Speaking of the election being a referendum on world domination...
So I actually bought Lux recently. It's fun, and you all should buy it to play against me. Take a look at #36 at the link above (at the time of writing).
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Speaking of the election being a referendum on world domination...
We know the candidates. Some here at Drink Tank have made their endorsements (right Ivan and Miguel?). Recuperating from my reprised and all-too-realistic "Drunken Zombie Pirate" roll, I offer some prognostication for the final cataclysmic duel between Skull&Bones brothers.
i.) Unprecedented moneys spent.II.) Expect intimidation and some violence at the polls on Tuesday. With armies of lawyers and interest groups digging deep trenches around voting centers, expect the ultimate battle to shift to the courts again.
ii.) Unprecedented voter-registration movements.
iii.) Early voting is at an historic high, and the number of states where such early voting is possible has grown from 13 in 2000 to 23 today. If you count the states that allow for early submission of absentee ballots, that number balloons to 31 states. I think this early voting is an asset to more effective democracy since irrelevant last-minute candidate gaffes are somewhat damped. On the other hand, campaign organizers have cleverly ended recent rallies by herding their constituents into buses to ship them to early voting centers, where the mob, still foaming at the mouth and bleating mono-syllabic slogans, casts a less-enlightened vote.
iv.) Hammering the bases: Afro-Americans, union members, old Floridian Jews, suburbanites. Don't forget Karl Rove's magic number, juggled in his head for the last four years: Four Million---the number of registered evangelical Christians that didn't bother turning out for Bush in 2000. They will this time.
v.) Election 2000 voters had to grapple with the tough issues of drunken driving, what to do with the big surplus, and (even to a greater extent than now) on personality irrelevancies of the candidates almost everyone agreed were nearly indistinguishable. Fewer believe so now (I still do, for most part). Today the issues seem more pressing (terrorism, Iraq war, the place and future for American superpowerhood in the world), the electorate more impassioned and polarized.
vi.) The unusually long campaign (due to the atypically early effective nomination of Kerry on the Democratic ticket) has helped galvanize even the most commitedly apathetic among us, bombarded as we are by the daily political chit-chat in every corner of our casual lives. From my personal empirical experience, this campaign has infiltrated the hitherto apolitical recesses of the university lunchroom, restroom, and lines for the burrito-lady truck outside the David Rittenhouse Laboratory.
i.) Kerry's not making Gore's mistakes: he's got his lawyers ready, has made some preliminary cabinet choices already (Bush's early cabinet choices four Novembers ago--before the Supreme Court's ruling--gave an air of inevitability to his election), will not make any concession calls until the deal is done and set in cement.III.) A variation of the predicted UBL October Surprise: a talking head instead of a head on a spike. It was basically a clever PR message to the Arab Street, recruiting the disenfranchised young with the tried-and-true call-to-arms against the Israel-America Octopus (IAO). But read the transcript; it's as reasonable as you'll ever hear him.
ii.) Keep your eye on the legal battlegrounds: the Colorado referendum on proportional splitting of electors, some Florida counties still radioactive from '00, Ohio, etc.
iii.) Someone will win a drawn out battle in the courts, and faster than last time. America will again be ridiculed for its imperfect democratic institutions, its people will grow more obese and cynical. Still, no momentum will build to reform the electoral system on the national level, but some states will take matters into their own hands.
Watch the trailer of this awesome project.
150 DV cameras distributed across Iraq for the Iraqi people to show the world who they are and what Iraq will be.I think Variety says it well:
"In a season of political documentaries that take one side or the other on the war in Iraq, a film has emerged whose purpose is not to address American politics but the Iraqi people"
I'm not exactly an instapundit completist but I know that he likes to gloat about correct predictions that he's made and it also looks like he's not interested in predicting a victory for the incumbent. What he is doing is making a whole lot of predictions about what will happen "if" Kerry wins. I predict that he'll have plenty of oppurtunity to link back to them, and he knows it.
I've watched this video so much the announcer was like MaxHeadroom, "face plan-face planted-face-face-face-planted into the ground". You should watch the video to understand.
