The Veco Corruption Scandal. Who’s Next?

31 10 2008

New information and new names have surfaced in the Veco corruption scandal, that has been rocking Alaska’s political world for the past two years.  Bill Allen, former CEO of Veco Corp. made a deal to trade all the dirt in exchange for immunity for his son Mark, and others relatives involved in the scandal.  He had lots to tell.  Former lawmakers are in prison, and more are on the way.  The biggest fish ensnared in the net so far, of course, has been Senior Senator Ted Stevens, now convicted on seven felony counts.  But the FBI isn’t finished yet.

Newly filed court documents outline the extent of Allen’s initial revelations to the FBI, including his interactions with public figures that haven’t previously been reported — and who haven’t been charged.

In his first interview, the same day he learned of the investigation, Allen told the FBI about financial favors sought by and given to politicians.

Land deals were made, lawyers were hired, gas tanks were filled, floors were refinished, cash exchanged hands, pigs were roasted.

The new documents — summaries of Allen’s initial interview with the FBI and a subsequent interview — were filed earlier this month during the trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in Washington, D.C. The summaries were attached to motions filed by Stevens’ lawyers. The summaries recount what Allen told investigators, and make no attempt to verify his assertions.

The first interview occurred on Aug. 30, 2006, after agents brought Allen into FBI headquarters in downtown Anchorage and he agreed to cooperate. The broad, multi-faceted investigation into Alaska corruption wouldn’t become public knowledge until the next day, when federal agents swarmed legislative offices with search warrants. The FBI had been monitoring Allen’s phone calls for months.

Allen pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy in May 2007.

One of the conclusions reached by Allen, was that Rep. Don Young, who is currently running for re-election against Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz, “couldn’t be bought.”  Interesting, considering that after the investigation of Allen began, Young tried to reimburse Allen for more than $37,000 in pig roast expenses for Youn’s annual fundraiser.  Yes, folks, the King of Pork had an annual pig roast fundraiser, paid for by an oil service company.  Perhaps they should have hired a skywriter to surmount the event with the words “INVESTIGATE ME!”   When Allen didn’t cash this belated reimbursement check, Young sent it directly to the U.S. Treasury.  Then he got out a “wet wipe” and tried to get all that pig money off his hands.

Don Young has spent well over a million dollars in campaign money on legal fees….and he hasn’t even been indicted yet.

The other notable name mentioned in the new paperwork is Ben Stevens, son of Ted Stevens.  I remember breaking the news to a couple people when Ted Stevens was indicted.  The response from each person was, “Wait….TED Stevens or BEN Stevens??”  Everybody was expecting Ben would be first.  There’s a lot to cover with Ben, but these documents talk about the fact that Ben was getting paid for a lucrative “consulting” position, even when he wasn’t “consulting.”

Bill Allen told Ben Stevens (president of the State Senate at the time), when he needed money, to bill Veco $10,000 a month.  Stevens stopped sending invoices after his Senate offices were raided.  Go figure.

Think of all this as “scenes from next week” in the never-ending saga of Alaska political corruption.

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31 10 2008
obamamama aka Chap Poach Palin

Awesome article once again

31 10 2008
obamamama aka Chap Poach Palin

I am first! Yeah

31 10 2008
SC Strike Chipper Hussein Pro American Goodwill Clothes Shopper Palin

Whoa. Sounds like it’s time to “clean house” with Alaska’s politicians.
And that would only be Step One, 49 to go IMHO.

31 10 2008
suchanut

My head is going to explode….

Well done, AKM.

31 10 2008
SC Strike Chipper Hussein Sista M Pro American Goodwill Clothes Shopper

Deals made, cash exchanged, pigs roasted…

Were any houses built?
Perchance?

31 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Mudstock II this Sunday in Chicago. Top ten!!!

31 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago
31 10 2008
Deep Blue in VA

“Scenes from next week” – I thought we might get a break from all the drama after Nov. 4. Looks like no such luck!

31 10 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

ten

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

With all these tips of the icebergs showing, it’s no wonder Palin, Stevens, Young are okay with global warming happening. As Don Young mention last night, Alaskans must “adapt”.

31 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

“gas tanks were filled”… Well, I can make a solid guess on whose those were and what kind of gas it was…

31 10 2008
Soldotna Sue

Ben Stevens has more corruption questions connected with the Alaska fishing industry than Veco. That “boy” is eyebrow deep in muck! Can’t wait for his indictment!

31 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago (09:36:04) :

Let’sGetReal for “That One” I know. I felt bad last night when I saw that 24%of Texans think Barack is a Muslim, yikes! Either way can they say “President Obama?”

If I had any money, I would fly you up fro sure.
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I had tried to find a hotel in DC for the inauguration, and will still do so, but I don’t want to jinx Obama. I’m kind of supersitious as well. Raised by my grand parents, mostly.

I have been looking at the rates though, and they are outrageous! I may have to stay in Fredricksburg and drive to DC. Can’t afford anything more than $100.00 per night, and plus I am driving from texas.

31 10 2008
Deep Blue in VA

Hey, fawnskin,

Which state will you be helping out in this weekend?

31 10 2008
Lana, KY

Seems the sh@t is getting so deep I don’t know how you Alaskans can possibly muck through it all . . .
Hopefully more will be revealed in the Palin saga and we in the lower 48 will be hanging on with deepening anticipation.

Let the drum beat and the heads roll.

31 10 2008
knife pile palin

poor picked on SP……from huffington post

Somehow, in Sarah Palin’s brain, it’s a threat to the First Amendment when newspapers criticize her negative attacks on Barack Obama. This is actually so dumb that it hurts:

In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by “attacks” from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama. …

“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

31 10 2008
portland oregon native

Well it just goes on and on.
Eagleburger’s tepid (at best) assessment of SP’s ability to be president on NPR today is worth a listen. He described a possible Palin presidency as ‘adequate’ and hopefully ‘never to be tested’. The McCain camp has to be hurling vomit and throwing shoes at their radios this morning.
The rats (literally) are abandoning the sinking ship. Hopefully we will be ‘doin’ the Snoopy dance’ on the mudflats…(early?) on Tuesday night.
BTW what IS the big deal about being first? Why not last? or are we not all in this as compatriots and allies working for the same big goal?

31 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

I was hoping Palin would be included! I know that sounds bad! Wishing doom on the doom!

31 10 2008
Marty (VA)

Wonder if all the smut that Allen is spewing has a certain Barbie poopin in her designer pants.. She’s got to be wondering who paid to build her house.🙂

31 10 2008
Rope Hoover Recoil Zoo Palin aka Misfit

I want to know what Texans they are polling! I will be totally shocked and disgusted with my fellow Texans if we do not turn Blue this year. I DREAM in BLUE these days, when I can sleep that is…

31 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Unreal AKM. Thanks again for the insight. OK have to run some errands…latetray amigos.

31 10 2008
austintx

AKM -Did Poodle take money from VECO when she ran for Gov.? If so – the sniffing by the Feds is well under way……..also – how is Housegate smelling ??

31 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

OK, in light of now having read the ADN article, I should have said, about “gas tanks were filled”, I could make a solid guess on who ELSE’S were filled…

31 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago (10:26:55) :

Meet up in Chicago this weekend…
http://www.themudflats.net/forum/index.php/topic,2924.0.html
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I know it is going to be a blast! There with you guys in spirit!

31 10 2008
Rope Hoover Recoil Zoo Palin aka Misfit

Who were all those BUDDIES that helped build that house?

31 10 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

hi ya, deep blue…
i guess that they needed us more in ohio. so we’ll not get to meet up at national. but i was so looking forward to seeing the kiddies in the yellow booties and you in your moose costume.
let’s get on that mudpuppy meet for the inaugaral.

31 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Let’sGetReal for “That One” (10:33:59) :
Airfare is ridiculous now. I may consider driving to Ft. Meade, MD, I have family there. That would be awesome! But petro for the jeep is high too. Takes me 13 hours about 3 tanks. OK peace out. I love Mudflats, I can’t seem to leave for my errands, or work, or eating, or chores, or sleep.🙂 Sweet addiction…

31 10 2008
C.Rock

What does IMHO mean ?

In my humble opinoin. AKM

31 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Rope Hoover Recoil Zoo Palin aka Misfit
YES! GO BLUE TEXAS that’s the spirit…

31 10 2008
Marty (VA)

I found this post elsewhere, written on 10/13..

The irony is that this was meant as a joke and read them and you’ll see that they did manage to use a few of em since it was written..

No, John McCain is not getting too nasty.

He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama is the ancestor of Arab slave traders.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama ran as an open socialist in 1996.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama is running under an alias, and that his legal name is Barry Soetoro.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya and was a Kenyan citizen by his own admission.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama became an Indonesian citizen.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama is probably an illegal alien in the US.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama holds extreme Marxist/communist/socialist views.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama was instrumental in creating the housing crash that caused the single largest financial correction in world history.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama was schooled as a Moslem as a child.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama is endorsed by Moamar Qaddafi.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama is endorsed by Ahmad Ahmahdinajad.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama is endorsed by Hamas.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama has received millions in campaign donations from sources overseas.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama is a puppet of George Soros.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama has an inner circle that is almost all Marxist, Socialist, Communist, or Islamic.
He hasn’t yet said that Barack Obama is using tactics consistent with the rise to power of Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, and Adolf Hitler, including the deployment of Hitler Youth.

There’s a lot he hasn’t said . . . and we haven’t even gotten to the “spin” and “half-truths”.

No, he’s not getting too nasty.

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

knife pile palin–Those Palin comments are so dang scary.

I really wanted this to be an election about hope and not fear.

Palin has an uncanny ability to bring out the fear in everyone.

So, getting back to hope.

Let’s have leadership in Washington that is:
**ethical and transparent
**has a smarter energy, is for working folks, and will create jobs
**is skilled at diplomacy and will reduce world tensions
**is for your health and the health of the planet
**exemplifies family values and national unity

Obama/Biden in ’08

31 10 2008
Susie in Jersey

OT: If you’ve already made a donation to the Obama campaign, here’s a chance to maybe get chosen to go to the election night celebration in Chicago:

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/backstage1?source=feature

I’d already made another donation today; I wonder if that will count or if I have to donate through this particular page.

