Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy 2009

It's been a long 8 years of bad governing....but in a few weeks we have a new president and the opportunity to straighten out this country and reclaim our good profile in the world by doing good deeds...

[and a chance to get my plumbing fixed :D]

Here's a fun video that recaps 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Shoe Game

This is fun. We can all throw shoes at mad king george :D

Shoes and Palin are the gifts that keep giving this holiday season....

Happy Chanukkah - just one candle late....

Saturday, December 20, 2008

What a Week!

My ranting this week was at the weather and the plumbing configuration [looked like tinker toys] that created frozen pipes, burst pipes and a temporary fix that leaves me with running water only in the bathroom.. But that's better than the day of no water at all.

I have learned that the person who remodeled this house years ago - and is a pretty nice guy - remodels with whatever materials he has on's cheaper. Unfortunately plastic pipes that are too small with too many T's and L's and various connectors freeze when hit by an arctic blast.

When warmer weather rolls around, a major fix using one piece larger diameter pipes, well insulated and all that is on the schedule. It's no fun for anyone to play plumber when hands and fingers are working inches above a cold river :D

Thankfully the day the temporary fix got done was the one warmish day this week. Hate to think of trekking to a neighbor for a hot shower when we have 6 or more inches of snow on the decks - although I did that for a laundry chore this AM when the snow was only a dusting.

I am thankful I have great neighbors and that river living produces good friendships - when the possibility of serious weather related issues is high, like this week, everyone helps out everyone else and though I was stressed as were some others - no one got bent out of shape about anyone's stress levels...I am so glad I live here.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

George W. Bush's Nightmare Before Christmas

From Brave New Films

FYI: to non-profit public interest groups seeking interns at no cost

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) continues its successful program to fund law students who work full-time at public interest law jobs during the summer. Every year, our students are hard at work, providing thousands of hours of service through such groups as the ACLU, the DC and Maryland Public Defender Service, Neighborhood Legal Services, the DC Office of the Attorney General, and many others. Last summer, a record 50 students took part!

If you work for a non-profit public interest organization, government agency, or in the judicial system, and would like a UDC-DCSL student to work for you full-time this summer, AT NO COST TO YOU,

Please join us for the:

Equal Justice Works Summer Public Interest Job Fair Tuesday, February 10, 2009: 12:15 pm 1:45 pm UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Room 205, Building 39, (Second Floor) 4200 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008 Red Line: Van Ness/UDC; Parking under campus off Van Ness St.)

Facts About the Summer Fellowship Program

1) Qualifying organizations include non-profit groups that serve public interest purposes, local and federal government agencies and judges and judicial organizations. The organizations can be in the District of Columbia or elsewhere in the United States. International placements may qualify. Individuals or others seeking legal assistance, private law firms and for-profit organizations do not qualify. If you are unsure whether you qualify, please check with Ms. Bauman, the career services director.

2) If your organization has not previously participated, you will need to provide additional information for consideration. Contact Ms. Bauman.

3) Positions must be legal in nature and the student must be directly supervised by an attorney.

4) All first-year law students are eligible for the stipend. If funds are available, upper class students may be eligible.

5) Students must provide a minimum of 400 hours work, to be completed by the end of the summer. They are paid a stipend of up to $3000 by the DC School of Law Foundation. Supervising attorneys provide a mid-term and final evaluation of the student, as well as certify student time records.

4) There is no cost to participating host organizations, but if it chooses, the host organization may supplement the stipend with its own funds.

The Fellowship Fair

Group representatives set up tables, meet with law students, and have lunch! There is no cost to attend.


Please send your Tiffany Hagwood, at, Please be SURE to include the name of the person attending, your organization, street/mailing address, phone, fax and email, and your organization's web site. Please also attach your written internship description. If you would like to be placed on the guest parking pass list for the school garage, at a cost to you of $3.50 rather than $8.00, please let Ms. Hagwood know by COB February 3.

And - whether or not you can attend, we have a brand new way to post jobs! Please use our new job/internship site at

Please feel free to forward this announcement to your colleagues!

All the best for a happy and healthy New Year,

Dena R. Bauman
Director, Career Services
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Building 38, Room 237
Washington DC 20008
Ph. 202-274-5722
Fx: 202-274-5583
To post a job, internship and other employment opportunities for our students and graduates, please go to

Monday, December 15, 2008

Beware Big Pharmas and Ghost Writers

From the New York Times
Wyeth’s Use of Medical Ghostwriters Questioned

Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company, paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favorable to its hormone replacement therapy Prempro, according to Congressional letters seeking more information about the company’s involvement in medical ghostwriting. At least one article was published even after a federal study found the drug raised the risk of breast cancer.
Full article:

I won't belabor my anti-big pharma feelings but let's say I am not the least surprised by this. Pay someone to write nice stuff - hmmm...good idea - except this is not some Hollywood star using a ghost writer but a company whose products can [and do] KILL you...and in fact they used a ghost writer after knowing that an HRT drug increased the risk of breast cancer.

Nice people these suits at Wyeth - "profits above all" is the motto for most corporations..

Message to users of the products? "We don't care about you at all - except for - buy buy buy our stuff - we only like your wallet."

Shrub- the artful dodger

Mr. Shrub - the most disliked pResident in our history - is a good dodger.

He dodged "real" service while in the Texas Guard.

He dodged many losses in school and business [too many to list] by using family ties and bullying.

He dodged a loss in a presidential election by having his cadre go to the Supreme court to anoint him.

He dodged another election by having his Ohio gang rig that state's election.

And the other day he dodged a shoe :D

What is your favorite shrub dodge? Comment below...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Politics Never Ends

I laugh when my friends ask me why I am still so busy with meetings and such since the election is over!

