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Back in May, I made some election predictions.

I thought that Scott Walker would win the recall election; he did.

I thought that the Democrats would take the State Senate in June, only to lose it in November; they did.

I thought Obama would win re-election; he did.

I didn't make a prediction about the Tammy Baldwin/Tommy Thompson race in this blog, but I commented on it frequently on Twitter - I thought that Baldwin would lose to Thompson.
She has done jack-shit as a legislator, and is extremely liberal.
Because I thought that she would lose, I was pleased when Tommy Thompson defeated the Club for Growth-backed GOP candidate in the primary.

But then Thompson was a complete jackhole in every debate, and Tammy pulled it out it in the end! Glad to have been wrong about Tammy Baldwin.
She is the US's first openly gay senator. Also Wisconsin's first woman senator.
I'm also glad to have voted for her successor in the House: Mark Pocan. This is the first time that a gay legislator has succeeded another gay legislator for the same seat. WISCONSIN DISTRICT 2 REPRESENT!

Glad to see that Nate Silver and Wisconsin's Marquette Law Poll (run by one of my fave former profs) were right. Really hoping for political science to become more mainstream, instead of people like Peggy Noonan and George Will blowing hot air all over the place. They make for better TV, but people seriously freak out waiting for election results. NEEDS TO STOP.

This was Wisconsin's sixth election of the year. People in Ohio/etc. complaining about ads can suck it. I am very, very ready for advertisements to be done. (But you can bet your ass I will still tweet incessantly about politics.)

I know one of the tags says "locked;" it's not supposed to, it's okay this post is unlocked.
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President Obama is coming to campus this Thursday. Surrounded by a mass of liberals that make up his base, he'll give a speech the day after his first debate with Mitt Romney.

I went to see Obama in 2008 at the Kohl Center while he was campaigning.
I saw him again in 2010 on campus, when he came here to campaign for congressional candidates during the midterm elections - too bad Russ Feingold lost and Scott Walker won, eh?

In theory, it would be nice to see him Thursday, but I don't think I will.
For one thing, it's at noon, so I'd probably have to take the entire day off to stand in line and then see him and etc.
When I saw him in 2010, we stood in line for an entire mile and after hours of waiting, they said, "Just go to Bascom Hill," and it was kind of a free-for-all of people streaming over the stairs between Van Vleck and Van Hise.

Worse yet, to attend the rally, one must obtain a "ticket." Getting a ticket is easy! Just give your full name, phone number, and e-mail address to the Obama campaign, :) (my eyes roll forever)
Even if I had people to go with (and I'm sure I could find people if I tried), I am just not feeling it this year.

I have acupuncture scheduled at 4pm, and I'm worried about traffic returning to normalcy in time for me to ride the bus/get my car. Maybe I'll just take the bus & forget my car.

Anyone planning on going?
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For people who read me for Wisconsin politics, I do that way more frequently on Twitter, as [ profile] ribbonknight lately.

Scott Walker will win the recall election.
Democrats will take back the Senate in June, and then lose it again in November, much to the woe of the Senate pages who will have to rearrange offices twice in a single year.
I do think Obama will win re-election, though. I don't know enough about the federal legislative races to make any predictions there, :[

I know one of the tags says 'locked,' I just need to change the tag, sorry.
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I've seen and heard some people saying that the reason Proposition 8 passed in California is because people of color turned out to vote for Barack Obama, and then voted against gay marriage. Some people have some things to say about that. Please go read their entire posts. Some of them include detailed demographic maps, and are important to proving their points.

[ profile] sparkymonster wrote this post.
Blaming people of color for Prop. 8 passing in California is racist. So cut it the fuck out. Ditto for veiling your racism with "this is because of turnout for Obama" or "you know how conservative those immigrants can be."

California is 43.1% white, 35.9% latino or hispanic, and 6.7% black (source). So even if every single black and latino person in the state voted Yes on 8, that doesn't actually equal the 52% who voted for it. And since people of color are not the borg, you know how Prop. 8 passed? White people voted for it. True story!

Saying "well the black community is homophobic" is bullshit. First, are you trying to say white people aren't homophobic? Really? What is the race of the people who killed Matthew Sheppard and who assassinated Harvey Milk? What was the race of the person who signed DOMA? Second, you're ignoring all the queer people of color out there (and their allies). Third, you're being racist. Racism is what happens when you assign as stereotype to a race of people.

[ profile] ladyjax said many things, among them, this:
If anyone saw the commercials for the No on 8 campaign here in California, then you know that the few times when they did show people in them, they were overwhelmingly white. The Yes on 8 campaign? Busted out with a clever commercial (and I'm gonna call it clever because it sure as hell was), that showed a Black preacher, a Latino gentleman (you couldn't tell what he was doing but he was positioned Joe Regular) and then a white woman with a child. They hit the high notes: church, San Francisco judges (boo, bad!) , and 'what do we tell the kids?'

