Thursday, October 30, 2008

My contribution to election commentary at the Houston Chronicle, Politics, Blue Team:

http://www.chron.com/politics/commons/blueteam.html?plckBlogId=Blog%3a6c91dd24-fc49-402f-a658-f44bff

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Get out the vote!
Innovation and humor, that's why Barack is ahead.

My cousin sent this to me in the customized format and I laughed out loud. Check it out, customize it and send it to your peeps.

http://www.cnnbcvideo.com/taf.shtml?id=&nid=CARKuUQhAb3tZ229z3aCaTMxOTQzMTg-

Monday, October 27, 2008

ONE MORE WEEK!!!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc56ySnsIek
Newspapers
Publications circulations are down, all across the country. Some say that it is because of the liberal swing, the media bias towards Obama.
This is a stretch. The trend has been a move away from print publications for a while now because almost everyone has access to the internet where all major and minor news sources live. One need not blacken her fingers in an attempt to sure up awareness on current events. No! Now we need only click a link to gain access to the writings of left and right leaning contributors to all publications. And what a glorious thing it is! Now I can go to Al Jazeera, Wapo, CNN, Fox, BBC, NYT, as well as local sites, and tap into the views of other global occupants. I wonder what the numbers are for traffic to news sites. I guarantee that especially during this election season that they are multiplying exponentially.
There's also the fantastic additional benefit that we are saving trees by reducing the number of print news sources. Going online, going paperless is a green move, and everyone can feel good about it.
So, I am all for the demise of the newspaper. I believe they served their purpose but their time has come.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., maintained last week that, "Liberals hate real Americans that work, and accomplish and achieve."
Such notions get traction quickly in today's age of instant communication. Walk around Durango High School, where the crowd was waiting for a McCain rally to start, and people spoke glowingly of the Vietnam hero's kinship with "real America."
"It's something Barack Obama can't possibly know, because he's not one of us. It's like the way (Richard) Nixon was able to talk to the hard hats," said Jim Wilson, a district attorney.
Reese Resnick, a Durango oil and gas industry salesman, grew up in a small Texas town, the only son in a family of seven.
"I had to work for everything I got. That's what I was taught, and Sarah Palin understands that," he said. "People like Obama, they get driven in vans all over Washington. Palin's a working mom."




It's the craziest catch 22.

If black people are successful, they are latte sipping, cocktail party attending, Volvo driving, elitists that "don't get it".

Otherwise they are out there selling drugs, knocking up girls leaving them to raise babies on the taxpayer dime.

Do nothings that don't have the American grit and determination to abide by societies rules and standards of success.

But to say that about an American citizen - that he/she is not one of us.

I cannot begin to articulate the depth of sadness and despair that leaves with me.

I want to think that a lot of people have been fed bad information - like that woman that called Obama an Arab. She got that information from the McCain headquarters in her area.

That maybe once Obama is in office, they will come to see that he is good man, that wants what's best for the country.

I want to say that the people that scream venomous, spiteful, scathing commentary about Barack being a Muslim, anti-American, a terrorist, not a citizen, on and on.

I want to think that they are fearful.

Fearful of change.

Fearful of losing power.

Fearful of the unknown.

I want to think that but my experience tells me something different.

Is the throbbing undercurrent, that which lives just below our consciousness, out of our collective sight as members of the majority, but that which the minorities experience every second of their lives bubbling to the surface?

The off color joke or comment.

The dismissive or cautionary look.

The constant non verbal reminders that control is not in your hands.

It is there.

Holding up a curious George doll with an Obama sticker attached.

In the terror filled shouts of those trying to get those that refuse to listen to understand that this is a terrible, terrible mistake.

Obama is a terrible terrible mistake.

Don't let him sweet talk you.

Don't let him lie and get away with it.

They are desperate for us to hear them.

But we don't.

It is there but we will not allow it to change the course that we know, we know, is the right course for our country.

We are done listening to republicans.

Done being told that it's for our national "interest" or "security" or for the betterment of the country.

Everything they said was a lie.

They took us into a war that was categorically illegal and morally wrong.

They padded the bank accounts of their friends and allies and turned around and pointed the finger at democrats.

They twist our words and call us unpatriotic.

They tell us our tolerance and acceptance of others sexual orientation, religious affiliations and ethnicity aid and abet the enemy, promote promiscuity.

But we are done.

Done with the underlying racism.

Done with the twisting.

Done with the undercutting.

