October 2008

What Is Wrong With This Picture? California Gov’s All Come Out Against Prop 5

October 31, 2008 by Staff

by Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post / October 31, 2008 Here is a picture that sums up much that is wrong with American politics. Five governors of California, Democrats and Republicans, joining forces to oppose something that is indisputably in the public interest. This is an image that could be repeated, with different faces, […]

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A Citizen’s Guide to California Propositions – by a Citizen

October 31, 2008 by Staff

by Jon E. Christensen There’s more voter guides out there than fleas on my dog, and that’s considerable. Of course they all share the same thing in common – the producers of these guides want you to vote their way. Often times it’s difficult to identify the motive behind the guide. Who produced it and […]

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Best of the ’08 Campaign: Northern exposure

October 30, 2008 by Staff

Writing in his online column for Harper’s, Scott Horton offered the following tribute to journalist Max Blumenthal, a Fellow at the Nation Institute, and to Max’s work this fall for the Institute’s Investigative Fund. Past posts of Horton’s indispensable blog No Comment can be retrieved from Harpers.org. ~Ham Fish of The Nation By Scott Horton […]

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‘This Is What Democracy Looks Like’ – Early Voting Is Unprecedented In Recent History of San Diego Elections

October 30, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

SAN DIEGO, CA.  Lines of early voters are causing an hour and half wait as crowds jam the County Registrar of Voters on Ruffin Road. This is unprecedented in the history of recent San Diego elections – unprecedented for so many voters to vote so early and in such massive numbers. This is true of […]

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June Reyno Continues Her Controversial Stance Against Foreclosure Eviction

October 30, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

SAN DIEGO, CA.  Arriving at the noon press conference a few minutes late, I walked into the Mira Mesa cul-de-sac, where a few television trucks announced something was up. It was to be the ‘Support June Reyno’ media event organized by the Ad Hoc Campaign Against Eviction and Foreclosure. June Reyno was the San Diegan […]

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Hate’s last stand

October 30, 2008 by Staff

It’s racism and homophobia, neck and neck, down to the wire. Can they hang on? By Mark Morford / SF Gate Columnist / October 29, 2008 Let’s not get carried away. Let’s not go so far as to suggest we’re about to enter into some sort of fluffy utopian tofu puppy happyland where nipples fly […]

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San Diego Community and Labor Leaders Rally Around June Reyno In Her Controversial Stand Against Foreclsoure Eviction

October 29, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

SEE UPDATE – GO HERE. SAN DIEGO, CA.   Community and labor leaders from San Diego and Los Angeles are rallying around June Reyno, the Mira Mesa woman who is taking a controversial stand against being evicted from her home of 19 years now in foreclosure.  Initially Reyno chained herself to a front porch pillar […]

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State by State Early Voting Polls

October 29, 2008 by Staff

The Huffington Post / October 29, 2008 NATIONAL From the ABC/Washington Post tracking poll: More than twelve million voters have already cast ballots in the presidential contest, according to one estimate, and new data from the Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll shows these voters breaking Democratic by a wide margin. Among those who said they […]

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John McCain in the Echo Chamber

October 29, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

by: Gore Vidal / Truthdig.com / 27 October 2008 October proved to be the cruelest month, for that was the time that Senator McCain, he of the round, blank, Little Orphan Annie eyes, chose to try out a number of weird lies about Barack Obama ostensibly in the interest of a Republican Party long overdue […]

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San Diego Woman Chains Herself to Foreclosed Home to Resist Eviction

October 29, 2008 by Staff

SEE HERE FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS RALLY AROUND JUNE REYNO – CALL PRESS CONFERENCE REPOSTED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND SAN DIEGO,CA.  A Mira Mesa woman and her husband are fighting their eviction from the place they’ve called home for the last twenty years on Priestley Street. Unable to afford the adjustable rate mortgage monthly payments of […]

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‘Bush’s Way of Waving Goodbye to Syria?’

October 28, 2008 by Staff

World Condemns U.S. Action –  Iraq Rejects American Move Into Syria by Josh Ward / Der Spiegel / October 28, 2008 BERLIN. The US says its cross-border raid into Syria killed a top terrorist. Still, international reaction has been intense and critical. While the German government has kept silent, media commentators haven’t been shy about […]

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The Blackwater Connection To Yes On 8

October 27, 2008 by Staff

by Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish / October 27, 2008 Among the biggest contributors to the campaign to strip gay married couples of their equality: Holland resident Elsa Prince Broekhuizen has pumped $450,000 into a Nov. 4 California ballot issue to ban gay marriage. It is one of the largest private donations to that […]

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Syria says U.S. raid is ‘terrorist’ act

October 27, 2008 by Staff

Al Jazeera English / October 27, 2008 The Syrian foreign minister has described a deadly raid on a village near the border with Iraq, allegedly carried out by the US, as a planned act of “terrorist aggression”. Speaking in London on Monday, Walid Muallem also raised questions about how a pact between the US and Iraq over troop deployment […]

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Barack Obama and the Fear of Socialism

October 27, 2008 by Staff

by glamatron / The DailyKos / Oct 26, 2008 My open letter to everyone who is bustling around the internet telling everyone who will listen that Obama is a socialist! A socialist! And then standing back, waiting with gaping mouth, for people to rush out and change their votes. If you enjoy having weekends off, […]

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Neo-Nazi Plot to Assassinate Obama Is Foiled by AFT

October 27, 2008 by Staff

Two Neo-Nazis held in Tennessee, allegedly also targeted Black high school WASHINGTON – A plot by two Neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Barack Obama and kill dozens of other African Americans has been foiled, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said Monday. Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of West Helena, […]