31 10 2008
austintx

Hey – not all of us are red…….the “Dixie Chicks” were right !!! also……..Bush was born in Conn. and came to Texas when he was 3. He ain’t one of us !! Our beloved Molly Ivins called him “schrub”

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

portland-

I heard the same NPR interview on the way to the Obama office; nothing like damning someone with faint praise.

knife pile-

Do you think someone in Alaska could give “I am so prepared, you betcha” Palin her own personal copy of the Constitution so she might know of what she speaks?

31 10 2008
Deep Blue in VA

Fawnskin,

Good luck in Ohio!

I’m all over the mudpuppy inauguration convention here in DC, but figure we should wait until after Nov. 4 to get cracking…

Wish I could join other mudpuppies in Chi-town this weekend. I hope you all will ask AKM to post pics!

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

And has a smarter energy policy, as well as a smarter energy. (Grin sheepishly)

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

Speaking of Molly Ivins, wouldn’t she have had a good time this year!! Boy, do I miss her.

31 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

Susie in Jersey (10:46:43) :

OT: If you’ve already made a donation to the Obama campaign, here’s a chance to maybe get chosen to go to the election night celebration in Chicago:

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/backstage1?source=feature

I’d already made another donation today; I wonder if that will count or if I have to donate through this particular page.

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I believe you have to do it thru that page. I made a donation last night from another email, but when I clicked on the link for the one you are referring to, it brings up the details.

31 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

more dirt……….hope he has some on palin
its just a game to be first………it puts a smile on my face to see where people land……

31 10 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

C.Rock (10:45:21) :

What does IMHO mean ?

In my humble opinion

31 10 2008
Rope Hoover Recoil Zoo Palin aka Misfit

C.Rock (10:45:21) :

What does IMHO mean ?

In My Humble Opinion = IMHO

31 10 2008
portland oregon native

OMG!!! I cannot believe it. Senator “uncle Ted” said, I have not been convicted of anything” in the debate last night. The man is delusional!
The ADN did a great job of reporting.

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

austintx-

I have fond memories of Molly Ivins; she could skewer the best of them with her pen. She would be having a field day during this election.

31 10 2008
C.Rock

Rope Hoover Recoil Zoo Palin aka Misfit (10:54:25) :

C.Rock (10:45:21) :

What does IMHO mean ?

In My Humble Opinion = IMHO
………………….
Thanks

31 10 2008
Susie in Jersey

@Let’sGetReal for “That One” (10:49:52) :

Susie in Jersey (10:46:43) :

OT: If you’ve already made a donation to the Obama campaign, here’s a chance to maybe get chosen to go to the election night celebration in Chicago:

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/backstage1?source=feature

I’d already made another donation today; I wonder if that will count or if I have to donate through this particular page.

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I believe you have to do it thru that page. I made a donation last night from another email, but when I clicked on the link for the one you are referring to, it brings up the details.

I just made the extra donation.

31 10 2008
Rope Hoover Recoil Zoo Palin aka Misfit

portland oregon native (10:54:40) :

OMG!!! I cannot believe it. Senator “uncle Ted” said, I have not been convicted of anything” in the debate last night. The man is delusional!
The ADN did a great job of reporting.
=================================================

What is WRONG with these people?!
What do they think the word GUILTY means???

31 10 2008
Marty (VA)

this is funny.. play the whole clip..🙂

31 10 2008
Lori W.

IMHO = “In my humble opinion” and IMHO Sarah’s total misunderstanding of the first amendment is big news, even for idiotic SP. Her 1st amendment right is threatened if she is criticized? OMG, she has the whole thing OPPOSITE!
How long does it take to read the 1st amendment? And she has not read it and/or has NO idea what it means. grrrrrrrrrrr. I just want her GONE!!

31 10 2008
JaneDoe

Thanks to AKM we Muddies are certainly some of the most informed electorate. I only wish some of those still ‘undecides’ would be reading this.

There is an interesting 1-7 page poll at Aol.com/Election 08 where you get to vote your opionion of SP and many other interesting topics. Caste your vote and see instant results. Wondering if some of these percentages will be close to the actual election results. Just FYI.

http://news.aol.com/elections/page/1

31 10 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA
31 10 2008
C.Rock

PDX “That One” Hussein MB (10:53:38
Thanks

31 10 2008
Marty (VA)

Here’s one that goes in the “I can’t believe he said this” file..

McGrumpy.. at a rally, picking out signs of people, and came to bob the undertaker.. he said “I think there will be a few democrats that’ll need you after the election”..

Not only is mcgrumpy a coward, liar and idiot, now he’s just plain repulsive.

31 10 2008
portland oregon native

I miss Molly too. I have all of her books and I reread them too!
As for Uncle Teddy….could he have dementia? Yes that must be it! and he forgot about all that money too!

31 10 2008
turns

SP is fighting for VP so she can slide out of the muck she has created in AK. WIll she get stuck in the muck, will she get poled out of place, will she just wink and dink her way back into the GOV’s white house were she can wash the muck? I hope the truth will come to light.

31 10 2008
austintx

Northern Exposure – The other day the local paper had a story about a watering hole near the capital called the “Raw Deal”……….there were pictures of Molly,AnnRichards,Bob Bullock,Jerry Jeff Walker,Gary Cartwright,Bud Shrake……all sitting around drinking Lone Star Beer and shooting the bull !!! ahhh ….the 70’s in Austin !!!

31 10 2008
Chris

Sorry haven’t got time to check, just wanted to give a laugh out loud opportunity to Mudflatters everywhere :

http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/31/another-hockey-mom-star-is-born/?icid=200100397x1212101650x1200792609

Loved “Lyin’ witch and the wardrobe”. Inspired.

31 10 2008
jimstaro

If only One Thing Real Good comes out of this whole Election after tuesday, with the Pick of the unvetted Palin and the already working indictments leading to Stevens conviction, we may have Helped the people of Alaska finally do what Sarah said she was going to, Clean Up their politics for Decades to come, to easy to dig the dirt quickly in this day and age!

Lets hope we’re sending Sarah back up there to face her own music, if the wacko’s of the GOP still want that empty head to be their shining star I say Fine With Me, it’ll keep them devided and discouraged for decades as well!!

31 10 2008
Deep Blue in VA

Andrew Sullivan has a video of a “dance-off” between Obama and McCain. Hilarious.

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/10/so-you-think–1.html

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

Right now-

Rick Sanchez on CNN is discussing his interview with Can’t-Be-More-Stupid Goldfarb, and who is the #2 “Anti-Semitic” friend of Obama. You Tube (317,000 hits) and bloggers have gone nuts! Sanchez/CNN cleared both McLame and Obama of unsavory connections to Khalidi…(rats, they went to a commercial)

Sanchez says Goldfarb was referring to Rev. Wright!

31 10 2008
BigPete

We know that Palin had her own ‘Ayers moment’ with Bill Allen, at the start of her political career (not counting Wasilla)….even if it wasn’t in Allen’s living room. But the question that keeps me up at night is……the windows! What about the windows? Do we know yet, if the windows in Palin’s barn-style house, are the same as the ones in the Sports Complex?

31 10 2008
Rope Hoover Recoil Zoo Palin aka Misfit

Chris (11:08:37) :

Sorry haven’t got time to check, just wanted to give a laugh out loud opportunity to Mudflatters everywhere :
============================================
ROFLMAO
Thank you Chris for sharing that find with us. I LOVED IT!!!

31 10 2008
C.Rock

CO Almost Native (11:13:41) :

Right now-

Rick Sanchez on CNN is discussing his interview with Can’t-Be-More-Stupid Goldfarb, and who is the #2 “Anti-Semitic” friend of Obama. You Tube (317,000 hits) and bloggers have gone nuts! Sanchez/CNN cleared both McLame and Obama of unsavory connections to Khalidi…(rats, they went to a commercial)

Sanchez says Goldfarb was referring to Rev. Wright!

Here we go again. Repugs are desperate indeed.

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

Welcome Ghost Writer Guild members–if you have found Mudflats. The link to the Forum for a Ghost Writer Reunion is at the right. Happy to have you here in the muck with us in Alaska–if you weren’t already before.

31 10 2008
bPoint

Palin is running two hours late for her rally in York, PA. Could it be she is locked in a room and on the telephone with her lawyer trying to find out the best place to put a finger in the damn?

The rally was scheduled to begin at 2:30, her ETA is now 4:30.

31 10 2008
Epic

56.5 hours til the polls close in California.
🙂

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

OMG-

Sanchez talked to Ben Ferguson, conservative radio talk host (and wingnut); even though the ADL issued a statement that Rev. Wright is not AntiSemitic, Ferg said he didn’t care what they thought, he is going by what he sees!

Steam is coming out of my ears- he ignores a respected, reputable Jewish organization, and continues to believe his own lies! Halloween candy won’t do in this situation, I must go find something really crunchy in the kitchen.

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

I heard Don Young, while debating Ethan Berkowitz last night, say Stevens “has been convicted.”

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Can somebody watching tell me what happens when SP is on – is it now?

31 10 2008
C.Rock

bPoint (11:24:27) :

Palin is running two hours late for her rally in York, PA. Could it be she is locked in a room and on the telephone with her lawyer trying to find out the best place to put a finger in the damn?

The rally was scheduled to begin at 2:30, her ETA is now 4:30.
…………………………..
Or Sp and Joe the plummer and playing together < you never know.

31 10 2008
LA

@Epic
And people out here in Ca are on fire for Obama!!! Just got back from the store getting candy and had my Obama/Biden button on. People were hugging me and patting my shoulder.

31 10 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

bPoint (11:24:27) :

Palin is running two hours late for her rally in York, PA. Could it be she is locked in a room and on the telephone with her lawyer trying to find out the best place to put a finger in the damn?

The rally was scheduled to begin at 2:30, her ETA is now 4:30.
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She doesn’t have a thing to wear!

31 10 2008
LibertyLover

Is it illegal to use campaign funds for legal fees? If not, it certainly seems like it should be.

