Archive for October, 2008

12
Oct
08

Been admiring that hairdo?…You betcha!

A friend of mine, Kelly, is hosting this event next weekend. I’ll be helping out and would love to see you there! Please link back or send to friends to help get the word out. Even the Guardian picked up the story!! Wahoo!

The details:

Hey there,

I wanted to remind you of the event “UpDos for Obama” on Sat Oct. 18th. Because there’s been some confusion, I wanted to let you know that if you want to participate in the contest $75 bones allows you to choose from 3 Sarah Palin UpDos (“The Maverick,” “The Reformer”, & “The Huntress”) and puts you in the running to enter the look-a-like GRATIS, but if you are low on funds and choose to come with your own updo, $25 enters you into the competition as well. This is in no way to dissuade you from getting an updo, but if your friends wanna come and are afflicted by the economy this is an alternative…also there’s hooch!!!!

This prize should be really great and I encourage everyone to get there between 7 & 7:45 to ensure a spot in the updo extravaganza. I look forward to seeing you there and by all means PASS THIS ALONG TO YOUR COWORKERS, SPOUSES, RELATIVES WHO THINKS THE SP UPDO IS FLATTERING and help workin’ folk insure that obtuse, small minded gov’t stays out of our hair!!!!!!!!! REMEMBER ALL PROCEEDS GO TO OBAMA!

Peace,
Medusa

12
Oct
08

Racist Roundup: Just in case you thought race wasn’t an issue…

This morning I read an article in the Times about how the democrats fear of “The Bradley Effect” is unwarranted, that racism won’t play as big of a role in this election as we fear. However, my own personal experience and my studies as a social psychologist have me more than a bit weary about what happens when people go behind that voting booth curtain. I was feeling relieved though, after reading the article…but then I shifted to the Internet and found the following…

This guy says that the Left started it (I believe the eloquent term of fucktard commies is used. Classy!)

[Full post here]

Then there’s the innocent sock-monkey

[NY Mag post with response from the makers about the “affectionate” association between Obama and a monkey]

And really, who could be upset about a storybook character?

[Full article]

An article from the San Francisco Chronicle about the newest line of attacks: here.

And finally, a video of how racism gets veiled…

Even civil servants with established positions in the McCain campaign are jumping into the frey. Bobby May, treasurer of the Buchanan County (VA) Republican party and member of McCain and Palin’s leadership team published a story in a newspaper (click here for full article) that summed up Obama’s position on a variety of issues. Intelligent examples include: hiring Ludacris to paint the White House black and putting pictures of Oprah on currency. Seriously?

Overall, however, I think this brings up two important issues. First, John McCain and Sarah Palin need to speak out against this at their rallies. No politician can control what their extremist supporters do during their free time, but when they drum up support at rallies where explicitly racist or violent things are shouted then it is their responsibility to say something to stop it. America is a nation of immigrants and diversity, anyone who is going to lead it needs to be open and accepting. Above and beyond that, any public official representing the United States needs to firmly disavow such comments. Frank Rich argues this point much more eloquently (here).

Second, these comments are just ignorant. One right-wing blogger pointed out that there are “Abort Palin” shirts and various things showing her being punched in the face. These are sexist and dangerous as well, and just as ignorant. As David Brooks pointed out in his column today in the Times, the McCain-Palin ticket is depending on a new kind of class warfare, one that is creating a division that is not based on overarching political platforms or fiscal policy, but one that capitalizes on ignorance and fear-mongering.

Finally, as a side note, I’ve been completely absorbed by George Lakoff’s “Political Mind” this weekend. He uses cognitive psychology to essentially explain how there are two moral frames at work in society, a conservative and a progressive, and shows how emotions and our unconscious essentially underlie and build these frames within our minds. As a result, it is perfectly conceivable — though inherently irrational — that a person can vote for someone who espouses interests that do not match their own. It is helping me understand how so many lifelong democrats that I know who supported Hillary are jumping ship. And it is helping me understand what I can say that they will actually listen to. I highly recommend it.

11
Oct
08

Tax plans…

I’m really tired of hearing the completely debunked “Obama has voted to raise your taxes 94 times” line coming from the McCain camp. We all know well enough that voting on legislation is never cut and dry, or black and white as the conservatives would have us think. Bills are complex, and a yea or nay vote may often be due to a single line that will influence future legislation, etc. Anyway, many of you have seen the Washington Post chart that breaks down the tax plans. If you haven’t, here it is: (Full article here)




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