Sunday, November 30, 2008
skippy's sunday nite music club
the clientele - bookshop cassanova
i want to believe
desperate to see the us emulate the british government and disclose reported "contact" with ufos, the enthusiasts have written to mr obama to ask that his administration comes clean about the contents of america's "x-files". - the telegraphspooky mulder and scully wouldn't mind.
saxby...diebold cabbage patch 0800 kid
...whistleblower chris hood, former diebold employee, spoke with atlanta progressive news in detail about an illegal patch, which may or may not be the same “0808" patch diebold now admits its workers applied during the 2002 primary election.
as previously reported in 2006 by atlanta progressive news, hood and another whistleblower, rob behler, had given independent accounts regarding illegal diebold patches used in 2002, to rolling stone magazine, as well as black box voting (bbv) and wired news magazine, respectively.
hood told rolling stone in 2006 that he and other diebold employees were instructed by then-diebold president, robert urosevich, to install the patch on some 5,000 machines in dekalb and fulton counties in july 2002.
"those are the democratic hot spots. if you can control those 2 counties, you can control the election. we don't need to bother with every county; we need to only bother with the democratic counties," hood told atlanta progressive news. - atlanta progressive news
venus are mars are so, well, 70s
every once in a while, something will appear in the night sky that will attract the attention of even those who normally don't bother looking up. it's likely to be that way on monday evening, dec. 1.
environmental news story sunday
at the last minute, a raft of rules. in a burst of activity meant to leave a lasting stamp on the federal government, the bush white house in the past month has approved 61 new regulations on environmental, security, social and commercial matters with an economic impact exceeding $1.9 billion annually. washington post
climate alters intensity of western fires. wildfire has marched across the west for centuries. but no longer are conflagrations fueled simply by heavy brush and timber. now climate change is stoking the flames higher and hotter, too.- sacramento bee
mercury a concern in eagles. bald eagles have been making a soaring comeback in new york, becoming more common along lakes and rivers. but eagles living in the catskills face a hidden danger carried on the wind from distant coal-fired power plants. albany times union
acorn watchers wonder what happened to crop. the idea seemed too crazy to rod simmons, a measured, careful field botanist. naturalists in arlington county couldn't find any acorns. none. no hickory nuts, either. then he went out to look for himself. he came up with nothing. - wapo
cheap food may bring next health crisis. almost a quarter of the average american's food is imported. but increasingly, imports are from developing countries that do not meet u.s. standards regarding sanitation, worker safety, environmental practices, quality of ingredients and treatment of animals. - sfgate
californians right to lead environmental charge. a democrat from california will now lead the prestigious u.s. house energy and commerce committee. this could be another prime opportunity to call even more attention to solar and wind technology, as well as supporting business here in the desert. - palms springs desert sun
city to extract, sell natural gas from garbage. the billings regional landfill will soon be more than just a graveyard for potato peels, lawn clippings and old christmas cards. the trash is about to start giving back. - billings gazette
ocean currents can power the world, say scientist. a revolutionary device that can harness energy from slow-moving rivers and ocean currents could provide enough power for the entire world, scientists claim. - london daily telegraph
potomac river's health getting worse. the health of the potomac river is worsening and threatening the washington, d.c. area’s drinking water, according to a recent report from the potomac conservancy. - cumberland times news
obama grabs the reins. nobel prize–winning chemist mario molina, who advised president bill clinton on science, is assisting barack obama's transition team. - science.
katrina kids: sickest ever. even before the storm, they were some of the country's neediest kids. now, the children of katrina who stayed longest in ramshackle government trailer parks in baton rouge are "the sickest i have ever seen in the u.s.," says irwin redlener, president of the children's health fund. - newsweek
Saturday, November 29, 2008
skippy's saturday nite music club
fountains of wayne - hackensack
plus some rolling rice paper
the cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly ``cultivated for psychoactive purposes," rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the journal of experimental botany.
the 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed caucasian man, likely a shaman of the gushi culture, near turpan in northwestern china…
remnants of cannabis have been found in ancient egypt and other sites, and the substance has been referred to by authors such as the greek historian herodotus. but the tomb stash is the oldest so far that could be thoroughly tested for its properties.
the 18 researchers, most of them based in china, subjected the cannabis to a battery of tests, including carbon dating and genetic analysis.
reports also indicate that along w/the 789 grams of marijuana, researches found some rice rolling papers and a three thousand year old half-eaten twinkie.
awol administration says to the poor
in "how the grinch stole healthcare", from the progressive puppy, we learn that this administration puts the screw to the poor yet again.
