Stories to Watch: 10/30/11
Trying to find a better way to integrate the Tumblr blog into my BlogSpot blogs. I think the robot posts from Diigo are just too hard to read — the formatting sucks and I can’t really fix it. I stuck a widget in the right sidebar where my Twitter widget used to be (that widget’s really kind of redundant), but it’s kind of CPU demanding. I think I’ve found a decent solution here and I’ll put that up later today. It can include photos, but you can’t do that unless you include the entire post as well — so it’ll be photo-free for now. I’m hoping to be able to figure out how to truncate the entries using CSS — I may be able to limit the height of each entry in actual pixels — but I’m not exactly a whiz there. If not, I’ll just go with text, which I can limit as an option. Anyway, we’ll see how that goes. Now here’s the news…
Sounds like another police riot last night, this time against Occupy Denver. Twenty were arrested, with “several protesters” making trips to the hospital and one “shot in the face with pepper bullets.” “During a particularly poignant moment of the evening, Occupy Denver was separated by a police barricade from the Bill of Rights, which was printed on a poster and attached to a wooden stand as a symbol for the camp,” the report relates. You couldn’t come up with a more symbolic moment if you’d planned it.
The snow storm in the northeast was much more severe than expected. When it’s warm, storms can have a lot of energy — there’s a reason why the hurricane season isn’t in the winter.
A new WPRI poll (pdf) shows President Obama beating the entire GOP field in Wisconsin — pretty easily. On the subject of recalling Gov. Walker, voters are split well within the margin of error, with those opposing recall taking the lead by two points. Those are the only good numbers for Walker, weak as they are. 56% disapprove of his job performance, with the vast, vast majority of the disapprovers (45% of the total) saying they “strongly disapprove.”
Rick Perry says he plans to participate in (read “lose”) at least 5 more GOP debates.
Michele Bachmann has absolutely no idea what a flat tax even is.
In his weekly address, President Obama pushes the crazy notion that maybe people in Washington ought to do something about jobs.
Al Jazeera does what the American press will not; take a real long look at the corrupting influence of money in American politics — with special attention to the Koch brothers.
Finally, Herman Cain gets booed by Ron Paul supporters in Alabama.