The link above it to a George Will piece about why he is voting for Bush. Anyone still undecided? I will be sending Josko a monster email later today :)
O American people, I am speaking to tell you about the ideal way to avoid another Manhattan, about war and its causes and results.
There is no lack of mixed messages.
Here . . .
is a meta-analysis directed at the question of who would win the Electoral College if the election were held today. Meta-analysis provides more objectivity and precision than looking at one or a few polls, and in the case of election prediction gives a more accurate current snapshot.Further evidence that poll analysis takes up way too much time?
Before a hearty breakfast of seaweed and eggs, Miura races through his indoor exercises, wincing as his neck -- still tender from a collarbone injury -- momentarily reminds him that he was born in 1904. The man who has become a role model in graying Japan sucks it up, shaking off the pain the way he did last year when he skied down Europe's Mont Blanc at age 99. In a Tokyo minute, he is out the front door for his daily two-mile power walk.
"I still feel good," said Miura, who in 1981 became the oldest man to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, and is training for an expedition to the Italian Alps next year. "There's really nothing so amazing about me . . . but my son, now he is amazing."
That would be Yuichiro Miura, 72, who in May 2003 became the oldest man to reach the summit of Mount Everest after a two-month assault on the world's highest peak.
"We had a political movement, but it disappeared," said Miller's girlfriend, Susanne Nachtsheim, shaking her head as Miller unfurled sod near a scarecrow made of rusted steel and animal bones. "I don't know what happened to the younger generation. People aren't aware anymore. There aren't even that many fascists around to protest against. People used to be more angry and intellectual. Now, it's all just fashion."What happens when a Berliner's hair turns pink to grey?
Fairly balanced look on an issue-by-issue basis.
Munchin elephants, little people, giant dragons, 'rodents of unusual size.' Too Short would be their Messiah. ...and they were all wiped out Krakatoa style. Amazing.
I will, for the second year in a row, be a Zomby Pirate, thereby breaking my vow from last year to be a Robot Butler. Zomby, cos they're scary; Pirate, well, for many obvious reasons. Trevor had some great ideas, like getting a friend and being Bill&Ted, or better yet, getting a bunch of friends and being Bill&Ted, Socrates, Billy the Kid, Abraham Lincoln, ... and Khaaan.
On September 15 I sent this to the Drink Tank contributors:
Here's my take on the strategies: both campaigns, planning on winning in case of a close race, have a logistical challenge to turn out demographics with strong feelings but who are generally incapable of the logistics of voting. Bush's key nonvoters are highly religious and opposed to taxes (but not government programs). Kerry's are Williamsburg types -- don't like Bush because he's obviously associated with the wealthy and completely alien culturally, but not with it enough to register. Neither group are very attractive -- they both alienate swing voters -- so the big logistical task of getting them registered and transported to the appropriate poll is pretty much underground.
I was gonna draw a graph of my intrest in politics as a function of time over the last week, when I was dissmissed from my job. Then I thought about how much of my own time it would take to create such a graph and I thought better of it. Executive Summary: I dont care any more.
Clinton told a bold-faced lie about sex. Bush was told wrongly, at best, about Iraqi WMD stockpiles, and willfully misled in not trusting Saddam.
This should be a sign of the times, when interested parties spin by default to get their desired outcome in the election.
Was gonna transcribe this today from the WSJ but I was busy and someone else did it anyway.
The early reports I read about what they're calling the biggest massacre yet in the Free Republic of Iraq say this: 50 or so soldiers, unarmed because they just finished training that day, were tricked by enemy forces who dressed up like police and then executed the trainees en masse. I seem to recall that Iraqi men almost all have guns, so I find it strange, to say the least, that known targets (security forces working for the occupation army) were travelling around the country unarmed.
Gridlock will do little. I agree with this:
IS GRIDLOCK THE ANSWER TO REDUCING DOMESTIC SPENDING? There are a fairish number of people who are steeling themselves to vote for Kerry in the hope that gridlock will hold down government spending. I've investigated this myself, as I mulled my vote, and found that, just as conservatives have been claiming, the spending slowdown of the Clinton years seems to have been less a product of gridlock (or Clinton's much-overhyped committment to deficit reduction) than of Newt Gingrich and the post-Cold-war peace dividend. After the Republicans got their hats handed to them in the '98 midterms, everyone seems to have decided that the secret to popularity was to spend! spend! spend! -- by Clinton's last budget, domestic discretionary spending (which, other than defense spending, is the only thing the president or the congress has much control over year to year) was growing at 5% per-annum. So I was very sceptical that a Kerry presidency would mean, as some of my friends and correspondants have tried to convince me, a return to fiscal rectitude.Some disagree.
