And They Wonder Why We Hate Them (Alaska TV Edition)
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According to political legend, John F. Kennedy didn't really know he'd won the 1960 presidential race against Richard Nixon until he received a late-night phone call from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
Chicagoan Rosia Carter is one of 404,000 registered Illinois voters who recently received vote-by-mail requests that were sent by the Illinois Democratic Coordinated Campaign.
"By the time I filled it out and sent it in, my vote would not get counted," Carter said.
She and others called the I-Team when they noticed the return address is not their local election official but instead a PO box for the organization. IDCC officials claim they are entering ballot request information into their own database before sending the mailings on to election authorities who then mail voters the ballot.
The Lake County clerk received a shipment of 500 ballot requests from the IDCC Tuesday. By law, her office has two days to process the ballot requests. The problem is, Thursday is the deadline for election officials to get the ballots out.
IDCC told the clerk that another 1,500 ballot requests are headed to her office, which, she says, may not give her enough time to process all the ballots, potentially disenfranchising voters.
Among the thousands of Iraq War documents recently published by WikiLeaks, there were several reports detailing Iranian assistance for the terrorists fighting U.S. and coalition troops in that country. That was hardly a revelation--just a reminder of how Tehran seeks every opportunity to defeat American policies and kill our soldiers in the process.
That is the key question -- whether the Iranian government or other supporters of the Taliban have so far supplied the weapons necessary to conduct significant attacks against U.S. or coalition aircraft in the region, military sources said. The Iranians reportedly possess Chinese portable surface-to-air missiles of the type that would threaten coalition aircraft.
Over at National Review's "Campaign Spot," Jim Geraghty has an interesting update from his long-time mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, the senior GOP operative who always provides fascinating insights on political races and polling data. According to Mr. Geraghy, Obi-Wan sees four potential scenarios for next week's mid-term elections:
Second, THE OKAY WAVE SCENARIO: Polling stays about where it is — with strong generic GOP lead (5 to 9 percentage points or more) as GOP leads in many Senate races stay roughly the same; in places like Washington, California and Connecticut, Democrat candidates either break 50 percent or keep a steady gap or widen it. Still, a wave election, with House gains of up to 50 or 60. But GOP fails at Senate control by two to four seats, which shows that (1) to some extent the Democrats’ strategy of individualizing senate rates with harsh negative attacks worked or (2) voters just chose to channel their anger at the Obama administration in their House voting but were discriminating – picking and choosing — in the Senate races.
Third, THE HAPPY-TIMES WAVE SCENARIO: Polling stays about where it is — with strong generic GOP lead between 5 and 9 and GOP Senate candidates in Washington, California, and Connecticut still within reach (6 to 9 points down.) There you would see House gains of up to 50 or 60 or a bit beyond, and it’s a wave election that really does lift all boats and the GOP takes the Senate by a vote or two.
So far, the new autobiography of General Hugh Shelton, retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hasn't received a lot of attention in media or publishing circles. Two weeks after its publication, the 500-page memoir hasn't cracked the Top 100 on Amazon.com, or received high-profile reviews in the Washington Post or The New York Times, although he did appear on ABC's This Week.
Fred Kaplan of Slate has been rummaging through the latest WikiLeaks dump of Iraq War documents, and seems less-than-impressed:
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Military voters in Illinois will have more time to return their absentee ballots.
Sad to say, but one of the "big issues" in the Illinois Senate race is whether the Republican candidate, Mark Kirk, was shot at while serving in the Naval Reserve in Kosovo and Iraq.
Cheri Jacobus, writing at The Hill's Pundit's Blog, asks the same question we'd like to pose to the folks at ABC:
It's no secret that missile and WMD technology are among the few viable exports of North Korea. That Syrian nuclear facility destroyed by the Israeli Air Force in 2007 was a near carbon-copy of a similar complex in the DPRK. North Korean scientists and technicians are also involved in Iran's nuclear program and ballistic missile programs in a dozen countries owe some debt to Pyongyang.
Not long ago, CNN liked to brag that its ratings always surged past Fox when there was breaking news, particularly a big story overseas. Viewers had grown accustomed to switching to the original cable news channel for breaking news, and with CNN's global reach, they were (supposedly) better qualified to cover international events.
Glenn MacDonald at MilitaryCorruption.com will never win a Pulitzer Prize. But he deserves tremendous credit for following a story that the MSM forgot (read: never bother to pursue in the first place). It's a story of deception, cover-up and corruption at the highest levels of our military.
A federal district judge in California has issued a nationwide injunction ending enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, effectively ending the military's long-time ban on openly gay troops.
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North Korea's recently-concluded Party Congress and celebration proved to be a confirmation exercise, in more ways than one.
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...from Tony Harnden, U.S. editor of the UK Telegraph, on today's departure of General James Jones as National Security Advisor, and his replacement by Tom Donilon. Mr. Harnden calls it "10 Reasons to be Worried" (about the appointment), and with good reason. Some of those reasons are listed below:
...Blanche Lincoln is officially done. According to the Real Clear Politics average, the Democratic Senator from Arkansas is trailing her Republican challenger, Congressman John Boozman, by more than 15 points.
Just 24 hours ago, it was a given that governments in the U.S. and Europe would issue travel advisories, based on a heightened terrorist threat in France, Germany and other countries.
We're not sure if it will help Germany's bond rating--or its international reputation--but the Berlin government is preparing to settle a long-standing debt.