Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"All of 'em, Any of 'em"

The Palin Mendacity Meter continues to accrue.

(Oh, and Ms. Palin, I didn't choose to be gay. Do you only choose gay friends who think it's a choice?)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Curbside Enthusiasm

Some shots of today's rally at Westlake Park, where the rain didn't dampen our enthusiasm to make sure Cindy McCain's visit to the area did NOT go unchallenged...

Friday, September 19, 2008

“When you listened to him describe it you gulped"

Cellular Theory

The excellent polling site Five-Thirty-Eight has an interesting article on how cell-phone-only voters (cell-phonlies?) might be being undercounted in polling--and adjusts projections accordingly.

Check out Florida.

A Sign of the 'Times'

The Seattle Times, a somewhat-conservative daily paper here, endorses Obama. They endorsed Bush in 2000, but Kerry in 2004.

Palin in 62 Seconds

Hillary No Longer M.I.A.

Very welcome news.

Much In A Name

The Other Obamas.

Quote of the Day: Joan Didion

Didion focused on what has been said by all the pundits and television talking heads about Palin: she has a great “story.” McCain, the war hero, has a great “story.” It is a tactic used, she asserted, to “downplay their capacity for trouble.” Condoleezza Rice had a great “story.” Hearkening back to the 2005 confirmation hearings to install her as secretary of state, she said how at the time everyone noted that Rice had great success as provost of Stanford. “It was as if everyone on the Fox News Terror Alert Team had come off the provost beat.

(via The Slog)

"All right, let's get back to work."

One Just for Me

With all due respect to Lady Rothschild.

More Button Designs

More Wisdom from Maher

"They don't hate us for our freedom, they hate us for our airstrikes"
--Bill Maher, last night

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Best Policy

As Cindy McCain flies in to town to scoop up the P.A.C. money, we're holding a rally protesting the web of lies that is the McCain/Palin campaign in Seattle next Wednesday, September 24th, downtown at Westlake Parkk from 4-7 pm.

Details here, MyBO signup here.

We're also getting together this Saturday to make signs for the event.

Which Party Is Better for the Economy?


"Politicians lie, numbers don't," explains Michael Kinsley.

(Whatever did happen to that surplus Clinton left us, anyway?)

Ya Gotta Have Heart

Roger Fisher from the rock band Heart has pledged he’ll give the royalties earned from his song Barracuda, being played by Republicans at rallies, straight to the Obama campaign.

(via Jockohomo)

What Would Jesus Do?

Denied communion for backing Obama? Have they no decency?

Thank god I'm agnostic.

Man with a Plan

Read his plan here.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another Day, Another Palin Dishonesty Exposed

Gosh, it turns out she didn't visit Iraq after all....

If the Democrats lied this much, how shrill would the outcry be?

Straight To DVD

The Christianist Victim Complex continues... delivered right to your door!

Some Words from Our Sponsor

I placed a link to my Zazzle store a few weeks ago, but didn't make a lot of noise about it here. But now, with only a few weeks before the election, I thought I'd point out I have a lot of t-shirt and bumpersticker designs available for sale promoting Obama and the Democrats in general.

Context Is Everything

I was trying to get out from under the gray cloud of bad news about Obama's slide in the polls (reminding myself how flawed said polls are likely to be) by going shopping, something I rarely do. I ran across the following ironic counterpoint of shirts and had to laugh even as I wanted to cry.

But I haven't lost hope. I do think a huge pool of Obama supporters are being missed by pollsters--first-time and/or young voters (who don't have a previous voting roll upon which pollsters can draw upon for contact information) and those who own cell phones but not landlines. Pollsters are behind the curve, still using 20th century communications to measure a 21st century electorate.

I do think Obama--a tough and unflappable campaigner who's surprised us in the past with his abilities--can bounce back and win this.

Sarah Palin is an example of the Old Magician's Trick--her task is to distract--keep everything off-kilter and divert the attention of the media and the electorate away from the woefully-bad candidacy of McCain himself. To continue to dissect her is only to play into this tactic, and ignore the real threat of McCain. Hence, even when Sarah stumbles, it helps McCain, by keeping the cameras off McCain's inevitable stumbles and contradictions in his record.

We saw this week what we need: a mainstream media willing to ask McCain about an issue and not let him wiggle out of a direct answer.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Quotes of the Day

(And no, not this week by Charlie Gibson, but December 2006:)

Alaska Business Monthly: We've lost a lot of Alaska's military members to the war in Iraq. How do you feel about sending more troops into battle, as President Bush is suggesting?

Palin: I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place; I want assurances that we are doing all we can to keep our troops safe. Every life lost is such a tragedy. I am very, very proud of the troops we have in Alaska, those fighting overseas for our freedoms, and the families here who are making so many sacrifices.

Meanwhile, in October of 2007...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ahem... (drumming fingers, waiting)

"But, even given the opportunity through repeated questions from reporters, the woman who won “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” continued to refuse to attack or criticize Palin."

(more here.)

What He Said

"First, you've got to get mad....

What She Said

Arianna suggests the fierce urgency of now is, well, now. A time for a little righteous indignation from Obama.

Amen, sister.

Quote of the Day

“We’ve got 56 days until the election. How many of them can McCain spend hiding behind Palin’s skirt?” (from here.)

The Whole World Is Watching

...and they prefer Obama 4-to-1 to McCain.

Enough is Enough


“John McCain says he’s about change, too — except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics. That’s just calling the same thing something different.”

With a laugh, he added: “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after eight years.”


Any one who claims otherwise is ignorant, or a liar, or both.

(via Sullivan)

As Josh Marshall puts it:

"John McCain is running a campaign almost entirely based on straight up lies. Not just exaggerations or half truths but the sort of straight up, up-is-down mind-blowers we’ve become so accustomed to from the current occupants of the White House."

(via The Slog)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Her-a-Cain Camille

"We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling. That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.” - Camille Paglia, responding to Sarah Palin's first speech after she was introduced by John McCain in Dayton, Ohio.

(via Joe.My.God)

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Days

Barely back from Denver, I eagerly jumped right back into activism, and spent most of Saturday and part of Sunday registering voters and distributing buttons and signs at Seattle's Bumbershoot Arts Festival. I was surrounded by other eager volunteers, and the level of enthusiasm in Bumbershooters, people eager to register or snag an Obama button, energized us even more. Like the Democratic Convention last week, it was an extremely successful event.