low-income americans who depend on medicaid will soon face higher co-payments for doctors’ services, hospital care and prescription drugs, thanks to a new federal rule by the bush administration. enacted as a money-saving measure, the rule will allow states to deny care or coverage to patients who can't afford their premiums or their share of the cost for a particular item or service. the administration concedes that this will cause our nation's poor to forgo medical treatment rather than pay the more expensive cost-sharing obligations. (which is, of course, the whole idea behind the rule.)the hole in the american safety net is becoming a huge, gaping hole.
say hello to...
at the moment, i have my laptop, a steaming mug of starbucks thanksgiving day blend coffee, a roaring fire, and i'm reclined in my favorite leather arm chair in my den. it is a brief interlude between what has been a chaotic day and what is sure to be a busy night. i can feel the christmas buzz building as we are on the cusp of the holiday season tonight, but.... i also need this brief respite. i usually post a little later on thanksgiving eve; however, i know this is going to be a very long evening so i wanted to go ahead and write my post now rather than trying to keep my eyes open at 3am in order to string together a few semi-coherent thoughts for the blog.
the first cookie
want an example of the change barack obama is bringing to the country?
check out cookie sales at baby boomers cafe in des moines.
ever since word got out of the president-elect and his family's fondness for baby boomers' chocolate chunk cookies, the small downtown restaurant can't get them out of the oven fast enough.
...tommy vietor, a spokesman for the obama campaign, said the obamas and the campaign staff loved the cookies, and they're fond of maxfield, too.
"he knew most of us by name, and he cared about how everyone was doing," vietor said.
michele obama would hold meetings in the cafe, and barack obama even called maxfield the day after the caucuses to thank him for helping feed the staff and his family.
"it's just insane. i mean they are the coolest people," said maxfield. - chicago tribune
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Friday, November 28, 2008
skippy's friday nite music club
gillian welch & david rawlings - caleb meyer
corporate greed didn't take a holiday
american international group inc., the insurer that said yesterday it scrapped bonuses for top executives after a u.s. bailout, will still pay 130 managers “cash awards” to stay with the firm, including $3 million to retirement services chief jay wintrob.soldiers go without body armor....armed forces families have to rely on food stamps...our nation's bridges and highways are collapsing...and these worthless, spineless pieces o' you know what are taking taxpayer money so they can sit on their overbloated behinds to drive the company even further in the ground....
..wintrob was one of six top-paid aig executives in 2007, with total compensation valued at $7.63 million. he earned a salary of $775,000 and a $1.74 million bonus in addition to stock and options, according to an april regulatory filing.- bloomberg
it's your tax money feeding these pigs. call your congresscritters. tell them to turn off the money draining spigot. now.
get them out of their comfy offices...send them to irag or afghanistan where they can perhaps learn what hard work and sacrificing for the good of the nation is all about. don't ask me how i really feel.
consumerism turns deadly
worker dies at long island wal-mart after being trampled in black friday stampedethis is what our country has come to. a bargain price on cheap c*** made in china is more important then a life of a fellow human being. just whose birthday is christmas supposed to be celebrating anyway? would he approve?
a wal-mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a long island store friday morning, police and witnesses said.- daily news
our hearts go out to the family and friends of the 34-year old victim.
i'm thankful for....
and the discovery channel for highlighting their travails.
it's not black friday...
we like what you've done with the place
barack obama's transition team has said that it will work with india and other nations to "root out and destroy" terrorist organizations. governments around the world have unequivocally condemned the attacks. as well they should be condemned, rooted out, and destroyed. the group claiming responsibility calls itself the deccan muhajedin. no one seems to know who they are, but i think it's safe to say that they're nothing more than criminals. one of these @$$#0!e$ allegedly shouted out, "are you aware how many people have been killed in kashmir? are you aware how your army has killed muslims?" -- "you" being the people of india. he had a point, granted. but when you resort to killing the same people you want to get the point that killing people is wrong across to, well, you can expect to be profoundly disappointed.
some are saying, "we are all indians now." i refuse to go down that path. the last time, it was "we are all americans now," and all that did was encourage our bush administration to rewrite the terms of national security, moral integrity, intestinal fortitude, and existence itself in a language only neo-cons, movement conservatives, and fake-christian fundamentalists could understand. and look where that landed us.
i'm appalled over what has happened in mumbai this week, just as i was appalled at what happened in my country seven autumns ago. but i am not the least bit more appalled than i am with what has been happening to muslims in kashmir at the hands of the indian government or the people of iraq at the hands of our government. murder is murder, i don't give a damn what you call it or how you rationalize it.
my 2 cents.
macy's is aware of all internet traditions
Thursday, November 27, 2008
skippy's thanksgiving nite music club
andrew gold - thank you for being a friend
and you thought bea arthur wrote it!
we'd like to present tonite's music club as a token of our appreciation to all our dear readers. thank you for your support, and we hope your holiday is a bountiful one, full of things to be thankful for!
