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To Term Or Not To Term?

That is the existential question of our elected parliament. One of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary Oz Politics is the relationship between the NBN-phobic Rupert Murdoch and Neville Wran’s former Silk du Jour—now shadow Comms Minister—Petit Mal de Wentworth, the loyal Liberal tasked by his Dear Leader to not merely remove from the national agenda, but to DESTROY our NBN.

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Call it a hunch , but after the way Fontleroy Wentworth was rolled from the tory top spot by the Monky Prince with the OO’s nod, I don’t believe the man who conjured Godwin Grech is too fond of Rupert OR Anthony! Some commentators see Malcs as being in the Death Seat. I don’t. Without the pressures of opposition leadership perpetually upon him, I think Malcolm Turnbull, one of the greatest bullshit artists to ever grace the hallowed halls of our Capital, has the patience and smarts to fuck both Abbott and Rupert.

Windsor and Oakeshott stated the NBN was a major factor in them going with Gillard.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. The control of the NEW medium— and thus the message— is up for grabs. Staggeringly until quite recently, the new paradigm came as a surprise to Rupert’s arse. As we’ve been witnessing, the day of the msm locusts is at hand. Hyper-alert,”trained” paparazzi are poised to swarm the first whiff of centre-leftist blood. Bewildered backbenchers have been told to cancel all travel and holiday plans. Klutzes are being coccooned; motor-mouths, muzzled. Good old-fashioned Team Play is flavour of the month in Party rooms.
We should be so lucky already. Let us rejoice in this year of the Team Player!

Kinda makes a guy wanna rush out and join a power-breakfast worship group.

How would Leo Strauss or Niccy Machiavelli, Gould of The Hill or Plouffe & Axelrod read this one?
Shall this government of ours, Ticsters, proceed to term or is the rule of Ranga I of Oz rife for Abbortion?

801 replies on “To Term Or Not To Term?”

One can only hope that little things like this will make the Seppo Dems get out and vote.
Could be a big wind puff but then again it could be the start of something good.

Turdblossom has to front up.

Election woes got you down?

Imagine the look of contempt on Karl Rove’s face this past Sunday as he swaggered toward his star turn on CBS’s Face the Nation only to be served with our subpoena sanctioned by the Secretary of the State of Ohio.

The federal subpoena orders Rove to testify in deposition. Our attorney, Cliff Arnebeck, intends to ask Mr. Rove about his role in the theft if the 2004 election, and to discuss his orchestration of tens of millions of corporate/billionaire dollars in the one coming up on November 2, 2010.

Chris you will be in raptures with all these GOP gifts coming out just in front of the midies.

What is the Rollins family? It is one of America’s wealthiest clans, best known as the folks behind Orkin Pest Control. They have cultivated an image as low-key philanthropists, but two lawsuits recently filed in Atlanta pull the mask off Rollins Inc.

It’s a story about massive wealth, family dysfunction, and Republican Party politics–with a roundabout connection to the wacky Christine O’Donnell. It’s also a story with ties to Alabama, where a member of the Rollins family has played center stage in one of the most grotesque examples of courtroom injustice I’ve ever encountered.

paddy –
re Grog (who said a mean thing about Bob Brown 😡 )
obviously he is a communist .

Now – a question to Mr Windschuttle and Ms Albrechtson.. does PJK gets a full hour of self-promotion on Qanda just to be “balanced” ??.
Forget shoes – I’ll throw my knickers .

Democrats Outspending Republicans

Contrary to the conventional wisdom that Democrats have been outspent by conservative outside groups, Politico reports that figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics “tell a different story.”

“The money race totals come to $856 million for the Democratic committees and their aligned outside groups, compared to $677 for their Republican adversaries.”

Separate tracks: “Democrats still have a sizable cash advantage in their party committees” while “conservative groups have spent $169 million on ads attacking Democratic House and Senate candidates, compared to $80 million by liberal-leaning groups.”

