What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First Winter Storm of NNY October 28-29, 2008

Wow...we got his with quite a bit of a winter storm last night and this morning!! I took some photos last night and put them in a slideshow....enjoy!

I know my kids are loving it!! They got a snow day out of it!

First NNY Winter Storm of 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Anger, Fear, and Racism Follow Palin Rally - Las Vegas Sun

I think that with every video I see of the people that attend McCain / Palin rallies, the more disturbed by them I become. (Just for a disclaimer, I do not think that ALL McCain supporters are like this...it just seems this is what we see. I don't know who I am paraphrasing, but I remember someone once saying that if it is just everyday events, it isn't news.)

Anger, Fear, and Racism Follow Palin Rally - Las Vegas Sun

Denis Leary Tells Parents: I’m Sorry - BostonHerald.com

He should be, but as a parent of a child with autism, I appreciate his apology.

Denis Leary Tells Parents: I’m Sorry - BostonHerald.com

Friday, October 24, 2008

Love this Ron Howard video for Barack Obama

A poster at the Jefferson Country Web Board posted this video and I am passing it along here....

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Monday, October 20, 2008

Some Conservatives See Race In Powell's Obama Endorsement

Amazing how these same people were probably singing his praises when he was making Bush's case for WMD's or supporting Dubya for President. So I suppose this conservatives are trying to take away all the respect that he has rightly deserved because he *GASP* supported the black candidate.

Some Conservatives See Race In Powell's Obama Endorsement

Bull crap....Colin Powell is endorsing Barack Obama because he believes, with ALL HIS EXPERIENCE, that Obama can change this country and heal it. He called Obama a ""transformational figure." Of all people, I would trust that Colin Powell knows what this country needs.

I am going to paraphrase something I heard on the news yesterday. This is not an endorsement due to racial solidarity. It is a choice based on what is needed for this country. If Powell was all for racial solidarity, he definitely would not be a Republican, which as a very thin African-American presence.

Guess what, Senator McCain. I think you have been owned!
Colin Powell just owned your @$$ Pictures, Images and Photos

Saturday, October 18, 2008

This kind of hate needs to stop.....

I lifted this video from Danger Democrat.




It was filmed at a McCain / Palin rally in Pennsylvania and it is even more shocking than the one I posted from Ohio two days ago. I remember making a comment months ago to someone saying "What? Do people think that when Barack Obama is President he is going to have a Black Panther Inauguration Party and appoint Osama Bin Laden to the post of Secretary to State?!" I said this, of course, in jest to the ignorance that I was hearing because of myths about Obama floating around the internet. Unfortunately, with the video from Ohio and the one from Pennsylvania, I do believe that some may actually believe that.

Yesterday I was watching Rick Sanchez on CNN and saw these images.....

From California...




From Ohio.....



Is this what we have become? Looking at these images, I am reminded of the hate, bigotry, and ignorance that I see in history books regarding the Civil Rights Movement and even the Civil War. It scares me to think that this kind of hate still exists in this country. How must we look to the World around us?

Now before anyone accuses me of overlooking some of the lefties out there, Rick Sanchez also mentioned this tshirt seen worn by some Obama supporters....

I don't agree with Sarah Palin's politics, but this tshirt is filth and shows the mentality of the people wearing them. It's most likely the nastiest thing that one can call a woman...and to actually see anyone, let alone women, wearing it is awful.

I am not trying to be biased here, but I tried to find more examples of hate at Obama rallies...even going as far as putting "hate at Obama rallies", "hate speech at Obama rally", and "hate at Obama rallies" ....in quotes and all, and I did not come up with any videos, articles, or stories on youtube or the internet. It just lists more McCain / Palin rallies.

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't think that John McCain or Sarah Palin supports this kind of talk any more than Barack Obama thinks the Sarah Palin t-shirts are appropriate. What is happening, though, is that these fringe lefties and righties are making the rest of us look bad. What amazes me is that these radical supporters don't seem to realize that they DO NOT HELP their candidate, they only hurt them.

This kind of hate needs to stop, on both sides.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Story of Joe the Plumber springs many leaks

Well, well,well......

I guess when you reference a man 21 times in a debate to make your opponent look bad, you should check to see if he is really what you say he is.....
Story of Joe the Plumber springs many leaks

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Do these people still really exist?

I was looking for a video of Andrea Tantaros's appearance on Larry King last week and came across a website called Media Morgue. On it was this video of participants at a John McCain rally in Ohio. Damn, I didn't think these kind of bigots still existed....

Aubertine vs. Renzi

I know that many of you who read my blog during the special election between Darrel Aubertine and William Barclay knew that I posted almost everyday about the goings on of that race. You all might be wondering now why I haven't so much as posted about the Aubertine - Renzi race...here's why.

