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Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on April 19 at 9:00 AM

posted by news intern Chris Kissel

Abducted: Al-Qaeda kidnapped Pakistani envoy, release tape.

Abused: Vatican addresses pedophilia as pope says mass in NYC.

Protested: Tibetan independence and French products, by crowds in China.

Intimidated: Clinton says activists to blame for electoral defeats.

Investigated: FLDS tip may have come from 33-year-old woman.

In the name of Freedom: “TechnoPatriots” keep an eye on the border.

JAMmed: Basra blows up once again.

Mad, crazy portraiture: Sixty percent of the world’s paintings come from Dafen, China.

Approved: Sonics’ planned move to Oklahoma City. And Ron Sims wants none of it.

Resigning: Former John Marshall principal, over being a “threatening person.”

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There was also a good article in the Times about how solar can save you money:

Posted by Greg | April 19, 2008 9:13 AM

Dude rode his bike 164 mph on I-5 while making video of his speedometer. Why? There are no bragging rights without risk. Or proof. But cops like proof too.
"[Awesome] video shows the motorcycle being operated in a dangerous, reckless manner," but they won't YouTube the evidence as a warning to us all. Pussies.

Posted by elenchos | April 19, 2008 9:14 AM

Dropping-- Barack Obama's former 11 point lead over Clinton has in the last few days dropped to insignificance, New Gallup poll shows. Also: Clinton does better than Obama against McCain.

Here's the link:

Here's quotes:

"Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows a tightening of the national Democratic race, with Barack Obama now holding just a 3-percentage point advantage over Hillary Clinton, 47% to 44%....based on interviewing conducted ...following the April 16 debate in Philadelphia. The initial indications are that Obama may have been hurt by the debate...."
"Until today, he had led Clinton by a statistically significant margin in each of the prior 11 Gallup releases."

"Obama's margin over Republican John McCain [has dropped] by a point and Clinton's margin increas[ed] by a point. In the latest polling on the general election, based on April 13-17 interviewing, registered voters prefer Obama to McCain by 45% to 44% and Clinton to McCain by 46% to 44%."

When this same poll showed Obama 11 points ahead of Clinton this was remarked on, celebrated, talked about and it got its own post and the nice two color graph showing the lines diverging.

Now that it shows the lines about to cross...well, you know the point.

Now Obama surrogate on TV saying a 6 point loss in PA. is somehow a win. Why isn't Obama 6 points ahead if he's so electable and able to overcome the stupidity of the voters, as he seems to suggest?

There seems to be some other news today, too, something about HRC slapping
I'm sure we'll see a post about that in a few minutes or seconds. That fits the narrative. Bit voters dissing BHO over "drivel" -- it fits not. Obama's above all that and he is not falling to earth like Icarus. [Gulp, gulp, gulp. Gotta chug it now. Pass another beaker of that Kool Aid. Gulp gulp gulp.]

Posted by unPC | April 19, 2008 9:24 AM

@3: Maybe if you didn't drink so much Kool Aid, you wouldn't be such a moron. It's a hope, anyway.

Look, you dumb whiner: your long, annoying screed is (as usual) both late and wrong. This same poll you mention was posted on Slog yesterday:

Now go crawl back under your rock.

Posted by Greg | April 19, 2008 9:58 AM

unPC's Kool Aid is bitter.

Obama's is SWEET!

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | April 19, 2008 10:22 AM

As far as I'm concerned, the only news that matters now is news coming from PA. I happen to come from the swath of PA that James Carville compared to Alabama and Obama made his bitter comments about. (BTW, Carville was right; Obama was right. And that doesn't make me love the place any the less.)

But here's the news item that struck me. Max Kennedy, one of the children of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy, was supposed to make a campaign visit to Pottsville, PA Friday. Now, for the 99.9% of you who've never heard of it, Pottsville (not to be confused with Pottstown) makes Scranton (of "The Office" fame) look like a happenin' place in comparison.

Well, it so happened that Max Kennedy had to attend a funeral, so he couldn't make it Friday. So who showed up in his place? His mother, 80-year-old Ethel Kennedy, along with Max's wife and children. For someone like me who grew up not far from there, the idea of Ethel Kennedy making an impromptu campaign visit to Pottsville, PA is absolutely mind-blowing.

Oh, and Obama's doing a town hall Sunday in nearby Reading. A campaign worker told my mother it's "pandemonium" this morning at the Reading campaign office as people are lining up for tickets.

P.S. unPC @3, keep up with those Kool Aid references. They reflect well on you.

Posted by cressona | April 19, 2008 10:37 AM

If it wasn't for politics, unPC wouldn't exist. Sad.

Posted by Get a life! | April 19, 2008 10:39 AM

Obama's election victory in November is gonna crash through UnPC's world like Kool Aid Man going "Oh yeah!"

