Saturday, November 29, 2008

Great Article about Creating a Liberal Media...Finally!

Check out this article by Robert Parry from Consortium News, reprinted on AlterNet, entitled "The Time Has Come to Create a Real 'Liberal Media'". Many good points are made, and of course he's completely correct about the myth of the Liberal Media being, well...a myth. It just isn't so. The Media is about making money. There's no philosophy there, it just seems like the big businessmen who runs these companies all turn into corporate fascists (if they didn't start out that way) because they are, of course, purely motivated by profit, and they've discovered a huge right-wing audience out there.

Right-wing media got its glitz when Rush Limbaugh became a huge personality, and I think until the Left has someone as compelling to its potential audience as Limbaugh was to the Right's, we'll always lag behind.

Fortunately I believe we do have the perfect rising star, with all the qualities, to become our Liberal version of a Limbaugh, and that's Rachel Maddow. She's got it all -- brains, telegenic (which Limbaugh isn't, so she can do radio and TV) plus she's funny, and comedy is something that the Left surely can claim as its own. We all need to support her, watch her MSNBC show, listen to her Air America broadcast, and spread the word about this delightful real Liberal media personality. (I don't mean to slight her MSNBC colleague Keith Olbermann, who is always terrific, too. They both rock!).

I've added links to The Daily Kos, Democracy Now! and Link TV in our sidebar, three consistently good sources for Liberal news and outlook that we should all be checking out on a regular basis. It's up to each of us to support these alternative outlets to the traditional and often biased and even downright crappy news sources.

Read the article -- it will get you thinking!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Take a Little Time This Thanksgiving Weekend

Take twenty minutes or so to visit the New York Times website, where they have the video of Barack Obama's Chicago acceptance speech on election night, along with an interactive transcript that makes the speech even more meaningful.

This year we have a great deal to be thankful for, and we can't forget it. What a difference the past three weeks has made...can't you just feel it?

Go! Watch!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Talking Turkey with Conservative Relatives at Thanksgiving

You will enjoy and learn from this delightful and informative article by Sara Robinson, originally from the website Campaign for America's Future but reprinted on AlterNet. "Worried About Thanksgiving Rights with Right-Wing Family Members?" is a series of tips and topics to counter any of the arguments that desperate Conservatives will no doubt start slinging around at the dinner table as they bemoan the results of the recent election.

Sara's entertaining insights will be worth remembering far beyond Thanksgiving Day. She nails the Right's greatest fears and most specious allegations with wit, grace and intelligence, so that you can, too! Liberals have a proud record of achievement and it's time we were starting fighting back against the lies and stupidity.

Happy Thanksgiving!

That Alaska Woman and Rudy Guliani Campaigning for Saxby Chambliss

As if all the information I gave you in my last post about the reprehensible Republican Senator from Georgia Saxby Chambliss, who is in a run-off with Democrat contender Jim Martin, wasn't enough to disgust you, you'll love this: Sarah Palin is planning a whirlwind tour of a quartet of Georgia cities on Monday, the day before the election, in support of Chambliss. Oh, and Rudy Guliani was there yesterday, campaigning for good ol' Saxby.

Chambliss knows his base, all right; they're the same kind of mindless ultra-conservative bigots who frothed at the mouth during Palin's rallies on the Presidential trail, warming up to the cries of "Kill him!" and having a terrific time slinging the slurs around. That horrible woman will never go away now, having obviously fallen in love with the enthusiastic guttural growls coming from her audiences.

If you live in Georgia or are eligible to vote there (as I am), please get out to the polls to support Jim Martin, or get your absentee ballot in and postmarked in time! Chambliss is a crumbling relic, a dirty politician, and a Republican who's got to go!

Go!!! Support Jim Martin for Senate!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

In Georgia, Vote for Jim Martin Against Saxby Chambliss, Repugnant Campaigner

If you are a Georgia voter, I beseech you to be sure to get back out to the polls next Tuesday to vote in the run-off between Democrat Jim Martin (pictured at right) and Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss. Chambliss, as you remember, is the guy who impugned triple-amputee Vietnam war vet Max Cleland to smear and lie his way to the Senate the last time, and this election he's gone after Jim Martin with the same desperate scum techniques. His latest pitch is a disgusting spot about Martin being soft on crimes against children -- when his record is exactly the opposite. Read about it here. Chambliss and his campaign staff (which included Karl Rove at one point) are pathological liars without a shred of decency.

