Archives: October 2008

links for 2008-10-30

Lookybook A site that lets you see picture books before you buy, so you can pick out the best ones for your kids. Very cool. (tags: books reading kids) McCain Camp Buses In School Kids To Fill Crowd A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the

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links for 2008-10-29

The Bilerico Project | Indiana | Rednecks 4 Obama Rednecks for Obama. That's funny. (tags: election2008) Daughter of slave votes for Obama Amanda Jones, 109, the daughter of a man born into slavery, has lived a life long enough to touch three centuries. And after voting consistently as a Democrat for 70 years, she has

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links for 2008-10-28

Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

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links for 2008-10-27

THE BROKERS WITH HANDS ON THEIR FACES BLOG In case you need a stock photo of the current economic crisis while blogging about it. (tags: economy photos) Roger Hagadone Photography Some particularly nice photos of bigfoot. (tags: inspiration photography) The Wire: Writing Into Your Arc | 43 Folders (tags: writing inspiration television) Terrorist 'tweets'? US

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links for 2008-10-26

Blow Up – A Bond Art + Science Fair Project Very nice flickr photogallery tools. (tags: flickr photogallery) Lars Willem Veldkampf's photosets on Flickr (tags: illustration design interesting) RJ Eskow: But Wait … By Palin's Definition, Mohamed Atta Isn't A Terrorist Palin re-writes the definition of terrorist because she supports health clinic bomber Eric Rudolph

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Voted early

I don’t always vote straight party, but I did this time. I knew who all the down party people were for the most part, and the few I didn’t know I looked up before I went. The lines were quite long, but the moved very quickly in the city-county building. Very much worth it to

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Rachel Maddow in the NY Times

The New York Times interviews Rachel Maddow at home, and includes this excellent picture. I had no idea she lived at our house in the corner of our library.

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links for 2008-10-25

McCain Communications Director Gave Reporters Incendiary Version Of "Carved B" Story Before Facts Were Known McCain's campaign pushed the false version to media before police announced the true details of the investigation. (tags: election2008 racism hoax) The Associated Press: Excerpts from Joe McCain 911, police calls I guess I shouldn't be embarrassed for calling when

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David Sedaris on Undecided Voters

From this week’s New Yorker: Then you’ll see this man or woman– someone, I always think, who looks very happy to be on TV. “Well, Charlie,” they say, “I’ve gone back and forth on the issues and whatnot, but I just can’t seem to make up my mind!” Some insist that there’s very little difference

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links for 2008-10-24

Action Method Online :: Pricing & Signup Very nicely designed online project management tool. (tags: productivity planning) Coolest Homemade Robot Costume Ideas (tags: costumes) Al-Qaeda Support for McCain – washingtonpost.com Ah ha ha ha ha! The terrorists want McCain to win! Ha ha ha!!! (tags: election2008 terrorism) Callie Shell – Obama – Digital Journalist Awesome

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Published Photographer

I completely failed to mention this before, but I’ve had several more of my photos published. Previously, my pictures were in Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff by Dick Wolfsie. Recently, some of my Route 66 photos were published in the Journal for the Society of Commercial Archeology (yes, a real

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Montezuma’s Castle

Native American settlement ruins Arizona Trip Day 2: Meteor Crater, Twin Arrows Trading Post and Montezuma’s Castle cave dwellings.

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Meteor Crater

Pretty big hole in the ground. Formed 50,000 years ago when a 150 foot-long meteor hit the ground. The crater is 3/4 miles across.

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links for 2008-10-17

Just Try Voting Here: 11 of America's Worst Places to Cast a Ballot (or Try) Machines that count backward, slice-and-dice districts, felon baiting, phone jamming, and plenty of dirty tricks (tags: election2008) toledoblade.com — 'Joe the plumber' isn’t licensed I'll bet Joe is sweating bullets that he ever stepped into the limelight now. (tags: election2008)

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Arizona here we come

We’re headed out to visit my Dad in Arizona for a few days. Our friend and regular house sitter is coming over to hang with the pets and hold down the fort. So for the next couple days I’ll be blogging from the road. Expect lots of pictures; we’re going to be doing some sightseeing.

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Message to McCain about Rape and Choice

I haven’t talked about it much in years, but when I was in college I was raped and became pregnant, and within a short period of time miscarried. The idea that I would be forced to carry a baby to term against my will by the McCain/Palin government makes me more than a little angry.

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CNN: Money Fact check: Plumber Joe’s taxes

According to CNN Money small business owners will not see an increase in taxes. McCain has entrepreneurs spooked about tax hikes, but fewer than 2% of small business owners (that you can check them out here) would pay more under Obama’s plan. … Should small business owners fear for their wallets if Obama is elected?

