Friday, October 31, 2008

Joe Biden in Lima

Wow I got a good place to stand. if Joe starts his Gallagher routine I'm totally going to get splattered.

-- Update --

The speech was absolutely awesome! He literally blew the roof off the place. And I got to shake his lovely wife's hand and the hand of the next Vice President of the United State of America.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Senator Joe Biden is coming

Senator Joe Biden is coming to Lima this Friday Oct. 31st @ 430pm. He'll be at the Lima Senior High School. Everyone's invited.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Presidential Election Prediction

Since I'll be super busy starting tomorrow until next Tuesday, I'm not sure how often I'll have time to post, so I thought I'd post my election map prediction for this year's election.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This is America.

This is what it's all about right here. This is an AMAZING video.

Honestly, no sarcasm here. This is one of the greatest things I've seen during this election. You have a group show up and voice their opinion and another group show up and voice their opinion and thru talking they resolve the conflict (with Group A leaving).

I applaud the folks in this video for standing up for what they believe and talking it out and choosing tolerance and respect and intellect.

Monday, October 20, 2008

McCain's Robocalling

In 2000, when McCain was the target of those robocalls, he said, "I promise you I have never and will never have anything to do with that kind of political tactic."

According to campaign finance reports, the RNC has paid the firm more than $8 million this cycle. On Friday, a recipient of one of those calls, Chris Shoff of Minnesota, said that he had tied the origins of the campaign to the St. Paul-based firm FLS-Connect, run by prominent GOP figure Jeff Larson. The same guys who slimed McCain in 2000 with robocalls like this.

Here's the transcripts the other calls (besides the one heard in the clip) going out now:

"I'm calling on behalf of John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in the Illinois Senate opposed a bill requiring doctors to care for babies born alive after surviving attempted abortions -- a position at odds even with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama and his liberal Democrats are too extreme for America. Please vote -- vote for the candidates who share our values. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202 863 8500."

"Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats got caught putting Hollywood above America," the call says. "On the very day our elected leaders gathered in Washington to deal with the financial crisis, Barack Obama spent just 20 minutes with economic advisers, but hours at a celebrity Hollywood fundraiser. Where are the Democrats' priorities?"

"With higher gas prices, grocery costs, and a struggling economy, we cannot afford Barack Obama's and the Democrats' one-trillion dollars in new taxes and spending," the call says. "With the Wall Street bailout we're simply in way over our heads. We cannot afford another one trillion dollars in big-government bureaucracy, higher taxes, and more wasteful spending that our children will have to pay for."

"Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats aren't who you think they are," the call says. "They say they want to keep us safe, but Barack Obama said the threat we face now from terrorism is nowhere near as dire as it was in the end of the Cold War. And Congressional Democrats now want to give civil rights to terrorists. John McCain and his party allies understand the threats we face," it says. "When you vote, vote for the team you can trust to keep America safe."

Here are my problems with this:

1) They make "normal" ones like the tax one and the Hollywood one to be able to say their robocalls are fine and not horrible. Even though they represent a gross misrepresentation of the facts, but they can hide behind their words on these. So when someone calls them on the crap ones they can deny they're all crap.

2) It's absurd to think of supporting a man who decried the abuse he suffered by these same tactics and company that sunk him in 2000 to then turn around and employ not only the same tactics but the same people.

3) They dont finish the statement and thus leaves them with plausible deniability even though they know the assumptions that will be made will be the wrong ones. They ask "Who is Barack Obama?" and then leave it up to the person to decide after you mention "he pals around with terrorists". If this isnt a classic baiting scenario then you dont understand the power of human language. It's been proven time and time again that you can illicit a response (often times contrary to what the person actually thinks) by simply stating something in a specific way. If McCain is truly better than Obama he wouldnt have to resort to this kind of stuff.


More on This ...

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told reporters on Sunday that if she called the shots she would end the automated calls being made by McCain's campaign, including some that link Obama with 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

"As you know, you really have to work hard to violate Governor Palin's standards on negative campaigning," Obama, an Illinois senator, told the crowd.

McCain defended the calls, shrugging off Palin's remarks in an interview to be aired on Tuesday morning.

"Well, Sarah is a maverick," McCain told CBS's "Early Show." "That robocall is absolutely accurate and by the way, Senator Obama's campaign is running robocalls as we speak."