this could be interesting
...considering it came less than two months after the last occasion when thousands of ubs shareholders assembled to hear about the swiss banking group’s woes, thursday’s special meeting in lucerne held more information than might have been expected.
the 2,395 investors gathered in a dingy suburban hall and heard for the first time that the world’s biggest wealth manager looked poised to bow to u.s. pressure and release the names of an unspecified number of american customers who may have committed tax fraud in squirreling away their assets. - ft.com
your tax dollars at work
happy turkey day
down the penrose lane
always low prices....always
wal-mart locations in california will pay consumers $3 at the register when they make a pricing error, according to terms that are part of a settlement over price-scanning errors announced monday by officials here.
the settlement, announced by california attorney general edmund g. brown jr., dates back to a 2005 investigation that found wal-mart stores in california were scanning items at a higher price than the prices advertised on store shelves and signs. through random price-checking, officials found that 164 wal-mart stores in 30 california counties had made scanning errors. on average, customers who were overcharged paid an extra $8.40 at the checkout. - supermarket news
the company was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in penalties; $190,621 to reimburse costs to numerous state agencies and prosecutors’ offices; and $50,000 to a consumer-protection prosecution trust fund. - walmartwatch
sgt. culpepper's only hurts club band
why can’t we produce our own oil. and bring back good paying jobs and avoid the lead posioning that we are getting from china . and why do we hae to recue every country that cries out for help . we are in a jam and no one comes to help us . i have become disabled and can’t get any one in washington d.c. to help me get a loan to save my home . but we can help everyone else . when do we stop and say ok we are going to help the average person . we have 175thousand acres that we have in this coutry that are signed for oil drilling . come on wake up i need help can’t find a single sole in washington to help because i don’t qualify because we are so full of red tape we can’t get through it. sincerely
mahomet illinois 61853
p.s. is thier anyone out that cares about the people of this country.
the 14 people who were pardoned and 2 who had their sentences commuted by president bush on monday, as reported by the associated press:
richard m. culpepper, mahomet, ill., convicted of making false statements to the federal government.
mad about clearing brush
don't foget 11, they want all christian babies to get gay married and then aborted
from first hand election experience
a new report from the intercollegiate studies institute (isi) on the nation's civic literacy finds that most americans are too ignorant to vote. - wapowhen people can't seem to grasp the concept of bubbling in the bubble on the ballot or even know what day the election is being held on, one begins to lose hope for the future of our country.
time to demand civics classes be brought back into schools and having election day as a national holiday so people don't have the excuse "it's too inconvenient to vote." better yet, let's do as the aussie's do and fine people who don't actually get off their lazy butts to cast a ballot.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
skippy's wednesday nite music club
sapna(swapna) awasthi & sukhwinder singh - chaiyya chaiyya
spike lee used this bollywood number (which was a huge hit in england as well as india) as the theme to his jewel heist flick inside man
the obamas visit a chicago food bank
president-elect barack obama and his family spent an hour handing out chickens, potatoes, bread and other thanksgiving food to poor families on chicago's south side wednesday morning after obama introduced his latest economic advisors. then he shook hands with catholic grade school students ecstatic to see him.
..."at thanksgiving, it's important for us to remember people in need," obama said. "they told me the number of people coming here is up 33 percent from last year."
about 600 families got food, said kate maehr, executive director of the greater chicago food depository. that's up from 270 families last year, said the rev. matt eyerman.
this is the fourth year in a row obama has handed out food before thanksgiving. last year, he did it in new hampshire. - chicago sun times
i hope that you remember those less fortunate this thanksgiving. find a food bank near you and donate some money, food or time volunteering. follow the president elect's lead.
say hello to...
environmental news to "chew" on
honey bee crisis threatens english fruit farmers. britons have a deep nostalgia for home-grown honey and its associations with an ordered rural lifestyle. but here the honey bee population is dwindling, and with winter under way faces a tough fight for survival. - reuters
bluefin tuna: call for boycott. conservationists have called on consumers to boycott dishes containing endangered bluefin tuna after an international body set catch limits next year higher than scientists recommended despite warnings that stocks will collapse. - london daily telegraph
oceans acidifying faster than predicted, threatening shellfish . oceans are acidifying 10 times faster than predicted, threatening heightened damage to coral reefs and shellfish, university of chicago scientists said. - bloomberg news
wasted opportunities. britain dumps 6.7m tonnes of food a year in landfill sites that emit co2. but there are cleaner ways to deal with our leftovers. - london guardian
u.s heading to deregulate corn for ethanol use. the u.s. agriculture department is moving to make it easier to grow genetically engineered corn for ethanol production, despite fears among safety advocates that some might end up in human food. - chicago daily herald
greening up thanksgiving, one turkey leg at a time. the holiday associated with falling leaves and football is now celebrated by some people as an exercise in environmental conscientiousness. - austin american statesman
terrorist attacks in india kill dozens, injure hundreds
gunfire and explosions rang out well into the night, and hours after the assaults began parts of the landmark taj hotel, next to the iconic gateway of india, were in flames. fire fighters worked to rescue guests from the windows of their rooms on the top floors. fire also raged inside the posh oberoi hotel, according to police.
