election info...


Go to either www.isbarackobamathepresident.com or www.ismittromneythepresident.com for a very interesting site and infographic. Same info but you may feel better going to your candidates site.

I am a visual learner so I like to get information this way. You can hover over balloons and see the state and electoral votes that they think will go to that candidate. Below the toss up states there are little pale gray states that show you which are the toss up states and how many electoral votes they have.

I say very nicely done the guardian and Real Clear Politics.

And of course there is always an app for that.

I just downloaded this but it was recommended by my friend Laurie so I assume it will be good. And I do need this app as we all know that both sides stretch the truth and sometimes downright lies are told. I also think it is truly a sad state of affairs when us critical thinkers have to go through this much work to figure out what the truth really is.

But my challenge to each and everyone one of you is to do just that. Only vote your party line AFTER you have done your research and you know you can stand with that candidate as your leader. It is your responsibility to not only vote but to be as informed a voter as you can be.



My President won the Nobel Peace Prize

A couple weeks ago we read on page 3 of the Sunday paper that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. We were astounded and didn't know how we missed something like that. Then we figured out that we had spend the previous 2 days working at my parents house and there was no cable or internet there anymore. You miss a day, you do miss a lot.

Of course in the last couple weeks we have Obama saying he didn't deserve it, we have the liberals whining (good grief), of course the Republican don't think he has done anything. And Saturday Night Live thinks he got it for being not George Bush.

Do I think this is a bit premature? Sure. But I looked into what the prize is awarded for.

According to Alfred Nobel's will the Peace Prize should be awarded to the person who:

during the preceding year [...] shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.

Obama has I believe done this or more accurately is working towards this.

What is that old saying? Keep you friends close and your enemies closer.

And maybe he did get it for not being George Bush.

The day after....

Rae: Oddly I have no idea what to say here today. Four years ago today I woke up full of heartache and fear. Fear about the war not ending, fear about more lives lost, fear about money and our life in general.

We were having a screened in porch put on our house and I had to get up and let the workmen in. I was deeply resentful that I could not stay in bed and pull the covers over my head. And that I had to keep getting up each morning because they were there. And that I had to put on clothes. I just wanted to spend a week in bed. And that probably would have been good for me. Instead I was depressed for a long time.

So for the approximate 48% of you out there waking up today I do know how you feel. I have been feeling that way for the last 8 years. And I am thinking about you today. And I am sorry you feel bad. I just say to you give our new President a chance. Let's see where things go. I have a good feeling about this.

John: I feel a bit lighter, brighter, more hopeful this morning than I have in a long time. I was SO discouraged when Bush won the first time, and even more so when it happened again. I would have been distraught had McCain won, even though I have held a great deal of respect and admiration for McCain since his run in 2000. I just could not have imagined Palin that close to the Presidency. But Obama has held to his message of hope and healing and I think the country is ready for this...at least a large part of the country. There are still folks (I ran into some last night) that are vehement about Democratic control and I must add, the thought of an African American as President. I wish I could shake those people and tell them to wake up to the real world. They will likely never change.

But I think one of the most important things is the message this sends to both young African Americans and youth in general. The joint messages that not only can you achieve what you dream but that youth can make a difference. Their vote matters. That is such a powerful and needed message at this time in our history. Today, I am so proud to be an American and hope we can restore not only our stature on the world stage as THE country of hope and righteousness, but within our country as the land of opportunity. Yes, our country has held that for many, but not all...in my opinion. I am blessed and fortunate to have been born, not only with the God-given talents I possess, but with loving parents, a stable home as a child, and I was not saddled with trying to overcome issues of racism OR sexism as I worked to support my family. I have been fortunate, blessed and am humbled hoping I can look at my life and say, I took what I was given and did not waste my life. That I was fair and respectful of people, regardless of their sex or color or religion. That I raised children who live their lives with these same ideals. This election nutures hopes for a better America.

I am so hopeful. Now the tough work begins.

Eau Bama

If you live in Eau Claire and you need something new to wear you can go on down to Democratic headquarters and get a couple of these.

And even people in Madison are getting the Eau Bama, which is cool.

