Vote As If Your Life Depends On It, Because It Does

It’s no secret that we Critters are pretty liberal. And while it is our official policy to not endorse any particular candidate, it’s not hard to guess who we would like to see win. (It may surprise you to learn that some of us, for our own reasons, may not vote for him.) Still, we do want every eligible voter to vote in this election. Remember that every seat in the House of Representatives is up for re-election (as they are every two years), and about one third of the Senate is up for grabs. Even if neither of the major party candidates impresses you enough to go out and vote next Tuesday, consider the other issues that need to be decided by you, the voter. Many states have ballot referendums that require your input. In my own home state, we’re voting to amend our state constitution, which is never something to be taken lightly. It’s important that matters like this be decided by the widest number of people possible, instead of just a few who vote regularly. Below are links to each state’s election information. Check your state to see what else you need to vote on.

And remember, if you are eligible, it is your civic duty to vote. So be proud of the fact that you can vote, as there are many people in the world who cannot have any say in their government’s makeup. The issues are too important to dismiss. The future is too imperiled to ignore. Your life, and the lives of your children, may depend on the decisions we as a nation make on November 4th. So vote as if your life depends on it, because it does. Thank you for voting.

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

NOTE: If you discover that any of these links do not work, please leave a comment specifying the state (or District), and I will try to find a good link. Thank you. And VOTE!

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Reagan’s Chief of Staff endorses Obama

CNN reports:

Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria this week he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Duberstein said he was influenced by another prominent Reagan official – Colin Powell – in his decision.

“Well let’s put it this way – I think Colin Powell’s decision is in fact the good housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama.”

Heh.  More Republicans for Obama.

h/t: Washington Monthly

King No Brain

I decided to re-write McCain’s next stump speech, with some help from The Police. (The rock band, not the law enforcement officials.)

King No Brain
Original words and music “King of Pain” by Gordon M. Sumner 1983
Additional lyrics by Wayne A. Schneider 2008

There’s a younger black man on the trail today
Says the same old things as yesterday
There’s a black man caught by a high-strung cop
There’s a flag pin flap and the smears won’t stop

I have stood here before and said this same refrain
That the world’s turning circles going fast insane
I guess I’m always hoping that you’ll let me reign
But it’s my destiny to be the King No Brain

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Olbermann: McCain linked to Khalidi and Ayers

In a Special Campaign Comment, Keith Olbermann points out that not only does John McCain have a closer relationship with Rashid Khalidi than Barack Obama does, that relationship means McCain is has a connection to William Ayers as well.

If you’d like to learn more about who Rashidi Khalidi is (an American scholar of Palestinian heritage), rather than — through dark insinuations — who the McCain campaign is attempting to portray him as, read McCain Racism, Hypocrisy on Khalidi Issue.

This tactic of smearing people, through the use of insinuations, distortions, and implied associations, playing off of (and feeding into) the fear and hate that still exists in this country, has GOT TO STOP!!

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Talking “bad” about Palin infringes her 1st Amendment rights

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ABC News’ Steven Portnoy reports: In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by “attacks” from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama.

Heil Palin

Heil Palin

Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama’s associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks.  Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate’s free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said. “If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

You have got to be kidding me. I realize that it is asking too much that someone running for the second  highest office in the land should have a grasp of what the constitution says.  I realize that it is a god-damnned piece of paper in some Republican’s eyes and is meaningless to those some people.  I, though, am outraged that this stain on American politics can so brazenly distort the Constitution of the United States of America! Ms. Palin, please allow me to provide you a quick civics lesson, ok? You betcha!
This is the text of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Freedom of speech was specifically written into the constitution to allow the press to freely speak out against the government. This right is supposed to maintain the ability of the people to be able to know what its’ government is doing and the press to report it.  Let’s take a closer look.

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Al Gore implores people in Florida to vote early!

Al Gore campaigned for Barack Obama in West Palm Beach, Florida. West Palm Beach was a focal point in controversy surrounding vote counting in the 2000 election.

“We’re coming back,” Gore told the crowd. “The United States of America is coming back – not as Democrats and Republicans, not as red and blue, but we the people of the United States of American are coming back.”

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McCain Campaign’s Advice In “Troopergate” To Palin – Not A Smart Move

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According to Alaska Rep. Les Gara, Palin could face another possible setback.  But the new finding is not expected before next Tuesday’s presidential election.  Her hopes were that the state personnel board investigation would clear her and that any would stop any legislative inquiry.

“I think in the end the McCain campaign brought Gov. Palin a little more trouble than she bargained for by convincing her to have the personnel board investigate this,” Gara said in an interview with The Public Record. “Probably in retrospect, wasn’t a smart move.”

On Sept. 2, just a day before she accepted the GOP nomination, Palin took the unusual step of filing an ethics complaint with the state personnel board against herself regarading her firing of Monegan.

