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I swear I didn’t put them up to this. My kids don’t know too much about politics at this point. They know that their parents are voting for Barack Obama and Clif Clendenen and they’ve both met and like the latter. Well, they came across my stash of Clif’s bumper stickers and each of them asked for one. They then got out their art supplies and went to work. They’ve asked me to give them to Clif.
The work on the left is my son’s. He wants all of Clif’s supporters to sign on the lines. I told him that I hope Clif has a few more supporters than that, and my daughter said they could sign on the back. The other work below is my daughter’s. Unfortunately, between photos, my camera started having problems. Sorry about the pink tint. I think I need a new camera.
You can get a closer look by clicking on them.
This is for my good friend Jane and anybody else who knows somebody in North Carolina. You have a ballot option to vote for the whole party ticket, but for some reason the option does not incorporate the presidential race.
Meanwhile, there are allegations of machines switching votes in West Virginia.
Addendum: The first arrest for voter registration fraud.
Second addendum: ACORN is receiving numerous threatening voicemails and emails.
It’s bad enough that the employees of ACORN have had to endure days of baseless and outlandish attacks by John McCain and the RNC. But after McCain outrageously claimed before a national audience on Wednesday night that ACORN was “maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy,” the group came under attack, literally. In the following days, ACORN’s Boston and Seattle offices were vandalized and at least one employee received a death threat.
And for nearly two weeks, ACORN offices across the nation have been subjected to an onslaught of racist and threatening voicemails and emails. We have secured copies of some of the most disturbing and offensive messages and have reproduced them below in order to show the very real consequences of the Right Wing’s overheated and misplaced “voter fraud” rhetoric.
The link above provides the audio for some of the messages, and some emails are provided as well. Here’s an example.
“Hi, I was just calling to let you all know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a fucking nigger, and he’s a piece of shit. You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung honeys, they’re gonna get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.”
I know, I know. Both sides are doing it. Right.
Photo comes from here.
That’ll probably take Joe the Plumber and ACORN out of the news for a day or two.
I also read on another blog that Obama raised 150 million in September, with the average donation being $86.00. Amazing if true.
Addendum: I’ve spent that last half hour scanning the news stations. I’m not sure when Meet the Press is re-aired. MSNBC and CNN have covered the endorsement. In the same time, Fox News had a long interview with Joe the Plumber (who admitted again that he will get a tax break under Obama’s plan), a puff piece about how great it is to live in Iraq these days, and a discussion about whether Obama is a socialist or just an extreme liberal. So far no mention of Powell.
McCain’s response as reported on CNN and paraphrased by me: “But I got Henry Kissinger!”
Second addendum: Thanks to Bob D. for the link to the video.
Second addendum: Republican strategist Mike Murphy calls the endorsement “a sledgehammer.”
If you don’t want to watch the whole video, watch this portion. As my neighbor just said, the point about being Muslim was a point that Obama couldn’t afford to make clear and the bleeding hearts just weren’t being heard. He said, “Powell was the right person to say it and he said it the way it needed to be said.”
Here’s more on the soldier in question.
Third addendum: Pat Buchanan just called Powell “ungrateful to his party,” then reduced the endorsement to a question of race.
CORRECTION: Buchanan did not use the word traitor. That’s a misquote. But he did go where he should not have gone. I’ll post the video when it’s available.
Fourth addendum: the official GOP pols jumping ship website.
At least according to this DKos post. If even half the stuff is true it’s alarming, much more so than the conspiracy theories about the machines themselves.
The post provides sage advice if you show up and they tell you you can’t vote:
Question: What can a Voter do to Protect themselves?
Answer: 1) Don’t take No for an Answer!
- Cast a Provisional Ballot and
- Call a Voter Hotline
Answer: Also you can usually (4) lookup ahead of time to see if you are still registered to Vote in your State.
Or for a one-stop shopping Voter Registration Check:
Don’t be like Saul, Don’t become one of the 13 million “Vanished Voters” and counting! BE SURE!
Kind of puts the ACORN thing in perspective, now that the mainstream press is starting to apply some common sense.
Apparently, the candidates are all too busy. From the linked blog:
Nader seems to have concluded that he will only debate with Barr (except, obviously, he would also debate with the two major party candidates).
Nader debated in 1996, once, with Harry Browne, John Hagelin, and Howard Phillips. He seems to have concluded from that experience that he won’t debate presidential candidates with a lesser campaign, any more. And he didn’t in 2000, and he didn’t in 2004. In 2004 there was a Badnarik-Cobb-Peroutka debate, but Nader wouldn’t participate in that.
Can you say “hypocritical megalomaniac?” I can just see him responding to the request with his nose in the air like Keith Moon in The Kids Are Alright: “I’m too big for you. You can’t afford me.”
Kind of like the kid stuck in the middle age who doesn’t want to associate with the little kids, but the big kids don’t want him hanging around either.