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Libertynewsprint 11-20-08 Edition

Libertynewsprint 11-20-08 Edition



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Daily -Click and Print- NewspaperLibertyNewsprint.com U.S. Edition17/11/08 - 20/11/08
Home Depot Founder: Non-GOP Donors'Should Be Shot'
By Tommy Christopher (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/19/2008 12:26:00 PM
Filed under: Republicans, EconomyBernie Marcus, one of the founders of Home Depot, has the blogosphere allatwitter over remarks he made on aconference call Monday. From Tom Frank of The Wall Street Journal:"If a retailer hasnot gotten involved with this, if he has notspent money on this election, if he has notsent money to Norm Coleman and theseother guys," Mr. Marcus said, apparentlyreferring to Republican senators facingtough re-election fights, then those retailers"should be shot; should be thrown out of their goddamn jobs." Bloggers everywhereare focusing on this"money quote," withsnarky headlines about sanctioningmurder. To be sure, it's a grabber, and itnicely illustrates the hostility of corporations towards workers.The problem with this approach is that itmakes the story about the "Gotcha!" quote,rather than the left's failure in messaging.The subject of that call was card check legislation, which makes it easier forworkers to organize into unions. For me,the real money quote from Marcus isthis:"This is the demise of a civilization,"moaned Bernie Marcus during an Oct. 17conference call about card check. "This ishow a civilization disappears. I'm sittinghere as an elder statesman, and I'mwatching this happen, and I don't believeit." When a guy like Marcus is trying thishard to scare you, you must be doingsomething right. Private-sector unionmembership peaked in the 70's at around35%, and wallows below 10% today.Civilization seems to have a decentcushion there.Republicans have pulled off a neat trick over the past 30 years or so, convincing fartoo many Americans that hugecorporations are victims of oppressiveworkers and consumers. They hide theirgreed in plain sight, framing it as an issueof liberty. Conversely, Democrats havedone an exceedingly poor job of pushingback against this.Frank is right when he observes that thepeople said, clearly, in this election thatthey want to see more fairness in oureconomy. But it took far too long, and at52%-46%, was far too close. Democratshave to figure out a way to get out themessage that it is not un-American to standup for basic fairness, and that in a freemarket, workers have the same right toleverage that companies do.Tommy Christopher and Caleb Howe co-host " Unusable Signal",onBlogTalkRadio, Tues through Thurs at10pm, and Fri, and Sat at 11pm. (Eastern)Click here for the Unusable Signalhomepage.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
Minnesota Recount Beginswith Coleman Lead
By Caleb Howe (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/19/2008 7:10:00 AM
Filed under: Democrats, 2008 SenateToday the official recount begins in theMinnesota Senate race between incumbentNorm Coleman and challenger Al Franken.The recount was triggered by thenarrowness of the margin between the twocandidates on election night. The marginnarrowed significantly, not to mentionquestionably, over the week and half following the election. Yesterday, theCanvassing Board officially certifiedColeman as the winner by a margin of 215votes, over the objections of the Frankenteam..The recount can, and likely will continuethrough to the December 5th deadline. Thehand recount will be a slow andpainstaking process, in which 2.9 millionballots will be reviewed and recounted.Observers on behalf of each campaignhave the opportunity to challenge anyballot and have it put before a panel of  judges headed by the highly partisanSecretary of State Mark Richie.Not included in the recount are a numberof previously rejected absentee ballots,which Franken's lawyers claim wererejected on technicalities. The Colemancampaign is arguing that these ballotsshould be counted only in the event theresult ends up in court, as is traditionallythe way such things are handled.When the recount is complete, the resultswill be handed over to Ritchie, and thedisputed ballots will be reviewed by theCanvassing Board. Ritchie has setDecember 19th as the deadline for the finalresults.The decision will be very important forthe Senate. With Ted Stevens out and onlytwo Senate races yet undecided, the size of the Democratic majority on Capitol Hillhangs in the balance. Whatever theoutcome of the recount, considering thenumber of lawyers involved and theamount of questions emerging even beforethe recount begins, it wouldn't be asurprise to see this one end up in court inmid-December, particularly if Colemanwins. Al Franken has to have something todo with all those lawyers, after all.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
