7th Inning Stretch

It’s over. Not only the debates, but, I think the election. Barring some unforseen miracle, this was the final nail in McCain’s coffin. Where he may have thought he was coming out strong, Mac, simply came off mean, bitter and a bit whiny. Rather than answer questions directly, he chose to play the “Let me tell you what He’s gonna do!” game.

It’s never a good idea, when your down by double digits in the poll, your party is looking at a historic drubbing, to try and smear shit on the other fellow; it only sticks to your fingers and makes people wonder what the stink is. 

Bob Schieffer brought up the Ayers ads, McCain seized it, and Obama grabbed it away and swatted Mac on the nose. It has always been a nonissue, and Obama made that point tonight. ACORN came up, and, well just rinse and repeat. Where Mccain attacked, Obama remained calm and shot down the assaults with no more effort than swatting a dead fly. Perhaps my favorite moment, is when Mccain once again asked how much a penalty Joe Plumber would pay for not insuring his workers, and Barack answered “Zero”.

McCain’s incredulous, “What?” was priceless. Republicans may praise Mccain for his attacks, but it didn’t work. It came off as snide, and condescending.  And that’s McCain’s biggest problem; POW status aside, he’s not likable and comes off like a smug prick. The only time he didn’t have that smarmy smile is when he was asked if he thought his running mate, was fit to take his place. Once he answered, it was everyone else’s turn to smile and laugh.

Congratulations President Obama, don’t let us down.

“That guy.”

In the first debate, pundits said, since it was on foreign policy, it was in McCain’s favor. They were wrong. For the second debate, it was a townhall meeting, a Mccain specialty, he’ll do well. Again they were wrong. Now before everyone thinks I’m not going to critisize Obama, I will. I thought he could have done better. There were a couple of questions I thought he could have answered with more specifics, and managed to avoid another couple of others. Still, with that in mind, McCain was completely off his game. 

His biggest gaffe, which will be replayed ad nauseam is referring to Obama, as “that guy”, giving a little jab in Barack’s direction, without so much as a glance. At the end of the debate, he avoided a handshake and then left the building less than 5 minutes after the debate, while Barack stayed for more than half an hour. 

John, when you have a room of undecideds, it’s bad form to leave. Perhaps, he knows he’s the captain of a sinking ship and is only going through the motions of being in control, until Nov 4th when he can finally retire to one of his 7 homes and drive one of his 13 cars. When someone says, (as McCain did), he would freeze government spending and then suggests the government buy up the foreclosures, all you can do is go, WTF? Has he been taking speech lessons from Nikita? McCain really needed to overwhelmingly win this debate in order to stay in the race.

  • But he didn’t. In fact, given his performance, he didn’t even seem to care. Well, if he doesn’t care, then why should we? 

The Keating 5-About Damn Time

As an AZ resident since 1981, I’ve been around to see Mccain’s rise to the Senate, and remember all too well his association with Charles Keating. Why, I’ve wondered, as the twin towers of finance were brought down by wall street terrorists, hasn’t Obama brought this up? This would once and for all put to rest, the fact McCain is anything but a sham. Well wonder no more; here is a 13 minute video of the story of Keating and why Mccain shouldn’t be trusted with OUR money.


In his dreams

Mccain’s that is. Seems his campaign committee has already decided he won tonight’s debate with an ad placed in the Wall Street Journal online edition. Thanks to mudflats for this screenshot.

Seems to me that seeing into the future like that would be considered witchcraft to some; maybe Rev Muthee prayed over the wrong person. 

This also goes to prove how desperate the McCain campaign is right now. He tries to worm his way out of the debate, in order to play the savior of wall street, and instead makes things worse. with a sharp drop in the polls, and Palin proving to be a rock around his chicken neck, McCain then decides to proclaim himself a winner in a debate he didn’t want in the first place.

