Any news?

November 6, 2008

So, I’ve been busy for the last few days, has there been anything going on in the world?


Election Day

November 4, 2008

Go out and vote!

I will be traveling all day and probably not getting home until after midnight, when we may already know who our next president will be. I have a feeling you might be able to find some other web sites that are giving updated election info throughout the day and night, though.

Palin Prank Call

November 3, 2008

Sarah Palin chats with “Nicolas Sarkozy.”

The Rev. Wright Ad

November 3, 2008

TPM notes that a GOP group ran an attack ad on Sunday Night Football featuring everyone’s favorite crazy preacher, Jeremiah Wright. I can report that the ad ran on the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC.

It was about what you would expect, including the well-worn sound bites like “God damn America.” I find it curious that they bleeped both the words “God” and “damn” in the ad. It’s presumably OK to say “God” and “damn” on their own, but turn them into a compound word and they become a curse phrase somehow–this has always puzzled me.

Uh, Zogby?

November 2, 2008

Over at Technorati, I noticed that a bunch of right-wing blogs were all excited that McCain had a one-point lead in Friday’s Zogby daily tracking poll. Well, the Saturday poll is now out, and it gives Obama a nearly six-point lead. In his message explaining how this happened, Mr. Zogby writes:

Remember, as I said yesterday, one day does not make a trend. This is a three-day rolling average and no changes have been tectonic. A special note to blogger friends: calm it down. Lay off the cable television noise and look at your baseball cards in your spare time. It is better for your (and everyone else’s) health.

Not that I know a damn thing about polling, but why it seems like having your poll fluctuate like that would be indicative of some sort of a flaw in the poll’s methodology…

It’s official: Obama was born in the US

November 2, 2008

Another wacko internet rumor bites the dust:

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials say there’s no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said Friday she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate.

Fukino says that no state official, including Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama’s certificate be handled differently.

She says state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.

Some Obama critics claim he was not born in the US.

Earlier Friday, a southwest Ohio magistrate rejected a challenge to Obama’s citizenship. Judges in Seattle and Philadelphia recently dismissed similar suits.

This always seemed like an odd rumor to be spreading, given that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which isn’t exactly normal. (Link via Karen Tumulty at Swampland)

In case the whole voting thing doesn’t work out…

November 1, 2008

…we can always settle the presidential election with a dance off.