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Did he really say that?
The NY Times quote of the day has this:

"I just follow my own common sense. And the hell with the law." -- THOMAS R. BUCKLEY, a longtime justice in Dannemora, N.Y.

Voters want Choice?
Many voters say there isn't much choice. But, the fact is, there are 33 U.S. Senate seats up for election this November with 259 candidates in the race for those seats. There's plenty of choice. But, with incumbents and a few wealthy challengers saturating the media, it is up to the voters to seek out the less well funded candidates - that is, if a choice is what they seek. For many, homework is an excuse sought to just not vote at all. High School habits?

Mid-Term voting is not for the young.
Congressional Quarterly's 9-22 trivia question had to do with voters aged 18-24. They report:

According to U.S. census data compiled by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, 52.1 percent of registered voters aged 18-24 voted in the 1972 presidential election, the first election after the 26th Amendment's ratification. Turnout among this group then dropped sharply, including a low of 35.6 percent in 1988. However, turnout has increased in the past two presidential elections, hitting 46.7 percent in 2004. Turnout in midterm election years, however, has historically lagged far behind -- in 2002, only 19.4 percent of 18-24 year old registered voters went to the polls.
Perhaps we should take the vote away from them again, to see if it stirs interest in getting it back without a vote!

Goldilocks Economy
CNN's Money page reports the Goldilocks Economy (just right) ended abruptly Thursday

following the release of the September Philadelphia Fed index, which plunged into negative territory for the first time in three years.

Following the report, stocks tanked, bond prices jumped and the dollar tumbled. And the sentiment in the market seemed to switch abruptly.

Analysts say it's not likely to switch back in the week ahead.
Appears Iraq will not be the only issue Nov. 7. All those 401K and IRA's invested in stocks could reaffirm voter's suspicions when they get their September earnings reports, that the economy is not all it is cracked up to be by the White House and Congressional incumbents.

Through the Donut Hole
Millions of senior citizens could be looking for some incumbent rear end to kick at the polls in November. The Washington Post reports:

This is the "doughnut hole" in the new Medicare drug benefit that began in January, and advocates for seniors say there is nothing sweet about it. Some seniors knew nothing of the coverage gap until they were hit with a bigger drug bill, advocates say.

"Virtually everyone who calls to say they've been denied coverage, they're shocked," said Robert M. Hayes, president of the Medicare Rights Center, a nonprofit that helps seniors navigate Medicare. "Trying to explain that this is the way the program was created by Congress angers folks who think it makes no sense. Many people feel blindsided."

Election Time Humor?

Confirmed: Bush creates more terrorists than he takes out.
A report was completed in April representing a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government, according to an intelligence official. The National Intelligence Estimate that concluded the war has helped create a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The White House's Blair Jones said the published accounts' "characterization of the NIE is not representative of the complete document." But he also said the White House can't tell us what else is in the report so we will just have to take their word for it. Well, his exact words were: "We don't comment on classified documents." That's right after he commented on the classified documents. Or, was it just before? The White House is a bit confused on this very important point but, will look into it.

Awkward Buddies?
CNN reports Pres. Musharaff of Pakistan, Bush's best dictator Muslim buddy, told CBS News that -- immediately following the September 11, 2001, attacks -- the Bush administration threatened to bomb his country "back to the Stone Age" if Pakistan did not help in the U.S. war on terrorism. Upon hearing this news Friday, President Bush standing on the stage with Musharaff, claimed he first heard of the alleged threat "in the newspaper today." [Friday]

Musharaff declined to comment claiming he has written a book and he is bound to the publisher not to discuss the contents of the book until it is published. This appears to be a confirmation by Musharaff that his statement to CBS news is in the book. Those interested may view this exchange of awkwardness at another link embedded in the page of the link above.

Scary Democrats
Democrats warned Venezuelan President Chavez, who called Bush the Devil at the U.N.,: 'Don't bash Pres. Bush'. Think about that for a second.

Chavez bashes the most powerful man in the world in control of the most lethal military machine in the world, and Democrats who control nothing are warning Chavez to stop it? S_C_A_R_Y !!!

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