War Hog for Peace (in our time)

Change we can believe in:


Let no foreign soil remain unstained with Australian blood so long as we maintain our National Gravel Rash and flash it proudly on demand to the American War Pig.

Australians died and were maimed to support President Thieu.

“Nguyễn Văn Thiệu ….was a general in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) who went on to become the President of South Vietnam (1965–75), first as the head of a military junta and then after winning a fraudulent election. He established an authoritarian and corrupt rule over South Vietnam until resigning and fleeing the nation a few days before the fall of Saigon……

Thiệu gained a reputation for turning a blind eye to and indulging in corruption, and appointing loyal cronies rather than competent officers to lead ARVN units…..

…… prompting Thiệu to resign and leave the country aboard an American helicopter with millions of dollars in gold, just before the communists completed their victory. He eventually settled in Massachusetts and lived in seclusion until his death, avoiding angry refugee compatriots who blamed his administration for the nation’s demise….. ”
(wiki )

Australians die and are maimed to support President Karzai.

But so what! Cannon fodder has always been expendable. On a per capita basis we are the best and fairest sporting nation on earth…… and the world respects us enormously for that.

Damn you Jen.
There goes the morning coffee all over the place again. 🙂
A couple of gems from twitter.
Nate Silver on the mid-terms
And Mr Denmore on Annabel Crabb’s address to the faithful yesterday
The full transcript of AC’s address here.
And finally….. I woke up this morning to the sound of Our ABFrigginC, giving airtime to some fuckwit, crying crocodile tears about how asylum seekers shouldn’t be housed in the Adelaide hills….Wait for it….Because they wouldn’t know what to do if a bushfire came!!!
Nearly ripped my ears off in disgust. 🙁

If you favor Republicans, you may believe Gallup and Rasmussen.

Nationally, the polling on the generic ballot is like a Rorschach test. If you favor Republicans, you may believe Gallup and Rasmussen, which show big leads for Republican candidates. If you favor Democrats, you may like Newsweek, which shows Democrats with a slight lead. The early voting numbers so far — the partisan registration numbers where they are available and the county level data where they are not — suggest that more Democrats have voted than Republicans.

Don’t believe me? Well, you don’t have to take my word on it. The most recent Zogby poll has a cross tabulation for people who have already voted. The Zobgy poll confirms the early voting data: Democratic House candidates have a 4 point edge among people who have already voted. But here is the good news for Republicans, Zogby finds Republicans have a 5 point edge among likely voters. If Zogby and other pollsters are correct, Republicans will dominate on Election Day.

More interesting reading here…

703 Jen I’ll throw my knickers . Jen there is young and impressionable minds on here. 😈

President Barack Obama has gone on a veritable media blitz as the election has approached, speaking to reporters in off-record settings, doing sit-down interviews with traditional (National Journal) and alternative (Rolling Stone) publications, and appearing on radio programs with varying audiences (Al Sharpton and Michael Smerconish’s shows just this week).

The reach extends deep into the entrails of the new media world as well. On Wednesday, the president conducted what appears to be the first ever in-person sit-down with political bloggers, hosting a group of five in the White House.

More here…

Obama’s appeared on The Daily Show. I think it’s the episode that’s aired tonight here – if not, will be on tomorrow.

Last night on “The Late Show,” David Letterman weighed in on the Democrats’ chances in the upcoming election in his Top Ten list, the “Top Ten Signs There’s Trouble in the Democratic Party.” Letterman has noticed a few things lately that make him doubt the Democrats have what it takes to stay in control of the House and Senate. For instance, did President Obama really change his trademark slogan “Yes we can” to “Thought we could”? Here that and all the other warning signs in the video below.
Video here…

US President Barack Obama has dodged barbs from satirical news show host Jon Stewart, defending his change crusade in a bid to appeal to younger voters six days before mid-term elections.

Obama became the first sitting president to appear on Comedy Central’s Daily Show, which skewers top politicians with withering humour and delights in exposing hypocrisy and insincerity.

