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Racists For Obama?

10.30.2008


Gawker.com has lost most of its magic, but they can still come up with some interesting stuff. The latest is this post on "racists" voting for Obama, Trends: Racists For Obama. This picture is not doctored. That is a confederate flag and an Obama sign. To throw another wrench in it, this isn't even in the South. This is in Indiana, which is much the same thing. However, note that the American flag is above the Confederate symbol that is "not all racist" anyway, right?

The post picks up off of Politico.com's article on race and politics that talks about all these people who don't particularly like black folks, but are voting for Obama. My favorite is the douche bag who says he can tolerate voting for Obama because "he's not all black," and he also wants to vote for him so it will stop all those crybabies who still think discrimination exist.

As Paul Begala said, "“If you go to a white neighborhood in the suburbs and ask them, ‘How would you feel about a large black man kicking your door in,’ they would say, ‘That doesn’t sound good to me,’” said Democratic political consultant Paul Begala. “But if you say, 'Your house is on fire, and the firefighter happens to be black,' it’s a different situation.” Uhm... I don't think most people want anyone of any color kicking their door in.
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Interesting Tid Bits

They shouldn't have removed it. Honor Killing is not a cultural issue. It is an issue of violence against women and human rights. FOXNews.com - FBI Removes 'Honor Killing' From Murder Suspect's 'Wanted' Poster. According to family members, Said felt he was compelled to kill his daughters because they had disgraced the family by dating non-Muslims and acting too "Western."
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Although our culture is obsessed with consuming, this is part of how we got into this mess. A life on credit is not a life within your means. Take this advice. 18 Means for Living Below Your Means Marc and Angel Hack Life
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The GOP has just gone and lost their minds. There are crazy people on both sides of this game, but why are the crazy reds always official people? Stirring the pot - Alamogordo Daily News
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Hundreds more Christian families flee Iraq city - CNN.com

The number of Christian families who have fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in the past week has reached 1,350, authorities said Wednesday. Nineveh Deputy Governor Khasro Goran said the new numbers were provided by the provincial city's office of immigration and displaced persons. The families fled, reportedly frightened by a series of killings and threats by Muslim extremists ordering them to convert to Islam or face possible death, Iraqi officials said.
Fourteen Christians have been slain in the past two weeks in the city, which is located about 260 miles (420 kilometers) north of Baghdad. In response to the attacks, authorities ordered more checkpoints in several of the city's Christian neighborhoods.
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More Interesting Tid Bits

10.29.2008

Uhm...I'm Not Happy or Anything, but. Report: Iranian President Ahmadinejad Has Fallen Ill


A close associate of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at the weekend the Iranian President had fallen ill under the strain of his position, following a series of cancellations in his schedule. The official Iranian news agency has quoted Mohammad Ismail Kowsari, an MP and close ally of Mr Ahmadinejad, as saying he is sick "but will eventually heal". Mr Ahmadinejad reportedly works a 20-hour day and has not appeared in public since last Tuesday.

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Wonkette: The D.C. Gossip » Obama Chooses Horribly Dangerous Setting For Election Night Speech, Yay! Obama says he's doing this election night in Grant Park no matter what; win or lose. After the recent assassination attempt, might the Secret Service have something to say about it.
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Wonkette: The D.C. Gossip » Very Considerate Vandals Target Obama Supporter In Silicon Valley. Wow. For once, it's nice to see someone harass voters in a polite way.
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Bush's Last Few Months




The Bush administration in its final weeks will revive a stalled crackdown on U.S. companies that hire illegal immigrants, issuing a new regulation and asking a federal judge to lift a ban on the measure, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced yesterday.

If the court agrees, the government could begin mailing notices to 140,000 employers regarding suspect Social Security numbers used by an estimated 8.7 million workers, pressuring businesses to either resolve discrepancies or fire workers within 90 days.
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More Craziness

10.28.2008


Another 100,000. Like I said with Missouri, my claustrophobia cringes at the site of this, but whatever. These people are clearly willing to put up with this crowd to see him. If he's elected, it's never going to happen again, so enjoy while you can. Obama Draws More Than 100,000 At Denver Rally (PHOTOS)
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Don't Let Voting Problems Deter You

In addition to voter registration fraud, we've been reading about a lot of voting irregularities and possible supression around the country now that early voting has picked up.

On college campuses in OH, students are being told that police will be at the polls to serve warrants for parking and speeding tickets.

In GA, TN and VA election watchdog groups say they have received several complaints about voting machines flipping on them, mostly people who pick straight Democratic ticket say it comes up straight Republican ticket.

In New Mexico lawsuits have been filed because people whose registrations were purged because they didn't match the information on file were called at their home and harrassed because the GOP released their names and info to the public. Why? That makes no sense.

My favorite is Indiana. In Lake County, the GOP is trying to get 3 voting centers closed. They argue that Lake County is notorious for voter fraud and seem to believe that getting rid of three voting centers will help curb this. Guess where those centers are? Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. Yes, the predominantly black areas in Lake County. They say its not racially motivated and those people can vote at the Crowne Point center. All of them going to one place that is already serving its own community. The court denied their request because the lines would be unreasonably long and the distance is too far for those taking public transportation. The GOP is appealing.

In NC, a group of black voters were harrassed by some white passerbys as they waited in line to vote. The people yelled out things like, "you're voting for a terrorists!" "Decent people go to church on Sunday!" That's just stupid, but still.

I like this one in GA. The polls close at 7pm in this county, but the lines were so long (and of course they didn't have enough working machines) that some people didn't get to vote until 1:00 am. The best part is their attitude. They didn't care. These are mostly black people and they were just so happy for the chance to vote this election that a 6 hour wait didn't upset them. Me? I would have showed out and probably end up getting arrested or something because that is some bulls*&^.
Clayton County Voters Stand In 12-Hour Lines - News Story - WSB Atlanta
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Black History Week

10.26.2008

October 26 - In 1911, Mahalia Jackson was born

October 27 - In 1954, Benjamin Davis became 1st black general in the US Air Force

October 29 - In 1974, Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman

October 30 - In 1954, the armed forces black unit was abolished. In 1975, Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla in Manilla." In 1979, Richard Arrington became the 1st black mayor of Birmingham.