I simply am not worried that Aubertine will lose this seat. I cannot simply fathom that the same voters that put him into office 8 months ago would turn around and take it away from him. With the fight he put into that race, with the negative campaigning he had to face from Barclay and the State Republicans, it would seem like a slap in the face if the voters of Senate District 48 took him out almost as soon as they put him there. From what I have seen, Renzi is going by way of Barclay anyway with his negative ads using children and soundbites taken out of context. One would think that he would have learned something from Barclay.

The number two reason is that all of the other Northern NY political based blogs, Danger Democrat being one of them, are all over this anyway. Why reinvent the wheel?

All I can say is I have faith in Darrell Aubertine. He has my vote as he did in February.

Fact Checking Debate #3

From Factcheck.org.

I knew when Obama said that McCain's ads were negative 100% of the time, it would come back to haunt him. He should have said "many of your ads", but oh well.....

Overall, I think Obama did well. He did a great job shutting McCain down about Bill Ayers and ACORN, he kept his cool as McCain seemed to be seething, and he showed once again that he can come out on top.

I know that one thing I got tired of real quick was the "Joe the Plumber" story....is that to go along with Sarah Palin's Joe Six-Pack?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tonight's Debate Watch Party at All Souls Cancelled

Cancelled Pictures, Images and Photos

Due to lack of attendance and a family member feeling under the weather, tonight's debate watch party at All Souls will be cancelled.

Let's hope for a great debate that will propel Obama to victory!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

A just because......

I made a reference to this moment of McCain history in a previous post as the moment I lost all respect for John McCain. When I saw this on Photobucket and saw the caption, I figured it belonged here in the blog.

John McCain Pictures, Images and Photos

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

FactCheck.org: FactChecking Debate No. 2

FactCheck.org: FactChecking Debate No. 2

Factcheck.org seems to be the most neutral site that I have found regarding whether a candidate is stretching the truth or not. This is the fact check from last night's debate.

We had a small showing at the Debate Watch party last night, one was my friend and former 23rd District Congressional candidate, Dr. Bob Johnson. Besides being a thoracic surgeon here in Jefferson County, he is also the writer of McHugh Watch.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

My experience with a 24 hour fast.....

I thought I would try it. I started around 9pm Sunday night and went to 11pm Monday night. I read an article on NPR that talked of how 24 hour fasts were actually good for the body because it gives the digestive tract a break, resets the pancreas, and regulated sugar levels in the blood. I found that in my 24 hours of not eating that it wasn't really so hard. I had my moments of stomach growling and mental dullness, but on the flip side, I was relatively calm and serene. I didn't feel the ups and down that I usually feel throughout the day. I never got shaky or grumpy. I did get tired though while working my night job (at a pizza place, no less), still didn't feel too hungry as my 24 hours drew to a close. I broke my fast once I got home with a cup of warm milk and toast.

There was only one thing that I experienced that was not pleasant....caffeine withdrawal headache. Since I only took water for 24 hours, I knew it would not be a good idea to take in caffeine so I didn't. I won't lie to you though, this morning I hopped out of bed and made a beeline to the tea canister but horror of horrors, THERE WAS NO BLACK TEA!! My caffeine withdrawal headache started about 10pm last night but I thought once I went to bed it would go away...nope...still had it in the morning! So to not find any black tea in this house was shocking to say the least. Since we have been busy today, I have not had anything except half a cup of green tea (which is what? 20mg of caffeine?) since Sunday at 6pm when I had a luscious cafe mocha at Panera's. (see that? I described a cup of mocha as luscious!!) At this moment, I am pretty much like a junkie looking for a fix and I only drink two cups of tea a day with the occasional coffee from Panera or Borders. I pity the poor bastard that drinks 6 cups of coffee a day that has to go cold turkey.

I feel a coffee run in my immediate future.......


My youngest has asked that I post this caffeine related funny.....

Commentary: Stop the negative campaigning - CNN.com

Commentary: Stop the negative campaigning - CNN.com

I agree with the commentator in this piece because I too do not want to see the next month degenerate into a mud wrestling contest. I don't want to see Barack Obama lower himself to the McCain / Palin level. I want to see Obama be the bigger person. On a personal level, though, do any of us take a slam against us silently. I know my own personality, being an Irish blooded woman, I tend to fight the fight well beyond it's limit and if I feel insulted or dissed in anyway, watch out, because I will do all in my power to prove that I am right and you are wrong. It isn't one of my best qualities, I admit, and I am sure there are quite a few others that share this trait with me.