The episode featuring Obama, which was taped on Wednesday in the US, will be shown on ABC2 in Australia tonight.

Offta see the Sorkin fillum this arvo. Min’s got a function to attend unfortunately and jnr. has the vapours which is a bastard cos it’s always good to chew the fat while the movie’s front-of-mind.

There is a slim chance, however, that said flick could get a mention onsite after sundown. 🙂

Great links at 703, paddy. Our national political scene seems as stimulating as the Sep Midies, because the the Sepside result is SO gonna be what Nate the Sep-Pseph-Gnat says the’re going to be.

Let’s see how good The Kid puts out with Jon S. and S. Colbert in his last desperate effort at shifting his base off it’s butt on Tuesday.

Dept. Of No Shit, Sherlock?

[“When we promised during the campaign ‘change you can believe in’, it wasn’t ‘change you can believe in in 18 months’,” he said.
“It was change you can believe in, but, you know what, we’re going to have to work for it.”]

Chris, in The Age clip apart from the lovely touch with the 3 Ionian columns backgrounding The Kid, what was wonderful to see Stewart crack-up when Obi came out with: “yes we can, but”.

Not many folk can laugh in the face of POTUS and get away with it, but Jon Stewart has earned the right and so too, btw, has Stephen Colbert. These two will sure help apply the handbrake to the runaway electoral train.

Obama On ‘Daily Show’: Stewart Presses President To Defend ‘Timid’ Policies, Hiring Of Old D.C. Hands (VIDEO).

President Barack Obama apparently thinks politics is no laughing matter, even when he’s staring down a comedian. Obama barely cracked any jokes during an appearance Wednesday on “The Daily Show” despite host Jon Stewart’s attempts to draw out the president’s humorous side with a few of his own snarky wisecracks.

Less than a week before the critical Nov. 2 congressional elections, Obama said he hopes Democratic lawmakers who made tough votes will be rewarded with another term in office. He promised more accomplishments in the two years left on his own term in the Oval Office and urged people to vote – early if they can.

Blowback never sleeps; truthiness goes on and on.
Aussie SAS are presently upskilling Kopassus, opps sorry, this time it’s just a rag-tag squad of Oruzgani “freedom fighters” being “advised” here in Australia as to how best resist the recently CIA-trained Taliban.
Here’s hoping our good friends at the incorruptible ICC, opps sorry, ISI, are kept in the picture.

“SENIOR militia fighters loyal to a notorious Afghan warlord have been flown to Australia to train with elite special forces as part of a covert strategy to strengthen military operations against the Taliban…..
The six fighters are allied to Matiullah Khan, a powerful Oruzgan warlord with whom Dutch forces refused to work because of his alleged connections to murder and extortion.”

New Alaska Poll — Democrat Scott McAdams Surges Past Embattled Joe Miller

A new poll conducted by Hays Research confirms what we already intuitively know. Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller’s candidacy is in big trouble.

The percentage of Alaskans who feel either “somewhat negative” or “very negative” about Miller has skyrocketed in recent weeks to an astronomical 68 percent. Only 8 percent feel “somewhat negative” and the remainder, a jaw-dropping 60 percent, feel “very negative” about Miller as a candidate.

A series of gaffes, inconsistencies, and controversial statements to the press, in addition to the arrest of a journalist by Miller security guards have come one on top of another, causing a trend that can only be described as a campaign death spiral. Miller’s hardcore supporters who view him “very favorably” have held in there, showing a decrease of only 3 percent since Oct. 6, but his “somewhat favorable” rating went from 20 percent to 9 percent in that time. Miller’s “somewhat unfavorable” rating dipped from 13 percent to 8 percent, underscoring the voter stampede toward “very unfavorable” which skyrocketed from 38 percent to 60 percent in less than three weeks.

More here..—democra_b_775174.html

Olbermann: If The Tea Party Wins, America Loses (VIDEO).