These were going-away gifts from our friends Jen and Jamie. Thanks!

Lets say you had a resume w/ the following qualifications, and you were hiring someone for the most important job in your company, who would you hire?

Occidental College - Two years.
Columbia University - B.A. political science with a
specialization in international relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna *** Laude

University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in
political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)


United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 out of 899
(meaning that, like George Bush, McCain was at the bottom of
his class)

Palin: Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism

Gloria Steinem on Sarah Palin

I am trying not to rant about politics on my blog. Gloria Steinem says it better than I ever could. From the Los Angeles Times Opinion Palin: wrong woman, wrong message

Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.

By Gloria Steinem

September 4, 2008

Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing -- the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party -- are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women -- and to many men too -- who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the "white-male-only" sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.

But here is even better news: It won't work. This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.

Selecting Sarah Palin, who was touted all summer by Rush Limbaugh, is no way to attract most women, including die-hard Clinton supporters. Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Clinton. Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for -- and that Barack Obama's still does. To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, "Somebody stole my shoes, so I'll amputate my legs."

This is not to beat up on Palin. I defend her right to be wrong, even on issues that matter most to me. I regret that people say she can't do the job because she has children in need of care, especially if they wouldn't say the same about a father. I get no pleasure from imagining her in the spotlight on national and foreign policy issues about which she has zero background, with one month to learn to compete with Sen. Joe Biden's 37 years' experience.

Palin has been honest about what she doesn't know. When asked last month about the vice presidency, she said, "I still can't answer that question until someone answers for me: What is it exactly that the VP does every day?" When asked about Iraq, she said, "I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."

She was elected governor largely because the incumbent was unpopular, and she's won over Alaskans mostly by using unprecedented oil wealth to give a $1,200 rebate to every resident. Now she is being praised by McCain's campaign as a tax cutter, despite the fact that Alaska has no state income or sales tax. Perhaps McCain has opposed affirmative action for so long that he doesn't know it's about inviting more people to meet standards, not lowering them. Or perhaps McCain is following the Bush administration habit, as in the Justice Department, of putting a job candidate's views on "God, guns and gays" ahead of competence. The difference is that McCain is filling a job one 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency.

So let's be clear: The culprit is John McCain. He may have chosen Palin out of change-envy, or a belief that women can't tell the difference between form and content, but the main motive was to please right-wing ideologues; the same ones who nixed anyone who is now or ever has been a supporter of reproductive freedom. If that were not the case, McCain could have chosen a woman who knows what a vice president does and who has thought about Iraq; someone like Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. McCain could have taken a baby step away from right-wing patriarchs who determine his actions, right down to opposing the Violence Against Women Act.

Palin's value to those patriarchs is clear: She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming; she opposes gun control but supports government control of women's wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves "abstinence-only" programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; she tried to use taxpayers' millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn't spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest high-school graduation rate in the nation; she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.

I don't doubt her sincerity. As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assn., she doesn't just support killing animals from helicopters, she does it herself. She doesn't just talk about increasing the use of fossil fuels but puts a coal-burning power plant in her own small town. She doesn't just echo McCain's pledge to criminalize abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, she says that if one of her daughters were impregnated by rape or incest, she should bear the child. She not only opposes reproductive freedom as a human right but implies that it dictates abortion, without saying that it also protects the right to have a child.

So far, the major new McCain supporter that Palin has attracted is James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Of course, for Dobson, "women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership," so he may be voting for Palin's husband.

Being a hope-a-holic, however, I can see two long-term bipartisan gains from this contest.

Republicans may learn they can't appeal to right-wing patriarchs and most women at the same time. A loss in November could cause the centrist majority of Republicans to take back their party, which was the first to support the Equal Rights Amendment and should be the last to want to invite government into the wombs of women.

And American women, who suffer more because of having two full-time jobs than from any other single injustice, finally have support on a national stage from male leaders who know that women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are campaigning on their belief that men should be, can be and want to be at home for their children.

This could be huge.

Gloria Steinem is an author, feminist organizer and co-founder of the Women's Media Center. She supported Hillary Clinton and is now supporting Barack Obama.