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Election day at San Francisco State University:
A mob of Arab students at San Francisco State University attacked a group of College Republicans on the San Francisco State University campus at noon today during a “Turnout the Vote? event in front of the campus student union building.

Derek Wray, President of the SFSU College Republicans, told Front Page Magazine that an angry mob of Palestinian students attacked the club’s table, as well as individual members of the Republican club who were handing out pro-Bush/Cheney campaign materials. According to Wray, campus police were nearby, but “just stood around watching and, instead of protecting the College Republican students from the mob that was pouring drinks on our table and materials, and even physically assaulting our members, only suggested that the campus Republicans leave rather than arrest those responsible for the violence.?

Wray said the incident began when four Palestinian women from the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) on the S.F. State campus approached the CRs’ table and began a verbal tirade. “You and the Jews want to kill all the Muslims!? one screamed at Wray. “You and Ariel Sharon want to kill innocent Palestinian babies.? A larger crowd of male Arab students then joined in creating a threatening mob in front of the table.
Intifada Against College Republicans

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Last of the Elections
One more election thread for a deep woods hermit

Election Results

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The Whole World Is Watching
World Sees Huge Stake in U.S. Election
Many places have held mock polls, such as the artists, writers and professors in the Italian region of Tuscany, who organized what they billed as "the first American elections for non-Americans."

At the heart of the matter is a belief that in an era of globalization, when American decisions affect hundreds of millions around the globe, the election is not just a U.S. issue.

"Why shouldn't the Italians vote for the elections, too?" said screenwriter Michele Cogo. "The planet's destiny is decided in large part by America."
Yeah, the planet's destiny has been decided in large part by America. And it's been a very good thing. Europe, united today, free and democratic, should be saying "thank you America and no matter who is your next President, we'll always be grateful and stand by you."

You can check out the MegaPundit results, they're being updated every six minutes.

UPDATE: Here's another good place to see election results

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Big Day
What every American should say today:
Today I voted.
From one our Boyz, The Big Day. Go read it, it's beautiful.
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Guaranteed to Drive You Bonkers
Election Updates

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
My First Vote
Due to reasons beyond my control (basically, lack of citizenship) I voted for the first time in 2000. I was young then, and knew everything about the world and how it works. And I hated Republicans, those stodgy curmudgeons who were all about God and no taxes. In all fairness, I hated Democrats too, because they acted like they knew everything. Ok, I acted that way too, except that I really did know everything.

So my voting choices were limited, really. Nader or Nader? Or maybe I should vote for Nader.

The 2000 elections coincided with a trip home to see mom and dad, so I did an absentee ballot. Which reminds me, my first proper voting will be today. I better not screw it up.

I arrived three days before the elections. The excitement was palpable, it was all people would talk about. Everyone was asking, "how will you vote?" I explained about the absentee ballot system and people were very impressed. In Greece, voting is mandatory and you gotta show up in person, none of these imperialist, capitalist luxuries like absentee voting. And on election day no alcohol is served anywhere while the polls are open. I'm very glad we don't have this rule here. If I'm going to be voting for a Republican president, I would like to have a drink first so I won't feel the pain as much.

Every tv in the city was on, in every shop and every restaurant, people were watching the counts.

"Whom did you vote for? Gore?"

"Um...no, I.."

"NOT BUSH!! You voted for Bush?!"

"Oh no! Ha-ha-ha! How could you think I would possibly vote for Bush, ha-ha-ha! Nader, I voted for Nader!"

"Oh. Who's Nader?"

Greece didn't sleep during the count and the recount. I did. I knew Nader wasn't going to win so why would I care who won? I just wanted him to get enough votes to qualify for campaign funds. But Greeks were fascinated by the whole thing. Like my dad, for example:

"Daddy, I'm going to bed."

"But what about Florida?"

"What about Florida?"

"You're not going to stay up for the Florida recount?"

"Daddy, I voted for Nader, and I've never even been to Florida, and neither have you and why do you care anyway?"

"What's the electoral college?"

"Um... 'night daddy..."

That's was my first and last voting experience I shared with my dad. He died last year. We had never agreed on one single thing about politics until September 12, 2001.