McCain To Run Again
By Christopher Weber (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/19/2008 7:00:00 AM
Filed under: Senate, Republicans, JohnMcCain No, not for president. JohnMcCain says in two years he'll be up for re-election for Senate in Arizona: Aftermuch speculation that his failedpresidential bid would be his lastcampaign, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hasdecided to run for re-election to his Senateseat in 2010.McCain, 72, announced the decisionduring a meeting Tuesday evening with topally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.),advisers Rick Davis, Charlie Black, CarlaEudy and other aides. The meeting,according to a knowledgeable source, took place off the Hill in a private office(FromRoll Call, via Kos.)Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
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New Ethics Complaint Filed Against Sarah Palin
By David Knowles (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/19/2008 8:11:00 AM
Filed under: Breaking News, Media,Sarah Palin Via the Anchorage DailyNews, here's the latest dust-up involvingGOP star, Sarah Palin:As Sarah Palin settles back into her jobas the state's chief executive, a new ethicscomplaint filed Tuesday says she's alreadyimproperly mixing her official duties andbroader political ambitions.The charge: That Palin broke state ethicsrules by holding national televisioninterviews about her run for vice presidentfrom the governor's office.Really, this seems like a pretty minorinfraction. The complaint isn't about whatshe said, but where she said it? Palin'sresponse is that the interview in question--November 10th's heart-to-heart with FOX'sGreta van Susteren--took place when Palinwas no longer a candidate, therefore it didnot violate state law.It is unclear, however, just what the statewill decide in this matter. More fromADN:The state executive branch ethics rulessay officials can't use state resources tohelp or hurt a political candidate. Or apotential candidate. That means, forexample, no fund-raising phone calls onthe state dime and no making politicalfliers on government copiers.The latest complaint about Palin may bebreaking new ground. The rules don't spellout whether state officials can tell anational television audience about theirpast political campaigns from theirgovernment office.The standard here is something of astretch. Though Palin's interview with vanSusteren may have had everything to dowith posturing the Alaska governor for arun in 2012, it's hard to imagine anyinterview that a public figure would give tothe media that was not, in some way,designed to make said politician look good. In other words, every utterance anelected official makes can be seen in termsof remaining in office and, gasp!, thepossibility of running for another.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
Franken Making Dubious BallotChallenges
By Caleb Howe (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/20/2008 12:45:00 AM
Filed under: Democrats, 2008 Senate,ScandalAl Franken, who wants to count forhimself ballots which contain no selectionin the Senate race, is conversely, orperhaps perversely, challenging voteswhich do contain a selection.The recount has observers from bothcampaigns on hand, who are able tochallenge ballots which they think areunjustly being counted for an opponent.According to The Skepticians blog, thebelow ballot was challenged by theFranken recount observers on the groundsthat the voter made an "X" inside thebubble for Coleman.Wow. Seriously?I am reminded of a blog I saw atDailyKos, since deleted, where useroasisjennie bragged about how importanthe or she was to the country, being aFranken recount observer. The best linewas " what I challenge and don't challengewill determine the outcome of thiselection."Looking at the above image, you can seewhat oasisjennie meant. I've said before itappeared a potentially coordinated effortwas underway in Minnesota to take theelection for Franken. With suspicious latevote updates and thousands of lawyers onthe scene, the air of mischief is overt. Nowwe hear from observers anxious to"determine" the outcome of the electionand we see reports of absurd challenges ...the word theft drifts across the tongue.Oasisjennie, by the way, mentionedFranken personally gave the informationalpep talk to the vote recounters. One mightdeduce the subject was "how to determinethe outcome of the election," don't youthink?The Senate race in Minnesota has beenfraught with controversy. With thefilibuster-proof majority now resting onFranken's race, it seems we'll find outexactly what the Democrats are willing todo to secure it.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
