geekchick: (in charge)
On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.

The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated.

That's not news. The entertaining bit is where that was posted. (via [ profile] grail76)
geekchick: (cease your trippin')
This court smackdown of Completely Batshit Crazy birther Orly Taitz is absolutely hysterical.

Her argument that she should have been given more time to respond before the Court issued its ruling, when she had requested the expedited consideration, is so shockingly devoid of reality that it is difficult to know how to respond.
geekchick: (obama08)
Senator McCain, that speech was very well done. Kudos, sir.

President Obama
geekchick: (obama08)
Having attended the kickoff rally, C. and I (and somewhere between 80,000 and 90,000 other people) decided to attend the final rally last night in Manassas. Trafficocalypse! Even with taking the sneaky back way out 29 and avoiding the nearly-parked traffic on 66 West, it took almost two hours to get the 13 miles from home to the fairgrounds and find a place to park; there were so many people that we ended up having to circle back and park 2.5 miles away in a residential neighborhood--counting myself lucky to find even that--and walk, arriving at the fairgrounds near 10 PM. Luckily for us, Obama was running about 90 minutes late and so we were there when he took the stage. On the way in, there were a small group of anti-abortion protesters who may have been yelling at us baby-killing infidels although I couldn't hear them over the crowd of people heading in to the rally, and a guy holding a sign saying "Socialism is not the answer." I wanted to ask him what the question was: "What's the square root of -3?" "Socialism?" Hey, you're right, that isn't the answer. Or maybe it was wrong because it should've been phrased in the form of a question, I don't know.

Leah Miller comments over at Making Light with her experience, which pretty much matches mine. The speech was okay; he's clearly tired and affected by the loss of his grandmother, and it was largely the stump speech he's been giving for a week or so, with the return of the story about the woman in South Carolina whose spontaneous "Fired up! Ready to go!" chant inspired him early in the campaign, well before anyone thought he had a real chance. He brought that story back for the night, and told it well.The best part for me was watching the crowd. There was an older African-American gentleman standing near me who was just beaming as he had someone take his picture with the crowd behind him. Young children on their parents' shoulders. People in their late teens and early twenties actively excited about the candidate. Some of these people had already been there for five or six or seven hours before Obama even took the stage, it was after 11 PM on a Monday night, and still the energy and excitement levels were high. After the speechifyin', there were still spontaneous chants of "Fired up! Ready to go!" breaking out even as 20,000 people were trying to funnel themselves out the 15-foot-wide gate that was the exit on that side of the fairgrounds and as the crowds were walking a mile or more back out to their cars. (I must admit that while we were all waiting mostly-patiently for 15 or 20 minutes just to squeeze out the gate, there might've been a slight emphasis on the "Ready to go!" part. ;)) I was going to skip it initially since I did go to the kickoff rally at Nissan Pavilion, but I'm glad we went, even with the hours spent in traffic and the lack of dinner and the blisters on my feet from the hike and walking on gravel.
geekchick: (obama08)
This made for a nice change from the usual nasty name-calling level of discourse: responses from voters on both sides to a request to say something nice about the other guy.
We were noticing something as we did this: The people, whether they supported McCain or Obama, seemed to be in a little better mood– in an observably more pleasant frame of mind– after they were urged to say something nice about the other guy. During a campaign year that has consisted of so many raised voices and ugly charges, they seemed to like this.

John Scalzi did a similar exercise a while back, in which he asked people to name something you don't like about your preferred candidate and something you do like about the other guy.

Here, I'll start:

I like that John McCain has opposed drilling in ANWR. I like that at one time he had the guts to call out the religious right as "agents of intolerance", although I wish he hadn't turned around this year and pandered to them with the Sarah Palin pick. I like that he's willing to talk about climate change. I respect his military service.

I don't like Obama's FISA vote on telecom immunity. I don't like his stated lack of support for same-sex marriage. I'm not thrilled that he reversed his position on public campaign financing; take it, or don't (and "don't" was clearly the way to go, what with a $150 million fundraising month), but stick with it.

Things I don't like about Joe Biden: "Drug Czar". RAVE Act. The 2005 bankruptcy bill.

On Sarah Palin, I'm afraid I'm going to have to stick with "then don't say anything at all".
geekchick: (obama08)
Getting through Manassas during the evening rush is trying at the best of times, so assume that this is going to be a Trafficocalypse.

Prince William County Fairgrounds
10624 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20112

Monday, November 3rd
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
Program Begins: 9:00 p.m.
geekchick: (Default)
A phony SBE flier circulated in the Hampton Roads (VA) area advises that the General Assembly has passed an emergency resolution directing that Republicans should vote on Nov. 4 and Democrats should vote on Nov. 5 "to ease the load on local electorial (sic) precincts and ensure a fair electorial (sic) process".

