Tag Archives: Campaign 2008

And the Winner is . . . Democracy

The results aren’t in yet but that isn’t what I’ve been noticing. Eighty percent turnout is expected in Florida and Ohio. People are coming out to the polls in record numbers. They are calmly standing in multi-hour long lines in order to have their voices heard.

This tells me that our democracy is strong. Beginning tomorrow we can address the issues that will surely be identified from this election.

How do we shorten the wait times? How do we assure that everyone who wants to vote has the ability to do so? How do we make sure that all forms of fraud are eliminated? How do we make sure that the election remains in the hands of the American voters rather than in the hands of attorneys?

These are questions for a later time. Today is Election Day.

The polls are open and I have the Electoral tally at 234 for Barack Obama and 161 for John McCain.

 

McCain tally:

Alabama (9), Alaska (3), Arizona (10), Arkansas (6), Georgia (15), Idaho (4), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (9), Mississippi (6), Montana (3), Nebraska (5), North Dakota (3), Oklahoma (7), South Carolina (8), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (11), Texas (34), Utah (3), West Virginia (5), Wyoming (3)

 

Obama tally:

California (55), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Illinois (21), Iowa (7), Maine (4), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (12), Michigan (17), Minnesota (10), New Jersey (15), New York (31), Oregon (7), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), Washington (11), Wisconsin (10)

 

Toss-ups:

Colorado (9), Florida (27), Indiana (11), Missouri (11), Nevada (5), New Hampshire (4), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (15), Ohio (20), Pennsylvania (21), Virginia (13)

 

Obama needs to pick up 36 more electoral votes from the toss-up list and that is all she wrote. But here is the problem that John McCain faces. Pennsylvania has Obama up around double digits. Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Virginia all look like they’ll go for Obama.

Indiana is the first of the toss-up states to have their polls close. Part of the state closes at 6 with the rest by 7. Also at 7 are Florida, New Hampshire and Virginia. When the results start coming in from these 4 states, we will have a good idea of the direction the rest of the evening will take. I suspect New Hampshire will be declared a victory for Obama by 8 bringing him within 32 of the White House.

At 7:30 Ohio and North Carolina close followed by Missouri and Pennsylvania at 8. I suspect that Pennsylvania will declare quickly for Obama bringing him within 11.

At 9:00 Colorado and New Mexico close and those should put Obama over the top.

At 10:00 Nevada becomes the last toss-up to close their polls.

It is a good bet that by shortly after 7 pm we’ll have a really good idea at who will win this election.

Then again, the GOP is already warning us that the exit polls heavily favor the Democrats. Does that mean that we need to worry about the theft of another election? Exit polling is used as a benchmark to determine election fraud around the world. Why is this country the only place where exit polls are flawed?

And for good measure lawyers are positioning themselves in key locations around the country. Are they there to expect trouble or to cause trouble? I guess time will tell.

I will be keeping a close eye on those 11 states and just a glance to the other 40 contests in case there is a surprise – or a trend.

Regardless, today is Election Day in the United States of America. Turnout is very strong and clearly our democracy is great and I hope each of you voted.

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Nudists can’t vote – in the nude

From the ‘I swear I’m not making this up’ file. I think I’ll be making this a feature now that the election is almost over.

There will be no special polling place for the residents at Caliente Resort tomorrow. It is doubtful that even by 2010 one would be approved.

What makes this request unusual and even quite amusing is that Caliente Resort is a clothing optional community and the residents wanted Pasco County, which is located north of Tampa, Florida, to approve a request allowing the nudists to have the ability of voting in a clothing-optional polling place.

Read the full story at the St. Petersburg Times.

It gives a whole new meaning to the term polling place.

Pasco County’s supervisor of elections, Brian Corley thinks Caliente is “just doing some marketing hype.” A nude publicity stunt? How clever?

My favorite line in the article:

Plus there are more practical considerations. Nothing in state law prohibits a nudist polling place, but how would the clerks and deputies wear their badges?

I can picture going to the nudist polling place trying hard to keep my eyes on my own ballot.

Wouldn’t you love to see the candidates come down to give a stump speech?

Currently, the Caliente Resort residents have to travel 2 miles to the clubhouse of another community to vote. In other words, they must keep it in their clothes.

County Commissioner Pat Mulieri, whose central Pasco district includes the resort, doubted the need for a new precinct. Creating a new one would cost money, so there would need to be a good reason to do it, she said.

“They can do absentees,” she said. “They can do early voting — I mean, they do leave the place.”

Mulieri had the right idea. It’s not like they go everywhere in the nude. Nudists do wear clothes.

As supportive as I am of nudist rights, I do have my limits. I don’t want them walking around the grocery store in the nude, or dining in a restaurant with me.

