October 6th, 2008

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This has a Jewish slant, but a friend of mine is Chinese and her mother is afraid to vote for Obama because she is afraid of "black men." My friend and I are working on ways to reach her mother, and "convert" her, and through her, a great many of her friends. Every vote we get translates into many more. We all like to talk and persuade others to our obviously brilliantly concluded "side."

Check this out, and feel motivated to visit the elders you know. In my family, the elders have passed on, and I know they are in the Barack cheering section, looking down from heaven, most likely with a glass of single-malt Scotch in hand. :)

Enjoy! We can win this and have fun!!

Let humor roll and bring in the results we need!!

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Not knowing is not knowing -

Letter to the Editor in the NY Times:

To the Editor:
 Re "The Palin Rebound," by David Brooks (column, Oct. 3):

 As someone who teaches history, I often give essay exams, and inevitably there are students who arrive ill prepared to take the exam. These students typically adopt one of two strategies: they either construct an essay that is a torrent of words, hoping that by filling up the space I will not notice that they don't know anything (Sarah Palin's performance in the Katie Couric interviews); or they ignore the question I've asked, and answer something else they do know a little about (Ms. Palin's performance in the vice-presidential debate).

 Both strategies earn an F, since neither indicates that they can tackle a crucial issue in the course.

 Many of us watching the vice-presidential debate wanted to know how well Governor Palin could tackle a crucial issue facing the nation. Mr. Brooks informs us that Republicans were relieved that Sarah Palin adopted what amounts to Strategy No. 2 in the debate, and therefore avoided seeming as clueless as she did in the Couric interviews, but let me assure him (and them) that it was no more helpful in establishing her ability to be an effective vice president than Strategy No. 1.

  Barbara Weinstein
 New York, Oct. 3, 2008

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Wake Up, Americans!


Roger Cohen says:

As it happens — life’s ironies — I was reading Kipling after watching the vice-presidential debate, or more precisely Sarah Palin, the winking “Main-Streeter” from Wasilla. And the words of hers that rang in my ears were:

“One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let’s commit ourselves just everyday American people, Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say ‘Never Again.’ Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those managing our money and loaning us these dollars.”


I’m sorry, Governor Palin, words matter. Life has its solemn lessons. “Never Again” is a hallowed phrase. It’s applicable not to the loss of a mortgage, but to the Holocaust and genocide.

According verbal equivalency to a $60,000 loan and six million murdered Jews, or 800,000 slaughtered Rwandans, is grotesque. Perhaps Palin didn’t mean it, but that’s no less serious. The world’s gravity escapes her.

Not Kipling, who wrote in “Epitaphs of the War” (1914-1918):

If any question why we died,

Tell them, because our fathers lied.

I wonder, after the lying and the dead of the Bush Administration, in the midst of the wars, in the face of 760,000 lost jobs, is Palin’s offer of a “little bit of reality from Wasilla Main Street” enough?
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two more columns to raise the bar -



The second one is probably the most important. I keep reaching for ways to reach the "other side." Health care may be the issue that reaches them in light of what has happened with the economy. Health care. That seems like a key issue to me, and McCain would make it inaccessible to many, certainly himself if he weren't married to a wealthy woman and on the government dole, because this issue of pre-existing conditions is huge for a great many people.

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Thomas Merton -

Are monks and hippies and poets relevant? No, we are deliberately irrelevant. We live with an ingrained irrelevance which is proper to every human being. The marginal [person] accepts the basic irrelevance of the human condition, an irrelevance which is manifested above all by the fact of death. The marginal person, the monk, the displaced person, the prisoner, all these people live in the presence of death, and the office of the monk or the marginal person, the meditative person or the poet is to go beyond death even in this life, to go beyond the dichotomy of life and death and to be, therefore, a witness to life.

Thomas Merton. The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton. Naomi Burton, Brother Patrick Hart and James Laughlin, editors. New York: New Directions Press, 1969: 306.

Thought for the Day

We realize very keenly in American today [October, 1968] that the monk is essentially outside all establishments. He [or she] does not belong to an establishment. He [or she] is a marginal person who withdraws deliberately to the margin of society with a view to deepening fundamental human experience.

The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton: 305.

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It's Fleet Week!!

The Blue Angels were here practicing today, and will fly Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.

It is actually quite something as they slice our sky, though a tremendous waste of fuel.    Actually in light of what is going on, I would think they would cancel the performance this year. 

They were organized by Adm. Chester Nimitz, and have been flying since 1946. Each jet is 56 feet long, costs $21 million and flies at about 1,400 mph, or 23 times faster than a BART train.

Again, in light of the loss of jobs and money, the theatrics and entertainment make no sense at all, and, as we know,  the show of our military might must go on.  

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Obama Facts vs. McPain Lies!

This comes from Alan at n6vfp at Live Journal.

