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Twitter Tip: A Radical Approach to Spam Follows

Twitter Tip: A Radical Approach to Spam Follows

If you invite someone by following them, you are ALREADY following them, whether or not they reply with a “following you” email.

This means you do NOT need to fear deleting ALL your “following you” email. Acceptance emails complete the loop. The rest of your “following you” email is spam or prospecting for followers.

If you want to go completely radical on this and pare your list of followers down, then post something like the following as needed.

SPAM follows. I now delete all following email.If I miss you, send me a @ reply with FOLLOW. I will check these. Thanks. S

To rephrase this, I believe if someone you want to follow gets missed, he or she should be invited to send you a @ reply with FOLLOW as the message. This means I can check the profile again and follow the person.

Naturally if you get mail from someone you follow and recognize it, you can and should keep it. But if you are getting tens and even hundreds of spam and prospecting follows each day,an approach like this may help.

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Bush In A Dress, McCain Attacks, Obama on McCain’s "Health Plan"

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Barack is at 50 again in the Gallup Daily. His lead widens to eight. GO

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From 538: Markos Moulitsas has data on advertising expenditures that may explain the difference. Overall, in the week ended 9/30, Obama spent about 2.5x as much as John McCain on advertising. This is likely an underappreciated reason behind his recent polling surge. But in Minnesota, McCain outadvertised Obama better than 3:1. In fact, Minnesota was the only state in the entire country where McCain out-advertised Obama.

So McCain may literally have bought his way into a competitive race in Minnesota. It now rates as the 7th most important state in the election according to our tipping point metric, behind the traditional Big Three (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida), the New Two (Colorado, Virginia), and Michigan, which should probably now be scratched off the list. MORE

Bush In A Dress

HT MyDD

McCain In Attack Mode

As of October 1 — three days ago — the McCain campaign’s $1.3 million weekly is being broken down as follows, according to Tracey, who stressed that he himself wasn’t labeling the ads either “positive” or “negative”:

* Nearly half a million weekly is funding the ad called “Dome,” which attacks “Obama and his liberal allies” in Congress for favoring “massive government.”

* A shade more than half a million is funding the ad called “Mum,” which attacks “Obama and his liberal allies” as “mum on the market crisis.”

* Much of the remaining McCain money is funding a spot called “Overseas,” which says that “Barack Obama and his liberal allies are to blame” for jobs going overseas. A negligible amount of the remainder is going to a positive spot, the “Original Mavericks” ad. SOURCE

And this is just the campaign.

Two Barack Ads on McCain’s “Health Plan”

Obama’s campaign is focusing especially on McCain’s proposal to tax as income health care benefits that people get through their jobs. While such a tax would be new, McCain would offer tax credits of $2,500 ($5,000 for families) to help pay for insurance.

The Democratic and Republican nominees have proposed significantly different approaches to try to address coverage for an estimated 45 million Americans — about 15 percent of the population — who have no health insurance.

Obama has called for offering access to all Americans to the kind of health care members of Congress have, mandating coverage for children and lower costs through improved technology.

McCain, meanwhile, would tax employer-provided benefits, offer individuals tax credits for spending on medical care and also push for lower costs through technology.

In Thursday’s vice presidential debate, Sen. Joe Biden criticized McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for their health care proposal, calling it the “ultimate bridge to nowhere.” SOURCE

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McCain’s Parrot Campaign, Obama’s Smartest Afghanistan Play

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Hit my Palin page link above for a horrendous video exposing her cruelty to animals — her achilles heel.

McCain’s Parrot Campaign

If you have noticed, McCain is now parroting the Obama positions. But behind the parrot’s beak lies a person so attuned to distortion that it requires some serious truth telling — well beyond the scope of the media — to expose the fact that parroting is actually telling lies big time.

McCain is now telling his listeners that he will give a tax cut to every family with children.

The truth is that McCain will let the current Bush tax cuts stand.

For example:

McCain would cut the taxes of people making over $2.9 million by a nice $269,994.

And generous John would also cut taxes for an impoverished family making under $19,000 annually by a princely $19. Enough to buy a half a tank on a good day.

I am being unfair, you say. Cherry picking?

McCain would cut the taxes of households making $38,000 by $133. (There is a list of all his cuts below.)

Let’s see how Obama weighs in.

Those big earners above would see a tax increase of $701,885. They would only get to keep a little over $2 million.

Those lower income tiers would see cuts of $567 and $893 respectively.

A substantive, discussable difference. Something Larry Summers and Bob Rubin could chew on a bit.

Let us turn to that MIDDLE income bracket: $66K-$112K.

