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Show George the Door in 2004
Thu, Mar. 10th, 2005 10:27 pm

Or just reading to make you very angry and very frustrated (again) at the results of the last election...
"Worse Than Watergate" by John Dean- a frightening look at the secretive policies of the Bush/Cheney administration in a pattern that began even before 9/11 happened and has only been perpetuated and strengthened since then.

Incidentally, the election may be over, but I'd hope we're not done protesting Bush's policies simply because he's been sworn in again. If anything, we should be trying harder to fight for the America we believe in. Just my two cents of encouragement.

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Show George the Door in 2004
Tue, Nov. 9th, 2004 01:28 pm


Show George the Door in 2004
Mon, Nov. 8th, 2004 11:42 pm

Here's some backstory: The little girl I babysit, Claire, (who is 5, by the way) noticed that I was visibly upset the day after the election. I told her that I was sad because Bush was our president again, and John Kerry wasn't able to lead our country. After that, she got sad. She said "That's not fair! President Bush already had his turn to be president. He should give John Kerry a turn because he's never had one. In Kindergarten, we share and take turns, like with Kinderbear." I tried to explain to her that it doesn't work that way in the real world, but it was a nice thought. Then she said "well, it's still not fair. I'm going to write Bush a letter and tell him to let Kerry have a turn."

Dear George W. BushCollapse )

And you better believe we're going to send it.

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Current Mood: amused proud
Current Music: Van Morrison - Moondance


Show George the Door in 2004
Thu, Nov. 4th, 2004 02:33 pm

X-posted from my journal. I don't agree with all Mr. Wills' statements--I think you can believe in the Virgin Birth and still be a staunchly committed post-Enlightenment individual. ALl the same, his essy, "The Day the Enlightenment went Out," is worth reading. Some quotes:

" America, the first real democracy in history, was a product of Enlightenment values - critical intelligence, tolerance, respect for evidence, a regard for the secular sciences. Though the founders differed on many things, they shared these values of what was then modernity. They addressed "a candid world," as they wrote in the Declaration of Independence, out of "a decent respect for the opinions of mankind." Respect for evidence seems not to pertain any more, when a poll taken just before the elections showed that 75 percent of Mr. Bush's supporters believe Iraq either worked closely with Al Qaeda or was directly involved in the attacks of 9/11.

The secular states of modern Europe do not understand the fundamentalism of the American electorate. It is not what they had experienced from this country in the past. In fact, we now resemble those nations less than we do our putative enemies.

Where else do we find fundamentalist zeal, a rage at secularity, religious intolerance, fear of and hatred for modernity? Not in France or Britain or Germany or Italy or Spain. We find it in the Muslim world, in Al Qaeda, in Saddam Hussein's Sunni loyalists. Americans wonder that the rest of the world thinks us so dangerous, so single-minded, so impervious to international appeals. They fear jihad, no matter whose zeal is being expressed.

It is often observed that enemies come to resemble each other. We torture the torturers, we call our God better than theirs - as one American general put it, in words that the president has not repudiated.


Show George the Door in 2004
Thu, Nov. 4th, 2004 01:58 pm

can anyone else feel a draft?

I knew he wouldn't waste any time....


Show George the Door in 2004
Thu, Nov. 4th, 2004 09:56 am

I got an e-mail from my Sister and her Husband tonight, and you know what? It inspired me. Take this message, and pass it along. Do what you can to further it. Share the e-mail with everyone you know, because the message is what we should be focusing on.

A Story of 'Hope'Collapse )

This is my challenge to you all. Make a sign. Walk on the street for a little while. I've got a cafe press shop going up right now that's got simple merchandise with a simple message. I aimed to get things in the shop that were in expensive, but cafe press isn't.. well, the cheapest. But its what I could find. Any suggestions on where to move this to would be welcome. There is a slight (a quarter on some things, fifty cents on others) markup on the items, so that the money made can be used to purchase buttons to hand out free on the streets.

Hope. Is that not enough? Pass the link around, guys. Pass the story around. Take your energy and do something productive. It doesn't matter if you support Bush or if you support Kerry. Hope is one thing that crosses party lines. Hope for a better America. Hope for a better future. We all have it.

Another thing you can do, easily, is sit down with Microsoft word for a moment, and you can get 8 size 72 font 'hope's written, double spaced so that you can cut them out, and make cards. Just simple, small cards that say hope. Print off maybe 10 pages of it, and you've got 80 cards. Walk around your neighborhood, put them on telephone polls. If you're in college, put them on the bulliten boards that are everywhere. Hand them out to people you see walking down the street that look sad for any reason. encourage people you know to do the same. That, my friends, is something simple we ALL can do.

