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 following their convictions when the results are in on Wednesday morning. Politics If the …

READ MORE →

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 in all directions. I’m not predicting doom and gloom, …

READ MORE →

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 presidency will quite likely surprise many Europeans, John Vinocur writes …

READ MORE →

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 have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to …

READ MORE →

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 slice of Americana found in the midwest, you can’t go wrong with …

READ MORE →

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, a 69-year-old nurse retired from Thomas Memorial Hospital, described what happened …

READ MORE →

10 Reasons Why Sarah Palin Shouldn’t Give a Press Conference Before Nov. 4

I can’t think of one. Can anyone? Please, just one? Would the far-right base the she was selected to appease not demand the same if the Democrats had selected a virtual unknown as the second in command, someone who in their few media appearances has only shown how clearly out …

READ MORE →

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 Meet The Press which is most interesting not so much for his endorsement, …

READ MORE →

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.

READ MORE →

Earth at Night

Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day for October 5 was this composite of hundreds of photos made by orbiting DMSP satellites which clearly illustrates who needs to turn their lights off at night. The only map more blue right now is The Economist’s Global Electoral College map. [More] [see it …

READ MORE →