Local Republicans And Democrats Join Forces - Partisan differences aside, community leaders gather to support candidates for the State Senate and Assembly (Looney Views News): In an unusual display of unity this election season, two well known Sierra Madre civic leaders, Former Mayors Enid Joffe, a Democrat and Bart Doyle, a Republican, hosted a pre-election 'meet and greet' for 41st California Assembly District candidate Chris Holden, and 25th State Senate District Incumbet (sic) Carol Liu.
The event, which was held in the home of Joffee (sic) gave the candidates the opportunity to speak to a politically diverse group and share their plans should they win the election.
(Mod: The diverse spelling of "Joffee" aside, anyone notice the glaring inaccuracy in the headline to this story? There were no local "Republicans" at this event, just one. That being Bart. And old Bart doesn't give a damn about political parties, he just wanted to help out his bud Chris Holden, who he is rumored to be involved with in some low income housing scheme. Along with a bunch of PUSD and City of Pasadena types. And as far as that diverse group of people attending? There were more candidates, members of the candidates' parties and event hosts in the room then there were a diverse anything. But, all of that aside, it does need to be noted that Enid sure knows how to show some leg.)
Evangelicals Start Write-In Campaign For Jesus - Calling Both Obama AND Romney "Satan" (Addicting Info): A vote for Obama or Romney is a vote for Satan. The Live Prayer Church — operating through television and the internet — has been circulating (or trying to circulate) an argument against voting for either candidate. Their solution? Write in Jesus!
This wouldn’t be newsworthy except for the amazing fact that 1,649,176 people have signed the petition already, and that number is growing all the time. The organization (I’m not going to call any organization that engages in heavy political speech a “church”) says that third party candidates are a waste of time, as seen below:
So who is a Christian to vote for with a clear conscience? The answer is simple…JESUS!
I am encouraging true followers of Jesus Christ to say NO to Satan and say YES to Jesus! This November, write in the name JESUS for President! The option will be several third party candidates. Sadly, no candidate outside of the two major parties have any chance at winning the election. So rather than vote for a third party candidate, write in the name of Jesus for President.
(Mod: Polls now show that Jesus is leading in Kansas, and is neck and neck with Obama in South Carolina. Like any spoiler third party candidate of past elections, He can't win. But He could cost Romney the election.)
Peter Dreier: LA's Measure J Will Create Jobs and Clean the Environment (Huffington Post): While the nation debates how to put Americans back to work, Los Angeles' business, labor, civic, and political leaders have forged a bold plan to jump-start the area's economy. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County voters will decide the fate of this idea -- Measure J -- which will generate as many as 250,000 new local jobs by investing in public transportation.
LA's transit officials have already demonstrated that they know how to use public funds wisely and efficiently. Since Measure R was passed, L.A. Metro has made progress on the Crenshaw and Exposition rail lines, the Orange Line bus lane extensions, and three highway improvement projects.
Los Angeles vies with Houston as the most polluted urban area in the country as well as one of the most congested, with many motorists sitting in their cars for hours as they inch along during their morning and evening commutes. In addition to Measure J's role as a jobs stimulator, it will also have positive environmental consequences. The subways and light-rail lines built by Measures R and J will be around for more than a century. As future generations become more public transit-friendly, their behavior will help to protect the environment and wean America off foreign oil used to power our cars.
(Mod: Everything Peter wants cleans the environment. Low income housing, school board redistricting, poodle currying. Peter Dreier, in case you are not aware, is the Vice Presidential candidate running with Jesus. He is also a former leading figure in the U.S. Democratic Socialist Party, which makes the Jesus/Dreier ticket perhaps the most ideologically diverse ever to run in the United States.)
South Pasadena Council Votes to support Measure J (Pasadena Star News): The City Council this week took an official stance in support of Measure J, despite opposition from many other 710 protesters to the extension of Measure R's half-cent sales tax. The resolution passed unanimously at a special council meeting Tuesday, just two weeks before the measure is up for vote.
South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti said he and other city leaders opposed to the 710 Freeway extension agree that Measure J is worth a vote because it will provide needed funds for public transportation.
"There are concerns of course with the measure ... but those aside and weighing the pros and cons I really support this effort by Metro to really invest in our transportation infrastructure future for a 21st century transportation system," Cacciotti said.
In recent weeks, members of groups such as the No 710 Action Committee and No 710 on Avenue 64 have taken a stance against the measure, claiming that voting for it would mean supporting the extension project, which is under an environmental impact review.
(Mod: Cacciotti is a daft cat. He came before our City Council to plead with them to oppose the 710 Tunnel, yet back in his own bailiwick he pushed for Measure J, the tax scam that will turn over $90 billion dollars to Metro, the erstwhile builder of the 710 Tunnel! Go figure. Or better yet, go get a strong alcoholic beverage.)
China to stop using organs from executed prisoners - Beijing says current transplant sourcing system is both unsavoury and inefficient (The Guardian UK): China will start phasing out its reliance on organs from executed prisoners for transplants early next year as a new national donation system is implemented, a government-appointed expert has said.
Chinese officials acknowledge that a transplantation system that uses mostly organs from death-row prisoners is neither ethical nor sustainable, Wang Haibo said in an interview in the November edition of the World Health Organisation's journal, Bulletin.
An organ donation system run by the Red Cross Society of China had been piloted for two years in 16 regions and was scheduled to be rolled out nationwide by early 2013, Wang said.
"Now there is consensus among China's transplant community that the new system will relinquish the reliance on organs from executed convicts.
"The implementation of the new national system will start early next year at the latest. This will also mark the start of phasing out the old practice."
(Mod: It is good to see that the folks Metro wants to build the 710 Tunnel for are getting their act together on the question of harvesting the organs of all those people they execute. That they are embracing the notion of "sustainability" in organ sourcing is equally refreshing.)
The Most Indebted Man In The World Owes Former Employer $6.3 Billion (Euronews): Former financial arbitrage trader Jerome Kerviel is the most indebted man on the planet, owing his former employer $6.3 billion.
The amount Kerviel owes to French bank Societe Generale for fraudulent trades made in 2007 and 2008 would make Kerviel one of the 50 richest people in America if those debts were assets.
But Kerviel cannot even begin paying off his debts until 2015, when he is scheduled to be released from prison. Kerviel recently lost an appeal case in which he argued the corruption at Societe Generale was widespread.
The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien writes that Kerviel managed €50 billion ($73 billion in unadjusted dollars) worth of unauthorized trades during his tenure at Societe Generale, using a sophisticated scheme of computer hacking and deceptive trades to deceive the bank.
(Mod: Isn't that just like an employer? Fire a guy and then expect him to pay back the several billion dollars he owes them. How is he supposed to pay them back when he doesn't have a job?)
Well, that is about enough of that. Enjoy your 25 hour day. There is only one of them a year, so don't miss out.