There is obviously nothing Chambliss won't say or do to try to retain his seat. He has proven himself completely dishonorable. What do you also have to think about the people who have fallen for his tactics? Are they not also dishonorable, and incredibly ignorant, and chumps for voting for this despicable politican? How could they be anything else? Just because you're a redneck must you be an idiot? Contrary to Chambliss' not-so-hidden agenda, the Confederacy is dead, fellas. Get over it.

Chambliss is a real Southern gentleman, all right -- exhorting his overwhelmingly white suburban and rural base to get out and vote so that "the others" don't win. "The Others" in Saxby's world are city folk, blacks, Democrats and anybody else who won't go along with his Ol' South bigotry. He didn't get the required 51% in the election, hence the run-off.

Obama has done spots for Jim Martin, Bill Clinton was down there campaigning for Martin, and now the voters have to get out there and throw the despicable Chambliss out of there. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper has a new endorsement of Martin in the run-off.

Here are a couple of ads from the Jim Martin campaign. (I won't put any of the Chambliss ads up here, even for comparison. That kind of crap won't be spread around here.)

Chambliss is not only a dirty politician, a dedicated Bush-ite and a bright red Republican, but he's got a pretty rotten business record, too, including defending safety violations at a sugar plant which led to an explosion that killed 14 people last February. Please read the Huffington Post account of his recent blow-up when he was questioned about this, and the whole backstory on this shocking incident and Chambliss' typically evasive and dishonest response.

Saxby has got to go. Please get out and vote for Jim Martin on Dec. 2nd!!! For more information and to see how you can help, visit Martin's campaign website here!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Sure, It's Swoony and Silly, But...

There's a cute piece on about the sexiest men of 2008, and of course our President-elect is on the list. Particularly don't miss clicking on the slideshow referenced near the end of the article -- and note that on the Huffington Post slideshow area there are several others that will both delight you and bring you to tears. Look at them, too.

We're still in love here, of course. Even with the world crumbling around us, we have hope now.

And I really believe that.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Frank Rich -- "The Moose Stops Here"

Columnist Frank Rich had a good article in yesterday's NY Times, taking apart the current Republican post-election desperate feeding frenzy. "The Moose Stops Here" cogently and accurately nails one of the most damning Republican party traits, the overwhelming racial-divide that formed a lot of their rabid rhetoric -- see Saxby Chambliss' campaign -- and that managed to secure their win in the South among voters who still obviously mourn Gen. Lee's surrender at Appomattox. (I lived in Georgia for well over a decade -- you didn't have to drive far out of Atlanta to find bastions of dejected Confederates with rebel flags plastered on their trucks, searching in vain for a CSA recruiting station.)

For a great read on the current economic mess, read NY Times vet Thomas Friedman's column from yesterday, too, entitled "Gonna Need a Bigger Boat". Friedman skillfully gives us the really bad news, using a nifty -- and completely appropriate -- Jaws analogy to make his point. I've seen Friedman on many TV news shows, including yesterday's Meet The Press, and he's always really smart and on the nose, plus delightful. (He and Paul Krugman both have tremendous telegenic presences, combining brilliant erudition and natural wit that makes them must-sees in any appearance.)

Whoever thought things were going to simmer down after the election didn't foresee a nation vitally interested in its future and wanting to learn. That's what happens when you have a smart President-elect. Lovely, isn't it?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dick Cavett on that Alaskan Woman in "The New York Times"

Take a few minutes and read this charming essay by wit, raconteur, talk show host and commentator Dick Cavett -- "The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla".

You will enjoy it!

Friday, November 14, 2008

John McCain Campaigns for Reprehensible Saxby Chambliss in Georgia

In 18 days, voters in Georgia will vote in a run-off election between Republican incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss -- who won his seat after a dirty campaign which gleefully maligned Vietnam veteran and triple amputee, the very honorable Max Cleland -- and Democrat Jim Martin.

Wouldn't you know it, McCain, who soundly denounced Chambliss' 2002 tactics, flew specially down to Georgia yesterday to stump for Saxby. Saxby, let us not forget, is the guy who, before the election last week, tried rousing his supporters by direly warning that the "others" were coming out to vote and his people better get moving. Well, he needn't have worried. McCain carried Georgia except for the immediate Atlanta area.

Chambliss is everything that's bad, old, decayed, racist and pathetic about the Republican party. Please read this excellent article by Max Bernstein of The Huffington Post, entitled "In Georgia, McCain Saves the Worst for Last." If you can help Martin's campaign, there is a link in the article for more information how to do it.

