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heh… 29 October 2008

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, U.S. Senate.


McCain / Obama vendor items – Las Vegas




1. marisacat - 30 October 2008

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Happy Pretzel-elect Festival …

[“W]e will have the best security not only for the candidate and his family, but the entire city as well,” Mayor Daley said.

The Secret Service is working with Chicago to keep everyone safe and today, the Office of Emergency Management announced it has hired the city’s former Homeland Security Director Neil Sullivan to oversee the event – something Sullivan did after the White Sox won the World Series in 2005.

Sullivan will be paid by the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications at a rate of $100-an-hour with a $60,000 cap.

On Tuesday, Daley called that money well-spent, even as the city is laying off 929 city employees, eliminating 1,346 vacancies raising parking and amusement taxes and hiking a number of fees to erase a $465 million shortfall.

Referring to OEMC, Daley said, “They lost two senior people just recently to other agencies. They saw fit, which I respect, to bring someone in immediately to fill that gap…That’s smart, very smart. For an event like this, you need some of the experts that you want. You don’t fool around with this.”

Last week, Daley put a $2 million price tag on the cost of city services tied to the Obama rally and said the cash-flush Obama campaign had agreed to cover every penny because of Chicago’s financial crisis.

The mayor also portrayed the Grant Park rally as a logistical challenge that would force the city to close Grant Park up to eight hours in advance, block streets, secure the CTA and “realign gas mains.”

He openly acknowledged that he would have preferred a more “controlled” venue like the United Center. The Obama campaign quickly pointed out that the United Center was booked on election night with a Celine Dion concert.

Apparently concerned about putting a damper on the election night party celebrating Illinois’ favorite son, Daley chose Tuesday to accentuate the positive.

He portrayed the Obama rally as a family “festival” and a “highlight for America.” ::snipwhippy::

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

what are they gonna do w/ all those people if it drags into the night, or if he loses?

3. NYCO - 30 October 2008

Best voting photo EVER…


(see top of story)

Can’t describe this election any better than that!

4. NYCO - 30 October 2008
5. marisacat - 30 October 2008


well they seem to want an early decision. And appear not to care what happens to voting in the west… I read some commentary weeks ago that the election coverage, net works and cables, intend to “send a signal” if they know early he has won (forinstance KY closes at 6 PM ET, that is 3 PM PT and we vote til 7 iirc). I let the article get away from me and did not read that sentiment again.




that is hilarious. Wonder if ti will ever stop being “all about him’… my guess is not.

6. brinn - 30 October 2008

heh. that Onion piece reminds me of Terry Pratchet’s Small Gods — one of my alltime favorite books!

How is everyone?

Never got around to actually typing up that rant — too pointless in any case.

MitM — how much snow did ya’ll get? IT was fucking 92 here last weekend….cold front came through and it looks like we won’t be dying of heatstroke in our Halloween costumes tomorrow night, so that’s a happy thing! 😉

7. NYCO - 30 October 2008

Wow Brinn, thanks for the mention of Small Gods. I’m going to have to read that sometime!

8. NYCO - 30 October 2008

But seriously… as the Onion so often gets to the bare truth of things…

I find myself not “against” Obama (if I was the presidential-voting sort, I certainly would not be voting for McCain) but just weirded out by Obamism. And it’s gotten to the stage where it’s awkward because many of my friends are either Obamists or getting there. And it’s like I feel like I do not want to discuss Obama with them because I’m afraid I’ll be accused of not believing in God or something. And I wonder how Obamism is going to morph after the election.

As I’ve said before, I know several Obama supporters and they all love him for this or that *specific* reason that makes them passionate… except, comparing notes, none of the reasons really seem to match up (except the common belief that Obama will mystically restore America’s standing in the world by simple virtue of his genetic pedigree). There is a tremendous amount of personal projection going on. Having read a bit about “Small Gods” on Brinn’s comment, it’s not like Obama is God… but he’s like 10,000 small gods for 10,000 people. They all say “Obama” to each other, but I am quite sure that they do not mean what the other person thinks they mean. Will we see Obamist schisms? divisions into camps of belief?

To me, Obama is just a Democratic candidate (and as such, mildly preferable to McCain). But I am not a Believer, which is odd because I do think I’m fairly religious. I guess I know what these folks are going through, but I’m just not there. I anticipate continuing to be a stranger in my own land, because of my unbelief.

