wasn’t hearing it.  I spoke about it being everyone’s fault, this financial mess,  and that there’s plenty of blame to go around.  He said the republicans are small government and it’s the dems who are the ones fucking things up (I’m not being precise with this conversation, either the order of it or the precise tenor, but the general tone is what i am trying to set here)

    I feel a need to answer in the more calm tones that time and thought provide.  Point One.  Democrats are not socialists, any more than Republican’s are fascists.  There is good and bad on both sides of the aisle and calling someone a name doesn’t make them the thing they are called to anyone but those that already think like that.  The policies of democrats are not socialist in nature, any more than those that the republicans espouse.  Is John McCain’s plan to help with mortgages any more socialist than Obama’s Tax plans? I defy you to prove that to me. 

     The Financial mess itself is the patient reward we get for years of planning and work on both sides of the aisle over a long period of time.  It’s most culpable proponents?  George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Phil Gramm, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson.  Republican’s all. Are there democrats to blame as well? Damn right!  Bill Clinton had a hand in this, and if you take a look at the congress over the last 20 years you will see equal culpability in both parties, doing their damnedest to make their rich corporate friends rich and trying to cut themselves a slice of the pie.  Pelosi, Reid, Rangel are just as important here as Shays, Boehner and Ryan. 

    Both sides of the Aisle are sick with greed and it’s making the entire nation, and indeed planet, ill. 

        Republicans are not small government.  No party is small government….well maybe the libertarians, who have been entirely hijacked by the conservative right.  There seems to be no room for a left libertarian like me in that party.  But they, like all other third parties, are simply not viable on a national level.  Haven’t been for as long as I’ve been around.  I would not mind a strong third and even fourth and fifth party in American government. 

     Republicans raise taxes just like democrats.  Look at the statistics.  It’s all campaign rhetoric. AKA Bullshit.  You pay taxes when there is a republican in the oval office just like you do when a democrat is in the oval office.  A difference of a few percent is what they sell you on.  Republican’s charge a penny less, and pass that cost onto future generations.  Dems charge a penny more, and make you pay up front.  That is the real difference between parties, tax wise. 

    OK, it’s more than a penny, but you get the point.

   If anyone wants to speak on specific points addressed here, feel free to drop me a line.

   A Video and I am done.  As a matter of Fact for the first time ever I am putting in a video here that I have yet to watch myself completely.  I am watching it as I post this.  From C-Span, a Third Party Press conference, featuring Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, Chuck Baldwin, and Cynthia McKinney.  Enjoy:

     That’s it for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets:  Both of our political parties, at least the honest portion of them, agree conscientiously in the same object: the public good; but they differ essentially in what they deem the means of promoting that good. One side believes it best done by one composition of the governing powers, the other by a different one. One fears most the ignorance of the people; the other the selfishness of rulers independent of them. Which is right, time and experience will prove.    Thomas Jefferson

The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake.  H.L. Mencken

Anagram: Idiot of The Week!/Feed The Kiwi Too!



       We Have a winner!  This weeks biggest idiot is a 20 year old woman named Ashley Todd.  Miss Todd claimed she was attacked by a Large Black man in the Pittsburgh area who robbed her and carved a B in her cheek.  She said the Gargantuan Black man said she was “going to be an Obama Supporter” and carved said “B” in her cheek.  The assault was supposedly also sexual. One Problem with the claim.

     It was completely false. 

      She changed her story a number of times when she told the police about the attack.  It supposedly happened at an ATM.  ATM’s have camera’s.  There was no evidence of an attack at the ATM she was at. There was also no record of a transaction by her at said ATM.  The police gave her a polygraph, and she has since said she made up the attack story. To her credit she did that unforced after she was asked to come down to the precinct and do a composite sketch of her attacker.  She has been charged with filing a false report to the police afterwards.

     You had to know it was a bit off base just by looking at the picture.  The B carved into her face? Backwards… like she carved it In a Mirror.  well, not Like she carved it in a mirror.  She carved it in a mirror.

    There is also reports that the McCain campaign gave out information on this “attack” even as the investigation was under way.  Oh…and she is a McCain Campaign worker.

     One can only wish this sick twisted little nutter a speedy recovery in whatever Psych ward she ends up in.  The Kid clearly needs help, and I hope she gets it.  After whatever justice is meted out by the Pennsylvania justice system. 

    That’s it for that story.  A link or two for you to look at about this story.

    Next Up: The Stock Market.

     Good News everyone!  The Market only fell 312 points today! 

     ….Yyyyyyyer looking at the screen funny aren’t ya? On a normal day I’d look funny at that as well.  But I tell ya, this morning at the open, if you’d have told me we’d only be down 312 points on the day I’d have jumped for friggin joy.  The first few minutes of the day were dominated by a downturn that had the people on bloomberg that i was watching talking about things getting so bad that there might need to be a temporary halt to trading.  Which would have kicked in after sloughing off 10%  i think.  They said 1100 points would have kicked in a halt to trading.  And it looked like that was gonna happen.  Dow futures were down 550 points and futures sales were halted before 7 am.  And when the Market opened, it was losing about 100 points every minute for the first few minutes.   Luckily that stopped. 

     A story filled with love and joy that i read in fortune magazine at work yesterday. Enjoy!

     A viddy before I go.  John Zogby talking about the election and what we want in our president.