31 10 2008
ocliberal

Palin (so far) has been walking through the slime and muck without anything sticking to her. However, I still think the fact Veco financed 10% of her failed 2002 bid for Lt-Gov tells you just about everything you need to know about the great reformer.
http://alaskadispatch.com/tundra-talk/1-talk-of-the-tundra/92-palin-relied-on-corrupt-oilman-when-she-made-her-first-run-at-state-office.html

But you have to give her some credit that she knows how to exploit the system very well for her own personal gain and promotion.

The whole sports arena/Palin private resident deal is as rotten and smelly as a forgotten easter egg. But Palin wasn’t stupid. She changed laws and covered her tracks BEFORE they even started building her house with a few of Todd’s buddies. . By doing away with building permits she managed to do away with those nasty little nuiances called ‘paper trails.’

Ms. Palin has not only flourished in the sleazy, corrupt Alaksan Republican political scene, I think she has actually elevated it to new levels.Ted Stevens was old-school. Sarah Palin is new school.

But I do believe her downfall will come as she starts believing more and that she is invincible. She is believing the drivel a few people are telling her that she is the new face of the Republican party even though polls show her being the most unfavorablely perceived VP candidate in this history of polling.

Isn’t it her favorite book, the Bible, that warns “Pride goes before destruction, a haughtly spirit before a fall” Proverbs 16:18?

The haughty, prideful Ms. Palin should take heed…

Keep digging Alaska!

31 10 2008
disenchanted tore

Maybe Sarah stopped off at the Lancaster Outlets on her way. Great shopping bargains there!😉

31 10 2008
Jan Arnold

Off topic, but my son just found this great youtube video. I think this address will get you there, but if not, go to youtube and search “politics in Indiana”….. Great Green Day soundtrack, confounding interviews…… a nifty little video.

31 10 2008
SMR

Hey Everyone, Mike Ditka thinks everyone who doesn’t have a job is just plain lazy, I guess, because jobs are out there waiting for you!

Wasn’t he the coach for the Bears? Will the unemployed of Chicago now turn against the GOP? Please!

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/31/mike-ditka-hits-the-campaign-trail-with-palin/

31 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

Or the VF Outlet mall in Reading!

31 10 2008
Sandy Beach

It was great that the ADN endorsed Obama/Biden but the Juneau Empire did not follow suit.

http://juneauempire.com/stories/103108/opi_350325481.shtml

Funny because Juneau is usually the only region in Alaska that votes blue.

31 10 2008
JESinTX aka Grill Igloo Palin

I just read on Politico that Ted Stevens says he “has not been convicted…”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/15135.html

First Palin, now Stevens? “I know a jury (or committee) found me guilty but I’ll just “say it ain’t so!” And everyone will believe me!”

Is there something in the water these people are drinking?

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

i get a kick out of the repugs keep showing the polls are almost tied and most state polls show obama ahead.

this repug on msnbc now seems to love palin. she hasn’t got any ideas, so what is going on?? she’s a total mental vacuum.

31 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@Sandy Beach (11:35:32) :

Yeah, it’s a bit weird, unless you remember that our “local” paper is owned by a Georgia based company… UGH anyway though! It’s not like she’s ever done much for this town…

31 10 2008
NMJ

portland oregon native (10:38:11) : BTW what IS the big deal about being first? Why not last? or are we not all in this as compatriots and allies working for the same big goal?

Agreed!

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

they seem to love saying obama lied about accepting federal funding. he never said he would.. he said he’d be willing to discuss it and mcgrumpy never responded.

they ever say anything even marginally truthful?

31 10 2008
SMR

My posts keep getting filtered!

Mike Ditka, campaigning with Bible Spice, says:

“This is the land of opportunity,” he said. “It’s not a land of handouts. If you’re willing to work, you can find a job. If you’re willing to work, you can find a job.”

Come on Chicagoans — what’s up with this guy? I hope the unemployed of Chicago give him and the M/P campaign a kick in the a$$!

Check out the story. Gross. Add the http, bcuz my posts keep getting filtered with it in.

://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/31/mike-ditka-hits-the-campaign-trail-with-palin/

31 10 2008
BigPete

ocliberal

Good post! Knock out ending with the Bible quote!

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

This from Huffington Post:

Via John Cole, the Politico reports on Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ candid assessment of what motivates Republicans in his state:

The Republican is outwardly confident, but there’s urgency in his voice as he tours North Georgia, trying to boost turnout in his predominately white base: “The other folks are voting,” he bluntly tells supporters.
Just in case anyone was confused about who those “other folks” are, Chambliss gave this quote New York Times:

The development is not lost on Mr. Chambliss. “There has always been a rush to the polls by African-Americans early,” he said at the square in Covington, a quick stop on a bus tour as the campaign entered its final week. He predicted the crowds of early voters would motivate Republicans to turn out. “It has also got our side energized, they see what is happening,” he said.

And Ronald Regan’s former Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein has endorsed Obama- said he was influenced by Colin Powell…

31 10 2008
NMJ

portland oregon native (10:54:40) : OMG!!! I cannot believe it. Senator “uncle Ted” said, I have not been convicted of anything” in the debate last night. The man is delusional!

Yep, SP learned well from the master.

31 10 2008
Grammy aka Commando Coalfire Palin

Sandy Beach

I think it’s sad that the Empire endorsed McLame, in fact, I couldn’t believe it – at best they should’ve remained neutral.

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

Stevens is delusional. HE WAS CONVICTED ON ALL COUNTS..

He’s not been SENTENCED.. BUT CONVICTED… done deal. the jury went home the prosecution won, stevens lost.

I guess he is like barbie when she didn’t violate ethics violations when the report said she did. Although 7 felony counts is a bit worse.!!🙂

31 10 2008
bPoint

@Crust Scramble – SouthGA (11:32:31) :
bPoint (11:24:27) :

Palin is running two hours late for her rally in York, PA. Could it be she is locked in a room and on the telephone with her lawyer trying to find out the best place to put a finger in the damn?

The rally was scheduled to begin at 2:30, her ETA is now 4:30.
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She doesn’t have a thing to wear!
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That is funny!

31 10 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein (11:37:06) :

@Sandy Beach (11:35:32) :

Yeah, it’s a bit weird, unless you remember that our “local” paper is owned by a Georgia based company… UGH anyway though! It’s not like she’s ever done much for this town…
—————–
Sorry, guys. Yes the Morris Co. is a red rag publisher. One of the owners must enjoy hunting in Alaska – that’s the only reason I can figure they’d own one of y’all’s newspapers.

31 10 2008
Grammy aka Commando Coalfire Palin

Sandy Beach

Someone posted this on mudflats on another thread (maybe Empire editor was told to endorse McLame)

Except that maybe they truly believe Palin can get them out of this loans mess they’re in (note link) OR that the owners (Morris) are die-hard repugs:
“Newspaper companies renegotiating debt agreements with lenders:
• MORRIS PUBLISHING GROUP LLC – The publisher of 13 daily newspapers from Florida to Alaska (including the Juneau Empire) agreed to pay high interest rates and meet other conditions in exchange for lenders relaxing financial targets for nearly a year. The company had $417 million in debt as of June 30.”
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/101408/sta_343946207.shtml

Head Office is in Georgia, and the company serves mainly South-eastern US.
http://www.morris.com/divisions/morris_publishing_group/index.shtml

Could be this is the only chance the company has to make waves before they go bankrupt? Or, maybe the decision came from head office and not from the editor?

31 10 2008
Divatalk Hussein

Hi Everyone! I’ve been away for a while trying to get some work done and revenue generated.

Just wanted to stop by quickly to say hello. Will be traveling to VA this weekend and phonebanking. Lots to do before the big DAY!

Hi Marty!

BTW, make sure you get the steal back your vote info out to everyone.
Go to
http://www.wecannoturnback.blogspot.com
I just posted this on my blog “7 Steps
to Steal Back Your Vote” Done by Greg Palast and Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Really good info.

I also signed up to be poll dancer, I’m mean worker, on Nov 4. I figure if I’m working the polls, I won’t have anxiety waiting for the returns.

Let me know how thel weekend went. Journal it. It would be great to hear all the final election day adventures of the Mudpuppies.

31 10 2008
Rapture Spenard Palin

sarah should have to serve detention until she has learned the Constitution. I’ve got a whole truckload of tiny violins to play along with her whine about her poor abused 1st Amendment rights. Is it possible for this woman to be any more braindead? Why didn’t McCain dig up Terry Schaivo and make HER his running mate. I’ll bet her corpse has more brain cells than sarah.

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

Mudpuppies-

If you need a laugh, Margaret is back at it again…I love those two ladies:)

http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

Rapture-

LOL! (snicker snicker)

31 10 2008
NMJ

Chris (11:08:37) : Sorry haven’t got time to check, just wanted to give a laugh out loud opportunity to Mudflatters everywhere

Fantastic! Just what I needed. Thanks!

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

Hmmmm..

I was reading the stevens/begich debate and the moderator and begich totally wussed out on stating palin is qualified or not..

here’s the text..

PALIN

Moderator John Tracy: If elected, and if it becomes necessary, is Gov. Sarah Palin qualified to serve as president of the United States?

Begich: I’ve answered this question a lot of times. And my view is, the voters are going to make that decision. If she wins her election as the vice presidential nominee, as she is now, wins as vice president, come Nov. 4, that tells us she’s qualified.

Tracy: I’m going to come back. Sen. Stevens?

Stevens: Well I don’t understand your question in relation to his answer.

Tracy: Yeah, well I said I’m going to come back. But I’m going to give you a chance first.

Stevens: What was the question now?

Tracy: Is Gov. Palin qualified, sir, as president

Stevens: Yes she is. Yes she is. I think she is. She’s had experience as a mayor. She’s had experience, really, as a governor. And she is what I think the American women have sought for a long time, she’s another candidate for a presence of a woman in our national leadership. So I think she’s qualified and I think our people would like to see her become president, vice president.

I’d like to see her become president, as a matter of fact.

Tracy: Mr. Mayor, I’m going to insist on a yes or no answer.

