Get Out the Vote!

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I spent most of the day phone banking for the local Get Out the Vote Campaign in my neighborhood. It was

My husband, taking a water break from the stresses of talking to strangers on the phone. XD

My husband, taking a water break from the stresses of talking to strangers on the phone. XD

a small group manning the phones at a local supporter’s home. The larger group of volunteers went door to door to canvass the neighborhood and make sure that anyone that needed a ride to the polls could get one. My husband and I chose phone banking, instead, because we ride motorcycles, and it’s kind of a pain to be taking the helmets off constantly and putting them back on. (Besides, it was cold, so I was all for opting to stay inside with the coffee and muffins. XD)

The other half relaxing on the bike when the volunteer shift was over.

The other half relaxing on the bike when the volunteer shift was over.

I had a few trepidations at first. I’m not really a ‘phone person’. I text, I email, but I hate talking to people that I can’t see. However, it wasn’t bad at all. In fact, after the first few calls, it was actually a lot of fun. I personally called over a hundred people, and 99% of them were very nice, very friendly. I got hung up on once, and a rude response once, but other than that it was great. Quite a few people actually

Another volunteer, hard at work getting the word, and the vote out.

Another volunteer, hard at work getting the word, and the vote out.

seemed to appreciate the information we were giving out, as where to go and what to bring to the polls can seem rather confusing, and we managed to garner some new volunteers for the coming few days before the election. I also ended up calling a few people that had already voted for Obama the day before, and that was really nice. With those calls in particular, there was a feeling of comaraderie, even of jubilation.

It was really great connecting with those people, and it was great getting to know the other volunteers. A breath of fresh air, really, to be able to be around a group of people that you know won’t automatically go into berate mode when they hear who you are voting for.

My husband, who is even less of a phone person than I am, even got into the spirit of things before it was

Our lovely organizer.

Our lovely organizer.

over with, although he started out pretty grumpy. XD

Unfortunately, we had to leave to get my son to work after a few hours, but I’m looking forward to going back to help on election day. After seeing the overall positive response we got, and the value of helping people that actually needed assistance with information and rides to the polls, I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.

If you’re interested in helping out your own local Barack Obama Campaign for Change, you still have time. Just go to http://gotv.barackobama.com, and find your local event groups. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it makes you feel fantastic when you’re finished.

Another new friend.

Another new friend.

If nothing else, make sure to remind people to vote. We can’t get too complacent simply because the polls seem to be in our favor. If the remaining Obama supporters sit at home because they think the election is already in the bag, we just might wake up on Wednesday morning to find out that our country is going to be run by John McCain and Crazy Palin. Get out and vote, and get out the vote. We can win this, we just need to make sure that we all do our part.

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Being a Good American Can Get You Labeleled as Anti-American. Do it Anyway.

In America, we have a fundamental right to liberty. That includes criticizing decisions made by our government. That includes protesting a war we don’t believe in. That also includes playing watchdog to the preservation of our Constitution.

However, in recent times (and other darker areas of our history) exercising such rights can get us labeled as being anti-American by certain groups of people in this country. Do it anyway. Do it because our constitution is considered to be one of the greatest in the world for a reason. Do it because it is not only a fundamental right, but a fundamental responsibility. Do it because our ancestors did it, and many of them died so that their children and grandchildren would have these rights throughout eternity. Do it because citizens remaining silent have led to the downfall of many otherwise honorable nations. Do it because there is nothing more American than policing our leaders.

Protect our constitution. Speak out for what you believe in. Protest unjust laws and corrupt officials. Take a direct approach to preserving the fundamental freedoms of this country. Show no intimidation. Just do it, and don’t let hysterical cries of “Anti-American” sway you.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

–unknown

The Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary Issue #2: The Sarah Palin Comedy Special

Welcome to Issue #2 of the Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary! This issue is devoted to the Political Queen of Gaffes, Sarah Palin, and we have some great articles to tickle your funny bone, make you think, and scare the pants off you at the thought of the country in her gun-totin’, moose skinnin’ hands.

The Lyin’, the Witch, and The Wardrobe–An Alaskan Tale

Mudflats has written one of the best metaphorical articles on the subject I have seen, served up with a heaping helping of well written wit. An excellent read for the Halloween season, as it is a bone-chilling comparison to current Palin-tics. Excerpt:

“Even though she‚Äôs wearing a $3000¬†polar bear fur¬†jacket and $400 designer snow boots, under all that, she‚Äôs really just like us.