Done with the lies.

Done with it all.

We are listening to what we know is right, what we know is true, what we know our country needs.

We are trusting ourselves.

We are trusting our research.

We are trusting our choice.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Just so we are clear
There seems to be some confusion or rather, stubborn-ness, on the right in regards to this whole ACORN thing.
It is not voter fraud.
It is "possible" registration fraud.
Which was brought to light by those that review the registration forms, fact check, ensure that the information is correct, and then submit those forms to the appropriate authorities to register a voter.
Voter fraud would be someone coming in and voting under Albert Einstein with ID that said he was Albert Einstein and then returning to vote as Benjamin Franklin with an ID that said he was Benjamin Franklin.
The ridiculous way that the right, mostly the very far neocon territory right are the ones that keep repeating this false information. Of course, not acknowledging voting machine tampering in 2000 or 2006, voter records expunged, intimidation and threats, nor will the acknowledge that a republican was busted for registration fraud in California.
ACORN has been a great organization that registers poor people and minorities to vote. That is their crime. That is why they are a target. It's pathetic but this is what happens when people get desperate. They start swinging wildly. Kind of like a drowning person. Every lifeguard is trained to expect the victim to grasp, punch, tear, etc. at them as they are in survival mode. That is what is going on here.
They see the train coming and they cannot get off the tracks. They are trying but they cannot. They are about to be hit hard and they are grasping at every conceivable straw, every available lifeline.
They will not find one.
The moderates of their party have decided to send them a message. Give us our party back. You ran us into the ground. We are done with you calling all the shots. Take your medicine and let the grownups take charge.
Step aside.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

No to Dismissing the Nuts

We've heard it repeatedly - a few extremists, fringe, a sprinkling or a handful of nuts - that shout out or say an off color comment or bring a stuffed animal - preferably a monkey - with an Obama name tag or with shirts saying "Palin is a c@#t". Let's not focus on them, they are a minority, a smattering, a minuscule contingency that are bound to pop up from time to time.

Yeah.
Like in a UT clock tower.
Or grassy knoll.
Or with a gun pointed at a hotel balcony.
Or with an arsenal at a university.

Yeah. They pop up and if you act like they aren't there, you empower, you embolden them and they do the biding, or what they believe the biding is, of their "repressed" or "humiliated" people.

It doesn't take much. Just say that an organization is going to destroy the fabric of America and before you know it - that organization is broken into and workers are receiving death threats at home and at work. Menacing threats mentioning family member names, children's schools, times when your family are off work or usually return home. Office computers are stolen.

It is just those people that you have to keep an eye on. Not harassed for being racist, sexist, threatened and frightened, but watched to ensure that the line is not crossed. I don't want a police state, but I do want people that are dancing on the edge to have an audience.
Because it takes just one.
Just one guy that doesn't want his country destroyed, doesn't want his vote not to count, doesn't want to live in a socialist state, doesn't want to be forced to practice Islam, doesn't want to be thrust into a society he does not recognize.
And with the constant painting of one candidate as threatening, as dangerous, as mysterious, as potentially not even a citizen, that pals around with undesirables, we are going to see more and more people who are feel they have no other option.
Of course, this is America, land of the free - free to say whatever you want. But there is a huge difference between someone writing on a blog, someone speaking to another on the sidewalk, in a cafe or in a chatroom and someone putting out a national commercial, giving a press release, speaking to 10s of thousands of people at a rally or making accusations at a debate watched by millions.
It is the responsibility of all candidates but especially those embattled in the VP and POTUS to be above reproach when making statements to the masses.
What I find frightening is McCain & Palin's inability to adjust their message once items in that message have been disproved. To me, it smacks of that old neocon mantra that if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes truth.
In actuality, it becomes truth to your base. And these are the ones that are the most adamant, the most faithful, the most loyal to a particular group. Even when McCain corrected the woman that said Obama is an Arab, she did not believe him. She excused his response as not wanting to say anything negative about his opponent. Why would she think that?
Because the information she is reciting comes straight from material she picked up at a McCain headquarters.
Not a republican national headquarters.
The McCain headquarters.
Big difference.
It's the difference between a commercial that says hey! we're speaking about this guy because we back him and one that says - I am so-and-so and I approve this message.


