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Can we move to paper ballots please?

Ballot Machine Malfunctions, Fairfax Race Left in Limbo

A voting machine broke down last night as Fairfax County elections officials were tallying the results of a hotly contested special election to fill a vacant seat on the board of supervisors, leaving the outcome too close to call.

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Munitions manufacturer melds Bollywood musical and missiles! Good advertising? You decide.

Came across this Israeli arms firm Rafael advertsing video from link by commenter cahera at DU. Uses Bollywood music and dance to seduce Indian armaments purchasers.

It actually is somewhat seductive, with those almost subliminal missiles posed subtly. So very phallic.... Death dealing embraces song and dance.

Enjoy the surreal. If you can.

Male Israeli singer:
We've been together for so long,
Trusting friends and partners.
What more can I pledge
To make our future strong.

Female Indian singer/dancer:
I need to feel safe and sheltered,

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What Mike Allen considers a "tip"


The defense never rests. When President Barack Obama released his own policy this week on former President George W. Bush’s practice of attaching controversial signing statements to legislation, a reporter quickly got a tip from a Bush loyalist: the cell phone number for a White House lawyer in the past administration.

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And then, phase 2: A miracle occurs!

There seem to be a lot of underpants gnomes about these days.

William Harrison's Phase 2:

My advice is to pick a credible comprehensive solution quickly (there are many). Garner legislative approval and set up a bi-partisan, non-politicized process. And then stick to your game plan in each and every case - regardless of size or influence of the institution.

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AIPAC collects another scalp

See Greenwald on Charles Freeman. And see also the normally great Walter Pincus.

I know the editors write the headlines, not the reporters, but this is absurd, even for Pravda:

Impartiality Questioned, Intelligence Pick Pulls Out

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Discharged Michigan Airman forced to fight leukemia - alone

You know, our military rarely ever questions itself while it lines the pockets of defense contractors, but when it comes to what they deem as the ambiguous timing of a health issue of one of their own, they'll talk themselves all the way around the world to justify denying care. My, how a leukemia diagnosis conveniently makes fiscal conservatives of them all of a sudden:

CADILLAC -- A man with leukemia is expected home from Texas this week after the Air Force discharged him without medical benefits, contending the disease predated the start of Airman Joseph Weston's military service.

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John Conyers live, in concert! March 20 at the Northampton High School

Economist, Healthcare Activists Also on Tap; John Nichols of Nation Magazine Will Moderate

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - March 10 - Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), author of HR 676 The U.S. National Healthcare Act, will be the featured speaker at "Turning Hope Into Action," a community forum on healthcare and the economy on Friday, March 20 at the Northampton High School auditorium, 320 Elm St. The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free to the public.

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Pseudo-Democracy in Alabama

The specifics of the meeting I mentioned in my last post have been released. I am not sure how widely they have been disseminated.

The meeting is for people who have money in the Alabama college saving fund to express their concerns to the board that oversees the program. The board will meet on March 24.

Without belaboring the details, we have:

  1. Meeting specifics announced on short notice.
  2. Single session, during working hours. Anyone who can’t get there on Thursday doesn't get an opportunity to speak.
  3. One-way communication. Two minutes per speaker. People can “have their say,” but they will not get answers to specific questions.
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Obama takes on the importance of gender


President Obama took a step forward on equality in creating a White House council on gender that will be chaired by his trusted friend and adviser, Valerie Jarrett:

"The mission of the Council will be to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families," reads a memo describing the move and obtained by The Fix.

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Corps suspending 401(k) matching contributions, no doubt temporarily


A wave of US companies are suspending payments to their staff 401(k) retirement plans in a bid to cut costs amid the economic downturn.

Saks, General Motors, newspaper group McClatchy, clothing company J.Crew, FedEx, UPS, Coca-Cola Bottling, Reader’s Digest, Motorola, Regions Financial and Sprint Nextel are among the growing list of companies which have suspended contributions in recent months.

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Feed me!

LIBOR inching upward again.

The bloodsucking will continue until morale improves. Read below the fold...

For years, my favorite joke was...

"Don't be half safe. Take the Titanic!"

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The new talking point: "Bold"

Average cell phone call costs $3.02 a minute

A very expensive way to yammer in public places, indeed.

The telcos were charging, what? $1000 a pop for each individual surveilled without a warrant? (Can't find the link). You can see why that would be, with profits as anemic as they obviously are. Read below the fold...


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