GOOD VIDEOS * Upcoming Debates Schedules * Event for week 9/16-9/23 * Special Requests: Jess Durfee, Pam Hoye, Greg Bolian, Jack Robertson & Linda, Dorothy Gesick & David Little, Barbara Cummings. Judy Ki, Martha Sullivan

From: Carol C.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 2:26 PM

1. Saturday Night Live> Complete Sarah & Hillary Intro( you might have to watch a 10 second Toothpaste Commercial -it worth it!)

2. A bit of good news you won't see anywhere, from Anne's friend in AK
Largest rally in history of the state - to reject Sarah! More people showed up at this rally than at the one welcoming her down the street!!
I love the homemade signs! These women have definite ideas about Sarah :

3.This is pretty matter what your political beliefs!

4. McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare:

5.What's Wal-Mart so afraid of? Employee Free Choice Act and urge Congress to pass this important legislation without further delay.
John McCain's health records

6. .John McCain's health recordsmust be releasedmust be released:

7. JIB JAB: Time for some campaignin' :

8. John McCain's ads are LIES. Here's the video proof.

9. Triumph the Insult Dog @ RNC

10. Article: How McCain and Obama will change your tax bill - Jun. 11, 2008 Colleen Spining sent:

II. Upcoming Debates[

We must move beyond the superficial discussions and look closely at our candidate's leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses. (see list of characteristics to look for from Doris Kearns Goodwin below schedule):

Summary of McCain-Obama Debate Agreement
All four debates will begin at 6 pm Pacific, 9 pm Eastern and last for 90 minutes.

First Presidential Debate:
Date: Sept. 26th
Site: University of Mississippi
Topic: Foreign Policy and National Security
Moderator: Jim Lehrer

Second Presidential Debate:
Date: October 7
Site: Belmont University
Topic: none specified
Moderator: Tom Brokaw

Third Presidential Debate:
October 15
Hofstra University
Domestic and Economic Policy
Bob Schieffer

Vice Presidential Debate:
October 2
Washington University (St. Louis)
Gwen Ifill

III. Calendar of Events : Week of Tuesday Sept 16, 2008 - Tuesday, Sept 23

Tuesday, September 16th, 9:00 am. Stand Up, San Diego! Tell the County Supervisors to be fair to those who care for our elderly, blind and disabled citizens. A MARCH AND RALLY at the San Diego County Administration Building, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego 92101. Refreshments will be provided. Info: Richard Lawrence or Myrtle Cole at (619)[masked]

Tuesday, September 16th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Fundraiser for Mike Aguirre for City Attorney. Hosted by Scott Dreher ? Dreher Law Firm at the El Fandango Restaurant 2734 Calhoun St., in the center of Old Town. Suggested contribution: $30 to $320. RSVP to Francisco at[masked] or [address removed]. Click HERE to make a contribution by credit card.

Tuesday, September 16th, 6:30- 9:00 pm. Candidates Forum co-sponsored by Oceanside Coastal Neighborhood Association, Loma Alta Neighborhood Association and South Oceanside Neighborhood. At St. Mary's Auditorium, 515 Wisconsin, Oceanside.

***Wednesday, September 17th, 10:15 am to noon. Voter registration for newly naturalized citizens.*** Join other volunteers to register voters at *** Golden Hall, Corner of 3rd and B Street. Parking at Horton Plaza. RSVP to Greg Bolan at [address removed]. Note: The San Diego Voter Registration team usesYahoo Groups to send out volunteer emails. To receive these emails go to and click on "Join This Group.

***Wednesday, September 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm. U.S. Constitution Day panel discussion: ?Safeguarding U.S. Democracy.?***
Is the U.S. Constitution at risk? Can judges disrupt the separation of powers meant to protect Americans from tyranny? Attorney Amy Lepine, Political Science and International Relations Professor Del Dickson, and Attorney John Gomez will address these and other issues in a panel discussion at the City Heights Weingart Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave. Supported by the San Diego League of Women Voters (LWV) education fund and a grant from the Program on Constitutional and Legal Policy. This event is free to the public. LWV co-president Anne Hoiberg will introduce the panelists and moderate questions and answers from the audience. Questions: [masked] or [address removed].