McCain Lies... Long List of Lies

Obama Will Raise Your Taxes
ACTUALLY : Obama's tax plan lowers taxes for almost all of the middle class - McCain is assuming Obama will repeal is own tax cuts once in office. factcheck.org

"Thanks, but no thanks" (repeated 36++ times)
ACTUALLY : Palin supported the Bridge, then opposed it, and kept the money for a bridge that won't be built. politifact.com

McCain refuses special interest money
ACTUALLY : McCain takes millions from big oil and foreign military contractors - and his campaign is run by lobbyists - mccainslobbyists.com

Sarah Palin commands the Alaskan National Guard
ACTUALLY : Sarah Palin has next to no authority to command the National Guard - vetvoice.com

McCain never asks for pork
ACTUALLY : Arizona keeps getting pork via McCain's influence. - politifact.com

Obama agrees that the economy is fundamentally strong
ACTUALLY : Obama disagrees with McCain's foolish claim. - CNN PoliticalTicker

Alaska Produces 20% of US Energy
ACTUALLY : Alaska produces just 3.5%. Neither fact means Palin is qualified. - factcheck.org

McCain's Campaign has no Connections to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac
ACTUALLY : John McCain flat lied - his lead campaign adviser Rick Davis took checks from Freddie Mac until August 2008. -
NY Times

Obama will Tax Electricity
ACTUALLY : Obama said he supported taxing dirty fuel like coal to pay for clean energy like wind and solar. - factcheck.org

Palin Rejected $500 million Earmarks
ACTUALLY : Palin pushed for federal earmarks as both Mayor and Governor. - MSNBC and The Washington Post and TPM

Obama is 'mum' on the economic crisis
ACTUALLY : Obama has offered a variety of proposals, but held off on a full bill because he didn't want to play politics with the economic crisis. - factcheck.org

Obama Supports Kindergarten Sex Ed
ACTUALLY : The bill (which never passed) supported warning Kindergarteners about the danger of sexual abuse. - politifact.com

Obama voted against funding troops
ACTUALLY : Obama backed funding at least 10 times, while McCain has flip-flopped on Iraq funding. - factcheck.org

Palin sold the Govnr's jet on EBay
ACTUALLY : In a political stunt, Palin put the jet on eBay for much less than its worth - and it didn't sell. -
The Washington Post

Obama gave big oil millions in subsidies
ACTUALLY : This claim has no basis - Obama subsidized alternative energies and taxed oil companies. - factcheck.org

Palin took on big oil
ACTUALLY : Palin only disagreed on where to place one pipeline, otherwise she supports ANWR drilling and other disastrous policies. - factcheck.org

Obama Killed Immigration reform
ACTUALLY : Obama voted for bipartisan immigration reform bills, while McCain decided he would vote against his own immigration bill- hardly a step forward for reform. -
The Washington Post

Palin visited troops in Iraq
ACTUALLY : Palin grandstanded on a US base in Kuwait, but never quite made it over to Iraq. - The Boston Globe

McCain Tried to Reform Freddie and Frannie
ACTUALLY : McCain only showed his support for a report on Fannie/Freddie corruption - and his campaign aides lobbied for both, working for deregulation. - The New York Times and DKos

Obama wants to increase government size by 23%
ACTUALLY : McCain invented this figure from faulty assumptions and misstatements. - politifact.com

Obama opposes the electric car
ACTUALLY : Obama backs clean energy, he said 'no' to McCain's ineffective free-market solutions to the energy crisis. - politifact.com

Obama is advised by the former CEO of Freddie Mac
ACTUALLY : Obama only spoke with the Freddie head once, on the phone. John McCain's campaign adviser was taking checks from Freddie until August '08. - liecount.com

Obama wants to bomb Pakistan
ACTUALLY : Obama merely supported taking action against Osama bin Laden when the US knows where he is, using special forces troops. - The New Republic

McCain supports a 'bipartisanship' in the bailout
ACTUALLY : McCain has openly blamed Democrats for the economic collapse, and Obama for the bailout bill's failure in Congress. - Talking Points Memo

Obama opposes all free trade
ACTUALLY : just a plain lie - Obama supports free-trade with significant protections for workers and the environment. - liecount.com

Obama asked for a million $ a day in pork
ACTUALLY : Fuzzy math. - liecount.com

"23,000 People at our rallies"
ACTUALLY : No one knows where this number came from. It appears to be a fabrication. - Bloomberg

FactCheck.org Agrees with Us
ACTUALLY : FactCheck.org disagrees, particularly about this lie. - factcheck.org

Palin Fired Trooper for Performance Reasons
ACTUALLY : Palin's story keeps changing, lying about her previous lies. - ABC News

Obama thinks Iran isn't a serious threat
ACTUALLY : Obama supports aggressive diplomacy with Iran - this is a vicious misquoting. - factcheck.org

"McCain invented the Blackberry"
ACTUALLY : McCain voted against the law making the Blackberry and similar devices possible. Give Al Gore his cliché back. - Think Progress

Obama is part of the corrupt Chicago establishment
ACTUALLY : McCain's assertions make mountains out of molehills. - factcheck.org

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from Tampabay.com

October 06, 2008

Press kept under a watchful eye

CLEARWATER -- Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn't permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters. When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers where the crowd was seated, an escort would dart out of nowhere and confront him or her and say, "Can I help you?'' and turn the person around.
When one reporter asked an escort, who would not give her name, why the press wasn't allowed to mingle, she said that in the past, negative things had been written. The campaign wanted to avoid that possibility  Monday.
-- Times staff writer Eileen Schulte

It sounds more like they didn't want the press asking people how much they were paid to be there for a photo-op.

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Oh, my! Ah! Awe!!

The Gift
After the wind-bruised sea
furrowed itself back
into the folds of blue, I found
in the black wrack
a shell called the Neptune -
tawny and white,
with a tail
and a tower
and a dark door,
and all of it
no larger
than my fist.
It looked, you might say,
very expensive.
I thought of its travels
in the Atlantic's
wind-pounded bowl
and wondered
that it was still intact.
Ah yes, there was
that door
that held only the eventual, inevitable
There's that - there's always that.
Still, what a house
to leave behind!
I held it
like the wisest of books
and imagined
its travels toward my hand.
And now, your hand.
~ Mary Oliver ~
(The Truro Bear and Other Adventures)