October 31 - In 1945, Booker T Washington entered the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.

November 1 - In 1945, the first issue of Ebony Magazine published. In 1787, the 1st free school in New York for blacks opened.
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Potential First Ladies Step Up

10.25.2008

Now that Cindy McCain has become more outspoken in the race and Michelle continues to speak out more, the press is covering both of them more as well. The NYTimes did a piece of Cindy which included her drug addiction. Well, it's not as bad as some of the things written about Michelle. There are other pieces out there that are a little more kind to both potential first ladies.
McCain Camp Fires Back at Times for Cindy McCain Story - FOXNews.com Elections
McCain camp outraged at New York Times story addressing Cindy McCain's past painkiller addiction, questions why the paper hasn't investigated Barack Obama's youthful drug use.
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Michelle's focus group: Military families - Carrie Budoff Brown - Politico.com
Once portrayed as unpatriotic, Michelle Obama has quietly carved a niche on the campaign trail as a sounding board for military families, taking up a cause that could define her agenda as first lady. Every few weeks, Obama meets with military spouses in swing states, where she presents herself as a kindred spirit and Barack Obama as the best choice for their families. She attended the two debates with military family members. And at the Democratic National Convention, she led a day of service on behalf of Blue Star Families for Obama, a two-month old group with the tagline: “Pro-Military, Pro-Obama.”
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Cindy McCain sheds her shyness - Amie Parnes - Politico.com
She speaks in such soft, gentle tones that people in the crowd sometimes find it hard to hear her, even with a microphone. And when her husband takes the stage, she melds into the background, her hands clasped, her blue eyes focused on him, on the sea of faces and, most intensely, on the message. So when Cindy McCain pounces to the attack and rips into Democrat Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, it often catches the audience off guard, as happened on Friday at a rally of 6,000 supporters in Miami.
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Everyone's Vote Will Be Illegal

10.24.2008


The Right is suggesting that this is a plot by the Left to distract away from ACORN. Yeah, I'm sure we'll find out this dude is a closet Democrat who went through this entire ruse in anticipation of an ACORN scandal disrputing the Democratic plot to destroy the country and steal the election. The BRAD BLOG : BREAKING: CA GOP Vote Registration Contractor Arrested for Registration Fraud, Perjury
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Celebrity Swirl Society


While Halle Berry and her sweet manservant, Gabriel Aubrey, are probably the most famous swirl couple of the moment, many black women in and around Hollywood are getting in on the game and ESSENCE does a short spread on them. My comments? I still disapprove of two people as beautiful as Halle & Gabriel sharing their DNA because its unfair to the rest of us. Zoe Kravitz is waaaaaaaaaaay too young for Ben. I know George Lucas is worth $3 billion, he still looks like he is Mellody's grandfather's best friend. And Garcelle's twins are just little yummie pies. Color Blind: Celebrities In Interracial Relationships « Photo Gallery
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Best Presidential Dance Off Ever!

10.23.2008


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Election 2008 Updates


As of yesterday, that communist, socialist, Nazi, left-wing, abortionist media has done the predictable thing and smacked McCain about the head and neck with their endorsements. As of two days ago, it was 112-39 and its getting worse. MONDAY: Updated Endorsement Tally -- Obama Widens Lead to 112-39. On a more serious note, I think it is important to note that while most of Obama's endorsements are expected, some are not. You have newspapers who haven't endorsed a candidate in several elections or who have endorsed Republican candidates more often choosing him as their candidate.
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To add to the unfairness of the biased media, you have the biased Late Night hosts. Well, Jon Stewart doesn't count. The funniest part of all of this is that FOXNews thinks its a real story. Late-Night Comics Skewer Republicans 7-to-1, Study Finds - FOXNews.com Elections



A study shows the Kings of Late Night are not equal-opportunity destroyers this year when it comes to telling jokes about the candidates for president and vice president -- they're hammering Republicans a stunning seven times more often than they skewer Democrats.
The Center for Media and Public Affairs, a media analysis group, kept a tally of jokes told about the presidential contenders on the "Late Show" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" in the five weeks after McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his running mate and vaulted the little-known Alaska governor into the national spotlight.
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I was talking with my sister about how racists in America just must be throwing up on a daily basis and things get closer to this election. Not because a black man could very likely be president, but because it will be white Americans who put them in there. Oh, the betrayal. Obama leads among white independents - Politico.com
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Racists for Obama? - Ben Smith - Politico.com
New polling and a trickle of stories from the battleground states suggest that Sen. Barack Obama's coalition includes one unlikely group: white voters with negative views of African-Americans. Race has become the elephant in the room of the 2008 presidential campaign, with Obama’s prospect of becoming the first black president drawing some Americans closer to him while pushing others away. At times, the contest has slipped into a familiar dynamic of allegations of racism and outraged denial — but it's also challenged some easy assumptions about race, racism and prejudice.
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Google CEO Endorses Obama

10.22.2008


This home page a few years ago made me a fan of Google. I like them even more now.
The Raw Story Google CEO to endorse Obama: WSJ: "Google chief executive Eric Schmidt plans to endorse Barack Obama this week and campaign for the Democratic presidential candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. 'I'm doing this personally,' Schmidt told the newspaper in an interview, adding that the Mountain View, California-based Internet search giant was 'officially neutral' in the November 4 presidential election. The Wall Street Journal said Schmidt planned to join executives from other technology companies in announcing their support for Obama and would appear at an event in Florida on Tuesday with the Democratic candidate."
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Are Black Voters in NC Being Harrassed?