Perhaps using a reverse echo of MSNBC’s new slogan (“Lean Forward”), Keith Olbermann launched into the tea party on Wednesday night during a special comment that included a bumper-sticker-ready catch phrase: “Vote Backward, Vote Tea Party.”

More here…


722 Keith Olberberman at his savage best. Laying on the guilt to the fence sitters and non voters. Brilliant speech! Must watch video!

Grog’s Gamut is a great read as usual, but, especially for Jen, I am highlighting this video link from the series “Labor in Power” about Keating’s reform of the financial system. Maam, I submit what must be soft p*rn for us PJK lovers. Yummo….

I must watch Labor in Power again. I think it’s coming out on DVD.

And here’s the link for Grog’s latest piece….

Judge’s Order Makes Murkowski Write-In Bid A Longer Shot.

This ruling will really help Scott McAdams, the Democrat in the Alaska Senate race:

ANCHORAGE — Calling it a “clear violation of Alaska administrative regulation,” a judge on Wednesday ordered the state Division of Elections to remove a list of certified write-in candidates from polling places statewide.

State Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner’s order not only keeps the state from not only providing the list, but forbids poll workers from providing to voters the names of any write-in candidates

The order is a blow for Sen. Lisa Murkowsi’s write-in campaign, which had joined the state Division of Elections in fighting any efforts to do away with the list. Murkowski is taking on Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams in Tuesday’s election.

More here…

OMG, KL, You brushed him! Geez it musta felt good. 👿


“How does it feel to be

One of the beautiful people?

Now that you know who you are

What do you want to be?”

Status, class, “hooking up” at Harvard, elite fraternities, peer rivalry, geekery, friendship, love, betrayal, Brahmin culture, minds like steel traps; a veritable cluster of them. Oodles more on offer in “The Social Network”. Stunning script from Sorkin, editing to-die-for, cool casting and superb acting. Wouldn’t surprise if Timberlake snares a best supporting role Oscar.

Don’t want to be a plot spoiler so let’s give everyone interested a chance to silver screen it before we toss it on the discussion table.


Dept. of Politics, Division and Political Death:

Shreck has been bangin’ on about the Big Bad Banks and was yesterday, well after the cock crew, thrice denied support in front of the National Chook Pavilion by his political lord and master, the speak-no-evil, Mad Monk with the “ Joe who?” body language.

And notice how quiet Petit Mal de Wentworth, a former Merchant Banker of Renown, has been this week too? Must be a coincidence. Everyone knows how loyal Malcs is to Tones. Best of mates by a margin of one party room vote.

At first it appeared that Shreck was having a bit of a beat of the populist drum. But the snare went skew-whiff today with Bobby Brown exclaiming loud and clear to the nation that he’d be happy to pow-wow anytime with the Honourable Shreck of North Sydney about bank fees-greed in view Banks’ record profits in what are tightish times for the middle and under classes. i.e., the majority of electors.

This whole caper wedges away at tory solidarity. Consequently, the minority govt. effectively divides opposition and therefore, rules better in voters’ eyes.
No matter how many Rupert shills squawk otherwise.

This can’t be right. BHP and Halliburton would never be like that, especially when the safety of the environment and people is involved. Such good upstanding,,,,,,,,,ah fuck it.

The presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill says BP and its cement contractor, Halliburton knew the cement mixture used in the construction of the well could allow oil leaks.

According to a letter from Fred Bartlit, Jr., the commission’s lead investigator, Halliburton carried out four tests of the cement mixture between February and April of this year, shortly before the rig exploded, and three of them showed the mixture to be faulty. A fourth, final one showed the mixture to work, but BP apparently only ever saw the results of one of the tests — one that failed.


Murphy gets arrested for the umpteenth time for beatin his missus.

Fronts up to court and the Judge says;
Murphy why do you keep beatin yer missus?