For too many - politics is a once every 2 or 4 year event - and they see the in-between periods as lulls. But for many of these persons there is no connect of the personal to politics and I mentioned the disconnect in an earlier post:

So on we go with meetings and planning - for our February fundraising event, for recruiting more PCPs, for parties where we connect not only with each other but with those whom we can interest in the process...

Because politics never ends!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Prop 8 - the musical

Leviticus [Vayikra] is one of the meanest books in the bible. Why some religions opt to pick and choose which prohibitions they will try to have us all live with is mind-boggling....We had this argument in Vermont when it passed the civil union law and will be argued in each state as they come to grips with civil unions and/or gay marriage.

Here is the best funny take I have seen on this topic!

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Human Service Need High- Cash Low

Yesterday I went to an advocacy planning meeting - for human services in the rough financial seas ahead.

We heard from groups concerned with or represent children, seniors, the environment, disabilities, the poor and others who rely on the vast social service networks. All these groups have clients who now need services and see their client list growing by the day! In the face of that growing need - we are facing a huge budget deficit here in Oregon and I presume in all 50 sates and the District of Columbia. It is not pretty - in fact it can be depressing ugly - but we know we need to keep looking ahead and being hopeful that a new administration in D.C. will offer some hope and help - but it will not be immediate.

In bad times more people need social services.
In bad times governments cut social service funds.

That's the ongoing quagmire faced across this country right now!

Food banks are empty as people who used to donate now need the food themselves.
Lost jobs means more need food stamps.
More kids meet the requirement for free school lunch programs and those programs are either even funded or get less money now.

More seniors need help with food, medicine, emergency money for taxes and utility bills and those funds are the same as in previous years or less - with more people meeting the criteria for those funds.

ASk your state why is that the most vulnerable among us are the ones who are made more vulnerable in bad financial times? Do we not value our seniors or children? Why are they rarely or never top priority budget items?

Find out what decisions are being made in your state that affect seniors and children and call your state and federal reps and senators to make your voice heard..

And get involved with your local advocacy groups...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Recession anyone?

Today it was announced that we are officially in a recession and have been for a what happened? the stock market tanked!

I felt like DUH!

Why is this news to any thinking person? We all know we are in recession...

Are we so stuck on an idea that we can't trust our own brains and need to hear stuff from others before we believe it?

And why is our country ruled by the stock market? It's been an obsession of late...

Wall Street is an artifact: it can be manipulated - it's ruled by emotions and power and has little to do with real lives!

And stocks going up and down doesn't create needed jobs or raise salaries...stocks don't hire !

For Portland People

A good friend of mine has been involved with helping Mustafa Abed - the Iraqi boy who was seriously hurt by a US Air raid in Fallujah. Mustafa came to Portland for surgery and a prosthetic limb. It's been difficult and expensive and the organizers are still fundraising.

Mustafa and his father return to Iraq on Wednesday but the group still needs money for ongoing support and care

Here is the next event...try to go

Fund Raising Soup Kitchen

Saturday, Dec 6th
11:00 AM to 3:00PM AND 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
$15.00 per person ~ Kids free
At Bonnie and Jim’s house
7112 SW 53rd PDX
Come anytime: 11AM to 3 PM or 6 to 9 PM
Please RSVP at: 503-245-2167

Bring friends and relations

Wonderful food~Fresh baked bread
Raffle~Silent auction (incredible items)
(Also, beautiful Guatemalan crafts for sale to benefit “Los Romeritos”, children’s day shelter in Guatemala City.)

No more victims website HERE

Oregon Food Drive

You've probably seen the reports: Local food pantry stocks are running low and need is at an all time high. Food requests and lines to obtain staples have dramatically increased nationwide. At a family owned Colorado farm, an announcement that neighbors could come and get unharvested vegetables turned into a 40,000 person event.

In Oregon, we have achieved the sad distinction of becoming number 3 on the list of states where citizens are most affected by hunger and food insecurity.

The Multnomah County Democrats, in conjunction with the Democratic Party of Oregon and County Parties statewide, ask you to help address this critical problem. And unlike the economy itself, this is something upon which we can have an immediate, positive impact.

Please donate generously to local food banks. A variety of donation options are available:

1. Choose a location from the Oregon Food bank List:

2. Make a monetary donation to the Oregon Food Bank

3. Drop off a donation at the Democratic Party of Oregon/Mult Dems Office at 232 NE 9th in Portland. You can drop off donations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 503-224-8200 for more information.

4. Every time you are at the grocery store, Look for that food barrel and put something in it. Tens of thousands of Oregonians need your help. Don't just pass it up.

5. Finally, the Multnomah Democratic Party, recognizing that hunger is a problem throughout the year, will collect food donations year-round at Party meetings and gatherings. Our next Mult Dems meeting is 7pm, Thursday, Dec 11, at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th. Guests and friends are always welcome..

Thank You,

KC Hanson


Multnomah County Democrats

PS: Here is what the Oregon Food Bank says about making the most of your food donations:

Most wanted foods

Oregon Food Bank needs these nutritious foods:

canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)

canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)

peanut butter

canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)

pasta, rice, cereal

canned fruits

100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).

Oregon Food Bank can't use:? To ensure food safety, we cannot use:

rusty or unlabeled cans

perishable items

homemade items

noncommercial canned or packaged items

alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda

open or used items

PLEASE NOTE: If you donate glass products, please box or bag them separately and label the box or bag "GLASS" on all sides.

Why both food and funds matter:? Food drives provide some of the healthiest and highest-quality food we receive. Food donations also provide a direct connection between donors and people who are hungry.

Cash donations keep our freezers running and our trucks on the road. They also support innovative programs that address the root causes of hunger through advocacy and public education.

Oregon Food Bank makes efficient use of cash donations.

Every dollar you donate enables Oregon Food Bank to collect and distribute 5 pounds of food through its food distribution program.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Portland's Moment to Remember

I finally got to the video I took on election night...tho almost a month later it still feels like it happened yesterday !

