Voting

Nov. 6th, 2012 02:36 pm
eohartman: (Hope)
I went to my local polling location this morning, before work. Even though I voted for Obama four years ago, this time, my vote was different.

I voted for my baby. I voted for his hopes, his dreams, his freedom. I voted that his differences (whatever they may be) will be celebrated, not shamed. I voted for his health. I voted for his reproductive rights as much as I voted for my own. I voted for his ability to receive a quality education regardless of where we live or how much money we may have. I voted for his safety. I voted for his environment.

I voted for his future.
eohartman: (Atlanta)
National Geographic asked all 100 state senators to draw a map of their state from memory and label three important places.

This is Senator Al Franken's version of Minnesota:


This is Senator Saxby Chambliss' version of Georgia:


(In case you need a refresher, this is what Georgia actually looks like.)

...Yup.
eohartman: (Hope)
A wonderfully written essay by a Pennsylvania voter:

I Didn't Vote For Obama Today

I have a confession to make.

I did not vote for Barack Obama today.

I've openly supported Obama since March. But I didn't vote for him today.

I wanted to vote for Ronald Woods. He was my algebra teacher at Clark Junior High in East St. Louis, IL. He died 15 years ago when his truck skidded head-first into a utility pole. He spent many a day teaching us many things besides the Pythagorean Theorem. He taught us about Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis and many other civil rights figures who get lost in the shadow cast by Martin Luther King, Jr.

But I didn't vote for Mr. Woods.

I wanted to vote for Willie Mae Cross. She owned and operated Crossroads Preparatory Academy for almost 30 years, educating and empowering thousands of kids before her death in 2003. I was her first student. She gave me my first job, teaching chess and math concepts to kids in grades K-4 in her summer program. She was always there for advice, cheer and consolation. Ms. Cross, in her own way, taught me more about walking in faith than anyone else I ever knew.

But I didn't vote for Ms. Cross.

I wanted to vote for Arthur Mells Jackson, Sr. and Jr. Jackson Senior was a Latin professor. He has a gifted school named for him in my hometown. Jackson Junior was the pre-eminent physician in my hometown for over 30 years. He has a heliport named for him at a hospital in my hometown. They were my great-grandfather and great-uncle, respectively.

But I didn't vote for Prof. Jackson or Dr. Jackson.

I wanted to vote for A.B. Palmer. She was a leading civil rights figure in Shreveport, Louisiana, where my mother grew up and where I still have dozens of family members. She was a strong-willed woman who earned the grudging respect of the town's leaders because she never, ever backed down from anyone and always gave better than she got. She lived to the ripe old age of 99, and has a community center named for her in Shreveport.

But I didn't vote for Mrs. Palmer.

I wanted to vote for these people, who did not live to see a day where a Black man would appear on their ballots on a crisp November morning.

In the end, though, I realized that I could not vote for them any more than I could vote for Obama himself.

So who did I vote for?

No one.

I didn't vote. Not for President, anyway.

Oh, I went to the voting booth. I signed, was given my stub, and was walked over to a voting machine. I cast votes for statewide races and a state referendum on water and sewer improvements.

I stood there, and I thought about all of these people, who influenced my life so greatly. But I didn't vote for who would be the 44th President of the United States.

When my ballot was complete, except for the top line, I finally decided who I was going to vote for - and then decided to let him vote for me. I reached down, picked him up, and told him to find Obama's name on the screen and touch it.

And so it came to pass that Alexander Reed, age 5, read the voting screen, found the right candidate, touched his name, and actually cast a vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Oh, the vote will be recorded as mine. But I didn't cast it.

Then again, the person who actually pressed the Obama box and the red "vote" button was the person I was really voting for all along.

It made the months of donating, phonebanking, canvassing, door hanger distributing, sign posting, blogging, arguing and persuading so much sweeter.