9. marisacat - 30 October 2008


[T]he danger of this approach, Ganz says, is that individuals burn out easily. They try to do everything themselves rather than breaking the goals out into specific tasks that members of interdependent teams can accomplish in pieces. That’s why relationships are so important, they found. Ganz and Wageman’s model gets members of teams to find out more about one another’s experiences, and draw on each member’s expertise. The model also uses personal storytelling during workshops as a way to motivate peers and potential recruits to action.

Ganz says that his and Wageman’s training system works well for the Obama campaign, because it’s designed to channel the enthusiasm of voters who are emotionally inspired by orators such as Obama. This appeal to the right brain contrasts with most of the recent Democratic political campaigns, which have appealed to voters’ logic by selling concepts and policies.

Obama organizers, and some volunteers, enter the campaign machine through weekend training sessions called “Camp Obama.”

The Obama campaign first experimented with the Ganz-Wageman system during the primaries, trying it out in Iowa and South Carolina. It won in both states, while in New Hampshire, where it ran a more-traditional marketing campaign, Obama lost. The campaign began phasing in the system nationwide in June. More than 23,000 people have participated in at least eight or more hours of leadership training provided by Camp Obama, according to Ganz.::snipwhippy::

10. marisacat - 30 October 2008


if you will just read the Wired report, it’s all about you telling your story, the way Obama tells us his. I am sure this residual awkwardness of yours can be resolved. Just meditate on this gold disk, you are feeling sleepy, very sleepy…. your eye lids are heavy…

… and so on!

I dunno. We gonna get GOVERNING out of all of these personal stories? ‘Cuz he wore me out with his.

11. marisacat - 30 October 2008


oh that photo is very very funny.. I am trolling thru the slideshow now.

12. brinn - 30 October 2008

re: 7&8

You’re welcome on the mention — wish I could lend you my copy! 😉 Because I can’t, here’s the back cover blurb…..
‘Just because you can’t explain it, doesn’t mean it’s a miracle.’

Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods. Who come in all shapes and sizes. In such a competitive environment, there is a pressing need to make one’s presence felt. And it’s certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone’s book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast. Preferably one who won’t ask too many questions…

And on being a “stranger in your own land” — I feel you! And have felt that for decades now…..I don’t see it changing anytime soon either.

13. marisacat - 30 October 2008

Ann Wright | Running Against Both Parties


Ann Wright, Truthout: “I am in San Francisco this week before the election, campaigning for Cindy Sheehan. She is running against both the Republican and Democratic establishments, but more specifically against Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.”

14. NYCO - 30 October 2008

Well, honestly there’s no part of my personal story I could tell that I could link to Obama’s. Maybe that’s the root of my problem. I haven’t read The Books. I don’t know The Story. Silly me, I’m just going on his actual record in realworldspace, not in mythspace. But I don’t understand that it’s not about experience… it’s about… Obama as Story that we are all Part Of and we’re going to Continue The Story.

Believe me, I have so been there… and I am not there now.

I took a swing by obamamessiah.blogspot.com, hadn’t been there recently and I assumed the blogger had not kept it up. Au contraire, some recent entries and some scary shit there. Not sure if it’s for real, but… wow.

15. marisacat - 30 October 2008


via Ben Smith, he mentions AP “has it”, but does nto link:

Barack Obama’s campaign has approached Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel about possibly serving as White House chief of staff, officials said Thursday, looking ahead as the marathon presidential race entered its final, frenzied stretch with a Democratic tilt.

The Democrats who described the contact with Emanuel spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to be quoted by name.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

6 – Hi Brinn!

We didn’t get any here in Milwaukee proper, unless it came down in the middle of the night. Our suburbs had flurries, and they got some snow up north. There was frost on the ground a couple of mornings earlier this week.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

15 – Oh, let it be so … I’d LOVE to see that fucker out of the House.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

Oh, this is too funny … cue golden calf and half-naked maiden dancing before Heston comes down from the mountain: PZ Myers: Jesus people pray that false idol will save God’s economy

Did you know that some Christian dingbat has dubbed today the “Day of Prayer for the World’s Economies?” Well here they are, at the Wall Street bull statue thing, praying to Jesus for money. The dingbat has explained, “We are going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the ‘Lion’s Market,’ or God’s control over the economic systems.”

I swear, they don’t read their own damned book.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008
20. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

Obama: My Cabinet Would Be Bipartisan

Clinton refuses to investigate/prosecute Iran-Contra 2.0.