10.21.2008


Words like "most" and "primarily" tell me that these groups were not exclusively race-based, but this is still pretty foul. Because most of these people are black, these hecklers assumed they were voting for Obama and thus the heckling. All the more reason to vote for Obama. And if they have videos of their tires being slashed, someone better get arrested.

Campaign Silo » NC Early Voters Heckled by McCain Supporters, Tires Slashed "Early voters in North Carolina, most of whom were black, were heckled and mocked by McCain supporters as they their cast their ballots Sunday. According to Washington Times reporter Christina Bellatoni primarily white McCain supporters shouted 'terrorist' and complained that 'Sundays are for church not voting'"
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We heard about this happening in both Michigan and Ohio. Republicans sought out list of all foreclosed homes in the state with plans to deny the former homeowners the right to vote because they will no longer live at the address that they likely registered as. Why would the Republicans want to make sure that this particular group of people are not allowed to vote? Statistics show that the majority of these people are minorities and working class; two groups that favor Obama especially considering the economy and healthcare problems will be their priority. Republicans were forced to acknowledge this foolishness in Michigan and a settlement was reached, although they say it is not proof. Emptywheel » MI Republicans Admit to Illegal Foreclosure Scheme, “Surrender” to Democrats. You have to read the article. It's ridiculous.
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Illegal Immigration Update


The issues of Illegal Immigration and I.D. Theft is one that the pro-illegal immigration groups don't want to talk about, but it's a real, serious problem. SCOTUS will hear a case about it today. Can it even be possible that someone doesn't know they are hurting someone by stealing their identity? I don't think so. Nor do I think it matters because its a crime and they know that. That's enough for me.

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Illegal Immigrants' Use of Fake IDs - washingtonpost.com"The Supreme Court today accepted a case with significant implications for the government's crackdown on illegal immigration, agreeing to review whether prosecutors have to prove that defendants in aggravated identity theft cases knew they were victimizing a real person. The justices will hear the appeal of Ignacio Flores-Figueroa, a Mexican illegal immigrant who used false identification to get a job at a steel plant in Illinois. He was convicted of aggravated identity theft and other counts and sentenced to more than six years in prison."
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So they'll help us keep Cubans from illegally immigrating, but not Mexicans? Hmmm. FOXNews.com - Homeland Security: Cubans Head for Mexico to Dodge U.S. Sea Patrols - International News
Mexico agreed Monday to deport Cubans who sneak illegally through Mexican territory to reach the U.S., a step toward cutting off an increasingly violent and heavily used human trafficking route. The agreement signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa also criticized U.S. policy that generally allows Cubans who reach U.S. territory to stay, while turning back most caught at sea. Cuban migrants in recent years have increasingly headed for Mexico — often to the coast near Cancun — then overland to Texas because it has become so hard to dodge the U.S. Coast Guard and reach Florida to qualify for U.S. residency.
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SAIS Next Europe: Has The EU Been Watching Lou Dobbs?
Recent anti-immigration sentiment contributed to the downfall of the proposed treaty to reform the EU in Ireland and the Netherlands. The 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by Muslim radicals sparked a right-wing movement in the Netherlands, ultimately leading to the defeat of the treaty referendum. Polish immigration and a slowdown in the construction sector may have sealed the treaty's fate in Ireland.
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Pro-Life & For Obama?

10.20.2008


I'm trying to get to the bottom of Obama's stand on abortion. I hear and read that he is okay with making late-term or partial-birth abortions legal and that he doesn't want any restrictions on abortion. Then, I hear he is against partial-birth/late-term abortions. I'm not the only one curious. Pro-Lifers and Catholics are concerned as well.


Opinion: Can Catholics Back Pro-Choice Obama? Newsweek Religion Newsweek.comIn an election cycle filled with its share of quirks, oddities, and surprises, the emergence of Roman Catholic pro-lifers as leading supporters of Sen. Barack Obama—himself a favorite of the National Reproductive Rights Action League—must rank as one of the strangest of twists and turns. Whatever its effect on the election, this unexpected development may also portend a new hardening of the battle lines within the Catholic Church, no matter who is inaugurated president in January.

For Obama but against abortion - Los Angeles Times
Some Republicans are telling Catholics that supporting Obama is a sin. Catholics are instructed not to cast a ballot for an advocate of abortion, but these partisans overstate the church's teaching to make an even broader claim: Namely, that a pro-choice candidate is off-limits too. Were this true, Obama's substantial lead in the polls might be subject to religious preemption among the 25% to 30% of voters who are Catholic in such battleground states as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Florida.
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Poor People Can Save For Retirement


If you're part of the working poor, you're really not interested in hearing people tell you about saving for retirement or even just saving for emergencies, but you need to do it. Between you and me and the other 300 million Americans, we know social security isn't going to be around in 2050 when we get to retirement age (67). Do you know about IDA's? They are Individual Development Accounts and a good way to plan for retirement if you're on the lower end of the working class or don't have access to a 401K or its equivalent through your job. CFED Focus Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that enable low-income American families to save, build assets, and enter the financial mainstream. IDAs reward the monthly savings of working-poor families who are trying to buy their first home, pay for post-secondary education, or start a small business. This reward or incentive is provided through the use of matching funds that typically come from a variety of private and public sources. Similar to 401(k)s, IDAs make it easier for low-income families to build the financial assets they need to achieve the American Dream.

There is evidence from IDA initiatives that poor people, with proper incentives and supports, will save regularly and acquire productive assets. For example, 2,128 low-income families participating in ADD saved $602,181 as of June 2000, and these savings leveraged another $1,146,919 in matching funds. Monthly deposits typically ranged from $30-$75 per month.
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Out With The Old, In With The New

10.19.2008


In a continued, doomed bid to appear relevant, Jesse Jackson opened his mouth, which automatically means something came out wrong. His latest is his opinion of the U.S. relationship with the "Zionists" and Israel. He wishes thinks that under Obama, Israel won't be our special little friend anymore. This despite having no communication whatsoever with the Obama campaign. REV. JESSE JACKSON PREDICTS CHANGE IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY WITH OBAMA - New York Post. Obama really didn't want anything to do with him in the first place and Jackson's "cut his balls off" comment several months ago sealed his fate with Barry. He is completely shut out.

