Support Obama w/ a Post Card Party

September 30, 2008

 

I’m not so great at the phone call thing, but I’ve been wanting to do something to support Obama.  Here’s a great idea (note there is an October 8th deadline):

Hi,
Here is some information about organizing postcard parties for Obama if any of you are interested in doing this.
Peggy
—– Original Message —–
Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2008 11:56 PM
Subject: post card parties

Hi Peggy,

Got your message but it’s a little late to call now so I’m e-mailing the general info. I’ll be around tomorrow afternoon after our church youth group which ends around 2:30 if you want to call again and we can chat. Post card parties are a really easy way to get involved. Everyone loves them.

Here’s the gist:

  • Put out your call for participants, whether that is by flyer, word of mouth, phone calls, through www.barackobama.com by setting up an event on your dashboard, or any other way you can think of.
  • Select a location where guests will be comfortable and have a writing surface or clipboard. This is typically a women’s event and we know we can work anywhere! We’ve used the floor and magazines in a comfy living room or picnic tables in the park so don’t worry about fancy. Offer refreshments if you so choose.
  • Each participant must pre-purchase 10 or more post cards, preferably those that show our lovely geographic area or state and enough 27-cent stamps for each card they write.
  • Direct your guests to hand write a short, personal message reflecting why they support Obama/Biden for President/VP and have them sign their first name and location. The more personal the message the more effective it is, and the chance that it might resonate with another voter is quite high. (I always use the fact that I’m a single mom, for example, and begin with “Dear friend”)
  • Make sure your guests include the website address so recipients can go there for additional info on the issues.
  • Leave the address part blank.
  • Gather all post cards and mail them off in bulk to the address below, either in a manila envelope with tissue wrap or a padded envelope, available at any post office, regular mail. UPS ground is also fine. Depending upon how many your group completes, the postage runs around $8.00 for about 300+ cards.

Mail post cards no later than October 8, 2008, to:

WFO Post Card Campaign
193 E. Rich Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Our counterpart, TaLisa Shepard, of Women For Obama in Ohio, is in charge of addressing and mailing out the cards along with her huge group of volunteers. They are working from master lists of undecided, Republicans who once voted Dem, undeclared, and Independent voters obtained from Chicago HQ, and will send to swing states as well as PA with a major focus on red counties in Ohio. We absolutely need to win Ohio this election so it’s possible that most will be mailed within that state right now. Make sure your guests do not indicate a state destination in their message, though, because it’s impossible for us to tell where TaLisa will send them as things change so quickly. It’s a great program and we did this all through the primaries with stellar results. We were even featured on the Obama blog.

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Girl VP’s got a gun update…

September 26, 2008

 

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Why aren’t we in a constant state of outrage?

September 26, 2008

 

My friend K asked me that the other night.  Good question.  Why aren’t we, I wonder?  We, most of us, get up every morning and go to work, we take care of our families, walk our dogs and pay our bills.   We try to quit smoking or lose a couple of pounds, call our moms on Mother’s Day, have a glass of wine for dinner, do our homework and make plans for vacation next summer.  We’re pretty ordinary, most of us.  We’re not savages hell-bent on destroying the foundations of the American Family.  We just want the same rights as everyone else.

The issue that outrages me the most is the fact that we cannot collect our partner’s Social Security benefits.  I know there may be no SSN benefits by the time I retire, and I know they won’t amount to much if there’s any money left.  But it does chap my hide in the most severe way imaginable that if I die first, my partner won’t get my SSN benefits.  Financially it may be a small thing, but in terms of civil rights I believe it is the grossest violation of all.

Here are some examples from right in our own small town that point to the total inequity of the situation:

My partner T works with an Eastern European woman who has been in the US for about 10 years.  She married her first husband, at her own admission, to get her US citizenship – which she did.  Then she divorced, remarried and is now working on getting citizenship for her current husband, who is also from Eastern Europe.

T’s boss is on his fourth marriage.  His current wife is from Asia.  She’s working on her US citizenship now.

One of her boss’s three ex-wives works for the same company.  She is currently on her third marriage and her spouse is on his second.

In case you’re wondering if T works at a big corporation where examples like this would be easy to collect, there are only 15 employees in her small company.  Between these three couples, there have been ten (10) marriages.  Three out of the six individuals were not born in the US.  All six are eligible to receive their spouse’s SSN benefits, but T and I are not.

I don’t question the right of any of these people to marry as many times as they’d like.  I don’t judge their choice of spouse, or wish any of them would ‘go back to where they came from’  (truly, I love these people).  And I most definitely do not want to deny them the right to collect their spouses SSN benefits.  I am just outraged that the same rules do not apply to me and my partner.  We are on our first ‘marriage.’  We were born and raised in the US, and have been together for almost 8 years.  What about that makes us less deserving to take advantage of a benefit fund we’ve both been paying into for almost 30 years?

Why isn’t everyone outraged all of the time?

Prop 8 in California, and other ballot measures across the country designed to deny citizens their civil rights, must be defeated.  Defeating these measures won’t grant us Federal marriage rights, but they are an important first step in the battle.

CA: http://www.noonprop8.com
CA: http://www.eqca.org
AZ: http://www.votenoprop102.com
FL: http://sayno2.com

If you know of other, relevant ballot issues, send them to me and I will post.