Begich: Well John, on this one I think, again, the voters are going to make this decision. I think she has proven that she has some strong mettle out there. She’s been out there on the campaign trail. I think that the issue that I have not heard a lot about is where she stands on a lot of foreign policy issues, domestic policy.

I’ve heard her repeat more of the McCain line, but I’m interested in what she’s about. I’ve seen some interviews with her, but they’re not in depth and so I can’t judge that at this point. What I can tell you is, she has made the nomination. She will be there on the ticket on Nov. 4. If she wins, I guarantee you that she’s going to have to be ready.
… Your theory there is something’s going to happen to Sen. John McCain if he’s president.

Carey: It’s not my theory. I simply asked you if you thought she was qualified to be president.

Begich: The President. Well, she’s running for vice president, and she’s on the ticket.

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31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

Greetings, austintx. Good to hear from ya.

31 10 2008
Rapture Spenard Palin

Okay, I went from appalled at her comments about the 1st Amendment to nonstop giggles when I read a comment.

“Sarah Palin shouldn’t have free speech rights. She should be BILLED for making us listen to her.”

heheheheheheee!

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Crust scramble, bpoint,anybody, is she on yet? is she late?, we put the clocks back an hour in the UK on Sat night, (don’task!), and now I’m even more confused than usual about differences.

BTW, what the hell was that with the 1st amendment thing, she really is dumb?!

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

Jane Doe “I only wish some of those still ‘undecideds’ would be reading this.”

Maybe they are. Maybe they are.

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

hi ya diva.. hope you’re doing ok.. i’ve been sick almost all week. Don’t know if it’s from the rally or not.. but i’ve been miserable..!

31 10 2008
Bev

Hey mudflatters – maybe the Alaska political debacle should be fair warning to the lower 48 – time to put everyone under the microscope.

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

Begich totally wussed out on palin.. anyone who’s too big a pussy to admit the truth may not be qualified to be a senator.. he should have admitted the truth..!

Tracy: Mr. Mayor, I’m going to insist on a yes or no answer.

Begich: Well John, on this one I think, again, the voters are going to make this decision. I think she has proven that she has some strong mettle out there. She’s been out there on the campaign trail. I think that the issue that I have not heard a lot about is where she stands on a lot of foreign policy issues, domestic policy.

I’ve heard her repeat more of the McCain line, but I’m interested in what she’s about. I’ve seen some interviews with her, but they’re not in depth and so I can’t judge that at this point. What I can tell you is, she has made the nomination. She will be there on the ticket on Nov. 4. If she wins, I guarantee you that she’s going to have to be ready.
… Your theory there is something’s going to happen to Sen. John McCain if he’s president.

Carey: It’s not my theory. I simply asked you if you thought she was qualified to be president.

Begich: The President. Well, she’s running for vice president, and she’s on the ticket.

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

Rapture-

I went beyond LOL; I fell off my desk chair reading your last comment. Had to untangle myself from the dogs- who thought this was a new game- to reply.

(snicker)

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

Gotta give teddy credit.. he has huge balls..

Stevens: Well the first thing I would tell them is that the case is still pending on the basis of mentions which we filed for a new trial or for a dismissal of the case for prosecutorial misconduct.

I have not been convicted of anything.

31 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

So, I guess in the interest of making election night “less” stressful for me (WHAT?), I up and signed up for a month-long, meets on Tuesday nights class… Starts at 6, ends at 9; I guess Election Central will prob. still be open at 9, even though I’m sure we’ll know the results by then, being SO far behind everyone else except HI. Can anyone explain to me what I was thinking? Other than wanting to have a chance to make some Christmas presents…?

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

98 hours til the end of mcLoser/Barbie go away..polls start closing in 98 hours..!

31 10 2008
disenchanted tore

Jan Arnold (11:34:20) :

Thanks for that video. I think. Talk about small minds (rolling eyes).

Loved the woman (and her designer outfit OMG) who when asked how she felt about Palin said “Great. Great. Look what she’s done with Alaska….great Christian morals…” LOLOL

31 10 2008
ocliberal

CO Almost Native:
I love Margaret and Helen too. I have an 82 year old Mom name Margaret who is voting Democrat for the first time in her life.

My brother and sister-in-law took Mom down to the local city hall yesterday so she could vote early. She is a little impatient these days and as my poor brother patiently tried to explain the ballot to her, she said, “I don’t care about all that other stuff, just show me where to vote for Obama!”

She got a phone call from an old friend of hers the other day – a very right-wing type who was aghast my Mom voted for Obama. My Mom just told her, “I voted for the good-looking one this time. I suggest you do the same.”

Gotta love her!

Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird : Regarding the polls, let the Repugs keep saying it’s close. Hopefully that will shake off any complacency from the Democrats (not that I think there is any.) I want this to be a landslide and send the message loud and clear – ENOUGH! Enough of the hate and lies and us against them mentality.

I love, love, love that Obama is going into Arizona now. As I was saying to my husband last night, I believe this is Obama’s little way of getting back at McCain for all the smears and slime and slander and outright lies he has thrown at Obama in the last months. I love, love, love it! I hope we take Arizona. It would some very sweet payback.

As Obama might say, “Don’t get mad. Just vote!”

31 10 2008
Bev

Okay – so went to work today dressed as Jo(e) the Plumber. On my back, I had a sticker that read: COUNTRY (singing contract) FIRST. My co-workers came as Joe the Homeless, Joe the Baker, Joe the Veteran, and Tito the Builder. Even our canine co-worker came with an Obama t-shirt and a badge that said Joe the Dog. Luckily the customers thought that was really funny. Only had one woman tighten her lips when she saw the sign on my back. . . but I was able to talk her out of the trees, I think. Most folks seemed to see our “costumes” as an opening to talk about the election – we get a good cross section at our store – and one person volunteers with the Obama campaign and handed out yard signs and bumper stickers. . . – but overall, the sentiment is that even the Republicans among our customer base believe Florida will go for Obama. . . and they are pretty proud of Gov. Crist for opening the early voting polls to longer hours.

31 10 2008
C.Rock

Obama interview with Blitzer on CNN is comming on soon.

31 10 2008
ocliberal

Bev: Love the costumes! What kind of store do you work in?

I think Florida is going for Obama too.

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

ocliberal-

I love your mom!

Bev-

Great idea for Halloween- wish you had posted pictures:)

31 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin

I’m betting this is where the poo hits the fan!
I am abso-positive SP’s name is on that Bill Allen list in big honking lights.
She is a user, a manipulator, and a liar,..so if she has already accepted (Heck! She went to HIM!) cash from Veco that was claimed, like all things “Sarah”, that was just the tip of the iceberg.

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

UK Lady-

I surfed around, and the only place I could find info about the rally was FoxNews.com, and they had pictures only. Sarah included the children, of course- in costume for Halloween. gag.

31 10 2008
mvngfwd

Afternoon Mudpals! Been busy catching up on all the posts and envisioning “President Barack Obama”! Just got off the phone with a really nice volunteer from Indiana who was making calls for MoveOn. We are both originally from SoCal so we had fun talking about our new RedState homebases. We agreed to do everything we can to turn our states Blue.

On a side note, why aren’t those Palin props, err I mean children, enjoying Halloween at home? I think it is just pathetic she drags them everywhere. Do you see any of the other “under-18” campaign kids out on the stump?

31 10 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

@austintx (10:47:04) :
Hey – not all of us are red…….the “Dixie Chicks” were right !!! also……..Bush was born in Conn. and came to Texas when he was 3. He ain’t one of us !! Our beloved Molly Ivins called him “schrub”
************************************************************

Molly Ivins was one of the “Greats”. I am so sorry that she is not here to enjoy this circus, but I am sure she is with us in spirit.

31 10 2008
sjk

She got rid of the permit requirements, but she HAS TO HAVE RECIEPTS for the materials for tax purposes. RIGHT? Lets see the tax reeturns and receipts and her medical records. and the missing e-mails. and lets see Bristol 7-8 months pregnant.

31 10 2008
NMJ

I archive lots of the links I find on Mudflats, and I keep them organized in folders. I was just looking for a page I know I have a link to, and paused as I looked at some of the categories I’ve created for SP: AIP, Campaigning, Clothing, Education, Emails, Environmental, Interviews, Media, Native Issues, Rape Kits, Religion, Taxes, Todd Palin, TrooperGate, Voting, etc., etc.

Geez! Does this person have anything in her brain that is not twisted?

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

Rapture-

Here it is, straight from Barbie’s mouth (via Huffpo):

According to Palin, what the Founders intended with the First Amendment was that political candidates for the most powerful offices in the country and Governors of states would be free to say whatever they want without being criticized in the newspapers. The First Amendment was meant to ensure that powerful political officials would not be “attacked” in the papers. It is even possible to imagine more breathaking ignorance from someone holding high office and running for even higher office?

OMG…

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

CO Almost Native (12:14:19) :

Thanks for info, just caught a clip from CNN, those poor kids! She can hardly complain about being used by McLoser when it’s all over.

31 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@ocliberal :

Hi again! Did I understand from your post that Obama is doing a rally in AZ? Fab!

@Bev :

Hi again to you, too. Ditto for me too on loving the costumes! LOL a hundred times!

And YIPEE! If Florida finally gets smart and goes for Obama!!!

31 10 2008
NMJ

CO Almost Native (12:22:43) : According to Palin, what the Founders intended with the First Amendment was that political candidates for the most powerful offices in the country and Governors of states would be free to say whatever they want without being criticized in the newspapers. The First Amendment was meant to ensure that powerful political officials would not be “attacked” in the papers.

CO, can you toss us a link to that?

31 10 2008
Sandy Beach

Grammy–thank you for that link! I have been away from Juneau for a week, just got back and hadn’t seen that article. I don’t much like the Empire but they are all we have. If they go bankrupt, we got nothin’.

It would be interesting to check out the endorsement in the other papers owned by Morris and see if they happen to be identical.