Based on my knowledge of nothing, I believe this is all about jealousy. It is driving Jackson crazy that he did all the marching and fighting and negotiating and primping in front of the cameras and was never able to be a legit contender for the White House. But somehow this pretty little golden boy comes out of nowhere and not only gets accolades that are clearly unearned, but is damn near treated like he's the second coming of the lord. Jackson is never forgiven for his many mistakes, yet Obama can "pall around" with domestic terrorists and a crazy preacher and still be out of "margin of error" in the polls. This shiny Harvard boy who is not a descendant of slaves is gliding into the White House and Jackson will not even be able to have Obama's ear once he gets there.
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Powell Endorsement & $150 Million


Today was a good day for Obama. After the announcement that his campaign raised $150 million in September, which is just crazy, the predicted General Powell endorsement was made public on Meet The Press.
As I said before, I don't think this will do much for Obama. It might make a few Independents feel like this is a good nod in terms of leadership and foreign policy. It might make a few black conservatives who were on the fence because of the race issue decide to give Obama a chance.
This will be on the news for the next few days which helps Obama as well and if the McCain camp tries to go after Powell, it would be a disaster for them. Their best bet is to just acknowledge it and ignore it.

Colin Powell endorses Obama - CNN.com
Halperin: How the Powell Endorsement Boosts Obama - TIME
Obama raises record $150 million in September - CNN.com
Barack Obama's campaign announced Sunday the Democratic presidential candidate raised $150 million in donations in September, setting a new high-water mark in campaign fundraising. In a campaign video, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said a record 632,000 new donors gave to the campaign, with the average contribution under $100. More than 3 million donors have given so far.
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Admiration or Worship


I'm all for enthusiasm about the potential of a promising candidate and the excitement around the chance to be a part of history and change, but when I see pictures like this, that natural contrarian in me gets a little itchy. Obama drew 100,000 people to his rally in Missouri, according to the St. Louis police department. He is leading McCain by six points in a state that voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004.
The only thing that would get me out into a crowd that size would be if the real Messiah was showing up, but I look at this pic and wonder if these people thank that is who Obama is. I feel sorry for him because, if he is elected, there is no way he will be able to live up to the expectations that I think people have of his presidency. No one could. Also, I'm claustrophobic so I feel like my personal space is being severely invaded just looking at this picture.
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Black History Week

October 19 - In 1943, Othello opened with Paul Robeson in the title role

October 21 - In 1850, Chicago refused to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act. In 1917, Dizzy Gillespie was born.

October 24 - In 1972, Jackie Robinson died

October 25, 1945, Jackie Robinson was signed by Branch Rickey
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An Open Letter

10.17.2008


Does this open letter to the American people by just about a gazillion nobel laureates endorsing Obama help or hurt him? All 2008 US Nobel Laureates in Science Endorse Obama! - Scientists & Engineers for America Action Fund. I think one of Obama's advantages is that everyone knows he's smart. Any idiot can get into Harvard, but Editor of the Harvard Law Review is a harder job to get than POTUS. But with certain segments that he is trying to win over; especially the white working class, see those Ivy League educated elites, which are presumed to be weak socialists or extreme liberals, as a negative.
Despite the fact that these are all Americans, can't you just see Sarah Palin looking at the names and mentioning that there are a lot of foreigners? I appreciate intellect and logic, but personally, I wasn't impressed with this. That was until I read the letter. I thought it was kind of thoughtful and found their excitement around a president who appreciates science and technology hilarious. Was Bush really that bad?
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The Sexiest Woman Alive

10.16.2008

Esquire magazine has named Halle Berry the sexiest woman alive. She said she wasn't sure why, but being 42 and just six months from having a baby, she'll take it. The cover (above) is sexy and there is a nice spread inside. Halle Berry Is the Sexiest Woman Alive, 2008 - Esquire. This may seem like an odd body part to point out, but her arms look great on the pictures inside. That hota$$ manservant of hers does actually speak and Gabriel told someone that he and Halle are planning another baby. New Berry-Aubrey Coming Soon? / Stereohyped. I stand by my word that two people this attractive should not be allowed to breed with each other. Their DNA is too precious. They need to spread that s*&^% around. Seriously.
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Sharpton Update

10.15.2008



Rev. Al Sharpton and seven others were found guilty this week of disorderly conduct in connection with a Sean Bell protest earlier this year. The judge in the case said he was "sympathetic" to the cause that sparked the protest but concluded that Sharpton and the others needed to "take a bullet" for the team. They were sentenced to time served plus a $95 fine. A National Action Network rep say that Sharpton and Co. would pay the fines with $50 bills to represent the number of shots fired by the cops who killed Bell
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Gay Friendly Education

Is this necessary? Sounds to me like they are creating a separate but equal situation here. I don't think giving gay kids their own school will do anything to lessen homophobic behavior. I do understand that non-gay kids can go to this school, but the school will be focused on their lifestyle and I feel straight kids might have a very hard time. Chicago may get 'gay-friendly' high school - CNN.com
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Next?

10.14.2008


Does anyone disagree that China is the coming Superpower? Something drastically horrible could happen to set it back, but inevitability says the future world will revolve around China in some way, shape or form in the way it revolves around America now and revolved around England once. But don't write us off yet. A Power That May Not Stay So Super - NYTimes.com


The United States of today and Britain of 1905 are certainly more
different than they are similar. Yet the financial shocks of the past several weeks — coming on top of an already weak economy and an unpopular war — have created their own crisis of national confidence.