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The Debate in 90 Seconds

The few things that jumped out at me — John McCain does “air quotes” while talking about the health of the mother in emergency abortion situations — so apparently the health of the mother is irrelevant? Wow. So let me get the Republican position straight here — when I get raped, I’ll be forced to

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links for 2008-10-16

The Gist of the ACORN Story If I successfully register Mickey Mouse to vote, on election day, Mickey Mouse will still be a cartoon character who cannot go to the local voting station and vote. Logically speaking there's very little way a few phony names on the voting rolls could be used to commit actual

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links for 2008-10-15

You Stole Our Obama Sign on Flickr – Photo Sharing! We bought another sign = more money to Obama. Suckers (tags: election2008 photos flickr) Barack Obama and Joe Biden: Change We Need | Tax Calculator Calculate the taxes you'll save under the Obama economic plan (tags: economics finance tools election2008) Turn a Boring Bar Graph

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Best of the Worst: McCain Mobs Compiled

Brave New Films and Color of Change have compiled the “best of the worst” video footage of lynch mob-like crowds attending McCain/Palin rallies over the past several weeks, documenting the racism and violent threats. Color of Change is sending a public letter to their campaign asking them to take responsibility for changing the tone of

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links for 2008-10-14

Greg Palast » BBC-TV: “Set up to steal it again.” Is 2008 already fixed? They keep stealing these elections! And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004, and they’re all set up to steal it again! – Robert Kennedy Jr. (tags: election2008 corruption) Barack Obama and Joe Biden's Rescue Plan for the

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More Racist McCain Supporters

Anyone who’s resisted the idea that there are racist McCain supporters out there won’t be able to get past this video. As Ta-nehisi Coates at the Atlantic points out — It’s not just disturbing that this guy is so obviously evil, but it’s further upsetting that the no one in the crowd around him admonishes

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More than just the last couple weeks

Over the weekend, we got caught up on watching our saved Rachel Maddow shows — one thing that struck me was than when she interviewed Pat Buchanan, he keep going to the same talking point — “McCain is suffering in the polls over the last three weeks because of the economy taking a nose dive!”

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links for 2008-10-12

Ethics report: Palin abused authority – Decision '08- msnbc.com ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. (tags: election2008) Talking Points Memo | Weird. Sad. Surreal This afternoon on the

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links for 2008-10-11

Download Fire Vox A screen reader to test for accessibility for vision impaired. (tags: screenreader accessibility webdev) American Experience | The Murder of Emmett Till | People & Events (tags: racism politics) Make-Believe Maverick : Rolling Stone (tags: election2008)

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Even more crazy McCain crowds

I updated my post from earlier this morning with even more news of death threats issued to Obama during McCain rallies this week. (Threats of “off with his head” came out this morning reported by the Wall Street Journal.) Here are even more sidewalk interviews with angry McCain supporters who are waiting to get into

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Dooce’s Hypothetical Question

A few days ago, Heather Armstrong posed a question on her blog: Indulge me for a second and consider this scenario: let’s say you’re given the opportunity to donate some money to a desperate family who would use it to feed their children, but were only able to do so if you donated the same

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The Dangerously Angry Crowds of McCain and Palin

In the past, politicians with honor would correct and shape the crowds who attended their rallies when they shouted things that were incorrect or unfair to their opponents. But in the past two weeks, McCain and Palin have been egging their crowds on in ways that are loathsome and potentially dangerous to Obama and his

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The American Dream

Reading this article today on what the AIG executives did after the nation bailed out their company nearly made me throw up with anger: Have you heard of anything more outrageous – a week after taxpayers commit $85 billion dollars to rescue AIG, the company’s leading insurance executives spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at

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Compact Fluorescents in Indianapolis

A handy tip from Green Piece Indy: Indianapolis Power & Light has partnered with several other Indianapolis hardware stores to offer discounted CFLs. Visit your favorite local hardware store today to stock up: * White’s Ace Hardware at Geist * Central Ace Hardware * Whites’ Ace Hardware at Nora * Mr. Mikes Ace Hardware *

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Transcript of Palin, Biden debate

I grabbed the transcript of the debate because I want to go back and read it later to go over Joe Biden’s answers. I spent a lot of time focusing on her, (mainly because of the bingo game we were playing) that I didn’t get all the nuance the Biden provided. I know he gave

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Palin Debate Flowchart

Courtesy of Adennak.com: With some choice words from Aden Nak: I’d like to do a bit of a run down. A list, if you will, of the things we’ve learned about Sarah Palin from her very limited, groomed, handled private interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. Sarah Palin isn’t sure what the Bush Doctrine

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What Palin reminded me of

Palin’s cutesy “You betchas” and folksy expressions were painful to watch. I thought Tina Fey’s “finger guns” were a bit over when I first saw her impression, but after watching the debate last night, they were dead on, and a really damning impression. As one commenter said on the MSNBC poll – “It’s like going

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Biden debates McCain because Palin didn’t show up

I’ll have more commentary in the morning, but that was my initial impression of the debate — Biden took on McCain on every single answer because Palin didn’t bother to actually answer any of the questions, and instead fell back on buzz words and drivel and cutesy, folksy nonsense. I thought it was a clear

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Des Moines Register – Liberal Media Elitists!

That damned liberal media of the Des Moines Register (those gosh darned volvo-driving, latte-drinking, er… corn farmers!) take John McCain to the cleaners and don’t even give him back his pocket change or dryer lint. And, the paper had already endorsed him, before he acts like a total prick while being interviewed. My favorite highlight:

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