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Showing posts with label Election '08. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Election '08. Show all posts

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Change Meets the American Public

I've been poking around at Change.gov of late to see what the President elect has in store for us. His team has developed a website that is supposed to give the American people a platform to voice their concerns to Obama's administration. The problem is that anybody can get on their soap box, even those with questionable connections to reality and little understanding of how government and America works. Check out the Citizen's Briefing Book, where people can post proposals to be voted on by site users, and see how many mentions of UFOs you come across in 10 minutes. I lost count.

It seems that the site has attracted the attention of a host of highly motivated but woefully misinformed individuals. I would hope that the incoming administration has enough sense to recognise crack pot theories when they see them. But since we're talking about politicians and their cronies why don't some of y'all reading this go on over and take a look see. He's your president after all.

Update: After reading through some more of the proposals and the comments on them I am reminded of a small child stomping its foot and pouting demanding, "I want what I want and I want it now!"

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Race in Europe

NPR is doing a series on how Obama's election to the Presidency of the United States is playing in Europe. The series, Obama's Election Prompts Soul-Searching In Europe, looks Germany, Italy, and France. As it turns out the grass isn't as green on the other side when it comes to race.
German Minorities Still Fight To Be Seen, Heard
In Europe, Barack Obama's election as president of the United States was met with euphoria. But now, the continent is peering into the mirror, realizing there is little chance a member of one of its own minorities could reach such prominence any time soon.

Take Germany, for instance, where notions of national identity are still strictly linked to ethnicity. Nonwhite Germans are still fighting to overcome exclusion from mainstream society in many ways.
I always found it amusing when someone popped up in a blog discussion somewhere to claim that Europe was so much better than the US with regard to race relations. Perhaps now we can lay that particular misconception to rest.



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Friday, November 07, 2008

Presumed White Southern Racist Votes, Updated

With a self identified black man having won the Presidency of the United States one would think that we would stop hearing about how racist America is. One would be wrong, at least according to Bill Moyers. In an interview with Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air Moyers claims that whites in the south who didn't vote for Obama did so because of racist beliefs. I waited in vain for the host of the show to challenge Mr. Moyers on his speculation about the motives of southern white McCain voters. Diane Rhem would never have let him get away with saying something so outrageous.

As I sat in the car getting all indignant on the behalf of fellow McCain voters I thought, so this racist stereotype of the south is what post racial means? I also thought, what he couldn't think of ANY reasons other than racism why someone wouldn't vote for Obama? Finally I thought, what would he make of me a black woman who didn't vote for Obama and never entertained any fantasies of doing so?

As Baldilocks points out, some people just don't know how to win gracefully. For any who are confused on why anyone would have chosen not to vote for Obama Baldilocks offers For the Progeny.

Update:
Lest you think Mr.Moyers is alone in his stereotyping of McCain voters consider this (hat tip Instapundit),
The South’s McCain Voters are Racists …

They are also uneducated, out of step with the rest of the country, to be pitied, isolated, suffering in the area of “jobs, education and development”, ideologically aligned with the old Confederacy, at odds with the values of the rest of the country, and are getting what they deserve because they won’t “… get with the right program.” Hat tip to Dan Cleary for making sure I was aware of this.

Or you could ask Dwight Lewis at The Tennessean. Lewis learned all this in a phone interview with “… David A. Bositis, senior political analyst for the Washington-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies …” He felt it true and significant enough to share it with all of us. The Tennessean evidently agreed with him. Why publish his lunacy otherwise?




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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Morning After

Things are pretty sedate in the house this morning. Sis 1 and I talked this morning of our resignation to gracefully endure the next four years. Interestingly we've both been mistaken for Obama supporters this election season. She in a red part of the state and I in a blue part of the state. I'm not feeling the whole historical first black president thing. The President elect and I are too far apart ideologically for that. Anyway, to President elect Obama I say, good on ya mate and God bless America.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Finally


So the long awaited long dreaded day is finally here. Get out and vote already and put an end to possibly the longest presidential campaign in American history. I'll be heading out as soon as the boys leave for school. I don't want to hear about 2012, unless you're talking about the Olympics, until 2012.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Debate Watching

Hubby and I are tuned into the VP debate tonight which I may come to regret.