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Voting Foolishness


ELECTION MIX-UP: 'OSAMA' ON THE BALLOT - New York Post

The absentee ballots sent to voters in Rensselaer County identified the two presidential candidates as "Barack Osama" and "John McCain." In the United States, the best-known person named Osama is Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group.
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Why? Just why? Many convicted felons remain on voter rolls, according to Sun Sentinel investigation -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Florida's elections chief, Secretary of State Kurt Browning, acknowledged
his staff has failed to remove thousands of ineligible felons because of a
shortage of workers and a crush of new registrations in this critical swing
state.Browning said he was not surprised by the newspaper's findings. "I'm kind
of shocked that the number is as low as it is," he said.Asked how many
ineligible felons may be on Florida's rolls, Browning said, "We don't
know."
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Election 08 Post

RealClearPolitics - Jumping Ship...
This is becoming a very strange campaign. On CNN last evening both David Gergen and Ed Rollins echoed the current mantra that the "old" noble McCain is gone-and a "new" nastier one has emerged, largely because of his attacks on Ayers, perhaps his planned future ads on Wright, and a few unhinged people shouting at his campaign stops. Recently Christopher Buckley endorsed Obama, likewise lamenting the loss of the old noble McCain. New York Times columnist David Brooks dubbed Palin a "cancer," and he suggested that Obama's instant recall of Niehbuhr sent a tingle up his leg as Obama once did to Chris Matthews as well.
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I'm not sure where this issue came from. Seems out of nowhere. I'm wondering which side would benefit from trying to make this an issue. I found it on drudgereport first, so I guess we can imagine. I'm going to have to side with McCain here. Post-Gazette: Candidates differ on female draft
Even as the U.S. confronts two long wars, neither Sen. John McCain nor Sen. Barack Obama believes the country should take the politically perilous step of reviving the military draft. But the two presidential candidates disagree on a key foundation of any future draft: Mr. Obama supports a requirement for both men and women to register with the Selective Service, while Mr. McCain doesn't think women should have to register. Also, Mr. Obama would consider officially opening combat positions to women. Mr. McCain would not.
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Come on, media. Can someone throw the senator from Arizona a bone? The E&P Pub: 15 papers Endorse Obama, None for McCain
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Donklephant » Palin Actually Drive White Men And Women Away?
And since white men and women make up the majority of Independents, that’s a big problem for McCain. His campaign knows that there will probably be a larger than normal African-American and youth vote coming out this season, so he had to win these key white groups by a larger margin than usual if he had any chance of winning. Well, now Pollster has collected numbers from 56 separate polls to gauge the “Palin Effect” and it’s more bad news for McCain.
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Illegal Immigration Update

10.13.2008


What is the deal with illegal immigrants and chicken factories?

"Federal agents detained more than 300 suspected illegal immigrants Tuesday in a raid at a chicken processing plant that has been under investigation for months. The raid took place during a shift change, when police and federal agents spread through the House of Raeford's Columbia Farms plant and ordered all workers to show identification, according to officials and witnesses."

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Border protection funds steady as illegal immigration stalls: "On the heels of a vote by Congress to provide a steady flow of funds for beefing up immigration enforcement, a new study shows that the number of immigrants illegally crossing the border into the United States has actually stalled. The study, released by the Pew Hispanic Center, showed that between 2000 and 2005, about 800,000 illegal immigrants entered the U.S. each year. But between the years of 2005 and 2008, an average of 500,000 entered annually, with a year-to-year slowdown."
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NJ senator pushes for immigration raid guidelines -- Newsday.com: "With federal authorities stepping up immigration enforcement raids across the country, U.S. Sens. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and Robert Menendez of New Jersey have sponsored a bill to protect the rights of U.S. citizens and legal residents who get caught up in them. The Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Raids and Detention Act was introduced on Sept. 25 to push for more stringent legal procedures to be followed by authorities executing immigration-related searches and warrants."
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WHKP 1450 AM Radio Henderson County - Marches On Sunday...To Protest Round-Up Of Illegal Immigrants: "A march is scheduled for Sunday in Buncombe County, calling for 'an immediate end to attacks against the immigrant community'...according to one march organizer. The march stems from the round-up of workers said to be illegal immigrants at the Mills Manufacturing Co. in Woodfin. After the round-up, 29 workers were released by Customs agents in order to care for their children. Reports are that five were deported, ten more were releaed under bond, three others are still detained, and three are unaccounted for. The Asheville Citien-Times newspaper reported on Friday that Hendersonville sympathizers with the protesters will also be marching this Sunday."
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Election officials reject report saying thousands of illegal immigrants are registered to vote News for Dallas, Texas Dallas Morning News Texas Politics The Dallas Morning News: "County elections administrators reject the conclusions of a report alleging that up to 333,000 noncitizens may be registered to vote in Texas, saying there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the Lone Star State. The report by David Simcox, the former head of a think tank that favors less immigration, said an estimated 1.8 million to 2.7 million noncitizen immigrants in the U.S. may be illegally registered to vote, thereby potentially influencing the outcome of the upcoming presidential and congressional elections. Using population estimates from the Census Bureau and Texas county registration data, Mr. Simcox calculated that Dallas, Harris, Starr and Presidio counties, as well as others, had higher numbers of registered voters than those who are eligible, which may indicate noncitizens are registered to vote."
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TrooperGate Conclusion

10.12.2008


The Alaskan legislature concluded that Sarah Palin did abuse her power when she fired a trooper for not firing her brother-in-law. I'm not condoning any abuse of power or misconduct on the part of an official, but seriously, what would you do? The man, who has a history of violence including tasering his own 10-year old stepson, was trying to take her sister's babies away from her? I'd do it. I'd do it for my sister and the safety of my nieces and nephews. He won't get far in a custody battle if he doesn't have any income. Alaska is an at-will state, so all she had to do was wait until he did something wrong and he's toast.