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

A day of giving thanks for many things:

our country will have a new president come January 20th!

my son is happy

I have good friends offline and online

I am healthy

I live in Portland

I see ducks like this

Ah and that soon it’s time to go and eat with many of those friends mentioned above....yummmm

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


After saying I'll write about Chicago - I did not - was too busy helping elect a Chicago person!

I thought I knew much about Chicago and maybe I did - but had forgotten. Walking around Chicago and going to the Chicago History Museum [] made me do lots of thinking about the importance of Chicago to our country...

As my son has lived there for ages and shares my sense of history - he filled me in on many things Chicago...past and it was a info packed few days that I spent post my meeting.

Chicago has been the home of many top notch thinkers like John Dewey, social organizers like Jane Addams, gangsters like Al Capone, architects who built the first skyscrapers, jazz musicians, manufacturers, and so many more I forget again. But a day in the museum was like a time travel trip for me - I had not remembered that so so much had Chicago origins.

Having grown up in New York, I know that cities have had major roles in the development of what was important in the USA. I know - small towns and farms are important too - but in different ways - and I can not personally speak for small town contributions.. The one I most recently lived in produced Esty Organs and that to me is not the same as a skyscraper or educational thinkers or presidents. Admittedly I have a big city bias - it's in the genes :D

Here are some photos of Chicago

A comment led me to this blog:
Check it out for more chicago info.

Three-Year Full-Tuition Advocate for Justice Scholarships

From the David Clark School of Law website:

Three-Year Full-Tuition Advocate for Justice Scholarships

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) will offer up to 20 three-year full-tuition Advocate for Justice Scholarships each year, beginning with members of the class entering in Fall 2008. The award of these scholarships will be based equally upon the Scholarship Selection Committee's evaluation of applicants' academic talent and their proven commitment as advocates for justice. Toward this end, the Committee will consider applicants' undergraduate and graduate fields of study; grades; LSAT scores; publications; academic, personal and professional recommendations; as well as evidence of their professional experiences, community service and other pertinent information.

For more info go here:

I went to the DC School of Law when it was the re-birth of Antioch [back in 1988] It's changed and it's can contact me for info

EPA - carbon dioxide comments needed by Friday!

Friday is the last day to voice your opinion on whether the EPA -- the Environmental Protection Agency -- should regulate carbon dioxide pollution, the primary cause of the climate crisis. This is a big deal.

The EPA is taking public comment, before making a ruling.

Of course, special interests -- like the oil and coal lobbies -- are working overtime to defeat a positive ruling and have already gotten thousands of comments submitted in opposition.

Most people don't know about this opportunity for public comment, so your voice can make a real difference. And with a new president in the White House, it's likely that someone will actually be listening. Submit your public comment to the EPA here:

In April 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate
carbon dioxide if it is harming our health and welfare. After more than a year of delay, the EPA is finally now requesting public comments on whether carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants are endangering our health and our climate.

Join us, and send a message about how crucial it is to reduce harmful
carbon dioxide pollution. That you expect the EPA to use its powers to protect our health and welfare. That we can "Repower America" by using energy sources that don't emit carbon dioxide, and make the switch to 100% clean electricity. And that the solutions to the climate crisis are the same ones needed to address our economic and security challenges.

This is our chance to go on the public record -- all the comments will be posted on the EPA's website.

For nearly eight years, the Bush administration has done nothing to address the growing threats we face from global warming. Hurricanes are getting stronger, the North polar icecap is melting, and we've suffered through intense droughts, floods and killer heat waves.

The deadline is November 28th. Let's help end the era of delay.


Cathy Zoi

Comment by going to the site and finding the EPA link

Monday, November 24, 2008

Georgia Senate Race

The Georgia race has gone to a run off with the election on December 2. Turnout is critical for electing Jim Martin - a good person..

Here is his latest ad.

If you have a mybarackobama site you can get a list of people to call in Georgia. If you dont have that site - get one and make's for a good person...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Did you forget what today is the anniversary of?

Admittedly I did - until I read this online..

It's the 45th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.

For years I recalled the day and time and the exact feelings of that moment - where I was and who I was with....but now I forgot what day it happened. It's no longer front page news anywhere that I can see. [I saw it as a small mention on a blog.]

We are consumed with the in-coming administration and the guessing game about who gets what post...In this atmosphere it's even odder that we all collectively, it seems, forgot about JFK - weird - because for me and many others of my age the Obama campaign and the feeling of hope and a future is a reminder of what the Kennedy years brought..

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Time to Seriously Plan Ahead

There are DEMS and there are dems...

Having a D after your name no longer provides a safe haven! The 2008 election is behind us and many here in Multnomah County Oregon and across the country are thinking about 2010 and 2012. There are dems we might have voted for this time while holding our noses...or while selecting the lesser of two evils...

But now that we have time to's time to find candidates to run against and beat the dems who are not DEMS!

Nationwide today there begins a move to replace the dems who rewarded Lieberman for his support of McCain by allowing him to remain as chair of an important committee.

Locally we have dems who do nothing and keep expecting our support.. NO more...this election we learned again that we the people can actually do something...and we will!

The Senate in D.C. is an old boys club even with some women in it...The female senators begin to act like the men - it's all about power and staying in D.C. Is your Senator one who rewarded Lieberman? If so start thinking about finding a would-be candidate who actually listens to YOU! It's not that hard..They abound in all states...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Make An Impact

Join the Impact now!Last Tuesday night was a bitter-sweet celebration. We came together to witness the first black man who will become our president, yet watched in sadness as Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, and California all voted down equal rights for all citizens.

This is not a four-state issue. This is an issue of equality across America. Stand up and make your voice heard! Visit the main to learn more, or read our mission statement.

If your city/town/space is not listed - form your own protest and post it on the site!

Here is the list of known events: h

Watch Rachel explain why Joe must GO!