It’s been one misstep after another for this campaign, and I applaud Obama for sticking to the important things, staying on message and being an intelligent, thoughtful candidate in the midst of a crisis. I was not an Obama supporter during the primaries, I liked Hillary. however when it became clear she would not get the nomination, I kind of lost interest in the race. 

When Palin was picked for the VP slot, I got interested again. I started reading about Obama and watching his speeches on youtube. I’m impressed with him, and admit I may have been wrong in giving him short shrift in the primaries.

We’re past needing a Rambo mentality in charge. We need intelligence, and grace under pressure. Obama has shown this week, he has both, and Mccain has shown nothing but the receipt he got for selling his soul to the devil.

A message from Mudflats

AKMuckraker asked everyone to repost this on their blogs,  and I’m happy to do so.

Disturbing allegations of new “caging” techniques being implemented by the Republican party have surfaced in Michigan. The Republican Party Chairman in Macomb County, Michigan, (a swing county in a swing state) is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes as a resource to block voters in the upcoming election. Lose you home, lose your vote. And, yes, most of the foreclosed homes in Michigan affect African-American families. The use of these lists is an attempt to challenge that these voters are “true residents” of the state, a requirement to vote.

While this type of Republican tactic is far from surprising, what is surprising is that the Obama campaign is filing suit. They will seek an injunction to prevent the GOP from engaging in this type of voter suppression. Here’s the statement. The Obama campaign:

…seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to challenge the “lose your home, lose your vote” vote-suppression program adopted by the Macomb County Republican Party, in concert with the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee, as well as unnamed Defendants who will implement the scheme at polling places in Macomb County and throughout the state. This “lose your home, lose your vote” program is part of a broader scheme – misnamed an “election integrity” program – to harass voters and suppress the vote throughout the State of Michigan in the upcoming election on November 4.

Despite the fact that thousands of Michigan voters’ homes have been foreclosed, many residents are still living in them, but will nonetheless be disenfranchised, if the Republican party has its way. The good news here is that the Obama campaign is being proactive. Democrats (and the country) are still suffering from the fallout of the elections of 2000 and 2004. They’ve been burned once…twice… and are positively bristling with a “never again” attitude that will serve them well.

Seeing Obama taking a strong stand on these policies which he refers to as a “national and systematic program” is a good thing. They are taking it seriously. As much as we don’t want to imagine the scenario, Obama needs to be ready to legally challenge the vote in November if the signs of vote tampering/voter fraud rear their ugly heads. They can’t ‘blink’. (I humbly apologize for the use of that analogy)

Many of the same suspect voting machines that were in play in the last two elections still exist. There has been no significant vote reform and there’s nothing we can do about that at this point. What we can do is be the eyes and ears at the polling places.

The election watchdog group Black Box Voting, has sent out the following request. If you are not familiar with this group, you should be. The website is extensive, and there’s also a great documentary Hacking Democracy (available on Netflix) which tells the story of this organization and the amazing woman who started it all. This is possibly the single most important issue facing our country, because without preserving the integrity of the vote, we have nothing.

They also have a downloadable Tool Kit for the upcoming election on the website.

So do what you can. If you’re a blogger, post this. If you’re a tech, read below and get a job. Engaged citizen? Go to the website to learn more. Download a tool kit. Be prepared and know what to look for at your polling place.

It happens everywhere. In 2004 there were districts in Alaska that reported a voter turnout of more than 200%. I like to think we’re politically engaged, but not to the point that every registered voter makes it to the polls twice. These issues have still not been resolved. And who is heading up the division of Elections for the upcoming vote in 2008? Sarah Palin’s Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell.


Widest possible distribution needed. Please do spread this in blogs, etc:http://www.votersunite.org/info/ReclaimElections.pdf

This post will no doubt produce howls of objection for the vendors that read it. Black Box Voting is encouraging all individuals with a technical background to search and apply for temporary tech ELECTION SUPPORT jobs for the November 2008 election.

