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November 3, 2008

Hayes Is For Teaching Creationism In Schools

by at 3:35 pm.

Kurt Hayes is not even remotely a mainstream Massachusetts candidate. The Beacon asked the question that I did, and placed its answer in a sidebar to this article in its print edition, though it’s missing in the online one.

The sidebar says this with regards to Hayes’ views: “Support teaching of creationism in public schools: Yes, side-by-side with evolution.”

Uh, memo to Mr. Hayes, creationism is not a viable scientific theory, I don’t care what it’s dressed up as. It belongs in your church, not in our schools.


I don’t know if the Beacon read my post or not (they came out with this answer a day after I asked the question), but at least we now know. Which is why we need to send Jen Benson to the state House.

Obama Wins the State of Azeroth

by at 12:35 pm.

The geek in me found this way too funny.

OK, kids, GOTV! Below is a post telling you how you can help Obama win.

October 31, 2008

BMG: The 899lb Gorilla!

by at 3:32 pm.

Congrats to BMG for being the #2 largest blog fundraiser for Obama, right after DailyKos! That includes AMERICAblog, which is a huge national blog which can raise lots of dough.

All that hard work paid off!

October 30, 2008

The Sun has a sense of humor

by at 8:43 pm.

I like the sense of humor the Sun has? Did you see the page one headliner in today’s paper, “Wilmington teens charged in Shawsheen Tech gun scare.”

And did you see the title of the article below that one? “Obama has firearm sellers worried”.

I am not sure what the motivation was for the Sun editors to assign reporter David Pevear to New Hampshire to report on this non-issue.

Obama’s position on the right of individuals to own guns is pretty clear, he believes “the Second Amendment create an individual right, and he respects the constitutional rights of American to bear arms. He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns.”

By the way, this was Pervear’s second article in as many days on the presidential candidates. Yesterday’s piece focused on the Lowell Republican City Committee’s optimist view on McCain’s chances in this state and this city. Sorry Cliff. McCain will not win Lowell or Massachusetts. Now Dracut, that is a different story!

October 25, 2008

Republicans Not Fit To Lead

by at 9:53 am.

Tristero on Digby hits on the real tragedy of the Palin speech on science and earmarks…not only is she completely ignorant of the subject of which she speaks (worthy of a Phelps rant?) but the fact is, that policy speech had to have put together by the upper echelons of the campaign, some of the “great brains” of Republican leadership:

Sarah Palin isn’t the issue here. Sure, I’ll concede that this illustrates Palin’s breathtaking ignorance AND her stupidity. After all, she agreed to repeat it. But what it really demonstrates is how unqualified the upper echelons of the Republican party are to run this country. She certainly didn’t write this speech: John McCain’s advisers did and approved every appalling word.

The subject is government funding of scientific research:

Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.

If you know anything at all about science in the 21st century, then you know that the study of fruit flies (aka Drosophilia melanogaster) has led to some of the most important discoveries in biology, genetics, and related topics.

And yet, their best argument for electing them these days is that we need to balance the one-party rule of Democrats (both nationally and in this state). You know, if you got balance, but it’s on the edge of a cliff, I’d prefer to back away from the cliff, to hell with their brand of “balance.”

October 24, 2008

I SO Called It

by at 1:42 pm.

Yesterday or today, my husband and I had the morning news on while getting ready for work, and that Ashley Todd I-got-beat-up-cuz-I-was-a-McCain-supporter story was on. The woman also claimed that a “B” was carved into her cheek with a knife by the attacker.

I happened to pass by the TV when they showed the photo of the girl, which showed the “B” but…backwards. Instantly I said to my husband, this story is FAKE, she did that in the mirror, and was stupid enough to do it frontwards to her mirror image. He was more circumspect, admitting it was possible but that we just didn’t know at the time. Meanwhile, Fixed Noise and the wingnuttery types got their victim on. It smelled to me like a way to counter the “Obama supporters and reporters attacked by McCain supporters at rallies” stories but whatever.

Turns out, I was completely, in all respects, 100% correct. Score one for me!

Weld Endorces Obama

by at 11:29 am.

There’s really not much more to say on this. Welcome to the bandwagon…

(Via BMG.)

Update: I just love this part:

Weld said he’s never endorsed a Democrat for president before, but in the last six weeks or so, it became “close to a no-brainer.”


What affect this specific endorsement has is questionable, especially as the biggest impact would be in MA and we’re a safe state, but it adds to the general narrative that a lot of moderate, and even some conservative, Republicans are endorsing Obama over McCain. According to Weld, “It’s not often you get a guy with his combination of qualities, chief among which I would say is the deep sense of calm he displays, and I think that’s a product of his equally deep intelligence.” It appears he believes that Obama definitely has the temperament and judgment to be President.