 I am so so glad we have Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another in the long list of "who coulda known?"

Gee - the bailout person, Paulson, who told us the world would fall apart if he did not get his way and get billions to purchase "troubled assets" from banks.

Well golly gee - he's changed his mind....[in my weird head he's figuring a way to get   Haliburton involved]

That's a quick turn-around for something that was so necessary he and shrub were crying chicken little the sky is falling!

The sky did not fall and it was never going to...Paulson just wanted the money to do with as he wished - and now he wishes something different..and maybe next week he'll figure out another way to spend our money on his best buds.

Can January 20th please come tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Public Interest Law

I went to the DC School of Law when it was the re-birth of Antioch - 1988-1991.  It's different and better than when I was there - and, of course, it also costs more :-).  You can learn more about the school at this upcoming open house. 
University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
Building 39, 2nd Floor
fall Law Day - Open House 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
10:00am – 2:30pm
9:30 – 10:00am Registration, Coffee & Pastries
Classroom Main Lobby & Mailbox Area
10:00 – 10:05am Welcome/Professor Introduction
Shelley Broderick, Dean – Room 201
10:05 – 11:00am Class Simulation
“Police Chases, Assaults & Constitutional Law”  
                                              Professor Tom Mack – Room 201                                             
11:00 – 12:15pm Student Panel
“Tips for Thriving in Law School ”
Kevin Hill – 3rd Year Student, Panel Moderator
Jennie Fein, 3rd Year Student    Rosemary Larry, 2nd Year Student
Brandon Atwater, 2nd Year Student      Christina Bui, 1st Year Student
Sharonda Jackson, 1st Year Student – Room 201
12:15 – 1:00pm Lunch
Faculty Study & Room 201
(Door Prizes & Tours)
1:00 – 1:45pm LSAT Strategy Session – Princeton Review
Princeton Review Representative – Room TBD
1:00 – 2:30pm Financial Aid Counseling
 Nailah Williams, Director of Financial Aid – Room TBD
1:00 – 2:30pm Admission Information & Advice Sessions
Vivian W. Canty, Assistant Dean of Admission – Room TBD
Donald D. Pritchett Jr., Assistant Director of Admission – Room TBD
RSVP: Donald Pritchett:

Want a Job in the Obama Administration?

The president elect has a site with a short form for expressing interest.

Go here:

In a few days you get an email with a link for a "more complete" application.

And here is a video to keep you smiling - I keep singing and humming this myself :-)


Friday, November 07, 2008

Moments to Remember

 There are days and events that we recall forever - I think this is one of them!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

To D.C.-ers

If you are [or will be] in D.C. on November 14th - here's an invite for you!

Friday, November 14, 6 to 10 pm

Eco/Justice Café !

Featuring music, poetry, an open mike session, good food, good beer, good people, good cheer, good info and good karma.

AND a special "Fireside Chat" with progressive businessman Andy Shallal of Busboys and Poets!

In addition, enjoy The 4.0 Lounge, (with pool and ping pong tables, chess and checkers, internet connections and more!) and an Eco/Justice Video Screening room at the Anonymy Studio!

University of DC, Firebird Inn, Van Ness/UDC Red Line West exit

Building 39, B-Level, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20008, Wheelchair Accessible

Suggested donation $15/ $10 students/$5 kids

Food and drink included. All ages event; child activities provided – and powered by kids!


An Eco/Justice BAZAAR will feature environmental and social justice organizations and businesses.

Co-sponsors and Eco / Justice Bazaar Participants: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Office of Admissions and Community Development Clinic, DC Environmental Network--Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club Energy Committee, DC Department of Public Works Recycling Office, DC Employment Justice Center, National Council of Women's Organizations, Young Ladies of Tomorrow, Community IT Innovators, Washington Peace Center, Ecolocity DC, Can Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition (Free DC), Stop Modern Slavery, Capital Sun Group, Community Forklift, Live Green, Bethesda Green, DC Statehood Green Party, Progressive Democrats of America, Peoples MEDIA Center, Green Earth Coalition, Heavier Octaves Radio

Hosted by the University of the District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law, the District's public interest law school. For more information on the law school full-tuition three-year Advocate for Justice Scholarships, go to


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Congrats Nick and Greg

Nick Kahl and Greg Matthews are 2 of the hardest working campaigners that I met this year - from the primary through to yesterday!

They both won their House seats - and in East County!

Way to go to make Multnomah a better county for all!

YES WE DID - we certainly DID!

YES!   WE!    DID!

This is a few seconds after 8PM PST when we at the Oregon Convention Center knew that the closing of our polls out just put Obama over the 270 electoral votes!

It was a madhouse - but such a joyous joyful mad house.

Got Obama's message this morning:
I'm about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.
We just made history.

And I don't want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing...

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,

My Chicago family was at Grant Park for this historic moment in history!

[and I still get weepy about the enormity of what we just accomplished]

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Getting Ready to PARTY in Oregon!!!

But 1st a funny - today at 3:38PM [PST] I got a robo call from - TA DA - the repugs!

[The phone is a business phone so they must have figured I was one of them - UGH]

Here's to a landslide of blue tonight - polls are closing back East and I'm getting nervous - optimistically son lives in Chicago - Illinois is NOT nervous :-)

Tomorrow we wake up to the start of a new America....

One voice; one person - it all matters!

We, individually, can change the world! Our voices matter!

Margaret Mead said this too and it's a quote I often use:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Today is THE Day

I'm going to be busy today and won't be around my computer all that much - so here is what MSNBC says is a way to keep tabs on the country....

Hope you are all busy today too..make calls, text your friends to get out and vote for Obama, in Oregon bug your neighbors to turn in their ballots to a drop box or the county election office - do what you can - we are all in this together!