Yes on 8 did massive organizing in POC communities. No on 8? barely a blip on the radar screen.

....When white people roll up on Black folks about being oppressors, there's some truth to it but that gets lost when people start to remember: "Hmm, that rally for (immigration rights, education, housing, etc. etc.). I didn't see you there." In some areas, if you throw in gentrification and how it plays out when white gays and communities of color collide (as evidenced by the movie, Flag Wars, then you get some idea of how easy it was for the Yes on 8 people to make the inroads that they did.

Sometimes the fight isn't always about what you want but about reciprocation. It's also about fighting like your life depended on it. One thing I wish the No on 8 campaign had done from the beginning - hammer home the message about discrimination. Emphasize how easy it is for a group of people to have their rights taken away by the popular vote of the people. Skip the oh so gentle assimilationist approach ('oh, but we're just like you. Really') and go straight for scorched earth - "You don't have to like us but if our rights can be taken away, it can happen to you. This is a constitutional change not a Sunday picnic. Think about it."

I wanted to quote the entirety of [ profile] darkrosetiger's post, so instead, just go here.
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Sick of election posts? Too bad.

I'm a little disturbed by all of my friends on Facebook and LiveJournal saying that this is the first time in eight years that they feel proud to be an American. Being American is about a hell of a lot more than who the president is. We have a lot to be proud of, every day, no matter who gets elected.

I don't want to make a post full of gloating glee, because I remember pretty vividly what it feels like to lose. I hope that, at the very least, everyone can be excited about the fact that we are witnessing the first black man becoming President. Because that's pretty sweet, guys, even if you didn't vote for him.

McCain had a classy concession speech, and it's a shame that he felt the need to sell out for the entire election. If the actual John McCain had run for President, I think this would have been a different race indeed.

I also think that Obama gave a pretty humble acceptance speech. It's very clear to me that he's reaching out to the people who didn't vote for him ("I hear you, too"). I hope that everyone can accept him with a little more grace than the way Democrats could not accept reality in 2000 or 2004. (I really can't stand buttons like "Not my president." Sorry, but Bush is your president!) ALSO, Obama promised a puppy for the White House. If that doesn't melt your heart the tiniest bit, then there is just no talking to you.

Message I left on my parents' answering machine earlier today:
Hey, it's me....just wondering if you guys voted yet and canceled each other out. Later!

Then my mom called me back and left her own message:
Yes, I voted it! But your father's still at work. So don't call back later! Maybe he'll forget or be too tired, and my vote will count more then!

Later in the evening, I called back anyway.
MOM: *disgusted sigh* He voted.
ME: Well, that'll happen. Is Dad upset?
MOM: I don't know! He's upstairs.
ME: Wait, you're watching the results on separate TVs?
MOM: Yes!

My sister, in a hushed whisper: "Jackie?"
ME: What?
SISTER, laughing: What is the electoral college? [My sister is 37, by the way]
ME: Are you kidding me? Are you trying to argue with Kevin?
SISTER: No. Just....tell me.
ME: Okay. So...each state's popular vote doesn't actually matter...they have representatives who decide where the state's influence will go.
SISTER: I know! I know that!
ME: ....And the amount of votes they get is based on population size.
SISTER: I know that!
ME: Then what is your problem?!
SISTER, still whispering: That....doesn't make any sense.
ME: It' the Constitution. I don't know what to tell you.

Even though I live a few blocks away, I could hear a dull roar of cheering from State Street when I got home last night, and that was over an hour after the election had been called.

Also, if you haven't done so yet, you should really read about the parallels between this election and the last two seasons of The West Wing, because the similarities are uncanny, down to the Phillies playing for the World Cup.

I was pretty tired yesterday, and I watched the election results on ABC at Antoine's place, with Creighton and Carolyn, and The Hammer. I like being on my laptop when election results are reported so that I can check more local results. I was also able to type up sections of my NanoWrimo story that I had written out longhand at work. And, of course, I could hang out at my favorite political news place: [ profile] ontd_political. My favorite comment there from today thus far is this reaction to Obama naming his Chief of Staff: Oh man, this is gonna be THE HOTTEST CABINET EVAR!!! Of course, I also have a lot of love for this post, discussing what kind of dog the families Obama and Biden should get.

Moar Palin

Oct. 2nd, 2008 05:43 pm
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It's really easy to go for the lulz when it comes to Sarah Palin, and even though I become more horrified with every YouTube clip I watch, I'm also becoming increasingly bored with the same links being re-posted all over LiveJournal (including my own!).