So, no, I didn't vote for Barack Obama. I voted for a boy who now has every reason to believe he, too, can grow up to be anything he wants...even President.
eohartman: (Yes We Can)
I spent the evening at a gay bar in Atlanta with some very dear friends. For each state that CNN called for Obama, the entire bar cheered and clapped. When the presidency was called (at 7:00 p.m. in California), the entire place erupted in screams of happiness, tears of joy and chants of "Yes We Can." Finally, our voice was heard.

It was nothing short of incredible.



Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King can walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama can run. Obama is running so we all can fly. - Jay Z

Congratulations, Barack Obama. :-)
eohartman: (Bush in a skirt)
My brother forwarded this e-mail to me and it's worth the read. :-)

Dear Red States,

We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, this includes:
• all the Northeast
• California
• Hawai'i
• Oregon
• Washington
• Minnesota
• Wisconsin
• Michigan, and
• Illinois
To sum up briefly, you get Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and all the slave states.

We get stem cell research, the best beaches, Yosemite, the Liberty Bell, and the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood.

We get 85% of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs along with Apple, Intel, and Microsoft. You get WorldCom, or what's left of it.

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to figure out how to make your red states pay their fair share.

Please be aware that this new country will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. Apparently, they have kids they're willing to send to their deaths for no purpose. We wish you success in Iraq and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in your President Bush's quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will enjoy 80% of the country's fresh water, 92% of the nation's fresh fruit and lettuce, 95% of America's quality wines (which shouldn't be a big deal for you guys since we know how much you love serving French wines, right?), 90% of all cheese, 90% of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, plus the entire Ivy League and Seven Sister schools, including Stanford. You get Ole' Miss.

The Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92% of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, and Bob Jones University. Oddly, 38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, and 44% say that evolution is only a theory.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22% lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families while you get a bunch of single moms and 62% who believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws.

And for some reason, you crazy folks believe you have higher morals than the rest of us!
Good luck with all of that.

Sincerely,
Blue States
eohartman: (Bush in a skirt)
I've mentioned before that my parents get Republican Party surveys in the mail, because despite being registered democrats, they live in a heavily republican-populated area.

Guess what they got in the mail last week! )
eohartman: (Default)
Today's main headline on CNN.com/US:

eohartman: (Bush in a skirt)
There are very few things that get me as riled up as when someone mixes the environment and politics together in a way that harms the environment. President Bush's recent proposed policy changes to the Endangered Species Act is a prime example. I usually don't blog about these things *because* I get so upset, but people deserve to know how anti-environment Sarah Palin is.

Palin is known for her life-long membership to the NRA, her desire to run a natural gas pipeline through Alaska and attempt to sue the US government to get polar bears taken OFF the Endangered Species List, but many people don't know about the gruesome "sport" that Sarah Palin supports.

Sarah Palin believes in a very controversial hunting method called "Aerial Hunting."

It's the practice of hunting animals from a low-flying aircraft. The hunter will board an airplane or helicopter and target animals from above, usually tracking the animal in the snow, chasing them to exhaustion and shooting them from the air or land the aircraft and shoot them from the ground. Oftentimes, the shot is not a "clean kill," and instead, the animal suffers through immense pain, sometimes several rounds of shots, until it finally collapses and dies, only to be slaughtered and turned into a "trophy."

Here's an informative ten-minute long video on aerial hunting:

If you can't endure ten minutes, check out this two minute version.
Warning: Both videos show animals getting shot and in pain. Please consider this when deciding whether or not you watch the video(s).

This hunting method is so controversial that even many pro-hunting groups oppose it because it's not giving the animals a "fair fight." It's sneaky. It causes extreme, inhumane torture to animals who don't even have a fighting chance of making it out alive. It's cruel. It's absolutely gut-wrenchingly cruel and inhumane. It IS animal abuse.

Calling it a "sport" is degrading to the real sport of hunting, which is legal, and most importantly, ends the animal's life swiftly with little pain.

