Friday, October 24, 2008

The Nightowl Newswrap

Suck on this, racist scum Barack Obama, the first black major party nominee, has the support of 44% of white voters - the highest for any Democratic candidate since Jimmy Carter had the support of 47% of white voters in 1976. No Democrat has had majority support since Johnson in 1964 (and remember, he told us he had surrendered the south for a generation when he did the right thing and signed the Civil Rights act). On the other hand, McCain's support among the same demographic is running between 48-50% - the lowest in a generation.

OPEC votes to cut production The poor impoverished oil exporting countries, stung by falling oil prices, called an emergency meeting in Vienna to address the end of their windfall. Before the last jacket was hung up, the cartel had agreed to cut production by 1.5 million barrels per day. This action did little to slow the slide, however. The price per barrel fell another five percent today.

Heartbreaking Garage sales are booming as the economy contracts and people are selling everything they own to make ends meet, albeit temporarily, and in many cases starting over as they lose jobs and / or homes, or try to hang on just a little while longer.

Caveat Emptor Get ready to hear a lot about equity index annuities as people who have watched their fortunes evaporate desperately look for safe investments. Being a Seinfeld-type investor (I'll work, my money can take it easy and relax) I prefer low, guaranteed yield to gambling at a craps table, and my preference for annuities and T Bills drew me a lot of mockery while the market was soaring. No one is mocking me anymore, tho.

"You knew I was a scorpion..." In an interview with the Stamford Advocate, Lieberman, try as he might, could not muster very much enthusiasm about Palin's readiness, actually saying "thank God she's not going to have to be president from day one. McCain's going to be alive and well."

The M$M finally notices Palin's freaky religion Thanks to YouTube, enough people have seen the evidence of her creepy fundamentalism that even the corporate media is being forced to address her out-of-the-mainstream religion and even her belief in witchcraft.

Michele Bachmann needs to study up on what constitutes an "apology" Since her fascist screed on Hardball last week, she has seen her numbers plummet, the NRCC has cut her loose and her chances of reelection have gone up in smoke. So she cut an ad in which she excuses her brownshirt tendencies with "I may not always get my words right, but I know that my heart is right."

This ought to be good for quite a bit of mockery Joe the Gypsy Plumber is considering a run for Congress. If so, he would run for the seat that Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) has held since Moby Dick was a minnow. (She is about to be elected to her 14th term.)

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon urges nuclear powers to cut arsenals The Secretary General laid out a five-point plan on Friday to promote a world free of nuclear weapons. He also called for efforts to bring the nuclear test ban treaty into force, urged a halt to production of the fissile material needed for making atomic bombs and encouraged the nuclear powers to provide more information about their arsenals. He went beyond nukes, calling for the elimination of biological and chemical weapons as well, and urged renewed efforts and fresh thinking to prevent terrorists from obtaining and using weapons of mass destruction.

Another stay of execution for Troy Davis The state of Georgia wasted no time with scheduling the execution of Troy Davis once the Supreme Court refused to hear arguments in his case. But today, a three judge appeals panel granted a stay of execution to three days before he was due to be put to death. "Upon our thorough review of the record, we conclude that Davis has met the burden for a provisional stay of execution," the decision read.

US sanctions foreign companies for sales of arms technology The State Department announced in the Federal Register the sanctioning of 13 foreign companies from China, Russia, Venezuela and other countries for allegedly violating the ban on sales of technology that could help Iran, Syria or North Korea develop nuclear weapons.

Missouri has a long ways to go Obama signs are being vandalized and stolen all over the Show Me State - even in the traditionally Democratic areas. It happens here every election season, but this year has seen a much higher incidence than previous elections.

Yes, Missouri has a long way to go indeed Three St. Louis area middle schoolers have been suspended after assaulting their classmates in what they called "hit a Jew day." At least three were assaulted, and one student was slapped in the face.

Colorado official still disenfranchising college students El Paso county clerk Robert Balink is still stubbornly refusing to budge even though he is wrong to the point of criminality. Robert Balink, the El Paso County clerk and recorder, who was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention, still maintains that students from outside the state could not register to vote if their parents claimed them as a dependent on their tax returns. College students heavily favor Barack Obama over John McCain. "When election officials spread false information about who is eligible to vote and remove, not add, polling places, we need to be concerned that eligible voters will be denied their right to vote," said Pat Waak, chairwoman of the Colorado Democratic Party.

Bali bombers to die in front of firing squad The Attorney General of Indonesia has scheduled the execution of the three terrorists convicted of carrying out two nightclub bombings on the island of Bali six years ago, killing 202 people. They will be executed by firing squad next month, having exhausted their legal options, Indonesian authorities said.