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The new poll tax

The great Rachel Maddow on the modern poll tax:

(still working on embedding video. Watch it anyway, foo!)

(H/T, Pandagon)

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End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.

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Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.

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Just voted!

 Just dropped off the ol' ballot. It feels pretty good.

It's hard to believe that this interminable election campaign (far, far too long) is nearly over. It's hard, too, to untie all the emotions that are bound up with it, at least for me.

For those of you who listen to the show, you've heard Joe and I pour out a lifetime's worth of angst over the last several years. So much has happened that one's sense of outrage (if one has been paying attention) blurs between this war and that Constitutional affront and this abuse of power ... It's like a background white noise of outrage.

War. Torture. Election theft. Disenfranchisement. Disappearing liberties. The abolition of science in the public sphere. The triumph of plutocracy. The reign of fear in electoral politics. The reign of cowardice in Congressional politics. And on and on.

Will an Obama win really signify the end of all this, a turning toward something better? I want to believe it so badly. I do believe it on some level. But I'm skeptical.

What if he's some kinda corporate Manchurian candidate. What if, behind the reasonable, progressive facade it's just business as usual in an Obama administration?

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, our work as progressives is not over. It's just begun. More on this later.

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News from the Board- November 2008

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The new board held its first meeting on October 21 and it lasted until midnight! We're hoping not to repeat that performance and working on how to streamline the meetings. Draft minutes of the meeting are posted on the web at http://kboo.fm/node/6295. Board meeting dates were changed to the 4th Monday of the month at 6pm, except for December. In December we will be meeting on December 15th instead as to not conflict with the holidays.

We are seeking prospective KBOO members to apply for our vacancy on the board. Jay Thiemeyer submitted his resignation. The nominating committee will recruit to fill this position and the board will appoint a new member at our next board meeting on November 24th. Contact Becky at becky@herfingertips.com if you're interested in applying for the vacancy. This will be a two year position.

Give!Guide, Drive Wrap-up and Testimonials

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KBOO is in the Give!Guide
We're very excited to be featured in this year's Give!Guide, an annual Willamette Week insert which highlights local non-profits.  Pick up your copy in the 11/12 issue, and visit our webpage all about how you can be involved in supporting KBOO through the Give!Guide, and see the incentives you could receive by doing so.  Plus your contribution to KBOO before year-end is tax-deductible for your next batch of taxes.
 

End game

 We knew it would come down to this.

The Republicans can't win on the issues. The well of fear-mongering has run dry. Most Americans now realize that Barack Obama is, in fact, black.

So they're trying to steal it, like we knew they would. The long-expected voter purges have begun, and the GOP -- in the name of God and country, no doubt -- are trying to disenfranchise thousands of Americans. We're lucky here in Oregon, in that our vote-by-mail system is largely immune to this garbage. But in places like Georgia, Ohio, and Florida, the game is afoot.

To me, it doesn't get much dirtier than this -- if it looks like you're gonna lose the election, do your level best to make sure only the Right Kind of People vote.

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New Evening Schedule!

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KBOO is making changes to our evening lineup, starting November 3rd. We are adding new rock, hip hop, and world music shows, opening time for guest programmers, and adding more public affairs in the evening from an African American perspective. Several shows are going off the air, and others are moving to a new day and time. We're still accepting new program proposals and those new to KBOO can download the program proposal form here.  Check out our new Music Page highlighting the changes and read The Skanner's new article.

We want to thank all the programmers who have put in so much hard work over the last six months to make this happen, and all of you who took the time to fill out our KBOO program surveys, which gave us the feedback we needed to make these changes.

More from BHL

 Bernard-Henri Levy, who appeared a few weeks back on the show, sat down recently with Salon.com's Beth Arnold.

He's the same guy who appeared on the show -- haughty, grandiose, and quite entertaining.

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Ugly

 As Election Day approaches, and as an Obama victory looks more probable, the McCain campaign is serving as the focus of an untrammeled and vitriolic collective id. Lots of these people are just scared shitless that a black man might sit in the White House.

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