On similar topic, my friend Ted over at Danger Democrat, was musing about how the negative campaigning of the McCain / Palin campaign brought itself right to his own front door. I am deeply disturbed by what these attacks will do to Obama and pray that people will see right through this.

I am getting quite sick of this "Six Degrees of Barack Obama" game that the GOP and McCain / Palin are playing by trying to tie Obama to the likes of Ayers, Farrakhan, Flager, and the scores of others they are trying to connect Obama to in order to scare the American voters. What about the issues....what about what's really important?

Do some voters actually believe that Obama is going to get elected and have a Black Panther Party for an inauguration ball? Do they actually think that right after Obama swears his oath he is going to go to the mic and say "Let me introduce the new Secretary of State, Osama Bin Laden?" I mean, come on, people! Let's get real! If there are people out there that truly believe this bullshit, then I suppose the tactics of the McCain campaign will work. Hopefully there is more than half of us out there that care enough to do the research and find the truth.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Fighting the McCain Smears....

I was reading my morning news when I spyed an article about the McCain campaign using Sarah Palin to ONCE AGAIN accuse him of having ties to William Ayers. Being that I am on a mission to try to offset these smears that McCain has promised to bring until the election, I also found this article from CNN fact checking the statement.

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Fact Check: Is Obama ‘palling around with terrorists’? « - Blogs from CNN.com

The McCain campaign is making more of this connection to make it seem sinister and that Obama is in cahoots with terrorists. It is simply not true and McCain / Palin is just using the tried and true tactics of fear and smear that the Republican party is so well known for.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Fact Checking Last Night's Vice Presidential Debate

I do enjoy Factcheck.org. They will call anyone out on their BS.

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_biden-palin_debate.html

Debate Watching Parties at All Souls

This is the first time in a while that I have been able to post a complete post. Being that I homeschool during the day and work three nights a week, I fear that I am not getting here as much as I want, but not that I am here, let me tell you all about the Debate Watching Parties that we are having at All Souls Church, as well as my thoughts on the debates so far.

The first Debate Watch Party brought about 10 people, including Sean Hennessey, the Jefferson County Democratic Chairman, a representative of Blue Star Families for Obama, and a reporter from Channel 7 news. Unfortunately for the reporter from Channel 7, the whole audience was for Obama, save for one attendee that was undecided. She was looking for more undecideds to see if the debate helped them decide, not a room full of Obama supporters that already had their minds made up. All in all, it was a great Debate Watch....lots of discussion about the economy and the race. As for the debate itself, I have to say that each held their own with each other. I was hoping that Obama would have been a little stronger, a little more aggressive, but we still have two more debates to go. Body language wise, you can tell there was no love lost between the two, with Jim Lehrer almost insisting that they look at each other, and McCain only following through on that for about 2 seconds of the debate.

Last night's Vice Presidential Debate only brought 6 people but it was still great to sit down and watch the Debate with others. One reason for the lower turnout may have been the Aubertine-Renzi debates in Oswego. One person said he thought Sarah Palin won while another stated that Biden won. I personally thought that Sarah Palin held her own, she definitely did her homework, but still came short of Joe Biden. I tend to agree with a sentiment that I heard and it was that she won in the sense that she didn't do any more harm.

So now we are coming up on the next debate on Tuesday and I will be right back at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at 1330 Gotham Street in Watertown. Come and check it out. It's one thing to watch the debates at home, but it's really cool to be able to watch them and discuss them with others!!

UPDATE 10/3/08- I think I may have been confusing with my comments on Sarah Palin. Let it be known that I did not think she won the debate. Here is a comment I got from a reader named rosie and my response.

Rosey said...
I am so sick of reading that Palin "held her own" or changed her duh image. She was a tape recording! - speaking exactly how she had been coached except she messed up and answered four questions with the same answers. How about changing the Constitution giving the VP MORE power?
3:43 PM
Peacepoet said...
Don't get me wrong, Rosie. I know that she was reading the script that she was given. I know that she was only saying what she was coached. Those who were at the Debate Watch Party saw right through that. What I am meaning is in the eyes of many people, she didn't come off as incoherent as she did with the Couric interviews. She didn't by no means clobber Biden and Biden definitely came off as more experienced and educated. Her "you betcha"s and "joe six pack" comments were cringe worthy at best and her accusing Biden of always going backward was hypocritical at best. I sure don't think her performance is going to sway anyone that is going to vote for Obama anyway and I am not sure it is going to make the undecideds go McCain's way.
10:52 PM
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As far as the question about the Constitution, I do find it dangerous that anyone Vice Prez would want to redefine the Constitution for more power. The fact that Sarah Palin agrees with Dick Cheney is disturbing at best. Biden's comment about Dick Cheney being the most dangerous VP in history was right on!