Friday, October 31, 2008


The Columbus 13 respond

The thirteen have posted at Daily Kos.

Among the many voter registration efforts in Ohio is an organization of young people named Vote from Home. They came from around the country to register voters. They are definitely progressive in politics and there is little doubt that they always had in mind a Democratic Party victory for their efforts. They rented a home in Columbus on August 1 and got to work. They were exceptionally successful.
1)The average number of Franklin County voters that Vote from Home has registered per month is higher than the Obama and McCain campaigns combined (as reported by the Columbus Dispatch).

2)The Columbus Dispatch has also reported that our success rate for approved registrations (by the BOE) is among the highest of all registration groups in Franklin County.

In other words, they have it together better than ACORN.

There is no controversy about their registrations. What drew the screams from Fox News and Michelle Malkin was the fact that they registered to vote at the home in Ohio. They read the requirements for registration at the elections department website, which said they had to be a resident at least 30 days before the election. The site did not include the legal definition of "resident." They planned to live in Columbus for four months and they thought that was adequate. They registered to vote. They are not voting anywhere else.

From what they were about to face, you'd think they were the Manson family.
On October 15, 2008, the harassment began. "Voter fraud alert: Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered as Ohio voters, received absentee ballots," blared the conservative Michelle Malkin blog. "Will out-of-town turn Ohio blue?" Other conservative news outlets repeated the charges, spotlighting our team members and disparaging our education, judgment, families and intentions.

Soon, four news trucks were parked on the street outside 2885 Brownlee Avenue, cameras trained on our every move. A crowd lingered on the sidewalk. In Oxford, England, camera crews harassed Vote from Home team members. In New York City, where three of the Vote from Home team members have family members, the NY Post ran a front-page story entitled, "Swingers".

Hundreds of hate-mails filled our inboxes. Day after day we tried to ignore Fox’s nightly "breaking news" clips about Vote from Home.

They were criminally investigated, while their attorneys advised them to keep quiet and just continue their work. While the pushed the story initially, with trumpets blaring and all the appropriate outrage and indignation at these 13 kids trying to destroy democracy and American life as we know it, the fact that the investigation was dropped didn't even make it to page 7.

On October 23, the investigation was dropped and no charges were filed. As it turns out, deep in Ohio election law 3509.02(c), the rules of residency are defined in greater detail and include intent to make Ohio one’s permanent home. This information, however, was not given on the voter registration form or the Franklin County Board of Elections website at the time that we registered. Subsequent news stories identify many others, on both sides of the aisle, who have done as we did.

When Rose posted about the incident a couple of weeks ago, I kind of bought into the hype. I do think it was a little sloppy on their part. Yes, they're young, and yes, the rules for residency should be readily available particularly if it confounds a common practice on "both sides of the aisle." But I think it's common sense to assume that a state or locality would prefer that their elections are determined by people with a long term interest in the outcome, particularly when it comes to local candidates and issues. Students vote where they go to school, and even though their residency is often temporary they are replaced by more students with like interests. I believe that even in my early 20's I would have had a sense of that and voted absentee in my actual place of residence. But these are phenomenal kids, ethical and idealistic, at least until a few weeks ago. The world is a better place with them in it. They didn't deserve the treatment.

The Kos post accounts for the incident as part of a broader Republican strategy to suppress the vote with intimidation. I see it more as a rush to judgment in the context of a very stressful political campaign with extremely high stakes, somewhat conditioned by the contemporaneous ACORN controversy, equally misunderstood due to the hysteria and hype.

The post is signed by several of the thirteen.


Trusting the kids with recruiters - measures F and J

I actually have mixed feelings about these measures. I'm all for equal time for groups like War Resisters League or the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors. I'm also for placing some restrictions on recruiting tactics, including strict controls on the deliberate lying which has been reported in the media. I would also support the barring of any recruiters who are bound by quotas, which leads to an ACORN type situation. But I think the kids should be trusted to take in information and make up their own minds, and I don't really like absolute bans in any form. And though I have opposed (or would have opposed had I been alive) all but a handful of U.S. military actions, I do believe we need a military and the military does have to recruit to get participants.

Still, I support the spirit in which the measures are made, and I believe that measures like this send important messages to national government about military policy. And the campaigns by themselves educate the teens about the "highly sophisticated and well-funded efforts" being made, so that they can make informed decisions. The proponents' site makes a very good case against some of the recruiting tactics and the need to protect kids from them.

But as the measure proponents note, "as a society" we don't trust teenagers' judgment for much of anything. This is where I disagree with the proponents. I don't believe we should feed into that lack of faith. Kids very often rise to our expectations, and the answer should be to maximize the information and emphasize critical thinking in the curriculum. Otherwise, the kids are just as likely to fall prey to less than ethical recruiting tactics off campus where the measures don't protect them.

I don't know how I'd vote on measures F and J. I'd probably vote for them, with misgivings.

The proponents' website is Stop Recruiting Kids.


Oh no! Obama is black and black people are voting!!!

An email was sent out by a Florida GOP county chair. Not only are black people voting, but professors and students too!







There's more through the link. The content is creepy enough, but the all-caps thing is even worse.

And just in case you missed it, Obama is black!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Artists and Musicians for Clif - this Sunday

Join Artists and Musicians for Clif
Sunday, Nov 2
2 to 6
Fortuna Veterans Hall
1426 Main Street

Artists: Mike Guerriero, Cat McAdams, Amy Leon, Susan Campbell, Valerie Carmen & Dawn McCombs

Musicians: Sue Moon, Susan Anderson and Friends; Mary Jo Casasanta; and the ClifTones will play from 2-5

BBQ'd Local Organic Burgers, Polish Dogs & Chicken filets plus Chili, Beer, Wine, Soft drinks & Cider

All food and art proceeds benefit Clendenen For Supervisor
FPPC # 1302031


Joe? Puddles? Where are you?!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


My electoral map prediction

You can see my map here, then you can create your own.

I'm going to be optimistic and predict a North Carolina and Missouri win. I may change my mind by Sunday. I just can't believe Obama will take Indiana, Georgia, or any of the plains states.


Addendum: Obama is indeed making a play for Arizona. How serious of a play remains to be seen.


And reader Matt Owen emailed the following thoughts about the electoral college for your consideration.
Eric - If my math is correct, under our present electoral college system a presidential candidate would only have to barely win 11 states to become president.