Is this a look at the real McCain? You don't support a Southern hater like Chambliss without buying into his agenda. Sad, sad day for integrity, isn't it?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Media Matters for America -- All Over Conservative Media

I want to point out another excellent website we should all be following. Media Matters for America is, to quote their site, "a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media." We're going to put a widget for them in our sidebar, so check for the latest headlines there.

Boy, do they have their job cut out for them. As MMfA is reporting, the right wing print pundits, radio/TV personalities, and websites out there are already working overtime, spewing out invectives and outrageous bullshit in the direction of our new President-elect. Surprise, right?

Bob Cesca on Huffington Post has an excellent article on the subject today, entitled "What Doesn't Kill the Far Right Only Makes Them Crazier". He touches on some of the more spurious recent developments from the extreme right wing. It would be almost amusing if these people weren't often armed and dangerous, you know? I'm sure you've read how the sale of semi-automatic weapons skyrocketed the day after Obama was elected. Comforting, eh?

Yikes. The very least the rest of us can do is keep an eye on these far-right-leaning rabble-rousers and fight for the truth wherever and whenever we can. You get a crazy right wing email from somebody, write back and tell them why it's wrong. You talk to somebody who's repeating idiocy from some Dem-hater, go back at them. It's time to stop being polite to these guys. They'll never return the favor.

Go forward with the truth!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Robert Reich on "The Mini Depression"

Required reading: Economist and former Clinton Cabinet member Robert Reich has a great piece on TPMCafe -- "The Mini Depression and the Maximum-Strength Remedy". Reich, long one of my favorite brainiacs, is always compelling, sensible, erudite, and down-to-earth in his understanding of what makes the economy work.

Good Column from Canada's "The Globe and Mail"

Excellent article from this past Friday's The Globe and Mail newspaper, by columnist Neil Reynolds, entitled "Obama's tax message has a Reagan resonance." In it, he points out the shocking differences in Obama's tax plan and McCain's, and why Americans ultimately rejected the latter. Not that taxes were the only issue, but the contrasts between McCain's pledge to not raise taxes, but actually substantially lower taxes on the rich, and Obama's to offer tax cuts to help the middle class, point out the clear bias that the Republicans have towards the wealthy. Their tax cuts -- skewed almost entirely towards the rich -- were defended again and again by both McCain and Palin, in a sickening display of perfidy towards the vast majority of their base who would not benefit from the Republicans special largesse to the big income earners.

Just as a for instance, and I'm quoting Mr. Reynolds here: "For people in the top 0.1 per cent of category, the 147,000 families with incomes in excess of $2.8-million, the Obama plan provided a tax increase of $701,000; the McCain plan, a tax cut of $270,000." By what reason, except the inexorable bias of the Republicans to provide special treatment to the wealthy, could McCain justify lowering taxes on people with that level of income? It's obscene, and though many midd-class Republicans continue to believe that the the party leadership has always had their best economic interest in mind, just do the math.

Read the article. It gives a succinct history of the U.S. tax rate ups and down, and should be required reading for anyone who may come up against a Republican apologist who's still fuming that McCain won't be getting into the White House. It also paints Obama as a well-read student of history who knows how to use the past to plan a better future.

"It's A New Day" -- New Music Video!

You will enjoy his new song about Obama's victory!

The full lyrics are posted on YouTube here.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Election Night in Los Angeles

Let's look at some exciting video from The Los Angeles Times website, from reader So Bord, from the moment that the California polls closed and Obama was declared the winner!

You'll remember how excited you were!

Friday, November 7, 2008

MoveOn.Org Offers Beautiful Obama Stickers!!

Don't miss this offer from MoveOn.Org to get your very own beautiful "Yes We Did" Obama sticker, designed by artist Shepard Fairey. It's based on his original poster which we spoke about not too long ago. You can get one for free, or more for a nominal price. They did a lot of good work this year helping to get Obama elected, so consider giving a little!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Article by Michael Moore, Post-Election!

Great article by Michael Moore, who has been a tireless voice for change, on the significance of the Obama-Biden victory! "What Will It Be Like To Have A Smart President?" is the title of this nice piece, from AlterNet taken from

By the way, this blog isn't going away, as the excitement is only beginning with Obama's Presidency on the near horizon. Though we started up to get the word out on our splendid candidate, we're not stopping with the wonderful victory. We will continue to share news, articles, photos and other fascinating material which will enlighten and inform us all. It's an amazing new era we're entering, with so much promise, and we don't want to miss a second of it!