Three weeks ago, the Commerce Minister of Pakistan came to Washington to meet with his American counterparts. His request was familiar: that the Bush administration lower the odious duties on underwear and shirts from Pakistan, and consider a free-trade pact with the predominantly Muslim country. The response was also familiar: no.
In the din of campaign screeds about national security, the exchange did not draw a mention from either candidate. But it highlights a fundamental flaw in America's economic relationship with querulous allies in the so-called war on terrorism. If
President Bush wants to reach out to the Muslim world, there are few better things he can do than allow greater access to the American market. Exporting textiles is a critical step for poorer nations to becoming full participants in the world economy...
Folks ought to vote for John Kerry for President this election. That both candidates are bluebloods in the same Yale secret society makes a mockery of our democracy, but George W Bush's term as Prez has made a mockery of George W Bush. Another four years would be a whole lot worse for the country. The endorsements I've heard for Bush so far have been OK, I guess (Ivan, below, and my aunt last night "because he's pro-life"), but they ignore the fact that the President is incompetent, which is clear when looking at the decisions he's made and also when looking at the comparative state of the economy and the US's geopolitical position. (Bush may think the EU is bogus, but he has presided over a spectacular weakening of the dollar compared to Euro or almost any other currency in the world.)
Fritz, Kraut, Charlie, Towlie, ...Jew?:
I was speaking the other day with Scott Pelley of CBS News's "60 Minutes" about the mood in Iraq. He had just returned from filming a piece there and he told me something disturbing. Scott had gone around and asked Iraqis on the streets what they called American troops - wondering if they had nicknames for us in the way we used to call the Nazis "Krauts" or the Vietcong "Charlie." And what did he find? "Many Iraqis have so much distrust for U.S. forces we found they've come up with a nickname for our troops," Scott said. "They call American soldiers 'The Jews,' as in, 'Don't go down that street, the Jews set up a roadblock.' "...read on.
Recent events in the Drink Tank community have got me thinking that while statistics like access to health care and employment, or numbers of massacres on American soil may not look so hot for Bush the Younger, the activity of blogging has really exploded and grown in ways no one could predict since January of 2001.
Mongolians are undergoing a fun transition from identifying themselves by only a first name to two names. Surnames may've actually been invented here back in the day, but the Commies lobbed them off in the '20's to erase knowledge of aristocratic families with roots back to The Khan.
"My research suggests most original Mongolian surnames were bestowed by neighbors in the village," said Serjee, a linguist and director of the State Central Library of Mongolia. "These include 'Thief' and 'Family of Seven Drunks.' "read on...
So, here's a li'l break-down of where I stand on this election. At this point my vote will be cast to a candidate out of sympathy and symbolism (i.e., third party), but I am in a swing-state, so I suppose I could be bribed to support your associated candidate.
Show your support with The Porn for Kerry DVD!
In four hilarious vignettes, the Right's most hot headed and hot bodied pundits and politicians are exposed, in more ways than one. This is the DVD that breaks all the rules, the world’s first Pornlitical Satire. Get the real scoop with "Ann Cunter" rubbing one out with a handgun or "Jorge Bush" and "King Fahk" of "Sexy Alabia" lubing themselves up with the spoils of war, Iraqi oil. Rest assured, the profits go to help Kerry in key battleground states. It's a win-win proposition.
So step away from the "No Sin Zone", grab some tissues and bring on the progress
BBspot - Top 11 Geek Pick Up Lines: Part II
John F. Kerry has won a major proxy fight for the Presidency.
I see Ivan has kicked off the much-anticipated Drink Tank Political Endorsement Series below. Before I offer my own endorsment for the office of President of the United States of America in the elections of 2004, there's an issue I'd like to bring up. I think it's only fair for a blog with this name to acknowledge the President's clear victory when Americans are polled about whom they'd like to have a beer with. (By the way, that's very cruel to keep saying to an on-the-wagon alcoholic. The country could hardly stand a POTUS relapse, so cut it out, pollsters!)
