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WaPo breaks down the latest Edward Snowden/NSA news.

Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.

Where is Edward Snowden now? Specifically in Hong Kong? They don’t know.

But I have a guess.

The Giant Rubber Duck. Hong Kong.

It’s brilliant. C’mon.

Well, brilliant until it moves back to US. How much would that suck. If he fell asleep in the duck and wakes up back here.

Categories: News, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: edward snowden, government, hong kong, news, NSA, obama, rubber ducky, united states, Washington Post

^From a 2008 post.

Polls are closed. I didn’t vote.

It’s pretty fucking embarrassing, because anyone who has been paying attention to the blog for the last year knows I’m a giant liberal wonk. http://clantilyscad.com/category/politics-or-the-art-of-looking-for-trouble/

I’m a registered Democrat, canvassed for the Democrats, and am probably one of the few moderate liberals that thinks that Obama has done a thoroughly decent job at President given the filibuster-heavy Congressional opposition. So why didn’t I just walk to the middle school a few block away and vote?

It’s pretty impossible to understand if you’re not also wrecked with mental illness. Not just run-of-the-mill depression where nothing sparkles. But the kind where everything is a nightmare, your digestive tract feels like its cannibalizing itself, and the very thought of social interaction can give you a panic attack.

Long story short, I had a mental breakdown right before the Hurricane (for reasons not related to the Hurricane) and have basically developed agoraphobia. So yeah, even though I waltzed into a school gym two months ago and voted in a primary that no one knew about, I’m currently having enough trouble feeding myself, much less go into public at the moment.

That sounds really really sad, and it is.

14.9% of non-voters in 2008 listed “illness or disability” as their reason.

Sorry I don’t have many fun links tonight for you fellow wonks. Nate Silver being a math genius kinda ruined the anticipation aspect of this election for me.

Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012 Live Show is here.

I don’t think I need to give a spoiler about who won.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, Daily Show Live, election, obama, romney

Live from Safety School University!

But first…

Dave Itzkoff ‏@ditzkoff

“Tonight’s first question comes to us from a man who calls himself Violentacrez. Go ahead, Mr. Violentacrez.” #debate

Bwahahahahaha.

Patton Oswalt ‏@pattonoswalt

OBAMASATDOWNFIRSTHELOST — inside Hannity’s brain right now.#debate

9:05

“I want you to be able to get a job.” Yeah, so you can fire me from it.

9:15

I think Romney just admitted to not caring about birds dying.  Big Bird is crying.

Tom Junod ‏@TomJunod

Now he wants to kill Little Bird.

9:20

Once again a moderator is failing to move on.

The New York Times op-ed, November 18, 2008:

“Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”

by Mitt Romney

^not The Onion

9:30 

I’m so bored of talking about jobs. Go back to talking about killing birds.

Chuck Wendig ‏@ChuckWendig

Obama starts explaining economic theory. Romney makes fart noises and monkey sounds in the background. #fakedebate

9:39

‎”I put women in my cabinet.” ~Romney misquote

Franklin Leonard ‏@franklinleonard

“I hired lots of women.” = “Some of my best friends are black.”

9:51

Wow, invocation of the G.W. We should start asking: Is our children learning from this debate?

Indecision ‏@indecision

This guy’s on fire. Hold on- how do we know it isn’t Joe Biden wearing his Obama costume a few weeks early? #debates

Nina Bargiel ‏@slackmistress

“I CAN SEE SYRIA FROM MY INVESTMENTS!” – Mitt Romney#MocktheVote

Alex Halperin ‏@alexhalperin

What took so long? http://bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com/  #debates

10:25

Now that we all understand each other, group hug?

10:27

Nothing like talk to currency manipulation to rally up the masses.

Romney’s Binder ‏@Romneys_Binder

Mitt Romney: “I want to make America the most attractive place in the world for my binder.”

Complete transcript:

(Pro-tip: when you get there: Ctrl-F “gang bangers.”)

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, debate, election, obama, presidential debates, romney

In 90 minutes I’ll be running a live-blog, mostly from Twitter reactions. It’ll probably be a lot more lazy tomorrow because I have to pack during the debate.

Debate Pre-game:

Matthew Burke ‏@MatthewKBurke

#ObamaDebateTips Wear a Big Bird costume.

Ben ‏@NEKansasPatriot

#ObamaDebateTips Make sure everyone will let you be clear.

TheGOP LIES ‏@Brimonian

#ObamaDebateTips Gangnam style

Doc Nelson ‏@JDNelson_68W

Borrow Hillary’s balls. #ObamaDebateTips

KushFaceGangNj ‏@dpreston88

#ObamaDebateTips Legalize marijuana. #Obama2012

Glenn Quagmire™ ‏@thefunnyquag

“@HahaOneLiners: #ObamaDebateTips Don’t say anything. Just have Morgan Freeman say it for you.”

Milkshakes Anytime ‏@MomMilkshake

End every response with, That’s What She Said. #ObamaDebateTips

Twitty Kitty ‏@TwittyKltty

#ObamaDebateTips Break out in random meowing.

Alexander ✮ ‏@alexpicciarelli

#ObamaDebateTips Meow at Mitt Romney. GAME OVER

Of course Twitters obsessed with cats. Because people on twitter have no friends.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, things that amuse me Tags: funny, obama, politics, president, Presidential Debate, romney, twitter

September 2012 unemployment according to the BLS:  7.8%

Nate Silver comments:

The jobs numbers are certainly not enough to change the basic story of a slow economic recovery, and it will take many years for the economy to get back to full employment.

However, the jobs numbers are one of the more hopeful signs for the economy on balance. An average of 146,000 jobs have been created per month over the past year, or closer to 157,000 with the government’s anticipated benchmark revisions accounted for.

Those aren’t great numbers by any means, and would translate to an annualized growth rate of 1.4 percent. But over the past 25 years, payroll jobs have grown at an annualized rate of 1.1 percent, or the equivalent of about 125,000 jobs added per month given today’s population. By this measure, it’s been a fairly average economic year, although certainly not enough to make up for the productivity that was lost from the economy in 2008 and 2009.

Categories: Economics Tags: 2012, 538, fivethirtyeight, Jobs, Nate Silver, obama, unemployment, unemployment rate

1. Nate Silver is showing a significant bump  for the Democrat’s after the DNC, much higher than the RNC’s bump.

Via NYT’s fivethirtyeight:

Electoral Vote Prediction

Barack Obama

314.2

+10.4 since Aug. 31

Mitt Romney

223.8

Animated Granholm .gif via HuffPo

Personally, I thought Jennifer Granholm’s speech was the best. She was one of the more rousing and animated speakers of the night.

5. Factcheck.org had to aggregate their analysis of Obama’s and Biden’s speeches, because apparently they each didn’t have enough exaggerations and out-of-context quotes to warrant posts of their own. (Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney each had their own posts from the RNC previously on factcheck.org)

6. As promised, song for Friday. This is seriously the best Gangnam Style mash-up I’ve seen yet:

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Pop-culture Tags: barack obama, democrats, DNC, election 2012, fivethirtyeight, gangnam style, honey boo boo child, jennifer granholm, joe biden, Nate Silver, obama, politics, PSY

Today’s a good day to buy one of our Made in the USA mugs—with the President’s birth certificate on the back: http://OFA.BO/HxKQbt

For only $22.50, you too can drink out of the official personal identification of another human being!

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, barack obama, birth certificate, election, mug, obama, obama swag, president