The question now is will she still come out with the attacks on Obama's honesty and character? No matter who the red team spins it, this is not a good time for this type of thing.

Alaska Inquiry Concludes Palin Abused Powers - NYTimes.com "Gov. Sarah Palin abused the powers of her office by pressuring subordinates to try to get her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired, an investigation by the Alaska Legislature has concluded. The inquiry found, however, that she was within her right to dismiss her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who was the trooper’s boss. Supporters of Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday in Anchorage. A 263-page report released Friday by lawmakers in Alaska found that Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, had herself exerted pressure to get Trooper Michael Wooten dismissed, as well as allowed her husband and subordinates to press for his firing, largely as a result of his temperament and past disciplinary problems."


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Black History Week

October 12 - In 1975 Frank Robinson becomes the 1st black baseball manager

October 14 - In 1974, LeRoy Walker named Black Olympic coach.

October 15 - In 1972, Jackie Robinson honored in Cincinnati Stadium

October 17 - In 1968, three Olympic athletes gave the Black Power salute after medaling in the 200 meter even in the Mexico City Olympics. In 1956, Astronaut Mae Jemison was born.

October 18 - In 1977, Reggie Jackson hits 3 home runs in the World Series
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Standing Up

10.11.2008


The McCain campaign didn't have much of a choice but to go dirty. Nothing else was working. The politics of fear have been proven to be successful, but the American public just doesn't have the stomach for it this time. The media has been very focused on replaying the sound bites from the crowds at the Governor and McCain's rallies. It's ugly stuff and Independents are not amused. McCain's favorable ratings are plummeting.

Have you seen the tape of McCain, Friday in Minnesota as well as Ohio, telling the crowd that they were going to have to be respectful and honorable? He said that Obama is a decent, good man who loves his country. He said there is no reason to be afraid of Obama. The crowd booed him, but he kept going. In another rally, he corrected a woman who said that Obama was an Arab. This is the John McCain that people like and respect. This is the American war hero. He knew he was going to be booed and he knew conservatives would turn around this morning and criticize him, which they are doing. They're accusing him of going soft, losing his nerve and campaigning for Obama. But he said what was right to say. Independents love that. They respect someone who doesn't do what is expected, popular or easy, but instead does what their personal values and morals tell them is right.

This is the same McCain, who in 2007, went to a speak at a organization of people against illegal immigration and shot them down when they said racist, bigoted things. He would tell them that illegal immigration is wrong and must be stopped, but we are all God's children and there is no place for that ugliness. Again, he was booed, but he said what he had to say. The Obama camp has acknowledged and thanked McCain for his comments, but I don't think it will have an effect on the crowds. They want blood. However, if they spent more time showing this side of McCain instead of attacking Obama, McCain might win over more Independents.

Maybe I'm blowing this out of proportion because I was just happy to see the John McCain that I remember and admired. I just thought it was pretty cool.

In Lakeville, McCain tamps down hostility
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Fear Of The Student Vote

10.09.2008


Remember in 2004 there were several fliers circulating through Chicago's poor black neighborhoods saying that they didn't have to vote on election day. That if people were too busy, they could come and vote on the following day. Elsewhere there were fliers in the black communities in Florida saying that the police will be at the polls looking to serve warrants. This election, we recently heard that voters in Ohio are being told that if they have a foreclosed home, they can't vote because they no longer live at the home they registered as living at. This is a new one. Students on college campuses, clearly Obama territory, are being told that police will be at the polls looking to arrest people, even those of you with outstanding parking tickets. Consider how students are so notorious for not showing up on election day, if this works as well, it could hurt Obama in states like Ohio and North Carolina.

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Say It Aint So!!!


AbFab is one of my top ten all time best shows ever. If you haven't seen the BBC comedy, you have really missed something. I encourage you to Netflix the series ASAP, but I beg you not to watch this attempt at a remake. Some things are just too sacred to be duplicated. It hurts my feelings even to read this.

TV.com: Absolutely disastrous: Fox redoing Absolutely Fabulous "Television executives continue to rely solely on the ideas of their forefathers by taking the ideas of years past, repackaging them for a new audience, and thinking they'll work. Most adaptations have been disasters so far, but that isn't stopping anyone from chugging along with the rehashes. The ladies of Absolutely Fabulous.The newest old show making its return to television is Britain's dearly beloved Absolutely Fabulous, which ran across the pond from 1992 to 1995, and was brought back for more from 2001 to 2004. It starred Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as two alcohol- and drug-abusing older women clinging to their youth. One of the character's daughters served as the common sense of the group, despite still being in school."
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Who Is ACORN?


Every election has some fraud. Trust me, I'm from Chicago. I know this. It is an unavoidable reality, but how much can it actually effect an election? And how does the fact that the party who is losing or has lost is the only one that cares about it? Republicans didn't want to hear about Democrats complaints in 2000. In 2004, Republicans were crying foul up to the election because Kerry/Edwards was ahead of Bush/Cheney, but when they won, you didn't hear a peep from them and Democrats, who said nothing prior to the election wanted to make Ohio the scene of the crime.

In 2008, Republicans are looking at the polls and setting the stage for a legal protest, which appears to be the common strategy for both parties; just in case. But no one has been able to prove that the fraud has ever been enough to change the results.

Republicans, and FOX News, seem to be very obsessed with ACORN, a voter registration organization that has a history of fraud. The latest controversies are in Missouri and Nevada. Why is this group still allowed to register people? Both parties should care about this, but since ACORN goes after low-income voters, which tend to vote blue, only the Republicans seem upset. But if Obama wins, you know that EVERYTHING will be questioned even if there isn't any reason to. Republicans will not accept his victory. While the campaign has voiced its support of investigations of any fraud, it might be better for them to be a little more vocal.

Missouri officials suspect fake voter registration - Yahoo! News
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A New Superpower Emerges?