And that's why I was so interested in Ann Althouse's posts analyzing the ways in which both Joe Biden and Sarah Palin were treated by Katie Couric in the mini-interview about Roe v. Wade. A lot of people say that Couric asked each of them the same questions, but she really didn't. Her interviewing style for each candidate was very different (interrupt one, and let the other have free reign). Also, because Althouse is a Constitutional Law professor, her analysis is an extremely intelligent one. Althouse has also taken an oath of neutrality for this year's presidential election coverage, which I appreciate.

Her post on Joe Biden: "Katie Couric invites viewers to admire the impressive constitutional expertise of Joe Biden."

Questions! Questions! Katie, where are your questions?

Let me suggest a few: Why is that a consensus? And should the Supreme Court be serving up consensus and calling it constitutional law? If you say the case is good because it is consensus, then why would it not have been preferable to allow the democratic processes to play out and produce consensus? Why should courts impose consensus? And why are you praising the lines drawn in Roe, when the Court redrew the lines in Planned Parenthood v. Casey? "It says in the first three months that decision should be left to the woman"... ahem... that hasn't been the doctrine since 1992!


Why didn't Couric press him on his expansive view of his own power and disregard for the role of the states? Will he bring similar expansive theories of constitutional power to the executive branch?

Absolute deafening silence from Katie Couric. She gave him a free pass. The viewer is invited to sit back and admire Joe Biden as an impressive authority on constitutional law... not like that ignoramus Sarah Palin. Very few viewers will perceive what has been done here.

And her post on Sarah Palin: "Sarah Palin was absolutely right to decline to name Supreme Court cases -- other than Roe v. Wade -- that she disagrees with."

Couric: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?
Palin: Well, let's see. There's, of course in the great history of America there have been rulings, that's never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but ....

Translation: I'm not going to answer the question, so I'll just repeat myself about how wonderful federalism and add that American history is great.

When you're talking about bad Supreme Court cases, it's not a good time to call American history "great," since the worst decisions entail slavery and segregation, which were, to say the least, not great.

Couric: Can you think of any?

The gotcha is dripping from her lips.

Palin: Well, I could think of ... any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But, you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a vice president, if I'm so privileged to serve, wouldn't be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.

Now, it would have been better to go back into history -- Palin brought up history -- and name a couple of the notorious cases that everyone acknowledges were bad. I suspect that Palin worried that she might get a case name wrong or that she'd be quizzed about exactly what happened in those cases and that she had a risk-avoidance strategy. Stalling for time, she began to repeat the old federalism point -- "best dealt with on a more local level" -- and then she shifted to a perfectly good excuse for not accepting the invitation to discuss Supreme Court cases: An executive official -- a mayor, governor, or vice president -- should respect the authority of the Supreme Court as it has articulated the meaning of the law.

If Palin had named some current cases -- as opposed to the historical cases that the Court itself has already disavowed -- that she disagrees with she would be claiming greater expertise in legal analysis than the Court itself or, alternatively, she would be saying that the Supreme Court's interpretation of constitutional law is not final.

Either proposition would be difficult to maintain and should not be attempted in an impromptu style in a high-stakes situation. This is the sort of thing a Supreme Court nominee facing confirmation hearings would prepare for intensely and face with trepidation. Palin deserves credit for seeing the situation for what is was and opting out.

It is difficult enough to maintain that one Supreme Court case is wrong, and Roe is that one case. The decision to oppose that case has been carefully thought out and is exceedingly important to Palin and others. (Note: I support abortion rights.) Roe stands apart from everything else because it entails what Palin, I presume, sees as a profound moral wrong: the continuing widespread murder of innocent babies. There are not some additional cases to toss in alongside Roe. The general rule, to which Roe is a unique exception, is that the Supreme Court is the authority on the meaning of constitutional law. And that is exactly what Palin said.

If nothing else, it's much more thought-provoking than most of the Internet commentary I've been seeing.
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Earlier today, a meme was going around on my LJ friends list, where people posted their favorite Supreme Court case, because Sarah Palin was unable to name a single one in an interview.

Guys? She can't even name a newspaper. Wasn't Sarah Palin a journalism major?

The only explanation I can come up with for this is that she couldn't remember which ones had liberal biases, or somehow thought it was a trick question. Surely, she must be able to name newspapers, right? RIGHT?

I know that some people think Katie Couric is being a total bitch in these interviews, but I really don't understand how you couldn't be. When she gives a heinous answer, how can you NOT ask the immediate follow-up to make her look like an idiot?

I feel like, if nothing else, all English majors in America should vote against Sarah Palin.