MSNBC is not always correct on poll closings - so don't rely on this - some states have different closing times within the state - check with your county and precinct if you still need to vote and see when your voting place closes!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

How to Spot Dirty Voting/Voter Tricks

A video on how r's try to stop d's from voting! 

Be alert!  Be prepared - bring a cell phone and stand up for your voting rights!

My sentiments exactly

Election Protection Videos for "Swing" States

The Obama campaign has a  collection of videos for swing states - so you can know your voting guidelines, what to bring, hours, etc.....

I wonder why?

I was just looking at today's candidates schedules and see that Michelle is with Barack and Jill is with Joe.

I'm slow on the thought process this year [:-)] but I really just had that AHA moment about the fact that Jill and Michelle have had their own campaign schedules since the convention.

As they have young kids they were not on the campaign trail every day - but they were on the trail lots...and NOT as arm candy - but as the actual campaigner who gave a speech. We did not see or hear of all these speeches but we would have if either had made a big gaffe. So clearly Michelle and Jill were excellent spokespeople for the campaign.

That's what made me wonder why we get Cindy and the First Dude only as arm candy? They are never speaking on behalf of the campaign. In fact the First Dude never speaks and Cindy is only allowed to speak only until John cuts off her mid-sentence or mid-thought. [And she has said nothing of late.]

My conclusion? The repugs love arm candy in the form of trophy wives and trophy husbands and trophy veep choices. Like Faux Noise - repugs love to sell sex - but for this campaign it leaves them with only 2 persons who can rev up the "base." Hmm .... the base base?

The dems have 4 solid people who can speak English, have ideas and do not need to be silenced by spouses or campaigns...

Tells you something about values - does it not?????

cross posted as a diary at dailykos

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Sarah Palin pranked. If this is true...IT IS!

what does it say about her egotism that she really thinks the French President is calling to chat with her?


[tnx to dailykos]

A prank by a Canadian comedy duo in Montreal......

update - it is true...she's so self absorbed she giggled thru it - not listening to the "errors"

I just heard on MSNBC that the call took a few days to set up - I thought she said she had foreign policy experience - she did not know how to verify who the callers were????? And her staff did not know?

My guess is that she did not tell McSame or the campaign this was happening...she's on her own and now we see what "her own" is - it's a disaster...[the alaska disasta] you betcha

Halloween at N/NE Portland Obama-land

4 days to go and the place is hopping!

People of all shapes, sizes, ages and colors are here to get out the vote, drop off a ballot, sell swag, make phone calls....

or just dropping in because it's such a neat place to hang out!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sarah Palin spoofs

Enjoy this last weekend of electoral politics [for a while at least :-)]

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Funny - but scary! Get every voter out to vote!!!

Click on the video to watch - this is "my" version...

You can customize it and send it to your friends or post it on your blog, etc.

PS - we vote by mail in Oregon and mine is already at "election central :-)"

Monday, October 27, 2008

Obama in Ohio

Watch and be inspired! Actually watch it a few times and then some more!

It's about HOPE!!!!! [and the future of our country!]

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Multnomah County Oregon Voters

Here is a link to ballot drop off sites:

Vote early - avoid getting the nagging phone calls about your ballot:-)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Obama Supports Merkley

No matter what GS says - Obama and Wyden support Jeff Merkley...

Here is an ad Obama made for Jeff

It's Hard to Rant Today :-)

It's also hard to not smirk, smile with glee or jump for joy!
[I will contain myself and keep plugging away for Dems until Nov 4th!]
Why can I not rant ?
All those R's coming out to say they support Obama! [See]
All those R's who are moving down in the polls against D's.
All those R's acting like rats leaving the proverbial skinkign hisp and sendin out heri resumes!
All those R's seeing thier "emire" crumbl beofre them!
I'll repeat Ozymandias here [from a May post] as it is SO SO fitting today!

Here is Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
And among the last lines of Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
And his burp shook the Throne of the King!
We Dems have burped - and we Dems have shook the throne of mad king george and all the R's.

I wish them a hasty departure from Washington and I hope they never return except for trials!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Why Bloggers Rock!

Up in Washington, Darcy Burner is running against an incumbent R - [ I won't give him any name recognition here.]

The local "news" paper came out screaming that Darcy lied about her Harvard degree.  She didn't [Harvard has oddities no other college has] and this was most likely a faux noise/R campaign to discredit her.

But - as I've said before - I'm a psychologist and when R's start saying "someone did that" - it usually means they are projecting their own whatever onto someone else.

Well in this case - the R DOES NOT have the degree he said he had - and he quickly re-did his congressional page [oops]

So the R was caught in his own projection!!!

Your Right to Vote

From the ACLU - a state by state voter's right guide....

check out your state and be prepared!

Anti-American Congresspeople

I am not a journalist but I thought I'd take Michelle Bachmann up on her suggestion to do some investigating into anti-American Congresspeople.

I'll start with my definition of anti-American.

1. People who do not believe in free speech or who never read the Constitution.
2. People who not understand what the role of the vice president is.
3. People who name call and us divisive tactics.
4. People who are proud of their party's sleaze campaign.

add you own criteria in the comments...

Who fits this definition? My list starts here.......and this is just off the top of my head

MN Rep. Michelle Bachmann
AK Sarah Palin [I know - she's not in congress]
N.C. Rep. Robin Hayes
AZ Sen. John McCain

add your own in the comments

Be Inspired

This is why I love this man...he "gets" what is America...

This is Barack in Richmond Virginia.

While this is his opponent being "proud" of vile slime put out by the repugs!

And thanks to DailyKos for alerting me to both clips!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To Portland Oregon Readers

From Democracy for America
This Wednesday, October 22nd local Democracy for America members will be gathering for an Emergency Volunteer Action event for Jeff Merkley.

You are encouraged to forward this email to NON – DFA members and to bring a friend.

With your help, local Portland area Democracy for America members will help put Jeff Merkley over the top and deliver 60 Senate seats for Sen. Obama.