Murphy says; well judge i have a weight and height advantage, longer reach coupled with speed and agility and superior footwork. :mrgreen:

If you’re a fan of the Stones, or in any way interested in rock history, that interview is a must listen.

Suspicious Packages Found On Flights Heading To US.

President Barack Obama declared Friday that authorities had uncovered a “credible terrorist threat” against the United States following the overseas discovery of U.S.-bound packages containing explosives aboard cargo jets. Obama said both had been addressed to Jewish organizations in the Chicago area.

The disclosures triggered a worldwide alert amid fears that al-Qaida was attempting to carry out fresh terror attacks.

The events “underscore the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism,” the president said. The packages both originated in Yemen, but Obama did not explicitly assign blame to al-Qaida, which is active in the Arab nation and long has made clear its goal of attacking the United States.

Timing! Obama has to be Presidential. If it was George Bush doing the same thing, there would be all sorts of conspiracy theories floated. More here..

Rally To Restore Sanity: Jon Stewart Assesses The Risks.

One of the extant concerns people seem to have about the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity is that Jon Stewart may risk his brand by expanding his reach into the realm of the political. This rather misses the fact that one cannot offer political commentary without being “political,” but never mind — this is what happens when “being political” gets reduced in the public imagination to picking a partisan side and embracing a set of poll-tested talking points. On the other hand, I basically see this as a veteran stand-up comic taking his time-tested act to a new and different venue. That comes with risks, but not the ones all these latter-day cultural critics want to talk about.

For what it’s worth, it looks like Stewart has the right perspective on the matter. Via Chris Smith at Daily Intel:

More here…

A Late Democratic Early Voting Surge in Nevada.

Day-by-day tracking of in-person early voters in Clark County, Nevada shows an uptick of registered Democrats and Independents in the last week of the early voting period. Registered Republicans, on the other hand, showed their best performance of the entire early voting period on Monday, but their numbers have since flat-lined. As a consequence, the number of registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans by the greatest single-day margin on Thursday — 3,400. This is significant because Clark County is home to Las Vegas and it is likely that well more than half of the state’s votes will be cast in this county.

more here..


Blowback never sleeps; truthiness goes on and on.
Aussie SAS are presently upskilling Kopassus, opps sorry, this time it’s just a rag-tag squad of Oruzgani “freedom fighters” being “advised” here in Australia as to how best resist the recently CIA-trained Taliban.

That angle on the story couldna gone down to well so they are using the reverse Kopassus now.

The Afghans have been flown here to upskill our blokes.

Afghan militants have been flown into Australia to train the country’s special forces in how to tackle the Taliban insurgency.

Six guerrillas loyal to the warlord Matiullah Khan had been training troops due to be deployed to Afghanistan, said Australia’s defence chief.

No point in having a fast computer in Oz if these Lieberal wangkers want to persist with CTTH.
China says join the far que.

China has built what’s believed to be the fastest computer in the world, outpacing the top American machine and boosting Beijing’s role as a key technology player.

Named Tianhe-1A, which means “Milky Way” in Mandarin, China’s new supercomputer has 168 graphics processing units — the type of graphics chips used in video games — and 14,336 Intel CPUs, according to PC World. All of these processors were made by U.S. companies, but they’re linked together by new Chinese-invented technology.

Please make it so. Nothing would be finer than turdblossom being caught out officially.

The filing has resulted in the scheduling of a hearing at 9am Monday, November 1, in Columbus. If the Commission grants Arnebeck’s probable cause request, it would open Rove and the Chamber of Commerce to widespread discovery that, according to Arnebeck, could lead to criminal prosecution based on charges of racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy.–why-we-have-filed-ra-by-Harvey-Wasserman-101029-18.html

“Ho Hum. I find it hard to get into it.”

Tell me about it, gaffy. 🙁

In our first year we saw off a rodent and an imbecile. Are Ranga (first Kruddy) and The Kid better than their predecessors, and are the Lands of Oz ans Sep better off? Yes to both.

