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WHY is Barack Obama winning? Money:
Barack Obama is outspending John McCain at nearly a three-to-one clip on television time in the final weeks of the presidential election, according to ad buy information obtained by The Fix, a financial edge that is almost certainly contributing to the momentum for the Illinois senator in key battleground states.
From Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, Obama spent more than $20 million on television ads in 17 states including more than $3 million in Pennsylvania and more than $2 million each in Florida, Michigan and Ohio. McCain in that same time frame spent just $7.2 million in 15 states.
Even when the Republican National Committee’s independent expenditure spending in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin is factored in (a total of $5.3 million), Obama still outspent the combined GOP forces by roughly $8 million in the last week alone.
ENGLAND Expects tells us: “Word has reached my ears that 2 local authorities are in real trouble as they had banked there payroll with one of the Icelandic banks.
“From what I am told Kent County Council and Haringey Borough are respectively £10 million and £6 million out of pocket.”
Let’s bomb Kent!
When Peter Robbins, a retired homicide detective from Barnstable, Mass., was asked to blog for the site CapeCodToday.com, it never occurred to him that he might face a libel suit. Lucas Lechuga thought of his blog about the Miami real estate market as a fun diversion from selling condos until he was slapped with a $25 million lawsuit by a local developer. Alana Taylor, a student at NYU, found herself in hot water after she “live blogged” about her journalism class for the PBS MediaShift Web site.
Anorak knows about the pitfalls of writing on the web. See lawyers letter aplenty:
“THE world economy is entering a major downturn in the face of the most dangerous financial shock in mature financial markets since the 1930s,” notes the IMF.
Yes, we’d noticed; can you tell us something new?
The situation is exceptionally uncertain and subject to considerable downside risks.
Yes, we’d noticed that too, but we were hoping for something a little more substantive from the IMF, which, after all, has has shaped policy for decades.
IT’S what Anorak’s been saying. China is the big elephant in the dealing room. Sebastian Mallaby:
The real roots of the crisis lie in a flawed response to China. Starting in the 1990s, the flood of cheap products from China kept global inflation low, allowing central banks to operate relatively loose monetary policies. But the flip side of China’s export surplus was that China had a capital surplus, too. Chinese savings sloshed into asset markets ’round the world, driving up the price of everything from Florida condos to Latin American stocks.
THE Croydonian looks at the evil bankers:
Well, “Large banks accounted for about 30 per cent of the UK’s corporation tax receipts last year, according to a study by PwC“. FT 14/8/8
I make CT receipts £51.3 bn, and 30% of that is £15.4 bn. Here is a list of 2008 spending, take your pick. You could have half the defence budget, or tertiary and secondary education spending at central government level or a quarter of old age pension spending.
And that’s before income tax, business rates etc etc.
The Hollywood dad-gone-bad — who insists he’s trying to do good — is offering to step into the boxing ring with the highest bidder and donate all the money to Long Island charities.
“This is not about publicity,” Lohan told the Daily News before heading to the gym to get in fighting form for the Nov. 24 match at the Hilton Long Island in Melville, L.I.
“If publicity is involved, it’s only to raise money for charity,” he said.
As Simon Scowl says:
Michael Lohan saying something isn’t about publicity is like Perez Hilton saying something isn’t about publicity. Which brings us to that catty calorie-collector:
Bidding starts at $5,000 for the chance to go three rounds with Lohan — but the convicted felon knows whom he’d like to fight.
AMERICA. AMERICA! There is hope. You must leave and head to Australia.
Baz Luhrmann has a message for you.
A small brown boy, possibly called Yvonne, Rolf or Shane, will arrive in your urban sink and sprinkle magic dust onto your hand.
Don’t call the cops. The Australians know who he is. And as a brown-skinned kid in the land Down Under he is going nowhere. Really. They have fences.
IN Maryland, the State Police are taking no chances.
The have classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday.
Good to take no chances. So what are these terrorists, then: jihadis? MILFS? Khalistan Commando Force? National Democratic Front of Bodoland? Tamil Tigers? Geordies For Keegan?
Just when you think the anti-Palin press has covered itself with enough shame, it sinks still lower. James Taranto has found a real howler:
A hilarious example of press bias against Palin occurred last Friday on “The Diane Rehm Show,” a production of Washington’s WAMU-FM. The exchange between hostess Rehm, caller Tom of Norwich, Vt., and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne begins at about 46:10 of the “10:00 News Roundup”:
“WE have led the world today with a proposal to restructure our banking system. We are taking the steps that I believe other countries will take in the future.”
Thus Spake Zarathustra, sorry, Gordon Brown, announcing the Elderly Grandparent of All Bailouts
“This is not the American plan.”
And yet another nail slides into the coffin of the US as the world’s only financial super power…
At one point during the US kickoff of her “Sticky and Sweet” tour at the Meadowlands Saturday night, the Material Mom indulged her Republican-hating ways, shouting, “Sarah Palin can’t come to my party. Sarah Palin can’t come to my show. It’s nothing personal.” Then the kabbalah queen told the crowd, “Here’s the sound of Sarah Palin’s husband’s snowmobile when it won’t start,” followed by a loud screeching noise.
