Archive for October, 2008

Republicans are The Real Socialists

October 31, 2008

October 31, 2008

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart

Hale “Bonddad” Stewart

Posted October 28, 2008 | 10:15 AM (EST)

I’ve been watching the news for the last few days (or maybe the last week) and frankly the fact that any intelligent idea actually gets out and discussed in the national media seems far-fetched and impossible. According to right wing talkers/news outlets, Obama is a socialist and that’s bad. The country is really scared of that possibility. Unfortunately, the real socialists are the Republicans. (more…)

McCain Campaign Soaked by Stories of Palin Strife

October 31, 2008

10/27/08 at 9:00 AM

Not awkward at all.

Not awkward at all.Photo: Getty Images

Last Thursday we sensed some strife in the wind, buoyed by stories of $150,000 wardrobes and “lack of chemistry.” Get ready, we said, because as the McCain campaign begins to stumble toward the finish line, you’re going to start reading all sorts of stories about how John McCain and Sarah Palin are seriously butting heads. The very next day, the reports started hitting newsstands and the Internet, resulting in a weekend devoted to documenting every little bit of gristle in the tough, maverick-y meat of the Republican ticket. Turns out Palin is reportedly chafing against the former Bush aides tasked to manage her, and has added a constitutional amendment against gay marriage and campaign “robocalls” to the list of topics on which she publicly disagrees with McCain. Here are some of the best bits: (more…)

Chavez sees Palin as confused “beauty queen”

October 29, 2008

Palin a confused beauty queen - Venezuela's Chavez Reuters – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez speaks to supporters during a meeting of Venezuela Socialist Party …

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, renowned for colourful insults of world leaders, called U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a confused “beauty queen” on Friday after she said he was a dictator. (more…)

Obama Addresses Crowd in Downpour; McCain Cancels

October 29, 2008
Marlene H. Phillips

Marlene H. Phillips

Posted October 28, 2008 | 05:09 PM (EST)

Tuesday was a tough day to be outside in Greater Philadelphia. The rain poured and the wind howled. The weather turned so nasty that the fifth (and possibly final) game of the World Series game scheduled for the night was postponed.

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John McCain canceled a Tuesday morning rally at Memorial Stadium in the Philly suburb Quakertown.

Back in the city meanwhile, in driving wind and rain on the campus of Widener University in Chester, Senator Obama was greeted by thousands of supporters who cheered Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell when he introduced the Democratic presidential nominee and kept right on cheering as Obama took the stage and addressed the crowd. The crowd was multi-racial, wildly enthusiastic and drenched. Attendee Charlene McGrady was impressed with the enthusiasm but not surprised by the crowd’s tenacity. “Philadelphia Phillies fans waited hours in the rain for the third game of the World Series. McCain either doesn’t know much about the people in this area or doesn’t have much faith in his supporters.” (more…)

ACLU: 2/3 of US population lives in “Constitution-free” zone

October 29, 2008

By Jon Stokes | Published: October 23, 2008 – 09:45PM CT

Longtime Ars readers know that I’ve had my own problems in the “Constitution-free zone” that exists in US airports, but an aggressive new ACLU campaign highlights a fact of which I was previously unaware: the Constitution-free zone that exists a US borders and airports actually extends 100 air miles inland and encompasses two-thirds of the country’s population. The US Border Patrol can set up checkpoints anywhere in this region and question citizens. (more…)

The Case Against Marriage (very long!)

October 29, 2008

A Book in Progress by Glenn Campbell

Introduction
Chapter 1

You’re probably not going to listen to me, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway. You’ve been considering marriage, and I am here to dissuade you. I’m not against love, mind you, or even against bonding for life if that’s the way things turn out. It is only the public contract I object to. Why does a private relationship need a public sanction? Why can’t you negotiate your relationship on your own, as it unfolds, just between the two of you, without the social or governmental license? (more…)

Palin’s ‘going rogue,’ McCain aide says

October 28, 2008
From Dana Bash, Peter Hamby and John King
CNN

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) — With 10 days until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain have become so intense, they are spilling out in public, sources say.

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue.” (more…)

10 Fun Facts About Pablo Picasso

October 28, 2008


Guernica by Pablo Picasso (1937) – turned into 3D art by Lena Gieseke in 2008

Today is Pablo Picasso’s birthday, and to help celebrate the Cubist movement co-founder, here are Neatorama’s quick 10 fun facts about the guy: (more…)

Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama

October 28, 2008

Obama for president
Palin’s rise captivates us but nation needs a steady hand



(10/25/08 19:37:58)

Alaska enters its 50th-anniversary year in the glow of an improbable and highly memorable event: the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate. For the first time ever, an Alaskan is making a serious bid for national office, and in doing so she brings broad attention and recognition not only to herself, but also to the state she leads. (more…)

‘Rednecks for Obama’ defy conventional wisdom

October 27, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

(10-21) 04:00 PDT Rolla, Mo. — Les Spencer is an atypical Barack Obama supporter. He’s a redneck. His buddy Tony Viessman calls himself one, too. Without accessing their inner Jeff Foxworthy, they define redneck as hardworking guys who like to hunt, fish, and maybe pop a beer or two.