I'm not going to solely blame all of man's activities on changes in climate.

I keep wondering if I'm watching a horrible sci-fi movie, but Sarah Palin is real.

You can watch her entire interview about social issues here (the second video). Probably my "favorite" part is where says that homosexuality is a choice.

Get ready for Thursday's debate. It will be nothing short of magical, I'm sure.
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I'm sorry, because I know that a lot of people are "sick of" talking about politics. But I at least try to make my posts more interesting than "Gosh, Candidate B sucks so much!" Posts like that annoy me as well, but I love getting meta about politics just as much as I do about books.

The Anonymous Liberal posits a theory that John McCain purposely said he wasn't going to attend the debate with Barack Obama in order to draw attention away from Sarah Palin's disastrous interview with Katie Couric (if you haven't watched it, it's all over YouTube).

In that interview, Palin did two things that hurt the McCain campaign and, but for McCain's late afternoon shenanigans, would have garnered much more attention. First, buying into the premise of one of Couric's questions, she all but stated that if no bailout legislation is passed, we'll be headed into the next Great Depression. Even if true, that's not a very smart thing for a politician to say and, importantly, it all but foreclosed any possibility of McCain voting against the bailout.

As for the second, it's Palin's response to Couric's asking for examples in John McCain's 26 years as senator for pushing for more regulation on banks. ("I'll try to find you some, and bring 'em to ya.")

That is not a good soundbite. Not only does it confirm that Palin is in way over her head, but every time the clip is played, viewers get to hear Couric point out that McCain has a 26 year record of not favoring regulations.


I think the McCain campaign knew the Couric interview would be a disaster as soon as it was done taping and spent much of the day frantically trying to think of a way to push it out of the headlines. The clincher for me is the fact that McCain cancelled his Letterman appearance at the last second and instead sat down for an impromptu interview with, of all people, Katie Couric. The hope was to bump the Palin interview even on the CBS Evening News, which otherwise would have hyped and teased the Palin interview all afternoon and used it to lead the broadcast. Instead, CBS devoted most of its coverage to McCain and played segments of the Palin interview almost as an afterthought. Mission accomplished.

Obviously, none of us know what McCain's strategists are thinking, but it seems like the smartest thing they could have done to cover their asses.

It also makes sense given the Obama quotes in various news articles where he's like, "Yeah, I don't know WTF is going on; I just talked to McCain on the phone and everything was cool, and now I guess he's not coming to the debate."

Of course, McCain has now agreed to do the debate this evening, but the Palin interview seems to have gone by relatively unnoticed....except on the Internet, of course. Where we never let things go, and, in this case, rightly so.
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If you haven't heard yet, John McCain wants this Friday's presidential debate pushed back so that he and Obama can go to Washington to "work on the economy."

Oh, and he would like to also push back the Biden/Palin debate.

But, you know, I can see why.

O HAI, how much money will McCain be costing Ole Miss if he cancels this debate? $5.5 million. Let us pause and reflect on this for a moment. To fix the economy, McCain will cost Batesville, Mississippi 5.5 million dollars.

“I feel like sending a text message to Barack Obama,” said Ruth Schiele-Moore, the manager of a 50-unit hotel in Batesville, half an hour from Oxford, where the debate will be held.

Her hotel is booked solid for the weekend, as are most hotels and motels in the area. She said she would like to send Obama a text message that reads:

“Come on down here. You just may win Mississippi.” [Source]

And what how does Senate President Harry Reid feel about the senators coming back to Washington for the weekend to fix the economy?

This is a critical time for our country. While I appreciate that both candidates have signaled their willingness to help, Congress and the Administration have a process in place to reach a solution to this unprecedented financial crisis.

I understand that the candidates are putting together a joint statement at Senator Obama’s suggestion. But it would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy. If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op.

If there were ever a time for both candidates to hold a debate before the American people about this serious challenge, it is now. [Source.]


BUT THE BEST PART? Obama has been called to the doghouse, and will be meeting with President Bush, tomorrow. Probably so Bush can ask him to call off this debate. HOW MUCH MONEY WOULD YOU PAY TO SEE A PRIVATE MEETING BETWEEN THESE TWO MEN? Obama Campaign's post on the subject.

He could so easily "win" Friday's debate by simply showing up. Standing at the podium. Gesturing to the empty one next to him.

It's time for America to decide who it wants to lead this nation. Friday supposed to be a night for debate. An open discourse between Obama and Senator McCain. The topics would center not only on the economy, but each and every issue that is so intricately entwined with it: the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Abortion. Campaign finance. Civil rights. Military defense. The education of our youth. Taking care of those Americans who live in poverty every day, for whom worrying about their financial situation is not a new concept. Social Security. Immigration.