It will only be in hindsight, after someone has gone over the edge and does something that causes a collective national gasp, forcing all to remember yet again where they were when this national tragedy happened, that we will be able to connect the dots and see how the person progressed from ardent supporter to criminal.
I want to catch it before it happens.
I want the candidates to think about what the possible outcome could be to their words.
When they say something that could be taken in a way that causes someone to feel threatened, endangered or frightened, I want them to pause and think - is it worth it?
We have already seen it. On both sides, but more on the right. Because they know what to expect from McCain. He has been around for a while, he has voted a certain way. But they don't know what to think about the dark guy. They hear what Rush says, they hear that Sean is worried, they hear that Fox is concerned. And they hear Palin saying that he pals around with terrorist and there it is! Right there in the glossy handout from the McCain headquarters, information about his rival being a socialist, associating with those that hate our country, threaten our way of life, practices a religion that is diametrically opposed to theirs, wants to sit down with our adversaries.
Why?
Who would do that but someone that wants to give away our country?
I am saying that there are people out there who are feeling threatened. They have gone so far as to pick up a mike at a rally and say so.
They are saying they are angry!
ANGRY! Because of the socialist elite.
Do you think that they will just shrug those very real feelings off?
No.
It is imperative that we not dismiss these people. It is crucial that we take their feelings seriously and address their concerns. And the only ones that can do that are the ones that got them all bent out of shape with inflammatory statements, with twisted words and false accusations.
It is up to McCain and Palin to take responsibility for the words they use in the messages they are broadcasting to thousands of people.
They need to take responsibility for the tone, for the inflection, for the nonverbal language they are using to get this message across. You can try to mask it with folksy verbiage, conversational "my friends" speak but it is as plain as the nose on their face. They are trying to stir up their base to encourage their friends to vote "country first" and for their existing way of life.
What they are not getting is that a lot of people's way of life has taken a serious jag towards unpleasant and the opposition is talking to them in a language that recognizes that and promises relief.
Change is scary for a lot of people.
Right now, most people want it.
Unfortunately, for some, it means something that they cannot imagine, cannot fathom and certainly don't want to come to fruition.

Monday, October 13, 2008


I guess that everything pales in comparison. I am deeply, deeply saddened that this exists. It breaks my heart that an entire group of people have to deal with this sort of vitriol undercurrent. This was on Pam's House Blend where she also had a man with an Obama sticker wrapped around the head of a curious george doll. He waved it around, guffawing and thinking himself so clever. Later, inside, the MSM focused in on him and suddenly, he didn't seems so brazen, opting to remove the sticker while looking innocently around and then handing the doll to a child.
Obama sock puppets and monkeys seem to be all the rage.
What a proud moment in American history.
I can't wait until I get to explain this Americana to my grand children.



It just seems to get worse........

This weekend Palin repeated the McCain press release, prior to the report's release, that she had been exonerated in any illegal or unethical behavior in relation to Troopergate. Even telling someone, read the report, sir.
Doh!
Did she not read the part about the justification for the desire to get rid of this trooper - the tasering, the threats, the abuse - were not believed by the commission? Did she not read that they believed that she was remiss in controlling the abuse that was going on in her office, under her nose and that she did indeed violate the public trust?
Exactly were is that moral compass she relies so heavily on? Just because you get someone else to do your dirty work, does not mean your hands are clean.
Oh.
Yeah.
Sorry.
I forgot.
She really doesn't read, does she?
My bad.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

So, McCain corrected some supporters about their fear should Obama become president and that he is not, in fact, an Arab....(?), and in turn received kudos across the board for stepping up and....correcting people. Even a nod from Obama thanking him for stepping up.

I feel like I am looking through one of those crazy fisheye lenses with the Twilight Zone swirling overriding my vision. Honestly. That's what I feel like.

