Robert F. Kennedy 1925 – 1968

Forty years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy fell victim to the very mindless violence he deplores in this speech. With the assasination of Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy and Malcolm X the American civil rights movement lost the three men, indispensible for the reforms that should have been accomplished forty years ago. An era was brutally cut short and it is only now, 40 years later, in another century, that a black man has the chance to lead your Nation. Mindless violence, indeed.

Bobby Kennedy’s message, however, is equally important today, as mindless violence is not inflicted upon and confined to your own country, but inflicted upon others by your leaders, too.

Creepy as presented by the GOP

McCain is having a contest… lets get out there and video our neighbors. Now do we have to let people know that we are making a video of them or can we just DO IT 8)

Okay, Critters… here’s your chance to go to the Republican Convention. Now wouldn’t that be a blast. Maybe you could sit next to Michael Moore 🙂

Obama in control

ABC Political Radar, via Huffington Post

It’s been less than two days since he crossed the delegate threshold to become the Democratic presidential nominee and Sen. Barack Obama’s mark on the party is already being felt.

On Good Morning America Thursday, ABC News’ Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos reported “the Democratic National Committee will no longer accept contributions from federal lobbyists, will no longer take contributions from PACs” in keeping with Obama’s well-publicized policy.

Kick ass, Obama.  😉

The votes flipped before my eyes…

The BRAD BLOG

Brad Friedman has a long, but totally worth the read, post today on his personal experience with voting in the California state primary election, on an ES&S Inkavote Plus Voting System — and having four of his votes flipped right before his eyes. 

Right before my very eyes, the computer-printed ballot produced by the voting system I was using, incorrectly filled in bubbles for four of the races I was voting in. Had I not been incredibly careful, after the ballot was printed out, to painstakingly compare what was printed to what I actually voted for, I’d have never known my votes were being given to candidates I did not vote for.

We’ve been saying electronic voting machines are not tamper-proof for years, and Brad has been following this issue quite closely — now he’s a first hand witness. 

Additionally, this particular voting system is touted as being accessible to blind and disabled voters, but fails miserably.

Luckily, unlike other voters who might need to use the device in order to vote “in a private and independent manner”, I have use of my arms. So I was able to push the buttons on the machine to make my selections and move through the ballot as instructed. Had I not, I would have had to have asked for help from someone. While I could have told my helper which buttons to push for me without them easily being able to figure out who or what I was voting for — they wouldn’t have been able to hear the audio as I heard it on the headphones, and thus, wouldn’t have known which button pushes were selecting which candidates — I would not have been able to vote “independently” as HAVA’s Sec. 301 mandates.

My question is this:  Why have the people not been more on top of the electronic voting issue?  Voting has been the one thing we’ve held up as what makes our system work — one man, one vote.  Sure, there are lots of reasons why those in power would want to disenfranchise voters in any way they can.  We KNOW that.  It’s been happening for years. 

Maybe it’s ok if it happens to “the other guy?”  As long as my vote counts, who cares about the other guy — I don’t agree with him anyway.  Is that it?

Read Brad’s whole post here.

Another Non-consession Consession

This was an email from Hillary, in response to my sending in a comment on her website:

I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you.

On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.

I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party’s nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.

When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House.

I made you — and everyone who supported me — a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I’m going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.

I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.

I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you.

In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.

I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you.

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

I thought about making some snarky comments, but for one with as big an ego as hers, she’s suffering greatly right now. I think we should just let her ride her feelings on out and we should focus on November.