several high-ranking law enforcement officials, including the chief of the anti-terror squad and a commissioner of police, were reported killed. the military was quickly called in to assist the police.
and stuff it w/some gold, frankencense and myrrh!
down the penrose lane
richard clarke for cia director
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
skippy's tuesday nite music club
shelby lynne - dead flowers
country star shelby lynne gives us a soulful down-home rendition of the rolling stones' hit.
fantasy football for foodies
outside speculation has focused on the personal chef of denver nuggets star carmelo anthony, daniel young, who cooked for obama during the democratic national convention in denver...- the denver channeli'm kinda liking the long shot chicago rising star chef "kendal duque"
we already know that the president elect enjoys chili, pie, hot sauce and arugula...but not beets.
a first family of foodies. their decision on the white house chef may cause some indigestion...but we'll just have to see. we'll have to wait for the playing of hail to the chief...i mean chef.
(wonder if obama would ever call the butterball hotline? 1-800-butterball)
p.s. say hello to obamafoodorama.
my favorite boutique hotel chain
ahhh...if i could only afford to spend many, many weeks..months...years at my favorite property of theirs...ventana at big sur.
cookie jill "hearts" pumpkin pie keith
and should you want to try your hand at it, martha's website has the recipe.
we've got flash flood warnings now
a pacific storm will bring periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms beginning late tuesday and continuing through wednesday. rainfall rates of a half inch per hour are possible during the peak of the event.
who ever repeats the refrain "it never rains in southern california" apparently
forgot the..."it pours...man it pours" part.
if they want taxpayer sponsorship
aig, citibank and a number of other federally bailed-out financial institutions have no plans to cancel hundreds of millions of dollars in sports team sponsorships, even as they take billions in taxpayer support, abc news has found.
...struggling citibank just sealed a multi-billion-dollar emergency "backstop" deal with the u.s. government. the financial behemoth, suffering with billions in bad mortgage-related assets on its books, recently shed 53,000 workers and saw its stock price lose over half its value. yet it's in a 20-year contract to pay the new york mets $400 million to name the team's new stadium "citi field." - abc news
Monday, November 24, 2008
skippy's monday nite music club
spandau ballet - true
and maybe they could start passing out those little packs of peanuts again
the airlines' excuse for charging for checked bags was rising fuel prices. well, the prices ain't rising no more; in fact, they are dropping. and consumers are not so stupid as to not notice:
"it is ridiculous with fuel cut in half," said shields. "they shouldn't charge you to check a bag. that's ridiculous."
with a barrel of crude oil closing at $54, down from $145 in july, airlines are saving a bundle…
“it is ridiculous. on top of the prices already, especially with the gas prices going down, everything should be going down. airlines are ripping us off big time," said traveler matt phillips.
new jersey senator robert menendez recently sent a letter to airline ceo's questioning the ongoing extra fees, saying they are "fundamentally anti-consumer."
david castelveter with the airline transport association says it's up to individual airlines to eliminate fees. but castelveter points out that between 2002 and 2008, domestic airline fees have gone up 19-percent while jet fuel prices have gone up 373-percent.
better late than never...
roger stone is one of the last guys on earth one would expect to feel guilty over an episode of rough and tumble politicking. as a self-described hit man for the gop, stone has had a hand in everything from nixon's dirty tricks to eliot spitzer's resignation to spreading discredited rumors of a michelle obama "whitey" tape during the 2008 democratic primaries. you might call stone the forrest gump of scandal, popping up to play a bit part in the most notorious campaigns in recent history.
the capstone of stone's career, at least in terms of results, was the "brooks brothers riot" of the 2000 election recount. this was when a stone-led squad of pro-bush protestors stormed the miami-dade county election board, stopping the recount and advancing then-governor george w. bush one step closer to the white house. though he is quick to rebut gop operatives who seek to minimize his role in the recount, stone lately has been having second thoughts about what happened in florida.