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150,000 Show Up for Obama in 2 Colorado Rallies

October 26, 2008 by Staff

Obama stirs up supporters in Colorado: 100,000 plus in Denver, 45,000 in Ft. Collins By Ben Feller / October 25, 2008 DENVER (AP) – Roaring toward the finish, Barack Obama presided Sunday over two Colorado rallies that together drew about 150,000 people, a startling turnout in a key swing state. In Denver, the city where […]

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Syrian Summons American Ambassador for Explanation for the Incursion

October 26, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

UPDATE: Go here for latest.  And here. Richard Engel of NBC just reported that the Syrian government has angrily summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation on the American incursion into Syrian territory. American commandos in four helicopters flew across the Syrian border and attacked a village about ten miles from the border. (see red […]

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U.S. helicopter raid in Syrian territory kills eight civilians, including ‘father and four sons’

October 26, 2008 by Staff

By Mail Foreign Service U.S. helicopters have launched attacks within Syrian territory, killing eight civilians, the official Syrian news agency SANA has said. The agency said the attack, which also seriously wounded five, involved four helicopters and U.S. soldiers storming a civilian building on Syrian territory. The report is said to have taken place in […]

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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Helicopters Attack Syrian Village Along Iraqi Border – Up to 8 Killed

October 26, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Sunday, October 26, 2008 Reports are coming in that up to four U.S. helicopters crossed the Iraq-Syria border and attacked a local Syrian village.  Media reports have been confirmed by the Syrian government, that American paratroopers got out of the helicopters and attacked the village.  Up to 8 people have been reportedly killed. This unprecedented […]

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These are exciting times, and oh – by the way – will there be a peaceful transfer of power?

October 25, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

These are exciting times, these are dangerous times These are exciting times. Less than two weeks before the November election, most polls and pundits point to an Obama victory. Think of it – we’re on the verge of electing the first African-American president in American history.  This is a vote that took 400 years – […]

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The Only Mainsteam Media Report On the Deployment of U.S. Troops For the ‘Homefront’

October 25, 2008 by Staff

Editor: This is the ONLY article on the deployment of American troops on American soil from the mainstream media, a story originally published by ArmyTimes, and launched into the blogosphere by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now in September.  From Larry Shaughnessy -CNN Pentagon producer / CNN / originally posted on October 3, 2008 WASHINGTON (CNN) […]

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Psssst, it’s our 1st Birthday!

October 25, 2008 by Patty Jones

It’s our blog birthday! Our very first post was published on the 25th of October last year. It’s been quite an amazing journey for us and we have seen a great increase in readership and interest. After meeting Frank last year, seeing the old OB Rags and hearing the passion in his voice when he […]

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Reader Rant: Massive public response needed to get media’s attention of undemocratic method of counting votes in America 2008!!!

October 25, 2008 by Staff

by Ann Zegler Letter to the Media sent 10-24-08:    I am writing to ask media news outlets to take a better look at the big story of the November 4 elections: the UNDEMOCRATIC way that general election votes are being counted in  America in 2008. I think the media has a responsibility to investigate and […]

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Why Obama strikes a global chord

October 24, 2008 by Staff

By Barnaby Phillips in Athens / Al Jazeera English / October 24, 2008 In Athens’ Hard Rock Cafe, just around the corner from my flat, hundreds of Americans of all political persuasions turned up to see the McCain-Obama debate on a giant screen. Even the US ambassador showed up. I was there too, not an American, […]

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All My Heroes

October 24, 2008 by Patty Jones

Have FBI Files A beautiful young woman I know, with pride in her eyes, recently gave this to her father. I am proud to know both of them.

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Threat of A Stolen Election

October 24, 2008 by Staff

GOP Threat of Another Stolen Election Prompts Lawsuit in Ohio Interview with author and professor of media and culture Mark Crispin Miller, conducted by Scott Harris 24 October 2008 Ever since the 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida — the winner of which was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court — the integrity of American […]

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Come watch Naomi Wolf’s ‘End of America’ on video

October 24, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Naomi Wolf’s website MyAmericaProject has a link to Snagfilms where you can watch the entire film ‘The End of America,’ which is based on her 2007 book of the same name. This is the book – and now film/ video – that lays out her researched 10 universal steps that societies take when they go […]

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‘Victim’ of Attack Admits Hoax

October 24, 2008 by Staff

MSNBC / October 24, 2008 McCain volunteer admits she made up story about Black attacker who carved a ‘B’ on her cheek PITTSBURGH – A John McCain volunteer in Pittsburgh who said she was robbed and sexually assaulted because of her political views has admitted to fabricating the story, police sources told a TV station. […]

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Reader Rant: Prop 8 – Equality is work in progress

October 23, 2008 by Staff

Today’s Reader Rant is from Ellen Sugg of Burney, a small town in the conservative northern California county of Shasta. She responded with this letter to an anti-Prop 8 editorial in her local newspaper, the Record Searchlight. Ellen is a second grade teacher, a teacher union activist, a mother of two, and a former resident […]

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Will the GOP’s campaign to deter new voters and discard Democratic ballots determine the next president?

October 22, 2008 by Staff

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast /  Block the Vote – Rollingstone.com / October 22, 2008  These days, the old west rail hub of Las Vegas, New Mexico, is little more than a dusty economic dead zone amid a boneyard of bare mesas. In national elections, the town overwhelmingly votes Democratic: More than […]

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