31 10 2008
NMJ

Apologies for the unintended emphasis…

31 10 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

I’m in Manatee County Florida, we have about 214,000 registered voters and we have one early voting location in the county. The neighboring Sarasota county has about 215,000 registered voters and they have 7 early voting locations, the newspaper said yesterday the head of the elections is Rep’s and they are trying to get courts involved. I voted absentee, don’t have to give a reason.

31 10 2008
mvngfwd

Bev- where are you in Florida?

Just read fivethirtyeight for some calming down and had to laugh at the side bar story titled…..”Neiman Marxist” under a Palin pic! Love It!

31 10 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

Sorry, Sarasot cunty has about 250,000 registered voters.

31 10 2008
JESinTX aka Grill Igloo Palin

@judi hussein that one Obama

I miss Molly Ivins too – and Tim Russert! Can you imagine how much he would have loved this election?! Maybe he’s watching from afar.

Loved Hockey Mom AKA Eva Peron!!!

31 10 2008
NMJ

mmboucher (Florida) (12:28:30) : I’m in Manatee County Florida, we have about 214,000 registered voters and we have one early voting location in the county.

I feel for you. Los Angeles county, the largest county in the country, has only one early voting location. We’re all going to have to tough it out on Tuesday.

31 10 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

Huffington Post…
Palin: First Amendment Rights Threatened By Criticis—————————————————————-
Here is the thing. She is not only the worst person in the world she is also the STUPIDest person in the World!

31 10 2008
nswfm CA

I do NOT get this. What are people doing up there?

I’ve lived in NYC 9 years and CA for the rest of my middle-aged life, and I have not seen this kind of crap happening in CA. Maybe in NYC building with the mob, but I wasn’t involved in that area.

In Alaska, do they not have enough to do? They seem to have so much time on there hands to get everything out of the cookie jar. And then the kitchen sink…

31 10 2008
Miemaw from Texas

When you read that 23% of Texans think that Obama is a Muslim, you know why, when it comes to education — we always say — thank God for Mississippi and Alabama. Only two states in the country in worse shape (education-wise) than Texas.

Do you think that the Governor will claim someone is violating her Constitutional Rights, if she is further investigated?

It is still a wonder to me that the McCain campaign lets her out by herself.

How many times can one candidate shoot themselves in the foot? Or put that foot in their mouth? Or whatever analogy you want to draw, for someone who continues to talk, without knowing anything?

Polls say 59% of the country doesn’t think she’s qualified to hold the office of Vice President of the United States. It seems that she is determined to prove the 59% right, and increase the percentage points.

31 10 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

JESinTX aka Grill Igloo Palin (12:31:16) :

@judi hussein that one Obama

I miss Molly Ivins too – and Tim Russert! Can you imagine how much he would have loved this election?! Maybe he’s watching from afar.

Loved Hockey Mom AKA Eva Peron!**************************************
I loved Hockey Mom AKA Eva Peron too, also ubetcha!

31 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin

OMG! Now, she ‘doesn’t recall” having a meeting with him,..let alone splitting a bottle of wine (I guess that would me she was drunk-driving, to boot)
But,…there was a witness, Barbie!
http://www.alaskadispatch.com/index.php?view=article&catid=1:talk-of-the-tundra&id=269:why-wont-palin-explain-her-association-with-convicted-felon-bill-allen&tmpl=component&print=1&page=

Yes, Bible Spice kicked off her political career in the living room of a convicted felon! And she wasn’t 8 years old when he committed the crimes!
And it wasn’t a colleague thing,…she went to him!
Oh my, people who live in glass houses getting hit with the same stones they just threw at the neighbors!

31 10 2008
SMR

This blog is as entertaining as margaretandhelen. I can’t recall who first gave the link here, but it’s worth hanging out there to get the perspective of a wonderful uppity elitist Texas democrat

http://www.kissmybigbluebutt.com/

31 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@CO Almost Native (12:22:43) :
@Rapture :

The obvious question is – freedom of speech for her to say whatever she wants, but no freedom of speech for the press?

31 10 2008
NMJ

Miemaw from Texas (12:35:00) : When you read that 23% of Texans think that Obama is a Muslim, you know why, when it comes to education — we always say — thank God for Mississippi and Alabama. Only two states in the country in worse shape (education-wise) than Texas.

Miemaw, I hate to break it to you, but Pollster.com shows only 7 points separating McC and Obama in Mississippi.

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

NMJ-

Here’s the link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

It’s the top story; click on the headline.

31 10 2008
Scott Palin

Hi all!

Some results of the aol poll –

If McCain loses the election, will Palin remain a national figure?
No, she’ll fade into obscurity 63%
Yes, she’s here to stay 37%

What’s your general opinion of Sarah Palin?
Mostly negative 63%
Mostly positive 32%
Neutral 5%

This is from approx 70,000 voters

Looking forward to Tues!

31 10 2008
BigPete

Am so tired of hearing about undecided voters! Why aren’t they called indecisive voters, and why are we SO SURE that they will even vote? Basically, they can’t care less, one way or the other, so what is their motivation to go stand in line on Nov 4?

If they were more decisive, they would have told the pollster that they had no clue, and that quite honestly they had absolutely no intention of voting.

31 10 2008
nswfm CA

Mad Skillz, son (14:02:02) :

Karma is a mofo … the GOP is going down like a cheap hooker.

I loved this comment from earlier! It seems appropriate here, too. Also.

31 10 2008
Road Runner

Another Reagan cabinet member supporting Obama. What’s a McLame. Waiting for Reagan himself to rise up to give his support.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/31/former-reagan-adviser-endorses-obama/

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

knikgoose and SMR-

Love the web sites:) We all need a few chuckles-

31 10 2008
mvngfwd

Okay…I was feeling a little nervous today (side effect of Obsessive Election Disorder) and then I read the newest post at http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/.

Please read “The Big Empty” and enjoy the pics! It was a wonderful balm to soothe the nerves. It also made me sign up for three full days of Obama duty including committing to all day poll driver for Tuesday.

31 10 2008
Dianna

Martha*****

The signs just arrived! Sent you an e-mail but will say it here: I LOVE the Alaska for Obama sign. The handwriting on the back is beautiful.

31 10 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein

This is so totally OT that I will ground myself for life after posting, but, WTH is with Norm Coleman’s teeth? I have never seen teeth like that. I don’t get it. He looks so strange. I love the way he has a tradition of suing at the end of an election cycle too. So mature. Go FRANKEN.

31 10 2008
JaneDoe

Re: Undecides

@BigPete (12:52:04) (@Northern Exposure…. Nice photography there Northern)
“Am so tired of hearing about undecided voters! Why aren’t they called indecisive voters, and why are we SO SURE that they will even vote? Basically, they can’t care less, one way or the other, so what is their motivation to go stand in line on Nov 4?”

Our girls Margaret and Helen addressed thise ‘Undecides’ the other day.

…”We have only been at this for two years, sweetheart. There were over 40 debates during the primaries and most recently we have had three Presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate…”

http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/if-you-are-undecided-youre-not-paying-attention/

31 10 2008
NMJ

CO Almost Native (12:42:38) :NMJ-Here’s the link

Thanks for the link. Unbelievable!

31 10 2008
ocliberal

NMJ (12:31:27) : Orange County, CA has about 10 early voting places and LA County has one (in Norwalk which the southern most border of LA County). What is the deal? Fortunately I am in Orange County although I have a good friend in LA County and she was very upset. I wasn’t even aware OC was doing early voting this election. I will definitely do that next time. I voted absentee this time. Next time I’ll early vote.

Jamie: I don’t think Obama is doing an Arizona rally. I read a rumor a couple of days ago, but I think he’s decided to go back to Florida. That is where he really needs to be right now as the polls are very close. I don’t think winning AZ is a huge priority for him. I think it was more he had a lot of money left over, the polls were starting to get close and I think he couldn’t think of a better way of sticking it to McCain. He is running TV ads in Arizona now.

Here is a good article showing Obama’s closing day plans.
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/10/31/obama-mixes-surprise-hefty-ad-spending-in-campaigns-final-days/

After weeks of sticking to the basic campaign format, the Obama camp is pulling some surprises out of its hat. Today came the news that Obama will stage a Monday rally in Florida before the election, this time in Jacksonville. The state is tight, polling suggests, and Obama win in the Sunshine State would severely damage Republican rival John McCain’s chances of taking the White House.

In other news…
I just signed up to do phone banking on Saturday at a local college. I went to http://www.barackobama.com/index.php and it was right on the front page. I didn’t think California had much going on but they have tons of stuff, mostly phonebacking to swing states. (Nevada)

Sometime I bemoan the fact I’m not a swing state but today California is up 19 points for Obama! Also Prop 8 is starting to look like it’s going to lose. Polls are showing the “No’s” up 49-44. Today I’m proud to be a Californian! (Well, except for the Arnold-thing and the budget thing and the fact my own town is 80% Republican and …).

But 55 EVs! – the most of any state in the union are being delivered to our next President, Barack Obama by proud Californians like myself!

Come on Florida! We need your 27 EVs!

31 10 2008
Dianna

Miemaw from Texas (12:35:00) :
When you read that 23% of Texans think that Obama is a Muslim, you know why, when it comes to education — we always say — thank God for Mississippi and Alabama. Only two states in the country in worse shape (education-wise) than Texas.

Hey, now. I live in Mississippi.

31 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin

Whoops!
Anyone hear about this?
“Rumor Central:
Todd Palin a shadow State employee receiving paychecks under an assumed name? The major newsies are asking questions around here.”
From http://www.alaskareport.com/

Do her First Amendment Rights also give folks the opportunity to sue for slander/libel (I would put money on SP not even knowing what either of those means)

31 10 2008
ocliberal

Darn I just did a really long post that got eaten… Oh well – hopefully it will get ressurected.

I’ll sum in up in a few words.

No rally for Obama in AZ – he’s heading back to Florida
Agree it’s a bummer about early voting in LA County – Orange County has 10 places! LA has one in Norwalk (southernmost part of LA county)
I signed up to do phonebanking on Saturday – visit barackobama.com to see what you can do to GOTV!
I’m proud to be a Californian today as CA polls are up 19 points for our next Prez Obama. We are delivered 55 EVS signed, sealed and delivered.
Come on Florida! We need your 27 EVS.