I do enjoy a good game of nude volleyball every now and then, but the thought of nude bowling makes me ill.

And I’m sure they won’t get too many takers on the Nudists for Obama buttons.

I have to give a h/t to Barbara Hijek who posted this in the Sun-Sentinel weirdflorida blog

Bet you were looking for pictures. Here is the link to Caliente Resorts.

Barack Obama’s grandmother passes away

Very sad news on the eve of Election Day for Barack Obama.  His grandmother passed away after a battle with cancer. 

My heart goes out to the entire Obama and Dunham families. 

 

“He is about to have the best news of his life on the heels of getting the worst news of his life.”  – Randi Rhodes

Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, dies at 86

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Madelyn Dunham, grandmother of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, died late last night after a battle with cancer. She was 86.

Dunham, who lived in Hawaii, died on the eve of an election in which her grandson was leading in the race to become president.

“She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility,” Obama said in a statement released by his campaign. “She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring.”

Obama flew to Hawaii for two days in the final stretch of the campaign to be with the woman he called “Toot,” short for “tutu,” the Hawaiian word for grandmother. He has credited her with his success in life, saying she “poured everything she had into me.”

 

McCain hearts JTP

John McCain has said that his heroes are Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.  Now he tells us that his role model is Joe the Plumber.  Really?

This is the guy who claimed that he was a plumber but is unlicensed.

He claimed to be an undecided voter but was voting McCain all along.

Joe didn’t show up for a McCain fundraiser and when McCain gave him a shout-out with no response and McCain actually looked embarrassed.  (I felt bad for McCain – momentarily).

Joe agreed with a person who told him that he felt that a vote for Obama was a vote for the death of Israel.  The comment was so vile that Shepherd Smith on Fox News took him on and then clarified Obama’s correct position (pro-Israel).

This is McCain’s role model?

How to know if you are a Socialist

If you or your candidate supported the $700b bailout that takes our hard-earned tax dollars and redistributes it to the banks, who now horde the money they have received, you may be a socialist.

If your candidate redistributed money to all Alaskans from money received through a windfall profit tax of the oil companies, you may be a socialist.

If you have ever checked out a book from a library, you may be a socialist.

If you have ever called the police or were grateful for the service they provide, you may be a socialist.

If you ever needed the service of a firefighter, you may be a socialist.

If you collect Social Security, you may be a socialist.

If you are covered by Medicare, you may be a socialist.

If you or your children have ever attended public school, you may be a socialist.

If you use public sewer and water services, you may be a socialist

If you drive to work on a paved road or have ever crossed a bridge, you may be a socialist.

If you believe the lies thrown out by the GOP and John McCain that Barack Obama is a socialist, you may be too dumb to vote.

{A very special hat tip to Cats r Flyfishn at Pennsylvania for Change for providing some of the bullets.}

 

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You know, I am totally disgusted with this innuendo and constant attempts to scare the electorate to vote a certain way.  Let’s put this right out there.  Barack Obama is not a socialist or Marxist and is not, in any way, shape or form, advocating for socialism.

I think the problem is that many people are unaware of what socialism is.  No one is advocating a “collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.* 

I haven’t heard any reference to the United States moving to “a system of society or group living in which there is no private property” or one “in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.”*

Now the third definition would be the closest to what you all fear.  “A stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.”*

If you buy into this definition, I would have to point out that women receive 70 cents for every dollar as compared to men.  That is an “unequal distribution of … pay according to work done.”  Right? 

If you do the exact same job as a co-worker, the likelihood of both of you receiving the exact same pay is very slim.

What about this quote?  “Here’s what I really believe:  That when you reach a certain level of comfort, there’s nothing wrong with paying somewhat more.” 

The interesting point is that this was said by none other than John McCain.

Isn’t that what the Republicans are accusing Obama of suggesting?   Slightly increasing the taxes on the wealthy and cutting it for those earning under $200,000? 

Political candidates, especially when they are trailing in the polls, often resort to fear in order to get you to switch your vote. How pathetic are we as an electorate if we are still unable to see through this desperate charade in the 21st century.

 

Source:  * http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism

 

Barack Obama – American Stories, American Solutions

Last night, Barack Obama bought time on all the major television networks (ABC will air later).  He presented his 30-minute film, American Stories, American Solutions narrated by the Democratic candidate for president.

The film had Americans discussing the problems they currently face and the solutions that an Obama presidency will offer.

It was a positive film – no smears or attacks which was refreshing to see so late in a campaign.  It solely presented the argument why America should elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States.

Obama caught admitting being a Socialist

I didn’t believe it until I saw this.