Althouse is live blogging the debate.

Well that wasn't so bad. Civil and instructive.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Debunking Palin Rumors

A lot of um, stuff, has hit the fan since the announcement of Sarah Palin as John McCain's vice presidential pick. One doesn't expect someone to carry their political opponent's water but this is a bit much. You can keep track of the worst of it at the blogs below.

  • Sarah Palin Sexism Watch

  • Palin Rumors (backup site in case the main one goes down)

  • If I find more such sites I'll post them.


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    Sunday, September 07, 2008

    Pro-life As The Lesser Of Two Evils (Updated)

    Now here is an interesting argument. A pro-life stance is the lesser of two evils when the other choice is aborting a particular segment of the population based on their genetic profile. The linked post is a call to support McCain/Palin because of the demonstrated pro-life stance of the Republican ticket.

    I have noticed a certain cognitive dissonance in the online autism community on the issue of abortion. For the most part it seems that abortion is okay unless the individual to be aborted was selected for termination based on their genetic profile. Armed with the knowledge that upwards of 90% of babies who test positive for Down Syndrome are aborted autistic advocates and advocates for autistic individuals rightly fear the development of prenatal tests to detect the potential for autism.

    The post I linked to above generated the following comment that illustrates the conflict between wanting to protect the life and rights of the unborn autistic individual and wanting to continue abortion on demand:
    ...you've highlighted how the abortion issue flies smack dab into the eugenics debate. I have been struggling with this ever since my son was dx with autism, and since following the opinions of the [Autism] Hub's loudest anti-cure, anti-prenatal testing, anti-eugenics bloggers.

    How can one argue against eugenics and anti-prenatal test (anti-cure), while at the same time continue to support abortion (pro-choice is the PC term)?

    I am sensing the same confusion in political and autism/special ed/disability blogs. The same "what if rape/incest" is a tired, old (and I'd predict rare) argument.

    As a *modern* woman, I used to vote solely on the abortion issue alone (Supreme Court appointees). Now, as a mother, I cannot bring myself to support the Dem party.

    I'm with you on McCain/Palin and switched my voter registration this week.


    I'm not so conflicted. Abortion has always been the worst possible choice in my view. This is why Sarah Palin has so much appeal. She could have quietly aborted her child like so many women do but she didn't. That's a powerful message about the worth of a human life to her and the people who influenced her.

    Update

    In a related post ABFH notes that over turning Roe v Wade wouldn't put a stop to abortions particularly those of individuals with disabilities:
    That leaves us with the question: If we can't put a stop to selective abortion by legislating it out of existence, how can we protect the next generation of autistic children from being routinely aborted? To find the answer, I believe we need to look at parents' reasons for choosing abortion when they are told their child will have a disability. Most parents who opt to abort are not selfish monsters who just don't want to be bothered with the child; rather, they agonize over the decision and then conclude that abortion is for the best because the child likely would never have an independent and fulfilling life.

    And they're not just relying on outdated prejudices and stereotypes in thinking so. It is a fact that people with disabilities face many barriers to independent living in today's society—lack of community services and housing options, in particular, and widespread employment discrimination. These are issues that can be addressed effectively through the political process. When we remove the barriers and build a society in which all people are empowered to live as equal participants in the community, regardless of disability, the rationale for selective abortion disappears.

    While we have different political bents on this we agree. Treating people of all abilities with equal respect and value is what we should be striving for.


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    Friday, September 05, 2008

    Not RNC Blogging

    I needed to catch up on sleep last night so I skipped the RNC broadcast. Anne Althouse live blogged the whole thing though.