Obama's Cabinet Full ofInsiders, Rivals, and OldClinton Staffers
By Dave (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/19/2008 3:15:00 PM
Filed under: Democrats, Barack Obama,Obama Administration Rob Kall is notgoing to be happyBut, I fear, will Emanuel open the gatesfor a herd of Clinton vets to invade theWhite House? That would be a betrayal of the millions of voters, who in the primary,made a very clear non-Clinton choice. Weneed fresh blood, not Clinton people whowere involved in supporting and defendingNAFTA, the WTO and Clinton's effort tomove the Democratic party to the right.Come on, President-elect Obama. Sure, itmakes sense to start with a fewexperienced hands. But we hired you tomake change happen, not to recycle.Rahm Emmanuel, Eric Holder, TomDaschle, and possibly Hillary Clintonherself. former Clinton administrationstaffers and a former senator. It's notexactly change, but it's exactly whateveryone should have expected fromObama by now.First, Obama needs some experiencedhands who know how the White House isrun - That's Rahm. Then he needs to payoff some supporters - That's Holder andDaschle and many more to come. Then heneeds to offer some sops to rivals whohave the potential of being a pain in theyou-know-where. That's Hillary Clintonand likely a few more.There's a long list of these types of people before we get to fresh faces andnew talent. But what did you expect?Change? A new day in DC? Please tell meyou didn't actually believe that! That wasthe campaign, this is the real stuff. Thisalso means that Joe Lieberman gets a pass.He'll be less of a pain if he owes Obamathan if he owes the GOP, and that's whythey did it, and the leftroots can go poundsand.Welcome to DC.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
Republicans strategise towin back Hispanic votersfollowing demographic'sshift to Democrats onNovember 4
By Daniel Nasaw (World news | guardian.co.uk)
Submitted at 11/20/2008 8:28:11 AM
If Republicans want to succeed in futureelections, they will have to win over thelarge numbers of Hispanic voters who leftthe party in anger over its candidates' hard-line stance on immigration, according toDemocrats, Republicans and non-partisanHispanic advocacy groups
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California Supreme Courtto Hear Proposition 8Challenges
By Tommy Christopher (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/19/2008 9:59:00 AM
Filed under: Gay Rights, Supreme Court,Ballot Measures Proposition 8, the recentlypassed ban on same-sex marriage inCalifornia, is headed for the state'sSupreme Court, reports Maura Dolan of the LA Times: The California SupremeCourt agreed today to review legalchallenges to Prop. 8, the voter initiativethat restored a ban on same-sex marriage,but refused to permit gay weddings toresume pending a ruling.Meeting in closed session, the state highcourt asked litigants on both sides for morewritten arguments and scheduled a hearingfor next March. This is welcome news forboth sides, as opponents of Prop 8 wouldlike to see it struck down sooner, ratherthan later, while supporters of the ban areanxious to rip asunder those marriages thatalready exist in the state.At the heart of these legal challenges isthe idea that Prop 8 is not merely anamendment to the Constitution, but arevision to it, which would mean it wouldtake a 2/3 vote by the legislature in orderto place the measure on the ballot.If the judges had dismissed the suits, itwould have added years to the time itwould take to settle these issues.In my view, this is a positive step for gayrights. The passage of Proposition 8, whileclearly a wrong, mean-spirited move byCalifornians, forces the question out of therealm of popular bigotry, and into thearena of justice. If history has shownanything, it's that opponents of Prop 8 havegot a better chance in court than at themercy of their supposed brothers andsisters in California.Tommy Christopher and Caleb Howe co-host " Unusable Signal",onBlogTalkRadio, Tues through Thurs at10pm, and Fri, and Sat at 11pm. (Eastern)Click here for the Unusable Signalhomepage.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