31 10 2008
BigPete

JaneDoe

Margaret and Helen are definitely ‘decideds’.
It has become my second favorite blog.
(I only read two blogs!)

31 10 2008
Dianna

NPR reported that Eddie Burke won’t be voting for Ted Stevens because Stevens is a felon.

31 10 2008
NMJ

JaneDoe (13:02:37) : Our girls Margaret and Helen addressed thise ‘Undecides’ the other day.

OMG! When she said, “If I hear that McCain is a Maverick one more time I just might throw myself to the floor and break a hip.” I laughed so hard I cried! This is a site I’ll be visiting regularly now.

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin (13:10:16) :

That’s very intriguing!, any more info anywhere on that?

31 10 2008
mvngfwd

ocliberal- As a So. California native (Chatsworth) I am doing my best to give Florida to Obama! My Obamacan and I both did our part last Sunday and am doign everything I can to help others turn my adopted state Blue!!

31 10 2008
SMR

@Big Pete —

If you only read two blogs you need to add a third (well, I could list about a dozen, but…) that is quite similar to MargaretandHelen:

http://www.kissmybigbluebutt.com/

31 10 2008
strangelet Hussein

Stevens: “I have not been convicted of anything.”

Palin: {paraphrase} “Media criticism of my campaign statements is a violation of my First Amendment rights”

AKM — Can you get your hands on some of that AK hallucinogen and maybe make it available at the mudflats store? Sounds like it must be good stuff.

31 10 2008
Bev

I work at a holistic pet food store in Metro Orlando – so we (the worker bees) are being hit hard by the economic downturn, but so are our customers – from what I’ve seen and heard over the last few weeks, I’d say our customer base is actually pretty liberal politically – and the Republicans that shop with us are moderate to liberal. (I think it’s the animals that have a paw in that) On a more whimsical note, a local column here mentioned some Halloween shindog – where the political costumes were in abundance – but to my warped thinking, the best was a woman who wrapped herself up in a sheet, donned a tiara, and went as “Queen Sheet”. Apparently lots of Palin costumes (so many clothing choices there) and costumes with nods to “Corporate Socialists Redistributing the Wealth”. But the best dog costume was a 6-year old pitbull with a pig mask – and LIPSTICK! (he wasn’t really thrilled with the mask, but loved the treats everyone showered on him as they howled with laughter). I think one of coworkers took some pictures – if I can get him to send them my way, I’ll pass them along.

31 10 2008
Kittitians for Obama

Have any of you read this..LOL..what woman is this that Alaska has presented to the rest of the world…shame on you Alaska..

Palin: First Amendment Rights Threatened By Criticism

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/31/palin-criticism-threatens_n_139729.html

31 10 2008
strangelet Hussein

@SMR (13:23:05) :
————————————————
Thanks for the link. One thing about Texans is they do have a way with words:

“I used to be an independent voter, but that all changed when I got to know a few local Republicans. They are meaner than 10 acres of snakes and have the ethical compass of a bank robber. ”

Everyone should at least have look at the cartoon ;>)

31 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin

@ UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady:
Not yet, but I’m sure looking for it!

31 10 2008
Susie in Jersey

@Kittitians for Obama (13:25:50) :

Thank you – I was looking for something on that issue. Just when you think she can’t get it more wrong, she does!

31 10 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

I was greatly saddened to see Studs Terkel passed away today.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/31/studs-terkel-dies_n_139828.html

Thank you Studs for everything! I absolutely loved you. Several writers and myself for a regional magazine in my area in the 80’s once got a lovely card from you on a piece we had written. It meant a lot to us.

Your chapter in “The Good War” (an oral history of World War II) on the soldier stationed at a crossroads in Hiroshima three weeks after the bombing should be required reading by every citizen of the United States in order to be able to hold citizenship even if you are born here. Just a stunning spiritual account of war.

You will be missed, Sir. You will be missed very, very much.

A great, great citizen of Chicago indeed.

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Knikgoose – My breath is bated!

31 10 2008
Ripley AKA Copper Hussein Catfish in CT

Nebraska, you are SO grounded!🙂

And “undecided voters” includes all those who have no opinion, don’t plan to vote, or are ignorant about the platforms. On NPR today, they said they are white, female, over 65, undereducated, and highly religious. Hmmmm… sounds like republican to me. And racist. Sorry for the broad brush there, but it wasn’t mine.

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Knikgoose – have tried you tube, D>Kos and Huffpost, any other suggestions?

31 10 2008
A Fan From Chicago

For some who may be newcomers here or recent arrivals, our friends from Alaska have asked a couple of times that we not “blame them” for Sarah Palin or be asked to “take her back.”

None of this was their idea and I gather that most Alaskans are pretty dumbfounded by what they have learned about their Governor in the past two months.

One person is responsible for this fiasco and one person only.

John McCain.

31 10 2008
Bernice

MUST SEE, IT’S A LOL! HOPE I CAN LINK IT, BUT IF NOT IT’S WORTH SELF SEARCH.
BUT SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME IT’S JUST A JOKE

“TOWN MEETING WASILLA,ALASKA


31 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

Oh, I’ve spent a week with the boyf who demanded I try to get over Mudflats addiction and pay him some attention (tho he was very nice about it, in an “I understand she’s a moron and Mudpuppies are nice people, but come back to the real world for a while – you can’t even vote, woman” kind of way). Anyway, now I’m back and it’s taken me all day to catch up – Shikago has gone to bed and got up again and I’ve drunk too much wine… but oh, scary similarities between Palin and Stevens’ comments on their verdicts and I can’t wait to see if SP gets a mention in the context of Veco… and what is that woman on about with the first amendment stuff???? Hypocrisy at its best (or worst, perhaps).

Anyway, the BBC’s pictures of Palin halloween costumes are almost scarier than the real thing (but not quite)
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7697666.stm

And so, too, I don’t think I have anything to contribute, really, in these final days, also – but I’m with you all in spirit and will probably have a sleepless night on Tuesday. I want to be hopeful, but I’m afraid of Repug fraud (the boyf cannot mention America and democracy in the same sentence without making strange squeaking sounds due to the “hanging chads” saga – and he’s Swedish).

Big Mudpuppy hugs to you all – I shall be here sipping my wine for a while longer…

(Hiya UK lady – waves – thought you’d gone awol like me)

31 10 2008
strangelet Hussein

HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin (13:36:11) :

I was greatly saddened to see Studs Terkel passed away today.

—————————————–

Ditto. But he was darn good for darn long.

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

UK Lady-

Besides the one reference to Rumor Central, I have found nothing on the internet- checked all the Alaska blogs, huffpo, the usual…guess we’ll just have to wait:(

31 10 2008
katiebegood

Anyway, the BBC’s pictures of Palin halloween costumes are almost scarier than the real thing (but not quite)
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7697666.stm

It’s my understand that Pentecostals don’t approve of Halloween and never dress their children in costumes. Has Sarah given up her Pentecostal religion? GTW, I find Ms. Palin’s religion to be the scariest thing about her.

31 10 2008
Halcrow

HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin (13:36:11) :

I was greatly saddened to see Studs Terkel passed away today.

What is there about the air in Chicago? It gave the world Studs Tercell, and also John Dos Passos.

31 10 2008
katiebegood

Ripley AKA Copper Hussein Catfish in CT (13:38:17) :
Nebraska, you are SO grounded!🙂
And “undecided voters” includes all those who have no opinion, don’t plan to vote, or are ignorant about the platforms. On NPR today, they said they are white, female, over 65, undereducated, and highly religious. Hmmmm… sounds like republican to me. And racist. Sorry for the broad brush there, but it wasn’t mine.

I am firmly convinced the only reason why the polls are supposedly “tightening” is because the pollsters only poll “likely voters”. That means the person they are interviewing says that they are going to vote in the election. That results in them missing all the people who don’t plan to vote. I believe there are a lot of Republicans out there who will never vote for a Democrat but who also can’t bring themselves to vote for McCain/Palin. These people are not going to vote. The only Republicans I know who aren’t voting for Obama are sitting out the election. I suspect there are many more like them. I’m betting on a very poor Republican turnout and an overwhelming Democratic turnout.

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

A Brit Abroad – no not AWOL, just stuck in bloody Devon for 2 weeks with sister and her 4 teenage kids and 1 bloody broadband connection, what’s the word for nephew, neice killing? nephricide?

Knikgoose, no luck so far here either, have tried muckraker etc, sounds like it may be an early Nov surprise if there is any legs to it though! good find.

31 10 2008
katiebegood

CO Almost Native (10:57:37) :
austintx-
I have fond memories of Molly Ivins; she could skewer the best of them with her pen. She would be having a field day during this election.

I really loved Molly and miss her reporting greatly. But I know she is with us in spirit and she’s having a ball laughing her ass off about the things the Republicans are doing.

31 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Hey, you guys, remember what I said, when you get a trick or treater dreassed as SP, scream at the top of your lungs and tell them “they are the scariest thing you ever saw!”. I just had my first group of kids, no SP yet. I have door duty here so I won’t be on much cept for reading the comments.
Til then…

31 10 2008
disenchanted tore

Kittitians for Obama (13:25:50) :

No wonder Sarah never pursued a job in journalism (other than the sports gig where she miserably attempted to read the cards put in front of her). It’s one thing to make statements after investing in a little bit of research to back up the claims. Opening mouth and spewing lies/misleading half-truths is another thing entirely.

We all have the right to freedom of speech. Those who have blind sheep following them should be held accountable if only to respectable reporters who take their jobs seriously. It seems that EVERYTHING that comes out of her mouth is fodder for the hungry media, especially since the content is soooo attackable. (Is that a word? you betcha)

31 10 2008
LaNon

Fine conversation with John Cusack at
http://firedoglake.com
very worthwhile read

Studds Terkel died today.
RIP

31 10 2008
End the End Times

Can’t believe my home town paper, the Jnu Vampire, went for S.P. But then, I read the wisdom of the previous posts. We need Larry P. to come back and start another newspaper (again). This is needed badly..free the press!

I’d like to fly up north and kiss the feet of everyone at ADN (from Juneau).