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    Wednesday, September 03, 2008

    Republican National Convention Blogging

    I wasn't planning on staying up for the convention but the baby intervened. Since she refused to sleep I'm still up and watching. I caught some of Michael Steele's speech, "Drill Baby! Drill Baby!" Yes please! I also caught most of Romeny's speech, not bad. Now I'm listening to Huckabee. It was worth losing sleep to hear Huckabee drop a Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure reference with regard to Obama's trip to Europe and the comment about Palin getting more votes running for mayor of Wasilla than Biden got running for president.

    10:09 PM EDT
    Oh Giuliani is being rough on Obama. He's got the crowd chanting, "Zero! Zero! Zero!" with regard to Obama's experience. That whole voting present business will be hard to dodge. "Change is not a destination just as hope is not a strategy." Ouch.

    10:20 PM EDT
    "If I were Biden I'd get that VP thing in writing!" Oh Giuliani is merciless!

    10:27 PM EDT
    That whole business about questioning whether Palin should be running for office instead of staying home with her kids is really going to bite Democrats in the butt judging by the crowd's reactions to Giuliani's comments on the matter.

    All in all I'd say that Giuliani really savaged Obama in his speech.

    10:39 PM EDT
    Palin promises a friend and advocate in the White House for special needs children and their families. Lord knows we could use one.

    10:43 PM EDT
    The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? The lipstick she says. I guess she's showing a bit of the pit bull side tonight.

    10:56 PM EDT
    Palin breaking on Obama. "Turn back the waters and heal the planet." My goodness, this is going to be an interesting campaign with Palin in the mix.

    How is America going to be better off with an added tax burden on the economy, she asks. How indeed?

    11:09 PM EDT
    There you have it folks. Palin's not running from whatever fight that the Democrats want to bring. How long is this standing ovation going to go? Was McCain supposed to show up tonight?

    11:17 PM EDT
    Cute kid moment of the night: Palin's youngest daughter fixing her little brother's hair in time honoured fashion, a bit of spit on the palm of her hand. Sophia would do that to Jewel in a heart beat.

    Got this over at Michell Malkin's site. Now I need to get some sleep before the baby wakes up again (of course she fell asleep shortly after I gave up on getting any sleep).


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    Friday, August 29, 2008

    McCain Palin '08 (Updated)


    Diane Rehm just confirmed that Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be McCain's Vice Presidential pick. I'll post the audio when it becomes available (here you go). Maybe this election season will be interesting after all. I wonder what the debates are going to be like.

    A lot of people are asking who Sarah Palin is. For those of us who have been following the election this year she is a pretty good pick for vice president for the GOP.


    Blog Reactions
  • NBC Confirms Gov. Sarah Palin As McCain VP Choice

  • McCain Hits It Out of the Park With Palin (UPDATE: ABC says Palin is not the pick -- still in Alaska, UPDATE: CNBC says it is Palin, now confirmed by many sources)

  • The McCain VP choice: Not Huck, Romney, Pawlenty, or Palin(?); Palin buzz alive, multiple sources confirm

  • Palin for America: A true conservative

  • It's a girl?

  • It’s Official! Sarah Palin is McCain’s Veep!

  • McCAIN CHOOSES

  • Brilliant (UPDATED)

  • McCain-Palin Ticket: Reaction By A Swing Voter

  • Instapundit



  • News Reports
  • Alaska Gov. Palin to be Named as McCain Running Mate

  • McCain picks Palin as running mate: Alaska governor to be first female Republican VP nominee

  • McCain picks Alaska gov as running mate.



  • The Dissent
  • Five reasons why Sarah Palin is a laugh-out-loud choice for VP

  • Pessimistic blogger feeling pessimistic about pick

  • First Reaction McCain's Choice of Palin

  • (Hat tip Instapundit.)


    NPR Coverage
  • McCain Picks Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin For VP Spot

  • Sarah Palin, A Fresh Face For The GOP






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