RSVP Online at:

Event Date: Wed. Oct 22, 2008
Event Time: 6:00 PM PDT
Venue Name:

Forward Oregon Campaign Offices
3016 SE Division St, Portland

Come find out how you can help Jeff and Sen. Obama’s campaign in the last two weeks!

If you cannot attend; we are still counting on your help for Jeff and Sen. Obama’s campaign. Sign-up to volunteer here:

Thank you for all that you do! –AQ

Adam Quinn
Field Director (In Oregon for the election)

More giggles about: Aw shucks - it's Sarah

Click on everything in the room and click on the door many times....

Palin As President

Oregon Ballot Measures

I got my ballot yesterday and am taking it to a drop box today..

In spite of what the Oregonian and have said about ballot measures - our mantra has been as below - the 1st 4 and no more. Bill Sizemore and his out of state moneyman should not be telling Oregonians how to live! If it's a Sizemore or other non-legislative initiative - it's generally safest and less expensive to just say NO.....

Here is a blurb from Defend Oregon.....

Ballot Measures Made Easy!
Now that ballots have arrived, it's time to start marking in your votes on the 2008 state ballot measures. Just in time, the 2008 Defend Oregon Voter Guide has arrived to make those decisions easy. Click here to download the pdf.

Several of the state's most prominent organizations have weighed in on the measures, and their position is listed on each measure. The groups in the voter guide include Oregon PTA, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, and League of Women Voters of Oregon.

Defend Oregon's position is simple and straightforward: On Measures 54 through 64, Vote for the FIRST FOUR AND NO MORE. Help spread the word and this valuable voter's guide to all your friends!

The stakes on these ballot measures are so high that it's vital all Oregonians understand the impact they would have. Don't let your friends be fooled by Racketeer Bill Sizemore!

Do You Love Making Phone Calls [or even if you don't :-)]

There are many ways you can help the Obama campaign from your own home...

True Majority is having a phone call evening this Thursday - 2 hours of calling people in Colorado.

You can sign up below - and yes they have training....

I'll post other from home calling info as I get them....

McCain and Social Security

From today's The Progress Report

McCAIN HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO CUT MEDICARE SPENDING: Speaking to the Wall Street Journal this month, Holtz-Eakin claimed that "the campaign has always planned to fund the tax credits, in part, with savings from Medicare and Medicaid." Though Holtz-Eakin's revelation was new, it was not out of line with past statements from the McCain campaign. After its health care plan was released, the McCain campaign said that it planned to "reduce the growth in Medicare spending." McCain advisers reiterated the goal this past weekend, saying that the senator would force Congress to "control the growth" of Medicare spending. In fact, throughout his career, h has regularly supported slashing Medicare benefits and limiting eligibility. He has voted to cut, restrict or underfund Medicare at least 28 times while voting to restrict access to Medicare at least two times. In 1997, McCain voted in favor of raising the eligibility age for receiving Medicare from 65 to 67 with the change being phased in between 2003 and 2027. McCain has also voted against Medicare's future by opposing efforts to extend its solvency at least nine times.
I doubt most progressives are surprised by this - McSame IS a republic...he votes republic ...and republics HATE Social Security and all other programs put into place by a Democrat...especially FDR!!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Joe McCarthy Clone

We still have McCarthyism alive and well in the US Congress...

Her comments remind me of the HUAC hearings from the 1950's.
Here is a good reply that would work for Bachmann

One fun upside of this is that her Democratic opponent, Tinklenberg, raised over $700,000 and the DCCC is now investing in that race [MN-06]. She needs to lose and ose big time...her kind of rhetoric is not healthy for our country!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

To My Oregon Readers

From the Merkley campaign:

National news outlets have widely reported on a smear campaign against Barack Obama and Democrats. The Republican National Committee and the McCain/Palin campaign are sending robocalls across the country that suggest, among other things, that Barack Obama is a terrorist.

While several Republican Senate candidates have already called for these calls to stop, one has not: Gordon Smith.

We may know why. Public campaign finance reports show that Gordon Smith employs the same firm conducting these shady robocalls. Public records show that Gordon Smith has spent nearly $100,000 on FLS Connect to conduct calling on his behalf. In addition, the Oregon Republican Party owes FLS Connect over $40,000.
This robocalling firm is headed up by several former Bush operatives with close ties to Karl Rove. These robocalls are just one of the many things George W. Bush and his lieutenants are doing to re-elect Gordon Smith, who is a reliable supporter of Bush policies.

There have already been news reports of push-polling in Oregon on behalf of Smith. And it was reported this week that Karl Rove is heading up a group that has spent over $2 million helping Gordon Smith. Now we are starting to receive calls from supporters about robocalls attacking Jeff Merkley

We are asking you and our other supporters to report any robocall or push-poll you receive which attacks Jeff Merkley. If you receive such a call, do not hang up the phone. Then, record the time, date, and the message, and call our office at (503) 274-4439 or e-mail the campaign. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors about these shady tactics.

Together, we can overcome these swift boat tactics and bring Oregon the change it deserves.


Jon Isaacs, Campaign Manager

Jeff Merkley for Oregon

Friday, October 17, 2008

"Joe" the plumber?

Why am I not surprised to learn that "Joe" is not a licensed plumber and that he feels he does not need a license, that he owes back taxes and is enjoying his 15 minutes of stupid media-has-nothing-important-to-cover cycle.....

Was is because his comment to Obama was picked up by the R's and he became McSame's point person? I figure "Joe" must be an R - as during the last 8 years we have learned that laws do not apply to R's and that R's cheat and lie!

Update - he is a registered R - a voting R!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Laugh and Cry Ads

This one made me laugh...

