Archive for March, 2008

Videos and Photos from Road to Change (PA)

March 31, 2008

Barack Obama discusses economic policy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this morning.

A massive crowd of 22,000 gathered at the Obama rally yesterday on the grounds of Penn State University. Young people could be the key to winning Pennsylvania.

Barack discusses energy policy at a biofuel station in Manheim, PA.

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now I really want to eat xanax like candy

March 31, 2008

The Economic Stimulus Program, which Bush’s administration has invoked, has stirred some thoughts from many people. These were some thoughts that I have on the matter (keep in mind that I am by no means a financial scholar…more so a confused patriot):

  • Ok, the money for the stimulus is coming from China! CHINA!–Remember, that country where most of our products come from these days!–as well as other countries adding to our national deficit! Does this not make sense to anyone else? That makes as much sense as leaving a “nice tip” at a restaurant with your SEARS charge card! Just don’t give it back.
  • We are spending BILLIONS of dollars a year on the war in Iraq. Maybe it’s just me, but isn’t it a little ass-backwards of Bush to give us back money with one hand while doleing out more than we have with the other! Ironically Biblical from the Bible-thumping Pres. Reminded me of the Bible passage, “But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing…” (Matthew 6:3)
  • Even the Senate Republican Policy Committee has doubts about the long term effects of this policy. From their Additional Pro-Growth Stimulus Ideas that
    Congress Should Consider
    (dated 2/7/2008): “Many economists have concluded that the current bi-partisan stimulus package working its way through Congress will provide a boost to the U.S. economy. The focus of this package has been to deliver stimulus that is timely, targeted and temporary. While such a focus can be appropriate in the short term, the package does not contain some of the progrowth provisions necessary to stimulate long-term economic growth like those that have been the hallmark of Republican leadership.” Umm…and these guys are in the same party as him.
  • In this CNN article, Bush was quoted as saying, “The bill I’m signing today is large enough to have an impact, amounting to more than $152 billion this year, or about 1 percent of the GDP (gross domestic product)…” Have an impact how? Is it going to be enough to help all those suffering from foreclosure? Call me crazy, but is no one else worried about the foreclosure rate in this country? According to this CNN article, foreclosures were up 60% in the month of February! All the houses for sale around me here in Michigan are making me just a little nervous.

Ok, now that I am really stressed out about the state of this country, I am going to grab a bottle of Jack and climb under the Reference Desk. Ugh.

Here are some articles that I found interesting (if the links weren’t enough to depress you.)

NY Times article about the Economic Stimulus Program
Our Failing Economy: An OpEd Piece
The Bankrupting of America: An OpEd Piece

Make and Impact in March

March 31, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama sent this email to supporters today as the deadline for Dinner with Barack approaches.

There’s one thing we already know about the March fundraising results: Senator Clinton and Senator McCain have raised a significant portion of their money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs.

We’ve never done that, and we never will.

Instead, we will continue to rely on more than a million individual donors who support this campaign by giving only what they can afford.

Change does not come from the top down — it comes from the bottom up.

So rather than having expensive fundraising dinners to take contributions from Washington lobbyists, I’m hosting a different kind of dinner. If you are chosen from among the donors who give before midnight tonight, I’ll get to hear your personal story and ideas about how we can solve America’s biggest problems together.

… The pundits are slowly realizing something about our political process that we’ve known from the beginning: people matter.

In unprecedented numbers, ordinary people are volunteering and donating to this campaign. They’re taking true ownership in a way that has never happened before.

When we started this campaign over a year ago, the pundits and the political insiders didn’t think it was possible to mobilize ordinary people to reject conventional thinking and fight for real change.

We have a chance to prove them wrong.

rain, rain, come again

March 31, 2008

Oh, the weather! On this Eve of April maybe we should celebrate the unpredictability of Michigan weather. Saturday was lovely. One of those spring miracles that seems more fall-ish in nature. Coming from the cold of winter into the warm-cools on a spring day; dead leaves that were left unraked, doomed to the grass for the winter with the first, early snow; now moving about.

After working at Library Y, where I sub in Children’s, I decided to ride my bike to a nearby church for Saturday afternoon Mass. Holy cats! You know you’re out of shape when the 2 mile bike ride makes your legs feel jiggly! Then it began again yesterday; a cold and dreary day perfect for a Poe short story. But, alas, it made for a nice day to stay in and watch movies and do some late night reading to the sound of my own band.