Posted by The Artist Formerly Known As Sigourney Beaver | April 19, 2008 11:16 AM

unPC is just a working stiff who gets paid to plant astroturf. If she quit, they'd hire somebody else to do it.

Posted by elenchos | April 19, 2008 11:19 AM

You are nothing if not entertaining.

Posted by Vandervecken | April 19, 2008 11:33 AM

unPC's more recent posts have made it clear that she's actively supporting McCain over Obama. Just don't regard her any differently that you would any other Republican posting.

Posted by tsm | April 19, 2008 11:47 AM

Hillary and Bill Clinton earned $110 million in the past 8 years, but she is complaining that Obama is benefitting from "gushers of money"?

The wife of a former president is trying to tag her opponent as an "elitist"?

What tag does Hillary deserve? "Liar" perhaps?

Posted by Dopey | April 19, 2008 11:50 AM

Dopey at #12- the name fits - it seems.

Big Bill got an 8 million advance for his book - adds up when the numbers are many zeroed. Hillary got 5 million I think.

Ever hear of the clue bus?

And, just for conversation, so what? Neither were born to money, they earned it the old fashioned way with 30 years of work, educational excellence at top colleges and rising to the top of the pile. I like the American make it big saga - for anyone - even Clintons.

Give it a try Dopey, change the handle first, friendly advice.

Posted by John | April 19, 2008 1:26 PM

#1 - link to solar is EXCELLENT - must real for all.

Thanks, planning to do it on the roof of our condo building, WOW.

Posted by Adam | April 19, 2008 1:31 PM

Has anyone else seen the Westlake protesters and wondered why a bunch of people waving Arizona flags are complaining about China?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 19, 2008 1:34 PM

Survey usa completed 4/13 shows Clinto-McCain and Obama-McCain %s as follows:

state Clinton Obama
NM 46-49 44-50
MO 47-46 42-5x
ny 55-39 52-43
OH 53-42 45-47
OR 47-46 51-42
VA 39-55 44-52
MN 47-46 49-43
wi 46-46 49-44
ks 36-57 37-54
ia 42-48 49-42

(In primaries: Clinton winning PA 54-40 winning IN 55-39 and losing NC 39-49).

Early March these survey usa polls were cited by Obama folks as showing Obama's route to electoral college victory. Now it seems the same polls show his route is one to defeat.

2. Because his plan is to basically concede or not plan on winning FL and OH but instead to capture purply places like MO VA NM CO NV. Um, not happenin'. ).
MO: he loses, she wins. VA: Obama loses, duh. As foretold he is a big urban liberal and this state is still 75% Southern and only 25% latte suppin' elites in expensive real estate outside of Wash. D.C. KS: earlier hope he could win there was both audacious, optimistic, and frankly rather ignorant and wrong. IA WI MN: here you do see the remnant of the Obama "expand the map" theory, he does better than Clinton. Yes, these states are whiter and their swing Democrats are more like German catholic farmer types rather than urban Archie Bunkers or rural Dogpatchers in states that are more diverse. Just my little theory. Anyway the data as a whole shows that what the Obama team calls "drivel" is actually improtant in swinging elections and could cripple Obama in the fall election. I think this is shown more when you look state by state than at a national poll btw. If he's so transcendent, why isn't he winning in OH MO VA NM and gee, FL???

These polls are post clingergate and predebate, we'll see in a few days if the nation believes like the elite liberals that the media was unfair to Obambi, boo hoo. Personally I think having it come out that you launched yoru first big political campaign from the house of a 1960s terrorist who'd said after 9-11 he wished he'd bombed America more isn't a way to win hearts and minds in VA NM MO etc. Nor even swing voters in OH or FL. Maybe all the swing voters up in MN WI IA dno't care, but they aren't enough to win in the fall. You have to win some of the more conservative swing states, or at least win everything Kerry won plus Ohio.
Obama also had some bad substantive stuff in the debate like he would double cap. gains taxes and raise the cap on payroll taxes (these are large tax increases, and many of the affected people are middle class) and I don't see that substance as helping in these purply places either.

Posted by unPC | April 19, 2008 2:01 PM

@16 TL; DR.

Posted by elenchos | April 19, 2008 3:48 PM

Susie used to work for GOP campaigns. Hence her obvious skill at spinning falsehoods from thin air.

Posted by ru shur | April 19, 2008 3:49 PM

John @13, don't you think it's hypocritical for Clinton to call Obama an elitist?

Posted by Dopey | April 19, 2008 3:59 PM

It's an elitist thang. You wouldn't understand.

Posted by Thomas | April 19, 2008 7:25 PM

They don't even give you a name, eh? No pay and no name.

Posted by David Sucher | April 19, 2008 8:02 PM

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