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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Russian Roulette, Anyone?

Noontime numbers:
Absentee ballots are available now online and from your county auditor.


  1. Here's a noontime number for you:
    number of vice presidential debate moderators who have a personal financial stake in the outcome of the election, based on their being able to market a book that they wrote which reflects on Obama's success?

  2. The camps agreed to have her moderate in August, the announcement of her book came out in July.

    you have a great 1st days take on the 45th day mind, anonymous.

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  4. Apparently she didn't state she had the book when she was selected, and apparently the evidently worthless or biased debate commission didn't do their due diligence. Whatever, there is evidently a very biased moderator tonight who has a vested interest in Obama's coronation next January on the exact day her book comes out. I don't believe in coincidences this perfect; she and/or the committee had this planned. And this scenario has now made it even more plain to all concerned (except the libs probably) that the media is in the tank for Obama. What a surprise!

    If the shoe were on the other foot, the Obama supporters would be screaming so loud you could hear them on the moon!

  5. We have heard them on Vulcan.

  6. Absentee ballots? I read George Will's take in Newsweek, asking what kind of electorate will we have if people can't even exercise their franchise on election day.

    I understand absentee voting for snow birds, college students, active duty military. But as a means of boosting turnout, it doesn't seem to do much.

    How much easier can it get? Yet people still don't care.

    And to think there are nations where people can't wait to vote. Granted, we generally have it much better off than those countries, but I wish people here could get excited about going to the polls!

  7. pennypincher10/02/2008 7:43 PM

    I am watching the debate and Palin isn't doing too bad. Much better than her interviews on TV.

  8. it's a lot easier to do well when you ignore the questions and make up your own rules.

    John McCain is a maverick? I hadn't heard that before.

  9. It's significant that she didn't answer the questions. How will people feel about that? She had better presentation in a way than Biden, if you like perky with an attitude, but substance wise I think Biden carried the day in a more thoughtful way. Palin certainly performed much better than expected however.

  10. We vote absentee; it's just easier. And I think it works fine here in SD where people know each other and know you are who you say you are.

    But, in places like Ohio where busloads of homeless are being loaded up, trucked to the polls, registered, and then vote (for Obama of course), then trucked back to the homeless shelters. Who know if these homeless are from Ohio or out of state? And who is going to prove it one way or the other? This situation is so ripe for fraudulent voting that it's ridiculous.

    A voter needs voter ID. We need ID to get on an airplane, write a check, etc. The right to vote is much more important and its integrity needs to be protected. There should never be a wholesale danger of voter fraud like is allowed to occur right now in Ohio.

  11. Hi, Steve!

    Erin and I like the community feel of going to the polls, seeing our neighbors there, really getting the feeling that we are participating in one of the most important community events we have. Then again, when we voted absentee from Vancouver in 2004, we enjoyed sitting in the living room with our ballots, Googling stuff we didn't get, and engaging in an extended deliberation about which way to vote.

    Either way, I hope everyone will engage in some lengthy thought, beyond the images, beyond the one-liners, and vote for the right candidates.

  12. It's voter fraud when they vote for the guy you don't like, voter enfranchisement when they vote for the guy you do like. ;-)

    I still don't show my ID at the polls. I sign the affadavit.

  13. Performance wise, she did pretty well. By no means did she win the debate, but it was easier to watch and listen to her.

  14. NO, it's voter fraud when it's voter fraud, period. Regardless of party.

    That's why I believe there should be voter ID nationwide for voting. I can't understand why people are against it. It's not that hard to get an ID.

  15. Should have added to the above post. Voting is a right and a privilege in our nation, one that many have died to protect, and voters need to have responsibility when the cast their ballots. If they don't care enough to have an ID or learn about the issues, they don't care that much about voting either.

    Voting carries great personl responsibility, that nasty word again, but it really does.

  16. Actually jeremiah, she discussed her book on May 13th in an article in "The Republican". My point is simple; She had a professional responsibility to DECLARE her connection prior to accepting the moderator appointment. It is a matter of PROFESSIONALISM. She stands to make (by "TIMES" estimates) $300k + if Obama wins. That is a lot of dough. I don't know about you, but I do not read every little article about every little book that is upcoming (and I am nowhere near as busy as a presidential candidate). She had a duty and she failed to meet it. That is my, as you so ignorantly put it, "1st days take" on this subject. I actually researched the report instead of relying on the work of others. Let's agree to disagree...I'll go with the accepted professional method of disclosure, and you can stick with the "I called shotgun" method. Good for you.

  17. If I'm not mistaken, McCain has a staff of workers behind him, I can only assume a few of them know how to use Google.

    But lets agree to disagree.

    If I had my druthers, I would have had Sean Hannity moderate.

  18. I don't know how I feel about Hannity doing it, but the fact still remains, If Ifill wants to be considered a professional she has to act like a professional. It is neither the duty nor responsibility of the McCain staff to assure that Gwen is honest about her connection with the campaign. I would rather have had Oprah there, at least she openly admits that she has taken the blue pill...


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