Go!! Read!!! Celebrate!!! Look to the Future!!! Be an Informed Citizen!!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Some Election Afterglow!!

Here are a few links to some wonderful posts and videos about the election --

A lovely memory from a Pennsylvania pollworker, on OpenSalon.

Check out several commentary on the election outcome, from the terrific Paul Krugman, in The New York Times.

A hard-hitting article from AlterNet: Obama Wins and Redefines What It Means To Be An American, by David Corn, originally from



Whew! Now that we can all breathe again, let's have a little fun with the many Superman references which have been invoked during the campaign! As a Superman fan, these resonate with me!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Now It's True -- "Obama Is My President"!!

From the "Obama in 30 Seconds" Competition:

Obama Votes in Chicago!!

Footage from earlier this morning!


Obama's Army

Today we all join up. Today we are all drafted. Today we are all volunteers. We're soldiers in Obama's Army.

We believe in him, and we need to work like hell today to get him elected. We need to get in the battle by standing in long lines, waiting with determination and pride to get into that polling place.

We need to ensure that our vote is fair, that it is counted, and let no one intimidate us out of our vote. If you suspect anything is amiss, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE! Do not let them steal your vote for Obama!

We need to help people who need help voting, in any way we can. We need to inspire our fellow citizens to be steadfast, dedicated, informed, passionate, sensible, and positive -- all the things that Obama is for us.

Do not waver. Do not get tired. Do not give up. Do not let them trick you.

Do remember what this is all about. It's about Obama, the best hope for America.



Monday, November 3, 2008

Just a Little Inspiration from Obama's Speech in Cleveland


Bruce Springsteen at Obama Rally in Cleveland Yesterday!


Republicans Out There Now Trying to Interfere With Voters' Rights


We knew it would happen, of course. It's the last rotten tactic in the Republicans arsenal of smears, lies and deceptions. Targeted voters -- likely Democratic voters -- are being harasssed and intimidated to keep them from the polls. It's the lowest form of politicking and the Republicans thrive on it.

Please read this article on MSNBC for an idea of what they're trying to pull.

Is there no shame for these folks? We all realize that if the Republicans can't win an election fairly, they will go into cheat mode. They did it during the last two Presidential elections, and it worked. They're doing it now. Republicans hate early voting -- it favors Democrats -- and so they are out in swarms trying to suppress any votes that won't go to them. This will continue until the last hour on Election Day. If they can kill your vote for Obama, they're going to try to.

Please, if you or anyone you know has been approached by ANYONE trying to discourage, scare, or keep you in any way away from voting, you MUST report it and get HELP!!

Hang up on the robocalls. Delete the scurrilous emails. Slam the door in the face of any of these tricksters if they come to your house. And REPORT THEM!!!

Best resource is a call to ELECTION PROTECTION: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE -- 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). (En Espanol, 1-888-839-8682). You might also give a call to the CNN VoterHotline, but only after reporting it to someone who can do something useful -- 877-GO-CNN-08. CNN has a map of the voter irregularities being reported to them. You should take a look here. But remember, they are just a media outlet. They won't help you. You must call Election Protection.

These Republican operatives will say anything to keep you away from the polls. They are lying to you, and they want to steal your vote. Real pro-American, eh? Doesn't smell like patriotism to me. Smells like desperation and a decayed vision of democracy. STOP THEM!!!



Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Ladies Beside Barack

This is a great time to celebrate Barack Obama's wonderful family -- his wife Michelle and his daughters Malia Ann and Natasha. They are strong, beautiful, dedicated, and obviously crazy about Barack. And so are we! Here's to America's Next First Family!!

Go!! Look!! Enjoy!! Feel the Love!!! Get Out the Vote for Obama-Biden!!! VOTE OBAMA!!!

Want to Read Something Really Scary???

Check out this article from Salon Magazine, detailing what happened during Palin's Halloween night rally in Pennsylvania. There's also a video of Palin supporters telling what they find so frightening about the idea of an Obama presidency, and what they think is comforting about the idea of a McCain/Palin administration.

It's the fear, folks, driving these voters. They're scared of what they think they know, they're scared of what they don't know, and they're scared of what they don't want to know. They're also throwing this whole thing into God's hands. Yikes.