As I snuggled under the covers with my latest book (The Golden Compass–which I am LOVING after a rocky start!), I liked to imagine that the pounding rain was swallowing my house whole. There was nothing outside but rain, I imagined. And each minute little spot of rain was unique in its sound against our house. The fat splats that hit the gutters sounded hollow and echoed. The drops that went down on the shingles made their short-lived presence known only in the shallow sound akin to the noise of a pencil eraser tapping on a desk. The rain that splashed onto the deck and eddied in little pools in some spots made a reflecting pool for other, later rain.

It was all mine at 12:30 am. As I paused in my reading and listened I could hear the dog snoring in the next room, and the silence from my roomate, and I knew then that the rain belonged to only me. These are thoughts that came again to me this morning after my first storytime of our last session before summer. My 15-23 month olds were fantastic and I have a good group of participating parents and so it was nice. Though…I am wishing to be back at home in bed to finish my book.

"He communicates God-like energy…"

March 31, 2008

I have been examining the Obama phenomenon myself, and have concluded, at least for myself, a Midwestern white male, that Barack�s appeal is actually messianic, it�s something about his aura, his spirit, his soul, that exudes enlightenment in the making.

Oh, he�s not fully enlightened, being that enlightenment is a process, not an event. But for reasons I can�t fully articulate, he is one of those individuals who communicates God-like energy (metaphorically speaking), in whom you can �feel� God.

Now, I�m using the term �God� to mean the loving, honest, just, and inspiring part of the force behind it all. You may not believe something�s behind it all, but I do. And I look for God constantly � that which exudes love, integrity, humility, depth, kindness, generosity � and more … supposedly.

So, Geraldine, I�m taking a special look at Barack Obama because he�s a lot closer to a Jesus-type than the other candidates, by quite a bit. What if God decided to incarnate as men preaching �hope and change.� And what if we didn�t recognize them, because we are so dull, and let them slip away, not availing ourselves of the opportunity to be led by God! Lord knows we�ve elected the anti-Christ often enough. Excuse me, George.

Steve Davis, Charleston, SC March 31, 2008.

March 31, 2008

A small child is held up above the signs to see Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speak at a rally at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., Monday, March 31, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

109. 43-Year-Old Male Technical Writer Supporting Barack

March 31, 2008

I was at a resort. There was a building we all passed through to get to the beach. Barack Obama was there greeting the guests of the resort as we came in. He walked with me a few steps and made sure I had towels and a drink before going out on the beach. I relaxed for a while, then decided to shower there. I returned to the building where a friendly and helpful Barack showed me to an empty shower. I showered. Feeling relaxed and refreshed, I exited the stall and attempted to hang my used towel on a hook outside the door. Barack became serious all of a sudden and told me not to hang up the towel. He said that I had to fold the towel longways in thirds, then roll it jellyroll style. He showed me a basket where I had to place the jellyrolled towel, flat side down. I was no longer relaxed when I looked at the basket with one layer of towels, folded and rolled as he had instructed.

108. Woman Writing From Basel, Switzerlad

March 31, 2008

A week ago I dreamt of having a tete-a-tete with Obama. It was very nice. We kissed and embraced each other and I loved his smooth dark skin, his special features.

Upcoming Obama Events

March 31, 2008

Mar 30
Road to Change Rally with Barack Obama
in University Park, PA

Mar 30
Road to Change Town Hall with Barack Obama
in Harrisburg, PA

Mar 31
Road to Change Town Hall with Barack Obama
in Lancaster, PA

Check out the pictures from volunteer meetings at State College in Pennsylvania.

Video from the rally at Johnstown, PA, last night. Barack answers a question on accountability.

Barack Obama wins Texas Conventions

March 30, 2008

With most of the vote counted, Barack Obama is now projected to win the Texas Conventions 38 to 29 matching the results of the Mar. 4 caucus.

So, overall Barack ends up with nine more delegates overall as Hillary Clinton won the Texas Primary by four votes.

The win in Texas gives Obama supporters hope for an upset victory in Pennsylvania. As in the latter state, Obama was well behind in Texas early on. However, unlike Texas where the campaign had to work in three other states including Ohio, Pennsylvania is all by itself in April.

After PA, the next contest is little Guam two weeks away on May 3, and then three days later North Carolina and Indiana on May 6.