Sarah Palin – she’s hard not to like…
THE Daily Mail is wondering how it can republish that shot of Lily Cole dressed as schoolgirl and give readers another chance to cut it out and keep it as a sign of the sick times in which we live.
Allison Pearson steps into the breach:
The 20-year-old – who with her lanky frame and stunnedcod face looks like a mermaid put through a mangle – agreed to be photographed in pigtails, long white schoolgirl socks and with a pink teddy parked up her Henri Matisse. Factor in the translucent skin and cute snub nose, and Lily looks at least 12.
At leasts. Maybe, 19, or 20…
JENNIFER Lopez is in interview with ‘The Daily Beast
JL “I do know a lot about Scientology. And I know about the practices. I know all about what the technology is and all that kind of stuff. It’s very helpful. So in a sense, yeah, you do call on it.”
DB “Do you consider yourself a Scientologist?”
JL “No…I wouldn’t have a problem saying [I was] because I know what it is. I have no problems with it and it really actually bothers me that people have such a negative feeling towards it.”
DB “That it is too exotic? Too cultish?”
Today Omar Bakri – The War On Terror’s Peter Stringfellow” – takes a bride a year younger than his poletastic daughter Yasmin.
Out goes Hanah, 48, and in comes a “beauty” called Ruba, 26.
Danni appears on the Sun’s Page 3, responding to the front-page news, “Mother of all council houses”, the tale of the mum-of-seven, Afghan refugee who lives in a £1.2 mansion in Acton.
Readers learn that taxpayer Toorpakai Saindi’s residence causes the local council to pay her landlord £12,458 a month in rent.
TRIBUNE (Magazine) “an independent weekly labour movement voice”
A new book is out: “BOOKS: Why Charles Lindbergh went to meet with Hermann Goering” – The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr Alexis Carrel and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever, by David M Friedman
Goering and Madeleine McCann… There is a link. Knew it…
MOST people know two things about Charles Lindbergh. One: in 1927 he became the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. And two: five years later his baby son was kidnapped and murdered.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Oh, and he invented the electric guitar, suffered from bi-polarism and once ate 17 pickled eggs in a minute. Go on..:
SO this is war. Who threw the first falafel. Come on. Own up!
A new war between Israel and Lebanon has erupted, but this time the war is not geopolitical, but rather an issue of cuisine-who has sovereignty over traditional Arab dishes and sandwiches.
There’s nothing like a good old traditional Labanese Lord Al Sandwich.
THe Dutch want to control everything:
Prostitutes in the Dutch city of Eindhoven are to be awarded “credits” in return for good behaviour under a new scheme to encourage them to abandon the oldest profession.
The prostitutes will receive so-called “street miles” that they can use to acquire free designer clothes or furniture, provided they take up an offer by the city council to take steps leading to a career change and a safer lifestyle.
“We needed to come up with incentives that these women might latch on to,” said Veronique Beurskens of Eindhoven council, who is leading a drive to rid the city of street prostitution.
MOOSE. No, it’s Sarah Palin. It’s Woody Allen. Have you met the Solomons..?
Well, not all of them are chanting, just the Islamist students who are unveiling a new book.
The book “Holocaust,” published by members of Iran’s Islamist Basij militia, features dozens of cartoons and sarcastic commentary. Education Minister Alireza Ali-Ahmadi attended the official launch of the book in Tehran’s Palestine Square.
The Telegraph , which reports on the action, doesn’t say how much the book sells for, nor if it can be ordered online.
Never let it be said that the Internal Revenue Service stands by and watches as yet more US companies peer into the abyss.
It has quietly altered the rules on returning foreign profits to the US without triggering a US tax charge on those profits, in the hope that the subsidiaries will waft all their cash back to the mother-ship, sorry, home of the free, thus loosening the noose around the necks of all those businesses struggling to get credit.
Of course, this only works if the foreign based subsidiaries have lots of cash, in itself somewhat unlikely, and the overall group is rock solid.
The liquidators of Lehman Brothers, currently attempting to extract over $8 billion dollars which was transferred to New York in the last desperate hours before it went down, would probably have some advice on how to do that legally.
And the OECD might be a little cross if the US makes a habit of it, since all those tax treaties the US has signed require reciprocity in such matters. It’s billed as a temporary measure on the IRS website, but then so was the Patriot Act…
GERMAN race ace Schumacher tests postive for banned substances:
German cyclist Stefan Schumacher, a double stage winner in the 2008 Tour de France, has tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO, says the L’Equipe website.
You didn’t think it was the other one, did you..?
“I’m going to tell him the same thing he told me. I talked to him just a few minutes before I walked out there on stage. And he just said: ‘Have fun. Be yourself, and have fun.’
That’s what we tell children as they go to school – have fun. No chance…