Whichever candidate you're voting for next Tuesday, don't forget that in some areas--like Virginia and DC--you can't wear your pro- or anti-candidate or issue hat/shirt/button/sticker/whatever to the polls, lest you run afoul of the state electioneering regulations. [Edit: The VA SBE decision to ban express advocacy (shirts/buttons/etc.) across the board was voted in within the last two weeks, to go along with the limits on electioneering within 40' of the entrance to the polling place. The local boards have discretion to limit implied advocacy, but express advocacy is now uniformly forbidden.]
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Oh, McCain/Palin campaign web developers, you MUST know that things like this are absolutely ripe for childish abuse.

Like some of the examples posted in comments over here. "I am Manos, The Hands of Fate" Hee!

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As if we weren't already aware that Virginia is a swing state in this election, that was confirmed by the fact that we both got copies of the "Obsession" DVD in the mail this weekend. Oh, joy.


Oct. 14th, 2008 11:44 am
geekchick: (second-hand crazy)
This is where I work. (Gainesville, that is, not the McCain field office.)

The McCain campaign invited me to visit Frederick and the Gainesville operation on Saturday morning, to get a first-hand glimpse of its ground game in Prince William County, Virginia, a fast-growing area about 30 miles from Washington, D.C.

With so much at stake, and time running short, Frederick did not feel he had the luxury of subtlety. He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points — for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: "Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon," he said. "That is scary." It is also not exactly true — though that distorted reference to Obama's controversial association with William Ayers, a former 60s radical, was enough to get the volunteers stoked. "And he won't salute the flag," one woman added, repeating another myth about Obama. She was quickly topped by a man who called out, "We don't even know where Senator Obama was really born." Actually, we do; it's Hawaii.

Over at, in addition to the stats nerd overload, there's been an interesting ongoing series on the ground games for both campaigns. Interesting reading. I know in my neighborhood I've seen canvassing for Obama, but the only sign I've seen of McCain supporters has been the one neighbor at the back of the subdivision who's ignoring the HOA covenants and has yard signs for McCain and "Women for McCain". (We're not allowed, according to the HOA, to put up political signs in our yards or windows.)
geekchick: (Default)
Via [ profile] pir_anha,

States' actions to block voters appear illegal.
Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times.

The actions do not seem to be coordinated by one party or the other, nor do they appear to be the result of election officials intentionally breaking rules, but are apparently the result of mistakes in the handling of the registrations and voter files as the states tried to comply with a 2002 federal law, intended to overhaul the way elections are run.

The states the NYT particularly calls out are Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina . In addition, Alabama and Georgia appear to be "improperly using Social Security information to screen registration applications from new voters", and Louisiana "appears to have removed thousands of voters after the federal deadline for taking such action".

If you want to verify that you are currently registered and all the information is current, you can check at (which is essentially a gateway to your local election officials).
geekchick: (obama08)
[ profile] pnh has a post up at Making Light in which he endorses Obama, which links in turn to a couple of posts at Obsidian Wings. Since I've heard this from people recently, I wanted to point out Hilzoy's post in particular, addressing the "Obama's all style and no substance" complaints.

I'll vote for Hillary if she ends up being the candidate (because I trust her marginally more than McCain, much less any of the other remaining wingnuts still in the Republican race), but as Patrick says:

I’m for Obama knowing perfectly well that, as Bill Clinton suggested, it’s a “roll of the dice”. A roll of the dice for Democrats, for progressives, for those of us who’ve fought so hard against the right-wing frames that Obama sometimes (sometimes craftily, sometimes naively) deploys. Because I think a Hillary Clinton candidacy will be another game of inches, yielding—at best—another four or eight years of knifework in the dark. Because I think an Obama candidacy might actually shake up the whole gameboard, energize good people, create room and space for real change.

Because he seems to know something extraordinarily important, something so frequently missing from progressive politics in this country, in this time: how to hearten people. Because when I watch him speak, I see fearful people becoming brave.

That’s not enough. But it’s something. It’s a real something. It’s a start.
geekchick: (bring it (by 3x1minus1))
That was a great speech. (And would've been even more so if he'd worked on his pacing a bit.)

A paraphrased quote from one of the conservative columnists CNN talked to: unless Bush really manages to get it together and crafts a coherent vision of where the country should be going, we probably just heard the acceptance speech of the next president of the United States.

And tonight, we have an important message for those who question the patriotism of Americans who offer a better direction for our country. Before wrapping themselves in the flag and shutting their eyes to the truth and their ears, they should remember what America is really all about. They should remember the great idea of freedom for which so many have given their lives. Our purpose now is to reclaim our democracy itself.

We are here to affirm that when Americans stand up and speak their minds and say America can do better, that is not a challenge to patriotism; it is the heart and soul of patriotism.

[Edit: The icon came from here. "My running mate iz pastede on yay!" *gigglefit*]
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Transcript of Barack Obama's keynote.


If you missed it the first time around, try to watch him when CNN or CSPAN repeats the coverage later tonight.

an excerpt )


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