I'm off to vote.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Me, Ralph And Fred's Excellent Adventure
I voted for George W Bush first thing this morning. I was such an idiot in the year 2000. I was vegan, for one thing. I voted for Ralph Nader, for another. This is an email I sent to a friend on Nov 8th describing my election day.
So I had some election-day fun. I went to vote, and got in the wrong line. Once I got to the front, the lady asked me for my little piece of paper. I handed her my voter registration. She said, no, the little piece of paper like this, brandishing a little piece of paper at me which was indeed not something I had in my possession. Where do I get one? I asked, I don't have one of those. Over in that line, she snapped. So I went over to stand in another line, fairly pissed off. While awaiting my turn, I passed a table with 2 boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts on it. Hmmm, thought I, how nice of this school to provide donuts for the voters. I opened the topmost box, and as I reached for a donut, my mood markedly improved, a woman in a green shirt ran towards me from across the school gym screeching:"These aren't for you! They're just for workers!" "Ok, I'm sorry, I thought they were for everyone,all I wanted to do was snag a donut." She grabbed the 2 boxes and took them to a table that was inaccessible to the people in the lines, throwing me one last dirty look over her shoulder. I shrugged and smiled, and a couple of people laughed slightly too loud, as if to acknowledge that they, too thought that she had been a little too shrill about it.
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An American Political Journey
It's Election Day and I hope everyone reading this has or will vote. Informed voters are our only defense against the stupid and the crazy. In the spirit of Election Day, I will tell my story of political coming of age.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
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Sudan Army Circles 160,000 Refugees In Darfur, Ejects NGOs
Ominous news this morning as the Sudanese army locked out humanitarian groups and surrounded 160 000 people in western Darfur:
The Sudanese army and police have surrounded several refugee camps in the war-torn region of Darfur and denied access to humanitarian groups, the United Nations said Tuesday.

"It started at 3 a.m. without any warning," said Christiane Berthiaume, spokeswoman for the World Food Program. "Agencies have been denied access to these camps since this morning."

At least 160,000 refugees in western Darfur cannot be reached by road "because of insecurity," Berthiaume said.

The U.N. food agency has relocated a total of 88 aid workers from three camps in the Nyala region: Golu, Zaleinge and Nertetie. Most of those evacuated are working for independent aid organizations rather than the United Nations, Berthiaume said.

The agency still has three employees in Zaleinge and Nertetie but may evacuate them depending "on the evolution of the situation," Berthiaume said.

WFP is concerned that government forces may start relocating people in the camps back to their villages, where there is less protection from government-backed militias known as Janjaweed, she said.

Refugees fear the move may be government retaliation for the kidnapping of 18 Sudanese of Arab origin, who were taken hostage while traveling on a bus between Zaleinge and Nyala last week, WFP said.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
CENTCOM #2 Afghan War Cmdr: We Did It Right, Would Again
In the Wall Street Journal, Michael DeLong [subscription content] writes:
In recent days, John Kerry has repeatedly accused President Bush of having "outsourced the job" in Tora Bora to kill Osama bin Laden. Knight Ridder reporters concluded that in Tora Bora we "relied on three Afghan warlords" to catch bin Laden, "ignored" warnings from our own officers about incorrect methodology, and that we also relied on the Afghan warlords as our blocking forces, thus letting more than 1,000 al Qaeda fighters escape. As the No. 2 general at CentCom in charge of the Afghanistan War, I can say with certainty that all of these allegations are incorrect. And it is past time someone set the record straight on what really happened in Tora Bora.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Uncivil War
From WSJ, The Undivided Country
Of all the clichés routinely trotted out by foreigners about the United States, surely this election has put one of them to rest: namely, that there is "no difference" between our two political parties.

Sure, the Communist Party never had much of a claim on our electorate, the way it once did in Italy and still does in France. And nativist parties have never gotten far in America, either, at least not in the way of Austria's Freedom Party or Belgium's Vlaams Bloc. Still, in today's contest Americans are being offered a clear political choice, well-articulated by candidates who are able representatives of their parties, and voters are likely to turn out in record numbers to make that choice. Given all the high-minded laments in recent years about voter apathy, we'd call that a good thing, no matter who wins.

Now, however, we have a new lament, which is that the next President inherits a "nation divided" -- split, as the recent cover of Time magazine has it, "over its place in the world, over its basic values, over its future direction. No matter who wins, the Uncivil War is likely to continue."

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Unbecoming Columbia
Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger has called for an internal investigation of assertions that professors have intimidated Jewish students during discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ten current and former Columbia students voiced the complaints in a half-hour video documentary, "Unbecoming Columbia," produced last winter by the David Project, a Boston-based advocacy group.

The documentary focuses on Columbia's Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures Department, saying its chairman, Hamid Dabashi, advocates "dismantling the Zionist entity." Several other professors in the department are described as intimidating and insulting students on various pretexts.

In the video, several students say professors in the department have accused Jewish students during classroom discussions of responsibility for Palestinian deaths. The students say professors have routinely focused discussions exclusively on what the professors called Israeli war crimes, without discussing human rights violations by Arab regimes or Arab terrorism.
Columbia to investigate charges of anti-Jewish intimidation by Arab professors
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