Military.com outspoken voice of teh pansy anti war negative nancys writes:
The Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket:
"'The agency directorate is basically sitting on the report until after the election,' the official continued. 'No previous director of CIA has ever tried to stop the inspector general from releasing a report to the Congress, in this case a report requested by Congress.'
None of this should surprise us given the Bush administration's great determination since 9/11 to resist any serious investigation into how the security of this nation was so easily breached. In Bush's much ballyhooed war on terror, ignorance has been bliss.
The president fought against the creation of the Sept. 11 commission, for example, agreeing only after enormous political pressure was applied by a grassroots movement led by the families of those slain."
Despite the impression the above findings might give, a close look at five domestic agenda items suggests that Tennesseans as a group hardly qualify as well-informed, ideologically consistent policy wonks. For example, only about half of Tennessee adults can accurately name Kerry as the candidate who supports rescinding the recent federal income tax cuts for people earning over $200,000 a year. About a quarter (23%) incorrectly attributed the proposal to Bush, and 27% admit they don't know which candidate supports the measure. Similarly, only about half (50%) rightly name Bush as the candidate who favors giving parents tax-funded vouchers to help pay private or religious school tuition. Thirteen percent attribute the plan to Kerry, who actually opposes it. Over a third (37%) admit they don't know.in light of all this the grand canyon debate doesn't seem so irrelevant
Knowledge levels are even lower on the other three issues. Well under half (42%) are aware that Bush wants to let younger workers put some of their Social Security withholdings into their own personal retirement accounts. Nineteen percent incorrectly think Kerry supports the measure, and 40% say they don&'t know one way or the other. Just over a quarter (28%) rightly name Bush as the candidate who supports giving needy people tax breaks that would help buy health insurance from private companies. Thirty percent inaccurately name Kerry as the measure's proponent, and 41% admit not knowing. Finally, just 39% know that Kerry advocates requiring plants and factories to add new pollution control equipment when they make upgrades. Fifteen percent wrongly attribute the policy to Bush, and 45% don't know.
Here is why:
From smart folks at CMU:
The End System Multicast (ESM) Project at Carnegie Mellon is developing technologies to enable ubiquitous live streaming media
broadcasting over the Internet.
From 3:00pm to 7:00pm EDT on Wednesday October 20, the ESM project will be broadcasting live over the Internet a rally for Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry at Carnegie Mellon University. Senator Kerry is expected to speak at 6pm. From 3 to 6 will be a concert by Jon Bon Jovi and special appearances by Franco Harris, Liz Berlin and Jen Wertz of the band Rusted Root and actor Ted Danson.
We would like to test the scalability of our system. The more people tune in, the more valuable it is to our research project.
Please go to here to tune in.
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Geez... Snarly has got some pair of balls to talk about how Kerry
CARROLL, Ohio (AP) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday raised the
possibility of terrorists bombing U.S. cities with nuclear weapons and
questioned whether Sen. John Kerry could combat such an "ultimate
threat ... you've got to get your mind around."
"The biggest threat we face now as a nation is the possibility of
terrorists ending up in the middle of one of our cities with deadlier
weapons than have ever before been used against us - biological agents
or a nuclear weapon or a chemical weapon of some kind to be able to
threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans," Cheney
"That's the ultimate threat. For us to have a strategy that's capable
of defeating that threat, you've got to get your mind around that
concept," Cheney said.
Cheney, speaking to an invitation-only crowd as he began a bus tour
through Republican strongholds in Ohio, said Kerry is trying to
convince voters he would be the same type of "tough, aggressive"
leader as President Bush in the fight against terrorism.
"I don't believe it," the vice president said. "I don't think there's
any evidence to support the proposition that he would, in fact, do
I just got a call phone call, my CELL PHONE, asking me to join John Kerry.
