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What’s happening in Philly?

November 6th, 2012
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a7b5n9pccaawwjwVia a Facebook friend:

Be careful voting out there today…..My mother inlaw volunteered to be a poll watcher and was stopped 5 feet into the door by other poll watchers saying that she didn’t belong there and had to be escorted out because of intimidation and for her protection.

This incident happened in North Philadelphia. What party she was a poll watcher for there is no suggestion, but she “walked in and immediately was verbally abused” and after contacting the party was told “not to call news or police cause then we’d have to fear for her life.”

Like I say, no suggestion who told her to leave, but there’s evidence to suggest she’s not the only one.

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"My New Favourite Crew – The Palin Girls"

September 1st, 2008
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It’s hard to let the weekend pass without mentioning Sarah Palin, so even though I don’t do US politics very often, I’ll post a few links on the subject.

Everybody seems to be quoting Mark Stein’s The Hostess with the Moosest, especially these two sentences:

What other country in the developed world produces beauty queens who hunt caribou and serve up a terrific moose stew? As an immigrant, I’m not saying I came to the United States purely to meet chicks like that, but it was certainly high on my list of priorities.

It’s a good quote, but I like the … that goes with it:

Next to her resume, a guy who’s done nothing but serve in the phony-baloney job of “community organizer” and write multiple autobiographies looks like just another creepily self-absorbed lifelong member of the full-time political class that infests every advanced democracy.

Oh, and I too like the naughty librarian vibe.

Besides Stein, I have mentioned before I like the McCain Blogette‘s, a mostly photo blog run by John McCain’s daughter Meghan, with two other young ladies on the Campaign trail with photographer Heather Brand and videographer Shannon Bae.

It’s an interesting behind the scenes site and I wish the Obama, Harper and Dion campaign had one (or perhaps they do – anyone?). The only downside is some of the pictures are awfully dark, which they shouldn’t be when they are taken by a professional photographer.  

Presently they have some good shots of the Palin’s, (the pictures included here are from the blogette including the one to the right, called Doing hair with Piper and Willow Palin.), particularly the girls whom the blogette’s seem to have taken to, and vice versa.

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Why Obama Will Not Be Prsident

March 17th, 2008
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“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any colour) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.” Geraldine Ferarro

It has long been my contention that the 1st black president of the United States will be Republican (this argument applies equally to women). Geraldine Ferraro’s comments above crystallize why: any Democratic candidate that is black or female will have the taint of affirmative action on them. If Barack Obama was in the same position he is in today, except he was Republican, there would be no questioning his fitness for the position. If the Republican Party ever has a black or female nominee, you can be sure they would be the best candidate, with strong credentials, strong policies and a strong record. There would be no free passes due to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or record of offences. The Democratic Party however, is the party of affirmative action, that equal opportunity must result in equal results.

When the Democrats put forth a candidate from a disadvantaged group, that candidates fitness for the job will automatically be questioned by many voters; not because of the candidate, but because of the history of the Democratic Party. And while Geraldine Ferraro can be beaten into submission, individual voters, standing in the voting booth and wondering, is he the best candidate, or the best black candidate?(or best female candidate?) cannot be so beaten. It may be possible to enforce equal opportunity on the workplace and public institutions, it cannot be enforced in the voting booth.

If Geraldine Ferraro, the person who has risen to the highest position thanks to affirmative action, the person chosen as Walter Mondale’s running mate with a whole six years in congress to call experience, can question Barack Obama’s experience, then why wouldn’t the voters question his experience? It’s not Obama’s fault, but he will have to carry the Democratic Party’s legacy of supporting affirmative action into any Presidential election.

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