You can only pray that Tuesday’s election won’t be bollixed too severely by ridiculous voter-ID rules and other GOP-driven schemes designed to thwart democracy.
That is voter fraud, not the “voter fraud” that Republican operatives are braying about.
What’s scarier than the election shakes, the continuing financiopathic mood swings, a staggering loss of jobs (“Layoffs Sweep From Wall St. Across New York Area,” New York Times), and the hoarding of billions of dollars by hedge funds? A new wave of bomb blasts and bad behavior across the planet:
• Irish Times (Dublin) ‘At least 29 die in bombings across northern Somalia’
• Voice of America: ‘Serial Bomb Blasts Rock India’s Assam State’
And to top it off, we find out that many hospitals are doing a poor job of easing our pain. As McClatchy’s Robert S. Boyd reports, in “Adequate pain care sorely lacking for patients”:
John Seffrin, the president of the American Cancer Society, calls this “a national health-care crisis of under-treated pain.”
Back to election bellyaching: Just the latest of many warnings come this morning not only on the macro level — L.A. Times: “Vote watchdogs warn of troubles on election day,” — but also on the local level — Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press: “Voter registry concerns emerging.” Dateline Evansville:
The “accuracy of new registrations”? Some reporters mistakenly assume that the GOP-driven “fraud” propaganda points to a huge problem, but the second part — whether local election officials are doing all they can to encourage voting — is the real concern.
Meanwhile, some people even fear an assassination attempt on Barack Obama (cf. Martin Luther King Jr.). Paul G. Buchanan‘s essay — “Campaign Rhetoric As An Invitation To Violence” — via the New Zealand news site Scoop may be bloviated claptrap, but it’s interesting bloviated claptrap:
“In their negative campaigning, in the tone of their vitriol, in the repetition of false accusations and smears that lead their followers to believe that Obama is un-American, treasonous (for which the penalty under US federal statutes includes death, particularly in wartime), that he is a closet Arab, disguised Muslim, foreign born, etc., what the Republican campaign managers and their media surrogates are doing is something much more dangerous than trying to win an election.
“Elementary discursive analysis reveals the not-to-subtle cues to direct action embedded in the Republican campaign rhetoric. Put bluntly: by demonising Barack Obama, it is a subliminal invitation to murder. . . .”
Speaking of the devils, the Presidential Prayer Team — given God‘s well-known sense of humor, He/She definitely does not listen to entreaties from this donation-hungry crew — reminds us:
Don’t get off your knees yet:
If not, you can do this from home:
Yes, best wishes, Laura. Now get outta here. Seriously. Leave.
The rest of you? Keep clicking . . .
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
China Digital Times: ‘Experience the Censored Chinese Internet at Home!’
Scoop (New Zealand): ‘Campaign Rhetoric As An Invitation To Violence’
N.Y. Post: ‘FDNY WIFE “TOO BLITZED” ‘
“A Staten Island mom accused of killing her fire-marshal husband was so drunk after the shooting that statements she made to a EMS captain should be thrown out, her lawyer told a judge yesterday.”
Guardian (U.K.): ‘Chancellor demands cheaper petrol as Shell posts record profits’
Washington Post: ‘Treasury, FDIC Near Deal on Mortgage Aid’
Guardian (U.K.): ‘The Triumph of Ignorance: Why morons succeed in US politics’
N.Y. Post: ‘MIKE BENCHES STEPH IN OPENER’
Hurriyet (Turkey): ‘U.S. embassy in Syria shut over demo threat’
“The U.S. embassy in Damascus said it will be closed on Thursday due to the threat of demonstrations over a deadly American helicopter raid on a village near the Iraqi border.”
N.Y. Times: ‘A Question for A.I.G.: Where Did the Cash Go?’
“Ben Bernanke’s wild-pitch rate cut bounced off Wall Street with a thud.”
New Yorker: ‘Odd Man Out: Chuck Hagel’s Republican exile’
Guardian (U.K.): ‘Hedge funds contemplate safer climate in US’
“A new front is opening up in the battle between London and New York to be the world’s dominant financial centre.
“Hedge funds, and the thorny question of where they decide to do business over the coming months, could mark a turning point in the delicate balance of power between the two market capitals.
“Despite widespread fears that hundreds of funds are poised to collapse, any shake-out in the industry will still leave hundreds of healthy firms with billions to invest.”
Financial Times (U.K.): ‘Outlook is bleak, say US chief finance chiefs’
Times of London (U.K.): ‘Hedge funds fear bankruptcy after Porsche squeeze’
Financial Times (U.K.): ‘Shock: Drudge loses his grip on US media!’
“A South Korean law which states that only the visually impaired can be licensed masseurs has been upheld in the country’s Constitutional Court.”
Times of London (U.K.): ‘US presidential rankings — numbers 32 to 22’