Wednesday, September 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm. Cocktail Reception to Benefit Pamela Bensoussan, Candidate for Chula Vista City Council, Seat No. 3. With Congressman Bob Filner, Assemblywoman Mary Salas, Councilman Rudy Ramirez and many others. At the home of Miriam Martinez. Invitation at

Wednesday, September 17th, 6:30 social, 7:00 pm. Rancho North Coast Democratic Club Meeting. Rachel Rott, Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention will report on the convention; Lisa Kove will speak on why we should oppose Proposition 8; George McNeil, candidate for the Board of Trustees of Mira Costa College will tell us about the issues in that election; and Nat Bandel, Volunteer Coordinator, Obama Campaign, 50 CD will discuss the telephoning and canvassing campaign for Nevada. At the Clubhouse, Encinitas Terrace Senior Apts., 454 Requeza St., Encinitas, 92024.

Whether you vote by mail or at the polls -- Will Your Ballot Be Counted?

***Thursday, September 18th, 6:00 pm supper, 7:00 pm meeting. Progressive Democrats of America meeting. Election Protection***:
How Can We Help Insure the Integrity of our San Diego Vote? Reports from Lobbying Visits w/ Congressional delegation. At Giovanni's Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Info: Mike Copass at [address removed]

Thursday, September 18th, 6:30 social - 7:00 pm meeting. Black Mt. Democratic Club meeting. Bring your sample ballots- guest speakers will be presenting/discussing various propositions on the November ballot. At the Rec. Center, 10550 Caminito Flores, San Diego 92126 MAP Info: Judy at [address removed]

Thursday, September 18th, 7:00 pm. Fundraiser for Mike Aguirre for City Attorney. At the home of David & Terry Valladolid, 3704 Glen Verde Court, Bonita. Suggested contribution: $30 to $320. RSVP to Francisco at[masked] or [address removed].

Saturday, September 20th, 11:00 am. Coronado Democratic Club meeting. Several speakers will explain and discuss the various propositions on the November ballot: Anne Hoiberg, representing the League of Women Voters; Kate Lyon from Planned Parenthood will discuss the Parental Notification constitutional amendment; a representative from the San Diego County Democratic Club will discuss the Limit on Marriage initiative; and a representative from Common Cause will discuss the Redistricting initiative. Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library. Info: Judy Bambace (619)[masked] or [address removed]

***Saturday, September 20th, NOON time. Fundraiser for Nick Leibham, candidate for the 50th CD, with special guest, the Honorable Al Gore. ***VIP and General Reception. In Rancho Santa Fe. Event details provided upon RSVP. Closed to the press. RSVP to Ryan Michaels, (760)[masked] or [address removed].

***Saturday, September 20th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Progressive Democrats of San Diego meeting.*** "GO Team" Get Out the Vote training with Rachel Rott and Betty Ball,*** plus hear from local candidates running for office. At the Vista Public Library Community Room, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. Library phone number for directions is (760) 643-5100. Info:[masked]-9370.

***Saturday, September 20th, 1:00 - 4:15 pm. "Sex Trafficking Summit" ***- A panel discussion featuring 6 speakers who will discuss the local and global sex-trafficking trade. Presented by Voices Of Women in collaboration with The Thomas Jefferson School of Law?s Center for Global Legal Studies and the International Law Society/Amnesty International Student Group. At the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2121 San Diego Avenue in Old Town. A welcoming reception will follow. Space is limited; RSVP to [address removed].

Saturday, September 20th, 1:00-2:30 pm. Fundraiser Reception for Mike Lumpkin for Congress, 52nd CD. At the home of Xema Jacobson & Johnny Simpson in Spring Valley. Info/RSVP at [masked] or [address removed].

Saturday, September 20th, 2:00 to 4:00pm. California Common Cause meeting. Donna Frye and Carl DeMaio who will talk about their partnership to strengthen the San Diego City Council. At the Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway (next to the IKEA store).

Saturday, September 20th, 4:00-5:30 pm. Fundraiser Reception for Mike Lumpkin for Congress, 52nd CD. At the home of Gere Russel in La Mesa. Info/RSVP at[masked] or [address removed].
***Saturday, Sept 20th: MILLION DOORS FOR PEACE campaign. Join PDA's own Barb Cattedra and activists all over the country, who will be talking with their neighbors. Let's galvanize communities to demand that American troops come home from Iraq within twelve months. PDA is helping take the message directly to the streets. Each year since the Iraq war began we have seen and participated in massive anti-war demonstrations in Washington and around the country. THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT. This year, we're taking the message directly to our neighbors, instead of relying on the media.