   That’s It for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote:  We should stop going around babbling about how we’re the greatest democracy on earth, when we’re not even a democracy. We are a sort of militarised republic. The founding fathers hated two things, one was monarchy and the other was democracy, they gave us a constitution that saw to it we will have neither. I don’t know how wise they were.  Gore Vidal

Many think it not only inevitable but entirely proper that liberty give way to security in times of national crisis–that, at the extremes of military exigency, inter arma silent leges. Whatever the general merits of the view that war silences law or modulates its voice, that view has no place in the interpretation and application of a Constitution designed precisely to confront war and, in a manner that accords with democratic principles, to accommodate it.   Antonin Scalia

Anagram: Ten Thoughts/Ghetto Hunts

     I think I’m a little pissed off at a few congressmen right now.  I was just watching Henry Waxmen and his H.R. committee grilling Alan Greenspan, Chris Cox and John Snow.  Are they responsible for the current financial mess? Somewhat to be sure, but no more or less responsible than any of the legislators who passed the laws that made deregulation easier.  It really irks the shit out of me that the pot is calling the kettle black here.  There is enough blame to go around, these guys are just unloading on these three, and there are many more people out there responsible.  A lot of it is partisan horseshit as well. 

     I think I was most annoyed when a man named Mr. Mica, a representative from east buttfuck, decided that it was his solemn duty to explain that the man who got the most contributions from fannie mae and freddie mac was Barack Obama after five solid minutes of ranting and bringing nothing to the table.  Not one solution.  Not one question which might illuminate the subject that is the current fiscal crisis.  How does this help find a root cause to the problem?  I understand being angry and wanting answers, but what did that piece of knowledge, or the rant and anger behind it, do for Americans?Did it help find a solution to the financial crisis?  Did it open up any minds as to how to fix things? 

    I think I need to relax. 

   I think I need to have a cup of coffee.

     I think the political polling is a little bit misleading.  Reuters Zogby now has Obama with a 10% lead.  It was 3 percent a scant few days ago.  Fox News has Obama up by 9%.   Even the gallup Traditional, usually a very tight poll, has Obama up by 5%.  That 5% sounds closer to the truth than anything.  I figure it’ll be less then that though.  Call it a hunch, but I’m gonna say that if it’s 3%, it’s a lot.  10% my ass.  I don’t trust this polling. 

     I think I want to take a day off from work.  They just took my overtime away and I have a few more days left to me and not much time to take it in.  Seeing how I have a cold…a very slight cold mind you, but a cold nonetheless, i’m leaning that way.  Aw, hell, I’ll probably go in anyway.  If for no other reason than to get a few people I work with sick. I’m just filled with joy that way.  🙂 

    I think it’s funny that My law firm just got hired By Fannie Mae. Lemme tell you why funny, at least for me personally. I have recently had My overtime cut out by my firm.  One of the reasons given for the OT cut at my job is because of the economic downturn.  Understandable as far as it goes, but my firm is a corporate law firm.  We get business hand over fist when times are bad.  These companies need all the help they can get, and the work has seriously picked up in the last few weeks as a consequence.  This OT cut will end up biting my companies Administration in the ass.  All it takes will be one important person in the firm not getting one job on time due to lack of personnel, and we’ll have that overtime back.  And Fannie mae will bring in OODLES of work.  Kewl.

    I think I just might make dinner.  Kielbasa and noodles of some variety.

    I think i just saw the market tumble over 150 points in the time it took to write this.  Call it 25 minutes.  It was up over 200 points, now it’s only up 26.  FUCK, and other such statements.

       I Think I am done for now.  More later if I have the time.  One Video and I am done.

   And now for something completely different, Marty Friedman talking about scale creation. I think the pattern he plays around with here is a Spanish scale, a personal favorite of mine.  In e That’s E,F,G#,A.B,C,D#,E.  : 

    That’s it for me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, Via :  As to Taxes, they are evidently inseparable from Government. It is impossible without them to pay the debts of the nation, to protect it from foreign danger, or to secure individuals from lawless violence and rapine.    Alexander Hamilton

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.    Thomas Paine

Anagram: I Hate My Sinuses/Use Tiny Messiah

       Sorry, I think I have a cold coming on and it irks the crap outta me.  I usually would have run a few miles today, but You can’t run if you can’t breathe normally. Bitching over.  Politics Up.

       Hmmm… it is a bit late for this But I feel a need to chime in for a minute on Michelle Bachmann.  The woman last friday said Barack Obama “May have anti-American views” on Hardball with Chris Matthews. When he pushed, first she mentioned Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers.  Can’t disagree there.  But when he pressed further, she said that there should be a penetrating Expose by the media to find out how many of our legislators are Anti-American.  That’s some very Joe McCarthy-like stuff there.

     Her Republican allies were not lining up to help her out of this.  The McCain Campaign did not have a direct response to her statement, but did say that they do not question Sen. Obama’s patriotism.  Spokesmen from the house minority leader, and the house minority whip had no comment. 

    In this day and age, it is par for the course that McCarthyism is rearing it’s ugly head.  At this point, with just two weeks to go before the election, this has turned into a free for all on the republican side.  Charges of Anti-Americanism here by Rep. Bachmann,  Sarah Palin and John McCain call the Obama tax plan socialism, And Sen. Mel Martinez called Obama’s economic plan communist.  Now who would you impress with such banter?

     Older white voters.  Voters that, as a block, are already solidly behind Sen. McCain.  

    Dammit…Suddenly Busy Husband.  Will finish this post when possible.  Working all the time, dammit.

    Just adding a small bit here to say that the work is done.  Home theatre system is together and working fine.  Just a video and nuggets and I’m done.

      The Video is of Thomas Keane talking about Bipartisanship:

     That’s it for me. G’night:

Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote:  I often observed to my brother, You see now how little nature requires to be satisfied. Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is. This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence; and a resigned soul finds pleasure in a path strewed with briars and thorns.   Daniel Boone

Even the most inspired verse, which boasts not without a relative justification to be immortal, becomes in the course of ages a scarcely legible hieroglyphic; the language it was written in dies, a learned education and an imaginative effort are requisite to catch even a vestige of its original force. Nothing is so irrevocable as mind.  George Santayana