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  • Election surprise: Obama won Salt Lake County voters' nod - Salt Lake Tribune

    Holy shit, I guess some of the many Obama lawn signs I saw in the valley did make it to the polls.

    Updated election results released Tuesday show that Salt Lake County voters favored Barack Obama over John McCain -- but just barely -- marking the first time in decades that a Democratic presidential hopeful won the state's most populous county.

    With the addition of more than 29,000 provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots, President-elect Obama scored a come-from-behind victory over McCain. The county's official election canvass didn't change the outcome in any other race.
    Obama trailed McCain by about 1,900 votes before the provisionals, cast mostly by people who moved but didn't change their voter registration, and absentees were added.

    The final result gave Obama a 296-vote victory, which equates to less than one-tenth of 1 percent.

    The race was so close that if McCain wanted a recount in Salt Lake County, he could get one. But no one really expects that to happen.
    The updated election results have no impact on who won the presidency or even on Utah's five Electoral College votes, which easily went to McCain.

    But Obama's Salt Lake County win sure mean a lot to the leaders of the Utah Democratic Party, who watched President Bush win the last two elections by a margin of more than 20 percentage points in the county.

  • God Trumps | New Humanist


  • Fidel Castro gets religion. - By Christopher Hitchens - Slate Magazine

    In January of 2009—on New Year's Day, to be precise—it will have been half a century since the brave and bearded ones entered Havana and chased Fulgencio Batista and his cronies (carrying much of the Cuban treasury with them) off the island. Now the chief of the bearded ones is a doddering and trembling figure, who one assumes can only be hanging on in order to be physically present for the 50th birthday of his "revolution." It's of some interest to notice that one of the ways in which he whiles away the time is the self-indulgence of religion, most especially the improbable religion of Russian Orthodoxy.

  • xkcd - A Webcomic - A Bunch of Rocks

  • For Books, Is Obama New Oprah? -
    When President-elect Barack Obama appeared on “60 Minutes” on CBS on Sunday in his first interview since winning the election, he mentioned having read “a new book out about F .D. R.’s first 100 days” without specifically naming a title or author.

    That tantalizing reference set off a scramble for the claim to First Reader rights all day Monday before a spokesman for Mr. Obama disclosed what the president-elect had actually read.

  • Naomi Klein: The Borderline Illegal Deals Behind the $700 Billion Bailout | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet
    The bailout is a parting gift to the people that George Bush once referred to jokingly as "my base."

  • BBC NEWS | UK | Britons' toilet pastimes revealed

  • Sarah Palin for U.S. Poet Laureate - Blog - Julian Gough's website (tip to Ellen)
    Africa, a poem by Sarah Palin

    "And the relevance

    To me

    With that issue,

    As we spoke

    About Africa and some

    Of the countries

    There that were

    Kind of the people

    Succumbing to the dictators

    And the corruption

    Of some

    Collapsed governments

    On the


    The relevance

    Was Alaska's"



Palin as poet laureate is so great!!!

my gawd, that's fine poetry! she just needs a little career counseling is all.

The Obama / Oprah article is fantastic--so nice to finally have a president who reads books, quotes from them, reflects on them--and thereby apparently encourages reading among citizens.

I teach at a small liberal arts college currently. Just before the election, I walked passed two boys, having the following conversation: "Man, you've been working/studying too hard. You need to take a day off." --"What? Does Bill Clinton take a day off? Does Barack Obama take a day off?!" Perhaps our new president may present a good role model? I am hopeful.

On the Klein: I usually don't like much of her work, as it's typically not very well informed or researched, so far as I can tell. But this interview (and the article linked in it) is powerful and--pitifully, unsurprising, yet disgusting. The point about how credit/capital injections to banks are being used is particularly disgusting, as it directly undermines the entire point of an already risky venture.


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