McCain cuts $1009, Obama cuts $1290. Get the idea.

When all is said and done, Obama has cost the country only around $100 each to achieve a massive and fair change in the distribution of wealth. McCain’s cuts will cost the nation more than $1000 each. Obama delivers a much bigger bang to the middle class, seniors and low income folk for one tenth of what it will cost McCain to give a paltry few dollars to the least and a hundreds of thousands to the most wealthy.

Here are all the numbers, courtesy of the Tax Policy Center

MCCAIN

Over $2.9M
-$269,364

$603K and up
-$45,361

$227K-$603K
-$7,871

$161K-$227K
-$4,380

$112K-$161K
-$2,614

$66K-$112K
-$1,009

$38K-$66K
-$319

$19K-$38K
-$113

Under $19K
-$19

OBAMA

Income Based on Average Tax Bill

Over $2.9M
+701,885

$603K and up
+115,974

$227K-$603K
+$12

$161K-$227K
-$2,789

$112K-$161K
-$2,204

$66K-$112K
-$1,290

$38K-$66K
-$1,042

$19K-$38K
-$892

Under $19K
-$567

Use of The Info Here Would Underline The Message of This New Obama Ad

Obama’s Smartest Afghanistan Play

On September 8, Human Rignts Watch sent a salvo across the bow of the notion that increased power alone will solve much in Afghanistan:

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan from US and NATO airstrikes nearly tripled from 2006 to 2007, with recent deadly airstrikes exacerbating the problem and fuelling a public backlash, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The report also condemns the Taliban’s use of “human shields” in violation of the laws of war.

Though operational changes advocated by Human Rights Watch have reduced the rate of civilian casualties since they spiked in July 2007, continuing tragedies, such as the July 6, 2008 strike on a wedding party and the August 22, 2008 bombing in Azizabad, have greatly undermined local support for the efforts of international forces providing security in Afghanistan. SOURCE

It is almost a truism that we should move troops into Afghanistan. But Afghanistan makes Iraq look like War 101. Compared to Iraq, Afghanistsn — since the British devised the term “the Great Game” to describe colonial efforts to prevail there — is a sink hole that has brought major powers to humiliating defeat for centuries.

The notion of a resurgent Taliban is hardly the sort of thing one wants to walk away from, if one is concerned for the Afghan people. But the prospects of simply shifting from a tenuous conclusion of the unnecessary war in Iraq, to a conflict that promises to be about ten times as difficult, is more than daunting.

It is a situation that calls for the same degree of insight that made Barack a passionate opponent of our entry into Iraq.

My own impression of the Kill Osama Card is that it is pandering.

We get Osama and what do we do?

Help create an organization run by people whose names we do not know.

If you want some perspective on this, read Juan Cole’s shocking suggestion that the original Al Queda has already been defeated.

My frank sense is that we should use the Afghanistan impasse to rethink war, just as we rethink ways police subdue wrongdoers.

Our air-heavy, hideously expensive, laser-laden forces can intimidate, but who remembers Shock and Awe with anything but revulsion and shame?

The best service of the fighting men and women Barack celebrates is their human “community organization” performance on the ground, among the people.

We need a move beyond a tech-heavy, trigger-happy global war machine to something … simpler and more effective.

Naive?

The alternative could well be another endless engagement that will go down, with Vietnam and Iraq, as a stupid war that never should have been fought — at least as it WAS fought. Not to mention a financial sinkhole bigger than the one we are already in.

There may be more than one way to win a war on terror.

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GIBSON-Palen interview excerpts GO


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OUR deadliest Afghan year GO


GOING negative on McCain GO


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FIRE DOG LAKE reviews Charles Gibson Palen interview GO


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GALLUP Daily narrows McCain’s bounce lead to three GO


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CHAFEE calls Palin a “cocky whacko” GO
GEORGIA may have used cluster bombs GO


JUAN COLE original Al Queda has been defeated GO


PETRAEUS forswears “victory” in Iraq GO


TAPPED: bump or bounce? GO


SCOPING the extgent of McCain’s untruths in a 30-second ad GO


MORE Pentecostal than thou GO


BUBBLE politics GO


PALIN versus wolves GO


WHAT is Woodward’s “secret weapon” thing? GO


PAKISTAN quagmire GO


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See McCain Grandstand Gustav — VIDEOS, Links, Comment

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Cat. 1 80 mph winds. NO OK Rains and winds through region. No real rest of preparedness. Nor any indication this will not be a regular thing. As of 5:11 PM McCain gets wet kiss from Andrea Mitchell and is said, by her, to be in charge. News comes through that Palin has hired a lawyer to deal with troopergate. Meanwhile millions pour in from the base.