Do the ruling Party almost always take a hit in the Midies? Yup.
One senses a certain inevitability, even ennui about next Tuesday on the blogs and beyond.

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll not be able to resist a peek on Tuesday.
Just a little taste and the sap will rise again. Bloody well hope so. 🙂

Some reckon that loss of a majority in Congress will fire The Kid up to punch out a few “signing statements” to meet an agenda Obi told Jon Stewart can not be achieved in “just 18 months”.

Will post a Mid-Term thread after our Cup.

Harry was right. So You Think is as good as Phar Lap. Get well, Bart, you old rogue ! 🙂 Fleminton and Australia will salute you like no other when you lob on Tuesday.

Real champions transcend their fields. They weave themselves forever into our nation’s dreaming.
Monuments of steel and stone are superfluous.

Senate Snapshot: 4 Days to Go.

Today’s edition of the Senate Snapshot features the return of the alternate, Rasmussen-free Snapshot.

This was prompted by Nate Silver’s recent article about how automated pollsters have a distinct GOP-bias. What was really eye-popping was not so much the pro-Republican “house effect” among these pollsters. But that Rasmussen had 30% of all polls conducted in 2010. Talk about poll spam.

More here…

752 gaffhook Great article there gaffy. I especially like this bit:

4. Energizing young people – More young people get their news from The Daily Show than from any traditional news source. And young people are the slice of the progressive coalition said to be the least likely to turn out for next week’s mid-term elections. Stewart’s rally, held just ahead of the election, could be the best turn-out vehicle possible for this demographic. He only needs to ask them to vote, and many who might have chosen to do something else that day could turn out. These congressional races are tight. An extra little slice of of the eligible voter pie could make a real difference in some.

gaffy, folk who don’t have a sense of irony are axiomatically more stupid. Some of the best piss-takers around are the systematically oppressed. eg. Jews in Europe bfore the Reich’s rise, Kooris here and Native Americans. Downscale Euro-Seps have been brainwashed into believing that they are “more worthy stakeholders” in the American Dream and are therefore superior to socio-economic counterparts elsewhere.

The Imbecile said “The American way of life will not be compromised” and most bought it with bells on. An ongoing example of this phenomenon is the way Seps carry on when they win some international sporting event. Some of our Oi Ois are crass enough, but Sep triumphalism is in a league of its own.


Oct 30:

Oct 30: Australians are still being killed and maimed in the U.S. led NATO occupation of Afghanistan so that we may support our democratically elected man in Kabul.
And the end is not in sight.

“As a general rule in U.S. Politics, access to a large datad-base should never be confused with motivating said base off its date.”

~ Lloyd Fullerton, (the Big Picture guy)

(Lloyd appears on Politic 101 on a Special Guest Appearance basis courtesy of Village Voice cartoonist, Matt Bors)


This piece is fresh from the net. A couple of days ago one of our commenters noted the { Diem : Karzai :: Vietnam : Afghanistan } historical parallels.

“ President Karzai, Like Diem, have held power as a result of corrupt elections, featuring the not-so-invisible hands of his American backers. Once again, we have bet the mortgage on one leader, no matter how inept and corrupt he might be. Karzai is playing off various sides, eagerly accepting the largesse and patronage of at least two governments, each with its own interests. Karzai has admitted that Iran has lavished millions of dollars in regular payments to him and his entourage……..

We are once again waist-deep and sinking in a quagmire. We have a client state that is difficult to control and pursuing its own interests. At the same time, President Barack Obama is now captive to Karzai and the American military, and he is saddled with an increasingly unpopular, intractable war. To reverse that course, he undoubtedly will have to clash with current U.S. military leaders. When he had the opportunity and when it was right to begin our disengagement, the president instead raised our stake, fearful both of letting Karzai fail and rejecting the adventurism of his military people.

Obama’s Afghanistan war inevitably will become entangled in our already poisoned domestic politics. We can only guess at the turmoil and anguish that await us.”