Given that he backed play-to-the-far-right-base Mittster “Hair” Romney in the primary…oh, nevermind. Let’s just enjoy the day!

October 21, 2008

Forclosure Caging Lawsuit Settled… Did the DNC Cave?

by at 9:20 am.

(cross-posted at Blue Mass Group)

It seems that the RNC and DNC settled the DNC lawsuit on the GOPs plan to use foreclosures to challenge voters at the polls.

The Michigan Messenger:

Here is the text of the joint statement released by the parties in the case:

“Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and individual Macomb County residents have alleged that the Republican National Committee, the Michigan Republican Party and the Macomb County Republican Party were planning to use foreclosure lists to challenge certain voters on Election Day. The Republicans have denied the allegations and have stated that they never intended to challenge voters based on any such list. To clarify the matter for all voters, all parties are pleased that they agree that the existence of a person’s address on a foreclosure list does not provide a reasonable basis for challenging the person’s eligibility to vote and that none of these parties will challenge any voter’s eligibility on that basis.”

Both sides agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means it cannot be re-filed.

But here is the sticky wicket:

Michigan law does not require the challenger to reveal the source of the information on which a voter is challenged, which means the GOP can simply incorporate the foreclosure lists into a larger challenge list and use that larger list at the polls to challenge voters. The DNC’s attorney seems to think they wouldn’t dare do that now after agreeing in court that this is not a valid reason to challenge a voter. I’m not convinced.

What do you think? Would they dare? I’m betting that weeks after the election, someone will either find (either from outside investigation or internal leaks) that there was a ‘mistake’ in that the foreclosure list wasn’t successfully perged from the overall list.

October 7, 2008

Does McCain REALLY Want To Go There?

by at 10:59 am.

McCain knows the only way to even have a remote (more remote by the day) chance of winning is to ignore the issues people care about and smear Obama. The manufactured Ayers and Wright controversies are seeing a second (third? fourth?) light, and the tired, old, lying attacks are going to backfire. But before McCain could say the word “swift boating” Obama came out with some interesting counter-attacks of his own. But here’s the difference: they attack McCain’s actual history, and have anything and everything to do with the current issues (economy) Americans care about.

Of course, McCain admitted to bad judgement in the Keating Five scandal in his book (and used it as fodder for his “I leaned my lesson and became a maverick shtick”), but that’s not what his campaign is saying now. Straight Talk Express my aunt’s left foot.

So Obama’s released a short documentary about the Savings and Loans and the Keating Five scandal.

Also, if you want to talk affiliated with dangerous fringe groups (do secessionists who hate America count?) and bad-mouthed pastors saying awful things about one group or another, I think Palin had better lay the heck off. People who live in glass igloos…

October 2, 2008

Battle of the Blog Talkers - I’m “Headed” to FOX News Radio!

by at 1:02 pm.

As most of you know, I'm one part of a trio of Mass bloggers calling ourselves Left Ahead! who, most every Tuesday at 2:30, can be heard live-streamed at BlogTalkRadio, a website which facilitates citizen online webcasting by giving hosts a call-in number and taking care of the technical side of streaming and archiving. We've had guests ranging from state candidates to issue advocates to other bloggers (Elias and sco come to mind) to talk about the issues facing Massachusetts voters.

Well, BlogTalkRadio is teaming up with FOX News Radio for a "Battle of the Blog Talkers" on FOX Across America hosted by Spencer Hughes and carried on FOXNewsRadio.com and Sirius XM Radio. From October 6th through the 9th at 2-3pm, four liberal and four conservative BTR hosts will battle it out (with listener voting via web and text) for two slots each side on the Friday, Oct 10th show, and one winner from each “side” (liberal and conservative) from Friday’s show will get the chance to join Spencer in co-hosting a special FOX News Radio Election 2008 series live from 8 to 9 a.m. EDT the week of October 20th.

It turns out these people are weird (insane? silly?) enough to invite me to participate.

It so happens that I’m slotted for the Monday, October 6th show (2pm), up against fellow liberal blogtalker Julie Pippert of MOMocrats. Listeners will vote for whoever they think did the best that day, and the winner will move on to the Friday slot with three other winners from the right and left to the Friday show, from which winners of each side (by listener vote) will move on to the week of October 20th morning show.

It’s sort of Survivor meets talking heads. If you talk good enough, they might not vote you off the island. :)

On another note, we’ve been assured (repeatedly) that liberals will get a fair shake on the shows. The format calls for uninterrupted time for each contestant. :)

I know it’s sort of Crossfire-esque. On the other hand, it’s sort of like a mini debate club event, and just maybe a lot of fun. That is, if I can keep from talking a 100 miles a minute. :) I hope I can count on your listening, and your vote (if you think I did the best anyway!) on Monday afternoon!

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