Also, if anyone wants to help with this idea- send me an e-mail at kesolei at gmail dot com. New Graphic ideas are more than welcome; this is just my first round. If you'd like to just make a donation of money towards purchasing stickers and buttons to hand out- drop me a line there too and let me know.

Please.. please, please. Pass this along.

(cross posted to sos_usa, probably a few more if things work out right)

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful


Show George the Door in 2004
Wed, Nov. 3rd, 2004 02:17 pm

More like, "...knows..."

What is this svengali hold he has on people? What is his charm? How could he possibly win? I'm just utterly amazed...

On a positive note, I know for sure I voted for the right man. John Kerry is the only class in this ridiculous act. He refused to let America go through what it went through last time and for that John Kerry is to be commended. Those of us who voted for him voted for the best man for the job, without a doubt. I'm leaving my campaign sticker on my car until it falls off on its own. Why? Because when the shit hits the fan, and it will, I want every Bushie out there to know who DIDN'T make it happen. I encourage all of you to do the same.


Show George the Door in 2004
Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 03:13 pm

 The Exit Poll Charade

Why Slate is publishing the exit poll numbers
By Jack Shafer
Updated Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at 10:56 AM PT

As this item posts, the first raw exit poll data are streaming from the National Election Pool consortium owned by the Associated Press and the five television networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and CNN) to their news divisions and to the newsrooms of NEP subscribers—big city newspapers and other broadcasters.

These early exit poll numbers do not divine the name of the winner. Instead, regard these numbers as a sportswriter does the line scores from the fourth inning of a baseball game. The leading team might win the game, but then again it might not. But having the early data in front of him helps the sportswriter plot the story he thinks he'll need to write at game's end.

As you read this posting, the political reporters at the networks, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Newsweek, and about two dozen other news outlets are cracking their knuckles over their keyboards, contemplating the story, while statisticians and political analysts at the networks prepare to run the numbers through their computer models to generate a prediction.

The paid users of exit poll data have signed a blood oath not to divulge it to unauthorized eyes, and the networks have promised not to call any states before their polls close. But the numbers always leak out to other journalists—such as the writers at Slate—and starting at about 5 p.m. ET or so, the news anchors start giving clues about what they've learned from the exit poll results. As John Tierney writes in today's New York Times, the result on television is sometimes like a "version of the Dance of the Seven Veils, in which anchors or correspondents will pretend not to know what's happening in a state but give enough clues for the discerning viewer. They might allude to the high spirits at one campaign headquarters, or start speculating about what effect the loss of this state would have on the other candidate."

In the 2003 gubernatorial election in California, the networks kept their solemn oath not to call the winner until polls closed at 11 p.m. ET. Just the same, CBS News' Dan Rather telegraphed his findings in this 6:30 p.m. ET broadcast.

With voting still under way in the California governor recall election, CBS News exit polls, for whatever, if anything, they may be worth, now indicate many voters made up their minds weeks ago. … If [Gov. Gray Davis] is recalled, there are widespread expectations—again, for whatever they may be worth—that Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger would replace Davis.

On CNBC, John Seigenthaler maintained a straight face in the 7 p.m. ET time slot as he divulged these exit poll results: "Nearly three-quarters of California voters, 73 percent, say they disapprove of [Gov. Gray Davis'] job performance." Need he have drawn a picture? Meanwhile, MSNBC and Fox indulged in similar mugging. Watch the airwaves for such giveaways this evening.

Slate believes its readers should know as much about the unfolding election as the anchors and other journalists, so given the proviso that the early numbers are no more conclusive than the midpoint score of a baseball game, we're publishing the exit poll numbers as we receive them. Some people say it's irresponsible to publish the numbers—or broadcast early projections of winners—because it may disturb voter turnout. As Slate Editor Jacob Weisberg put it in today's Times, he doesn't want to put the Web site "in the paternalistic position of deciding that our readers aren't mature enough to react in the proper way to truthful information we possess."

Watch this space. …

Jack Shafer is Slate's editor at large.


Show George the Door in 2004
Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 02:44 pm

Good site to track news from around the country regarding issues with electronic voting systems.



Show George the Door in 2004
Tue, Nov. 2nd, 2004 10:00 am

FoxNews has just started digging themselves out of the Bush will Win position they have been pushing.  They are now talking about how "new analysis" of nationwide polls show Kerry with a slim margin across the board.