Longtime readers know of my love affair with mice, the diabolical disease-carrying rodents that periodically inflict themselves on my living space. (I didn’t see any last year. Guess it’s going to be another cold winter.)

Anyway, late last night I was finishing up a post when I heard a loud SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK!!! and the sound of claws scratching against glass. Judging from the location of the sound, I figured out what happened: The little bastard took a nosedive off my microwave into one of the flower vases I store in the corner.

It continued to SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK!!! and to be honest, it was a little nervewracking. So I went to bed. Like Scarlett O’Hara, I said, “I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

Well, it’s gone. I don’t know if a specially-trained team of mice lowered a rope and pulled it out, but it’s gone. On the other hand, I see that the trays of poison I put out two days ago are almost empty. Yay!

Victims of their own paranoia

This really is laughable. Apparently some of these racist wingnuts believe their own lies and think there are thousands of fraudulent voters lurking in minority neighborhoods? Oh well, better that they’re spending their money on this crap than getting out the vote:

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The sign says “voter fraud is a felony,” which it is. The problem is that many of the billboards are in minority neighborhoods.

Civil rights and labor groups have denounced the billboards as an attempt to intimidate minority voters.

“Intimidating billboards that point out voter fraud are appearing in predominantly African American communities in Ohio, despite little to no evidence that voter fraud exists,” said Ohio AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Pierrette “Petee” Talley in a statement.

Clear Channel vice president of marketing, Jim Cullinan said, “the signs are accurate and are not an attack ads and that is why the signs will remain.”

NBC4: The name on the bottom of the ad says, “Private Family Foundation” who are they?

“The advertiser asked to remain anonymous,” said Cullinan.

NBC4: Is that a common practice?

“No, someone in sales made a mistake, but we have signed a contract and cannot remove the ad,” he said.

In other words, someone waved a wad of cash under their noses and oops, forgot to get a name!

Early voting in Ohio upheld

This should make it a lot simpler for the Obama campaign to take Ohio. Very welcome news, indeed:

The Supreme Court delivered a victory to President Obama’s reelection campaign Tuesday, saying it would not set aside a lower court’s ruling that all Ohio voters be allowed to cast ballots in the three days before the Nov. 6 election.

The Obama campaign had sued the state over its decision to end early voting on the Friday before the election for all but members of the military. The campaign said the decision would disproportionately affect poor, elderly and low-income voters, who are most likely to take advantage of early voting.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit agreed. It said that if Ohio is going to open polls for military voters during the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the election, it must allow all voters to participate.

“While there is a compelling reason to provide more opportunities for military voters to cast their ballots, there is no corresponding satisfactory reason to prevent nonmilitary voters from casting their ballots as well,” the appeals court said.

Without comment, the Supreme Court turned down Ohio’s request to revisit the lower court ruling. There were no noted dissents to the decision.

Last night’s lowlights

It’s kind of hard to explain what’s in Mitt’s tax plan, but he did drop some hints about what wanted to do in last night’s presidential debate — in between incredibly dishonest but plausible-sounding statements about everything else:

  • He wants to put a cap of $25,000 on total deductions – so if you have a large mortgage deduction, that’s it.
  • He wants to keep people who have savings from being taxed on them. But you’re not taxed on savings, you’re taxed on any interest they earn. Savings accounts are paying almost no interest now, so big whoop. But more to the point: Seriously, people still have savings? Talk about throwing us a bone!
  • He says Obama wants bureaucrats telling people to use contraceptives. A Mormon nightmare, to be sure!

Tinted windows (a pre-debate rant)

What goes on in there, Mittens?

The Odd Man is down but not out, despite an ongoing reversal of fortune that has left him uninsured and in debt. Just thought I’d let you know, in case you wondered why I post so infrequently these days.

In a nutshell, I’m a writer who no longer gets paid to write. I’m one of millions of workers sidelined by corporate bean counters who know that cutting jobs — through outsourcing, attrition, and making each remaining employee do the work of three — is the quickest route to higher profits for the one-percenters, and so what if the long-term consequences of a permanently downsized workforce are disastrous for the economy.

To make ends meet, I work a job that’s the 21st century equivalent of selling apples in the Great Depression. The other day a passer-by wearing a STUD MUFFIN shirt told me to get a real job. “Have a nice day,” I replied. My restraint was something to feel proud of, like not spitting on the car with tinted windows that rolled past me later that same day. I can’t abide tinted windows…

More here.

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