Submitted by hobson on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 11:05am
Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83. full story
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Submitted by hobson on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 6:27pm
Submitted by hobson on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 4:46pm
Full text of Obama's speech in Golden CO
...We are in the most serious financial crisis in generations. Yet Senator McCain stood up yesterday and said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong
A few hours later, his campaign sent him back out to clean up his remarks, and he tried to explain himself again this morning by saying that what he meant was that American workers are strong. But we know that Senator McCain meant what he said the first time, because he has said it over and over again throughout this campaign -- no fewer than 16 times, according to one independent count. Read below the fold...
Submitted by hobson on Thu, 09/04/2008 - 12:56am
The title is the headline from the much quoted Anchorage Daily News. The story is by Kyle Hopkins.
The state has tried selling its unwanted jet online four times and failed. So last week, the Palin administration signed a contract with an Anchorage aircraft broker who thinks he can succeed where eBay couldn't The eBay thing didn't work out very well, said Dan Spencer, director of administrative services for the Department of Public Safety. He's the person charged with trying to get rid of the infamous Westwind II.
The administration made a deal last week with Turbo North Aviation, promising the broker a 1.49 percent cut of the selling price. Read below the fold...
Submitted by hobson on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 9:44am
From Levees.Org which Sarah did a post on last year here.
The nations' citizens and Louisiana deserve the 8/29 Investigation, a third-party independent analysis of the flood protection failures during Hurricane Katrina because:
* the official levee investigation, the Intergency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET) was managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the same agency responsible for the flood protection's performance - a clear conflict of interest. Read below the fold...
Submitted by hobson on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 9:09am
From Editor and Publisher:
Surprise? First Two National Polls Find Palin Gains LESS Support from Women
The first national polls on John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin yesterday came out today from Rasmussen and Gallup -- and contrary to what the GOP probably hoped, she scored less well with women than men.
Here's a finding from Gallup: Among Democratic women -- including those who may be disappointed that Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic nomination -- 9% say Palin makes them more likely to support McCain, 15% less likely. Read below the fold...
Submitted by hobson on Sat, 08/30/2008 - 12:48pm
The Anchorage Daily News has an explanation of the possible scandal. There is an ivestigation ongoing, not made up by the SCLM.
Palin's abrupt dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan is now being investigated by a special counsel hired by the Alaska Legislature as to whether there was any official misconduct.
According to Mudflats, a seemingly left Alaskan blog:
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Submitted by hobson on Sat, 08/23/2008 - 1:45pm
I had tried to post this as a comment on Lambert's post about the Texas primary but it wouldn't post. I'm assuming I set off some spam filter so I'm making it an expanded post instead.
Please don't talk to me about the GOP legitimately complaining about vote fraud, in Texas or anywhere else. They have consistently maintained that vote fraud is widespread and is a democratic specialty. They have used it to try voter suppression all over the country.
You might want to look at this to see what Republicans do with vote fraud in Texas. Read below the fold...
Submitted by hobson on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 1:54pm
The Personal Democracy Forum just concluded it's yearly conference on technology and politics in New York. You can find it here. I happened to attend two or three years ago (thanks to my sister footing the entry fee) but was slightly humiliated because I was obviously the only person there without a cell phone. And almost the only one without a laptop. I was unable to communicate with anyone. The highlight for me then was the appearance of Elizabeth Edwards. She, as much as anything else, made me an Edwards supporter.
I haven't been back since. The entry fee for the event is more than double what it was leading me to wonder how much democracy there is in it when it costs almost $700.00. Read below the fold...
Submitted by hobson on Sun, 06/22/2008 - 10:39am
I got this link through the Personal Democracy Forum. It's a site set up by Newt Gringrich. It's title is "Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.
A Real Change Campaign to Lower Your Gas Prices"
According to the site, they have over a million signatures on their petition
The Republicans think this is one issue they can get traction on against the Democrats. It has been the topic of endlessly repeated propaganda on right wing radio for weeks. Larry Kudlow has pushed it over and over. Read below the fold...
Submitted by hobson on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 2:25pm
From the New York Times:
Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to block access to Internet bulletin boards and Web sites nationwide that disseminate child pornography.
The move is part of a groundbreaking agreement with the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, that will be formally announced on Tuesday as a significant step by leading companies to curtail access to child pornography.
Then there is this from Mashable: "Cuomo’s Child Porn Deal: The Death of USENET?" Read below the fold...