Palin Launches Flea Market Tour

Absolutely hilarious, must-read satirical depiction of Ms. Palin’s campaign to be ‘just like us’, by diggityK. Excerpt:

“In her latest attempt to portray herself as a ‚Äúreal American‚ÄĚ hockey mom who supports average joes such as Six Pack and the Plumber, Governor Palin is now bargain hunting with the masses.”

Sarah Palin and Those Alaskan Thrift Store Jeans

4WRD THNKN Dad brings us a short but amusing article on Sarah Palin’s latest fashion choice. Excerpt:

“She divorced herself from the $150,000 wardrobe and put on some Alaskan thrift store jeans. Now the hunt will be on to find out who was the original owner of the jeans.”

Palin Sorta Like the 4 Yorkshire Men

Another short but funny bit, citing Monty Python’s Flying Circus, on the Palin Clothing Fiasco ’08, by Politicalamity.

Palin’s Wardrobe Saga…Can We Vote Now?

The Backchannel Blog brings us another clever commentary on the much talked about clothing of the republican VP pick. Excerpt:

At this point, criticizing Sarah Palin is like beating a dead moose.”

And that’s it for this issue. Happy reading!

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Sarah Palin in Asheville: A Redneck Woman, Spin, and the Same Old Thing All Over Again

Sarah Palin appeared in the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina tonight–my hometown–for a rally with a crowd of 11,000 people (less than half the attendance of Obama’s rally in Asheville earlier this month, which attracted 28,000 supporters). There were a couple hundred protesters outside the event, carrying signs and exchanging shouts with the crowd, but no violence, although reports are that a couple of isolated shoving matches did occur. No word as to who started what or why. A few protesters were also escorted from the inside of the Civic Center shortly after the doors opened. Some protesters said they were enraged by a “KKK for Palin” sign displayed in a window near the venue.

Palin entered the event wearing jeans and a blouse, singing along with Gretchen Wilson to the song “Redneck Woman”, which she has apparently adopted as ‘her’ song. The irony of this is a mind blowing thing, especially if you consider the lyrics:

“Victoria’s Secret, well their stuff’s real nice
Oh, But I can buy the same damn thing on a Wal-Mart shelf half price
And still look sexy, just as sexy as those models on TV
No I don’t need no designer tag to make my man want me”

Maybe not your man, Sarah, but I guess you think you need those designer tags to court the American people. Lovely. And how nice of you to condescend to us hillbilly folk by ‘dressing down’, because, of course, a pair of jeans is all it takes to convince us that you’re just like us.

The crowd inside appeared festive, occasionally breaking out into the expected chants of “Sarah!” and “USA!”

Palin’s speech was nothing new–basically the same tired stump speech, complete with the usual negative attacks aimed at Obama. No surprises, really. However, I will share a few of Palin’s words with you, along with my thoughts on what she had to say.

“And that means harvesting alternative sources, like wind, and solar, and biomass…geothermal…those sources that God has so richly blessed this land with…and we will develop clean coal technology…and we will drill for the billions of barrels of oil we have underground–we’ll drill here, and drill now!” –Sarah Palin

I don’t know about anyone else, but it sickens me a little bit to hear the ‘drill baby drill’ chant. It’s as if focus is not really on alternative fuel sources that might truly help us along to energy independence–as if she’s just giving those things a quick lip service on her way to her true obective: big (American) oil, and our best interests (and the environment) be damned. It also bugs me that she seems to think that Good is rooting for us to process crude. WTF? Surely He has purer things to support than whether or not we get to rape wildlife preserves to make the next big magnate a billionaire.

“We will drill, baby, drill and mine, baby, mine.” –Sarah Palin

Excuse me while I vomit. Are people really buying into this crap?

“We need a leader with experience and good judgment, and truthfulness and courage. North Carolina, we need that leader who is ready on day one because we are a nation at war, and we need someone who talks about the wars that America is fighting and isn’t afraid to use the word ‘victory’.” –Sarah Palin