That candidate could actually lose 39 states badly and lose the majority vote of the nation and yet still be president as long as they concentrated all their efforts on the following states:

California - 55
Texas - 34
New York - 31
Florida - 27
Pennsylvania - 21
Illinois - 21
Ohio - 20
Michigan - 17
New Jersey - 15
North Carolina - 15
New Jersey - 15
TOTAL: 271 Electoral College Votes

This is probably the main reason the Democrats lost the 2000 and 2004 election. Well that and Ralph Nader.

The Dems get the coasts. The Repubs get the heartland. Gotta win those key swing states.
Definitely the Republicans have held an edge under the system in other elections. The question is whether this election marks a realignment.


Second addendum: Pew four years ago, and Pew today.


Third addendum: For those worried about rumors of Obama leads dwindling, you need to read this and chill out.

And if you're interested in the history of electoral college results, this site has the maps dating back to the first election in 1789. Quiz - how many presidential elections have gone to someone with fewer votes than his opponent?


Fourth addendum: Some early voting data.

The latest Field Poll has Prop 8 down to 44 percent yes, with 49 percent no, according to a commenter on fivethirtyeight. The poll hasn't been released yet, but the "No" campaign hints that it's good news for them, perhaps confirming the fivethirtyeight post.

And Samuel Jackson joins the opposition to Proposition 8.

If Prop 8 goes down, you may thank/blame Jerry Brown.

And Al Franken is in a good position to take out the moody Norm Coleman, who's been running from Reporters lately - the issue being a lawsuit.


Mass epidemic of Republicans succumbing to Godwin's Law

Godwin's Law - "As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

It's spilling out of virtual territory and into the campaign. Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute (no relationship to the Pacific Legal Foundation which backed the lawsuit against Measure T) is basically comparing homosexuals to Hitler.
"There was another time in history when people, when the bell tolled. And the question was whether or not they were going to hear it. The time was during Nazi Germany with Adolf Hitler. You see he brought crowds of clergy together to assure them that he was going to look after the church.

And one of the members, bold and courageous, Reverend Niemand (sp?) made his way to the front and (inaudible) said "Hitler, we are not concerned about the church. Jesus Christ will take care of the church.

We are concerned about the soul of Germany." Embarrassed and chagrined, his peers quickly shuffled him to the back.

And as they did Adolf Hitler said, "The soul of Germany, you can leave that to me." And they did, and because they did bombs did not only fall upon the nation of Germany, but also upon the church and their testimony to this very day.

Let us not make that mistake folks. Let us hear the bell! Vote on Proposition 8!"

It's catchy. The Republicans of Monterey County sent out an email comparing Obama to Hitler. I wonder if they've been consulting with the Republican Party of Pennsylvania who compared a vote for Obama to the Holocaust.


Trinity county repeals its marijuana law

Citing abuse from commercial growers. From the Redding Record:
Citing public safety issues, the Trinity County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday repealed a year-old ordinance that allowed medical marijuana users to exceed state limits on how much marijuana residents could grow and keep.

After a public hearing at the Veterans Hall in Weaverville, the board voted unanimously to repeal the ordinance that was passed last fall.

"What we adopted last year ruined the fabric of the county," said Supervisor Wendy Reiss, who voted for the ordinance last year.

I've said this before, but I strongly suggest that medical marijuana advocates find some way to address rather than dismiss all of these concerns. That's a backlash now in two of the "emerald triangle" counties. According to the article, most of the speakers supported the repeal.


109-year-old daughter of a slave casts her vote for Obama

"I feel good about voting for him."

There's a great photo through the link.

Addendum: "Rosa sat, so Martin could walk, so Barack could run, so our children can fly."


Voting machine demo

Message: Do not leave the polling place until you are sure about your vote.

Also, do not let them relegate you to a provisional ballot if they have questions about your registration. Demand a real ballot and don't take "no" for an answer.

Addendum: Colorado voting machine impounded.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Sohum sign and ad wars

It actually hasn't gone too badly for signs this time around. A few Redway signs have graffiti. I've had to replace a couple of signs. I've given up on a sign location up Alderpoint Road which was placed on a friend's property. For some reason the signs just keep disappearing. Must be what is referred to on Star Trek as a "quantum event phenomenon."

But Dennis Huber reports that his 4 by 8 Clif sign in Briceland was torn down this morning, with considerable effort as it had been supported by wooden beams. The sign is back up. However, the perpetrators succeeded in rendering the sign inoperable for hours, losing exposure opportunity for untold numbers of voters. Maybe it made the difference.

Still, it hasn't reached the levels of last spring when people removed Clif and Estelle signs up and down Briceland Road and elsewhere. And it's nowhere near the Prop 8 sign wars to our north.


Off forum an Estelle supporter asked me to "put up or shut up" about people on Estelle's endorsement list who are no longer supporting her. Look, one such individual doesn't want to make a production, and I don't know if the others want to be public about it either. I did point out in a post last spring that George Munroe was on both Estelle's list and Clif's. Well, he has a letter in the local papers today in support of Clif.

It's not a huge deal. There may very well be people on Clif's list who have changed their minds. Unless the individuals inform the campaign, there's no way to know short of calling everybody on the list. Maybe that would be a good idea, but not every campaign raises 150 grand in a month and has legions of volunteers crossing state lines to pitch for him/her. I would assume that Johanna, who was not a candidate in June technically speaking, probably started fresh. Anyway, it happens when you have two stages of an election. But I simply mentioned the fact that I recognized two (and I've since been informed of a couple more) names of individuals who are now supporting Clif.


Some of you watching the world series might have noted Clif's advertisements. Apparently a national advertiser cancelled and Clif's campaign was able to bag the spots for a bargain price. And he gets free spots for games exceeding four. The Phillies are ahead, so Clif's supporters now have incentive to root for the underdog Devil Rays.


Those of you who picked up the local papers today know that all three campaigns invested in large ads taking up good portions of the pages. Honestly, I think Estelle's black and white piece looks the best of the three. But don't trust my tastes as a barometer of anything. For me Firefly was not only the best written science fiction series in television history, but probably in the top five series of any genre. But it couldn't get the ratings to make it through half a season.


Addendum: For the cute anecdote file = recently Clif was walking neighborhoods and he came to a home where a child answered. The kid's eyes widened and he yelled to his mother, "Mom, Pick Clif is here!"


Second addendum: Lots and lots and lots of letters to the Redwood Times yesterday about Estelle, Clif, and even a couple for Johanna. Also hospital board letters, and Prop 8 opposition letters including this one brilliantly crafted by a local blogger.