Ellen Degeneres on Prop 8

September 25, 2008

 

I just love this woman…

My Political Point… And I Do Have One

You know how usually I talk about cell phones or kitty cats or cheese pizza… well, this is sorta like that… without the cell phones, the cats, or the pizza.

There’s a California Proposition on the ballot that’s a little confusing.  It’s Proposition 8.  It’s called, “The California Marriage Protection Act” – but don’t let the name fool you.  It’s not protecting anyones marriage.  Not yours.  Not mine.

The wording of Prop 8 is tricky. It’s like if someone asked you, “You don’t want dessert, right?”  But you do want dessert so you say, “Yes,” which really means you don’t want dessert.  And if you say, “No,” which means you do want dessert – it sounds like you don’t.  Either way, you don’t get what you want.  See – confusing.  Just like Prop 8.

So, in case I haven’t made myself clear, I’m FOR gay marriage.  And in order to protect that right – please VOTE NO on Proposition 8.  And now that you’re informed, spread the word.  I’m begging you.  I can’t return the wedding gifts – I love my new toaster.

http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2008/09/my_political_point_and_i_do_ha.php


Ex-Beauty Queen’s Got a Gun – Available Now!

September 25, 2008

 

9/26/08: You can get it now for $0.99 on https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&i=152529&cl=36564&ejc=2., or, if you know me, I’ll send it to you.

Ok, personally, gun-control’s not at the top of my list as a burning issue.  So, don’t think this posting is about Sarah goin’ a’huntin’, ’cause it ain’t.  No, this is pure comedy and it is not available on the Internet – yet!  But it will be shortly.  And as soon as I find it, I’ll post it here.  Be on the look out for it…

On the lookout for what you ask?  Julie Brown has remade her 1984 hit “The Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Homecoming_Queen’s_Got_a_Gun as…

“Ex-Beauty Queen’s Got a Gun” in honor of our esteemed GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  <http://www.juliebrown.com/blog/index.php>

Julie was on Stephanie Miller this morning, and this song is HILARIOUS!  If you could possibly get the whole cast of Stephanie’s show this morning (Stephanie, Julie, et al) it was so funny.  Classic immitations of Sarah Palin’s voice (one of my personal pet peeves).  They called her “Bible Spice.”  LOL!


What IS Obama’s committment to the concerns of the LGBT community?

September 25, 2008

 

I got my California General Election pamphlet in the mail yesterday, and read the text of Proposition 8 – which, in case you don’t know, is the proposition to amend the California constution to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman.  I’ve been caught up in other things lately, namely my obsession with Sarah Palin, but the arrival of our voter guide reminded me of something that’s been bothering me for weeks.

Obama’s speech at the DNC was remarkable.  He is an extraordinary orator, with a powerful message.  It was really easy to get caught up in the energy and excitement of that phenomenal night.  Follow that up with the mean-spirited RNC, the shock and dawning horror of Palin’s nomination, Hurricane Ike, and the collapse of the US economy… and I kind of forgot about something.  I forgot about the great big ol’ slap in the face Obama delivered to the LGBT community in his speech:

I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in a hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.

Granted he also supports a life “free of discrimination.”  And, I’m sufficiently clued in that I understand he is trying to strike a compromise between “us” and “them.”  He needs to put divisive issues into perspective to pull the party together.  The man’s trying to get elected, I get it.  The alternative is unacceptable. 

But, putting aside my understanding of the election machine, I’m pissed off and I know why.  Whenever I get confused by political rhetoric, or side-tracked by people trying to convince me what he said was for the greater good, I remind myself of a trick.  Substitute “black” (or fat, or disabled, or Muslim) for gay in a sentence.  If it doesn’t work, makes your skin crawl and sticks in your craw… you shouldn’t be saying it.  It’s that simple.  Here, try it:

I know there are differences on black-marriage, but surely we can agree that our African-American brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in a hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.

That is ridiculous, appalling, disturbing… right?  I don’t think I’m totally off base thinking this is hardly a commitment to supporting the rights of the LGBT community.  I expect if from McCain and his ilk, but Obama?


What? WHAT?? McCain suspending his campaign…?

September 24, 2008

 

Finally something has happened to make me stop talking about Sarah Palin.  John McCain has stopped campaining to to return to Washington to lend his expertise to the debate on the economic crisis in the US.

The financial crisis on Wall Street overwhelmed the 2008 presidential race today, as Republican presidential nominee John McCain this afternoon said he would suspend his presidential campaign tomorrow to return to Washington to work on the proposed $700 billion bailout plan.

<http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/24/mccain_suspending_campaign_ask.html?hpid=topnews>

 

Despite the fact that he is not, apparently, wanted or needed (except by his buddy GW):

I’m not particularly focused on Senator McCain.  I guess if I wanted expertise there [from the GOP ticket], I’d ask Sarah Palin.

Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass)
Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee

 

While Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, added:

It would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidental politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy.  If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op. 

 

Well, we had a word for that when I was in elementary school…  CHICKEN… bock bock bock… CHICKEN ! ! !  What’s the matter McCain?  Afraid of a poor lil ol’ community organizer?