  • Good judgment? I don’t think so, Sarah. After all, our faith in McCain’s good judgment was destroyed the day he picked you to become his running mate.
  • Truthfulness? Hardly. One only has to look at the lies, half-truths, and spin produced on this campaign to know better. Then there is also the fact that we are dealing with a womanizer, an adulterer, a man who misrepresents his own record, and, of course, a man who has dealings such as the Keating 5 and the Libby fiasco to discredit him. Barring that, how about his lies calling Obama’s market run health plan a socialist government-run health system? How about his claims that Obama opposes offshore oil-drilling and building new nuclear-power plants, when 38,000,000 Americans clearly heard Obama say he was open to both? Or even the smears, innuendo, and less than truthful dirty politics he has used against his opponent? Should we simply overlook those things and call McCain an honest man just because you said so in your perky, country ensemble?
  • Oh hell. Here comes the drumming up of the pseudo-patriotic fervor by invoking the war–a war, I might add, that was built on lies. Notice that Sarah mentions ‘wars’ in the plural sense. Yes, Sarah–we are spending billions on fighting wars while our own people hover on the brink of financial ruin. Nice of you to imply that McCain and yourself intend to continue the fighting until the bitter end, while many of us wind up on the street. Lets ignore the fact that the majority of the people you claim to represent are opposed to this war. That just wouldn’t fit into your handy-dandy rhetoric, would it? And one of your own children are fighting that war–what the hell are you thinking? Or maybe you don’t think of that so much,–and forgive me for saying so, as I believe the child is simply an unfortunate victim of his upbringing–since the child in question is a potential embarrassment to the wholesome, down-home super-mom image you’ve worked so hard to maintain.

“It’s a close race, and it’s gonna come down to what we believe in, and what John McCain and I believe in is what Ronald Reagan believed in.” –Sarah Palin

And what is that, Sarah? Iran-Contra? Creating another Taliban? Leaving us with an even larger deficit? Trickle Down Economics? Medicaid cuts? Withdrawing funding from federal education programs? Reducing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency? Helping create a new Savings and Loan Crisis? Helping create another stock market crash? Raising the national debt by billions? Recreating the Cold War? Having another ‘agressive, imperialistic, and warmongering’ foreign policy? Sounds like more of the same to me–and more of the same that began this mess in the first place, even before Papa Bush came along and asked us to read his lips, then lied to us about no new taxes.

But at least she finally had the sense to admit that it is, indeed, a ‘close’ race.

“Those of you who run our factories, and grow our food, and teach our children, and who fight our wars–this is where the courage and the goodness, the best of America is. It’s in these areas where you love…you have never been not proud to be an American. You are proud to be an American.” –Sarah Palin

  • Here we go again. Trying to single out who is a proud American and who is not, based on whether or not you support her ticket, I suppose. She came dangerously close to implying that many of us hate America, but managed to catch herself at the last moment. Very telling of your mindset, Sarah. Very telling about what we might face if your ticket is elected to office–perhaps a few McCarthy-esque witch hunts to ferret out which ones of us you don’t deem patriotic enough? Is Asheville ‘real’ America, Sarah? If you lose this state, will you deem us to be ‘fake’ America, and punish us accordingly? How hypocritical of you, as if that were something new, considering that your ‘real America’ consists of ties to a party that wants to wash its hands of America, by whatever means necessary.
  • If the blue collar workers, the farmers, the teachers are the best of America, why are you opposed to the pittance tax cuts that Obama has offered us? Could it be that you are just preaching to the crowd what the crowd wants to hear, or are you so ignorant that you don’t understand the issues, either?

“I do thank God that we have a man who is ready and worthy to lead, a man who inspires us with heroic and trustworthy deeds, not just words.” –Sarah Palin

Again, like Libby? Like Keating? Like the way he treated his first wife in his hurry to run off with his heiress? Those kinds of trustworthy deeds?

Yeah, you probably guessed it. It was just another evening of the same old, tired, hackneyed lines that the republican candidates have been feeding us for the last 20 years. No more of the same. Bring us change, and save our country. No to McCain/Palin 2008.

Palin left to the tune of, “Rock This Town”. Hopefully she wont rock us anymore than we already have been–I don’t think we can handle it. We’re rocked enough already, thanks to the policies of politicians just like her.

The Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary Issue #1

Welcome to the very first official issue of The Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary. When I first started this carnival, I simply linked to each submission directly from the carnival page, but politics have suddenly become rather exciting, and I received enough submissions to constitute an actual issue. Politics are serious business, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find the humor in the political headlines. This carnival aims to poke fun at all politics, no matter the political slant (I may not agree with ’em, but I support their right to share their views), and to make you think. However, we also enjoy more serious commentary, as quite a bit of the politics in our nation have been anything but funny. Without further ado, here are the latest submissions.


I Get Email

GrrlScientist gives us a bit of biting humor. “The Blue States want to secede from the Union, and leave the Red States to their own devices. Here’s the official letter from the Blue States to the Red States.”

