Archive for February, 2008

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Monday, February 25th, 2008 by darren

Teh funny

(Edit: I originally found this comic linked unattributed from another blog’s comments sections, and lazily decided not to seek the original source. The author and original site are http://xkcd.com/386/. Apologies for lack of proper attribution originally.)

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Darren’s pre-Super-Ginormous-Tuesday post

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 by darren

Unlike my wife, I haven’t voted yet, but will on my way home from work. Obviously my vote is going to Obama also. I’ll be immersed in the various news sites and political blogs as work allows today, and will be glued to the TV and Internet from home tonight.

I think it’s impossible to underestimate how big a day in American politics this is, not only for the very positive things that are going on in the Democratic Party for the first time in a generation, but also for what’s happening on the other side.

After watching the Romney and McCain campaigns over the last few days and seeing a bunch of right wing and libertarian commentary, the GOP race has turned into a train wreck in a way that will be ultimately good for both the GOP and the country.

McCain is poised for a huge win today over the increasingly hysterical opposition of the Clown Wing of the party (Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, et al) and many of the more loathsome theocrats like James Dobson. This is good. It’s long past time to fumigate the big tent of GOP politics and return some meaning to the term “conservative.”

Unfortunately, McCain is no prize candidate himself, and I sincerely hope the mainstream press starts flushing out some of the ways that he’s dangerously unsuited to be President once they get over the current narrative of “spunky maverick underdog takes on the Establishment.”

Even so, I eagerly await today’s results with a mixture of hope, awe, and fear for my country.

Please vote, and feel free to join in the discussion in the comments.

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I Voted!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 by janice

An historic day, an historic vote. I had tears in my eyes as I slipped that ballot into the reader.

Seriously, I was so moved…

See, being a firm feminist and a believer in racial equality, this year I found myself with an embarrassment of riches and a quandary in the Democratic field. I love that the two candidates for the nomination are a woman and a black man (and one with a non Western name at that!) I love that the Dems are poised to make history either way they go. I think it is past time that we had either a person of color or a woman in the White House. Of course Obama and Clinton are both a long way from that goal as yet. But nominating either would be a win in my score book.

So, Obama or Clinton. Who to vote for?

Unfortunately I am forced to admit that I am just not a big fan of Hillary. I really want to want her to be President, if for no other reason than to see what the protocol people call Bill. 😉 I think it’s an incredible achievement that she is a viable candidate. But I am just not sold on her being The One. Unlike Darren, I have no doubts about her being competent to be President. However I think she’s too centrist, too Hawkish and nearly as sleazy (politically speaking) as Slick Willy. Ultimately, she doesn’t inspire me and for all her claims to the contrary she is part of the political establishment. I am not fond of the idea of another dynastic Presidency.

I find myself strongly pulled toward Barack and finally jumped on the bandwagon. I think he is the Real Thing – he has vision, he has depth, he has an incredible team of smart, experience people behind him. And he has the Republicans shaking in their boots. I think for the first time in my life we have a chance of electing a real statesmen to the White Hous and I am awed to see it. I really, really want to see this guy get elected. I think he would be wonderful for our country in many, many ways.

I really wish my parents had lived to see this day. Both of them worked hard against the effects of racism and sexism and I think they both would have had a better grasp on just how much the world has changed for this to be possible. I think even my staunchly Republican Dad would have been drawn across the aisle for the privilege of making a historical vote such as this.

But I am proud to stand proxy for them. And so very proud of my country today.

Blessings,

Janice

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A Moment of Levity Before the Big Day

Monday, February 4th, 2008 by janice

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But seriously, tomorrow will be telling. A lot is at stake. Regardless of your political affiliation,  if you are in a state with a primary, please get out and vote!

Blessings,

Janice

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