Obama said he would reach across the aisle on a range of issues, from energy independence to health care to education.

“On a whole host of these issues, I think we need Republicans, not just as show pieces,” Obama told Gibson. “In some cases, Republicans have good ideas. And, you know, I’ve always been more than happy to steal good ideas from whatever the source.”

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

Prop 8 Spokesman Says Defeating Gays is Like Defeating Hitler

“There was another time in history when people, when the bell tolled. And the question was whether or not they were going to hear it. The time was during Nazi Germany with Adolf Hitler. You see he brought crowds of clergy together to assure them that he was going to look after the church.

And one of the members, bold and courageous, Reverend Niemand (sp?) made his way to the front and (inaudible) said “Hitler, we are not concerned about the church. Jesus Christ will take care of the church.

We are concerned about the soul of Germany.” Embarrassed and chagrined, his peers quickly shuffled him to the back.

And as they did Adolf Hitler said, “The soul of Germany, you can leave that to me.” And they did, and because they did bombs did not only fall upon the nation of Germany, but also upon the church and their testimony to this very day.

Let us not make that mistake folks. Let us hear the bell! Vote on Proposition 8!”

Constantly amazed by the shamelessness of the right. Apparently he doesn’t know about the pink triangles and the 50k + gay men murdered in the camps.

Or he’s just fine with it.

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

Front Window of Cindy Sheehan’s Campaign Office Shattered

btw, are there any polls about the Pelosi race. I looked around and couldn’t find any.

23. marisacat - 30 October 2008

Haven’t seen any polls… there should be really, as there is a R running as well. Sheehan.. and not sure of Shirley Golub is still in or not.

Will check with CA Reporter and see if there is anything there…

24. marisacat - 30 October 2008


probably fine wiht it, if he even knows.

They have 2 new NO on 8 commericals out. “CA Moms” agaisnt No… I kind f doubt it makes a dent.. and DiFi has a spot endorsing a NO vote, to frame it as a vote against discrimination.

Last I saw, a post at Ambinder today, ti is tied and apparently that corresponds t internal polling on both sides as well. The public poll said TWELVE per cent undecided.

25. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

24 – it’s not about discrimination (if you want to sell it), it’s about LOVE and FAMILY. MAn, take those things away from the haters. There are great ads online that make that argument.

26. marisacat - 30 October 2008


It was a given he will pick a R for DOD… and my guess he will have as many as 4 R in cabinet. Hell, HE probably wanted Lieberman as well. LOL Deep down in his heart of hearts… 😉

27. marisacat - 30 October 2008


yeah as I said, I’d use photos from the Feb 04 weddings… or the more recent spate of weddings… with children and parents.. and passers by just smiling and waving and clapping.

AND I still say Gavin has played both sides.

The only thing I can say for Dianne is, at least she did it. BUT all the other ads are badly done and wrong angle. Tied in knots and scared. In the closet basically.

28. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

27 – Lefties are so damned scared. CELEBRATE what you believe in.

Shooting the Wise Guy: McCain Supporter in Ohio Shoots Teenager Who Knocked Over Campaign Sign

29. marisacat - 30 October 2008

well I am nto into shooting people but the whole quadrennial yard sign drum beat is FUCKING DUMB. Seems to become some point of pride to replace, set up videos, slather scheisse or (as I actually read just recently) “menstruating deer urine” all over yours so presumably no one will steal it.

Anotehr reason to live in a city I guees. We are largely confined to window signs, if we care at all.

30. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

29 – yup, pretty silly, and NOT worth killing or injuring somebody.

Just found this. The Economist has endorsed The Annointed One too.

For all the shortcomings of the campaign, both John McCain and Barack Obama offer hope of national redemption. Now America has to choose between them. The Economist does not have a vote, but if it did, it would cast it for Mr Obama. We do so wholeheartedly: the Democratic candidate has clearly shown that he offers the better chance of restoring America’s self-confidence. But we acknowledge it is a gamble. Given Mr Obama’s inexperience, the lack of clarity about some of his beliefs and the prospect of a stridently Democratic Congress, voting for him is a risk. Yet it is one America should take, given the steep road ahead.

31. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008
32. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 October 2008

On CNN, Van Hollen Admits to GOP Lawsuit Collusion

Our local partisan hack pushing “voter fraud”.

