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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on November 1, 2010

There’s something about Halloween that brings out the high-five. Perhaps the highlight of ours was seeing a Luigi walk right past an unrelated Mario and slapping hands without either men stopping or acknowledging the encounter. So perfect. A close second: staring at a Storm Trooper get down and funky for hours. Great image. Did everyone enjoy their Halloween? What was your favorite costume from the weekend? Let’s hear it in the comments section below.

Well, we’re T-Minus 1. The midterm elections are finally upon us, and every narrative emerging from the national news media focuses on the bloodbath that’s sure to occur for Democrats. Gallup’s latest poll concludes “Republicans Appear Poised to Win Big on Tuesday.” That Gallup poll shows a 15-point disparity in favor of the Republicans on the generic ballot. Fox News puts Republicans up 13. CNN, up 10. Rasmussen, 9. YouGov, 8. Then again, an ABC News/Washington Post poll has Republicans only up 4 points, Bloomberg, 3, and Newsweek actually has Democrats ahead 3 points among likely voters.

But if you really want to see the worst case scenario for the Democrats, read FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver “5 Reasons Republicans Could Do Even Better Than Expected.”

[Get Blitz’d] Just a reminder, on Tuesday night we’ll be live-blogging, live-tweeting and doing all kinds of new technological shit you haven’t even heard of yet. It makes live-tweeting look like smoke signals. So join us right here tomorrow night, and make sure to follow @hypervocal on The Twitter. And, if you haven’t yet, make sure to check out our Official Election Night Drinking Game. Come play.

[ICYMI Rally Gallery] We attended the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on Saturday, where Stewart did his best Bizarro Howard Beale imitation (tell ’em you’re not mad as hell!). We posted our must-see slideshow of the 74 best homemade signs in the crowd and our full recap of the day’s festivities (Kareem! R2D2! Ozzy and Cat Stevens! More!). Seriously, good times.

[Death & Taxes] It’s the basis of some incredible ripped-from-the-headlines Law & Orders: “U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis says some of her Wyoming constituents are so worried about the reinstatement of federal estate taxes that they plan to discontinue dialysis and other life-extending medical treatments so they can die before Dec. 31.”

The estate tax is a complicated issue — it’s $30 billion in revenue missing from the federal budget at a time when he, ya know, kinda need have a slight imbalance between spending and revenue. But it’s also considered a “double tax,” taxing what’s already been taxed. Considering the mega-wealthy shelter much of their money, it’s probably a fair tax. What say you?

[Victory & Waxes] We wonder whether Brasilian Gawker commissioned a piece from an anonymous source to detail a sex encounter with the nation’s first female president: Brazil’s new president-elect vowed to continue her predecessor’s move to fight against inequality and promote human rights and fight poverty in her victory speech Sunday night. ‘My mission is to eradicate poverty,’ Dilma Rousseff said after the country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal declared her the winner in Sunday’s runoff election. As the nation’s first woman to hold the office, Rousseff said she has a mission to fight for more gender equality in Brazil.” Dilma’s about the least hot Brazilian name ever, no?

[You’d Hit It] And the winner of the British National Scrabble Championship is: “The eventual winner was more colourful than the language. Mikki Nicholson, a 33-year-old transsexual from Carlisle, achieved his 3:2 victory dressed in a shocking-pink PVC dress, pink wig and lace tights. Mr Nicholson, who clinched his win with ‘obeisant’ – to respect – marked his victory with no hint of the grandiloquence expected of a stereotypical Scrabble champion. After brief thanks to his supporters and a few bold poses for the photographers, he declared simply: ‘Pub time it is.'”

[Sorry, We Didn’t Get Your Message] Democrats have tried in earnest to remind voters that a vote for the Republican Party is a return to the eight years of failure that led to President Obama’s election. But a new NBC/WSJ poll shows voters just aren’t buying it. The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent dug into the internals and found this: “Do you think if Republicans win control of Congress in November they will return to the economic policies of George W. Bush or do you think they will have different ideas for how to deal with the economy? Policies of George W. Bush 34/Different ideas 58.” Bonus points to Sargent for using “enthusiasm gap” in this post.

[No Hangover] In case you missed it over the weekend, comedian Zach Galifianakis sparked a real-time doob on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night. As fantastic a move as that was, we’ll probably still pass on his new buddy pic with Bob Downey Jr.

[United We See] Blind passengers are suing United Airlines: “This week, a group of blind air travelers filed suit against United Airlines claiming that the airline’s digital kiosks are inaccessible to blind people.” C’mon, United, just offer them all window seats on every flight they take as settlement.

[The Spanish Prisoner] In one of the most ballsy, egregious (and awesome!) scams you’ll ever read about it, a debt collection company is accused of “building a mock courtroom complete with a judge’s bench and witness stand” in order to deceive and defraud people into paying their bills by making them think they were in front of a real judge. Truly amazing stuff. You kinda have to admire their ingenuity and creativity; we woulda went straight gangster kneecapping.

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