JOIN thousands of us on Sept. 20th, as we go door-to-door in our communities across America, finding the next wave of the movement to End the Iraq War.

Sunday, September 21st, 1:00 pm. Fundraiser for Mike Aguirre for City Attorney hosted by Bruce Abrams. Suggested contribution: $120 to $320. RSVP to Francisco at[masked] or [address removed]. Click HERE to make a contribution by credit card.

Sunday, September 21st, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. La Jolla Democratic Club meeting. City Attorney Mike Aguirre will speak on the Current Political Situation. At the La Jolla Public Library, 7555 Draper Ave., La Jolla 92037.

Sunday September 21st, 4:00 pm. Point Loma Democratic Club meeting. Speakers will include 7th District City Council candidate Marti Emerald, 52nd CD candidate Mike Lumpkin and San Diego City School Board Candidates, Dr. John Lee Evans and Richard Barrera. In the Peninsula Community Room, 3740 Sports Arena Blvd, Suite 2, just north of Phil's Barbeque in Loma Portal. Info: Nancy Jeremiason at[masked]-4974.

Sunday September 21st, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Meet and greet with Oceanside City Council Candidate Chuck Lowery. At the home of Carol Kissin. RSVP: Carol at[masked] or [address removed]

Sunday, September 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm. Fundraiser Reception for Mike Lumpkin for Congress, 52nd CD. Held by Stephanie & Gary Ousley at Cosmos Coffee Caf? in La Mesa. Info/RSVP at[masked] or [address removed].

***Monday, September 22nd, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Fundraiser reception for Olga Diaz: "Olga Means Business." ***
Join other business leaders for appetizers, cocktails and live music to support Olga for Escondido City Council. At Taste of Florence, 340 East Grand Ave, Escondido. Suggested contribution: $50. To co-host this event or to RSVP contact Dino Maiolo at[masked] or [address removed].

Tuesday, September 23rd, 5:00 to 6:45 pm. Democratic Professional Club meeting. Just back from the Democratic Convention, Jon Elliott, political commentator and talk show host, will speak about this year?s nominating process, where we go from here, and San Diego?s new progressive radio; he will also answer questions. Appetizers and Beverages will be served. Non-members $10.00. RSVP to Gail Butler [address removed]. At the home of Pat Zaharopoulos at 4250 Sierra Vista, in Mission Hills (off Fort Stockton Drive) 92103.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. "The Rising Star Reception" and fundraiser for Assembly Member Mary Salas. Join co-hosts Senator Christine Kehoe, Senator Dede Alpert and Francine Busby in supporting one of San Diego's rising stars. To co-host this event or to RSVP please contact Dino Maiolo at[masked] or [address removed].



Hello Everybody,

I received an email from Jess Durfee, The Chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, asking the I contact my members about attending these upcoming events.

Saturday, September 27th, The San Diego Democratic Club's Annual Freedom Banquet. Keynote speaker is Karen Bass, Speaker of the California Assembly. At the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay. Times: 6:00 PM VIP Reception, 6:30 General Reception and Silent Auction, 7:30 Dinner and Program. $100 dinner or $150 dinner & VIP reception.
*Please join the San Diego County Democratic Party table by contacting Cortney at [address removed] or[masked]-3367.

Sunday, September 28th, 6:00 pm. North County Unity Roasts Xavier Martinez. A night of tribute, outlandish stories (true and not so true), insults, and praise is in store for Xavier Martinez. The money raised will be used to keep the North County Democratic headquarters open! At the Lake San Marcos Country Club. $75 per person.
*Please join the San Diego County Democratic Party table by contacting Cortney at [address removed] or[masked]-3367.

Thank you for your consideration,


#1. PAM HOYE ~ From SDDC Volunteer Coordinator - No On Prop 8
Help Defeat Proposition 8! -- Volunteers Needed! ! !

California's proposition 8 is a constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples and treat them differently. We know that the fight against proposition 8 is not about same-sex marriage.

It is about persevering fundamental the right of equality for all Californian families and not allowing one group to use our constitution to treat another group of people differently. In order to win we need our friends, family members, and neighbors to take a stand against this unfair amendment.