Since when do we say wow, amazing, awesome, when someone says - uh, sorry, this is the fact. I mean, talk about your "no grades just stars for everyone!" mentality. Sorry. No. If someone stood up and said to Obama that McCain was an alien, from Mercury, would we have the same reaction? To his credit, Obama told the guy, no, that's not correct, he's a decent guy, a citizen, wow doesn't that make him a great guy!! No. It doesn't. It just makes him a guy that corrects people when they are categorically wrong.
Period.
But then you turn around, and Wasilla Barbie is again going on about the false friendship between Obama and Ayers and again, repeating the lie that supported the killing of babies slated for abortion. And then you see the judgment ads where Obama is again tied to Ayers. How can you accept praise for correcting falsehoods and then turn around and project those falsehoods to your supporters and on televsion? How does that work?
When Obama has taken the high road and refused to capitalize on the Palin abuse of power in troopergate, you still get up there a spit vicerol falsehoods. I don't get it. I really don't. What is this crazy world that Palin lives in, where she can say ad nauseum that she didn't support the bridge to nowhere, that she is fiscally conservative, that she fought big oil, that she did nothing wrong with the trooper issue and was EXHONERATED (!?) by the commission, that she ran Wasilla, that she got a pipeline up and running, all these claims and others that have been repeatedly disproven that she will not let go of. It irritates me that pit bulls have been, again, victimized and had their name sullied by some woman that is as self-involved as any I have seen. Pit bulls are loyal, selfless, wonderful animals that will do anything for their owners. That is how their nature makes them the perfect breed for abusers. Loyalty and selflessness. I don't see that in Palin.

I understand why Obama is going the way he is going - staying on task, addressing the issues - shit -someone has to!, not stepping into the muck, stepping around it and proceeding on. He is winning moderates and independents left and right with this strategy. It stuns me that McCain hasn't picked up on this and tacked that way.

I believe Obama will win in November. I think that we will have to continue to canvas, continue to talk to our neighbors and make our calls. We cannot let up and assume anything, that's when things go awry. We must stay as focused as our candidate and run through the tape at the end...no jogging or walking!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Oh dear.
Damn video cameras.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its
Obama on Ayers: 'I assumed that he had been rehabilitated'
From Ben Smith's Blog on Politico

In an interview with the sympathetic conservative talk radio host this afternoon, Obama offered the clearest explanation yet of how an extremely careful politician allowed himself anywhere near a former '60s radical who would become a Republican target in this year's presidential campaign.
Obama "had assumed" from Bill Ayers' stature in Chicago, he told the Philadelphia-based Michael Smerconish, that Ayers had been "rehabilitated" since his 1960s crimes.
In the interview, which was taped this afternoon and will air tomorrow, and which you can listen to above, Obama recalled moving back to Chicago after law school, and becoming involved in civic life there.
"The gentleman in question, Bill Ayers, is a college professor, teaches education at the University of Illinois," he said. "That's how i met him -- working on a school reform project that was funded by an ambassador and very close friend of Ronald Reagan's" along with "a bunch of conservative businessmen and civic leaders."
"Ultimately, I ended up learning about the fact that he had engaged in this reprehensible act 40 years ago, but I was eight years old at the time and I assumed that he had been rehabilitated," Obama said.
That may not have been an unreasonable assumption for Obama in the 1990s. Though Ayers never repented his part in the Weather Underground bombings, he had not yet become notorious for advertising them. That notoriety returned in 2001, when he published his memoir, "Fugitive Days," and reminisced about the bombings in a New York Times interview that happened to appear September 11 of that year."This guy is not part of my inner circle, he doesn't advise my campaign, he's not going to advise me as president," Obama assured listeners.
Obama also lashed McCain for focusing on Ayers on a day of dramatic economic turmoil, calling the issue a "red herring.""The fact that Senator McCain wants to make this the centerpiece of his campaign is pretty remarkable," he said. "We are going through an enormous challenge right now. "
"Senator McCain surely doesn't believe that I've endorsed any of the actions that [Ayers] has taken," he said. "They're trying to distract from the economy."
"We've got the biggest economic crisis on our hands since the Great Depression and Senator McCain's team has said in the newspapers, they've said it publicly, 'If we talk about the economy, then we lose the election,'" Obama said.
By Ben Smith 07:20 PM
This will be short....

I want to know about AIP and Palin's involvement. This is the party that preaches secession from the USA. Granted, it was the first dude that was a member. But Palin spoke at a convention and at a meeting as recently as May of this year.

I want to know about this PR firm that was hired using tax payer dollars in order to promote Palin in the national arena. Isn't that at least unethical and at most illegal?

I want an explanation as to how this would not be considered unethical - the contractor that built the Wasilla Hockey Stadium for 20 million also built her lake house.

I want to know why Palin felt it necessary to contact Monegan (Troopergate) 36 times and then claim to not have pressured or been involved.

I want to know why Palin used personal email accounts to conduct state business and is now charging exorbitant amounts of money for copies of emails.

I want to know why Palin cc:d the first dude on hundreds of state business related emails.

I want to know why Palin and McCain refuse to take some kind of corrective measure when the attendees in their rallies begin to shout "kill him" "terrorist" and racial slurs to African Americans in the crowd.