31 10 2008
Susie in Jersey

I hate Fox News but do like the election day countdown clock. 3 Days 6 Hours and 59 mins.

31 10 2008
End the End Times

Now, another try.. Read from Andrew S. blogs he had posted (quite awhile back)..S.P./Veco guy/2001..anyone know if true?

When I started to post that earlier the power went out in Jnu. I kid you not!

31 10 2008
End the End Times

Trying to post this fast..may be jinxed by power outage again..

I didn’t get to finish reading that blog (quite awhile back) & didn’t get to know the source..wonder if anyone knows if it was true. Might have been for a mayoral race, or maybe it’s a thing “they” are looking at. Anyway, just give out good thoughts for freedom of the press!

31 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

@ UK Lady Ouch, don’t know, but we can decide that nephricide is a word if you want! My one and only nephew has his first birthday tomorrow, so I won’t be fighting him for broadband space for a while…

Anyway @Katiebegood – I have no real experience of US elections, but knowledge of human nature tells me that there are a lot of undecideds and Republicans who, as you say, will sit out the election rather than vote for Obama. Oh, been meaning to ask this for weeks – can you “vote blank” in the US? As in, exercise your right to vote, but deliberately leave the ballot blank as a protest?

(I think this may have got spammed the first time – but my broadband also died so I don’t know – sorry if I’m giving you extra work here AKM but I’m going to try to repost)

31 10 2008
BigPete

@susie in Jersey

If we win….try watching nothing but Fox on Nov5…..just for laughs!

31 10 2008
Bobg

Re Todd Palin as shadow Alaska employee:

I would check to see if Todd Palin has been paid any per diem or travel expenses under his own name. Most states require permission of the legislature to pay such to non-employees.

I keep seeing references to “housegate.” This is so easy to bring to an end. Why not get on with an investigation. With subpoena powers this could be brought to a head in 10 days.

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

End of Times – Yes, I think this was true about SP visiting Velco bloke and drinking wine – and taking contributions. Read a long article when she was first picked for VP, trying to remember where. Will post it if I can recall.

31 10 2008
strangelet Hussein

@SMR: Okay, now I’m not sure if I thank you for the link to kissmybigbluebutt or not. (joke) I started reading her older posts, got back to the start of October, pulled my head up and realized I’d lost a half hour. Not that it was a bad half hour, but jeez, it was like going under Elf Hill.

@A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein “That One” Cobra (14:14:53) : Sure, we can vote blank (no vote) on any or all items.

31 10 2008
Mae in Wasilla, AK

I WANNA SEE THE GUPPY PERP WALK !

31 10 2008
End the End Times

@Ocliberal and Knikgoose Hussein!!…Just had a chance to read the posts (way above) more closely and realized you may have already given links to what I was talking about. Thanks for the links. Was just worried about another power outage..

31 10 2008
Bobg

I’ve been reading quite a bit about Alaska government corruption. (The Corrupt Bastards Club) I thought Maryland was bad! (Remember Spiro Agnew?)

31 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

A lot of people say undecided because it’s the quickest way to get rid of pollsters. Dislike of pollsters and other uninvited phone calling is probably unrelated to political viewpoints. So the “undecideds” will probably break in the same proportion as the decideds if they vote.

31 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Shikago – I’m watching out for the Sarah Palin trick-or-treaters. I’m wonder if my Obama yard sign will scare away a few Repub kids. Oh well – more candy for us! Just had a couple of cute mimes.

31 10 2008
strangelet Hussein

@Bobg (14:19:21) : Regarding “Housegate”, I imagine the main obstacle is due process. To start an investigation, there would have to be some sort of credible complaint. So far, on this particular “gate”, all I’ve seen is speculation. Quite plausible speculation, but nothing where an individual has said “I know something”.

I despise Palin, but even she is entitled to the protection of the law.

I’m hoping that at some point she will throw one of Todd’s “housebuilding buddies” under the bus and get narked.

31 10 2008
shoeho

DH and I just had our early voting and dinner date. Yes, it’s only 1830, but I don’t like to be out in a car on Halloween night after dark. Too many kids not paying attention/doing stupid things. Plus, I don’t like my kitties to get skeered by the doorbell.

We got to the polling place at 1630 and were first in line. By the time we left twenty minutes later, there were about ten people lined up. Now, early voting here has been going on since 10/20, and continues thru 11/02.

We don’t live in a terribly populous area, so seeing that many people voting on a Friday night was good. This is a very, very red area, so I doubt enthusiasm is as strong as it is in others. That said, I do know a few life long R’s who are voting for Barry. They can’t stand the pain/incompetence anymore either.

31 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

Oh, I googled. It’s soooo fun reading stuff that’s nearly two months old. I love this quote: “But in the absence of consequences, politicians develop a taste for being allowed to get away with anything.”

http://www.whisperdispatch.com/news/politics-govt/palin-veco-corp.-scandal.html

I’ve found articles that state Palin received $500, $4500 or $5000. And Kos has an old article where Palin received donations from Allen’s wife and other Veco exectuives (this article is worth reading anyway): http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/11/72931/5274/603/594352

31 10 2008
Susie in Jersey

@BigPete (14:17:12) :

@susie in Jersey

If we win….try watching nothing but Fox on Nov5…..just for laughs!
~~
🙂

31 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

Executives… it’s late, I’ve been drinking wine and there’s a cat asleep over the keyboard… no wonder I can’t type anymore…

31 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Tears for Chicago legend Studs Terkel. Can’t believe he missed out on our victory on Tuesday.

Nice tribute to him on Daily Kos. http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/31/17123/502/565/648283

Quote from a recent interview with Studs:

I’d ask Obama, do you plan to follow up on the program of the New Deal of FDR?

I’d tell him, ‘don’t fool around on a few issues, such as health care. We’ve got bigger work to do! Read FDR’s second inaugural address!’

The free market has to be regulated. And the New Deal did that and they provided jobs. The government has to. The WPA provided jobs. We have got to get back to that. We need more reg-u-la-tion.

I was just watching Alan Greenspan, he’s an idiot, and by the way so was Ayn Rand!

Community organizers like Obama know what’s going on. If they remember. The important thing is memory. You know in this country, we all have Alzheimer’s. Obama has got to remember his days as an organizer. It all comes back to the neighborhood. Well I hope the election is a landslide for Obama.

31 10 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

@Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago (14:03:24) :

Hey, you guys, remember what I said, when you get a trick or treater dreassed as SP, scream at the top of your lungs and tell them “they are the scariest thing you ever saw!”. I just had my first group of kids, no SP yet. I have door duty here so I won’t be on much cept for reading the comments.
Til then…******************************************************************
I dressed as Scarah Palin, looked at myself in the mirror and fainted!

31 10 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

End of End Times –

I found you one – also –

Not the long article I originally read, but worth a look

http://www.bluebloggin.com/2008/10/05/palins-campaign-contributions-from-convicted-criminal-bill-allen/

31 10 2008
Lori W.

@susie in Jersey

If we win….try watching nothing but Fox on Nov5…..just for laughs!
WHEN we win!

31 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Studs said the above at age 96. And I’d forgotten he’d been blacklisted during the McCarthy era. The scaretactics of the McCain campaign (and definitely Bachmann) must have really brought back ugly memories

31 10 2008
Susie in Jersey

@shoeho (14:33:09) :

We got to the polling place at 1630 and were first in line. By the time we left twenty minutes later, there were about ten people lined up. Now, early voting here has been going on since 10/20, and continues thru 11/02.

~~

I’ve found it interesting that the few posts I’ve read on early voting seem to indicate that it takes quite a while.

We don’t have early voting here in NJ. I normally vote on my way to work soon after the polls have opened (although I’m never first in line). I walk in and figure out what district I’m in (one would think I could remember that after living here for over 10 years), sign the book, vote and leave. Doesn’t take me 5 minutes.

31 10 2008
Susie in Jersey

My above post on voting brought on a wave of nostalgia. My father, who died in 1970, always prided himself on being the first in line to vote on election day.

31 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

…and yet another interesting one, for all sorts of reasons:
alaskadispatch.com/tundra-talk/1-talk-of-the-tundra/92-palin-relied-on-corrupt-oilman-when-she-made-her-first-run-at-state-office.html

31 10 2008
Road Runner

GUYS AND GALS!!!

College Newspapers endorse Obama 63 to 1.

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003886047

31 10 2008
AZ MOM

okay. halloween-o-rama over here and i’m finally checking in…so this whole thing brings up one question that MAY have already been asked but i cannot make it through all the comments. so, would someone please tell me if there is or who the connection MIGHT be to the Palin’s house? is that tied to this, too? or is that only the sports complex in Wasilla?

31 10 2008
Bobg

Bec Hussein in Illinois (14:36:06) : to expand on you comments a bit. My father always said that we should always remember two things; family was the most important thing in your life and to always support your local merchants By supporting your local merchants, if a recession hit in the nation your area would survive.

31 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@End the End Times (14:06:48) :

Oh, it would be wonderful if Larry P. would come back and start a new newspaper. If he’s reading this, take it as a hint when you’re done in D.C….

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

Hats off to Arizona. Your state just moved into the “toss up” category!!

31 10 2008
Ennealogic

Happy Halloween, all! I’ve got my O’Pumpkin out on the porch all carved with the symbol of the best campaign, and my “V” mask, hair and hat on… you should see the looks on the kids who come to the door!

31 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

@ Bobg
Local economics is something we have been pushing in our little village for a long time. Imagine a £10 note (or $10 bill). If that circulates around one small town for a while, being exchanged for goods and services, it makes everyone who holds it and exchanges it for something a richer person. If that $10 note is spent out of town, no one local benefits from it and there is more chance it ends up in the hands of a large company who may well spirit it out of the country…

Your father was a wise man.

31 10 2008
End the End Times

@UK Lady Turning Turtle..and A Brit Abroad aka Flag Hussein..

Thanks for the info. and for all the links from everyone. What a great group of minds! Now I have to get busy or the better half will disown me. Told me last night I am a bit “unhinged” over S.P. But I think not, not if one follows the world news and can imagine how much worse a certain someone could make it all. Bye for now..