"I do not want a black man running my country"

It's getting cranky out there. I didn't think these videos could get worse, but here it is. Note the threat of assassination from one McCain supporter.

It ends on a positive note with a rap version of an old Pete Seeger classic.

Addendum: Obama on the socialist meme.
That's why he's spending these last few days calling me every name in the book. I'm sorry to see my opponent sink so low. Lately, he's called me a socialist for wanting to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so we can finally give tax relief to the middle class. By the end of the week, he'll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in Kindergarten.
Lakoff will be proud.


AVA's endorsements

Get em while they're hot. The "only truly progressive paper in the country" as deemed by Alex Cockburn so ironically named "the Advertiser," offers up a healthy plate of rustic radical hyperbole in endorsements for your pleasure.

Nader for president. Wolman for Congress. Anybody but "lazy" old Chesbro for Assembly.

Bruce and I agree on all but two of the propositions (many lefties are balking over Prop 3 because it gives money to private hospitals, and he also supports Prop 7 but says we are free to vote the way we want on that one - don't say he isn't gracious!), but our reasoning on some of them is vastly different. His prose is worth the read even if you've made up your mind.

In local stuff he's backing the other Estelle, Brown, and the nurse over the doctor in the north coasts' only other contested hospital board race.

And as a bonus, he tears into the Mendo D.A. This first paragraph brings back memories of my first AVA reading back in the 1980s, several years before his obsessive pursuit of certain local personalities distracted him from his calling.
In recent months, the Mendocino County District Attorney has prosecuted a Fort Bragg man for saving a mountain lion cub, put a Little River man in jail for tidying up a State Parks trail, ruined a Potter Valley teacher with false charges of molestation, let a couple of confirmed wife beaters go, confiscated the property of several alleged drug traffickers before they'd even gone to trial, refused to prosecute two politically friendly County supervisors for their obvious thefts of public funds and, now, has done everything short of apologizing to an animal torturer whose prosecution her office botched from start to pathetic finish.
I don't remember the name of the person who said that the job of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, but he lives up to it as well as the Pulititzer admonition on his masthead: "a newspaper should have no friends."

Monday, October 27, 2008


So much presidential race news - so little time

I know I've overloaded this blog with presidential politics of late, at the expense of local issues. It's just that I find this race to be the most compelling in my adult life. There is so much fascinating news coming out every day, I can't even keep up with it.

Thank you to the individual who drew my attention to this breaking story. About 40 telemarketing workers walked off the job today refusing to read an inflammatory script written for the McCain campaign. From Talking Points Memo:
Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

Nina Williams, a stay-at-home mom in Lake County, Indiana, tells us that her daughter recently called her from her job at the center, upset that she had been asked to read a script attacking Obama for being "dangerously weak on crime," "coddling criminals," and for voting against "protecting children from danger."

Williams' daughter told her that up to 40 of her co-workers had refused to read the script, and had left the call center after supervisors told them that they would have to either read the call or leave, Williams says. The call center is called Americall, and it's located in Hobart, IN.

"They walked out," Williams says of her daughter and her co-workers, adding that they weren't fired but willingly sacrificed pay rather than read the lines. "They were told [by supervisors], `If you all leave, you're not gonna get paid for the rest of the day."

There's lot more news today. The polls notwithstanding, the race isn't over quite yet.


Speaking of inflammatory, as if the Palin crowds couldn't attract even more nutballs, I'm starting to wonder if Obama isn't stacking the crowds. Give credit to Palin for keeping her cool as a female audience member screams ".... and he's a nigger!"


Oh, and then there's the ATF busting of a neo-Nazi plot to kill Obama at the conclusion of a rampage in which they'd have killed over a hundred African Americans.


And like somewhere on page seven, the Iraq war spilled into Syria today. At first I thought it might be the "October surprise," but nobody seems surprised.


And here's the Biden interview video drawing some attention. A very right wing "journalist" asks several "when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife" type questions, including whether Obama is a communist. Biden's response, "is this a joke?" Now some on the right are whining about the Obama's campaign decision not to give this woman any more interviews.


Addendum: Some odd expenditures of the hard-up RNC -chocolate elephants, baseball tickets, art restoration, wine glasses, jewelry, elephant-shaped shrubbery, lunches for Karl Rove, ...

There are probably some weird purchases on the other side too.


Second addendum: No, this is not appropriate, not even as "Halloween Art."

Fortunately, it's drawing fire from liberals in his own neighborhood.

I'm told the "artist" earned Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person of the World" award for the day.

The photo comes from Reuters.

Third addendum: How to handle a Fox interview, chapter 2. (remember chapter one? Refer to the "Fourth Addendum" through the link) . I don't remember the blond's name at this moment, but is she this agitated all the time?


Arcata City Council race

I've been promising some Nohum political coverage. I just haven't found the time to read up on it all. But this North Coast Journal summary of the Arcata race seems informative.

In the surprise endorsement of the week department, the conservative reputed Eureka Reporter is endorsing Shane Brinton despite his radical, er, younger youth - which suggests that the young man has generated some broad appeal. Good for him, the ER, and Arcata if they choose him.


Meet Estelle before you vote - tomorrow in Fortuna

From Carol and Greg's blog.

Estelle Fennell, Candidate for Second District Supervisor.

You can meet her Tuesday at 5:30 at her Open House Fennell Campaign HQ, 11th & Main, Fortuna.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


A vote for Obama is a vote for another holocaust

So says the Pennsylvania GOP in an email sent to 75,000 Jews.
"Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008," the e-mail reads. "Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let's not make a similar one this year!"
The party is disavowing the message and intends to send out a "correction" and fired the "strategist who helped draft it." In the article, the fired party indicates that someone above him signed off on it, but he's not naming names.

Addendum: Anger, Feart, and Racism video going viral. Much like some of the others which have been posted. I'm beginning to believe this isn't a Zombietime type scenario where they only pull out the extremities of the demonstration.

Second addendum: It's not even over yet, but the GOP civil war has begun. Paul Begala commented on it recently: "This won't be like the Democrats who all go off into a yurt, smoke dope, and talk about how to find themselves. With the Republicans it'll be a steel cage knife fight to the death."


Private voting system "loses" 11,000 ballots in Denver

But they're "working diligently." Feel better?

Update: A poster herein says it's a false alarm. I'll update further when I have a link.


Obama supporter attacked and mutilated


Meanwhile, CNN is reporting that Palin doesn't like the advice she's been getting for her handlers and she's made as hell and not going to take it anymore.


Addendum: Wassup!


