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No Shutdown, But a Lot of Sellouts

So, the Democratic Party continues its rightward drift. No surprise, but still disappointing. From John Nichols in The Nation: If you had asked Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman or John Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson or Jimmy Carter or even…

Oslo City Hall

If you've already watched Barack Obama's Nobel acceptance speech today (if you haven't, at least give it a read), you probably caught at least a glimpse or two of Oslo's stunning City Hall. I attend an event there each summer, and can't…

How Obama Came to Plan for ‘Surge’ in Afghanistan

Good NYT report on the decision-making process for what is now his war. Two days later, Mr. Obama flew to West Point to give his speech. After three months of agonizing, he seemed surprisingly serene. “He was,” said one adviser, “totally…

In defense of war crimes

Remnants of Bush/Cheney (even Cheney himself) infested TV shows over the past few days to demonize the Obama administration for releasing classified documents about the previous administration's use of torture. (I'm not sure why I even…

Letters to the President

The White House receives tens of thousands of emails, faxes and letters a day. Of those, 10 reach and are read by Barack Obama. Interesting story on the process in yesterday's NY Times. A slideshow is here. obama in Lyon, originally…

Ammo Shortages in the USA

From NPR: "It started the day that Obama got elected," Johnny Dury, who owns Dury's Gun Shop in San Antonio, tells NPR's Michele Norris. "It is when everything just went crazy in the gun business." From The Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune:…

Obama Wines

Keeping with the St. Martin's day theme and before I forget, notes on a few wines that were uncorked before the champagne during the election watching party the other night: First was this 2006 Bonvin Humagne Rouge, made from a little…

LJ Pic of the Day (Obama newspapers)

As if I need to collect more things. Obama's immediate impact on the world economy: I spent about 30 euros today on newspapers I'll never read, but ones I will keep. Note to Collectors: I've got a decent sized stash of three Slovenian…

U.S. Election reception, Ljubljana

A few shots from a U.S. Election reception hosted by the U.S. Embassy at the Hotel Union in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Tuesday night. Above a life-size Obama cut-out. Foreshadowing? The expression on the McCain cut-out. Yousif B. Ghafari,…

Before Expatriating, Some Considerations

We’ve all heard someone say it: “If that fascist/socialist/weasel/liar/idiot/etc wins, I’m gettin’ the hell out of the country.” Here’s a quick, short and entirely un-researched checklist for the 0.2 % of those who may actually consider…

Kenge Kenge’s Obama For Change

Via World Music Network comes this song by Kenyan band Kenge Kenge, their humble tribute to Kenya's current favorite son of the diaspora. Song in both Luo and English, the music features the oruto, a single-stringed fiddle. Whether the…

Video: Vote Flipping on Machine in West Virginia

As mentioned one week ago, several early voters in areas of West Virginia reported that their touch screen voting machines were flipping votes. Here's a video showing how an uncalibrated machine, like the one used in W VA, is sending votes…

Obama Fans in Europe, Take Note

If Europeans could vote in the US election one week from today, the outcome would closely resemble that of the Economist's world voting map. But nonsensical claims of socialism, marxism and 'defeat' from the US far right aside, an Obama…

Alaska’s Largest Paper Endorses Obama

Looking inwards? The Anchorage Daily News, the largest paper in Sarah Palin's home state, today endorsed Barack Obama. Not quite as blunt as other Obama endorsements, the paper said nonetheless: Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who…

Semper Fidelis

From FotoEdge's flickr stream, shot in Liberty, Missouri, population 30,000, a town presumably fitting Sarah Palin's definition of a "pro-American" part of the U.S.  Take a look at this one too. And if you're particularly interested in the…

Didn’t I See This Voting Machine in a Cartoon?

Or was it in a film? From the Charleston, West Virginia Gazette on Oct. 18: Three Putnam County voters say electronic voting machines changed their votes from Democrats to Republicans when they cast early ballots last week. Shelba Ketchum,…

Undecided?

In this Atlantic piece, David Sedaris wonders how anyone in the U.S. could possibly still be undecided: To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and,…

Powell Endorses Obama

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, a Republican and one of the few --if only-- widely respected figures from the Bush Administration, today formally endorsed Barack Obama for president. Here's a seven minute clip from today's…

LJ Pic of the Day (emptiness)

This stencil appears on a wall near Gornji Trg in stara (old) Ljubljana. Prazno means empty. Kind of like McCain's debate performance last night. Ljubljana 085 (empty), originally uploaded by pirano.