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A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses.

John McCain listens to cheers at a rally

The Politico

Barack Obama and John McCain are evenly matched in the swing states of North Carolina and Missouri, though Obama is strongly outpacing McCain in two of those states’ crucial battleground counties, according to new Politico/InsiderAdvantage polls.

In North Carolina, Obama and McCain were tied with 48 percent of the vote. Only 3 percent of voters in the state remain undecided. In Missouri, McCain led Obama 50 percent to 47 percent, an edge that was within the margin of error.

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In an election that has been fought on an astoundingly low cultural and intellectual level, with both candidates pretending that tax cuts can go like peaches and cream with the staggering new levels of federal deficit, and paltry charges being traded in petty ways, and with Joe the Plumber becoming the emblematic stupidity of the campaign, it didn’t seem possible that things could go any lower or get any dumber. But they did last Friday, when, at a speech in Pittsburgh, Gov. Sarah Palin denounced wasteful expenditure on fruit-fly research, adding for good xenophobic and anti-elitist measure that some of this research took place “in Paris, France” and winding up with a folksy “I kid you not.”

It was in 1933 that Thomas Hunt Morgan won a Nobel Prize for showing that genes are passed on by way of chromosomes. The experimental creature that he employed in the making of this great discovery was the Drosophila melanogaster, or fruit fly. Scientists of various sorts continue to find it a very useful resource, since it can be easily and plentifully “cultured” in a laboratory, has a very short generation time, and displays a great variety of mutation. This makes it useful in studying disease, and since Gov. Palin was in Pittsburgh to talk about her signature “issue” of disability and special needs, she might even have had some researcher tell her that there is a Drosophila-based center for research into autism at the University of North Carolina. The fruit fly can also be a menace to American agriculture, so any financing of research into its habits and mutations is money well-spent. It’s especially ridiculous and unfortunate that the governor chose to make such a fool of herself in Pittsburgh, a great city that remade itself after the decline of coal and steel into a center of high-tech medical research.

Which one is important to you?

Just ask our beloved Tampa Rays. Seven runs up and they lose after giving up eight to Boston in the last three innings.

I think that the coaching philosophy of former Buccaneers coach, Tony Dungy, is apropos for this election:

“If we are up by three then we are down by seven”

Complacency kills election campaigns.  A candidate that I was advising a few years back managed to get hold of some damning information on his opponenent and, against my judgement, he released the information too soon.  His stick-a-fork-in-that-one attitude cost him dearly.  His opponent, an incumbent, had time to reorganize and re engineer his campaign.  My candidate stopped canvassing and paid no attention to strategy sessions.  His endorsement by the local papers made things worse and he became glib and cavalier.  Of course, my guy lost because of his hubris.  Exit polls revealed that he was too aloof.  An opinion that only surfaced in the final month of the campaign.

Don’t take your foot off the pedal, keep donating, stay motivated.  Nineteen days is a lifetime.

This ad is incredibly moving and highlights the flat-earth era we would revert to under McCain/Palin.