October Surprises.......

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2008-11-01 10:41:44 -0500. -- GH

Pepe Escobar Commentary: Al Gore campaigns for Obama in Florida; Bin Laden still not heard from


For months there has been relentless talk of an October surprise capable of swaying the US presidential election - just as the Osama bin Laden video "Message to the American people" released in late October 2004. Possible October surprises include former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsing Senator Barack Obama and former vice-president Al Gore campaigning for Obama in Florida - the state that cost him the election in 2000. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda has vaguely endorsed Senator John McCain. But many - including top US government officials - are still waiting for an Osama bin Laden video.

Taking on the military-industrial complex

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Low Return On Absentee Ballots Expected; Some Officers Refuse To Vote To Underscore Political Neutrality

The U.S. military has traditionally tilted toward the Republican Party, and analysts said they do not expect this election to be different. But they also said Barack Obama's appeal to youth, African-Americans and Hispanics - all groups over-represented in the military - could cut into support for John McCain.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Gore's Speech in Florida. He's both strong and ironic at the same time. and urges people to vote early to make sure that there vote is counted.