Aerial hunting has been banned in America since the Airborne Hunting Act was passed in 1972. However, for the past 30 years, Alaska has circumvented the Airborne Hunting Act by exploiting a loophole that allows states to "administer" wildlife management using an aircraft. They justify this horrible action under the thin veil of shooting wolves via aircraft in order to boost the moose and caribou populations. Why does Alaska want to boost the moose and caribou populations?

So they can hunt and kill moose and caribou.

Private citizens with state permits can either shoot the wolves from the air or land and shoot them. In early 2007, Palin's administration approved an initiative to pay a $150 bounty to hunters who killed a wolf from an airplane in certain areas, hacked off the left foreleg, and brought in the appendage to state wildlife officials in order to boost the amount of kills. Ruling that the Palin administration didn't have the authority to offer payments, despite Palin's administration defense that the "program was not a bounty, but an incentive for a select group of people that would provide the state with biological information". The state judge ordered the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game to stop the wolf bounties. However, the state judge did not order the aerial hunting to stop.

Alaskan voters took to the polls twice since 2003 and voted to end aerial hunting. The legislature over-turned the voters' decision both times. The third time it was on the ballot, in August 2008 (while Palin is governor), they voted 92,781 to 74,124 to allow it because the wording on the ballot was confusing and "some who voted no on Measure 2 thought they were banning the practice, when in fact it took a yes vote to stop private hunters from gunning wolves and bears from the air." Sneaky, eh?

Wildlife organizations are against aerial hunting. Environmental groups are against aerial hunting. This is perhaps the only thing that I'll agree with PETA on, because they're against it, too. Many hunters are against aerial hunting. At it's core, it is a barbaric, cruel way to kill animals. If for no other reason, Sarah Palin's approval of this hunting technique makes me categorically against her.

I'm a wildlife rehabilitator. I'm still unsure on how I feel about hunting in general- I can see both sides of the issue and I can also understand and appreciate the cultural significance and history behind ground hunting. But I cannot, EVER, understand why Palin approves aerial hunting, which is so incredibly cruel and selfish.

God's creatures do NOT deserve to die a slow, painful death because some asshole gets joy out of the "sport" of aerial hunting. For someone who thinks it is "God's will" to build a pipeline in Alaska, she certainly has a convoluted way of respecting God's animals.

And as an added bonus, a LOLzSarah:
lolz
eohartman: (Penis size)
Every six months or so, my parents get a survey to fill out from the Republican National Convention. My parents aren't Republicans- in fact, they're quite the opposite. But, because they live in white, middle-class suburbia, they get this survey to fill out. We take turns filling it out.

This time, it was my turn. :-)

Scanned pics of the survey behind the cut. )
eohartman: (Penis size)
Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war

President Bush and his top aides publicly made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two years following September 11, 2001, according to a study released Tuesday by two nonprofit journalism groups.

Read the rest here. )

baaaaa

Jan. 10th, 2008 06:15 pm
eohartman: (Default)
87% John Edwards
87% Barack Obama
86% Hillary Clinton
86% Bill Richardson
80% Chris Dodd
74% Dennis Kucinich
74% Joe Biden
74% Mike Gravel
48% Rudy Giuliani
39% John McCain
34% Mitt Romney
33% Mike Huckabee
31% Tom Tancredo
21% Fred Thompson
18% Ron Paul
















2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
eohartman: (Default)
As we say goodbye to Karl Rove, let's look at a couple of his accomplishments during his time at the White House:

Most recently, Rove was supeonaed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a probe of the firing of nine federal prosecutors. The Shrub veoted the supeana.

Rove helped the Shrub win his campaign for presidency...twice.

Karl Rove purportedly helped leak name of CIA operative Valerie Plame to the press. After testifying five times before a federal grand jury, he was NOT indicted on the charges of the CIA leak.

Inspired a Karl Rove condom imprinted with the phrase "Some things should never leak!"

But let us not forget his greatest accomplishment!
MC Rove!


Click here for a Karl Rove desktop background )

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