Becoming president is not a job you slide into. It's not about grandstanding. It's not about laying blame. It's not about picking a vice presidential candidate who will deliver you your party's base, but in reality has nothing to offer the nation.


Seriously, this is like Christmas for the Obama campaign. If they play this right, all he's going to have to do to win this election is giggle.
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It is no secret that The West Wing is my favorite TV show of all time. And I could explain it with the brilliant characterization, the pretty men in suits, the setting, and the funny.

But really, what makes The West Wing my favorite show of all time is the superior writing style of Aaron Sorkin. The man makes my heart soar in a way that few writers can.

So you can imagine my excitement with Maureen Dowd's most recent New York Times article. In it, she asked Aaron Sorkin to write a script of what would happen if Obama were to meet with fictional president Jed Bartlet. And the result is nothing short of amazing.

OBAMA The problem is we can’t appear angry. Bush called us the angry left. Did you see anyone in Denver who was angry?

BARTLET Well ... let me think. ...We went to war against the wrong country, Osama bin Laden just celebrated his seventh anniversary of not being caught either dead or alive, my family’s less safe than it was eight years ago, we’ve lost trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, thousands of lives and we lost an entire city due to bad weather. So, you know ... I’m a little angry.

OBAMA What would you do?

BARTLET GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush Doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!

I want Obama to take the gloves off.

And also? Internet, I can't even tell you how much I am looking forward to watching a debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. The pwnage will be of such epic proportions that I'm afraid of having a hernia from laughing.
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What the hell, did Heroes premiere last week? Shows how little I care about the show, I guess. Did anybody watch it? Did it stop being a suck-fest?

I like this article on white privilege and the 2008 presidential election, by Tim Wise. Source.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.


White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college--you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

Also, I really liked this entry in Emma Bull's LiveJournal, which relates to the comments people leave on the Internet, or even things that are said in normal conversation.

I understand the impulse to reply to everything you ever read, but if all you ever have to say is something cynical and that smacks of "Well, clearly you should have seen this I did!", then it gets pretty old. Read it, people! Conversational etiquette, both online and offline, FTW. In fact, I think I'll just quote her entire post, because you should read it.

"Why are you surprised?"

"Did you really think that...?"

"This is old news."

"It's just business as usual."

I've been hearing and reading these lines, and others like them, a lot lately. They show up when someone--sometimes me, sometimes someone else--gets angry about the election, about FEMA, about law enforcement, about politicians, about a government agency, and says so. When they do, someone will almost always respond with a variation on one of those lines.

I'd just like to say this to the people who are responding that way:

You're seriously pissing me off. Shut the fuck up.

Because here's the implied message of those lines: "You're cute when you're naive and ill-informed. I, however, am too smart and experienced to believe that what's upsetting you can be changed. I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly ridicule you for your embarrassing lack of knowledge and world-weary sophistication."

Do you think you can consider yourself one of the good guys when you ridicule someone for speaking out against things that harm others? Does your ego need so much public propping-up that you'll scorn someone else's distress and anger, if it gives you an excuse to declare yourself smart?

Maybe you really do believe there's nothing we can do about cruelty, injustice, corruption. Maybe you really are shrugging off the world's problems. Okay, you're allowed. It's exhausting work, trying to fix the broken shit, and not everyone can do it all the time every day. I sure can't.

But when you try to make yourself feel better about it by denigrating other people's outrage, you don't get a pass. That goes beyond sitting this one out; it makes you part of the problem.

So if you're all world-weary and wiser than me, I don't want to hear about it. Because those lines up there and their little friends are just an attempt to make you feel big and me feel small. They don't do one damned thing to make the world a better place.
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“Let me just say from the outset that I don’t consider Bolton credible,” the president said bitterly. Bush had brought Bolton into the top ranks of his administration, fought for Senate confirmation and, when lawmakers balked, defied critics to give the hawkish aide a recess appointment. “I spent political capital for him,” Bush said, and look what he got in return.

Okay, I seriously try to give Bush the benefit of the doubt as a human being, but WHAT THE FLIPPING EFF?! What a dick. The end.

Also, because I am narcissistic, o hai, I disliked this guy when he got appointed, too.

On a lighter note, many fans of Battlestar Galactica fans have noted the particular resemblance that Colonel Tigh and Laura Roslin bear to John McCain and Sarah Palin. Someone in the comments has also pointed out Cindy McCain's likeness to Ellen Tigh.

I am Saul Tigh, and you'd frakkin'-well-better believe that I approve this message.
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I cannot believe that the president of the National Center for Policy Analysis could say something so stupid.

Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."