This is the most major civil rights issue to hit us in 50 years and we encourage you to join us. Please make a difference and come to our Sunday Family Friendly Voter ID Phone Bank from 1 - 4:30 PM. The shifts are fast & fun. Volunteers are fed & trained as the time flies. This is history in the making and you should be part of it.

Below is the contact information & location:

The contact at the HQ is:
San Diego County

No on 8, Equality for All

Center Advocacy Project Issues PAC

(619)[masked] Office

San Diego County Regional Office


Location for volunteering:

301 University Avenue, San Diego CA 92103

To volunteer for NO on 8 go to this website

This website is good for the entire state


The No on 8 HQ is open every day 11 AM - 9 PM, but closed on Mondays.

We can use volunteers on any of those days we are open.

Our priority is the Sunday shift.
For SDDC we are leading the Wed night Phone Banking 6 - 9:30 PM

Lisa Kove
SDDC Volunteer Coordinator

#2. Greg, Jack and Linda
Voter registration team

The San Diego County Democratic Party Voter registration team has now registered 6,900 people to vote this year. Thank you for your continued support!

Volunteers are needed at the following locations. Training and supplies will be provided. Please RSVP and specify which event, date and time you will be able to volunteer for. Thanks

Greg, Jack and Linda


DATES Tue, Sep. 16 and 23
Thu, Sep. 18 and 25
TIME 9a-3p

LOCATION SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, SD CA 92115
We will be near the steps of Aztec Center

RSVP [address removed] Please indicate the location, date and time you would like to volunteer

Register New Citizens, Downtown San Diego

DATE Wed September 17
TIME 10am - 12pm
LOCATION 3rd Ave and B Street
In the Plaza near the Civic Theatre
PARKING We suggest you take the trolley or park at Horton Plaza (2 Blocks away)

Please RSVP and indicate that you would like to volunteer at the Naturalization Ceremony



DATES Mon thru Fri, Sep 22 - 26
TIME 10a-4p

We will be near the Price Center

RSVP [address removed] Please indicate the location, date and time you would like to volunteer

South Bay Voter Registration

LOCATION Southwestern College, Main Campus
900 Otay Lakes Rd
In front of the cafeteria
TIME 11am - 2pm
DATES Tuesday Sep 16 & 23 Oct 14
Wednesday Oct 15
Thursday Oct 16

LOCATION Plaza Bonita Mall - outside Target
Junction of 805 and hwy 54
TIME 11a-2p
DATES Every Saturday between Sept. 20 and Oct 18

RSVP [address removed]

On-Going East County Voter Registration

LOCATION Santee Trolley Square Concert Series
Every Thursday from 5p - 8p
RSVP Pat Hurley [address removed]

LOCATION Center Court of Grossmont Shopping Center
La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club
Saturdays from 12p - 6pm until October 18th
RSVP: Garry Armacost [address removed]

LOCATION Grossmont Community College
Sep 16 & 30, Oct. 14
10am - 2pm
RSVP: Garry Armacost [address removed]

LOCATION Cuyamaca Community College
Sep. 23, Oct. 7
RSVP: Garry Armacost [address removed]

Vote for Change - Community Outreach Encanto

DATE Saturday, Sep 20
SHIFT 9a-2p
LOCATION Martin Luther King Jr Park
6401 Skyline Drive, Encanto, 92114

We will be meeting in Martin Luther King Jr Park and then going door-to-door as well as to local businesses to register voters in the community. Training and supplies will be provided. Spanish speaking volunteers are encouraged.

RSVP [address removed] Please specify this location.

Cal State San Marcos

DATE Friday, Sep 26
LOCATION Cal State San Marcos
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, 92096
Arts Building 101

Please RSVP to:

[address removed] Please specify this location.

#3. Dorothy Gesick & David & Joan Little
A few words of thanks from your 52nd Congressional District Obama Delegates, Dorothy Gesick and David Little:

****(A link to view our pictures from the Convention is at the end of this e-mail.)****

From Dorothy Gesick:

I will be forever grateful to you for sending me to the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. By every account, it exceeded my expectations.

I was overwhelmed (as in tears) when I first entered the hall on Monday. As I searched for the California delegation a children?s choir sang the national anthem. The lighting was simply stunning ? I hope the photos do justice.

I used my yellow clappers, found in one of my two goodie bags, most effectively. I would never be able to match that sound with my hands. These events call out for hooting, hollering and dancing in your seats and I?ve always done that well. I stayed glued to my good luck seat Row 8, Seat 18, directly behind the Ohio delegation. Two ladies with politically festive hat creations were right in front of me day one. Cameras were focused on them throughout the session. They even made the front page of the North County Times!