A list of non-terror victims

Compiled by Blue Hampshire.

Donald L. Catron
Claudia Gilmore

Shot 12/28/91 at
Central Health Center for Women in Springfield, Missouri
Victims: Wounded

Dr. David Gunn
Shot 3/10/93 at clinic in Pensacola, Florida
Victim: Murdered

Dr. George Tiller
Shot 8/19/93 at clinic in Wichita, Kansas
Victim: Wounded

Dr. Wayne Patterson

Shot in Mobile, Alabama
Victim: Murdered

Dr. John Britton
James Barrett
June Barrett

Shot 7/29/94 outside clinic in Pensacola, Florida
Victims: Murdered (John and James) and wounded (June)

Dr. Garson Romalis

Shot 11/8/94 at home in Vancouver, British Columbia
Victim: Wounded
Terrorist: At large.

Shannon Lowney
Leanne Nichols

Shot 12/30/94 at clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts
Victims: Murdered
Terrorist: John Salvi.

Anjana Agrawal
Antonio Hernandez
Brian Murray
Jane Sauer
Richard J. Seron

Shot 12/94 at clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts
Victims: Wounded

Dr. Hugh Short
Shot 11/10/95 at home in Ancaster, Ontario
Victim: Wounded

Dr. Calvin Jackson
Stabbed 12/96 outside the Orleans Women's Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana
Victim: Wounded

Unidentified Victims
4-7 victims of 2 bombs 1/16/97 outside the Northside Family Planning Services clinic near Atlanta, Georgia
Victims: Wounded

Unidentified Doctor
Shot 10/28/97 at home in Perinton, New York
Victim: Wounded

Dr. Jack Fainman
Shot 11/11/97 at home in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Victim: Wounded

Officer Robert Sanderson
Bombed 1/29/98 outside New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama
Victim: Murdered

Emily Lyons
Bombed 1/29/98 outside New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama
Victim: Wounded

Dr. Barnett Slepian
Shot 10/23/98 at home in Amherst, New York
Victim: Murdered

Friday, October 24, 2008


Organic quiche at the Eel River Cafe?!

Read all about Ekovox' culinary adventure in Garberville.


Howard Zinn on voting for Obama


The Job

From Screaming Frog Productions.


As if the presidential race didn't have enough bizarre twists

The campaign worker in Pittsburgh who said she was attacked by an Obama supporter has confessed to injuring herself and making up the story. Charges will be filed.

I don't know what her story is, but there was a slew of right wing bloggers who ripped out scathing comments about Obama's campaign when this was reported. I wonder how many of them are posting apologies as we speak. (Addendum: here's a Kos post on one example who laments that McCain "just can't catch a break")


Here's one for the "ouch" file. One of McCain's advisers has endorsed and voted for Obama.


In sad news, Madeline Dunham may not live long enough to see her grandson elected president.


In her daughter's honor, some right wing bloggers are distributing what are purported to be nude photos of Obama's mother.


And back to the story at the top, before today's revelations, here was posted by a conservative commentator an excellent example of a piece which race baits without race baiting.
Part of the appeal of, and the unspoken tension behind, Senator Obama’s campaign is his transformational status as the first African-American to win a major party’s presidential nomination.

That does not mean that he has erased the mutual distrust between black and white Americans, and this incident could become a watershed event in the 11 days before the election.

If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee.

If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.

Forever it is then.


I haven't written much about Michelle Bachman. A week ago on Hardball she called for a media investigation into the anti-American views of various pols including Obama, and she now wishes she could take it back. It led to an outpouring of money to her opponent, over a million dollars at last count, her sinking in the polls, and now she may be a drag on Coleman who's in a tough race against Al Franken. This MYDD post has some details.

But my angle on it is a bit more broad. If she loses her reelection bid, and certainly if Coleman loses with any attribution to her, she may have single-handedly realligned the rhetorical climate of national politics. For years right wingers have been allowed to make the most mad-dog statements about left wingers, and whenever the left hit back with anything approaching equivalence, their shows were cancelled (Crossfire, Bill Maher, Jim Hightower, etc.). Well, I don't think any right wing shows will be cancelled, but at least voters may have reached a saturation point. A positive development if true.

For those of you wondering what I'm talking about, you can view the video here.


The Jewish Times endorses Obama. Three of four Jews supports Obama, second highest to African Americans among ethnic groups. I believe Asians and Hispanics are now in the high 60s, and that slightly more whites support McCain.

I wonder if this has anything to do with Hit a Jew Day.


Addendum: It seems the McCain campaign was pushing the "carved B" story hard before they had any facts. Maybe "forever" is right.


Clendenen now ahead in fund raising

The Times Standard has the numbers. Clif does have two loans to pay off at $10,000.00. Excluding those loans, this last period was pretty close between all three candidates.

Clif got a big donation from Pierson's. Estelle brought in just about 9 thousand at her Rock the Vote event.

The Eureka Reporter notes the total amounts dating back to the beginning of the campaign. Johanna comes in third, but that obviously doesn't account for the money raised by Roger's campaign. Curious that the ER would leave that detail out. The ER does have a few details about how the money was spent.

Addendum: Carol and Greg discuss the articles as well.


Mateel Logo Contest

From the Mateel:

Mateel Announces 30th Anniversary Logo Design Contest

With the Mateel Community Center’s 30th Anniversary right around the corner, Mateel is looking to our local artists to help develop a special logo to celebrate the center’s 30 years of service. A contest is being offered and all local artists are encouraged to submit a design to commemorate this great Mateel milestone. The winning logo will adorn a variety of MCC merchandise and be used for promotional purposes, offering a great opportunity for both aspiring and professional artists to have their work seen. Submissions must be received at the Mateel office by Friday, December 19th and should adhere to the following guidelines:

- Contestants must include their name, mailing address, and phone number with design

Entries will be judged by the Mateel Community Center board, staff, and membership and the winning design will be announced by the end of January 2009. The winning artist will receive a 2009 MCC membership, a Mateel merchandise pack (including sweatshirt, t-shirt, a pair of pint glasses, and sticker), and 4 tickets to any Mateel Community Center event (or a combination of events). The winner will also receive free samples of any merchandise the logo will be used on. This prize package has an approximate value of $400.

Entries should be mailed to: Mateel Community Center, POB 1910, Redway, CA 95560

Submitted via email to:

Or be delivered to the MCC office at 59 Rusk Ln in Redway on or before the Friday, December 19th deadline. For more information call the Mateel Community Center at 923-3368 or send an email to and don’t miss this chance to have your work commemorate 30 great years of the Mateel Community Center.