"there have been many times i've regretted it," stone told me over pizza at grand central station. "when i look at those double-page spreads of all the individual pictures of people who have been killed [in iraq], i got to think, 'maybe there wouldn't have been a war if i hadn't gone to miami-dade. maybe there hadn't have been, in my view, an unjustified war if bush hadn't become president.' it's very disturbing to me"...
a new earthquake fault that could run as close as 1,800 feet offshore of diablo canyon nuclear power plant has been discovered by pacific gas and electric co. - slo tribune
founded in 2006, transonic cmbustion has invented a way to improve the efficiency of standard car engines, wrenching as much as 100 miles out of a gallon of gasoline. the technology relies on a new type of fuel injector and timing improvements that let the engine run on a leaner fuel-air mixture and operate at higher compression ratios. - pacific coast biz timesif y'all want taxpayer money, you might want to start talking to these guys...and g.m...you better have some 'splaining to do about why you squished the ev-1. you built it before...and if you want taxpayer moolah...you can build it again.
the new trough
...five days before paulson struck his deal with the banks, british prime minister gordon brown negotiated a similar bailout — only he extracted meaningful guarantees for taxpayers: voting rights at the banks, seats on their boards, 12 percent in annual dividend payments to the government, a suspension of dividend payments to shareholders, restrictions on executive bonuses, and a legal requirement that the banks lend money to homeowners and small businesses.and we now learn that citicorp is being allowed to feed at the trough, too.
in sharp contrast, this is what u.s. taxpayers received: no controlling interest, no voting rights, no seats on the bank boards and just five percent in dividend payouts to the government, while shareholders continue to collect billions in dividends every quarter. what's more, golden parachutes and bonuses already promised by the banks will still be paid out to executives — all before taxpayers are paid back.
no wonder it took just one hour for paulson to convince all nine ceos to accept his offer — less than seven minutes per bank. not even the firms' own lawyers could have drafted a sweeter deal. - rolling stone
..in the largest single rescue effort thus far in the current financial crisis, the treasury department, the federal reserve and the federal deposit insurance corp. will shoulder 90% of the losses on most of a $306-billion portfolio of toxic mortgages and related securities. - latte times
Sunday, November 23, 2008
skippy's sunday nite music club
alicia keys & jack white - another way to die
from quantum of solace
it's all greek to us
we think it's hilarious, and not just because arianna refuses to link to us.
environmental news story sunday
nissan, toyota locked in race to market zero-emission cars. while detroit executives beg for bailouts, japanese automakers speed through turns in a race whose winner could dominate the next generation of car sales. - portland oregonian
gas-rich lake is at stake in feud. in the midst of a rush to tap what could be the biggest natural gas discovery in the country, louisiana is entrenched in a heated legal battle with the federal government over control of a sprawling lake that holds a portion of the underground treasure.- times-picayune
antidepressants aren't for fish. each year, tons of medicine ends up in the environment. some is excreted by patients, some is flushed down the toilet or thrown out with the trash. details of their potential to evoke adverse consequences in wildlilfe have been emerging in dozens of new studies. - science news
beetle invasion to dim new england fall colors? a beetle invasion could mean big trouble for new england's trees—and the syrup fans and leaf peepers who love them. - national geographic
locusts poised to destroy australia's crops. recent rains in new south wales provided a bit of relief from the worst drought in a century, but now those living on the land face another challenge: locusts. - london independent
fishermen caught up in climate change. climate change is reducing the supply of popular types of australian seafood and threatening a multi-billion dollar industry, according to a new government report. - abu dhabi national
chromium polluting wastewater plant. large amounts of a carcinogen hazardous to aquatic life dumped into helena’s sewers is killing nitrogen-eating bacteria at the city’s wastewater plant, causing it to discharge more than five times the permitted amount of ammonia into prickly pear creek.- helena independent record
nasa scientist cites 'global-warming emergency'. time is running out to prevent catastrophic consequences from global warming, a leading climate scientist warned a packed audience thursday at stanford university. - palo alto weekly
warning on nukes and climate by washington's national intelligence council. the next two decades will be marked by a world living with the daily threat of nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and the decline of the us as the dominant global power, according to a frighteningly bleak assessment. - sydney australian
ski areas have wish list for obama. in that vein, 70 ski resorts across the nation are lobbying congress for mandatory caps on carbon-dioxide emissions, hoping to decrease the amount of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. - denver post
since you're still the president...
barely three weeks since america elected its first black president, noose hangings, racist graffiti and death threats have struck dozens of towns across the country.
more than 200 such incidents -- including cross burnings, assassination betting pools and effigies of president-elect barack obama -- have been reported, according to law enforcement authorities and the southern poverty law center, which monitors hate groups...
can you intervene on behalf of your country here, awol? or are you worried you might peeve the aclu?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
skippy's saturday nite music club
the boy least likely to - be gentle with me
funny video for a song heard on the soundtrack of the tina fey/amy poehler flick baby mama
the decision, issued late wednesday, first denied martin's "emergency motion" for production of the birth certificate.
martin "does not have a direct and tangible interest in the vital statistic records being sought, namely the birth certificate of president obama," ayabe wrote.
martin did not fall into any category of persons defined under state law as having a legal right to the record, said the judge.
ayabe wrote that martin also failed to demonstrate that "irreparable harm will occur if the records are not provided to the plaintiff."
we had seen veiled references to this lawsuit in various comment threads thru-out blogtopia and yes, we coined that that phrase, immediately after obama's win.
it's a good reminder that, tho sanity has made a comeback, it hasn't defeated the forces of craziness yet.
quote of the day
the war on christmas begins early
the toys ship from amazon to christmas in the city, a 100% volunteer organization that mentors and supports homeless families in boston. more than 2,000 children attended last year’s gigantic annual christmas party, and many more children who couldn’t come to the party were hooked up with presents. the toys need to arrive by december 19th to be put into wheeled canvas mail bins and rolled out into a screaming crowd of joyful kids.
