Patrick Martin of wsws has posted a provocative article on Barack Obama’s campaign use of the “take out” of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Martin:
There is something particularly degrading about the use of a state killing—in which dozens of heavily armed special ops troops mowed down the fugitive in front of his wives and children—to promote a political campaign. Obama presents himself, not so much even as commander-in-chief, but as “hitman-in-chief,” appealing to the worst social instincts.
Obama donors get access to top advisers" (not the small online donors, silly!)
"Aides to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) scheduled pricey luncheons, roundtables, readings, VIP receptions and policy dinners with campaign officials and advisers, offering donors a taste of his potential administration. ..."
Get their ears even before the election-- Buffet, and Daschle, and Cutler, and Tanden, and Jarrett, etc. (Article also includes a very non-complete list of just some October big $$ events.) Read below the fold...
Presenting: the 23/6 cheap-ass Halloween costume (23/6)
Stuck for a costume idea this Halloween? Worry no longer. All you need is a pair of scissors, a piece of string, and an overweening disregard for evolution and birth control. It's the official23/6 Scary Mask, and it's available for download, absolutely free! Click [here] to download a PDF, suitable for wearing, framing or setting on fire. Read below the fold...
MEDIA ALERT: Prophet Yahweh Predicts Spaceships Will Appear Oct. 31st in Support of Senator Obama
Prophet Yahweh, Seer of Yahweh, Master UFO Caller says that on October 31, 2008, superhuman black men, from other planets, will appear in their spaceships and hover over his UFO Summoning School for three days as a sign that all Americans should vote for Obama as President.
Racist GOP mailing depicts Obama surrounded by KFC, watermelon, and food stamps. (Think Progress)
A local California GOP women’s organization’s most recent newsletter claims that if Obama is elected, his face will appear on food stamps, rather than dollar bills like other presidents. The group then included a picture of “Obama Bucks” — a phony $10 bill with Obama surrounded by racist imagery:
Third-party candidates to debate on Sunday (McClatchy)
WASHINGTON — Third-party presidential candidates finally will have their own debate: at 8 p.m. Sunday at Columbia University in New York.
For REAL change.—Caro
“Let me make it clear at the outset that I have no intention of following instructions.”
– Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, thanks to Economist’s View
Ditto. It’s the story of my life, and my ongoing commitment to myself and to you, my readers. I absolutely will not follow instructions.—Caro Read below the fold...
Prime Minister Proposes $500 Billion European Bank Bailout (Wall Street Journal)
U.K. to Rescue RBS, HBOS, as Germany Plans Up to €400 Billion to Aid its Institutions; U.S. Is Considering Similar Moves Read below the fold...
From the debate: A 'look' at the candidates' words (On Politics, USA Today)
Courtesy of Janet Harris at Upstream Analysis, here are tag clouds that take the words used by the candidates at last night's debate in Nashville and "show" which ones they emphasized most:
Janet looks at the clouds and says McCain's "is full of nationalist/patriotic terms" while Obama's "seems mild by comparison, reflecting its mild-mannered speaker." Read below the fold...