No politician is clean.
I want the character assassinations to stop.
Our economy is in freefall and we have a candidate that is mired in the 60's, obsessing on a radical extremist that is now a professor of education, a recipient of Citizen of the Year (Chicago 1997) and was involved in anti-government behavior when Obama was 8.

I want to know that seniors will be cared for and not have to choose between prescriptions and medical attention and food.
I want to know that not another child will die of asthma in this country.
I want to know that not one more family will be bankrupted due to illness and medical costs.
I want to be energy independent in ten years.
I want the use of oil and gas to be a thing of the past.
I want clean air and water.
I want green jobs.
I want the rest of the world to finally exhale after holding its collective breath for 8 years.
I want my kids to go to college.
I want my fellow citizens to love the ones that they want to love. Without repercussions.
I want my country back.
Can we focus on fixing our country...please?

Thursday, October 09, 2008

So...when did you stop beating your kids?

What is inherently impossible about this whole Ayers non-issue is the proof.
How does one prove a non-relationship?
How does one prove something that doesn't exist.

All this rattling about a 60's domestic terrorist when Obama was 8, turned college professor with a specializing interest in local schools, can go nowhere. Obama has been vetted for 20 months. If there was a smoking gun - perhaps grainy video of them sitting somewhere tete-a-tete, in deep conversation, or correspondence or something that would give this issue legs, then the media, always looking for a scandal or way to knock someone off the pedestal, would have run with it.

They have not.

How do I prove that my neighbor, who welcomed me into the neighborhood by having a block party, who happens to be member of the Black Panther Party and also sat on the PTA with me as well as participated in several school programs and organizations, is not a close personal friend? How do I prove that I knew about his past? How do I prove that we didn't go out for coffee and subversion after meetings?

I can't.

I can't because life is not like that. Constant verification, documentation of everything one does borders on the neurotic obsessive compulsive extreme. I don't have a camera crew tracking my every move, and before he ran for office neither did Obama. How can he prove no relationship?
Even if Ayers himself came out and said we barely know each other, it wouldn't stop the rumors, the negative attacks for a struggling campaign.
Because if you can make people question, wonder if there's any truth, then you have succeeded in your aim.
This morning my son asked what is he supposed to say to fellow students that say they don't like Obama because he won't say the pledge of allegiance. These kids are echoeing family conversations.
It is hard pulling these weeds out, as the roots of so many ills in our country run very deep.

PS That whole Black Panther thing is made up as an example....just so you know.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Palin et al can screech sexism all they want, but until they have to deal with crap like this, they really have nothing to say.

http://washingtonindependent.com/10456/hate-mail-in-communist-county

Monday, October 06, 2008

Palin-drone

So, if you watched the VP debates, you probably noticed that whenever Biden brought up Bush and active policies of the administration, Palin would make an effort to minimize the devastating truths of those statements by saying that Biden was dredging up the past and golly, for a campaign of "change", they sure seemed mired in the past...dontyaknow.

And so over the weekend...48 hours later...Palin brings up Ayers. The guy that lives down the street that worked on several school programs with Obama and hosted one of his first "meet and greets". Ayers IN THE 60's was part of a domestic "terrorist" group that had specific targets within the country. Today Ayers is a professor of education and a Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois. He has also authored a series of books about parenting and educating children, including: A Kind and Just Parent; To Become a Teacher; City Kids; City Teachers; To Teach; The Good Preschool Teacher; Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools; and Teaching Towards Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom.

So when Obama was 8, this guy was doing illegal stuff and raging against the machine...as it were. Now, he is a professor that appears extremely involved in education. And not illegal actions.
Where's the problem? We are talking about 35 years. Can people not change? Can we not engage with people because they have a tainted past? I would think that would be pretty limiting in our scope of those with whom we can interact.

But back to the original point. Only Palin can bring up the past?
Only Palin can point fingers and make associations but it is somehow off base and irrelevant to emphasize the associations between members of the same party?

This is why they are tanking.
They are focusing on things that no one cares about, primarily because we are all just a little tiny bit concerned with the collapse of our economy and our withering 401Ks.

They have sealed their fate.

Friday, October 03, 2008

A direct quote from the woman that wishes to be the next Vice President of the United States......

"Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president's agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we'll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also."

