Big win for the Courage Campaign who galvanized over 30,000 people to make sure that everyone’s vote is counted, and an end to the “double bubble” trouble plaguing voters and the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters. The “double bubble” issue is being talked about as the “Florida” of the 2008 election (but what’s lost in that comparison is that the double bubble issue was around in 2000 and 2004).

Comcast paid people to fill up seats at an FCC hearing in Boston, blocking the public from getting in to support net neutrality. Add your voice to fight against companies like Comcast who want to block the internet, and silence your voice.

Jspot has two interesting posts up about the new Pew Study on “America’s Religious Landscape,” and the findings on Jews in this study.

If you haven’t read Stuff White People Like yet, you should–comedy.

Christian Zionist and Televangelist John Hagee endorses McCain–oy

Last, but not least, Ruby K is a snowball in hell thanks to Tim Russert’s horrible questioning on Farrakhan with Obama, leading to the not surprising reality that Obama was pinned in a corner, having to denounce and reject Farrakhan.

And Jews were used as a reason why–amazingly horrible on so many levels. First, that Obama was even put in this position, and second, that Jewish voters in Ohio, and Jewish voters and Anti-Semitism overall, gets air time in the Democratic debate this way. I can’t say I’m surprised it happened, but damn if I’m not pissed about this blatant smear. We’d be smart, and hell bent to start talking about how we won’t be used as a wedge, or in any way be part of this smear, or act as if we condone this type of behavior of being pitted in this manipulated and awful smear tactic by mainstream media and political pundits.

And damn if I don’t appreciate Obama talking about rebuilding ties between Jewish and African-American communities. The Nation offers an important lens on the “Farrakhan Litmus Test”:

The anti-Semitism so often attributed to Farrakhan is indeed a part of his past rhetoric, even though Farrakhan has gone on the record repeatedly in recent years to repudiate the twenty-year old comments that initially raised ire and fear among many. (Russert referred to the infamous “gutter religion” comment made by Farrakhan during Jesse Jackson’s 1984 Democratic presidential campaign, an inclusion designed to trip up Obama.)

Yet Russert conveniently omitted subsequent comments by Farrakhan in which he goes even farther than merely expressing regret for intemperate comments he’d made in the past: During a 1996 New Yorker interview with Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Farrakhan said, “Personally, I don’t know what this argument has served. Jewish people are the world leaders, in my opinion. They are some of the most brilliant people on this planet…..And people hate them sometimes because of envy, and because the Jews succeed in spite of the hatred of their Gentile brethren, or anybody else’s hatred. I admire that, as God is my witness.”…

More than anything, the biggest “gotcha” to emerge from the Farrakhan Litmus Test portion of last night’s debate was on the American press. Come to think of it, it raises the question of whether Russert and his counterparts in the mainstream press may find covering a Barack Obama presidential administration more challenging than covering the secrecy-obsessed Bush crowd.