Saturday, August 30, 2008

6 things Palin pick says about McCain

McCain could easily lose in an electoral landslide. That is the private view of Democrats and Republicans alike.

From Buzz: Every four years we suffer this joke

McCain-Palin: A Really Dumb Choice By Some (Usually) Really Smart People - THE FIFTH COLUMNIST by P.M. Carpenter

O povo mais feliz! O sonho brasileiro...

By Lauro Jardim from:

• Brasil

O brasileiro está esperançoso em relação ao futuro próximo – mais do que qualquer outro povo do mundo. É o que se conclui de uma pesquisa mundial coordenada pelo economista Marcelo Neri, da FGV, que será lançada na terça-feira. Nela, o Instituto Gallup foi a 132 países e descobriu que o brasileiro é aquele que apresenta a maior expectativa de felicidade para os próximos cinco anos. Numa escala de 0 a 10, a nota média para a satisfação com a vida em 2012 no Brasil (a pesquisa foi feita em 2007) é de 8,4. Superou, assim, a Dinamarca, líder mundial de felicidade presente, mas terceira colocada no índice de "felicidade futura".

Brazilians are hopeful in relation to the near future– more than any other population in the world. This is what has been found in research coordinated by economist Marcelo Neri, from FGV (Fundação Getulio Vargas) that will be shared Tuesday. Along with the Gallup Organization was 132 countries were studied and they discovered that Brazilians are the people that present the greatest happiness for the next five years. In the scale of 0 to 10, the average for satisfaction with life in 2012 is Brasil (the research was made in 2007) with a 8.4. This time Brasil passed above Denmark, who was the world leader in happiness and who moved to third place in the index of “future happiness”.


How the Republicans Win

FOCUS: Robert Parry How the Republicans Win

Robert Parry, Consortium News: "Barack Obama made it across the tightrope of the Democratic National Convention, gaining solid endorsements from Bill and Hillary Clinton and giving a rousing speech before some 80,000 supporters at Invesco Field in Denver. But now comes the time when the Republicans win elections."

This just in:

All Wal-Marts across Alabama have sold out of ammunition.

One purchaser commented that "Them Russians invaded Georgia , but they sure as hell ain't crossin' into Alabama ."

Palin Pick Raises Questions

FOCUS Risky Palin Pick Raises Questions About McCain
Peter Wallsten, The Los Angeles Times: "For a candidate known to possess a quick temper and an unpredictable political streak, the decision raises questions about how McCain would lead -- whether his decisions would flow from careful deliberations or gut checks in which short-term considerations or feelings outweigh the long view."

Who is Sarah Palin?

Ilyse Hogue, Political Action []

Yesterday was John McCain's 72nd birthday. If elected, he'd be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for "inexperience," here's who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.
Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background:
She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1
Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.5
She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7
This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family.
We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here's a sample:
She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK
She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She's a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK
As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK
Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK
She's vehemently anti-choice and doesn't care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK
I think she's far too inexperienced to be in this position. I'm all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn't done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain's part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he'll get our vote by putting "A Woman" in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK
So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She's a global warming denier who shares John McCain's commitment to Big Oil. And she's dramatically inexperienced.
In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he's made a very dangerous decision for our country.
In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain's vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilyse, Noah, Justin, Karin and the rest of the team
1. "Sarah Palin," Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
2. "McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate," NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008
3. "Sarah Palin, Buchananite," The Nation, August 29, 2008
4. "'Creation science' enters the race," Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006
5. "Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science," Huffington Post, August 29, 2008
6. "McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy," Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
"Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past," League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
"Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor," The Times of London, May 23, 2008
7 "McCain met Palin once before yesterday," MSNBC, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My epiphany...

Right now there are many people saying, “Never in my life did I ever expect to see a black man nominated for President of the United States.” I am feeling the same thing, but with a very profound sense of personal pride.

It wasn’t until tonight; while listening to Barack Obama speak in Denver, that I suddenly understood why I have been given to so many emotions when I listen to him speak. I realized it was because of the improbability of his story, improbable like so many of us who come from mixed and diverse ancestry. When I think about the fear and shame that my grandfather had carried with him about whom and where he was from, this is what has been bringing me to tears.

