Saturday, January 26, 2008

Obama wins South Carolina

Via Yahoo News

Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.
Pardon me a moment of self-indulgence here.

Here's a link to Caroline Kennedy's op-ed, A President Like My Father.

Update: Hat tip to Alan for posting a link to Obama's victory speech. (Speeches by the other candidates, of both parties, can be seen at that link.)

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Open Thread

Image courtesy of the Brick Testament

I've added some new shared items (including a couple about Hillary's recent stunt) here.

Update: Watch for South Carolina primary results here, after 7 p.m. Eastern time on January 26.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

VPR interview with the guy who is previewing the Dean movie

in Burlington and Montpelier next week.

VT Edition Interview: Heath Eiden on his film "Dean and Me: Roadshow of an American Primary"

Four years ago, when Howard Dean's presidential campaign was heating up, Stowe resident Heath Eiden grabbed his camera and hit the campaign trail alongside the candidate. What he captured during those tumultuous weeks is now collected in a documentary, "Dean and Me: Roadshow of an American Primary. " Eiden spoke with VPR's Jane Lindholm about the film and about what he learned on the campaign trail.

Here are more details. Wish we Floridians could see it. I will supposedly get a DVD later because of our early on donation to Heath. Jealous.

Two Very Special Sneak Previews In Vermont

Jan. 26, Sat., 11am @ THE SAVOY in Montpelier, VT

Jan. 27, Sun., 11am@ THE ROXY in Burlington, VT

In the spirit of the Dean Movement we ask for a small donation ($10 or what you think it's worth).

Heath has been working on this movie about the Dean campaign since the campaign ended. A lot of us donated toward it, and he keeps in touch. Check out this post at the Vermont Daily Briefing. The movie is almost ready to roll out...with previews in Vermont.

Vermont Daily Briefing post about Dean and Me

Instead I get to be in this state and listen to the all the media blitz when Hillary wins the non-countable primary here next Tuesday. I get to watch all the local news and read the local media presenting only one side.

I am very tired of it, and I am very tired of politics in general.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Open Thread (with puppies)

My mom is about to get one of these puppies, or one of their siblings--all I know for sure is that it will be a yellow male, and his name is Bart--to raise for Canine Companions for Independence. I think he's arriving at the CCI branch in central Ohio this Friday.

By the way, Haloscan is having some serious issues today. No idea what the problem is, but no, you weren't imagining it.

Update: In fact, I have now tried about a half dozen times to post a comment saying "New thread", to no avail. Anyway, I tried.

Another update--I've gone ahead and made a Blogger comment thread for this post, since Haloscan is currently not working here, nor is it working at Americablog, which also uses Haloscan commenting.

Good night, everyone.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Dean: "We have been here before in this country"

Yes, I know. I am doing it again. Posting something Dean said. But I am in a real funk right now with my vote not counting because our Florida Democrats tried to be Big Shots. And to make matters worse, the party leaders here are insulting, the press is obnoxious, and the Florida bloggers are mostly silent. So it is an irritating time for hubby and me.

To make matters even more annoying the attacks on him in Florida will get worse as the primary nears on January 29. I dread it.

And besides his words still give me hope. It was a time of hope for many of us...we thought we could make a real difference. The time was not right then, and the country continues on its sharp right turn.

Dean's speech when he left the race...February 18, 2004, in Burlington

DEAN: Change is difficult. You cannot expect people with great privileges taken at the expense of ordinary working people to surrender them lightly. But the history of humanity is that determined people will overcome obstacles.

And we will overcome the problems that this country is facing as a result of George W. Bush and as a result of a Washington establishment that has forgotten who sent them there.


Some of you have been on the road with me or have seen the speeches have heard this before, but it's true. We have been here before in this country. When William McKinley was president, enormous trusts were put together which made it impossible for ordinary Americans to start their own business, make any money without enormous pressure from those trusts, which destroyed their business.

Teddy Roosevelt came along, busted up the trusts and made it possible to earn a living for ordinary Americans and small businesses again.

Under Harding and Coolidge and Hoover, Calvin Coolidge said, The business of America is business, but (he) forgot that human beings are not meant to be cogs in an enormous government corporate machine; that we are spiritual people who need connections and have to have community again.

Franklin Roosevelt came along and took America back for ordinary working people again.

A great part of that speech that day, which unfortunately was not to come to pass that year...still is funny.

My favorite, however, is this one. In 1824, John Quincy Adams, the son of a one-term president, John Adams...


... beat Andrew Jackson of Tennessee in an election where Andrew Jackson received more votes.

It was decided in Congress by one vote, electing John Quincy Adams as president.

In 1828, four years later, John Quincy Adams became the one-term son of a one-term president.


Unfortunately, the Little Emperor Bush was a two term guy.

Ah, what might have been.

The full speech in Burlington that day.

Announcement of end of campaign

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Happy Former President Bush Day

I know, I know. I really wish we could push that eject button today instead of waiting another year. But, hang in there, world.

And, a lot of us are really really sorry about this whole Bush fiasco. He never should have even been allowed one term, and somehow we let him have two? I know a lot of you had to be wondering what was wrong with us. Well, it's almost over now--just one more revolution of the earth around the sun. And we're going to try really hard not to do anything that stupid again

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