Friday, November 21, 2008
skippy's friday nite music club
lemonheads - if i could talk i'd tell you
catching some z's
john zogby, the president and chief executive of zogby international, released a statement on his web site tuesday that defended the poll in the face of heavy criticism from bloggers and some media organizations, saying, “we stand by the results [of] our survey work on behalf of [author and former talk show host] john ziegler, as we stand by all of our work. … we were hired to test public opinion on a particular subject and with no ax to grind, that’s exactly what we did.”...
the survey’s sponsor, [right wing radio talk show host john] ziegler, has created a web site called how obama got elected that says the democratic senator’s victory was made possible by the news media, which failed to inform voters of obama’s shortcomings and those of his running mate, joe biden. the survey was meant to bolster that argument, also to be presented in a documentary by ziegler, “media malpractice…how obama got elected.”…
the press release highlighted that at least 80% of obama voters knew that palin had a pregnant teenage daughter and was the candidate associated with a $150,000 wardrobe, and that mccain was unable to identify the number of houses he owned. meanwhile, more than 80% didn’t know unflattering facts about obama, such as his successful efforts to have opponents removed from the ballot in his first political race and his comments that critics have interpreted to mean his energy policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry.
here’s an alternative way of presenting the findings that’s at least as valid. there were 10 questions that were meant to be answered with the name of one of the candidates. five of them covered events that had surfaced in the three months before the election: mccain’s inability to say how many homes he owned; palin’s pregnant teenage daughter; palin’s wardrobe budget; obama’s intent to redistribute wealth; and biden’s comment that obama would be tested by an international crisis. on those questions, more than half of obama voters correctly identified the involved candidate (the percentage for the last question was lowest, at 53.3%; on the others, it was in the 80s).
as should be obvious, the veracity of several of these claims is -- at best -- debatable, yet they are apparently represented as factual to the respondent. it is not clear whether the respondent is informed of the "correct" response after having had the question posed to him.
not all of the items in the poll are intended to apply to obama or biden. several apply to sarah palin, although the items about palin, while probably unflattering ("which of the four [candidates] has a pregnant teenage daughter?") are nevertheless apparently true. the exception is a "twist" question about palin in which the respondent is asked "which candidate said that they can see russia from their house?". ziegler claims in the video that none of the four answers is correct because the statement was made by tina fay rather than sarah palin. (in her interview with charlie gibson, palin said that "you can actually see russia from land here in alaska", not that she can see russia from her house.)to my mind, this survey meets the definition of a "push poll", which the random house dictionary defines as "a seemingly unbiased telephone survey that is actually conducted by supporters of a particular candidate and disseminates negative information about an opponent." that (i) several of the items on the survey contain information which, in addition to being negative, is arguably also untrue; (ii) ziegler brags that the survey includes a trick question to which no correct answer can be provided, and that (iii) apparently only obama voters were targeted by the survey (although this is not 100 percent clear), also inform my opinion that the survey can fairly be described as a "push poll".
jz: the technically accurate question [sic] is that none of the four people said that, but we counted it as correct if they said sarah palin.
ns: why would you commission a survey question with no correct response?
jz: the purpose of the question, you pinhead, was we wanted to determine the tina fey effect…
ns: what did zogby charge you -- what did you pay for this survey?
jz: i'm not going to tell you that, i'm not a fucking idiot….
ns: well, [palin’s] husband was a member of a secessionist party.
jz: you are such a hack! that's a very good analogy….
ns: would you consider yourself well-informed
jz: i’d consider myself extremely well-informed.
ns: who are the two senators from south dakota?
jz: thune and, uh, johnson.
ns: very good. south carolina?
jz: go fuck yourself. i'm done with this interview if you're going to ask me stupid questions like that. obviously i know who lindsay graham is.
ns: well, since you’re running a website calling people misinformed, i’d like to see if -- there are certain things you’ve said that i would consider misinformed.
jz: misinformed? you're a piece of work! you are never going to have the guts to post a representative transcript on your website! i thought you actually ran a legitimate website!
ns: thank you, have a good day.
jz: go fuck yourself.