Each night featured memorable addresses. (I have not researched yet but I hope all the prominent though not necessarily prime-time speeches are available on line.) Michelle was fabulous. The crowd responded in raucous fashion to Dennis Kucinich?s call to ?Wake Up America?. Brian Schweitzer was so lively and incredible. Seeing and hearing our Lion of the Senate was such a thrill. I am so glad to have this ?Joe? on the ticket. Bill and Hillary delivered magnificently as I knew they would. The floor greeted them both with sustained thunderous applause.

Both the live performances and the recorded music pumped up the crowd. The organizers choreographed a fine show with sound, lighting and visuals. I really appreciated these special effects in the flesh.

My most emotional moments:
The roll call vote ending with New York. Senator Clinton showed grace and dignity. Joan and I were only off 5 states before they called New York. I know my states but the mind does strange things when anticipation is just too great.

Barack Obama accepting the nomination at Mile-High stadium.

The fireworks and the explosion of confetti both upwards and downwards. There was a lone streamer of red, white, and blue that appeared to stay in midair. I think it was magic. What a finale to a positively grand convention in the mile-high city of the New West!!

Thank you so much for getting me there. These memories won?t be fading anytime soon.

Yes We Will


From David Little:

I want to thank everyone who voted for me and let you know how excited I am that your vote allowed me to attend the historic Democratic Convention last week. Joan and I began the convention week on Sunday night with a reception hosted by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (?DCCC?). The DCCC provides money and other support to selected congressional races throughout the country. Speaker Pelosi noticed Joan?s Mike Lumpkin button and came over to tell Joan that they had their eye on Mike?s race. I later discussed the race with Pelosi requesting her to send him some money and letting her know how important it is to win this year against a relatively weak opponent in Duncan Hunter Jr.

The next 4 days were filled with fabulous and inspiring speeches, lots of seminars, and some partying after the convention would end each night at 10. The highlights for me were the speeches of Carolyn and Ted Kennedy, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Governor Schweitzer, Dennis Kucinich, Michelle Obama, John Kerry, Joe Biden, Al Gore, and of course Barack.

The most dramatic moments were during the roll call vote when New Mexico yielded to New York and Hillary moved to suspend the rules and nominate Barack by voice vote, and then the surprise appearances of Ted Kennedy and Barack.

The mood of the delegates including the Hillary delegates was very upbeat. I don?t know what the media was reporting, but the vast majority of Hillary delegates were very unified behind Barack. One of the most popular buttons was ?Hillary supporter for Barack? although my favorites were ?Ask me how many homes I own? and ?One house, one spouse.?

I was also able to shake hands with a who?s who of politicians, TV news personalities and a few actors. Some of the politicians include Hillary, Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, John Conyers, Debby Wasserman, Dennis Kucinich, Sheila Jackson Lee, Patrick Deval, Charlie Wrangel, Debra Bowen, Bob Filner, Susan Davis, Willie Brown, Gavin Newsome, Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, Bob Lautenburg, John Kerry, Catherine Sebelius, Russ Feingold, Ed Rendell, Barbara Lee, Michael Dukakis and George McGovern. The personalities include Charlie Rose, Judy Woodruf, Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, Ted Koppel, Donna Brazile, Paul Begala, David Gregory, Mark Shields, Howard Wolfson, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Forrest Whitaker, Spike Jones, Charles Barkeley, and Fergie.

Thank you again for giving me the chance to attend the convention. I will send a link to pictures as soon as I get them posted.

If you are interested in helping the Obama campaign or local campaigns, attached is a list of volunteer opportunities and ways to get in touch with the campaigns. We still have a lot of work to do before we can bring the change that is so necessary for our country and the world.

Thanks again,


Here is a link to view our Convention pictures.

Day One:

Day Two:

Day Three:

Day Four:

Day Five:

Gary & Dorothy Photos:

Full Photostream:


(If you would like a copy of any of the photos you should be able to download it to your computer.)