What happens when these people leave the emergency room, Mr. Goodman? Who pays for the prescription drugs they might need to stay alive? Access to an emergency room does not constitute health care. Is a homeless person not homeless if they can take advantage of a homeless shelter? No. What an idiotic statement to make.

Barack Obama addressed this and a multitude of other issues in his speech last night at the Democratic National Convention.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this....

We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes.

Tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and independents across this great land -- enough! This moment -- this election -- is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight. On November 4, we must stand up and say: "Eight is enough."

The entirety of Obama's speech can be read here.

Who are you voting for?
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A comforting interview with Senate Majority leader Harry Reid:
Question: Do you still think the Democratic race can be resolved before the convention?

Reid: Easy.

Q: How is that?

Reid: It will be done.

Q: It just will?

Reid: Yep.

Q: Magically?

Reid: No, it will be done. I had a conversation with Governor Dean (Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean) today. Things are being done.

THINGS are being done. You know. Things.

An Idaho man vying for Larry Craig's Senate seat has legally changed his first name to "Pro-Life," which is how it will appear on the ballot. The article is here.

Sometimes, I enjoy reading The Badger Herald online, just so that I can read the comments that tear the writers apart. For example, this one, in which the copy chief gets reamed for a questionable headline.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court race seems to have more mud-slinging that last year's, which is saying something. TV stations are bombarded with heinous commercials. I recommend this article from Newsweek, which explores the blatant inaccuracies contained in most of the ads.

I think that my favorite Gableman ad (that attacks Butler) pins Butler as being responsible for freeing a rapist and allowing him to commit another rape. If you watch the ad, you think that Butler was the judge for this case, and handed down the decision. In fact, Butler was the public defender for the rapist, and was appointed to this role by the state. Even more hilariously, Butler did not win the man's release: he served his sentence in full, and only committed his next crime after being out of jail.

I find it really funny that most of the ads attacking Butler accuse him of using "loopholes" and "technicalities" to put criminals back on the street, like this is a heinous notion. Wouldn't you want a judge to be concerned about loopholes and technicalities? I guess I always thought that that was what judges were for.

Lastly! OMF, Battlestar Galactica dog tags! (Most of the main characters are in the military.) Those are so cool! Maybe I could be a BSG character for Halloween....that would be a pretty easy costume to get together, I would just have to figure out how best to fix my hair so that it resembles that of another character's (or find a good wig).
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Spoilers through episode 6.5 of Buffy )

I think that last semester ruined me for responsible project habits. Last semester, papers and exams and projects were scheduled in such a way that everything was always one right after the other, and it was nigh on impossible for me to start anything more than 2 days before it was due. My grades turned out fine, but I'm just used to starting a paper more in advance.

The habits seem to have carried over to this semester, even though I have more time, and things are more spaced out (except for this week, WTF!). Last night I fell asleep around midnight and woke up at 2am, wrote a 4-page paper, and went to bed again at 3:30. Woke up at 6:45 for the day. Over breakfast, I decided it would be a good idea to cite the text, as it was an English paper (BWAHAHA).

Anyway, the paper is done and will be handed in during my next class. After that, I have a ballroom dance practical on Monday (on the Waltz) and my Constitutional Law midterm due Tuesday. After that, I just have one exam before Spring Break, so I guess that's good.

Yes, this means that I only have one episode before the Buffy musical, so hopefully I can watch both of those this weekend. SO EXCITED, omg. Then I can finally download the songs without fear of minor spoilers, and listen to them repeatedly forever.

I have decided what my Buffy icon needs to be. Buffy, looking feisty, preferably shaking a finger in a scolding way. Text: "You are a neutered vampire who cheats at kitten poker!"

Latest Addition to my car woes
$20 parking ticket because I didn't move my car to the other side of the street last night. I thought I only had to do that during a snow emergency, but APPARENTLY I WAS WRONG. At least it's only $20 and I can pay it online (I hope).

By way of [ profile] yhlee, I read this article on explaining how Digg and Wikipedia are websites in which a small minority of Internet-users are deciding the content and popularity of the Internet as a whole. It's an interesting read. I use Wikipedia all the time because it's much more useful for things like Final Fantasy VII or the latest anime series than, say, Encyclopedia Britannica would be. I fail to understand the use of websites like Digg, StumbleUpon, and I really don't give a shit how many other people have read and liked a page on the Internet. All I care about is whether or not I will like it. If I want to find something random, I'll go to (Best news site EVER).