Prop 8 debate at CR

Humboldt County Human Rights Commission Presents Proposition 8 Debate
Thursday, October 30, 2008

Eureka, Calif. (October 22, 2008) – The Humboldt County Human Rights Commission is hosting a Proposition 8 debate on October 30th at the College of the Redwoods. Community members are invited to attend. In accordance with the Humboldt County Human Rights Commission's mission, offering the debate to the public is an effort to bring the community together from both sides of a heated issue to better understand one another's viewpoint as well as to help educate undecided voters on the issue.

Proposition 8 is on the California State Ballot for the November 4 election. The proposition, if passed, will eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. It provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California .

Event Location & Time: Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:30-9:30 PM at The Forum Theater, College of the Redwoods, 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka, CA 95501

The forum will be a formal moderated debate between informed, educated and respected members of the community. Questions will come from the audience, in writing, at the beginning of the event and presented to the moderator to pose to the panelists. There will be timed responses and the structure and decorum will be maintained by the moderator.

The debate is scheduled to be recorded by Access Humboldt for replay on Suddenlink Channel 11 as well as stream live on the Internet provided by the Venue Project (

For more information, contact Stuart Altschuler, MFT, Commissioner, (707)786-9890

Panelist information:
Moderator: Gary Sokolow, MA, JD
“Professor at College of the Redwoods Administration of Justice (1998 - present) - B.B.A. degree, Florida Atlantic Univ., M.A. (History), J.D., Univ. of South Dakota . Currently teach administration of justice and political science courses at CR. Former public defender, prosecuting attorney and private legal practice, both civil and criminal law from 1989-1998. Former tribal prosecutor, tribal court judge, and member of the South Dakota House of Representatives.”

Yes on Prop 8 Panelists:
Jim Rose
“I am an entrepreneur, I've also been an Indian Economic Development Consultant and CEO and COO of the largest Indian Tribe in the state. I've developed fuel stations and casinos in Indian Country. I've been involved in politics since I was 12 (1979) and am an avid political and law junkie. I was a coordinator for the Prop 22 effort, and am a member of”

Gene B Welling, D.D.S. (retired)
“Wife of over 51 years: Carol Lee Reynolds Welling. Four Children and 13 Grandchildren (including a set of triplets). General Dental Practice in Humboldt County for 38 Years
Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and President of California Dental Association. Active in Boy Scouts of America serving as Redwood Area Council President and recipient of Silver Beaver. Church activity (lay ministry) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: served as Bishop of Eureka 1st Ward, and in Stake Presidency and just released as President of Medford Oregon Temple serving Northern California and Southern Oregon .”

No on Prop 8 Panelists:
Terry Stewart, Esq.
“Third generation San Franciscan. BA from Cornell University ; JD from UC Berkeley. Was a partner at San Francisco law firm of Howard, Rice, where I practiced business litigation for 20 years. Joined City Attorney's Office in 2002, shortly after Dennis Herrera was elected City Attorney. I am Chief Deputy responsible for overseeing the litigation brought by and against the City and County of San Francisco . I was the lead attorney in defense of the Mayor and City in the suit by the State and anti-gay groups over issuance of the marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004. I also lead the team of attorneys from our office and Howard, Rice who represented the City in its suit against the State challenging the constitutionality of the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. I argued the case to the California Supreme Court in March 2008.”

Rev. Karen Harris
“Has been ministerial consultant at Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since January 2006. Also am a lecturer in the religious studies department at HSU. Got my Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2004. Before that had a 20+year-long career in telecommunications management in upstate New York . BA from Stanford University . long-time single mom of two amazing grown-up kids, avid photographer with strong connections to nuns and nunneries in India , Nepal and Tibet . Current projects: gradually moving toward living off-grid, consuming locally, and staying connected to my global friends.”

The Humboldt County Human Rights Commission was initially established to aid in the eradication of discrimination in the county specifically in cases of employment, public services and housing. SB 381 expanded the purpose to include discrimination based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, civic interest, or other factors.

Addendum: The graph comes from this Kos post.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Candidates Night at Beginnings

Dance the night away with Covelo’s own Marjo Wilson (left) and friends on Friday, October 24 at Beginnings School in Briceland. Opening the night will be the political satire of Darryl Cherney and the Patriot Act and a solo performance by Salmon Creek’s guitar wonder, Del McCain. Doors open at 6:30 and music starts at 7:30 p.m. This event will offer an opportunity for you to meet candidates Judi Gonzales and Ed Smith who are running for Healthcare District Board. They will be on hand to speak and answer your questions. There will be no charge at the door though donations are welcome. Food will be served by Sue Moloney. Call 707-223-3788 for information or to volunteer.


The same candidates offer an event on Sunday as well

Sunday, Oct. 26, 4 - 7 pm
Open House, Free Pizza in Shelter Cove
Inn of the Lost Coast, Wave Drive
Live Music



It's not enough that right wingers think that Obama's grandmother is feigning illness to provide cover for Obama to rush back to Hawaii and sneak over to Vital Statistics, break in Mission Impossible style, and alter his birth certificate to hide something on it which suggests that he was actually born in Kenya or Indonesia. How many of you are "outraged" that he used a campaign plane to fly home?

W endorses McCain.


Proposition 8 blackmail?

A threatening letter has sparked a new controversy here in San Diego surrounding the gay marriage debate. Donors who gave money to the No on Prop 8 campaign say they received blackmail letters demanding money, and the Yes on 8 campaign now says the letters were sent by their employees.


The letter says if Jim doesn't give an equal donation to Yes on 8, the name of his company will be published. It reads in part, "It is only fair for Proposition 8 supporters to know which companies and organizations oppose traditional marriage.
And the pro Prop 8 people aren't even apologetic about it.
Yes on 8 confirms they sent around 30 companies the letter. A spokeswoman told News 8 they are just trying to hold their ground in a passionate race. She added that No on 8 supporters picketed the Manchester Grand Hyatt after Doug Manchester donated $125,000 thousand. The publicity caused at least one very large group to cancel its event at the hotel.
See. Protest is just as bad as blackmail. Unless the protesters demanded money and offered to forgo the protest if paid.

Thing is, I'm not even sure they broke the law.


Dueling Sheriff endorsements

Breaking away from their boss' endorsement of Johanna Rodoni, the Deputy Sheriffs Association has endorsed Clif Clendenen.