mark blumenthal of pollster.com disagrees w/nate's characterization of the survey as a "push poll," but does agree that it was incredibly (and unprofessionally) slanted:
zogby's defense is to deny that he conducted a "push poll" (more on that below), claiming instead that his survey represents "a legitimate effort to test the knowledge of voters who cast ballots for barack obama" he claims that "respondents were given a full range of responses and were not pressured or influenced to respond in one way or another." that's a little like describing the question, "when did you stop beating you wife," as fair (and as a fair test of "knowledge") by saying the husband has an opportunity to offer any date on the calendar as a response.
ziegler's premise that the william ayers point wasn't mentioned in the media is quite incorrect. the problem for the hardly-ever-right is that when people heard about it, they didn't care. they were concerned with things like a falling stock market, lack of jobs questions about the stability of their retirement accounts.
this penchant for drama on the part of the conservatives is actually quite good for our side. as long as they live in their unreality we have at least a chance to do something good. and luckily for us the country is tired of their drama.
put a matchbook under the leg, your cabinet's leaning to the right
rumor has it that hillary has decided to accpet sec. of state. caucus blog:
a second clinton associate confirmed that her camp believes they have a done deal. senior obama advisers said friday morning that the offer had not been formally accepted and no announcement will be made until after thanksgiving. but they said they were convinced that the nascent alliance was now ready to be sealed.
luckily, msnbc tells us how:
geithner has been a key player in the current economic crisis -- helping treasury secretary hank paulson and his team manage the wall street bailout.
last, but not least, ret. gen. jim jones is being considered as national security advisor.
this is great news, because if jim jones joins the administration, all those "drinking the kool aid" jokes will finally be funny.
mad about clinton rumors
Thursday, November 20, 2008
skippy's thursday nite music club
blind melon - change
and zombie teacher for governor
(mpr photo/tom robertson)
the county auditor threw out this ballot, considering it an overvote, but al franken challenged this decision.
we suppose the lizard people did, too.
down the penrose lane
just call us the switzerland of the battle of the sexes!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
skippy's wednesday nite music club
white town - your woman
a very strange video in many respects...starting from the provacative title of the band (which is actually just one guy, joyti mishra) itself, to the bizarre faux-1920's expressionistic images and plot (??) of the video. but perhaps strangest of all is hearing the obviously male voice tell us he could never be our woman.
still in all, a great ride.
one happy unexpected side effect
case in point: john cole directs us to kathleen parker column about how the religious right is non necessarily good for the gop.
several commentors actually concede parker's point, and it does us good to see the other side admit (if begrudgingly) that yes, virginia, there is a reality, and it will not be ignored:
true, there are intellectually conservative christians. but that sliver of the pie is way too narrow to make a sweeping judgment that parker is dead wrong. to the contrary, her argument holds more water than does goldberg, or yours.
they (and i myself, the chief of sinners) are giving christianity a bad name, and by tying themselves to the gop, are bringing it down with it.
it’s all abortion, all the time. the gop can say it’s pro-small government and pro-life, but even the thickest of americans are starting to figure out that you can’t be both at the same time.
sell small-government ideology to religious conservatives in the face of the biggest failure in government since the great depression? good luck with that.
sell hard-core pro-life ideology to the corporate supporters of the gop? hands off their daughters, please!
she’s badmouthing a rather intolerant strain of the electorate, who happen to identify as christians.
there are millions of sensible christians throughout the country who have no use for the likes of sarah palin, who have little interest in end days or domestic holy war or any of that other nonsense.
the suggestion that criticism of the gop base is tantamount to religious bigotry is ironic on so many levels, that i don’t even know where to start.
and it is ok in my book to criticise a group of people whose whole rational as a group is to criticise groups of people.
jesus was a carpenter but obama builds cabinets
in spite of being the anti-christ, barack "to the future" obama has begun building his cabinet. first off, the guy who defended chiquita banana in the colombia death squad case for attorney general! huffpo:
indeed, holder himself, using his influence as former deputy attorney general under the clinton administration, helped to negotiate chiquita's sweeheart deal with the justice department in the criminal case against chiquita. under this deal, no chiquita official received any jail time. indeed, the identity of the key officials involved in the assistance to the paramilitaries were kept under seal and confidential. in the end, chiquita was fined a mere $25 million which it has been allowed to pay over a 5-year period. this is incredible given the havoc wreaked by chiquita's aid to these colombian death squards.
atop hhs, mr. daschle is expected to play a key role in moving mr. obama's ambitious health care agenda through congress. he was an early backer of mr. obama's during the presidential primaries and was a close adviser throughout the former illinois senator's white house campaign.
as a veteran of washington and of capitol hill, he brings knowledge about how to move legislation through congress. he has a particular interest in health care and is co-author of a book published this year, "critical: what we can do about the health-care crisis."