So dedicated Drinktankers you will by now have noticed the two election themed graphs on the right of our blog. one points you to electoral-vote.com and the other goes to the Iowa winner takes all market graph. If you haven’t visited both of these great sites I encourage you to do so. Now the observant amongst you will note a disparity between the predictions of the two sites. In addition E-vote has a new predictive feature where the following assumptions are made:
Information on the rational for these assumptions are available on the main page today. Now I started this thread to discuss the relative predictive powers of the two sites.
- Voters who already have made a choice will stick to it
- The undecideds will break 2:1 for the challenger (Kerry)
- If Nader is on the ballot, he will get 1%; otherwise 0% (was 2.74% nationally in 2000)
- The minor candidates such as Badnarik, Cobb, etc. will get 1% of the vote (was 1.01% in 2000)
Two good articles about the west side:
Ivan, before you reiterate how much of a non-voting issue this is for you,(We know you like the idea of Wizard/Statesmen), Realize that I am not trying to convince you or anyone that bush is a pandering politico. The point to be made here is that this administration clearly, thinks that the constitution of this country is an inconvenience to be ignored and circumvented at their whims. So if you want to defend that position by all means...
By: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
Published: Oct 14, 2004
The Bush Administration has decided that it will stand by its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, according to internal documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
Despite telling members of Congress and the public that the legality and appropriateness of the National Park Service offering a creationist book for sale at Grand Canyon museums and bookstores was “under review at the national level by several offices,” no such review took place, according to materials obtained by PEER under the Freedom of Information Act. Instead, the real agency position was expressed by NPS spokesperson Elaine Sevy as quoted in the Baptist Press News:
“Now that the book has become quite popular, we don’t want to remove it.”
In August of 2003, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Joe Alston attempted to block the sale of Grand Canyon: A Different View, by Tom Vail, a book explaining how the park’s central feature developed on a biblical rather than an evolutionary time scale. NPS Headquarters, however, intervened and overruled Alston. To quiet the resulting furor, NPS Chief of Communications David Barna told reporters that there would be a high-level policy review, distributing talking points stating: “We hope to have a final decision in February .” In fact, the promised review never occurred –
· In late February, Barna crafted a draft letter to concerned members of Congress stating: “We hope to have a final decision on the book in March 2004.” That draft was rewritten in June and finally sent out to Congressional representatives with no completion date for the review at all;
· NPS Headquarters did not respond to a January 25th memo from its own top geologists charging that sale of the book violated agency policies and undercut its scientific education programs;
· The Park Service ignored a letter of protest signed by the presidents of seven scientific societies on December 16, 2003.
“Promoting creationism in our national parks is just as wrong as promoting it in our public schools,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, “If the Bush Administration is using public resources for pandering to Christian fundamentalists, it should at least have the decency to tell the truth about it.”
The creationist book is not the only religious controversy at Grand Canyon National Park. One week prior to the approved sale of Grand Canyon: A Different View, NPS Deputy Director Donald Murphy ordered that bronze plaques bearing Psalm verses be returned and reinstalled at canyon overlooks. Superintendent Alston had removed the bronze plaques on legal advice from Interior Department solicitors. Murphy also wrote a letter of apology to the plaques’ sponsors, the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary. PEER has collected other instances of what it calls the Bush Administration’s “Faith-Based Parks” agenda.
It was funny in F911, and funny now. Edwards getting his hair done for some TV appearance…
Worse than you think.
Critics quickly called this a "do nothing" plan, but that just showed they couldn't translate political doubletalk. While Mr. Kerry may not want to cut benefits for those who "rely on" or "need" Social Security, he has flirted with cutting benefits for everyone else -- namely, prudent seniors who plan to rely primarily on other pensions, individual retirement accounts, 401(k) plans and personal savings, as well as industrious seniors who keep working and paying the Social Security tax.Read the whole thing.
And when Mr. Kerry and Edwards say they "will not raise Social Security taxes," they mean they won't raise them on those with incomes below $88,000. They would, however, raise the cap on the amount of income subject to the 12.4 percent Social Security tax by 36 percent -- from $88,000 to $120,000. For those with incomes in that range, marginal tax rates would jump by 10 percentage points (less than 12.4 percent because the employer's half is tax deductible).
I plan on going to this rally and handing out a pamphlet about 'why I am voting for Bush'. I might also heckle, but that seems low class. Maybe with a friend yell something like "gay daughter" till we get kicked out. My insiration: here.