*****This is an ?All Hands on Deck? election!!! Please help anyway you can whether through financial contributions to the Obama Campaign and other Congressional and local campaigns and/or volunteering your time by serving as a precinct leader in your neighborhood, assisting with voter registration, volunteering at phone banks, helping to host candidate house parties, etc. Please feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail if you need more information on how to volunteer. We have attached a handout for your review which will give you several volunteer options. Also attached is a copy of an e-mail from Christine Forester, a volunteer member of Obama?s National Campaign Finance Committee, who lives in San Diego, outlining how crucial it is to continue to fund the Obama Campaign and outlining how that money will be used. Also, attached is a contribution form.

Please be sure to visit the San Diego Democratic Party web site ( ) to learn more about our other local Democratic Candidates who also need your support. *****



How you feel about Obama is not relevant here. I watched the FAMILY VALUES summit yesterday, and heard them mock, bash and ridicule everything and everyone that we believe in and admire. I was trying to understand where they were coming from, but was left even more perplexed. And quite frankly, scared that these people may elect the next president.

Here is an article about a product being sold there, Barack Obama, made to look like Aunt Jemima on a box of waffles. Included is a photo of Lou Dobbs having just purchased this box of waffles.

This is not funny! We need to complain to CNN and c-span which aired this summit. And if you're really pissed, find out who sponsors Lou Dobbs and write to them as well.

Here is contact for CNN

You cannot be bipartisan with the Repukes because they are
not a political party. They are a criminal conspiracy

ARREST BUSH shirts at

TUESDAY, September 30

Tuesday, September 30th, 12-2 PM, Colonel Ann Wright (retired), Speaking about the Problem of Rape/Sexual Assault and the U.S. Military, Clarke Field House, Grand Ballroom California State University San Marcos,Free Admission & Community Members are Welcome.

For More Info:



By Garrison Keillor
September 11, 2008
So the Republicans have decided to run against themselves. The bums have
tiptoed out the back door and circled around to the front and started
yelling, "Throw the bums out!" They've been running Washington like a
well-oiled machine, to the point of inviting lobbyists into the back rooms
to write the legislation, and now they are anti-establishment reformers
dedicated to delivering us from themselves. And Giuliani is an advocate
>or small-town America. Bravo.
They are coming out for Small Efficient Government the very week that the
feds are taking over Fannie and Freddie, those old cash cows, and in the
course of a weekend 20 or 50 or (pick a number) billion go floating out
the Treasury door.
It is a bold move on the Republicans' part - forget about the past, it's
only history, so write a new narrative and be who you want to be - and if
they succeed, I think I might declare myself a 24-year-old virgin named
Lance and see what that might lead to.
McCain has decided to run as a former POW and a maverick, a maverick's
maverick, rather than Mr. Bush's best friend, and that's understandable -
but how can he not address the $3 trillion that got burned up in Iraq so
far? It's real money; it could've paid for a lot of windmills, a
high-speed rail line in Ohio, some serious research and development. The
Chinese, who have avoided foreign wars for 50 years, are taking enormous
leaps forward, investing in their economy, and we are falling behind.
>We're wasting our chances.
And a former mayor of a town of 7,000 who hired a lobbyist to get $26
million in federal earmarks is now running against the old-boy network in
Washington who gave her that money to build the teen rec center and other
good things so she could keep taxes low in Wasilla. Stunning. And if you
question her qualifications to be the leader of the free world, you are an
elitist. This is a beautiful maneuver. I wish I had thought of it back in
school when I was forced to subject myself to a final exam in higher
algebra. I could have told Miss Mortenson, "I am a Christian, and when you
gave me a D you only showed your contempt for the Lord and for the godly,
hard-working people from whom I have sprung, you elitist battleax, you."
In school, you couldn't get away with that garbage because the taxpayers
know that if we don't uphold scholastic standards, we will wind up driving
on badly designed bridges and go in for a tonsillectomy and come out
>missing our left lung, so we flunk the losers, lest they gain power and
>hurt us. But in politics, we bring forth phonies and love them to death.
When you check the actuarial tables on a 72-year-old guy who's had three
>bouts with cancer, you guess you may be looking at the first female
>president, a hustling evangelical with a chip on her shoulder who, not
>counting Canada, has set foot outside the country once - a trip to
Germany, Iraq and Kuwait in 2007 to visit Alaskans in the armed service.
>And who listed a refueling stop in Ireland as a fourth country visited.
>She's like the Current Occupant but with big hair. If you want
inexperience, there were better choices.



