Links With Your Java

• In a confidential report, food safety experts say the government’s plan to wash its hands of inspection programs is “a recipe for disaster” especially if there’s an outbreak of food-borne disease. The government wants to cut CFIA’s budget by 5%, so screw public safety, it seems. The plan was apparently approved last year, but deferred mysteriously “owing to significant communications risks” (whatever that might mean). Question: What’s going to happen to inspections of imports at the border?

• Is the Obama “glow” fading? A Newsweek poll reports Obama now leading McCain by just 3 percentage points, 44 percent to 41 percent, a statistical dead heat. What’s most disturbing is that white voters continue to be a challenge for Obama, with McCain leading in that category 48 to 36 percent. Cap’n Ed is beside himself with joy at Obama “sinking like a rock” but as Digby says, “keep in mind that this poll could very well be macaca.”

• Reid Scott, one of the first NDP MPs ever elected, defects to the Liberals out of disillusionment with Jack Layton’s leadership and calls Dion “basically pretty solid” by comparison. Perhaps only in Canada would such an equivocal expression be regarded as a term of relative praise.

• Attempts by the Conservatives to discredit Cadman biographer Tom Zytaruk may fall flat if the seeming contradiction of accounts rests solely on the definition of what “inside” is.

• Yesterday, federal regulators in the U.S. seized and shut down IndyMac, one of the largest savings and loans in the country with about $32 billion in assets. “The blood tide is just starting to wash in, and this corpse will soon be joined by many others,” says Firedoglake with dramatic flourish. Incredibly, the wingnuts blame the economic failure on the Dems (Chuck Shumer, specifically).

14 Replies to “Links With Your Java”

  1. Re the US election:
    Of course lots can happen before November, however as for the current national poll you cite, it is not overly significant.
    This site:
    has been dead-on in the past … in terms of electoral college votes and winners.
    National polls are less reliable – there are 50 elections in November.

  2. Re: The Reid Scott defection.

    I can just imagine the character assassination that’s going to occur until someone steps in and injects a little sanity. I came across this thread yesterday on Rabble discussing an article James Laxer wrote in This Magazine. The defamation was so egregious that Laxer’s son felt compelled to step in and correct the many, many errors of fact.

    I don’t any difference in tone between Dippers and CONS anymore; whatever principled argument any of them wants to make just gets lost in all the noise.

  3. RT:

    The Newsweek Poll that showed Obama with such a big lead was the only one that did so. Their new numbers nationally actually reflect what other national polls have been saying: Obama has a small national lead.

    As your first commentator says, national polls in the US dont mean much when it has nothing to do with popular vote nationally, and all to do with the 50 state elections. Right now, if polls are accurate, Obama wins the electoral college vote as a result of the states he wins quite comfortably.

  4. Ti-Guy — Interesting. Hard to believe there are still people talking about the Waffle. When was the last time you heard anyone mention that?

    I don’t very often visit for the same reason that I avoid the BT forum or FreeDominion. They always seem to come across as cloistered enclaves filled with hyper-partisans that have their heads stuck up their asses. Too much of it is “inside baseball” for my taste.

  5. Scott — To be honest, I haven’t really been following the polls much at all other than to be somewhat generally amazed/perplexed at how close the race is after 7 1/2 years of the Bush clusterfuck. It’s far too early for them to be all that meaningful, in my opinion, however there are some interesting things to note such as how certain swing-states are leaning and some of the salient gaps in demographics that are emerging.

  6. I don’t very often visit for the same reason that I avoid the BT forum or FreeDominion.

    I visit Rabble as kind of one-stop-shop for the columnists whose articles are reprinted there, and they do offer a good selection of people whose views I respect. But the forum participants just remind me of every foray I ever made into NDP-land. It just takes one or two angry (and always uninformed) extremists to send me running back to the Liberals.

  7. ATY — Oh yeah, ugly for sure.

    I watched a “i-reporter” feature on CNN the other night where this fellow documented his conversations with locals about the race. One woman he spoke to said she wouldn’t vote for Obama because he was a Muslim and when told this wasn’t true, she said to talk to her friend “Billy Bob” (I can’t remember his name, but that will do). Billy Bob it turned out was, by his own description, “just an old southern boy” who confessed that he couldn’t get his head around the idea of a black man as president. “The only black man I’ve ever seen with change, had a cup,” he said. Yikes!

  8. I read on Huff Post that 1% of Americans believe Obama is Jewish.

    Do these people not read or watch TV?


  9. Here’s from the Pew Poll – shown on Crooks and Liars:

    From the latest national survey (.pdf) from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press:

    “Now, thinking about Barack Obama’s religious beliefs… Do you happen to know what Barack Obama’s religion is? Is he Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, or something else?”

    Christian 57%
    Muslim 12%
    Jewish 1%
    Something else 2%
    Don’t know – Heard different things 10%
    Don’t know – Haven’t heard enough 15%
    Refused 3%

    …..and these people vote? Scary.

  10. i feel kind of sorry for obama. he’s going to continue to get manipulated toward the imaginary centre by the cretin wing of the crippled democratic party. he rolled like a clever puppy for fisa, he’s sure to get snivelly and try to reassure the bang-bang freaks that he’s a tough-guy-strong-leader not afraid to face down them darn bad guys. why there’s hardly a constituency that he won’t get weaseled into selling out. his platform of hope, dreams and yes we can is going to crumble like a spun sugar castle in the rain and his net-roots following will turn on him. the dems are stupid, they chose the wrong leader at the wrong time for the wrong reasons and they’re in for the fight of their lives to try and win an election that should have been a gimme.

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