Palin and Hilary and The Woman Thing

SNL nailed it. This one is especially for all the newly minted male anti-sexists out there!!!

Nice to know you care.

And look at how all these Alaskan women feel about Palin’s strange rise to power.

From Mudflats (Best Blog on Alaska Politics)

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn’t honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn’t happen here.

So, if you’ve been doing the math… Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin’s rally that got all the national media coverage! So take heart, sit back, and enjoy…Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans.

More information on the rally and the strange attempts to stop it are on DailyKos. And a lot of great photos!

What women working on domestic violence in Alaska have to say about Sarah Palin.

And women organizing, Alaska – Women Against Palin are getting threats for their views and for their efforts. One lady is clearly terrified to be on camera. A right wing radio host named Burke incited this behavior.

And the final word goes to this smarty pants!


Karl Rove – Election Rigger – Time to Prosecute

From Velvet Revolution

We are working with Ohio election attorneys, Cliff Arnebeck, Bob Fitrakis and Henry Eckhart to find out the truth about recent information indicating that Karl Rove architected and directed a strategy to manipulate elections through the use of computers. Rove’s Cyber Guru, Michael Connell, has worked for the Bush family for over 20 years and helped Bush Sr., Jeb and Bush Jr. “win” their elections using his computer skills. Whistleblowers, including Republicans, say that several of these and other national elections have been rigged through various invisible and illegal means, including vote tabulation manipulation, improper partisan use of the Justice Department to target Democrats and uncooperative US Attorneys, and the laundering of hundreds of millions of corporate dollars funneled into fake advocacy groups directed against Democrat candidates running for public office. Ex-Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has stated publicly that Rove was the person who directed Siegelman’s rigged election and criminal prosecution. Here GOP cyber sleuth Stephen Spoonamore has stated publicly that the leadership of the GOP has been “lying and stealing elections” and doing so through computers.

According to the attorneys, Rove’s goal with this strategy is to establish a unitary Executive Branch with a supportive judiciary, a weak legislature and a fearful press. Corporate sponsors of this strategy, such as tobacco, energy, telecom, and pharmaceutical companies are rewarded with hands off government: deregulated oversight, stringent limits on class-action damages, the stacking of high courts with pro-business/anti-consumer Justices etc.

Jesus = Community Organizer – GOP hits the wall.

These are only a few of the best response so for to the horrific bullshit attack on community organizers emanating from the sulfurous odors around the podium at the RNC.

These predate the GOP’s attacks but still worth seeing.

What indeed is a community organizer?

I don’t think we’ll ever see Palin working in East Palo Alto.

The Yellow Bike Project in Austin.

Superstar Community Organizer –  Majora Carter – Speaking at TED on her work greening the South Bronx, the neighborhood where she grew up.

Resurrection of the Willie Mae’s Scotchouse, after the big flood.


And of course, the guy who’s trying to organize the American community Barack Hussein Obama.
If you are not happy with the way the GOP has chosen to attack the best people in our neighborhoods, schools and cities…please DONATE TODAY!

Tell the nasties at the GOP, you’re done with the same old stuff. If you don’t have money or a job – or even if you do… sign up to help make calls, talk to people – get a taste of community organizing yourself. Go to the site now. The campaign makes it easy as pie to get involved – and to organize your community.

Once you start it’s hard to stop. Not only is it the right thing to do, it feels amazing to connect your life with the lives of people around you to make the changes you all want and need to see. All you need to be is open and willing to help. THIS is what Obama is talking about when he says “be the change you want to see in the world.” That’s how Gandhi put it – and you know how much responsibility he handled.

And what’s this business about “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” I don’t know why those in the Grand OLD Party have such a hard time understanding that concept. It seems to jibe pretty well with that whole ‘responsibility’ thing, you flap your jaws about all the time. Then again, I’ve noticed these GOP speech writers don’t use language like normal people.

They turn good things to salt, and poison into profit.

You know what Miss Tubman said:

If you hear the dogs, keep going.

If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.

If they’re shouting after you, keep going.

Don’t ever stop. Keep going.

If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.

Even in the darkest of moments, ordinary Americans have found the faith to keep going.

Thanks for the reminder Hilary. And thanks for organizing those 18 million cracks!

And Rudy… I can’t find a community in NYC that liked ya, sure as hell not the firemen.

What would you know about community organizing in the first place?

Not a damn thing.

And Sarah, just because you ain’t gettin’ paid, doesn’t mean you don’t have any ‘responsibility.’

After I graduated from UC Berkeley I spent four years teaching adults with disabilities how to use technology. My guess is you would have slashed that program, like you did in your state.

Like someone in a video above said,

Jesus was a community organizer, Pontius Pilate, George W. Bush and Sarah Palin are governors.

And don’t get it twisted. Barack never compared himself to Jesus.

You just stepped in a giant national moose pie of your own making. As YOU said being the Mayor of Wasilla population 5000+ voted in by about 600 people – It’s not rocket science.

Don’t miss Obama’s response!

Palin and Obama on Disability.

CLICK HERE FOR Obama’s specific proposals and his connection to the disabled community.

vs. Sarah Palin’s opportunistic use of her new son as a mere talking point. It’s not clear that she slashed funds. She moved budget items around. I am still looking for information on the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy where shifted money. Can a person with disabilities that made use of services and programs in Alaska tell us more? I am not convinced that having a 4 month old with Down’s Syndrome suddenly makes you an able advocate for the disabled. It sounds nice but in reality it doesn’t always work out that way.

I say this as a person who has disabled family members, and as a person having a few to deal with myself and as a person who for four years after graduating was a worker in a computer lab for adults with disabilities. We served people with all kinds of disabilities, physical, mental and those resulting from brain injury. It was an incredibly diverse classroom, including people who had strong support systems and people who were homeless due to the pressures of living with a disability. My life did not teach me that the non-disabled in my family or anyone’s became competent advocates for children OR adults with disabilities. It may mean you are more sympathetic, it may not.

It doesn’t mean you automatically understand the perspective of a person with a disability or disabilities much better, or that you advocate for independence, autonomy, civil-rights and community living for adults living with disability. Ask any adult with disabilities you know.

I don’t see in Palin an immediate ally. I see her as a newbie and -potential- ally.

Also, if you go to the McCain-Palin site there is no section addressing disabilities, with the exception of two paragraphs on autism. There are a lot more people in the disability community than just our friends with autism, Mr. McCain. Iraq Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq give him a D on veterans issues, which of course, includes the treatment of veterans returning with serious injuries, disabilities and VA issues.

Obama does have a section on is site, and addresses the issues our family has struggled with for decades very well. He displays the acumen of someone has thought about and discussed the issues facing disabled people – with actual real adult disabled people. That’s a huge difference. It’s one thing to be sympathetic and its another to carry the program developed by disabled activists forward. He’s not perfect, but at least he lists disabilities with all the other critical issues we face. If you don’t think that is critical, please note that 70% of us will be disabled for some or all of our lives.

CLICK HERE FOR Obama’s specific proposals and his connection to the disabled community.

I wish Palin well with the process and the journey of raising Trig and defending her sons interests in education, science and autonomy. She’s new to the battle though and has a LOT to learn.

Cross posted on DailyKos (more discussion there)

And another great DailyKos diary here