33. marisacat - 30 October 2008

hmm think we just got a new No on 8 ad, with voice over from Samuel L Jackson. The anti discrimination theme again.

34. diane - 30 October 2008

That onion piece was pretty funny NYCO, I liked this one too:

Struggling Lower-Class Still Unsure How Best To Fuck Selves With Vote

…The latest polls indicate that a majority of lower-class citizens might choose not to vote at all Nov. 4, preferring instead to leave the details of how they get fucked to the moneyed classes….

(and jeez, that obamamessiah site is gonna give me nightmares, especially that shot with Soros in it)

Have a good evening all….

35. marisacat - 30 October 2008

I just dropped in on ObamaMessiah. Had nto been there in months… Well if you ever ever need slack jawed, drool limp quotes from the masses, it can be found there.

Shouldn’t there be some ecstatic equivalent of stigmata occuring soon? hmm? It’s verging on a [greater] mass manifestation fo some sort, beyond drool, dribble and vote devotion.

Perhaps where ever his parents lived together can be sanctified… and become a place of worship? If a natural spring can be found beneath the manger spot, the water can be sold as Holy Obama Water. (stop laughing)

There, glorification of the conception place, would be a reason to keep the fundraising going. (You know they want to!)

Maybe devotional societies that study the Luo tribe, and the rare and remarkable form of white xtian stock found in small towns in KS, a place Ob had never been til the past couple fo years. Of course now he is “of kansas”, with those great Kansan values!,as we all are. When we are not all Georgians, of course.

Maybe an Obama The Messiah University, in Hawai’i of course.

I think his post inauguration drive down Pennyslvania Ave needs to evoke Jesus on Palm Sunday.

36. marisacat - 30 October 2008

LOL All i can say is Shit honey, calm down. From Obama Messiah.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

“Another another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance”

“I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years,” he said. “What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. … The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance.”

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. on Obama’s winning the Democratic presidential nomination (Politico June 5, 2008).

IF anyone believes this stuff, they need medication and HELP..

37. CSTAR - 30 October 2008

Obama Messiah.. what on earth is that site? Can this possibly be serious?

38. marisacat - 30 October 2008

I have gone back and forth over the months… I am unsure.

But I know one thing, this campaign is right up there with the most dangerous. To be frank, I hope the gaseous bubbles burst early, hard and smelly. The white landowners (who are of course a mix of races by now) have totally lucked out with this entity.

I do notice that over and over his speech in MN about oceans receding and other flatulence is moved about and re issued to often (at least when I go) to be on the FP, and is tonight.

39. marisacat - 30 October 2008

BTW, here is the current link to that gibberish…

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

Obama’s Nomination Victory Speech In St. Paul June 3, 2008.

BTW, I was going thru some tossed to the side mail yesterday, and obamaman found me. For solicitation of course. And on the outside of the ep it says

This is our moment, This is our time

LOL I could not scarf up a big enough raspberry for that slobber.

40. Intermittent Bystander - 31 October 2008

Seen at DK the other day, but pretty darn funny – a GOTV ad for North Carolina, put together by a couple of Daily Show and Aqua Teen Hunger Force writers:

Why I Vote.

(Hint: it has to do with the neighbors. . . .)

41. Intermittent Bystander - 31 October 2008

FYI, Marisacat! 2 Blue Angels grounded for inappropriate relationship. The Naval spokesperson wouldn’t name the flyers involved, but did make clear the situation was a hetero affair. They’ll be one jet short of a sixpack for the rest of the stunt season.

42. marisacat - 31 October 2008

Hetero! I am so relieved. Wouldn’t want them in the WRONG part of town when they drop in in October, Every damned year.


43. Intermittent Bystander - 31 October 2008

I’m thinking it was a red-blooded, jet-fueled reaction to the gay haze that hovers over your city that made them bunny up in the first place. And to think they might lose their military careers, as a result – for shame, San Franciscans!

44. marisacat - 31 October 2008

gnu post


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45. marisacat - 31 October 2008


Just being around us (over us!) affected them. Hey, if they come back in September next year they can hit the Folsom Street Fair. The leather scene…

46. Intermittent Bystander - 31 October 2008
47. Intermittent Bystander - 31 October 2008

45 – Nothing says G-forces like chaps in ass-less chaps!

48. NYCO - 31 October 2008

CSTAR (37) – obamamessiah.com is cataloguing this stuff, not espousing it.

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