Okay, is there anyone left who is arguing that we aren't in a recession? No, well then what is left is to decide when it could end and what will our status in the world be when it does? While the rest of the world is dealing with their own financial crisis, the haters are saying that this is the end of America. That we will become to the next superpower what Europe has become to us; secondary. Some are saying that China's predicted 9% economic growth for 2009 will place it at the top. It's basically the only country that the IMF will not downgrade prospects. Maybe I'm too naive, but I don't think this is any worse than anything else we have bounced back from.


Aussies joke - and hope - that China can save capitalism "A cartoon on the front page of Australia's national newspaper Thursday neatly illustrates an irony admitted by the government: communist China could save capitalism. The illustration shows a Chinese man in a Superman outfit telling exactly this to a bankrupt, cigar-smoking Wall Street tycoon covering his nakedness in a barrel. 'Oh, you're just loving this, aren't you,' the fallen high-flyer replies in the cartoon in The Australian. Amid turmoil in the world financial sector, the International Monetary Fund predicted Wednesday that China's economy would grow at more than 9.0 percent next year while much of the West faces recession."

FT.com / World - US retains top competitiveness ranking: "The US has again topped a widely-watched index ranking country competitiveness, despite the financial crisis that has left it and other highly ranked nations facing market meltdown and a prolonged economic downturn."

World finance chiefs heading for Washington for crunch talks "Finance chiefs from the world's richest nations are set to meet in Washington for a crucial but uncertain meeting at a time of unprecedented fear about the global financial system. The Group of Seven meeting will bring together finance ministers and central bankers on Friday from the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Britain, Italy and Canada for some collective-thinking on the credit crunch and crashing stocks. They are to be joined by counterparts from emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China for an impromptu gathering of the expanded so-called G20 group. The United States finds itself in a rare position of weakness, facing many allies that have been highly critical of its economic policy and regulatory system blamed for the problems."
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Foolishness

10.08.2008

My Way News - AIG execs' retreat after bailout angers lawmakers "Less than a week after the federal government had to bail out American International Group Inc. (AIG), the company sent executives on a $440,000 retreat to a posh California resort, lawmakers investigating the company's meltdown said Tuesday. The tab included $23,380 worth of spa treatments for AIG employees at the coastal St. Regis resort south of Los Angeles even as the company tapped into an $85 billion loan from the government it needed to stave off bankruptcy"
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That One


Most everyone is saying that this 2nd debate was more intense than the first, but I think that is just because of everything that has happened since financially. Again, there was no winner for the pundits, but the polls say Obama won by an even greater margin than the 1st.
My impression? Obama won because of the way he carried himself. McCain tried to put him on the defensive and got pretty angry, but Obama never even frowned. He sat, walked and talked with confidence. He looked like a man who knew he was under no pressure. Both candidates got away with too much of their campaign stump speech than they should have, but Obama seemed to answer the actual question more often than McCain did. I still think Obama has to be less cerebral and more emotional. He's a little too calm and cool for me.

A lot is being made of McCain's reference to Obama when he pointed at him and said "That One." It meant more to me that McCain & his wife left within 5 minutes of the end of the debate, while Obama and his wife stayed for another 15-20 to talk with people. That is something Bill Clinton would do. Regardless of what happened, the winner of the debate was decided by the DJIA at 4pm earlier that day.

ABC News: Debate Verdict: John McCain, Barack Obama Exchange Blows, No Knockouts
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Hagel's Wife To Back Obama


I saw this news from a reader posting at Bookerrising.com. I'm not at all surprised Hagel's wife is backing Obama. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if Hagel was backing him secretly. This is why other Republicans are always so mad at him. Hagel's Wife To Back Obama


The wife of Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel plans to endorse Democrat Barack Obama. Lilibet Hagel has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference in Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday with Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of Republican President Eisenhower. Susan Eisenhower also is an Obama supporter.
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Then There Is This

10.07.2008


While Palin attacks Obama's character, the GOP begin the fundraising scandals.

Obama’s ‘Good Will’ Hunting Newsweek Periscope Newsweek.com "Funny Money: Prompted by FEC auditors, the Obama campaign returned donations from unnamed sources"

GOP to file fundraising complaint against Obama
The Republican National Committee plans to file a fundraising complaint against Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign Monday, alleging it has accepted donations that exceed federal limits as well as illegal contributions from foreigners.

RNC officials acknowledged Sunday that they do not have a list of foreign donors to Obama's campaign. Instead, the complaint is based largely on media reports, including one from a conservative Web site.

The complaint asks the
Federal Elections Commission to audit Obama's campaign fund, RNC chief counsel Sean Cairncross said in a conference call with reporters.
Cairncross said little is known about many of Obama's donors because the campaign is not required to disclose detailed information about people who give less than $200.
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Uhm...What?


I don't like throwing the R-word around, but isn't a racist someone who makes a negative judgment or takes a negative action against someone based on their dislike of his/her skin color?

Racism Without Racists - NYTimes.com "The racism is difficult to measure, but a careful survey completed last month by Stanford University, with The Associated Press and Yahoo, suggested that Mr. Obama’s support would be about six percentage points higher if he were white. That’s significant but surmountable. Most of the lost votes aren’t those of dyed-in-the-wool racists. Such racists account for perhaps 10 percent of the electorate and, polling suggests, are mostly conservatives who would not vote for any Democratic presidential candidate. Rather, most of the votes that Mr. Obama actually loses belong to well-meaning whites who believe in racial equality and have no objection to electing a black person as president — yet who discriminate unconsciously."
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Bringing Out The Racism In Everyone

10.06.2008


Racists have got to be losing it at this point. While some white supremacists have said that an Obama presidency is a good thing because it will finally make whites wake up and realize they have lost control of "their" country and join the ranks of white power, they still can't be happy about this. Hence some of this foolishness:

One Group Of Florida Middle Schoolers Just Got A Disturbing Lesson / Stereohyped: "Greg Howard, a middle school teacher in Jackson County, Fl., wrote 'C.H.A.N.G.E. — Come Help A Nigger Get Elected' on his dry-erase board during his seventh grade social studies class, which included 17 white students, six black students and one Asian student."