31 10 2008
C.Rock

Northern Exposure (14:48:45) :

Hats off to Arizona. Your state just moved into the “toss up” category!!
……………………..
Where did you see this. Last I heard Arizona was now leaning Mcsame.
That is good news Toss up state .

31 10 2008
epic

strangelet Hussein (14:31:35) :
@Bobg (14:19:21) : Regarding “Housegate”, I imagine the main obstacle is due process. To start an investigation, there would have to be some sort of credible complaint. So far, on this particular “gate”, all I’ve seen is speculation. Quite plausible speculation, but nothing where an individual has said “I know something”.

I despise Palin, but even she is entitled to the protection of the law.

————————————————————

All it needs is a letter to the IRS. They don’t need a complaint, I bet there’s already a quiet investigation underway to see if there are grounds for a full audit.

31 10 2008
AZ MOM

Northern Exposure:
I KNOW!! it’s CRAZY! I was also glad to read Gov. Napolitano’s approval ratings were solid…still! It truly says something about this race when you consider a number of our residents in the more metro parts of the state are relocated retirees. i just met a retired woman from CA yesterday who was wearing a button that said, “An Old White Woman for Obama”. She was just so great to talk to. I think those from the Greatest Generation see voting in this election as the last stand – or their legacy, if you will – they’ll have a vote for in the direction of our country. and many feel a great sense of duty and obligation to the youngest of this nation’s future constituents. And it moves me to tears…

31 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

@ End the End Times
Well, if you’re unhinged you’re in good company.😉

My better half hasn’t quite disowned me, yet…

31 10 2008
JaneDoe

OK maybe I’ve had way too much corn candy and Reeces Pieces this afternoon but I thought this way funny as #@$%!

‘Attacked by a McCain Supporter…’

Also have an alternate sign next to my Obama sign lest some of these little monsters get any ideas tonight:
‘Warning you brats: My pitbull with lipstick Bites!’

Happy Holloween AKM & Muddies!

31 10 2008
End the End Times

@In Juneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein,

Yes! I agree. I think Larry P. should see this as a message from the universe.
: )

Now I really have to go.

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

Real Clear Politics for poll updates and status of states:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/maps/obama_vs_mccain/

31 10 2008
rf11 in FL

sjk (12:22:21) :

She got rid of the permit requirements, but she HAS TO HAVE RECIEPTS for the materials for tax purposes. RIGHT? Lets see the tax reeturns and receipts and her medical records. and the missing e-mails. and lets see Bristol 7-8 months pregnant.

___________________________________________________________________

I’m right there with you, sjk. There has to be some kind of paper trail.

If Bristol is pregnant, I think Palin rounded up when it was announced. I bet she was not 5 months, but closer to 4, at the most.

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

But remember polls are just polls. It’s who votes that matters. (And that those votes get counted.) Get thee to the polls and help ten more people get there too.

31 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein “That One” Cobra (13:51:08) :

Where exactly are you? If you stay up all night Tuesday night to watch election results, know that I am just next door, alone in my French livingroom watching with you.

@Bev and ocliberal (who I assume is in Ocala?) :
I want to visit you next time I’m visiting my mom in Satellite beach. you guys sound like a blast!

31 10 2008
Lee

Chris:

Thank you for the link. That video will get some play. Very good.

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

It’s probably all those letters to the editors I sent to all those rural Arizona newspapers.
Oh, and maybe Janet helped a little also. And Mudflats. And every single one of you who are talking with friends, blogging, writing, making phone calls, and working ever so hard. Oh, Obama and Biden and Michelle and Jill and Hillary and Bill and…

31 10 2008
epic

53 hours to McConcession time.

Einstein was right about Time flowing at different rates.

Real, pivotal history. right here. I mean, Magna Carta, Suffrage level history.

Can it be Tuesday?

Are we there yet?

31 10 2008
Ennealogic

I want to see some current pics of Bristol. She’s due a month and a half from now, supposedly.

31 10 2008
JaneDoe

New thread alert!

31 10 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

@ jamie
bit further north than you, but same time zone. 50 miles west of Östersund, Sweden (quite a lot further north…). Only have Swedish state TV channels, but I think they’ll be there all night too…

31 10 2008
Northern Exposure

I am so grateful for the younger generation this year. Remember to vote, all of you!!

31 10 2008
AZ MOM

Completely off topic – WAY off…

anyone in Alaska hear/know/or read Peggy Shumaker? She wrote Just Breathe Normally…she teaches at University at Fairbanks, AK, I think….just looking for another fan of hers.

31 10 2008
shoeho

Susie in Jersey–I live in a basically exurban area of FL. We have only 100K registered voters, and have five early vote locations. Us having a line of any sort is a “big deal.”

It’s always been simple to vote absentee in FL, but the early voting (same type ballot as on election day) makes it way easier for the election officials. After 2000, we’re really paranoid down here. Being the national laughing stock will do that to you.

I think that’s why Charlie Crist decided to leave the early vote polls open for an extra four hours a day–which believe me, did NOT make the state Repugs happy. I sense they know that a big turnout gives BHO the edge. We don’t have any statewide offices on the ballots this year (Senator or Gov).

BTW, the Obama campaign and the state Dems have had a posse out to corral as many Dem lawyers as they can to volunteer on election day (especially minorities) in case of any voter suppression attempts. Of course, we don’t have “little brother JEB” in charge anymore, so perhaps there is hope for a completely fair, clean election this time.

31 10 2008
strangelet Hussein
31 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Dianna (13:09:47) :

Miemaw from Texas (12:35:00) :
When you read that 23% of Texans think that Obama is a Muslim, you know why, when it comes to education — we always say — thank God for Mississippi and Alabama. Only two states in the country in worse shape (education-wise) than Texas.

Hey, now. I live in Mississippi.
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Mississippi also leads the country in morbid obesity.

Take your pick.😉

31 10 2008
NMJ

C.Rock (14:52:38) : Where did you see this. Last I heard Arizona was now leaning Mcsame. That is good news Toss up state .

Pollster.com shows AZ with less than 6 points between McC and Obama. Seems like less than a week ago AZ was deep, deep red!

31 10 2008
responsiblecitizen08

shoeho (15:16:18) :
The lawyer force is strong everywhere. My brother-in-law is donating his services in Indiana. He is one of 2100 lawyers that are volunteering for the Obama campaign at the polling sites in Indiana. My BIL lives in Indianapolis, so he should have some stories to tell when this is all over.

31 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

Any wagers on the Election?

I say Obama will receive 301 Electorials.

31 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

Whoever hits the correct number, everyone will have to pitch in and send them to DC on 1/20 for Inauguration!

31 10 2008
amabo08

When Charlie Gibson did his interview of Gov Palin and she proudly said Todd had built their new house my first question was Where on earth did the Palin’s get the money to build a house like that and buy a piece of property on a lake?? Perhaps your Governor is involved in taking illegal gifts…

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

anyone wonder if after the election, barbie will simply disappear instead of going home and facing possible jail time for all the stuff that’s bound to come out anytime now..!

With Billy Allen talking to the Feds with immunity, if he helped build her house, as in, built it all, Barbie has to know her goose is about to be sauteed, broiled and fileted..

There is already the travelgate issues, troopergate is pending, and lots of other stuff.. maybe the inquirer will produce photos proviing she had an affair and then it’ll be a real 3 ring circus.. !

but then, it’ll be lots of stuff to write about for AKM..!

31 10 2008
Bev

Sidebar note: Pentacostal Christianity does not, as a credo, condemn Halloween trick or treating rituals. They simply prefer to ignore the pagan legacy and use this time of year to scare the bejeezus out of their own kinds with horror houses depicting the End Times. Some churches also host Halloween parties with an emphasis on Biblical costumes, although I hear that Pontius Pilate and the Roman Centurions are pretty popular among the boys, and all the little girls wanna be Mary (oops! Another young girl with a pre-wedlock pregnancy).

31 10 2008
CO Almost Native

CRock-

Clear Politics reports two polls: one +4 McLame; second +1 McLame- I think that’s why Obama is running tv ads, and McShame has to spend time/$ in his home state.

31 10 2008
Shove Maggot "That One" Hussein aka the problem child

So sad to hear about Studs Turkel. He has a special place in my heart and brain because when I was doing my undergraduate degree at St. Thomas University (LIBERAL arts university), I took a course in “Religion and Work”. One of our main texts was his, and I can’t remember the exact title, but I think it was “Working”. It was all about the spiritual and personal significance that working people derive from their employment. It definitely had an influence on me. Both as a human being and as a lawyer. Peace and love to all mudpuppies on this sad day.

31 10 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pittsburgh, PA

Chris (11:08:37) : Sorry haven’t got time to check, just wanted to give a laugh out loud opportunity to Mudflatters everywhere :http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/31/another-hockey-mom-star-is-born/?icid=200100397×1212101650×1200792609

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Chris,
Adorable link, thank you for sharing.
Eyes

31 10 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pittsburgh, PA

McCain sign stories

The other day there was a story in the press about a homeowner with a McCain sign who shot a teenager who tried to take his sign.

Tonight I saw a story on TV about another homeowner with a McCain sign who rigged his with electric and then aimed a camera at it. The resulting film clip showed a nine year old neighbor boy being shocked.

No question that these McCain people are angry SOBs. I have not heard of any similar exteme harmful conduct by Obama supporters trying to protect their signs.

31 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McLoser Songbird

oops.. try again..

A message from John McGrumpy on letterman

“I’m sick and tired of Sarah Palin”

31 10 2008
grewingk

@ Let’sGetReal for “That One”

Hotel Harrington. http://www.hotel-harrington.com/

For Pete’s Sakes, don’t tell everyone, or I’ll never be able to get a room there when I go to DC. The rooms are funky. The location is sublime.

Use The Metro to get around in DC, when you can’t walk. The hotel is 1-1/2 blocks from Metro Center.

1 11 2008
sjk

rf11 in FL (15:00:14) .

I’m in FL too and we want to know! Someone need to break some more ground on da house. But who’ll watch the kids when T and S are in the pokey?




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