Sunday, December 05, 2004

Pop! Goes My Day

As if I needed anything else to keep me glued to my computer while I could and should be doing other things, I can now pop bubble wrap online. That's right, kids, cyber bubble wrap!

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  • Thursday, December 02, 2004

    Get Your Drink On

    For the months leading up to the election and ever since, I've been spending my Thursday nights at Rudy's in Hell's Kitchen. I am part of a weekly drinking club called Drinking Liberally: Promoting Democracy One Pint at a Time.

    Since the election, we've grown like crazy and we now have 27 chapters across the country including two in Texas and one in Alaska. Check us out or start your own.

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  • Saturday, November 06, 2004

    They Beat Us

    Now I'm not one to claim defeat so easily. The Republicans stole the election in 2000 and they very well could have stollen it in 2004. But you saw all the red on that electoral map. The American people chose their president. Now, we have to ask "why?" I think I know why. With our strategy of registering and talking to only would-be Democratic voters we completely alienated the "other side." We were just as bad as Bush in our own way: "You're either with us or against us." Now we did what we could with the time and the resources we had. Both were limited. We did what we thought was best. But what if we had engaged the other side and stopped thinking of them as "the other side?" In my time in Ohio I met many students (who had already voted for Bush by the time I talked to them) I could have easily convinced to vote for Kerry. We ignored them. Anyone who said they were going to vote for Bush or were leaning Bush were completely ignored. We polarized this country even more.

    The question is now, how do we undo this? Is it with another candidate like Clinton or is it up to us? It's probably a combination of both. Let's get the ball rolling.

    Sunday, October 17, 2004

    Get on the Bus to Ohio!

    Downtown for Democracy will be running two 57-passenger busses from Brooklyn, NY to Columbus, OH election weekend.

    Swing the State and Downtown for Democracy have committed to filling these two busses with volunteers to work with VoteMob, a division of 21st Century Democrats. VoteMob has registered 9,000 new voters and contacted 90,000 registered voters in Ohio since June. Election weekend they will be door knocking, phone calling and doing everything they can to get out the youth vote in Ohio.

    These trips cost $20. That covers your transportation, housing (probably someone's couch or floor) and some food. The first bus leaves Thursday night, October 28 and returns Sunday, October 31. The second bus leaves Friday night, October 29 and returns Wednesday, November 3 (let's hear it for absentee ballots!).

    To RSVP for either trip send an email to getonthebus@downtownfordemocracy.org or call 718-290-9153. Please specify which trip you're going on.

    Sunday, September 19, 2004

    Argh

    Yes. Today is National Speak Like a Pirate Day. And I'm "arghing." I just used a Bic pen to open my Kryptolok bike lock, damnit.

    Sunday, September 05, 2004

    War is Peace

    True, it's the first time I've been around so many Christian fundamentalists since I left Misosuri four years ago, but having the GOP in New York felt very familiar...like a book we've all read, and should re-read. A political leader telling lies to crowds of people who cheer louder at every lie, police and secret service agents arresting people for no reason other than they express their disbelief in public spaces. It's 1984, people. Right here in New York City in 2004, we experienced what I believe to be one of the greatest and scariest books ever written.

    Wednesday, September 01, 2004

    Four More Sneers!

    "I watch him at work every day," Dick Cheney just said about W. "He speaks plainly and means what he says." It's the only thing he's said tonight that isn't a jab at Kerry.

    The Republicans can't tell us their great plans: they don't have any that benefit us. They can't tell us the great things they've done: they haven't done any great things. All they can do is exploit 9/11 and put the camera on Guiliani when they speak of it...and put the camera on the dancing delegates when Cheney calls Kerry a flip-flopper.

    Tuesday, August 24, 2004

    Who's Your Daddy?

    Yesterday I was at Georgia State University registering voters. It was the first day of classes. I went up to a young Asian-American man and asked him if he was registered. "Yes. Are you a son of God?"

    "Uh, no," I replied, probably with a bit of an attitude. "Been there, done that, but thanks anyway." I walked back to my table.

    I couldn't stop thinking about his question. Was that an accident? So I walked up to his Campus Christians table and asked the young woman who was working, "A while ago one of the people working with you asked if I was a son of God. Was that a mistake?

    "I don't think it was a mistake," she said very matter-of-factly.

    "What?! I'm a woman!"