You Can Literally Own aPiece of Abraham Lincoln
By Tommy Christopher (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/20/2008 12:16:00 AM
Filed under: Humor You think I'mkidding? I'm not kidding. From The WallStreet Journal: Ms. Artusa, a baseball-cardcollector since the 1970s, found somethingunusual in one pack -- a scratch-off codethat pointed her to a Web site. The site toldher she had won something too delicate toinclude in a regular pack: a single strand of hair from the head of Abraham Lincoln."Abraham Lincoln? We thought maybe itwas a mistake," says the 57-year-oldaccountant. You can also "win" strands of hair belonging to King George III, MarilynMonroe, George Washington, RonaldReagan, and more. A similar giveaway hasmet with less than stellar success in therestaurant industry.The story goes on to say that Artusa soldthe strand of hair for $30,000.00 on eBay.It was probably purchased by an AIGexecutive who intends to construct a wig,one strand at a time.When I was a kid, baseball cards camewith gum. Now, you get human remains.That's progress. (The preceding was said inOld Man Voice.)Here's what really frightens me: There'sonly so much hair on a human head. Whathappens when they run out? Do we need toget bio-ethicists involved here? Will I bestretchered out of the Upper Deck factoryone day, screaming a Soylent Green-esque,"It's made from..."Tommy Christopher and Caleb Howe co-host " Unusable Signal",onBlogTalkRadio, Tues through Thurs at10pm, and Fri, and Sat at 11pm. (Eastern)Click here for the Unusable Signalhomepage.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
Key Stats: Janet Napolitano,Obama's Pick for theDepartment of HomelandSecurity
By Michael Kraskin (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/19/2008 11:57:00 PM
Filed under: Obama AdministrationSources are saying that Janet Napolitanohas been tapped to head the Department of Homeland Security.Just who is this Janet Napolitano? Is she just another Clinton insider, or will shefinally bring that "change" Obama keepstalking about?To sort out just who this Napolitano is,here are a few key stats to help you get toknow the Arizona Governor.Age: 50, but she has a birthday in just 9days! Happy birthday Janet, here's a new job!Place of Birth: New York CityConsidered Likely to Succeed By HerHigh School Class: YesBasketball Skills: Yes, she has guestcoached the University of ArizonaWomen's Basketball team (PDF).Plays Well With Republicans: Probablynot. She was Anita Hill's attorney duringthat whole Clarence Thomas thing.Family Status: SingleCurrently Employed By: The state of Arizona where she serves as Governor.Connection to the Clintons: She wasappointed as U.S. Attorney for the Districtof Arizona by Bill Clinton.Homeland Security Experience: She isGovernor of a border state, so whenMexican President Felipe Calderon rearshis head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where dothey go? It's Arzona.See Also:Eric Holder, Attorney GeneralView PollPermalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
George W. Bush Snubbed by World Leaders
By Michael Kraskin (Political Machine)
Submitted at 11/19/2008 8:22:00 AM
Filed under: President Bush Last week,still President Bush met with world leadersat the G-20 Summit to discuss the financialcrisis.... the 20 leaders are widely expected tohammer out principles for strengtheningregulations in the financial sector...What they were not expected to do wasshake Bush's hand, look him in the eye, orgive him the time of day. And not a singleone of them did.Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs|Comments
Anna Politkovskaya trial adjourned
By Caitlin Fitzsimmons (World news | guardian.co.uk)
Submitted at 11/20/2008 9:15:05 AM
The judge in charge of the trial of threemen accused of involvement in killingRussian journalist Anna Politkovskaya hasadjourned the case. By CaitlinFitzsimmons
Video: Bird migration over Mexico
(World news | guardian.co.uk)
Submitted at 11/20/2008 8:35:33 AM
Winter in Veracruz is the time when 4.5million birds of prey begin their annualmigration, the largest in the world,watched by enthusiasts andconservationists
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