I would have loved to see Chimpy explain his posion here. Like the clean sky's initiatives which where largely rollbacks of decades old environmental provisions, or the healthy forest deforestation bill. I think they are just fucking with us now.
President Bush and his appointees have repeatedly taken credit for programs that the administration has attempted to eliminate or sharply reduce. The administration has publicized the $11.6 million it has given states to fund the purchase of defibrillators; Bush had tried to cut that funding by 82 percent, to $2 million. Tommy Thompson, the secretary of health and human services, announced this year that the administration was giving out $11.7 million in grants to help 30 states provide care for the uninsured. He did not mention that Bush has annually proposed the cancellation of that program for the last three years. Thompson has also made announcements about grants to improve rural health care, part of a program that the White House wanted to cut by 72 percent in 2005, and about awards to universities to provide for the medical training of minority students, an effort that the administration wished to abolish entirely.
In May, the Justice Department announced a new round of awards through the Community Oriented Policing Services program, which supports the hiring of police officers at the local level. Each year he has been in office, Bush has attempted to drastically reduce the program; in 2003, he proposed eliminating it altogether. For 2005, Bush proposed cutting the COPS budget by 87 percent, to $97 million. The cuts that have been successful have forced many departments to dismiss the officers the program allowed them to hire. COPS grants helped Minneapolis hire 81 officers by 1997; the city has dismissed 140 since then, including 38 in 2003, and crime rates have risen. New York City received grants for 4,700 new officers; the department has dropped 3,400 since 2000.
(Sources: Robert Pear, "White House Trumpets Programs It Tried to Cut," New York Times, May 19, 2004. See article at: nytimes.com. Kevin Johnson, "Federal, Local Cuts Pull Cops Off Streets," USA Today, December 1, 2003. See article at: usatoday.com.)
Great paper, I tell you.
DONETSK, Ukraine (Wireless Flash) -- Is the Ukrainian prime minister playing peek-a-boo with voters? According to a report on the news website ananova.com, campaigners for the incumbent Viktor Yanukovich are staging a free striptease show for voters to convince them to reelect the politician on Oct. 31. The story quotes one organizer as saying, "We hope the voters will remember who gave them this show for free when they go to the ballot box.
Saw Team America: World Police yesterday. It's as good as you'd expect -- very!
A Chinese satellite has smashed into a villager's house on its return to earth, the country's media reports.
The satellite destroyed the building in Sichuan province, but officials say no-one was hurt.
A local newspaper printed a picture of a kettle-shaped capsule which appeared to be about two metres long, lying amid broken bricks, beams and roof tiles.
The satellite was part of a space probe to carry out land surveys and other research, Xinhua news agency said.
"The satellite landed in our home. Maybe this means we'll have good luck this year," the tenant of the wrecked apartment was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Reminds me of this.
RealClearPolitics.com has the electoral vote at Bush-254, Kerry 220
Thursday, October 14, 2004
ZAGREB, Croatia - He put a mask on his face, pulled out a gun and demanded money. But when the bank clerk laughed in his face, the would-be robber was so humiliated he just ran away.
The bungled holdup occurred midday Thursday at a small bank on Zagreb's main square, police said. The 31-year-old clerk, identified only as Martina S., "laughed aloud" at the threat from the bandit because she knew she was protected by a bulletproof glass, said Gordana Vulama, a police spokeswoman.
After cackling at the thief, she coolly picked up the phone to call police, Vulama said.
Seeing that, the failed robber spun around and fled the scene. Police were searching for him, Vulama said.
Weirdly, I was watching CNN yesterday afternoon (I don't get cable or anything so news TV is weird to me), and it was absolutely wonderful. Here are some places to download the Jon Stewart on Crossfire segment. (I used a bit torrent from this page but it only worked on my Mac with M Player, and not at all on my roommate's XP machine.) Seriously, watch it -- it's awesome.
Carrots and sticks, kid, carrots aaaaand sticks:
WANGYING, China - A decade ago, three friends shook hands, downed a bottle of rice wine and vowed to fight to the end against Communist Party officials who imposed illegal taxes and fees on them and their families.