This one made me cry -

If you are in D.C. on the 21st

Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story

( 2007: 51 mins., Director William Kavanagh)

Tuesday, October 21 , 6:15 pm

UDC’s David A. Clarke School of Law,

Bldg 38, B Level

4200 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008


A film about a contemporary American battle for civil rights, in which we follow three families in New York State as they confront racial discrimination in housing and schools, and struggle to achieve justice. Brick by Brick describes how a ghetto was created through public policies, and brings to the screen the fiery legal and political crucible of a contemporary city and its larger implications for our nation. The film tracks the federal US v Yonkers litigation that challenged neighborhood and educational discrimination.

Q&A with documentary director William Kavanagh and Louise Howells, Co-director of UDC’s Community Development Clinic

The screening is preceded by a MASTERCLASS with director William Kavanagh from 5:30 to 6:15pm. If you would like to attend this as well, please state this in your RSVP.

SCREEN JUSTICE: Giving Voice to Smart Socially-Conscious Films

A Presentation of the Office of University Advancement and the David A Clarke School of Law

RSVP:; 202-274-6256

More on McCain and Women

Today must be "John and Sarah hate women day" because I just saw this video....

Are You an Artist?

Whether you are an artist or just interested in art or the arts, you might want to see the differences between Obama and McCain in their support for arts...

Go to this site and read the summary of their positions.....

No such thing as coincidence

These 3 items came to my attention this morning - the first is a clip from the debate last night and I was waiting for it to be on YouTube...

This is from wwwsaysmetv .. Woman Against McCain Palin

And this arrived from a local friend....

Many citizens are outraged at MCain's snide statement last night about "health." It clearly shows his absolute disdain for women...and Palin must hate women as well - and of course these two do not want women to get equal pay for equal work.

Republicans are only into being punitive...This is the party that tortures, forces women to have children they do not want, and then fails to provide for the children once they are born.
into thinking...

Why any thinking woman would vote for R's is beyond me...but the 20% or so who love the shrub are not into thinking - only into shouting and fear mongering!

Let's make it more than a landslide! Let's show the R's what we think of them by booting out all R's running in this election!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Autism? or another McCain Problem with Language?

My son just called with a good point about McSame.

In the debate tonight McSame said Sarah Palin knows about autism better than most...Huh?

I was not aware that any of her children were diagnosed as autistic. Her newest, has been said to be a Downs Syndrome child...and that's not the same thing at all!

My son's point is that these are no longer McSame "gaffes" - instead they are signs of something very seriously wrong with the McSame brain..

I've mentioned before that he appears to be mixing up his words.. I am a psychologist, not a neurologist, but this mixing up and using the wrong words and not understanding the difference between Sunni and Shiite, or autism and Downs Syndrome, and not finding his way off a stage, saying my fellow prisoners, etc.... these are no longer stupid bush-like neologisms - these may be indicators of a more serious problem.

He won't release his medial records publicly, but it may be that the voting public has also picked up on these issues and figured it might just be what is making him so totally unable to stick to a point or a campaign course and/or speak correctly.

It's sad - but he has chosen to go this route for whatever his reason and I don't feel sorry for him at all!

Another good person

From Brad Avakian [a really nice guy]

Friends --

As you know, I am running to keep my position as state Labor Commissioner. This is a tricky race. I have two opponents and since this is a non-partisan position, like a judge, no party identification will appear on the ballot. Because I was appointed to this office and have never been on the statewide ballot, we have got to get the word out.

My campaign will be rolling out a new television spot this week and I want to make sure that you're one of the first to see it.

And he is doing the state of change tour...If you are in any of these areas - go and say hi to all these good people - and then vote for them...ballots are coming later this week!!!

The 2008 State of Change Tour with Ben Westlund, Kate Brown, and John Kroger and Brad Avakian

Thursday, October 16th

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Salem State of Change Tour Stop
Willamette University, Jackson Plaza (Sparks Gym if raining)
900 State St, Salem

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Medford State of Change Tour Stop
Jackson County Democrats' Office
40 South Central Ave, Medford

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Eugene State of Change Tour Stop
University of Oregon, EMU Alsea & Coquille Rooms
1501 Kincaid St, Eugene

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bend State of Change Tour Stop
Deschutes County Democrats' Office
709 NW Wall St, Bend

Saturday, October 18th

10:00 am to 11:00 am
Beaverton State of Change Tour Stop
Washington County Democrats Office
12250 SW Broadway, Beaverton

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
McMinnville State of Change Tour Stop
Yamhill County Democrats Office
315 NE 3rd St, McMinnville

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Oregon City State of Change Tour Stop
Clackamas County Forward Oregon Office
619 Madison St, Oregon City

The "new" DSCC

I am glad that the usually very boring DSCC has found ad makers who have a sense of humor - while pressing importnat points..

No one likes to watch dull campaign ads - well I don't - but do you like them?

Living in Oregon and having a great chance to unseat an R with a progressive D is neat - and so I smile at this ad!

It's time to laugh out loud!

This is funny - and even funnier is that the person who sent it to me probably has zero idea of the cable words used :-) - and he is younger than I.....

It's a break from politics - but how knows - McSame may be in this fix himself next year after he loses all his houses and money and can't afford cable!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ah - more sad McSame

John McBush is now saying something along the lines of he's right where he wants to be - which from my perspective is way way down in the polls - and if he wants to be there - all the better. Usually I don't want to give repugs what they want but this time I'll make an exception.

Lets keep giving McSame what he wants - and like his "love" - he can sink further and further down in the polls. Think of it as a good-bye gift from us to all the nasty repugs...[especially the two in the photo :-)]

Let's go all out for such an overwhelming win for Obama that it carries down ballot and we give Congress and state houses and senates a super majority of democrats - and watch the repugs go away quietly never to return in my lifetime! Or yours - or your kids - or your grandkids...or ever!

Run up the score! Leave no vote behind! Etc....

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

What gives with McCain?