one good thing about holder's nomination, is that, having been #2 under janet reno (get your minds out of the gutter, now!) he knows the justice department and how it works already.
and one good thing about tom daschle as health and human services secretary is...uh...well...he gets free aspirin. we guess that's good.
one can only hope
here's the deal, 'pubbies: howard dean was right.
it isn't that culture doesn't matter. it does. but preaching to the choir produces no converts. and shifting demographics suggest that the republican party -- and conservatism with it -- eventually will die out unless religion is returned to the privacy of one's heart where it belongs.
the repubbbs have courted the fundies for decades, and now have no one to blame but themselves for letting the monster loose.
after years of demanding that the fundies' opinions are important enough to drown out all dissenting voices, they are left w/nothing except the holier-than-thou nutcases. so now, when it comes to real world concerns, like, say, elections, what other result did they expect?
as we have said elsewhere, the religious right thinks that jesus will lift them up out of their clothes into the sky when the dead walk the earth and jews catch fire, and they call us the "loony" left?
wednesday morning "there's something there" youtubery...
antony hegarty's version of leonard cohen's "if it be your will." i love the way he sings this song.
truth be told, i love the way he sings, period. his voice has this quality to it that few singers possess. it's something you either can hear or cannot, and a lot of people don't seem to hear it. i do. i have what's called perfect pitch as well, and i've found that trying to describe that to someone who doesn't have it is like trying to explain what i hear in antony's voice to one who doesn't -- i might as well try explaining algebra to a ferret for all i'll accomplish.
but those who can hear it know what i'm talking about. portishead's beth gibbons has it, too, as did the late jeff buckley. it's almost otherworldly in nature. queen's freddie mercury -- to give those of you who don't hear this quality a vague idea of what i'm trying to say -- did not have it, but in his case, what he lacked in otherworldliness he overcompensated for in style and sheer talent. he had me tricked for a while.
i'm a shut up now. enjoy...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
skippy's tuesday nite music club
uh huh her - not a love song
this up and coming pop duo - which one wag describes as "something akin to sarah mclachlan making an album with the cure in the mid-’80s" - is composed of leisha hailey and camila grey.
leisha, fans of hot girl on girl action will know, plays alice (the most interesting and least self-centered lesbian) on showtime's the l word. it's good to find out she is as talented muscially as she is theatrically.
strangely enough, this song, titled not a love song, is not this is not a love song by public image, ltd. this song is:
helpful hint: both songs actually sound pretty good when played at the same time!
change of address card
dear hardly-ever-right wing: get over it
rumor central update: never mind
cue emily latella:
press reports that portray clinton as willing to accept the job – once the obama transition team vets bill clinton’s philanthropic and business ventures – are inaccurate, one clinton insider told politico.
“a lot of the speculation and reporting is out ahead of the facts here,” said the person, who requested anonymity. “she is still weighing this, independent of president clinton's work.”
stevens job down the tubez
tuesday's tally of just over 24,000 absentee and other ballots gave begich 146,286, or 47.56 percent, to 143,912, or 46.76 percent, for stevens.
a recount is possible.
oh, yeah. and he was convicted on 7 charges of corruption.
mad about "traitor joe" lieberman
tuesday morning harrison and friends youtubery...
my second favorite beatle on guitar and lead vocals, my third favorite on percussion...
Monday, November 17, 2008
skippy's monday nite music club
murray head - one night in bangkok
we get our kicks above the waist, sunshine!
if only back to the future
christopher lloyd picked through the charred remnants of his montecito, california, home monday morning, resigning himself to the fact it cannot be rebuilt.
..."boy, look at that," lloyd said as he approached the rubble. "all this happens in a couple of minutes." - cnn
i've seen mr. lloyd walking around town and he's come into the office on several occassions. he's just a really nice man. my heart breaks to hear that his house is gone. my heart breaks to hear that anyone lost their house in the tea fire, really.
"i...have a relatively short comic strip plot outline!"
rumor central: sec. of state hillary!
obama's advisers have begun looking into bill clinton's foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. but democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.
clinton would be well placed to become the country's dominant voice in foreign affairs, replacing condoleezza rice. since being elected senator for new york, she has specialised in foreign affairs and defence. although she supported the war in iraq, she and obama basically agree on a withdrawal of american troops.
* yes! we coined that phrase! all the way back in 2006! suck on that, sadly, no!
a writer shade of palin
just how much could the alaska governor make from putting pen to paper? about $7 million, according to some estimates.
sound like a lot? not necessarily, says one literary insider.
"bill clinton made more than $10 million when he signed his deal in 2001 and that was the most for a former president," says the source. "sarah brings something different to the table — there is so much curiosity surrounding her and her life. if they move fast and get this thing on shelves, then a $7 million advance could be worth it."