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OK. with Gustav bearing down and the Republicans dancing with the very jaws of hell, should I be throwing petals in John McCain’s direction and saying what a hero he is to be no solicitous about Katrina 2?

No way. No how. No McCain.

I am already wondering what medication I will need to lee[ from regurgitating when McCain finally issues hos acceptance, probably from an oil rig on a bridge to nowhere.

No.

This page will exist for a single purpose, like my Palin page. To record a DISTRACTION.

Distractions are gold to McCain. They should no prevent us from going for the man’s actual record, the missed votes, no votes and occasional yes votes that tell us we have here a conservative political hack whose Maverick status is simply part of a two decade long act, aided by the writer Michael Lewis and others who came to love a man who did not fit the mould of the stodgy, careful Senator.

So this is a page about distraction. To pinch ourselves a bit when we see McCain Grandstanding Gustav.

UPDATE: Hmmm. I have ween wondering. If no one goes to the Convention and they need a quorum to nominate? How delicious. Scurrying Repubs cursing, maybe a temper tantrum or else one of those patented SEETHES.

WAKING UP: The task of Obama-Biden this week should be to apply a LASER FOCUS to McCain’s record. That will do the trick. Media will catch on to the distraction. We dn not need to say a word.

FOOD 4 THOUGHT from The Black Snob

Let’s stop pretending this race is as close as national polling suggests. The truth is McCain is essentially tied or trailing in every swing state that matters — and too close for comfort in several states like Indiana and Montana the GOP usually wins pretty easily in presidential races. On top of that, voters seem very inclined to elect Democrats in general this election — and very sick of the Bush years.

McCain could easily lose in an electoral landslide. That is the private view of Democrats and Republicans alike.

McCain’s pick shows he is not pretending. Politicians, even “mavericks” like McCain, play it safe when they think they are winning — or see an easy path to winning. They roll the dice only when they know that the risks of conventionality are greater than the risks of boldness. (“6 things the Palin pick says about McCain,” by Jim Vandehei and John F. Harris, Politico.com)

AFTERNOON: Well. the Cat 2 does not look as though it will wreak monster devastation, though there is a lot of water seeking places to go. On the RNC front, a recovery operation is underway, with Laura Bush and Cindy McCain now scheduled to speak at the RNC today — Monday. If Cindy is there, can our bold Reformer be far behind, possibly with our bold Junior Reformer in tow. Will reporters shout out embarassing questions? What will the Master Maverick spin? Is all hell about to break loose? Did the NYTimes dispach an investigation team to AK? Or will it remain up to the blogs to patch together some unseemly queries?

I can see John’s spin now. We put others first. We were there. And George is still on the case. But has freed me to be here. Purse your lips John. This is heroism in action.

LATER: I am watching the Yankees hang by their thumbs. Bristol’s pregnancy has trumped a hurricane and the entire campaign. I am going back to reread Baudrillard. Who said life was real?

AS EVENING FALLS IN THE EAST: In the Obama Camp I devoutly hope the word on Palin is very simple. Politicaly we disagree on major issues and look forward to the campaign and the debate. Personally, we wish her and her family the very best. Regarding the investigation, no comment. Palin is proving an ongoing distraction and the more that the Obama campaign can remind voters of the issues and the need for change, the better.

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John McCain Is a Sidekick and a Swift Boater — Fight Back Now

Anyone who watched Brian Schweitzer frame the energy issue last night knows why we wanted him for Veep. Now we want him for Energy Czar, and maybe speech tutor for surrogates and candidates. Anyone who watched Hillary Clinton had a cathartic moment when we accepted her at her word and can for the first time in this calendar year accept also the unity of the party that almost got fractured by the primaries.

Anyone who feels the Obama campaign has been acting tentatively or unwisely is not understanding. Anyone who believes the Democrats cannot and will not win in November is in for a big surprise.

It is time to identify John McCain as a sidekick to Bush, NOT as A MAVERICK who bucks his party. It is time to tie him with a heavy rope to the Swift Boar strategy he has endorsed. John McCain just stopped having it both ways.

Here is your first assignment. All you do is click here to find and send the following letter to advertisers and read talking points regarding this nefarious McCain act.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Right now, your company is advertising on some of the same TV stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Virginia that are airing a false, discredited, and potentially illegal political attack ad against Barack Obama.

I hope you will do the right thing and pull your ads from these stations.

The American Issues Project ad is full of baseless lies and re-hashed false assertions. It is designed to play into the worst biases and fears, contributing nothing of value to the public discourse.

