Time long, long ago yesterday

November 4, 2012

Messing with time is crazy — only makes any life-sequence all the more elusive.
Forgot about the Daylight Saving switch-a-roo last night, got up an hour earlier and although I’d slept all I could, the very fact it was way-too soon, but still late, created a glitch in the matrix.

Joe Biden timed it right yesterday: “Folks I want to remind you, this is the end of daylight savings time tonight,” Mr. Biden said. “It’s Mitt Romney’s favorite time of year because he gets to turn the clock back. He wants to turn that clock back so desperately. This time he can really do it tonight.”

Just a couple more days and Mitt Romney can go back to being the real Mitt Romney, which-ever that was prior to last week, last month, last year.
And two days will bring to end the most-awful presidential race in US history — time is not of the essence.

(Illustration found here).

Biden did take some serious jabs at Romney in that speech in Colorado, but during it all, Joe never did come out say Mitt is a pure, piece-of-shit asshole, which he actually is, and proud of the fact.
On Friday, he proved it in a speech in Wisconsin, where he piled on the Big Jeep Lie.
From HuffPost:

The nearly 3,000 Jeep workers at its two Toledo plants, as well as the suppliers who feed them, woke up to a Toledo Blade story about Romney’s announcement.
At least a dozen auto workers were concerned enough to call their local union to ask about the situation, said Bruce Baumhower, president of the UAW local 12, which represents the Jeep workers as well as dozens of their suppliers.
On Friday, Romney warned that a second Obama term could bring about a second recession.
“The same path means $20 trillion in debt, crippling unemployment, stagnant take-home pay, depressed home values, and a devastated military,” he said at a speech in West Allis, Wis.
“And unless we change course, we may be looking at another recession.”
Baumhower said he’s used to hearing politicians promise that the economy will get better under them and would be worse under their opponent — that, after all, is generally the driving message behind a campaign (along with gay marriage and abortion).
But what he saw from Romney was something new.
“I don’t think I’ve ever really seen people running for political office threaten people with their employment,” he told HuffPost.
“It might be fair game for somebody to say, I can improve the economy.
I can grow the jobs market and you’ll have more opportunities under me than the other guy.
I’ve heard that.
I don’t think I’ve heard anybody come out like this and say: ‘You’re going to lose your jobs if you don’t vote for me.’
Pretty ridiculous. But he did.”

Dirty tricks in politics is old hat, but 2012 is a Texas 10-gallon job.
In an Agence France-Presse story on political nastiness (via Raw Story), there’s a long list of shit pulled by mostly right-wing bat-shit crazies to f*ck voters, but all that sleaze might just ‘backfire’ in those all-white faces.
The actual problem is legislative:

While tossing out voter registration forms is a serious problem, many dirty tricks don’t have much of an impact on the outcome, according to elections expert Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine.
“What is likely to have a larger impact is changes in laws, especially laws passed by Republican legislatures, which have the potential to moderately suppress Democratic turnout such as cutting back on early voting, making registration more difficult and voter ID laws,” said Hasen.

One to watch the next few hours is asshole-Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who has tried his darndest to screw up the voting in that crucial state — he’s been slapped by the courts for his nefarious doings, but he keeps on swinging with a last-minute directive on provisional ballots.
And an illegal tactic: The directive, issued Friday, lays out the requirements for submitting a provisional ballot. The directive includes a form which puts the burden on the voter to correctly record the form of ID provided to election officials. Husted also instructed election officials that if the form is not filled out correctly by a voter, the ballot should not be counted.
Near-immediately, a lawsuit was filed by voting rights advocates to stop this shit — Husted has until Monday to respond.

Of course, the big-cheese of dirty tricks was Tricky-Dick Nixon.
This past Friday night, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of Watergate fame, held a Q&A at the Virginia Film Festival following a screening of the movie based on their book, ‘All the President’s Men,’ and commented on journalism 40 years ago and today:

“What’s important is it shows the methodology of reporting,” said Bernstein. “The sheer terror we saw of the people we approached, that told us there was a story.”
As for how reporting has changed since the pre-Internet days when articles were entered into antiquated devices called typewriters, Woodward described how Yale professor Steve Brill asked his class how Watergate might be reported today.
The student response?
“You’d go on Google and google ‘Nixon’s secret fund,'” said an appalled Woodward.
The students were convinced the blogosphere would have Nixon out of office in a matter of weeks.
“Too many students think the Internet is a magic lantern,” said Woodward.
“You have to go to humans and gain their trust, particularly when you’re dealing with a conspiracy.”
Another difference between then and now was that the Senate voted 77-0 in favor of setting up a committee to investigate the Watergate burglary.
“Imagine that today,” said Woodward, referring to the current partisan Congress.
“It just wouldn’t happen.”
Even more notable was that it was Nixon’s own party that convinced him to resign.
“It was the Republicans who did him in,” said Woodward.
“Republicans said, that was enough.”

There’s time enough until Tuesday, even if you forgot the clock.

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