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Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 01:33 PM PDT

V.P. Pick Palin owns 3 houses

by thecoolmacdude

So what is that...
McCain has 11 houses.
Palin has 3 houses.

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Seriously, will the Republicans ever stop the flagrant lies?

Rep. Steve King, Iowa's ultra-conservative Representative representing the western part of the state, made these comments in an interview on Friday:

King, in an interview Friday with the Daily Reporter in Spencer, said al-Qaida would "be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11."

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Story updated from this previous entry. Check out this video from Black Box Voting's website.

New Hampshire's chain of custody is quite a bit to be desired.

They didn't put the ballots in the vault and the seals come off without leaving a trace on the cardboard box! Anyone could get tamper with the ballots, so there is no way to ever know if they are legit or not.

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Bev Harris, founder of Black Box Voting Inc., (a nonpartisan, nonprofit elections watchdog group) has witnessed the vault where New Hampshire's paper ballots are being stored as being slit, as well as several boxes where the ballots have been stored, as being "slit". In fact, last night the ballots weren't even put into the vault and were left insecure. I'm not sure if New Hampshire has any laws which require the ballots to be secure, but this has to be troubling.

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The polls were right--Hillary lost New Hampshire. More Diebold election fraud...

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Do you think that the election was rigged?

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For all of those people out there that say that even Iowans who can’t get off work are disenfranchised for not being able to make a town meeting to vote in the caucuses, read on: surrogating for others

Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State, Michael Mauro, says that it’s apparently legal to get a surrogate and have someone caucus for you if you can’t make the meeting. So basically, Iowans have no excuse why they can’t go out or find someone to vote for them this evening (unless, of course, they don’t have any friends).

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Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 09:18 AM PST

Energy Bill Signed by Bush

by thecoolmacdude

This morning Bush signed the energy bill which passed the house by a large margin and the senate by a near veto-proof margin. It was rumored that he might veto it if the tax hikes for oil companies weren't removed. They were, and so he signed it.

Bush Signs Energy Bill

The bill was delivered to the President in a gas-hybrid sedan.

The legislation signed by Bush at a ceremony at the Energy Department requires automakers to increase fuel efficiency by 40 percent to an industry average 35 miles per gallon by 2020. It also ramps up production of ethanol use to 36 billion gallons a year by 2022.

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The Des Moines Register released an article today from a pro-Republican political writer, David Yepsen, on yesterday's afternoon debate between the two major candidates for Iowa governor. Democatic candidate Chet Culver and Republican candidate Jim Nussle. Yepsen writes:
Culver did well for another, nonsubstantive reason. He's about a foot taller than Nussle. That makes Culver look "more gubernatorial" on the tube. He simply looks the part.

While Culver's wife, Mari, likes to joke about him being a "big lug" in their television commercials, this "lug" factor is important. In politics, as in other occupations, if you look like you know what you are doing, people often assume you do. It may not be fair, but it happens, and it puts the short guys at a disadvantage on the screen.
Culver definitely looks like he's a foot taller than Nussle. This is the ad Yepsen is talking about in this article in which Culver's wife calls him a "big lug". You can also see a Des Moines Register cartoon about it here.

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What would be a good nickname for Jim Nussle?

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This is my first diary here on Daily Kos, so I'm new to this whole diary thing. I am an avid-supporter of helping out the environment: I drive a Honda Civic which gets up to 38 MPG; I recycle anything and everything I can on a daily basis; and I try to conserve as much energy as possible. A couple weeks ago, I saw Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, which has gotten me thinking. What else can we do to save our environment from disaster before it's too late?

I know there is always more to be done, and I am looking for other activities or clubs that exist in the Des Moines area (or other parts of Iowa) that I could be a part of. I have tried Googling green clubs/activities here in Des Moines, but have not come across much.

Can anyone help? Are there any green clubs, organizations, or activities--or other places to look for these things--that are in Des Moines?
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