I am in love with this blog post by Ann Althouse: Obama, Farrakhan, and how Hillary Clinton took the opening and then squandered it. In the post, she dissects the rhetoric behind Tim Russert's question to Obama about Farrakhan in Tuesday night's debate, and how Hillary almost totally owned him, and then didn't. I feel like this is going to be a defining moment if she loses to Obama. Obama gives the wrong answer to a serious question, Hillary watches him shoot himself in the foot and makes herself look much stronger....until she backs off, Obama turns her point into a joke, and instead of arguing further, everyone has a good laugh, including the audience, the candidates, and the moderators. And Obama scores hugely.

SlateV had a video up on its main page last night pointing out the similarities between Barack Obama and this year's presidential campaign, and the one shown on The West Wing in its final seasons. Apparently, fictional character Matthew Santos was based on Barack Obama to begin with, although other similarities (fighting an entrenched Democrat; a moderate Republican, etc.) are obviously coincidental.
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Dear Hillary Clinton,
In a presidential debate about your hypothetical future presidency, YOU CANNOT GET MAD AT TIM RUSSERT FOR ASKING YOU HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS.


Seriously, though, she was just angry tonight, whereas Obama was collected and forthright.

I have a dilemma. I own the first 9 volumes of the manga X/1999. The public library has volume 10. But I would like to read volumes 11 through 18 as well. Can anyone think of a solution to this dilemma?? Let me know!

I need more LJ icons. If I had more icons, what would I have?
Buffy icon
Obama icon
Lots more West Wing icons
Evangelion icon, for when I angst
George Stephanopoulos icon
Wisconsin State Capitol icon
Brett Favre icon
John Edwards icon (I miss him, too)
Wizard People icon(s). Possible quotes include: "At least I'm not a hideous fucker." "I hope you get a new pillow to cry into. Shit."
Hermione Granger icon, looking like a know-it-all, for when I lay the smack down in my blog.
Gryffindor icon
Code Geass icon: Lelouch or Karen (or one of each!)
Scott Pilgrim icon: "Knives Chau: 17 years old," and possibly others

Lastly, I wish that Mike Huckabee wasn't a nutjob, because he's pretty damn funny. Watch this clip until the end (Google feed people, there is a Youtube link here, so you might actually have to come to my blog, OMGWTF, I know!).

Current Music:
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--Obama won Wisconsin tonight, and I love the Internet. In fact, he kind of totally creamed Hillary.

--I got my first paper handed back in my American Short Story class, and I got a good grade.

--After many phone conversations with car dealerships, city officials, my father, and locksmiths that were sprinkled between my 3 power lectures and Con Law discussion, I think I have this car thing figured out.

While I am at the city's mercy, and may receive a ticket for my car being on the street (I haven't yet! And I have done my best to "camouflage it" as a "moved car" by scraping all of the snow and ice off of it, and shoveling the snow around it.), I am hopeful that I won't.

I didn't really like the way the dealership people have dealt with me, so I'm going to a locksmith instead. Hopefully, the locksmith will work out - it's right on my way from class to work, and I would scarcely be late! If I have to go to the dealership, I will probably have to miss all of tomorrow's work shift (11:30-5:00). So I guess that's kinda sad. But I figured a lot out in one day, so I consider it to be a plus.

--I voted tonight. I love going to the polling place, and seeing all kinds of people there. I just think it's cool. I wish I knew my neighbors, and people in the neighborhood better.

--ALSO, have cemented a couple of more life goals: When I am an old lady, I would like to 1) be one of the people who staffs library sales, and 2) be one of the people who helps run a polling place on election day.

--My cell phone didn't work for a while, but my brother-in-law told me to take the battery out and then put it back in. I did this, and it worked! Yay for simple solutions.

--I have the nicest boyfriend ever, who walked with me in the cold weather so that I could use his cell phone, and watch election results with him.

--My former co-worker replied to my plea for help (on Friday's presentation on "Representations of Gender in American Comics and Japanese Manga"), and offered some expert tips on comics. As I'm not as familiar with comics as I am with manga, I found this exceedingly helpful.

--Via Althouse, I got to laugh at a ridiculous comment about Green Bay, WI made by the director of NBC. Chuck Todd has clearly never heard of Oneida Street. I swear to God, there are 4 new stores/restaurants every time I go home.

--It turned out that nobody showed up to be trained at the Liturgy Training that I completely forgot about on Monday. While I still feel bad, I don't feel as bad.
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I have so many things I want to blog about - so many open tabs in windows of Firefox, so many stories to tell. But I guess I'll start with the Obama rally, as it's most immediate.

Firstly, I did take pictures, but I will not have time to upload them until tomorrow.

Barack Obama spoke at the Kohl Center on campus today, and I went with Steph to see him speak. Antoine also went with some co-workers, but I didn't get to see him until afterward because there were so many people. When set up for a basketball game, the Kohl Center seats 17,000 people, and 2,000 were on the floor. There was also an overflow room.

