Thursday, October 16


Reuters - Ireland's biggest bookmaker Paddy Power said it would pay out early more than 1 million euros on bets that Barack Obama will be the next U.S. president, three weeks ahead of the election. The Dublin-based bookmaker said it made the "unprecedented decision" to pay on bets taken so far, following Wednesday's final campaign debate between Obama and his Republican rival John McCain, which polls judged the Democrat to have won. "We declare this race well and truly over and congratulate all those who backed Obama," Power said. . . The bookmaker said the overall betting trend had shown "one- way traffic" for the Illinois senator since the start of the summer, with odds shortening to 1-9, meaning a bet of 9 euros is required to make 1 euro profit. Power said it had taken more than 10,000 bets on the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the majority in support of Obama. In June a wager of 100,000 euros was placed on Obama to win at odds of 1-2, yielding a payout of 150,000 euros, it added.

Redding News Review -
The Rev. Jesse Jackson vehemently denied saying that Jews living in Israel will lose power under Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. "That is not true," Jackson told XM radio talk show host Joe Madison. "That's a fabrication." Amir Taheri, an Iranian columnist working at the New York Post, yesterday reported that Jackson told an audience at the World Policy Forum in France last week that the "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades" will lose influence if Obama is elected. Jackson said the author has no credibility - he pointed to inaccuracies in the writer's previous Obama-related reports. My sense is that to drop this article the day before the debate, to be the news of the debate, is a Swift Boat tactic and we refute it, we reject it," he said. . .

Slashdot - According to a study to be published in The Journal of Political Psychology, you can tell someone's political affiliation by looking at the condition of their offices and bedrooms. Conservatives tend to be neat and liberals love a mess. Researchers found that the bedrooms and offices of liberals tend to be colorful and full of books about travel, ethnicity, feminism and music, along with music CDs covering folk, classic and modern rock, as well as art supplies, movie tickets and travel memorabilia. Their conservative contemporaries, on the other hand, tend to surround themselves with calendars, postage stamps, laundry baskets, irons and sewing materials. Their bedrooms and offices are well lit and decorated with sports paraphernalia and flags - especially American ones.

Ballot Access News - C-SPAN will broadcast the debate between Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, and Chuck Baldwin, although it is not yet known if it will be broadcast live. The debate will be Sunday evening, October 19, at Columbia University in New York City. The moderator will be Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio. It is possible that Pacifica Radio will also broadcast it. The debate is sponsored by Free and Equal Elections. Bob Barr declined to participate because he is scheduled to speak somewhere else that evening.

The Obama campaign comment on the Jackson thing was not particularly comforting. It said that Jackson "is not an adviser to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share Barack Obama's views on Israel and foreign policy." That isn't how we understood democracy worked. In a democracy everyone gets to interpret and share candidates' views however they wish. Obama is running for president, not Pope.

According to the NY Times, seven states have received over half of all presidential campaign visits: Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania got ten percent each with the rest going to Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin and Colorado.


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