Love his style Katielou.

“racists who have put in the exhausting effort it takes to hate”

Sure loked like a big crowd.

Fuchs Nooz will no doubt report a crowd of nearly 4000 even though the Huff Post bussed in 10000 to the rally from New York.

Just How Big Was The Stewart-Colbert Rally?

No one seems to be sure exactly how many people packed the National Mall today for the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, but there’s one thing everyone can agree on: sanity and/or fear are extremely popular.

MTV’s spokesperson told the Washington City Paper’s Mike Madden that 250,000 people came out to see Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert take the stage Saturday, while Viacom (the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central, home to Stewart’s and Colbert’s show) told the New York Times’ Brian Stelter that “well over 200,000” were in attendance.

more here…

IL Dems optimistic with early voting, GOP pissy.

Dems crow about the early voting numbers in Illinois:

* So far, 298,113 Illinois voters have cast ballots including 174,739 Democrats (58.6% of those who have voted so far) and 83,166 Republicans (27.9%). (Note: Illinois does not have party registration, so Democrats are defined as those who have voted in a Democratic primary and Republicans are defined as those who have voted in a Republican primary.) * Cook County is the most Democratic county in the state, and Cook County is voting at one of the highest rates of any county in the state. While only 38.5% of all registrants are from Cook County, 43.5% of all ballots cast so far are from Cook County. * In fact, there are more Democratic primary voters from Cook County who have already voted than there are Republican primary voters who have already voted in the entire state of Illinois. This is despite the fact that Cook County makes up only 38.5% of registered voters and 43.5% of those who have voted so far. * According to the latest DNC modeling analysis incorporating today’s early vote returns, Giannoulias leads by more than 6 points among those who have already voted, and this lead has been growing since early voting began in Illinois two weeks ago.

The early signs continue to be the opposite to what the MM keeps telling us. More here…,-GOP-pissy

NV-Sen: Late surge in Dem early voting.

Two-thirds of the Nevada vote is in. And while the GOP is outperforming the early vote, relative to their voter registration numbers, the absolute numbers look better for us:

Clark County:
Dems, 133,967
GOP: 108,771
Rest: 46,329

Washoe County
Dems, 27,914
GOP: 30,946

More evidence to back that up.
More here…

Brumby wins on economy, Libs on crime

VOTERS believe John Brumby will do a better job of managing the economy, the environment, health and education, but Ted Baillieu is the man they want in charge when it comes to tackling crime, transport, and housing and planning issues.

However, in a blow to Mr Baillieu, a Sunday Age poll of 1797 readers found only a third believe Victoria would change for the better if he were elected premier on November 27, and four in 10 actually think the state would be worse off.

The figures showed 22.8 per cent believed a Baillieu government would make the state ”a great deal worse” and 20.8 per cent ”a little worse”.
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A further 15.2 per cent felt it ”would make no difference”.

More here…

Double the size of Glenn Beck’s rally.

In the shadow of the Capitol and the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert entertained a huge throng Saturday at a “sanity” rally poking fun at the nation’s ill-tempered politics, its fear-mongers and doomsayers.

“We live now in hard times,” Stewart said after all the shtick. “Not end times.”

More here…

Part comedy show, part pep talk, the rally drew together tens of thousands stretched across an expanse of the National Mall, a festive congregation of the goofy and the politically disenchanted. People carried signs merrily protesting the existence of protest signs. Some dressed like bananas, wizards, Martians and Uncle Sam.

Stewart, a satirist who makes his living skewering the famous, came to play nice. He decried the “extensive effort it takes to hate” and declared “we can have animus and not be enemies.”

Screens showed a variety of pundits and politicians from the left and right, engaged in divisive rhetoric. Prominently shown: Glenn Beck, whose conservative Restoring Honor rally in Washington in August was part of the motivation for the Stewart and Colbert event, called the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. It appeared to rival Beck’s rally in attendance.