This is not the kind of controversial and destructive ad any responsible company should want to be associated with.

There is no room on the public airwaves for these kind of lies that violate the most basic standards of political discourse. CNN and Fox News have each refused to run such an ad filled with lies, and I hope you will do the right thing by pulling your ads from stations that air it.

Thank you.

Ask advertisers in these markets to help fight this ad, using the following talking points.

* This ad has no place on the public airwaves. CNN and even Fox News have refused to run this attack ad because it violates basic standards of political discourse.

* The ad is based on lies. This attack ad is full of baseless lies and re-hashed false assertions.

* The ad may be illegal. Under federal law, the American Issues Project should be reporting and complying with the other rules for political organizations trying to influence an election. But the Project is violating the law.

* The same people that swift-boated John Kerry in 2004 are behind this ad. The primary funder of the ads, Harold Simmons, is one of the main culprits behind the Swift Boating of John Kerry and a top bundler for John McCain. The spokesman for the group, Christian Pinkston, also has ties to the Kerry Swift Boat attacks.

The material below is from this blog and other sources. The quoted material above is from the Obama Campaign.

Here is Mayor Daley’s statement on Bill Ayers:

The mayor released the following statement:

There are a lot of reasons that Americans are angry about Washington politics. And one more example is the way Senator Obama’s opponents are playing guilt-by-association, tarring him because he happens to know Bill Ayers.

I also know Bill Ayers. He worked with me in shaping our now nationally-renowned school reform program. He is a nationally-recognized distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a valued member of the Chicago community.

I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago but I remember that period well. It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep re-fighting 40 year old battles.

Here is Bill Ayers refuting the context-warp in the ad which implies he had wished to do more bombing:

I’m often quoted saying that I have “no regrets.” This is not true. For anyone paying attention—and I try to stay wide-awake to the world around me all/ways—life brings misgivings, doubts, uncertainty, loss, regret. I’m sometimes asked if I regret anything I did to oppose the war in Viet Nam, and I say “no, I don’t regret anything I did to try to stop the slaughter of millions of human beings by my own government.” Sometimes I add, “I don’t think I did enough.” This is then elided: he has no regrets for setting bombs and thinks there should be more bombings.

The illegal, murderous, imperial war against Viet Nam was a catastrophe for the Vietnamese, a disaster for Americans, and a world tragedy. Many of us understood this, and many tried to stop the war. Those of us who tried recognize that our efforts were inadequate: the war dragged on for a decade, thousands were slaughtered every week, and we couldn’t stop it. In the end the U.S. military was defeated and the war ended, but we surely didn’t do enough.

Why do I contend that McCain is both a sidekick (to Bush) and a swift-boater. Though the answer is implied above, let me add:

McCain cannot run from his record.

It has been 90 percent Bush since he began campaigning for the Presidency this time around. His maverick record — defined as independently bucking his party — refers to occasional efforts, widely publicized by McCain’s media chorus, years ago. His maverick status is only valid if we consider George Bush a Maverick NeoCon who manipulates the country into war with lies and fear politics and say McCain is the same, which he is.

McCain is definitely a Swift-Boater:

Months ago McCain signaled his withdrawal from civility by saying he would not be a referee regarding tasteless, lying and invidious ads put out by his supporters. This was in fact a compelling reason for Barack Obama to reject public financing. Time has shown that the Republicans have developed barely legal means of funding the McCain effort (by using contributions to state contests as a basis for upping minimum contributions) and have explicitly encouraged and accepted 527 Swift Boat advertising, which is probably illegal, as par for the course, rife with lies and distortions, a continuation of an unacceptable shame.

Not this time, John McCain. Last night was just the first salvo. By the close of Barack Obama’s speech Thursday you will begin to hear a rumble in your deepest sleep. It is the rumble of justice and decency taunting you for having given up the shreds of same to which you might have laid claim in the past. You have made a contract with the very jaws of hell and this is our Armageddon. Down you go John.

UPDATE: From The New York Times: Obama Campaign Wages Fight Against Conservative Group’s Ads

In its fight against the American Issues Project, Mr. Obama’s campaign is essentially arguing that the group should fall under more strict election laws because its sole purpose seems to be to defeat Mr. Obama at the polls; issue groups are allowed to run some political advertising so long as affecting an election is not their primary purpose. Under election laws, Mr. Simmons would not be able to exceed a donation of $42,000 to the group and others like it. In a second letter about the group sent to the Justice Department in the past week, Robert F. Bauer, Mr. Obama’s election lawyer, accused the group of flouting “all legal obligations attendant upon political committee status.”

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