    "Yes, but in the Bible it says son, not daughter," she said.

    I could have gone off. I could have told her about interpretation, about context, about women's liberation. I could have told her that if there even was a God, that we were all his/her children. Instead, I said "OK, thanks" and walked away.

    Did I make the wrong decision? Maybe. But really, someone who thinks like that-- I don't think I would have been able to change her mind in the two hours I had left on that campus.

    For the rest of my life, I will wonder what happened to that woman, er, son.

    Friday, August 06, 2004

    A Freudian Slip?

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we," Bush said yesterday.

    Nuff said.

    Wednesday, August 04, 2004

    Here Comes the.... Vote

    There is officially a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Missouri, my home state. As much as this saddens and somewhat infuriates me, it gives me a glimmer of hope for November. There are many Democrats in Missouri who are against gay marriage. It's not surprising, this is Missouri, people. So, now that gay marriage won't fly in their state, that's one less social issue they have to worry about when deciding between Bush and Kerry. Abortion is next, but we're not going to let anyone take our reproductive rights away from us. But, back to gay marriage. That's out of the way in Missouri. So now, maybe those Dems, or even those swing voters who were so concerned with the gay marriage issue (even though John Kerry isn't PRO gay marriage, per say) can put it out of their minds and vote on other issues: economy, war, corruption, etc.

    Green Alert

    In my (what is now daily) e-mail from John Kerry today, he (rather, his e-mail writer) cited specific action...that I actually liked:

    "We will also create an Orange Alert Fund to reimburse communities for additional costs incurred in responding to raised threat levels."

    Maybe now the Feds will stop raising the terror alerts as freely as a teenager raises the a/c. When we all move out on our own and have to pay our own utility bills, and can no longer rely on our parents (or the cities we impose the alerts on) to pay, we turn on the power save...or use a fan.

    Friday, July 30, 2004

    Hail to the Chief

    John Kerry accepted the nomination. Whew. What if he had that big crowd there and declined so he could earn some more money? Maybe he'd get a few more Republican votes that way, but I'm damn glad he accepted.

    His speech was safe, much like his campaign. He's doing a good job of reaching out to those swing voters. Though I cheered and clapped quite often during the speech, it wasn't as radical as I might have liked, but as important as this election is, I guess it was as radical as it needed to be.

    Though I'm a devout agnostic, I'm glad he brought up his faith and God. It's time the Dems take religion back. God doesn't belong to the right-wing Christian fundamentalists. God belongs to anyone and everyone who wants God in their life. Maybe if Kerry wins my faith will be restored.

    Thursday, July 29, 2004

    Crunch Time

    As of today, July 29, there are 96 days left until the Presidential election. That's 2,304 hours. How many of those hours are you going to spend making sure that Bush isn't re-elected? Are you going to spend just one hour en route and at the polls? How many additional hours are you going to spend bitching about Bush? What if you spent one of those hours on the phone calling people you know in swing states making sure they're registered to vote? And what if you spent another hour November 1st, calling those people again, making sure they are actually going to get out and vote? What if you took 48 of those 2,304 hours and went to a swing state to register voters? What if you took two of those hours a week, that's 26 of those 2,304 hours, and called people to set up THEIR trips to go to swing states.

    How many of us wish we would have given those 26 hours or 48 hours in the 96 days leading up to the 2000 election making sure that people vote?

    Want to get involved? Want to help? Want to go to a swing state? Can't go to a swing state but can make calls from your house? Live in a swing sate and can offer up your couch to a volunteer? Visit www.SwingStateSummerBreak.org.

    Wednesday, July 28, 2004

    A Write In?

    So, I finally caught some of the DNC. I downloaded Barack Obama's speech after my friend text messaged me saying "I love Barack Obama. Barack Obama for president." I agree! I watched it in my office and clapped at my computer screen when it was over. He's exactly what our country needs right now. (Hell, he's exactly what our country needed four years ago, even forty. We wouldn't be where we are right now, I suppose.) He's progressive, optimistic and doesn't buy into the fear that our current administration, partnered with Fox News, is feeding the country.

    If there weren't so much riding on this election, I'd surely write him in on my ballot November 2nd.

    Listen to his speech here:
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    What DNC?