Wang Junbin, an army veteran, was their strategist. Wang Hongchao, eager and voluble, rallied fellow villagers. Wang Xiangdong fearlessly confronted party bosses. The three peasants, who share the same surname but were bound only by their mission, endured a violent police crackdown, got tax refunds, and even won the right to govern their own village in the arid plains of northwestern Anhui Province.
Yet power, vanity and the guile of the Communist Party tore them apart. The authorities persuaded Wang Hongchao to testify against Wang Xiangdong in court, creating lasting animosity. Neither can abide Wang Junbin. He was lured away to become a party official and is today as much a target of protest as the bosses they once battled together.
I sent this email to some of you and was reminded of it today.
Americans are barred from not only purchasing Cuban goods in foreign countries, but also from consuming them in those countries.
The penalties for violating the prohibitions include maximum criminal fines for individuals of $250,000 and imprisonment for up to 10 years. Corporations can be fined as much as a million dollars.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A growing number of people rely solely on cell phones to make and take calls, putting them out of reach of polling organizations trying to get a fix on the American electorate.read on...
Many cell-only users are young and mobile, a demographic that often doesn't vote. That makes survey researchers confident their polling, which excludes cell phone numbers, reflects the opinions of those likely to have an impact on Election Day. Still, with reports of unprecedented voter registration, many young voters could be flying under the pollsters' radar.
"Pollsters don't think the cell phone issue will affect them this year, but they are worried about it," said Michael Brick, a survey methods specialist at Westat, a research firm in Rockville, Maryland. "This may be the last round of presidential elections before it does have an effect."
When tracking this year's election, pollsters contact people on traditional phones.
About 5 percent of all households receive telephone service only by cellular phone, according to a face-to-face survey done earlier this year by the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Among young adults up to age 24, the number is close to three times as high.
"Many of these people are not voters," said Linda Piekarski, vice president of database and research at Survey Sampling International, which provides samples for the research industry.
"They've always been hard to get into our polls anyway. They tend to be non-responsive."
From our favorite British magazine:
Broadway-show tunes, rock, punk, hip-hop, jazz and classical music enjoy huge audiences in New York. But in a city where everything goes (and high-concept electronica plays to packed crowds), country music is kept outside the velvet rope. The city's sole country radio station died over two years ago, and most big country stars bypass New York City altogether. Yet the 2005 Country Music Awards ceremony will be held in New York's Madison Square Garden (still warm from the Republican Party's Convention). This is the first time since 1968 that the awards will not be held in Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Mayor Bloomberg says the show will generate $30m for New York's economy.
The move is not as baffling as it seems. The city has quietly become America's second-largest country-music market. Nielsen Soundscan, a research firm, reports that a passel of country's crossover stars, including the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain, sell 6-11% of their albums in New York City. And the largest concert crowd in Central Park's history was drawn by Garth Brooks, a country-music juggernaut who is often seen wearing a black hat of Freudian proportions.
May I remind our Drink Tank readers that during my first day living in New York, I stopped by a K-Mart and noticed their surprisingly top-of-the-line sound system playing some kickin' country music. Then I noticed a small crowd gathering in the middle of the vast store. Then I noticed a small stage. Then I noticed Garth Brooks himself singing and rockin' out with his signature black hat. A K-Mart celebrity promotion? You can call me simple for being delighted by this, my first NYC impression, or "blame it on all my roots," if you will.
ofcourse all of this matters not because Kerry will be alot worse. right?
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 - Less than a day after President Bush implied that Senator John Kerry lacked "fiscal sanity," the Bush administration said on Thursday that the federal government had hit the debt ceiling set by Congress and would have to borrow from the civil service retirement system until after the elections.
In related news, a gargantuan personal computer was found and destroyed in Falluja.
I don't check that many RSS feeds, so this may be no surprise to folks who are more tech-savvy than me, but I just wanted to mention that Engadget is the first site I've seen to put advertisements in the articles on every post in their .xml
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Oded said he thought it was "low" when Edwards said it, and now
Matt Taibbi (NY Press, Buffalo Beast, ex-eXile) goes undercover as a Republican volunteer in Orlando, and comes to some interesting conclusions.