My grandfather, Bernard Washington, died of prostate cancer a month before I was born. As a child when I asked about him, I was told that he was an orphan from Washington, D.C. Later when I reached adulthood, and planned to be married, I was told the real story. He was born to a black family, and while serving in the army during World War I found he could pass as white. Something that now seems weird, indeed very sad, but under the circumstances of the early 20th century was far more common than I knew.

As a gay man, I can certainly understand the fear, and self loathing that people have about who they really are, especially after years of having to pretend you aren’t that person in a hostile world. He suffered so much self-hatred that his own children never learned about his life as a child, or about his side of the family. My Washingtons of D.C. are lost to me, because of racism.

So it is that I understand to some extent what it must have been like to hide from others the truth about who you really are. I understand the pressures of hiding and trying to conform to a hostile society. I decided years ago, that in his memory I would never ever live in any closet, and because he couldn’t, and later my family wouldn't, I would work for social justice.

Tonight watching the democratic party nominate a candidate of mixed race for the presidency, someone very much like my grandfather, I am in awe.

So, no matter if Obama wins or not, this is a new day for all of us. He said it wasn’t about him, he is right; it IS about us.


Yes We Can!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Clinton Urges Her Loyalists to Back Obama
Lisa Wangsness, The Boston Globe: "As Republicans tried to exacerbate tensions within the Democratic Party, appealing directly to Hillary Clinton's supporters with a barrage of ads and even a happy-hour event, she entreated her faithful yesterday to ignore them and unite behind Barack Obama."

Obama speaks out on GLBT equality

When I am President of the United States, gays and lesbians will have somebody who will fight for equal rights for them, somebody who opposes Don't Ask, Don't Tell, somebody who's fought to make sure that gays and lesbians aren't discriminated against on the job or hospital visitation. Because they are our brothers and sisters, and I don't mind anyone knowing where I stand.

— Barack Obama
November 16, 2007


Kennedy Tugs at Hearts, as Michelle Praises Values

Adam Nagourney, The New York Times: "Senator Edward M. Kennedy, struggling with brain cancer, arrived on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention in a triumphant appearance that evoked 50 years of party history as Democrats gathered to nominate Senator Barack Obama for president. Mr. Kennedy's appearance wiped away, at least for the evening, some of the tension that continued to plague the party in the wake of the primary fight between Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. It also represented an effort by the Obama campaign to claim the Kennedy mantle, and it set the stage for the second part of what was designed to be an emotionally powerful two-act evening: an appearance later by Michelle Obama, who began a weeklong effort to present her husband - and his entire family - as embodiments of the American dream."

Monday, August 25, 2008

Odd How Brasil gets it Right, but We can't...

Warning on Voting Machines Reveals Oversight Failure

Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers: "Disclosure of an election computer glitch that could drop ballot totals for entire precincts is stirring new worries that an unofficial laboratory testing system failed for years to detect an array of flaws in $1.5 billion worth of voting equipment sold nationwide since 2003. Texas-based Premier Elections Solutions last week alerted at least 1,750 jurisdictions across the country that special precautions are needed to address the problem in tabulation software affecting all 19 of its models dating back a decade. Voting experts reacted skeptically to the company's assertion that election workers' routine crosschecks of ballot totals would have spotted any instances where its servers failed to register some precinct vote totals when receiving data from multiple memory cards."

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Obama art contest Winners

Want to see the best of our Obama art contest? Just click below to check out great artwork inspired by the grassroots movement behind Obama's candidacy:

Last Call for Change We Can Believe In

Last Call for Change We Can Believe In
Sunday 24 August 2008
by: Frank Rich, The New York Times

FOCUS | In His Home State, Biden is a Regular Joe

Noam N. Levey, The Los Angeles Times: "A hundred miles away from Capitol Hill, is another Joe Biden - more a character in Mister Rogers' neighborhood than a globe-trotting statesman or a pontificating fixture on the Sunday talk shows. He is a putterer who plants bushes in his backyard and designed his own house, including space for his elderly parents. He's a man quick to find a doctor for someone's sick grandmother or hold a fundraiser for a local firefighter battling cancer."

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