Sara Palin's Shocking Animal Cruelty Written by a friend from the Humane Society. ~ Judy

By Michael Markarian, Humane Society Legislative Fund Posted on September 16, 2008, Printed on September 16, 2008
GOP conventioneers were officially introduced to their vice presidential candidate who is, as Fred Thompson said, "the only nominee in the history of either party who knows how to properly field dress a moose."

But it's not Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal love of hunting or appetite for moose venison that should strike fear in the heart of every animal advocate in the nation--it's her retrograde policies on animal welfare and conservation that have led to an all-out war on the state's wolves and other creatures.

Her record is so extreme that she has perhaps done more harm to animals than any other current governor in the United States -- and that's a difficult distinction to achieve among our 22 Republican and 28 Democratic chief executives. Voters of both political parties who care about the humane treatment of animals must unite to make sure that the nation's worst governor doesn't end up just a heartbeat away from the nation's most important job.

Palin is not only a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, but is also a close ally of Safari Club International. These radical groups don't represent rank-and-file hunters, but instead lobby on behalf of their elitist, wealthy members to defend despicable and unsporting practices such as captive trophy hunts, bear baiting, and steel-jawed legold traps -- practices that real hunters agree are inhumane and unacceptable.

And the Palin Administration, in lock-step with these extreme anti-conservationists, has waged an all-out war on Alaska's predators to artificially boost the populations of moose and caribou for trophy hunters. Palin has tried to pass legislation making it easier for state officials to gun down wolves and bears from the sky, and even offered a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf as an economic incentive for pilots and aerial gunners to kill more of the animals.

Leading up to the recent statewide vote on Measure 2 to stop the aerial shooting of wolves and bears, Palin's Board of Game spent $400,000 of public money on brochures and radio ads to influence the election. She not only took an inhumane and unsporting position at odds with the principles of wildlife management and fair chase, but did it in an undemocratic and underhanded way. Palin may have criticized "the old politics as usual" and "the culture of self-dealing" in her speech last night, but that's a pretty good description of her dealings with the NRA and Safari Club.

Since Alaska is not protecting its wolves from aerial hunting, the U.S. Congress has stepped in and is now considering the Protect America's Wildlife (PAW) Act, which would close a loophole in federal law that allows the shooting of animals from airplanes and helicopters. But Gov. Palin has attacked that effort, too, and used her office to criticize the federal legislation. She wrote in a press release that the bill's author "doesn't understand rural Alaska" and "doesn't comprehend wildlife management in the North."

This new video from our friends at the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund reveals shocking images from the brutal practice of aerial hunting, and shows the world just what Gov. Palin has championed at the state and federal levels.


But that's only one part of the story. It's not just wolves, of course, who have been the targets of Palin's outdated policies, but also the Arctic region's iconic polar bears, the 21st Century's canaries in the mineshaft who are teetering on the brink of extinction.

Despite the effects of climate change on the bear's vanishing habitat and shrinking ice floes, Gov. Palin penned an op-ed in The New York Times earlier this year arguing that it was the "wrong move" to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Later, when the Bush Administration announced its listing of the polar bear as a threatened species, she filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the decision. Environmentalists fired back over Palin's lawsuit and said "her head-in-the-sand approach to global warming only helps oil companies, certainly not Alaska or the polar bear."

For those who don't believe that the number two spot on the ticket matters much at all, consider this: fourteen vice presidents in American history eventually climbed to the top job, eight of them because their predecessors died in office. If Sarah Palin were to be propelled into the presidency and given the opportunity to run the United States like she has run Alaska--controlling the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce, with wide-ranging authority over issues affecting pets, wildlife, farm animals, marine mammals, animals in research, and public lands--it would indeed be a terrible day for animals and for the country.

AlterNet is a nonprofit organization and does not make political endorsements. The opinions expressed by its writers are their own.

Michael Markarian is the president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

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Making America Stupid

Imagine for a minute that attending the Republican convention in St. Paul, sitting in a skybox overlooking the convention floor, were observers from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. And imagine for a minute what these observers would have been doing when Rudy Giuliani led the delegates in a chant of ?drill, baby, drill!?

I?ll tell you what they would have been doing: the Russian, Iranian and Venezuelan observers would have been up out of their seats, exchanging high-fives and joining in the chant louder than anyone in the hall ? ?Yes! Yes! Drill, America, drill!? ? because an America that is focused first and foremost on drilling for oil is an America more focused on feeding its oil habit than kicking it.

Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology ? fossil fuels ? rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology ? renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution ? on the eve of PCs and the Internet ? is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. ?Typewriters, baby, typewriters.?

Of course, we?re going to need oil for many years, but instead of exalting that ? with ?drill, baby, drill? ? why not throw all our energy into innovating a whole new industry of clean power with the mantra ?invent, baby, invent?? That is what a party committed to ?change? would really be doing. As they say in Texas: ?If all you ever do is all you?ve ever done, then all you?ll ever get is all you ever got.?

I dwell on this issue because it is symbolic of the campaign that John McCain has decided to run. It?s a campaign now built on turning everything possible into a cultural wedge issue ? including even energy policy, no matter how stupid it makes the voters and no matter how much it might weaken America.

I respected McCain?s willingness to support the troop surge in Iraq, even if it was going to cost him the Republican nomination. Now the same guy, who would not sell his soul to win his party?s nomination, is ready to sell every piece of his soul to win the presidency.

In order to disguise the fact that the core of his campaign is to continue the same Bush policies that have led 80 percent of the country to conclude we?re on the wrong track, McCain has decided to play the culture-war card. Obama may be a bit professorial, but at least he is trying to unite the country to face the real issues rather than divide us over cultural differences.

A Washington Post editorial on Thursday put it well: ?On a day when the Congressional Budget Office warned of looming deficits and a grim economic outlook, when the stock market faltered even in the wake of the government?s rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, when President Bush discussed the road ahead in Iraq and Afghanistan, on what did the campaign of Senator John McCain spend its energy? A conference call to denounce Senator Barack Obama for using the phrase ?lipstick on a pig? and a new television ad accusing the Democrat of wanting to teach kindergartners about sex before they learn to read.?

Some McCain supporters criticize Obama for not having the steel in his belly to use force in the dangerous world we live in today. Well I know this: In order to use force, you have to have force. In order to exercise leverage, you have to have leverage.

I don?t know how much steel is in Obama?s belly, but I do know that the issues he is focusing on in this campaign ? improving education and health care, dealing with the deficit and forging a real energy policy based on building a whole new energy infrastructure ? are the only way we can put steel back into America?s spine. McCain, alas, has abandoned those issues for the culture-war strategy.

Who cares how much steel John McCain has in his gut when the steel that today holds up our bridges, railroads, nuclear reactors and other infrastructure is rusting? McCain talks about how he would build dozens of nuclear power plants. Oh, really? They go for $10 billion a pop. Where is the money going to come from? From lowering taxes? From banning abortions? From borrowing more from China? From having Sarah Palin ?reform? Washington ? as if she has any more clue how to do that than the first 100 names in the D.C. phonebook?

Sorry, but there is no sustainable political/military power without economic power, and talking about one without the other is nonsense. Unless we make America the country most able to innovate, compete and win in the age of globalization, our leverage in the world will continue to slowly erode. Those are the issues this election needs to be about, because that is what the next four years need to be about.

There is no strong leader without a strong country. And posing as one, to use the current vernacular, is nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig.



Lose Your House, Lose Your Vote By Eartha Jane Melzer ~ Wednesday 10 September 2008 The Michigan Messenger

Alfred Nance votes in Detroit during the Michigan primary. The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state.
is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election.
as part of the state GOP's effort to challenge some voters, on Election Day.

Michigan Republicans plan to foreclose African-American voters.

"We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren't voting from those addresses," party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

State election rules allow parties to assign "election challengers" to polls to monitor the election. In addition to observing the poll workers, these volunteers can challenge the eligibility of any voter provided they "have a good reason to believe" that the person is not eligible to vote. One allowable reason is that the person is not a "true resident of the city or township."

The Michigan Republicans' planned use of foreclosure lists is apparently an attempt to challenge ineligible voters as not being "true residents."

One expert questioned the legality of the tactic.

"You can't challenge people without a factual basis for doing so," said J. Gerald Hebert, a former voting rights litigator for the U.S. Justice Department who now runs the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington D.C.-based public-interest law firm. "I don't think a foreclosure notice is sufficient basis for a challenge, because people often remain in their homes after foreclosure begins and sometimes are able to negotiate and refinance."

As for the practice of challenging the right to vote of foreclosed property owners, Hebert called it, "mean-spirited."

GOP Ties to State's Largest Foreclosure Law Firm

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