Estelle at Persimmons on Saturday

Saturday October 25th, at 5pm- 6:30pm,Estelle will be making a brief presentation and then be available to community members to discuss in depth her positions on all of the issues that matter most to our community. Including general plan update, code enforcement, environmental protection and sustainability, and her Economic Plan.

Estelle will also clarify how this election is different from the June election, and will discuss the substantial growth of her support levels in Fortuna as well as in Southern Humboldt since the June election.

Holly Sweet, business owner of Persimmons, says:

“Estelle understands from EXPERIENCE what the unique needs are of the rural parts of our district as well as the concerns of the more populated areas. Estelle has been recognized and honored from all the different aspects of our County—from fire chiefs and sheriffs to Chamber of Commerce, even the Board of Supervisors.

I am holding this event because I know that Estelle Fennell is by far the best candidate to truly represent us at the county level and I wanted to provide an opportunity for our community to have all of their questions asked and answered by someone who is completely dedicated to representing them fairly and fully.”

Persimmons Garden Gallery and Wine Tasting

1055 Redway Dr., Redway, Ca

For more information call: 923-2748


West Wing precognition?

This was from the second or third season, maybe six or seven years ago. But it's as if they foresaw the Obama theme.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


New California poll

EMBARGOED: Do not publish, broadcast, forward, reprint, or distribute until 10:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, October 22

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Losing – Measures to Restrict Abortion for Minors, Reform Redistricting
Fail to Reach 50 Percent


SAN FRANCISCO, October 22, 2008 — Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that would end same-sex marriage in California, is losing among likely voters, 52 percent to 44 percent, according to a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) with funding from The James Irvine Foundation. With two weeks to go before Election Day, support also remains below the 50 percent threshold for two other closely watched initiatives, Proposition 4, which would require a parent to be notified before a minor can have an abortion, and Proposition 11, which would give a commission of voters the authority to draw legislative districts.

In the presidential campaign, the Democratic ticket of Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden has increased its lead over Republican contenders Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin to 23 points (56% to 33%), a 13-point gain in the last month. Independent voters, women, Latinos, and younger voters support Obama-Biden by a wide margin. Party loyalty remains high, with Democratic voters’ support of the Democratic ticket (89%) increasing by 5 points in the last month. A strong majority of Republican likely voters (75%) back their party's nominees, but that support has dropped 8 points since last month.

"A big turnout for the top-of-the-ticket presidential race could have a significant impact on the rest of the ballot, from the propositions to legislative races," says Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO.

Enthusiasm for their choice of presidential candidates is high among Democratic likely voters, with 74 percent saying they are satisfied. Independents are divided (51% dissatisfied, 48% satisfied). Satisfaction with the candidates has declined sharply among Republicans, from 67 percent last month to 44 percent today.



Likely voters are divided on Proposition 4 (46% yes, 44% no, 10% don’t know), a constitutional amendment that would prohibit a girl under 18 years old to have an abortion until 48 hours after a parent or guardian is notified. Support for the measure has failed to reach a majority for the third month (48% yes in September, 47% yes in August). Voters defeated similar measures in 2005 (47% yes, 53% no) and 2006 (46% yes, 54% no).

Likely voters are strongly divided along party lines on Proposition 4, with Republicans in favor (61% to 28%) and Democrats opposed (35% to 54%). Half of independents are opposed (51% to 43%). Regionally, a majority of Bay Area likely voters (56%) are opposed, while about half of those in Los Angeles (52%), the Central Valley (52%), and the "Other Southern California" region (51%) are in favor.


Most likely voters across regions say state legislators would more effectively represent their districts if an independent commission of citizens drew the district lines — which is what Proposition 11 would do. But when it comes to casting their votes, many likely voters are skeptical of the measure. Their views on Proposition 11 are similar (41% yes, 34% no) to those expressed in September (38% yes, 33% no), and 25 percent are still undecided. Support for Proposition 11 is highest among Republicans (45%) and has increased the most among independents (39% today, 29% September). Support has increased somewhat among Democrats since August (38% today, 36% September, 31% August), but they are still divided (38% yes, 37% no). Among demographic groups, support for Proposition 11 is higher among men (47%) than women (35%). Opposition is higher among Latinos (44%) than whites (31%).

You can read more about the survey here. Good news on Prop 8, but I'd advise progressives not to be complacent as they apparently were a couple of months ago. Obama's supporters aren't necessarily going to vote liberal on social issues, particularly the Hispanic community. Prop 4 is still below the 50 percent threshhold, but I suspect the majority of undecideds will come down against it.


Al Qaeda endorses John McCain

Privately, but definitively.

The McCain people are freaking out.


Culture war (coming soon)

Sorry, I'm working on a post about the culture war and the ways it's playing into local and national politics. I started it last night and I just posted it, but I'm unposting it until I've had the time to work on it some more. Some of the stuff I typed late last night doesn't even make sense.

Right now I'm typing from the computer at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates and I was gratified as I went to Google and typed in my blog's name. As I started typing, that box came up with all the similar typings which have taken place on this computer earlier. There were like 5 or 6 renditions of Sohum Parlance, which means in this very seat people have logged on and perhaps commented. Were they friends or foes? Participants or trolls? Or merely lurkers?

Trying to channel from the seat as a medium, but I guess I'm not paranormally sensitive.

Addendum: Somebody just handed me a leaflet entitled Days of Action Against Police Brutality, dates October 22 to 23. There will be a rally and march on the 22nd at 12 noon at the Gazebo in Old Town. There will be a vigil at City Hall at 6 p.m. There will be a memorial for Christopher Burgess on the 23rd at 11-12 starting at Highland Park, with a march to the courthouse. The organization is also sponsoring a dinner at the Labor Temple, but there's no time provided on the leaflet and the guy already left with his coffee. Sorry.


From Ed Smith and Judy Gonzales

As always, I am an equal opportunity poster when it comes to electoral campaigns.