Ode To John “Air-Quotes” McCain

A humorous ditty from Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

A little clever commentary from the right, courtesy of Donklephant. ” It looks like Barack Obama will indeed succeed in uniting the left with the far left and maybe even bring in the moderate left, leaving only fiscal conservatives, libertarians and limited government advocates without a voice or any practical representation in Washington. But that is ok, since we will certainly get new taxes without that representation. Kind of nostalgic.”

Grown Ass People: Dissecting abortion and crayfish

Dan Blustein delivers well-written commentary, using one of the most unique metaphors I’ve ever seen injected into a political discussion. “Insights into abortion and Sarah Palin by dissecting crayfish.”

Confessions of an X republican

A few thoughts from Buddha of Hollywood on why he went independent.

Do Not Vote

Monopoly on Reason gives us a controversial commentary on the democratic process.

Why the Republican Party needs to Split

Phil for Humanity writes, “Traditionally, conservative meant fiscal responsibility, small government, support of old fashion values, and support of small businesses.”

A Reality Check For the Wall Street Journal About the Bush-McCain Tax Cuts

Disillusioned Words offers commentary on tax and spend: past, present, and potential future.

The Law of Unintended Consequences Part III‚ÄĒSomething for Nothing

Brought to us by Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, this insightful commentary will make you think. Excellent post, highly recommended. It is very long, but worth the read.

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Sarah Palin: Unqualified, Unbelievable, and Unacceptable

The decision of who to vote for was rather difficult for me at the beginning of this race. I was tired of the leadership that we had experienced from the republican president we have had for the last eight years, which made me want to lean toward the democratic nominee, yet I also had a great deal of respect for Senator John McCain. However, in the last few months that respect was destroyed by the Senator himself, but the final nail in his coffin, for me at least, was his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. “Why?” you might ask, “She will just be the vice president, not the leader of the country.” I have a two-fold answer. One, look at Dick Cheney (who more than lives up to his name–too bad we didn’t have outcries against it, as the conservatives have harped upon the moniker ‘Hussein’; we might have avoided a great deal of truama)–and tell me that the choice of vice president doesn’t matter. Second, she might very well end up being our president. The vice president is the first runner up, after all.

I absolutely hate the term used in conjunction with criticism towards Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin, “One heartbeat away from the presidency”. However, no matter how much I hate the phrase, it is true. If McCain is elected to president, both his age and his health make it reasonably likely that the office of president will fall to the hands of the much talked about governor of Alaska. As such, she is, and rightfully so, subject to a great deal of scrutiny. My own observations have led me to believe that she is unqualified, unbelievable, and unacceptable. Why? Let’s examine these assertations.

Why Sarah Palin is Unqualified, Unbelievable, and Unacceptable

1. She has no idea of the job duties of Vice President of the United States. Not only did she have to ask “What does the Vice President do,” when first chosen to be McCain’s running mate, she still hasn’t gotten it right. She seems to believe that the Vice President ‘runs the senate, getting in there with the senators and making policy changes’, when, in fact The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided. In other words, it’s a figurehead position–a last ditch tie-breaker role, if you will.

Gov Palin needs to re-read or perhaps read for the first time the Constitution. While the Vice President presides over the Senate, he or she is not in charge of it. Article 1 says The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.

The Senate is part of a co-equal branch of the federal government. –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

2. McCain’s campaign claims that being Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska more than qualifies Palin to be Vice President of one of the most predominant leaders of the free world. How on earth did they come to that conclusion? Running a state with a population lower than almost any other state in the country suddenly qualifies you to help run this large nation? If so, running my household qualifies me to be the CEO of Microsoft. Mr. Gates: Call me. We’ll talk.

And what about her mayoral role of good ole’ Wasilla? Let’s take a look at her mayoral duties there, as outlined by the current mayor of Wasilla, Dianne Keller.

Watch the full interview on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Interview appears in second segment of show.

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So Sarah Palin believes that being mayor of Wasilla is “kind of like being a community organizer” of Chicago, population 2,800,000+, compared to Wasilla, population 9700+ (and that actually makes it the fourth largest town in Alaska, believe it or not), “except that you have actual responsibilites”. Sure, Sarah. Weighty responsibilities like making sure the coffee is hot for the Monday morning staff meeting, and choosing a good pen to sign checks with on Thursday. Give me a break.

3. Sarah Palin lies. I know what you’re thinking–all politicians lie. I pretty much agree with you. However, Palin’s lies are obvious, numerous, and, to put it bluntly, stupid.

