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Get em while they’re hot. The “only truly progressive paper in the country” as deemed by Alex Cockburn so ironically named “the Advertiser,” offers up a healthy plate of rustic radical hyperbole in endorsements for your pleasure.
Nader for president. Wolman for Congress. Anybody but “lazy” old Chesbro for Assembly.
Bruce and I agree on all but two of the propositions (many lefties are balking over Prop 3 because it gives money to private hospitals, and he also supports Prop 7 but says we are free to vote the way we want on that one – don’t say he isn’t gracious!), but our reasoning on some of them is vastly different. His prose is worth the read even if you’ve made up your mind.
In local stuff he’s backing the other Estelle, Brown, and the nurse over the doctor in the north coasts’ only other contested hospital board race.
And as a bonus, he tears into the Mendo D.A. This first paragraph brings back memories of my first AVA reading back in the 1980s, several years before his obsessive pursuit of certain local personalities distracted him from his calling.
In recent months, the Mendocino County District Attorney has prosecuted a Fort Bragg man for saving a mountain lion cub, put a Little River man in jail for tidying up a State Parks trail, ruined a Potter Valley teacher with false charges of molestation, let a couple of confirmed wife beaters go, confiscated the property of several alleged drug traffickers before they’d even gone to trial, refused to prosecute two politically friendly County supervisors for their obvious thefts of public funds and, now, has done everything short of apologizing to an animal torturer whose prosecution her office botched from start to pathetic finish.
I don’t remember the name of the person who said that the job of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, but he lives up to it as well as the Pulititzer admonition on his masthead: “a newspaper should have no friends.“
I know I’ve overloaded this blog with presidential politics of late, at the expense of local issues. It’s just that I find this race to be the most compelling in my adult life. There is so much fascinating news coming out every day, I can’t even keep up with it.
Thank you to the individual who drew my attention to this breaking story. About 40 telemarketing workers walked off the job today refusing to read an inflammatory script written for the McCain campaign. From Talking Points Memo:
Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.
Nina Williams, a stay-at-home mom in Lake County, Indiana, tells us that her daughter recently called her from her job at the center, upset that she had been asked to read a script attacking Obama for being “dangerously weak on crime,” “coddling criminals,” and for voting against “protecting children from danger.”
Williams’ daughter told her that up to 40 of her co-workers had refused to read the script, and had left the call center after supervisors told them that they would have to either read the call or leave, Williams says. The call center is called Americall, and it’s located in Hobart, IN.
“They walked out,” Williams says of her daughter and her co-workers, adding that they weren’t fired but willingly sacrificed pay rather than read the lines. “They were told [by supervisors], `If you all leave, you’re not gonna get paid for the rest of the day.”
There’s lot more news today. The polls notwithstanding, the race isn’t over quite yet.
Speaking of inflammatory, as if the Palin crowds couldn’t attract even more nutballs, I’m starting to wonder if Obama isn’t stacking the crowds. Give credit to Palin for keeping her cool as a female audience member screams “…. and he’s a nigger!”
Oh, and then there’s the ATF busting of a neo-Nazi plot to kill Obama at the conclusion of a rampage in which they’d have killed over a hundred African Americans.
And like somewhere on page seven, the Iraq war spilled into Syria today. At first I thought it might be the “October surprise,” but nobody seems surprised.
And here’s the Biden interview video drawing some attention. A very right wing “journalist” asks several “when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife” type questions, including whether Obama is a communist. Biden’s response, “is this a joke?” Now some on the right are whining about the Obama’s campaign decision not to give this woman any more interviews.
Addendum: Some odd expenditures of the hard-up RNC -chocolate elephants, baseball tickets, art restoration, wine glasses, jewelry, elephant-shaped shrubbery, lunches for Karl Rove, …
There are probably some weird purchases on the other side too.
Second addendum: No, this is not appropriate, not even as “Halloween Art.”
Fortunately, it’s drawing fire from liberals in his own neighborhood.
I’m told the “artist” earned Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person of the World” award for the day.
The photo comes from Reuters.
Third addendum: How to handle a Fox interview, chapter 2. (remember chapter one? Refer to the “Fourth Addendum” through the link) . I don’t remember the blond’s name at this moment, but is she this agitated all the time?
I’ve been promising some Nohum political coverage. I just haven’t found the time to read up on it all. But this North Coast Journal summary of the Arcata race seems informative.
In the surprise endorsement of the week department, the conservative reputed Eureka Reporter is endorsing Shane Brinton despite his radical, er, younger youth – which suggests that the young man has generated some broad appeal. Good for him, the ER, and Arcata if they choose him.
Estelle Fennell, Candidate for Second District Supervisor.
You can meet her Tuesday at 5:30 at her Open House Fennell Campaign HQ, 11th & Main, Fortuna.
So says the Pennsylvania GOP in an email sent to 75,000 Jews.
“Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008,” the e-mail reads. “Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let’s not make a similar one this year!”
The party is disavowing the message and intends to send out a “correction” and fired the “strategist who helped draft it.” In the article, the fired party indicates that someone above him signed off on it, but he’s not naming names.
Addendum: Anger, Feart, and Racism video going viral. Much like some of the others which have been posted. I’m beginning to believe this isn’t a Zombietime type scenario where they only pull out the extremities of the demonstration.
Second addendum: It’s not even over yet, but the GOP civil war has begun. Paul Begala commented on it recently: “This won’t be like the Democrats who all go off into a yurt, smoke dope, and talk about how to find themselves. With the Republicans it’ll be a steel cage knife fight to the death.”
But they’re “working diligently.” Feel better?
Update: A poster herein says it’s a false alarm. I’ll update further when I have a link.
Meanwhile, CNN is reporting that Palin doesn’t like the advice she’s been getting for her handlers and she’s made as hell and not going to take it anymore.
Donald L. Catron
Shot 12/28/91 at
Central Health Center for Women in Springfield, Missouri
Dr. David Gunn
Shot 3/10/93 at clinic in Pensacola, Florida
Dr. George Tiller
Shot 8/19/93 at clinic in Wichita, Kansas
Dr. Wayne Patterson
Shot in Mobile, Alabama
Dr. John Britton
Shot 7/29/94 outside clinic in Pensacola, Florida
Victims: Murdered (John and James) and wounded (June)
Dr. Garson Romalis
Shot 11/8/94 at home in Vancouver, British Columbia
Terrorist: At large.
Shot 12/30/94 at clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts
Terrorist: John Salvi.
Richard J. Seron
Shot 12/94 at clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts
Dr. Hugh Short
Shot 11/10/95 at home in Ancaster, Ontario
Dr. Calvin Jackson
Stabbed 12/96 outside the Orleans Women’s Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana
4-7 victims of 2 bombs 1/16/97 outside the Northside Family Planning Services clinic near Atlanta, Georgia
Shot 10/28/97 at home in Perinton, New York
Dr. Jack Fainman
Shot 11/11/97 at home in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Officer Robert Sanderson
Bombed 1/29/98 outside New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama
Bombed 1/29/98 outside New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama
Dr. Barnett Slepian
Shot 10/23/98 at home in Amherst, New York
Read all about Ekovox’ culinary adventure in Garberville.