George Fox University is a small institution in Oregon founded by Quakers. That's why the president of the school was, by all accounts, genuinely surprised and dismayed to find that a group of students there had hung a cardboard likeness of Barack Obama from a tree. A sign on the figure said "Act Six reject." Act Six is a scholarship program that brings low-income and minority students to Christian colleges in the Northwest.
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Politics of Personal Destruction


As the talk show host suspected last week, after the polls and focus groups said that Biden won the debate, the McCain campaign has given up on the issues. They are going to go full force on character attack. Palin is already suggesting that Obama is buddies with terrorists. Ads with pictures of Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers and that Rezko guy are already showing in toss up states and we'll probably see more of them. McCain is going to do everything he can on Tuesday night to question Obama's character now that questioning his experience hasn't seemed to do him any good. It's sad to see a good man like McCain go out like that, but politics can turn even the best of men into this.

Will this tactic work? I don't think so. If the economy was in a better place it might, but with people out of jobs, out of their homes and unable to retire, they really aren't going to care about who Obama hung out with when he was a community organizer in Chicago. The Wright story is not new, no one cares about Bill Ayers (although they probably should) and Rezko....well, Chicago politics is what it is.

McCain's only choice was to somehow convince Americans that he did have an economic plan that was better than Obama's and nothing like Bush's. This strategy reeks of desperation and Americans unsure if they can pay their mortgage November 1, aren't going to appreciate having their time wasted with it.

Palin says Obama 'palling around' with terrorists
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The Horror

10.05.2008


I am just so through with all this. WTF??????!!!!!!!!!!! Worst choke ever!
Dodgers 3, Cubs 1 - Wait Till 101st Year - Dodgers Eliminate Cubs - NYTimes.com

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Illegal Immigration Update

Some of the latest:


Federal immigration authorities say more than 1,150 people have been arrested in a special three-week sweep in California. The sweep targeted those who ignored deportation orders or returned to the U.S. illegally after being deported. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said Monday that more than 400 of those arrested were from Los Angeles and several Southern California counties. ICE teams from San Francisco and San Diego also participated in the sweep, which concluded Saturday.

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'Virtual kidnappers' targeting immigrants -- baltimoresun.com: "Families of illegal immigrants in Arizona are increasingly being targeted by an extortion scam in which criminals falsely claim to have kidnapped their loved ones as the immigrants tried to sneak across the U.S. border with Mexico. The culprits behind so-called 'virtual kidnappings' typically strike when illegal immigrants make the three- to four-day journey through the remote desert, where they are cut off from communicating with family members. Relatives are told to cough up thousands of dollars or their loved ones will be maimed or killed."

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Jobs scarce for immigrant laborers in New Jersey mycentraljersey.com MyCentralJersey.com: "Like countless other immigrants living in the United States, their incomes have decreased, and a recent study also showed that Mexicans living here are sending less money to their homeland, a drop that at least in part is attributed to U.S. economic woes. The median annual income of all U.S. households increased by 1.3 percent between 2006 and 2007, but fell by 7.3 percent in noncitizen immigrant households, according to a report issued last week by the Pew Hispanic Center. Mexicans living in the U.S. also sent home 12 percent less money in August, the largest drop on record since the Bank of Mexico began tracking remittances a dozen years ago, according to The Associated Press."
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Talk Gwinnett! - Re:New Study Links Illegal Immigration and Crime - Express Yourself! Forums: "Illegal immigrants account for 34% of the drug convictions; 44% of forgery; 96% of smuggling; 85% of false ID; 50% of crimes related to “chop shops”; 36% of kidnappings; 21% of crimes committed with weapons; 13% of aggravated assaults; 13% of robberies; 13% of stolen cars; 10% of sex crimes; 11% of murders and 20% of the felony DUI convictions in the Phoenix area. Illegal immigrants make up 19 percent of those convicted of crimes in Maricopa County and 21 percent of those in county jails. Illegal immigrants only make up an estimated 9 percent of the county’s population."

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Number of illegal immigrants wanes, but statistics prove murky National Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "On Thursday, Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington think tank, released a new study reporting that the number of illegal immigrants in the United States — 11.9 million as of March — was down half a million from the previous year's estimate. The study suggests that more undocumented workers are leaving the U.S. than coming in. But those declines, by the group's own acknowledgment, were not statistically significant because of the wide margin of error in the estimates used in the study. Also, the study relies to some extent on U.S. Census data, which does not distinguish legal from illegal residents.
That fact seemed to be supported by Bernabe's own anecdotal experience when he made his daily rounds checking on the estimated 4,000 day laborers seeking work at various sites in the San Fernando Valley."
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Black History Week

October 5 - In 1897 J.H. Evans patented the convertible settee-bed

October 7 - In 1800 Gabriel Prosser hanged for armed resistsance

October 9 - In 1869 Morgan State College opened

October 10 - In 1966, Black Panther Party emerges in Oakland, CA

October 11 - In 1964, MLK awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
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These People Know He Isn't The Actual Messiah, Right?

10.01.2008


I'm being sarcastic, but seriously. Look at this. Obama got 100,000 people to come out and see him in Missouri yesterday, and by see him I mean see people who can see people who can see him because most of those people couldn't possibly have been able to actually see him.
Washington Wire - WSJ.com : Obama Rally Draws 100,000 in Missouri. The only way you could get me to be out in this madness is if the actual Messiah was showing up, but sometimes I wonder if people think Obama is that. Obama is leading McCain by 6 points in Missouri, a state that voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004. I'm all for enthusiasm and support, but I feel like my personal space is being invaded just looking at this picture.
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