We, the candidates for the Southern Humboldt Healthcare District Board--Ed Smith and Judi Gonzales--have represented ourselves as the "Progressive Slate" of candidates for change. We wish to thank the following people for their endorsement of us both:

Dr. Mark Phelps, Dr. Sonia Bauer, Brook Dunn, LVN, Joe Hiney, R.N., Dana Habeck, Carol Conway, RN, .Bettye Etter and Robert "Bobby G" Godwin, Peter and Sherry Childs , Teresa Mills, Talia Rose, Jay Moller, Gil Gregori, Liz Davison, Loyd Hauskins, Kelly Larson, Doug Green, Agnes, Patak, Anna Hamilton, Cheri Porter, Shyla Sickels, Jackie Panteleo, Darryl Cherney, Dick and Ann Michelini, Laurie Ford, Harriet Haas, Darlene Madsen, Hoy Kersh, Kathy Glass, Diane Griffin, Susan Saso, Diane Griffin, Kelly Larson, Brian Roberge, Rainbow Mountainwalker, Robert Bitner, Michael Courson, Susan Moloney, Loreen and Gary Eliason, Sunshine Tresidder, Dave Morrow, Robin West, Otto Richard Weber, Marsha Murphy, James Ficklin, Tom Moreland, Spencer Harmon, and Kim Nelson.

Additionally, the following endorse Ed Smith by himself: Nancy Peregrine, Jim Lamport, Randy Foster, Sarah Foster, RN, Wally West, Tim Metz, Garth Epling, Jim Fulton, Robie Tenorio, and Zoe Chapman.

The following endorse Judi Gonzales by herself: Craig Parkinson, Leslie Carlson, Katy Carlson, Doug McCauley, Julie Madrano, Danny Bullock, Dave Keiser, Tonnette Keiser, Linda Rodriguez Francis Joost, Donald Bullock, Lorena Madrano, Michael Kammerer, Lisa Molinanan, Dede Bullock, Julie Bullock, Jose Martinez, Laurie Weiner, Bobby Weiner, Norah Stroud, Sara Harmon, and Lisa Stone.

We look forward to representing you for better Healthcare for all,

Ed Smith and Judi GonzalesRedwayCandidates for Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Something uplifting during the maelstrom of negativity

Not political, though the backdrop is the Kansas City rally for Obama on Sunday. A very nice story with a happy ending.


Clif in Scotia tonight

You can meet Clif Clendenen at the Scotia Inn from 5 to 7 this evening. Live music and free food to accompany great conversation.


I take back my compliments for the McCain campaign

After his Muslim supporter went to bat for him as noted in a post below, the McCain campaign has muzzled him just before he was going to do an interview. So I revise my compliments. Kudos to the McCain supporters. The campaign still sucks. I guess they know where their base is.


Arcata City Council candidate forum tonight

From the Arcata Eye:
COMMUNITY CENTER – The public is invited to attend a forum for Arcata City Council candidates Shane Brinton, Geronimo Garcia, Jason Grow, Michael Machi, Susan Ornelas and Michael Winkler Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center, 321 Community Park Way.

Three City Council seats are open. Incumbent Councilmember Michael Machi is running for a third term; Councilmembers Harmony Groves and Paul Pitino are leaving the council.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with tabling by area candidates, political parties and activist groups. The forum begins at 7 p.m. and is moderated by Rick St. Charles. Members of the public may submit written questions for the candidates.

The forum is sponsored by the Arcata Eye, Arcata Chamber of Commerce and KHSU 90.5 FM. Video services are being donated by Jan Kraepelien. Sound services are being donated by Passion Presents.
More later.


Second District campaign letters

This one for Johanna is from Stephen Lewis. Sheriff Philp also chimed in for her. Alan Franklin writes that he was a friend of Roger and asks you to vote for Johanna. This Fortuna couple argue for Johanna to avoid "urban sprawl."

This one for Estelle argues that she is electable. Greg's letter touts Estelle's business support over "special interests" like the Greens. Bob Harris asks us to "rally around the only real voice for Southern Humboldt." Here's Syd Lehman's letter suggesting that a discussion of voting patterns in the Second District is inappropriate. Roy Heider suggests that she's the best candidate because she has to drive through the district.

Jim Lamport for Clif. My letter. Lauren Oliver discusses Clif's stance on Code Enforcement. Virginia Graziani emphasizes Clif's appeal north and south.

This letter doesn't support any candidate, but suggests that voting for Clif is like voting for someone from Ukiah, because contrary to Clif's campaign promise, apparently he believes that Clif will try to send more river water south. At least I think that's what he's trying to say.

Monday, October 20, 2008


McCain's Pennsylvania gambit

According to CNN, McCain is giving up on Iowa, Colorado, and New Mexico.
So they are now finishing with a very risky strategy. Win Florida. Win Nevada ... And here is the biggest risk of all -- yes they have to win North Carolina, yes they have to win Ohio, yes they have to win Virginia, trailing or dead-even in all those states right now. But they are betting Wolf on coming back and taking the state of Pennsylvania. It has become the critical state now in the McCain electoral scenario. And they are down 10, 12, and even 14 points in some polls there. But they say as Colorado, Iowa and other states drift away, they think they have to take a big state. 21 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, Wolf, watch that state over the next few weeks.
McCain has previously pulled out of Maine, Michigan, and Wisconsin. I think he still has a residual force in Minnesota, but that state's not really not in play despite some close polls last month. This leaves Pennsylvania as the only Kerry state left for play, and he probably figures to repeat Clinton's strategy in April, bringing the culture war to bear where it can have the most impact. It could get very nasty.

Meanwhile, the three states above were all Bush states in 2004, though two of them were Gore states four years earlier. So yes, McCain has to win the the states named in the passage above, but he also has to win in Missouri, where Obama just drew nearly 200 thousand in two crowds over the weekend and remains slightly ahead in polls. And forget about trying to defend in places like Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, and Georgia, where polls have also been much closer than they should be (and South Dakota hasn't been polled in over a month). And to add insult to injury, even Arizona is down to single digits. But McCain obviously can't spend time or money in those states. He just has to hope for the best, try to defend the remaining "battleground states," and go all out for Pennsylvania.

Here's the CNN video.

Oh, and I forgot about Ohio, a Bush state in 2004, at least as the votes were tallied. McCain's enlisting our Governor to save the day.

Addendum: Chris Bowers thinks CNN's John King jumped the gun with regard to Colorado.


The Porters are selling the Benbow Inn


A hell of a time to make that decision. I hope they can get a decent price from someone who can keep it open. I think they might be the largest private employer in Sohum, and responsible for much of that bed tax we disproportionately provide to the rest of the county.

I wish the Porter family well.

Addendum: The photo comes from Kim Sallaway. Thanks to him.


A proud moment for the McCain campaign

I mean it. No sarcasm or irony. Moderate participants in the campaign are probably tired of being linked to people like this. I love the line, "are you trying to lose the election for McCain?"

A nice reminder that we're all in this together.

Now if they can get a handle on the death threats, assaults, and tire slashings. Maybe after the election they can afford to own up on the impact of some of the rhetoric, particularly Palins.