If someone could please offer a translation....I would appreciate it.
One more thing...
I can't believe I left this out. And I wonder if anyone else caught it..
At one point, Ifill asked if, because of the financial crisis, would either campaigns have to pull back on any promises they had made on the trail.
Palin did that monumentally annoying fake question thing (like with the Russians...where...where..I SAY...where do they go (head tilt, eye squint in mock questioning)? Alaska! It's right there!!!!). She said "how long have I been at this (head tilt, eye squint) like 5 weeks??"
(Not just a little bit telling.)

But then she turns around and starts talking about expanding the power of the VP.
W....o.....w.
5 weeks ago, she didn't even know what the VP did.
Now, even though she acknowledged several times that she is inexperienced, she wants to expand the VP power and control.
Phew!
I have to say, I was nervous before the debate.
I had images of Palin coming out and decimating Biden with facts and knowledge and sticking it to the people that have been laughing at her for the past couple of weeks. I half expected Biden to slip and say honey or something equally as dooming.
But what a relief!
Palin came out with her fixin', her hunkerin', her smarmy, snarky tone repeating the same tired litany of bullet points that the McCain campaign reiterates at every campaign stop. I think this is easy for her. She doesn't have to answer specific questions, she can actually just say what she wants to say without really answering any questions at all. She tried to do that joe six pack folksy crap, which I just find to be false since her continuous references to being just like us fall not just a bit flat now that I know she is worth 12 million dollars.
But there was one point in the debate where I felt she displayed the real Palin.
Biden got emotional talking about how his life experiences have made it easy for him to "get it", to understand what the average American is feeling and experiencing. He got choked up, finished positively and Palin didn't miss a beat, didn't appear affected, didn't even seem be aware that there had been any emotionally bloodletting.
She just stepped over the puddle on her way to the camera.
That's Palin.
She definitely didn't disappoint her base, she didn't humiliate herself, she did talk in circles but for the most part she hit her party's platform planks- with the "all of the above" (??) answers, and showed the kind of person she is.
I still don't believe that she is even remotely ready to be VP let alone president.
Biden on the other hand was a freakin' rock star. He was strong, he was knowledgeable, he stayed on point, he was respectful and he showed why he is on the ticket.
Definitely a Biden victory.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

One of the Huge Problems with the McCain Campaign
"McCain Campaign" is really quite lyrical.
Just noticed that.

Anyway.
I saw John on an interview where he was saying that he didn't see the results the interviewer was talking about - not in the polls, not in the throngs of people that are coming to their events, no, he was thrilled that Palin is wildly popular.
That's the problem with not being involved with technology.
Not even the latest.
Just technology.
I read a plethora of papers everyday...all of which I can name. They are predominantly liberal leaning but in my feeble attempt to remain aware of all that is around me, I read conservative papers as well.
And I check polls and latest information on blogs.
John appears to not be checking.
If he did he would see that over 50% of people polled believe that Palin is unqualified.
They also believe that she will hurt the party.
I want to say that he is "old school". But that's not the case.
My beloved mom, aged...mid 70's, not only emails but surfs like an expert on the Internet wave. She shops, she researches, she plays scrabble with my sister. This is someone that had never touched a typewriter before. And she rocks.
He blames his lack of Internet or computer interaction on the torture he experience in 'Nam.
Sorry.
I don't buy that.
My brother, stricken with ALS was able to lead a bible study well into his disease that robs the body of any movement.
There is technology out there that all you need is eyes that can go back and forth and you can work a computer.
I know there a quite a few people that have an aversion to computers - the noises scare them - the pinging, dinging and whirling of the internal fan - frighten them, making them believe that they will blow up not only the machine but the office as well. I understand this fear. It's the same with anything with which we are unfamiliar. I remember feeling that way.
What I don't get is the campaign staff.
Are they not telling him what's going on? Or is he adamantly refusing to listen to what they are telling him? Not just amongst those we expect to be hyper-critical but amongst staunch conservatives, amongst THE BASE?
I don't know.
I do know that there is nothing "gotcha" about asking what papers a candidate reads.
Or what supreme court besides Roe v Wade that Palin disagrees with.
EXCEPT ROE V WADE.
Watching her brings about the distasteful remembrances of head cheerleaders with their brilliant smiles and cute disposition while talking in circles, mocking, condescending and throwing verbal daggers.
The way she speaks when she obviously is at a loss is so very objectionable to me. I cannot stand that smarmy tone she takes.
The debate should be interesting.
I expect her to perform well.
But I expect that Biden will perform like a VP.