But that didn't stop her from recording her own robocall on behalf of the McCain campaign. How mavericky of her.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Racist signs at McCain rallies: follow-up

Okay so maybe the previous post about crazy signs at McCain rallies wasnt clearly racist enough so we'll try this one.

Now the point of the previous post was not that there are racist people in the world with the minimum of intelligence required to construct a sign and show up at a location within a certain time period. I know they exist.

The issue in the previous post was not only do I know it, someone on the McCain campaign at that rally knew it as well and apparently thought it was fine to have that held up a dozen rows or so from the stage.

The guy in this picture is using his First Amendment rights and is lawfully standing outside a McCain rally. And while I severely disagree with what he's doing he has the right to do that.

Which then I guess brings us back to the previous post. Either McCain's campaign felt so strongly about putting Country First that they felt they should censor the person's sign or they agreed with the sign and the sentiment behind it (which was not to be funny).

Monday, October 13, 2008

"Obama Bin Lyin" sign at McCain Rally

Okay something's not right about this. This was a sign at the McCain rally today. In fact a person right next to these people had one as well. Both signs colored in with the same type of marker and similar "font" style.

The thing is that campaign rallies like this dont allow you to bring in homemade signs like this. When you go to a rally, they actually hand out the "rally" signs (official ones) and "homemade" ones that people make or are cleared that people have brought to the event and then are re-handed out to people near the front.

So one of three things happened here. Either these people snuck this sign in (which is doubtful since there are no signs of folds or bends). Or someone brought this, it was taken and screened at the door and re-handed out. Or the McCain Advance Team made this sign (which both sides do) and handed back out to the crowd.

Given the first option is the least least likely that only leaves the other two.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Where's your god now?

Man I remember back in the day when I came up with this. You remember that Joel?

Funny then and funny now. My new thing is just saying everything is "god's plan". No matter what it is. It's a great line and your cant refute it.

ABC News with Charlie Gibson stops in Wapak

Yesterday the ABC News Tour Bus stopped in Wapakoneta (the town I work in) on their 50 states in 50 days tour.

As you can see from the video it was pretty quick and fairly pointless as they didnt leave much in the discussion. What you cant tell from the video is that the bus is driving down a street that doesnt even appear to be in Wapak and it stopped in some parking lot that is no where near the Cloud 9 cafe.

What really happened was is that the bus pulled up in front of the Cloud 9 (you can see it a bit thru the window outside) and blocked the whole front of the cafe. Then they setup barricades on the sidewalk so you couldnt walk past the cafe or get into the cafe at all while they were doing this. Also they look like they're in the cafe chatting, which technically they are, but Charlie Gibson is literally sitting just a few inches inside the front door. I dont know if they thought things would go crazy and they'd have to pull him out or what.

The rumor also is that the guy they talked to to get people in there is a big McCain supporter and he tried to stack the resteruant with McCain people. Some guy was wondering around with a "McCain / Palin" shirt on trying to get in on the situation.

If they would have actually shown outside the cafe at all you would have seen the HUGE Obama logo I painted in the office on the opposite corner.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Anyone got a wireless card?

Standing outside smoking a random guy comes driving past in an old van and yells out the window:

"Hey you got any wireless cards? I need a new one - my dog chewed the antenna off mine."

Um ...

Yeah I have no idea why he thought I would have one and even if I did if I would be willing to play Let's Make a Deal with it.

A Slow Descent into Total Malevolence

Well maybe not so slow ...

Looks like with the announcement that McCain is going fully negative from here on out all the gloves are coming off. Ugh, this could get real ugly.

Hopefully people start standing up and saying "ENOUGH" to this type of crap like some workers in West Virginia did recently.


Wow another long weekend, well not too bad. 29 days to go till the election.

Did a 4 hour canvas on Saturday and a lot more people have moved from the undecided column into the Obama column around here and all around Ohio, so that's good.

Today is the LAST DAY here in Ohio that you can both register to vote and VOTE right on the same trip to the local Board of Elections (*cough* Buehler).

Ramping up for Tuesday, which is the 2nd of 3 Presidential debates. Should prove interesting, especially in the light of the fact that McCain has decided to go all out negative with his campaign from here on out. :P