This is interesting…

Story here.

Website here.

What do you think?

Passing it on

Amuirin posted this yesterday.  I thought I’d take a turn at passing it along.  It’s a good message.  You might want to follow up by reading what Amuirin had to say.  She put it so much better than I ever could.

Four years ago the people of Ohio, then a red state, passed a sweeping version of intolerance.  I don’t know what it is that people are so afraid of when it comes to gay marriage.  Perhaps if the intolerant people who vote for such bans spent more time living their own lives, paying attention to their own relationships, and treating others as they wish to be treated, they’d have less time and inclination for thinking about taking away the basic rights of others.

Then again, if they were that enlightened, they wouldn’t be voting for this kind of thing.

Just wondering

Why is it the Republican Party thinks it’s ok to sue the Ohio Democratic secretary of state in an effort to possibly purge some voters from the rolls, but when that same Democratic secretary of state looks into phone calls linked back to the Republican Party, it’s a “partisan witch hunt”?

Oh never mind.  I suppose it all depends on which side of the fence you’re standing.

My phone is ringing off the hook today.  Just about everybody is checking in, from professional athletes to famous actors and actresses.  It’s amazing how popular we are in Ohio.

It’ll be a relief to get past election day and have something else to talk about.

ACORN response

Something to think about.

Another blip:  Some voters ‘purged’ from voter rolls

Another blip

Just a quick follow-up to a story I linked to in a previous post.


(Izzy, looking a little puzzled. October 2008.)

Political/U.S. government stuff

Via David, whose blog I believe is still private and so I can’t link to him here (but want to say thanks!), I was led to The Third Eve’s explanation of the bailout.  Worth taking the time to read.

My opinion stuff

I’ve had enough of the political ads.  Enough.  I’m tired of the mudslinging, the scare tactics, and the angelic looks and music that follow the dark and evil descriptions of the opponent.  Rather than point fingers (isn’t there some saying about how when you point your finger at someone else, the rest of your fingers are pointing back at you?), why not stand up and tell me what YOU plan to do if voted into office?

I wish I could say (and mean it) that I won’t vote for anyone who uses these tactics in their ads.  Unfortunately, that would mean I’d be unable to vote for anyone at all.

I may start taping any television shows I watch just so I can fast-forward through the obnoxious, stinky swamp of political commercials.  Or just stop watching television completely.  It’s pretty much a vast wasteland anyhow.

Primary Day

It’s primary day here in the Bogs. The Bogs being located in Ohio means we’ve once again found ourselves bombarded with television ads, telephone calls, mail, and visits from the candidates.

The phone was practically ringing off the hook yesterday. People calling on behalf of Hillary and Barack, recorded messages from Hillary and Barack (who have suddenly become our new best friends even if we haven’t actually met them), and the usual offers to drive us to the polls if we don’t have a way of getting there.

I’ll be glad when today is over. I don’t like wishing my life away, but I do want to wish all this campaigning away. In a state where so many people are jobless, without decent health care, and where education is underfunded, I find it disgusting that all this money is being spent on ads when it could be put to better use. If it were up to me, there would be no more campaign advertising. People would have to learn about the candidates by meeting them, by watching or listening to the debates or the speeches given when they visit the state (which of course would require an overhaul of the media so that everyone has access to this stuff), and by reading about them.

But, you know, it isn’t up to me.

I can’t recall ever wanting to vote for a candidate based on their advertising campaign. In fact, I’ve been turned off of candidates based on television ads (negative attack ads, etc.), but never turned on. A candidate who spent their money trying to make the changes they yammer on about would impress me more than all this advertising.

The weather didn’t start out well for today’s voting. We had icy rain for a while. I think it’s pretty much settled down now. The storm wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted although flooding will still be a problem. I’m happy to report that, so far, there’s no flooding in our basement. With the snow melt and the heavy rains, I thought it might flood again. It’s still a possibility I’m hoping won’t come to fruition.

I’ll be going out later to vote. I meant to go early, but didn’t wake up (from a very heavy sleep) until 8:00am. The lines are usually pretty long in the evenings. Ah well. It’ll give me more time to think about who I’m going to cast my vote for in the Democratic primary. I still haven’t made up my mind, ads or no ads.