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November 19, 2008

Stevens loses Alaska's senate seat

Strib reports Alaskan senator Ted Steven's conceded defeat Wednesday.
He was convicted of a felony earlier this year for trying to hide gifts he had recieved while in office from oil execs.
Democrat Mark Begich won by a little more than 3,700 votes out of over 315,000 votes cast.
Stevens was running for his seventh term as senator, he was the longest serving senator in office.
Begich says he is different than New York Democrats, he is pro-guns, pro-drilling ANWAR, and pro-less government.

November 17, 2008

New money encouraging Chinese students to come to US

CNN reports that China's economic boom allows more students to afford overseas education.
They like U.S. schools for out-of-class activities, open environment and diversity.
International students, families add $15 billion annually to U.S. economy.
Chinese enrollment grew by 8 percent in fall of 2006 and 20 percent last year.
I anecdotally have heard that because of the economic boom and because of the value of the american dollar, Chinese students that come from fairly regular households come to america with $50,000 in their bank accounts that get replenished every few months.

November 5, 2008

Californians ban gay marriage

CNN reports that 52 percent of voters approved Proposition 8 which eliminated the right of gay couples to marry.
The amendment overrides a state supreme court ruling in may that legalized same-sex marriage.
Voters in Arizona and Florida passed amendments that made marriage only a union between one man and one woman.
Arizona failed to pass a similar measure in 2006. this year 56 percent voted to ban it. in Florida 62 percent passed it.

October 29, 2008

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The Strib reports that Palin has the second ethics charge within months against her. this time she used state money to pay for her kids travel expenses when she didn't have the right to.
The compaints say that Palin charged the state $12,000 for her three daughterstravel when they were uninvited and then ordered that their expense forms be ammended to include official state business.
Palin has also charged the state for the girl's hotel rooms.
Palin was found in violation of state ethics earlier this month for the firing of the public safety commissioner after he refused to fire her ex-brother in law. I hate this bitch.
The latest charges have been filed by "Frank Gwartney, an Anchorage Democrat who supports Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Gwartney, 60, said he is fed up with "all the corruption" among Alaska's elected officials, including Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who was convicted this week on federal corruption charges."
Gwartney says Palin ran on a self righteous campaign but she is no different than all these other fucks.

October 15, 2008

Debate '08 part 3

The Pionneer Press ran an AP story that was written before the debate but talked about the debate as if it were something that happened.
The Strib's headline said that the debate will begin at 8 p.m.
"John McCain sought to change the course of a campaign moving decidedly in Barack Obama's direction Wednesday night in the third and final presidential debate."
Seems really wierd. The story says that the race is leaning more and more in Obama's favor and this will be McCain's last chance to win some favor.
"McCain was keenly aware of the stakes he faced after two debates in which supporters suggested he was insufficiently forceful against Obama." How does she know he "was keenly aware?" This writing does not seem like it should be in a news story.
McCain plans on criticizing Obama's tax policy. Obama has said that he will not add any taxes to anyone who makes over $250,000.

October 8, 2008

McCain and conservatives coming off as racist...

The Assosciated Press reports that for the second time in threes days, Obama's middle name has been used in order to try and build doubts about his background, faith and campaign.
McCain and Palin had not arrived at the rally yet when the chairman used Obama's middle name twice. they didnt make any references to it. The campaign issued a statement saying they didn't condon the "innapropriate rhetoric."
Socialist, terrorist and liar were shouted at the rall by McCain supporters in reference to Obama.
CNN reports that Obama's wife is not offended my McCain's "that one" comment. She said that americans dont care about this back and forth between the candidates on stuff that doesnt matter.
"They don't care about the back and forth between the candidates. ... They want real answers about how we're going to fix this economy and get the health care benefits on track so, you know, this is part of politics,"

October 5, 2008

Army working inside U.S.

CNN reports that the United State militarry’s Northern Command, a unit formed after the 9/11 attacks, is dedicating a combat infantry team to deal with catastrophes within the U.S.
The First Raiders will spend 2009 as the first active-duty military unit from Northern Command. They will be based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, and focus on logistics and support for local police and rescue personnel.
The unit has been trained with law enforcement tactics, which has gotten them criticism from people saying that the military unit could be used as law enforcement.

September 26, 2008

State of duh bate

CNN reports that John McCain will be attending the debate Friday night after he publicly announced that he would not attend until the financial crisis was taken care of.
McCains decision comes after member of congress announced in a press conference that McCains presence actually hurt the efforts to work out plans for the financial crisis.
McCain and Obama have put out a joint statement saying that after the debate, both will pause their campaigns until the financial crisis is taken care of.
Time reports that the person who is behind in polls, McCain, has to be the agressor in the first debate. And since McCain's strong suit is said to be foreighn policy, and since the first debate is meant to focus on foreighn policy, analysts think McCain may come out "hot."
Time says McCain ought "to try to force Obama into conceding that the "surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq has been an unqualified success. Obama has admitted as much already in recent interviews. But having to do it on stage with McCain would be the debate equivalent of eating crow in front of 80 million viewers."
Time says Obama should not "bury the lead!" Answer the question, and then explain it.

September 17, 2008

AIG saved and taken by Fed

An assosciated press article from the Star Tribune reports that The Federal Reserve has given American International Group, one of the worlds largest insurers an $85 billion emergency loan at an interest rate of about 11.5 percent. In return
the government will recieve a 79.9 percent stake in the company and the right to remove senior management. AIG said that they will pay back the loan in full with the sale of some of their assets. AIG shares had sold for as much as $70.13 this last year, they were as low as $1.34 Wednesday morning.
CNN reports that the Fed decided to come in because they decided that a company with so many ties around the world would hurt our already ailing economy.
In another Assosciated press article from the Strib McCain said that he did not want to bail out AIG because he blamed their problems on greed, excess and corruption; yet, he said millions of people whose finances are tied to the company were in danger of having their lives destroyed

September 12, 2008

Hurrican Ike getting real

CNN reports that The Coast Guard has been able to rescue a freighter that holds 22 people on it, the best case scenario for them according to the coast guard is that they are able to get to shallow enough water so they can anchor down and wait out the storm.
It is to dangerous now for any rescue attempts by air.
200,000 have fled areas of Houston that are low-lying, althouh 10 percent of the population is still holding out. weather reports say that any caught in those areas are in for certain death.
USA Today eports that FEMA has more than 3,500 rescue areas in the area waiting to help once the storm is over.
police have been going around Galveston trying to convince residents to evacuate.
"The police chief asked one stubborn couple to write their names and Social Security numbers on their forearms in black magic marker "in case something bad were to happen."" which got them to change their minds
The Census bureau said that 13 million will face storm conditions.