Is this any way to run a country?? Seeing a word like "socialism" thrown around as a boogeyman scare is a sad comment indeed on the state of intellectual depth in the country. Michael Moore said it, but so many people just don't understand it. Why aren't they outraged at socialism for the rich?

It burns me up that some fat cat is getting a special break -- thanks to the obscene Bush tax policy -- that he or she certainly does not deserve. They rigged the system to throw things their way. They put the fix in and it's worked for the last eight years of Republican control.

On the other hand, the idea that someone with little to spare, struggling to make it in America, might benefit from a new, more-favorable-to-the-middle-class tax policy sounds just about right. How can these McCain/Palin people be so selfish? And the folks at the rallies aren't billionaires -- they're regular people, working for a living. Don't they realize that the only people who aren't getting a boost up from the Republicans are themselves?

What is it that causes people to vote against their own economic interest? I get why greedy Republicans -- the "Pocketbook Republicans" who are only in it for the money, not the ideology except as it pertains to lower taxes for them -- will stand under any tattered banner that makes them more money. They're just plain reprehensible decayed souls, but why would some middle-class hardworking citizen support the party that is dedicated to screwing them and making it cushier for the wealthy?

Of course, the Republicans will say ANYTHING to get the vote of those other folks -- there are more of them than there are of the billionaires. They need to bulk up the base, so out comes the bait to lure in the rest of the vulnerable voting groups. The anti-choice advocates, and the folks for whom the idea of two men kissing equals the end of the world, and the global warming contrarians, and the gun lovers, and prayer in school radicals, and anybody else they can figure out how to pander to -- they rope them in to fatten up the vote. That's where the campaign of fear really pays off. That's where Sarah Palin takes center stage. Cynical move? Not to the Republican strategists. It's Standard Operating Procedure for those dirty tricksters.

How many times do you have to be exploited before you finally get it? How many times do you have to find some rich guy's hand in your uniform pocket before you realize you're being robbed? What does it take to finally understand that you're being punked by a whole political party? How does it feel to be a willing chump? Do you just not feel it after a while? Do they somehow comfort themselves by praying that somehow things might get better some day? Well, they won't, not unless they do something brave and sensible and important -- vote for Obama.

If you know someone like this, talk to them. Try to make them see that they're being used. Their only hope is a change to someone who will truly pay attention to 90% of the people who haven't been on the Republicans special gimme list for the past eight years.

Their only hope -- our only hope -- is Barack Obama, or else it's more of the same -- and worse. That that's no idle fear. That's what's in store with another Republican regime. Remember, they haven't quite stolen everything from the country yet. Or plundered every program yet., Or corrupted every agency yet. Or appointed every ultra-conservative judge yet. But they will, and you know it.

(Be sure to click on the highlighted phrases for links to more information and articles on the subjects -- they are fascinating!)

Go!!! Read!!! Talk to ANYONE about Barack Obama!!! Volunteer!!! Get the Vote Out Now!!! VOTE OBAMA!!!

Check Out "Yes We Carve" for the Latest Obama Pumpkin Photos!

The response to Yes We Carve's mission to get people all across America -- and the world -- to carve their pumpkins for Obama this year has been a gratifying success! Be sure to go their site for a myriad of new photo submissions. Meanwhile, here's one from Joe Mallahan in Washington State!

It's not just the pumpkins themselves which are so inspirational -- look at the faces of the people in the photos on the site. Hope, reason, excitement -- that's what Obama means for so many people. It's a truly beautiful thing!

Go!! Look at the Pumpkins!!! Believe in Obama!!! Support Your Candidates! VOTE OBAMA!!!

The Singing Hockey Mom for Obama -- and the piano-playing moose!

Borrowing a tune from Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Evita" --

I do not like her either, Hockey Mom!

Go! Watch!!! Support and Volunteer for Obama-Biden!!! Tell Your Friends!!! VOTE OBAMA!!!

NY Times on Obama-Inspired Voters!

An important and heartening article from today's The New York Times -- read it here!

It captures one reason why this election is so vitally important and what a positive effect it's going to have for so many people.

Go! Read!!! Volunteer for Obama-Biden!!! Talk to Your Friends & Neighbors!!! VOTE OBAMA!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Photo by Rich Bowmer, AP

Barack in Austin, Photo by R.G. Radcliffe

Barack in Austin, Photo by R.G. Radcliffe

Go!! Learn!!! Volunteer for Obama-Biden!!! Tell Your Friends!!! Vote!!! Encourage Others to Vote!!! Go for a Landslide!!!!