Paper Rules

For anyone who still doesn’t understand why PAPER BALLOTS are better for democracy than ELECTRONIC VOTING, go here to watch the Minnesota Canvassing Board in action.  The U.S. Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken was so close the decision is coming down to the board hand-counting the challenged paper ballots. 

Remember, accurate counts such as this are NOT possible when voters are forced to use unverifiable, black- box voting.

Paper rules.


New World Order

I’m a huge fan of Get Your War On by David Rees.  It started as a strip that uses clip art but
it’s now in video format.  Here’s one that’s a nice follow-up to my post yesterday about guns
and the radicals’ reaction to the Obama election.

Warning:  there are a couple expletives in here AND if you’re freaking out about
Obama’s victory, you probably won’t find this funny.

Otherwise, enjoy.

Into the Light





/* Style Definitions */
{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;

We’ve been in a dark, scary place for the past eight years.  A place, as Paul Krugman put it,
filled with monsters.

Due to the hard work of many, many people and the awakening of our collective conscience,
we’re now headed into the light.

I woke this morning feeling lighter than I have in years.  I was buoyed by hope and optimism. 
I still am.  I think good things are going to happen.  This country found its moral compass again,
and it will make progress on many fronts.  We will face our problems and take the necessary
bold actions to ensure a sustainable and just environment for future generations.

As a political junkie, I can only hypothesize about the changes to come.  But there is one thing
I know with an absolute certainty:  President-elect Obama will never detain and torture a fellow
human being.

We are leaving that darkness behind, once and for all. 


One Person, One Vote. For All

I’m headed out in a few minutes with my laptop so I can help homeless and working poor people know where to go vote tomorrow.  But first I wanted to put up a voting-related post that included a cool quote or an inspiring story about voting.  So I did a Google search.

I’m so naive.

I didn’t find inspiration.  My search brought me to discussion boards with people saying the most cruel and hateful things about homeless people and their voting rights.  I don’t know whether to scream or cry.

A pox on all the mean-spirited, ignorant people out there. 

And In the meanwhile, I’m joining the ranks of the many volunteers out there working hard today and tomorrow to make sure each and every person’s voice is heard and counted. 


Good Fortune

I almost didn’t open my fortune cookie at the restaurant
tonight because I so badly wanted the fortune
to bode well for Tuesday.  I mean, what if the tiny slip of
paper pointed to an angry old white man in my future? 

But then I took a chance……..




Last night Zippy and I went to our poll watchers training so we’ll be ready to protect voting integrity on Tuesday.
This morning I lifted weights and then made some headway in my quest to find a new venue for next September’s RMC-SCBWI fall conference.
I just finished my 1000 words for the day.
And now I’m off to do data entry for Democrats Work.

I feel so energized and optimistic right now.  Hope you’re all feeling the same!

Remember Who We Are

The Institute for America’s Future placed its final election ad in the New York Times.  I read the ad and decided to post it as a companion piece to today’s earlier photo.  This ad explains why I’m a progressive and why I feel so strongly about Obama not listening to those who will call for him to lead from the center.  There is work to be done.  Our future depends on bold action.


A Thing of Beauty

We weren’t at the rally yesterday but this photo brought tears to my eyes.  Colorado isn’t the most politically active state, and I’ve been at plenty of rallies at the capitol that were pretty damned small.  This one was estimated by both campaign organizers and police as well over 100,000.  Seeing all those people gathered together fills my heart with joy.   


Writing of a Different Kind

I haven’t been good about updating my progress on my JoNoWriMo goals.  For the record, I am writing.

However, not all writing has been fiction.

Last week I joined other volunteers at Democrats Work in sending out postcards to new voters, urging them to get out and vote.  My hand cramped up and my shoulders got tight, and I quit at 33.  Today, though, I wrote 55 postcards! 

A couple weeks ago I felt guilty for not canvassing but now I’m happy I can be part of the effort without my blood pressure skyrocketing.  Plus, the competitive me enjoys the fact I can get through a list of 30 names faster than the other volunteers. 

It’s the little stuff that keeps me going.


Stop Fanning the Flames!

This op-ed from The Baltimore Sun says it all:

McCain’s attacks fuel dangerous hatred

John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.

At a Sarah Palin rally, someone called out, "Kill him!" At one of your rallies, someone called out, "Terrorist!" Neither was answered or denounced by you or your running mate, as the crowd laughed and cheered. At your campaign event Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa., the crowd was seething with hatred for the Democratic nominee – an attitude encouraged in speeches there by you, your running mate, your wife and the local Republican chairman.


John McCain: In 2000, as a lifelong Republican, I worked to get you elected instead of George W. Bush. In return, you wrote an endorsement of one of my books about military service. You seemed to be a man who put principle ahead of mere political gain.

You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate.

John McCain, you are no fool, and you understand the depths of hatred that surround the issue of race in this country. You also know that, post-9/11, to call someone a friend of a terrorist is a very serious matter. You also know we are a bitterly divided country on many other issues. You know that, sadly, in America, violence is always just a moment away. You know that there are plenty of crazy people out there.

Stop! Think! Your rallies are beginning to look, sound, feel and smell like lynch mobs.

John McCain, you’re walking a perilous line. If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters when they scream out "Terrorist" or "Kill him," history will hold you responsible for all that follows.

John McCain and Sarah Palin, you are playing with fire, and you know it. You are unleashing the monster of American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us. You are doing this in wartime. You are doing this as our economy collapses. You are doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.

Change the atmosphere of your campaign. Talk about the issues at hand. Make your case. But stop stirring up the lunatic fringe of haters, or risk suffering the judgment of history and the loathing of the American people – forever.

We will hold you responsible.

Frank Schaeffer is the author of "Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back." His e-mail is frankaschaeffer@