Addendum: Or trashing Obama supporter vehicles. Or theft of a sign replacing it with a confederate flag. Or the heckling of early voters.

And let's remember, McCain admits that Obama is not an Arab or a Muslim. But he is an elitist, celebrity, pro-terrorist, and now a socialist. Whatever happened to the days when conservatives just had to invoke the "L" word?


Eureka Reporter endorses Johanna Rodoni

Not a surprise.

The Times Standard endorsed Clif for the beauty contest in June. So far no word this time around.


John Campbell passed away yesterday

He succumbed to cancer. Not much else in a very brief Eureka Reporter article.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


My kids for Clendenen

I swear I didn't put them up to this. My kids don't know too much about politics at this point. They know that their parents are voting for Barack Obama and Clif Clendenen and they've both met and like the latter. Well, they came across my stash of Clif's bumper stickers and each of them asked for one. They then got out their art supplies and went to work. They've asked me to give them to Clif.

The work on the left is my son's. He wants all of Clif's supporters to sign on the lines. I told him that I hope Clif has a few more supporters than that, and my daughter said they could sign on the back. The other work below is my daughter's. Unfortunately, between photos, my camera started having problems. Sorry about the pink tint. I think I need a new camera.

You can get a closer look by clicking on them.


Presidential votes not being counted in North Carolina - and ACORN news

This is for my good friend Jane and anybody else who knows somebody in North Carolina. You have a ballot option to vote for the whole party ticket, but for some reason the option does not incorporate the presidential race.

Meanwhile, there are allegations of machines switching votes in West Virginia.

Addendum: The first arrest for voter registration fraud.

Second addendum: ACORN is receiving numerous threatening voicemails and emails.
It’s bad enough that the employees of ACORN have had to endure days of baseless and outlandish attacks by John McCain and the RNC. But after McCain outrageously claimed before a national audience on Wednesday night that ACORN was “maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy,” the group came under attack, literally. In the following days, ACORN’s Boston and Seattle offices were vandalized and at least one employee received a death threat.

And for nearly two weeks, ACORN offices across the nation have been subjected to an onslaught of racist and threatening voicemails and emails. We have secured copies of some of the most disturbing and offensive messages and have reproduced them below in order to show the very real consequences of the Right Wing’s overheated and misplaced “voter fraud” rhetoric.

The link above provides the audio for some of the messages, and some emails are provided as well. Here's an example.

“Hi, I was just calling to let you all know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He's a fucking nigger, and he's a piece of shit. You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They're gonna get all hung honeys, they're gonna get assassinated, they're gonna get killed.”

I know, I know. Both sides are doing it. Right.

Photo comes from here.


Powell endorses Obama

Because he's the grown up.

That'll probably take Joe the Plumber and ACORN out of the news for a day or two.

I also read on another blog that Obama raised 150 million in September, with the average donation being $86.00. Amazing if true.

I've spent that last half hour scanning the news stations. I'm not sure when Meet the Press is re-aired. MSNBC and CNN have covered the endorsement. In the same time, Fox News had a long interview with Joe the Plumber (who admitted again that he will get a tax break under Obama's plan), a puff piece about how great it is to live in Iraq these days, and a discussion about whether Obama is a socialist or just an extreme liberal. So far no mention of Powell.

McCain's response as reported on CNN and paraphrased by me: "But I got Henry Kissinger!"

Second addendum: Thanks to Bob D. for the link to the video.

Second addendum: Republican strategist Mike Murphy calls the endorsement "a sledgehammer."

If you don't want to watch the whole video, watch this portion. As my neighbor just said, the point about being Muslim was a point that Obama couldn't afford to make clear and the bleeding hearts just weren't being heard. He said, "Powell was the right person to say it and he said it the way it needed to be said."

Here's more on the soldier in question.

Third addendum: Pat Buchanan just called Powell "ungrateful to his party," then reduced the endorsement to a question of race.

CORRECTION: Buchanan did not use the word traitor. That's a misquote. But he did go where he should not have gone. I'll post the video when it's available.

Fourth addendum: the official GOP pols jumping ship website.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


13 million voters purged and counting

At least according to this DKos post. If even half the stuff is true it's alarming, much more so than the conspiracy theories about the machines themselves.

The post provides sage advice if you show up and they tell you you can't vote:
Question: What can a Voter do to Protect themselves?

Answer: 1) Don't take No for an Answer!

  1. Cast a Provisional Ballot and
  1. Call a Voter Hotline

Answer: Also you can usually (4) lookup ahead of time to see if you are still registered to Vote in your State.

Or for a one-stop shopping Voter Registration Check:

Don't be like Saul, Don't become one of the 13 million "Vanished Voters" and counting! BE SURE!

Kind of puts the ACORN thing in perspective, now that the mainstream press is starting to apply some common sense.


No third party candidates debate tomorrow night

Apparently, the candidates are all too busy. From the linked blog:
Nader seems to have concluded that he will only debate with Barr (except, obviously, he would also debate with the two major party candidates).


Nader debated in 1996, once, with Harry Browne, John Hagelin, and Howard Phillips. He seems to have concluded from that experience that he won’t debate presidential candidates with a lesser campaign, any more. And he didn’t in 2000, and he didn’t in 2004. In 2004 there was a Badnarik-Cobb-Peroutka debate, but Nader wouldn’t participate in that.
Can you say "hypocritical megalomaniac?" I can just see him responding to the request with his nose in the air like Keith Moon in The Kids Are Alright: "I'm too big for you. You can't afford me."

Kind of like the kid stuck in the middle age who doesn't want to associate with the little kids, but the big kids don't want him hanging around either.


100,000 in St. Louis

Friday, October 17, 2008


Some political videos for your enjoyment

What was somebody saying about hate? What are these people so angry about?

Ellen makes an appeal. She's bought a bunch of air time.

A robo pol on the robo calls. They've got some of the nuttier elements playing word association for the last few weeks. This is Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, by the way. She's not having an easy time of it in her reelection bid.

Addendum: Here's Biden responding to Palin's "I like to visit "pro-American parts of the country," referring to small towns, presumably as opposed to Philadelphia where she was recently booed at a hockey game. But I don't think she was talking about Garberville.

And here in California, a Democratic challenger named Julie Bornstein is running a tough challenge to Rep. Mary Bono Mack.

Prop 8 is doing well in some minority communities, but for whatever reasons it's doing poorly in the Asian communities. The proponents are pushing hard to turn that around.

A rebuttal. Not in Chinese.

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