    I know: I've posted absolutely nothing about the DNC. I haven't had a chance to watch any of it. Not even Bill Clinton's speech. My TV is a screen of fuzz and I'm too busy with all of my planning meetings. But I promise to donate some time to watching Kerry speak. And I'll be contsructively critical for everyone to read here on eefers.

    Speaking of eefers, we've moved. Do you like the new page? It's prettier, right?

    Monday, July 26, 2004

    BIKE TO BEAT BUSH

    The weather held out as 20-plus bikers made our way from City Hall to Coney Island and back up to Prospect Park for yesterday's BIKE TO BEAT BUSH. We only had 3 "Kerry Sucks!" yelled at us on our 30-mile journey.

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    Our trusty marshal, Frank with our handy mechanic, Ed.

    Thursday, July 22, 2004

    Some Call Me Idealistic

    Oh page 41 of this week's Time Out New York! Also check out Swing State Summer Break Coverage at http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0429/convention2.php.

    Monday, July 19, 2004

    Oh, Al!

    I called the Al Franken show today to plug Swing State Summer Break (soon to be Swing the State). I got to talk to Al for about a minute and then he linked us to his blog.

    Outfoxed?

    I went to one of the MoveOn Outfoxed house parties last night, one of the full parties. Oh wait, they were all full...here in New York City, anyway. And I'm sure on the other coast, too. Like Fahrenheit 9-11 it was infuriating, but not surprising.

    After the film someone suggested that MoveOn host a national boycott of mainstream media. That reminded me of something I used to find myself saying — LOT: "We forget that we live in a liberal, secular bubble here in New York." How many people in Missouri get MoveOn's emails? Maybe a few.

    But how did Fox become so powerful and popular? By preying on those people who once felt they could trust the media and still do. By preying on those people who buy into fear and propaganda. By instilling fear to keep people hooked and coming back for ways to combat that fear. I'm not pointing a finger. I used to be one of those people. Hell, I bought into the Post 9-11 Fear. I even turned on Fox News Channel a few times for "an up-to-date alert." The people who buy into Fox News aren't stupid, they're just not media savvy. Journalism in America began as a way to keep people informed so they could make educated decisions — at least that's what the history books tell us.

    So how do we fight Fox News? By screaming at our relatives who watch telling them how ridiculous it is? No. I learned that the hard way. Just like everything else going on right now, we have to take immediate action. It's not hard to see the correlation between George Bush's "victory" and Fox News. Keep fighting the good fight. Keep registering voters. Keep informing people (without screaming if possible, it makes us Dems look bad). Keep writing letters to your congresspeople, senators and the FCC. Make the rest of the country take a Fair and Balanced look at Fox.

    Sunday, July 11, 2004

    Will it All Pay Off in the End?

    Last night was the DemApples fundraising party in Williamsburg. I'm organizing a BIKE TO BEAT BUSH July 25. There are two fundraisers for Swing State Summer Break this month. I'm donating quite a bit of time to registering voters and arranging voter registration trips. People—skeptics— say, "But what if it doesn't pay off? What if Bush wins again?" First of all, I think Bush will lose. Second, if he does win again, I think we've still won. Bush has forced us to unite. "I'm not a divider, I'm a uniter." He's right.

    Hell, I didn't even vote in the 2000 presidential election. I was old enough—eighteen-and-a-half to be exact. But two weeks before the election I found out there was some information missing from my voter registration card. I didn't bother to do anything about it. Last year CBS News labeled 20-somethings "The Apathetic New Generation." And last year, they might have been right. I was apathetic last year. It's not surprising, really. My generation never had a war to protest. We never had to fight for women's rights or civil rights. Now we have the war, and we're protesting. We have to fight for our right to choose what we do with our bodies and we have to fight to marry who we want—and we're fighting.

    George W. Bush is a uniter. He's uniting us against war, against discrimination, against his asinine policies. And he's forcing my apathetic generation to do something about that missing information on the voter registration cards. No matter the outcome of the election this November, we have become a generation that will never let another right-wing fundamentalist into the White House.

    Wednesday, July 07, 2004

    My 25 Cents Worth

    Ah, the Post, the Post. This morning's Post ran a picture of John Kerry and his new running mate, Dick Gephardt. Need I say more?


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    Wednesday, June 09, 2004

    iPod Nation

    Next time you get in a fight with some lame conservative who misquotes the Constitution, whip out your iPod. That's right, folks, there is a special full-text version especially for the iPod.