Is this guy suffering from some mental impediment? He did not even catch his own sentence to correct it. Does he really see all of us as prisoners - or is he so hung up in the past that this made sense to him?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka on Racism and Obama

THIS is what we need to see and hear - loud and clear.....

So watch and pass along to others by clicking on the envelope icon under the video near the time stamp.....

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Is your neighborhood like mine?

Often I hear things like: "I don't do politics." or "Both parties are the same so why vote."

Or from some - I vote and that's it...not interested in the rest of it.

My take on politics is that it is everything you do.....

If you have a job - you "do" politics

If you are a union member - you "do" politics

If you ever call your elected officials abut something - you are "doing" politics

If you shop you are engaging in politics


So - why not register and if registered - why not vote?

Politicians know who votes and who does's a public record....

In my Multnomah County Precinct we have a poor voting record....

Yet in the last year or so there were many "issues" to deal with here and the biggest issue was tackled by a few neighbors and only after a long period of time with no resolution did anyone start calling local and state politicians...

And so we wound up "doing" politics - but a bit too late in that particular discussion.

Maybe this year your neighborhood and mine can have a high ballot return/voter turnout to thank the politicians who tried to help you? Or vote against the ones who did nothing?

They would notice - believe me - they would notice!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Thoughts about the McCain Marriage. Is it divorce if he loses?

Since last night's verbiage from Palin bored me after a few minutes - my brain started wandering and wondering...and It wound up putting a few thoughts together.

A McCain mansion is for sale...that is very odd given the housing market right now...but maybe billionaires are not bothered by this downturn.

Does it mean that McCain needs a cash infusion into his campaign right now? yup...he's created way around the public financing so money can go there - and he needs money badly!

Then there was my already posted idea that Palin is a trophy veep - and last night cement that idea - she's a good memorizer and parrotter...and cute - and young.....

BUT - why is McSame so so desperate that he is acting like an out of control child?

That's when it clicked!!!

Cindy must have told him she is fed up with him - his womanizing, his dislike of women except for yelling at and having sex with, his using her money for his lifestyle and campaigns...

I bet they have a solid prenup that cuts him off from her family money..

So - my best guess is that Cindy issued an ultimatum!

Cindy told John that if he did not win the presidency - she'd divorce him and leave him with whatever amount is in the prenup....

He likes her money - but does not like her - and so he is desperate to win this to keep his greedy hands on her money.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Homer Simpson Votes - laugh and worry at the same time

This is funny - but it is also very scary...because we know it's all too true!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Keating 5 - the 1st [known] Scandal for McCain

So glad that someone is mentioning this episode and relating it to today's financial mess!

McCain's Left Eye

Noted on OpenLeft

This is scary - especially with Palin as veep.....

I hope McCain is okay but why won't he release his medical records?

This also from OpenLeft:

McCain, Time to Come Clean and Release Your Medical Records

by: Ron Bronow, M.D.

Wed Oct 01, 2008 at 11:53

( - promoted by Matt Stoller)

Ron Bronow, M.D., is the former Chief of Dermatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly are screaming foul about an effort on the part of 2,768 doctors (myself among them) to get John McCain to release his medical records. After a 30-second TV ad spot on the issue went up on MSNBC for two days last week, O'Reilly even managed to bully the network into pulling the commercial off the air. Apparently, asking very real questions about McCain's health is deemed by the right wing punditocracy to be just another disgraceful partisan attack, even when the questions come from thousands of medical doctors all over the country.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Help Keep the Momentum Going

After the debate Obama has gained momentum! big time mo...and McSame is still whining and Palin is still making it up as she goes along....

I don't usually go for kicking people when they are down but I always make an exception for republics like these two.

To help keep Obama gaining more mo - contribute here:

Yes it's my page and yes - many of my friends just don't trust the Internet with their credit cards - so it' still ZERO!

And no I'm not embarrassed about that goose egg :-)

And as Obama needs good people in Congress to help change the direction of our can go to Orange to Blue [dailykos] at ActBlue and donate to any number of good people...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Is This McCain's "Code" for Racism?

I watched the debate with friends - all Democrats - so we laughed, yelled and said HUH? pretty much in unison to some of the nonsensical statements of McSame.

But today I re-watched some of the debate and was more aghast at McSame's condescending attitude shown by not looking Obama in the eye and just being an arrogant asshole - as when he kept saying that Obama just did not understand.

I recognized the eyes averted sneer from when I lived in DC - which is predominantly black. Tourists in the Mall or Hill area, tended to use this same non-eye-contact when they saw black men...[yes if you lie in DC long enough you can spot tourists and differentiate them from the residents:-)]. My black friends, especially males, said it made them feel like they were not "there." It was a condescending look and I am sure that McCain absolutely meant it to convey that a black man was not fit to be on the same stage with him!

This video captures much of the nastiness. It's nasty racism in the way that republics do it best - snidely!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Is McCain Sick?

What is John McCain NOT telling us?

I was at a Merkley fundraiser last night and many of us noted that McCain has taken on more of a death pallor...

One person noted his $4000 make up session...HUH? What does 4K buy you?
Is it a cover-up for some serious medical condition that he wants no one to see on TV?

Another noted that some blogs and online reports suggested that his left eye was droopy and maybe he's had a stroke.

Another said he caught a glimpse of him on TV and he looked sick...

And my psychology head went AHA - his week of flip flopping on economics, sounding more mixed up than usual and this nonsense with his trying to avoid tonight's debate made more sense.

Is he having some issue affecting his brain?

And then the reality hit!

What if he is really really sick...and "wins" [stolen elections anyone?] look what is in store for us with Sarah Palin, she who is making the shrub sound more intelligent everyday...and we know how hard she has to work to make the shrub sound intelligible.

So McCain needs to release not only past health records but very current ones..

The public has a right to know if McCain is having a medical issue affecting his brain.