I have been very disappointed in the Democrats campaign. It has been very feeble to say the least. Its like they wanted to loose it from the very start. They still may fall over the line yet. With a little help from our friends at the Sanity Rally. I am still waiting for It was all George Bushes fault.

The question now is BP or AC/DC.
I guess it will all depend on the duty cycle of these new batteries as to how good they will be.

DBM Energy, a German company, has revealed a revolutionary prototype battery technology that’s achieved a quantum leap forward.

Working with funds raised by a joint venture between the giant German electric utility company Lekker Energie and the German Economic Ministry, the innovative battery breaks new ground. According to DBM, their battery’s efficiency is 97 percent and has a jaw-dropping, ultra-fast recharge time of merely 6 minutes.

The battery also provides enough juice to power a vehicle at a speed of 55mph for 375 miles. That would enable a motorist to take a drive up the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco–a six-hour trip fo a 6-minute charge up.

For those ticsters interested in the big contest tomorrow….And NO, I don’t mean the mid-terms. 😆
I would recommend a trip to this website.
For some seriously good analysis of those glorious thoroughbreds running around Flemington tomorrow. Good luck to all!
I’m thinking that So You Think can make my heart sing yet again.
(He’s been VERY good to my TAB account so far this spring!) :mrgreen:

Paddy FFS why do you do it to me.
Yep i just had to go there didn’t I and now i am more confused than ever.:mrgreen:

784 😆
Wait till tomorrow at 9.30 am EST Gaffy when Taj puts up the full ratings.
Then you’ll have a better view of what to back.
I still thing So You Think will kick them in the head.
But he won’t be at any flash odds.
Then again, as the wise man said. You can’t eat odds. :mrgreen:

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Red Maggie in The Sun, not on Page 3.

NATIONS and their leaders can make no graver decision than to go to war.

When this happens, our citizens deserve to know exactly why we take up arms.

Right now, soldiers from 47 nations, including the UK, are serving under a United Nations mandate to stabilise Afghanistan.

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I’ve got 5 horses including So You think in a box trifecta. But I expect I just donated some money to the TAB as per usual.

Phil Coorey writes today that Rudd, Swan and Gillard were so suspicious of Lindsay Tanner that they used to hold fake pre-budget meetings to ensure Tanner didn’t leak their plans.

According to accounts of the meetings of the now abandoned Strategic Priorities and Budget Committee, nicknamed the gang of four, some meetings with Mr Tanner would deliberately be light on detail. After the meeting concluded and the then finance minister had left, the other three members of the committee – Mr Rudd, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan – would reconvene and discuss their budget plans in detail.

It’s a wonder Tanner didn’t resign earlier.

Dumb Jockeys, they are supposed to be in front at the winning post at the end of the race not the beginning. They rode my horses upside down! :angry:

What a fantastic Cup !!!!!!!

3 superior staying thoroughbreds fought it out and an absolute warhorse battles his heart out for 4th.

I didn’t bet. I just barracked for The Champ, So You Think.

He was superb…just a little too stirred up. I really think The Arc will be his next year. A mile and a half is his go.

The first 4 horses home all were worthy efforts of a Melb Cup winner.

It was the best Cup field i have seen.

Agreed HarryH I’d love to see SYT run in the Arc. It was a stunning performance by the first four today.
At least I had a few nice collects on the earlier races and will have enough for a wee drinkie later.
Now we’ll see if the Americans can do and Americain in the mid-terms and beat off the tea party thugs.
We can only hope.

Great Cup, all! Americain a worthy winner and the top bunch all ran their hearts out. Got the my usual 2 out of three in the trifecta but woulldn’t have missed it for quids. Harris ain’t done yet either. SYT didn’t do his rep any harm and would dfinitely show the frogs some leg in L’Arc. 🙂

The Seppos will be getting rather nervous now and having their last 40 winks before they do the honour.

One can only hope they do the right thing but it all seems so flat after the Saturday rally.

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