During my time on the campaign, I noticed an unusual phenomenon. The more involved a person was with the campaign, the more likely he was to be politically moderate. Most of the core group of our office -- Vienna, Rhyan, Ben, Don -- were quietly pro-choice or socially liberal in some other respect. It was the casual volunteers and the people whose only involvement was a bumper sticker who were likely to rant about liberals being traitors and agents of Islamo-Fascism who should be exiled from the country or jailed, etc.Read the whole story...
Anti-drinking panelist parties on
BY MICHAELA SAUNDERS
LINCOLN - Lincoln's police chief calls him a poster boy for problem drinking, but a college student says he brings a necessary perspective to a group that seeks to curb such behavior.
Kevin Koss, a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, twice has been convicted of party-related offenses.
"Maybe his role is to remind us of what the problem is," said Chief Tom Casady, who is co-chairman of the NU Directions coalition.
The coalition, which targets binge drinking, includes students, parents, university administrators, community members and law enforcement officers.
Early Sunday, Casady said, Koss was issued his fourth citation in the past year when Lincoln police officers broke up a party of about 50 to 60 people at the house where Koss lives.
While at the house, Casady said, officers found a young man passed out in an upstairs room. The man's head and some of his body had been shaved, and messages had been written on him with marker.
Koss, a computer science major from the Kansas City area, said he lives with two other male students and was home only briefly before police arrived.
He said the party was "one of the smaller ones" because only about 20 people were there. He said his friends are careful not to let things get out of hand.
"If someone gets sick," Koss said, "we're not afraid to cut someone off."
Katie Weichman, president of UNL's student government, said she stands behind her decision to appoint Koss to a second year on the NU Directions coalition.
"Knowing he has personal experience with the police, neighbors and neighborhood associations makes him a valuable member of the group," she said. "He is able to relate."
Casady said police have visited Koss' residence nine times in the past year and have issued three tickets for a disorderly household and another for disturbing the peace.
"He's just intentionally violating the law," Casady said. "Kevin Koss' behavior is way out on the fringes of normal. He seems to think this is the way college students are."
Casady said the NU Directions group is making progress on campus. He said the majority of students do not participate in binge drinking or other disruptive behaviors.
"It would be humorous if it weren't so pathetic," Casady said of Koss' behavior and his position on the coalition.
Yahoo! News reports that Google has released another nifty new utility, called Desktop Search. You can download a small installation file and begin using Google to search files on your hard drive, including email, MS Office documents, and auto-cached web pages.
What information does Google receive?
By default, Google Desktop Search collects a limited amount of non-personal information from your computer and sends it to Google. This includes summary information, such as the number of searches you do and the time it takes for you to see your results, and application reports we'll use to make the program better. You can opt out of sending this information during the installation process or from the application preferences at any time.
Why is this useful?
Since you can easily search information on your computer, you don't need to worry about organizing your files, email, or bookmarks. You can just do a quick search for what you remember seeing, instead of having to remember exactly what file, email, or web page had that information, and where that item is now located on your computer.
I am shocked and dismayed that Kerry and his supporters would put out garbage like that. Would you mind emailing me a higher resolution copy of the poster so that I can print it out to show the people at my church how low these Democrats will stoop.
Something about the seeds of democracy we so famously planted, maybe?
Bill Maher in post second debate live show:
Post Bush tax cut, 2003 the estimated share of total individual income taxes paid by:
I think we can all expect Prez. Kerry to do alot better, with regards to diplomacy....
Man, I should have bought big when you pointed this out!
Arnold Kling bashes the rhetoric of the economic arguments this election. Follow the link, and follow the next level links to read a great deal of background.
The New York Times > Opinion > David Brooks: 'Not Just a Personality Clash, a Conflict of Visions' :: I see no way in which Kerry's vision is positive for the world. His vision will lead to more centralized, and inevitably, more corrupt, governance.
Hey, Ivan, take a look over here. (From this post.)
They probably already have these but it's a secret. Right, Josko?
If it's that easy to justify the war, Colin Powell ought to have just gone to the UN with a picture of the mustachioed dictator.
new jib jab
I'm trying to think if the President has made any mistakes, and I can't do it. Maybe if I can get the comment thread working others can suggest some.