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There is a great American Zen koan displayed on our roads. The question is clearly displayed: Y? Why? For those that wonder, the answer can usually be found on the mountain tops (at the passes, appropriately enough): Y?

Barack Suffers A Loss That Can’t Be Won Back

I just watched, on MSNBC, a North Carolina speech by Barack Obama. It was the first time that Barack Obama had spoken of the passing of his beloved grandmother, who was a groundbreaker in her own right in Hawaii, early this morning. It was, as said by Pat Buchanan, ’emotional, moving and authentic.’ Obama said, “She’s gone home. My sister was by her side.” He spoke movingly of the fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers who have had a daily fight and sacrifice that has helped, decades later, their children, grandchildren and, yes, their great-grandchildren live a better life. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find his comments in video. UPDATE: The Video has been found thanks to Daily Kos. It was a … Continue reading

Another R Jumps Ship: ‘Obama is the True Conservative’

Jeffrey Hart was a speech writer for Ronald Reagan both as governor of California and as President. He was a speechwriter for Richard Nixon. He’s written academic books and articles on the underpinnings of the true conservative movement. He was a senior editor of The National Review for nearly 40 years. He is a true conservative. Yet  he has endorsed Barack Obama, first in February at The Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan.  Why did he do it? It’s best to let him explain himself. Here are a couple excerpts from The Daily Beast the source where I found it today. Republican President George W. Bush has not been a conservative at all, either in domestic policy or in foreign policy. … Continue reading

Don’t Let Others Be Fooled: Dirty Tricks Abound In Last Few Days

From misleading, or lying, robocalls to false flyers and even private investitgators showing up at people’s doors to question their legal status, the dirty tricks games are in full swing. Aimed at suppressing the vote of, primarily, minority voters they can work only if we let them. First short excerpt of an analysis from AP per MSNBC: Complaints have surfaced in predominantly African-American neighborhoods of Philadelphia where fliers have circulated, warning voters they could be arrested at the polls if they had unpaid parking tickets or if they had criminal convictions.  <>Over the weekend in Virginia, bogus fliers with an authentic-looking commonwealth seal said fears of high voter turnout had prompted election officials to hold two elections — one on … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Big News In Digestible Bits (Monday, November 3rd)

It’s election eve and a lot of people are kind of feeling like it’s the night before Christmas. Sadly, tomorrow may be the day when a lot of people will discover whether or not there really is a Santa Claus. Many of us will sit under our television sets, waiting to see what results pop down the chimney. Many of us will likely go to bed, not knowing what Santa left. Many of us will wake up with coal in our stockings. Many of us may wake up with a “nightmare before Christmas“. There is a lot of pre-election night chatter on the blogs, right now. I’ve managed to gather a few for you in today’s Ten Post Round-Up. One … Continue reading

SNL – Funnier Than Waterboarding. Or Maybe Not.

Wow. Last night’s Saturday Night Live was … well, not so funny. SNL – Smooching Butt To Power Or, actually it WAS funny, but not funny “ha ha.” The opening sketch, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin with the actual John McCain going on QVC because McCain didn’t have enough money for any other network buy was kind of funny. But what was “funnier” was that SNL would give McCain a big freebie less than 72 hours before the election.

The New Ugly: More Ignorance and Bigotry in the McCain-Palin Mob

The latest chant at Palin rallies is this: “Vote McCain, not Hussein!” or “John McCain! Not Hussein!” As NYT’s The Caucus is reporting, the former made an appearance at a rally earlier this week in Pennsylvania, the latter at one this morning in Florida: After the rally in Florida ended, two of the people leading the chant explained why they did so. “Because it rhymes,” said Shirley Mitten, 64, a volunteer at a pregnancy center and a resident of Brooksville, Fla. She said she does not know if Mr. Obama is a Muslim. “He says he’s not, but we have no way of knowing,” Ms. Mitten said. Her husband, John A. Mitten, 64, took credit for starting the chant. “I … Continue reading