The Schlep is Working
October 14, 2008, 4:19 pm
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(Language is a bit NSFW, discretion is advised.)

It looks like the Sarah Silverman inspired Obama ad is working as intended. Even if you don’t like her humor, the concept is a  good one.  It encourages a dialog between families, who may have generational differences in opinions.


All Your Votes Are Belong to Us
October 14, 2008, 4:13 pm
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In a brilliant move, the Obama campaign has purchased advertising space in online games.   I remembered seeing this talked about regarding such advertisers as Dominos and Pepsi, but this is a truly bold move by a very progressive political team.

So how far can this influence go?  A Pew study highlighted that 97% of kids 12 to 17 play video games.  They aren’t just solo gamers but play socially.  So the presence may not just be for vanity as the kids may strike up a conversation with each other about politics, or heaven forbid, their parents.  Even if this was an XBox Live only feature, there are well over 6,000,000 members across the world.

I just want to see Obama roll a Pally in Warcraft and run around spamming:

WTS Hope and Change 4 One Epic Vote.

Obama holds and McCain you are not my friend
October 8, 2008, 12:44 am
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The second presidential debate is over and there weren’t any shockers. There were some minor irritating moments on both sides, but for someone who has been characterized as not understanding tactics and strategy, Obama stuck to his mission and executed his amazing skills of public oration.

The early polls showed Obama still above McCain, but not overwhelmingly with undecided voters. The most surprising reports were found on FoxNews, where their analysts and usually far right commentators were calling the debate an Obama victory almost completely across the boards. Almost all the comments I have read are pro-Obama and the ones that aren’t spout more hate laden lies and increasingly pathetic attempts at smear tactics.

A FoxNews analyst said it simply that this is going to be the last debate most undecided voters watch. That being said, Obama will most likely carry the toss-up states without much difficulty. Frankly, I agree with the FiveThirtyEight.com claim that Obama will win with a final total in the mid-300 range. I think we are in for a surprise this November when the newly registered young voters take the time to come out and show that they have the power to make change.

The moments that bothered me were more about performance on the Obama side but were more substantive on the McCain side. Obama spent way too much time encircling the questions. Many of those answers should have been much simpler and direct. He was lucky that McCain also spent too much time rambling or this could have been Kerry vs. Bush all over again. Obama also allowed his confidence to nearly cause a fuss over responding to McCain and breaking format. But McCain showed his rash immaturity but immediately demanding equal time and posturing himself in a very offensive way.

The points Obama did well, were first on his well thought answers that laced together several points without truly losing sight of a conclusive response. Secondly, he threw just enough jabs to catch McCain with his hands down and land sound bytes that will be YouTube fodder within minutes. Lastly, he just felt like a president. That may sound as coy as the right side fawning, lustfully so in some cases, over Sarah Palin, but there was a supremely eloquent air about Obama tonight.

McCain made several claims that were blatantly false. Some on taxes, healt care reform, and voting tendencies. His overall demeanor seemed to shift from gentle monologes into curmudgeonlike rants against just how bad Obama would be as president. There were three moments that really made me realize that McCain has no more ammo left in his armory. First he may have just cut loose the fiscal conservatives from his support loop by announcing that he supported the government intervention in morgatge restitutions. Second, he explained his musical nubmer “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” as a joke between him and another veteran. Not funny. Lastly, there was a moment where John McCain made a point against Obama by referring to the Senator, who was not more than 5 feet away, as “that one.” If that didn’t curl your toes with bitterness and cold-hearted anger, you have been watching way too much O’Reilly Factor.

McCain appeared nervous and rather uncomfortable. His firm stances on conservative issues seem to bleed over into his inability to bend to the common social demeanors needed to interact with other nations. Tonight was another long night in the final season of John McCain’s presidential career. I just hope his jersey can be hung in the stadium with honor and not with the venomous finale it seems he has planned from here on out.

(Further thoughts)  I didn’t qualify my title line when crafting this post, so let me take a crack at it.  I was very irritated by McCain’s insistence on addressing everyone as “my friends.”  Not only is this a transparent oratory method of including and calming an audience, it seems to be contradictory to his tone and message.  In truth, I personally find this sort of “put on” insulting, much like when someone calls me “brother, dude, or buddy.”  If we were all friends, we wouldn’t have to resort to the kinds of attacks and subversions shown in the last few weeks.  If this is how you treat your friends, it may be a lonely walk from here on out.

Trust and Associations
October 6, 2008, 9:14 am
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The media circus is abuzz with the latests RNC sponsored attack on the Democratic ticket.  That attack would be the claim of influential associations between Bill Ayers and Barack Obama.  As I have previously stated, the connection has been previously disproved as having any real significance on the qualities of judgment and character for Barack Obama.  So why continue to dredge up misrepresented ties.  One word.  Fear.

The article cited by Palin in her weekend speech lays out the reality from accusations to facts.  It seems that the RNC only chose to read the first few paragraphs as they seemed to miss the substance of the article.  Ayers was a domestic terrorist in a time of radical social movements, but his past is just that–his past.  He is now a professor and education reform figure who has done his best to create a nation of free thinkers.  The suggestion that Obama has been directly influenced to radical goals by Ayers, is nothing but supposition and hearsay.

So does social communication with past terrorists and national criminals make you unfit for duty?  Then shouldn’t we also be looking at John McCain’s connections to the Keating 5 and maybe even G. Gordon Liddy?  The latter individual committed countless acts against citizens while under the guise of helping to influence democratic elections.  Liddy also suggested he was going to hunt down a reporter who spoke out against political figures Liddy supported.  Even more disgusting was the Liddy inspired thought that when a government agent wearing an ATF vest came to take away your guns, They’ve got a big target on there, ATF. Don’t shoot at that, because they’ve got a vest on underneath that. Head shots, head shots.” To me this sounds as despicable as anything Ayers did in his past.

So what about McCain’s reluctance to support laws to punish terrorists who threatened abortion clinic doctors and patients?  We shouldn’t forget that the anti-choice McCain voted against a bill to enforce strict prosecution of individuals causing harm to clinics and their operatives. The New York Times had a wonderful editorial about this issue and why it was a good idea.

In the modern political era there will be countless figures with pasts as radical or more shocking than Bill Ayers.  There may come a time when communication with them will help to bring about a resolution to another problem.  Though they should not be readily forgiven for their attacks against society, they should not be ostracized once they have been judged by our legal systems.  They are citizens just like anyone else and should have the ability to reform themselves in a more productive and law abiding way.

To suggest that all politicians should publicly cast all individuals with a questionable past out of their presence in some sort of dramatic Biblical manner, is childish and unrealistic.  If the politician is swayed in their values to adopt stances below the social norm, then their judgment should be called to task. Simply living in the same town or street as someone who once caused harm to others is not a valid argument for critical judgment.  Did Obama ever make a bomb or threaten the lives of innocents?  No.  Do we actually believe that this is a driving force in his policies or could develop in his Presidency?  No.

The Republican right should be very careful in this concentrated smear tactic of continuously repeating Ayers name and trying to fit it to Obama.  Lying to the public only works so long as they are unwilling to ask for proof.  Unfortunately, the proof of this relationship was already given and you are just searching for that Achilles Heel to stop the public from supporting the candidate you don’t like.  I know it’s much easier to call names when things aren’t going your way, but America needs to hear answers not accusations.  We need hope and not hate.  Start adopting those Christian values you wear on your sleeves, and stop letting hatred lead your decisions.