There was no clear direction outside as to what door to enter through. We joined a line in which people assured us that we would get let in first. Most people went down two large paths that led to a long row of doors along the front of the building, while our line wound around the TV cameras. People going straight for the doors kept streaming in, and eventually, we switched over to the front doors. Unfortunately, we ended up in the very top of the third tier of seating, behind the stage. The four-faced TV hanging above the middle of the floor allowed us to see Obama (and the irritating elementary school-girl making faces at the camera behind him) just fine.

Obama was introduced first by Bryon Eagon, the leader of Obama's campaign on the UW campus. I don't think I've ever actually spoken with him, but I'm about 90% certain that he and his brother went to the same LeadAmerica program that Chad and I went to the summer after we graduated from high school, in Washington, D.C. Apparently, he took it to heart when Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff recommended that we get involved in campaigns, :)

Following him was the field director for the Madison area, and then Governor Jim Doyle.

Obama's speech was inspiring, but also didn't contain much new information. I think that the "Yes We Can" video going around is based entirely on his stump speech, because just about everything he said was basically the same. Obama's general point is that he's fully aware of the talk surrounding him, that he is too idealistic. He understands how much it would take to make his ideas work, and he's prepared to do it. He truly believes that America is in a place where it's prepared to be right there with him.

An article here about how Obama is eroding Clinton's base in Wisconsin by claiming college students and upper-class independents. Wisconsin Democratic Chairman Joe Weineke says, "Obama's got the momentum in this state, but I never rule out a Clinton."

Chelsea Clinton was on campus yesterday too, although I couldn't make it for that speech.

And lastly, continuing from my last post, there's yet another way why this campaign is similar to the one in West Wing. A government official has leaked government secrets about a space shuttle! But this time, I can't complain about how it's inconsistent with the character in question.

College is hard.
Anyway. Seeing Obama was tonight, so I didn't get home until 10pm, and last night was the Career Fair. Most of the paper that I handed in today was written between 2:30 and 3:30am last night. I have to get up at the ass-crack of dawn tomorrow, so you can pretty much tell where I'm at right now. I look forward to tomorrow, when I will spend more than 2 conscious hours in my damn bedroom.
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I need a more serious West Wing icon. Really, I need more icons in general. I would like a paid LiveJournal account. One day, this will happen! But I think I'm going to wait to do stuff like that until I have a job. Or something.

Anyway, a co-worker and I were talking on Friday about the similarities between the current presidential election and the election that took place during seasons 6 and 7 on The West Wing. The West Wing is my favorite TV show of all time, but it's the first four seasons, when Aaron Sorkin was on board, that are my favorite. While I watched season 7, I found parts of it making me roll my eyes because the issues on the show were ripped right from current headlines about politics and international situations. I find this to be lazy storytelling.

How ironic now, that "life imitates art," as they would say on the show. I wanted to make my own list, but after I posted in [ profile] west_wing_fans, someone directed me to this article, so I can just post the similarities someone else has written out! Bwaha.

West Wing: The battle for the Democratic nomination for the President was very close
Real Life: The battle for the Democratic nomination for the President is very close

West Wing: The Democrats were considering whether to choose their first Hispanic candidate Matt Santos
Real Life: The Democrats are considering whether to choose their first Black candidate Barack Obama

West Wing: Matt Santos started out as a rank outsider before gradually overhauling the “establishment” candidates
Real Life: Barack Obama started out as a rank outsider before gradually overhauling the “establishment” candidates

West Wing: Matt Santos has two young children Peter and Miranda.
Real Life: Barack Obama has two young children Malia and Sasha.

West Wing: Matt Santos was billed as the “change” candidate, offering a new politics.
Real Life: Barack Obama is billed as the “change” candidate, offering a new politics.

West Wing: No one knew who would win the Democrat nomination until the National Convention.
Real Life: It looks like no one will know who will win the Democrat nomination until the National Convention.

West Wing: The Republicans chose an old bloke to be their candidate - Senator Arnold Vinick
Real Life: The Republicans are likely to choose an old bloke to be their candidate - Senator John McCain

West Wing: Republicans chose a centre-right candidate who the religious South deem to be dangerously liberal.
Real Life: Republicans are set to choose a centre-right candidate who the religious South deem to be dangerously liberal.

West Wing: Matt Santos triumphs in the 2006 election, winning Nevada by 30,000 votes, with an electoral margin of 272–266
Real Life: It remains to be seen!

And on a related note, blogger Ann Althouse started an interesting conversation about the fact that Democratic superdelegates are totally capable of thwarting Democratic voters and caucus goers by voting however they want. The post is here. These are the rules we play by. Are they the rules we should play by?


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