“I stood up to the special interests, and the lobbyists.” –Sarah Palin

In actuality, Governor Palin hired a Washington lobbyist while she was mayor of Wasilla. In fact, she was the first Wasilla mayor to do so.

“I championed reform to end earmark spending in congress” –Sarah Palin

While governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has demanded over $400,000,000 in earmark spending from Congress.

“I told the congress, ‘thanks but no thanks'” –Sarah Palin, regarding the Alaska ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

She supported the Bridge to Nowhere, until it was clear that it was hurting her approval rating, and, far from telling congress, ‘no thanks’, Palin took the earmark money. She just spent it on other things, instead.

4. Sarah Palin presumably thinks rape victims should pay for their own rape kits–or at least, it doesn’t bother her enough to do anything about it. Yes, you read that right. She thinks it’s okay to take taxpayer money to fund useless bridges, and Alaska only projects, but draws the line at providing the necessary tools to bring rapists to justice, shunting the cost to the victim, instead–in a state with one of the highest percentages of rape crimes in the country.

Read about it.

And while there is no proof that Palin instituted this policy personally, the very fact that she let it go on unchecked is proof enough to me that her irresponsibility while in a lower office would simply transfer itself to a larger scale irresponsibility if Vice President of this nation. What else would she let slip through the cracks?

5. Sarah Palin is out of touch with the much touted ‘Joe the Plumber’. Do you think that your typical Joe the Plumber has enough funds to squander them on a $150,000 dollar wardrobe for himself and his family? Sarah Palin probably doesn’t, either, but she is not above squandering campaign money, given to her in good faith by contributors to help senator McCain’s campaign, at Macy’s and Sax 5th Avenue, at a time when many Americans are having trouble keeping their homes and putting food on the table. Way to show concern for the little guy suffering during troubled economic times, Sarah.

Read about it.

6. Sarah Palin squandered taxpayer money to pay for unnecessary trips for herself and her family (later doctoring the expense reports when she realized that she would be caught, to put it bluntly, stealing from the taxpayer), as well as to pay herself travel expenses on nights that she actually stayed at home. What a mavericky reformer she is!

7. Sarah Palin hypocritically harps on the alleged Obama connection to radical Will Ayers, all the while ignoring her own ties to a group that wants to disassociate itself from America completely–the Alaskan Independence Party. This is a group whose founder has advocated violent resistance to U.S. officials, and can only be described as radical, themselves.

Would you like to hear a little of the views of the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, Joe Vogler, a party that Sarah has pandered to, and a party that her husband was a member of? Check this out:

And yet, she wants us to worry about Obama sitting on an education board with a man who committed whatever it is she’s accusing him of committing when Obama was eight years old? Sure, Sarah, your smoke and mirrors has us all fooled.

And that’s just a limited gist of why Ms. Palin has destroyed any chance of me voting for the McCain ticket. Her ignorance, her hypocrisy, her dishonesty, her unacceptable behavior, her inexperience, her irresponsibility–all of these things and more have made a mockery of this election. Do the research, do the math, and do the right thing–get out there and vote to make sure that America is not saddled with this travesty of a Vice Presidential candidate.

“We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. … We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.” –Sarah Palin

“As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?” –Sarah Palin

“[T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.” –Sarah Palin

“I told the Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.” ‚ÄďSarah Palin

“I’m the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can’t.'” –Sarah Palin

“I’m very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing … any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.” –Sarah Palin, after an Alaska legislative report found she had broken the state’s ethics law and abused her power in the Troopergate scandal.

Still Undecided? Get Inspired.

I am an unaffiliated voter, but I make no bones about my support of Obama in this election. Why? The man is no saint, by any means. He is, after all, a politician. That kind of rules out the possibility of sainthood right there. However, this particular man is inspiring as no other politician has been in my lifetime. He makes us want to do better. He makes us want to be better. And he makes us want to be proud of our country in a way that hasn’t happened since, I imagine, the time of the creation of the Declaration of Inspiration. Better yet, he makes us want to actually be involved in the running of this country, rather than just continuing to be the complacent consumers of the past few decades. Just look at the way he has inspired the following artists, musicians, and other citizens across the nation.

MC Yogi

will.i.am

Shepard Fairey

Ron English

Sam Flores

Obama inspired poetry by Alice Connally Fisk.

There are dozens upon dozens more images and videos, but I will be kind to your connection and not list them all here. I encourage you to look them up, however. Many of them are quite amazing.

Come on, people. Get inspired! ūüôā