Hiring is underway for temporary technicians to help with voting machines this fall. Vendor dependence is undermining the structure of US elections, as described here in the new report by VotersUnite.org:

We want to see You, the People, enter into the vendor mix directly.http://www.blackboxvoting.org/toolkit2008.pdf


In a presidential election year, voting machine vendors will hire and train thousands of technicians staffed around the country. For example, anywhere that Election Systems & Software has a machine, they are under contract to provide an on-site support tech. Hart Intercivic, Premier (Diebold), and Sequoia also use Election Day support technicians.

Temporary election tech support jobs have been spotted on hotjobs.com, rollouts.com, and local tech temp firms like (in 2006) DecisionOne. The tech services firm may be a subcontractor for the big four voting machine companies. Sometimes you’ll find the positions advertised by your local county.

Sites like Rollouts.com have you register in their E-tech database. They search for techs based on skill set and area. There isn’t much in the way of a skill set needed for the election projects.


Anyone with tech skills interested in safeguarding the November election is encouraged to register at technical recruiting sites and apply for any election-related projects.

CONSIDER ASKING FOR TIME OFF ON YOUR FULL TIME JOB TO DO THIS. This November, there may be no better way to watch the behind-the-scenes process than to be a stagehand, so to speak.

It is not the vendor, and not the government, that has the right to elections information, it is the PUBLIC. Citizens have inalienable rights to sovereignty over the government they created and pay for. These rights cannot be honored without mechanisms to see all information related to elections, and ultimately, to have control processes that honor citizen sovereignty.

That said, it ain’t gonna happen this November. Therefore it is entirely appropriate, patriotic, and important, for citizens to apply for temporary positions as voting machine technicians to provide inside public oversight for the process.

There will be nondisclosure agreements, which are not appropriate at all for public elections, but it’s a reality now that vendors are trespassing on citizen right to know. There may be issues that arise which the public clearly has a right to know. When that happens, a decision must be made.


We have already been in communications with other patriotic volunteers who have successfully obtained these positions in the past, and are doing this for November.

THERE ARE ALWAYS WAYS TO DEAL WITH IMPORTANT ISSUES IF THEY ENDANGER THE PUBLIC GOOD. You, the People, are needed on the inside of the elections industry this November.

This is a public service bulletin from Black Box Voting.

Black Box Voting Tool Kit 2008 – free download here:

Empower more election watchdog actions:
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That’s all folks…

I think this picture says it all…

Seriously, that was the best he could do? Let’s put aside the puke green backdrop for the first ten minutes; or the makeup job that made him look embalmed; we can even put aside that after all the right wing squawking about Obama not wearing a flag pin in his lapel, MCCAIN didn’t wear one during his acceptance speech.

Put that aside for just a moment. Listening to this speech was like being locked in a car, forced to endure all of grandpa’s war stories, that he’s told for the past 40 years.The most boring speech I have ever heard. And the thing is, I’ve heard McCain give great speeches in the past. But he seemed tired, a bit out of it. Maybe he knows he’s destined to lose and was simply going through the motions. But did he have to be so damned boring? Were it not for my friends over at mudflats blog, I’d have been zonked into a near permanent coma. 

We can even put the boring aspect aside, for a moment. He talked about taking back Washington, despite the fact they’ve had it in their hip pocket for 8 years. He invoked his now mythical POW status, where he single handedly ended the war with a cigarette lighter and a stick. He fell in love with ther US while being captive; this makes the assumption he didn’t love it before?


I quote this: They invaded a small, democratic neighbor to gain more control over the world’s oil supply, intimidate other neighbors, and further their ambitions…  

For a moment I didn’t know who he was talking about. I thought he meant the US. turns out he meant Russia. Hard to tell the difference.

It was full of everything the right loves, and none of what Americans needed to hear.  There was no substance. Sure he made promises but nothing about how it would be implemented. Obama went to great lengths to detail what and how he would create change.

All McCain showed was how tired grandpa gets when it’s past his bedtime.