The McCain-Palin campaign apparently was betting that the personnel board, two of whose members were appointed by former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski, another Republican, would clear Palin of wrongdoing.

What everyone didn’t count on was that an independent investigator would be hired, who happens to be a Democrat.

Palin’s maneuver also failed to head off the legislative inquiry, which concluded on Oct. 10 that the governor had abused her power and violated state ethics law in her vendetta against her ex-brother-in-law.

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Robots Attack!

This is brilliant! And hilarious! 4 MORE DAYS!! Get out there and VOTE!!

Raw Story: In a new Web video, Barack Obama’s campaign compares the automated phone attacks from GOP candidate John McCain to robot villians in black-and-white movies.

Entitled Robots Attack!, the video plays the audio of the calls being spoken by the ominous robot from the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still. It encourages voters to “defeat the robots” by calling voters and canvassing neighborhoods on Obama’s behalf. 

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It’s Halloween!

Every Halloween, and as our family ritual, we light candles and watch the same movies to celebrate while we pass out candy at the door. “Hocus Pocus” with Bette Midler, Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas“, and now we’ve added “The Corpse Bride“.

I actually posted these songs last Halloween, but beings we watch the same movies EVERY Halloween at our house, here they are again! 

My favorite part of “The Corpse Bride

“This is Halloween” from Nightmare Before Christmas:

And a small tidbit from “Hocus Pocus“:

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Maddow: Anti-abortion mailer is a new low

Raw Story

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says that a conservative group “crosses the line into stupid” with a new mailer that suggest Obama wouldn’t save a baby from an oncoming train. The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List group is sending the mailer to over half a million pro-life voters in swing states. The mailer shows a baby carriage on train tracks and says that “Obama won’t” take action to save the baby.

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I’ve stopped saying “This is a new low..”. Every day there now seems to be a whole new shocking and despicable low in this election… This has crossed over into preposterous!

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Joe the Plumber Goes Hollywood

Many of us thought he would disappear from the limelight, after everyone found out he was an unlicensed plumber with unpaid back taxes.  Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  According to Della Croce, who has managed rock stars, Joe the Plumber is a special case.  “Never in 25 years have I seen this level of interest in a celebrity,” Della Croce said.

Joe the Plumber didn’t just hire a publicist, he hired a publicity team.  Della Croce is dishing on their latest client Joe.

The Press Office in Nashville, where clients include rockers Grand Funk Railroad and Eddie Money, will help him handle the flood of interview and appearance requests that have poured in since he was mentioned during a presidential debate and quickly became a household name.

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Ohio GOTV Video For Obama


You know this whole thing could still come down to Ohio.

The presidential race was so close last time, in fact, that the margin averaged out to just nine votes per precinct across the Buckeye state. That’s one of the motivating points in a new GOTV video on YouTube, which Obama’s aides uploaded on Thursday night, appealing for more volunteers in the homestretch.

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Hagan Files Lawsuit Against Dole

Kay Hagan has filed a defamation lawsuit against Elizabeth Dole yesterday, for the continued airing of this advertisement Ms Joanne posted yesterday.  In which, Elizabeth Dole is suggesting that Kay Hagan is being supported by godless heathens and that she doesn’t believe in God.  Here is the statement issued by Hagan, courtesy of Politico – The Scorecard.

“Like her time in the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Dole has made her choices here, and that’s her decision,” Hagan campaign spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said in a statement. “But it’s equally our decision not to allow someone to slander Kay Hagan, impugn her character, her convictions and her faith, without any consequences.”

Here is Elizabeth Dole’s statement, who has run one of the most nastiest campaign’s of this election season.

“Kay Hagan knows that the Dole Campaign ad is accurate and she is trying to confuse voters until Election Day,” Gidley said.

“Yesterday she threatened to sue to get the ad off the air. After realizing that they could not get an ad pulled that is 100% factual, they have resorted to court room gimmicks. Hagan’s so called ‘lawsuit’ is merely a motion to file a suit within 20 days, well after the election.”

Elizabeth Dole has declined to pull this ad, which is being described by North Carolina newspapers as “indecent,” a “gross misrepresentation,” “dishonest,” and “beyond the bounds of acceptable political disagreement.”  The ad is basically about a Kay Hagan fundraiser hosted by an atheist, hence the “godless heathens” reference that Elizabeth Dole is using in her ad against Hagan.

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CNN: Rick Sanchez Hammered Michael Goldfarb

McCain spokesperson Michael Goldfarb told CNN that Barack Obama hangs around with notable anti-Semites, but when pressed for names couldn’t give any.  Sanchez didn’t back down he kept after him and Goldfarb went silent.

UPDATE: Goldfarb is referring to Rashid Khalidi, who is NOT a terrorist, nor is he an anti-Semite.  See this earlier post on Khalidi. When pressed, Goldfarb named Rashid Khalidi as the first “notable anti-Semite,” but refused to name the second.

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