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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