Archive for August, 2008

How low can you go, McCain?

Friday, August 29th, 2008

McCain’s campaign is all over the place. Picking the inexperienced Alaskan Governor Sarah “Barracuda” Palin1for his Vice Presidential running mate is the political equivalent of peeing in your pants to get attention. John McCain was getting no press coverage. Obama ran a political home run last night and McCain could not stand it, so he chose to announce his vp candidate, a token woman. And I emphasize the use of lower case ‘vp’ on purpose. This signifies what is to come for her if they should win office. She will be the token woman aiding McCain into the White House but quickly disregarded on every level of decision making once there. She will undoubtedly become the scapegoat for all that goes wrong and the puppet through which the greedy, power-hungry people will do their opportunistic bidding. Can you imagine how far back this will set the country, let alone the fight for equal opportunities for women? Her inexperience will be the folly that adds fuel to the anti-American rhetoric abroad, as well as the anti-feminist movement.

This is such a slap in the face to anyone who wanted Hillary to break through the glass ceiling. Her support did not come from just being born a woman. That was a side note, an added bonus if you will, to people who do wish women had equal rights and equal opportunities. However, I digress, despite my urges to explain in detail how important equality is today (and always), I will get back on topic. Hillary has experience and cares about this country. She has made positive, real change in our country’s policies, especially with regards to health care for children. Now, I am not saying Palin has not done anything positive, I do not know what she has done, yet. What I am saying is as a feminist, I am cringing. And as a political citizen, I am retching.

The fact that very little is known about her works in the McCain camp’s favor but against logical reasoning. She is wet behind the ears politically speaking, what if something happens to McCain? Is she really ready to become president? The irony almost goes without saying, almost. McCain has attacked Obama for months now on his “inexperience” while stealing his ideas only a few days later and now he chooses someone with even less experience? This defies logic, unless the logic is to gain political attention and perhaps the attention of some fringe voters completely fixated on getting any woman into the White House at any cost.

This is what I have read about Sarah Heath Palin so far… she is anti-choice (aka Pro-Life)2, supports teaching creationism in schools3, a lifetime member of the NRA, a former beauty pageant contestant (see picture) 45, pro death-penalty6, supports the 2nd Amendment (right to keep and bear arms), opposes privatizing social security (even funded a relief bonus check to senior citizens for extra aid), “strongly opposes” shifting our reliance to alternative fuel sources7. I need to do some more research but I find it particularly interesting her husband, Todd Palin, works for BP — the oil company and there is controversy over this and some legislation she tried to push through which would affect BP to the tune of multi-millions8. She agreed with Obama’s energy plan in as much as the gas line she wants to lay across her own her state to get cheaper gas to the U.S., she wants to open ANWR9, this being a long-term debate between capitalists and environmentalists over the effects. She doesn’t even believe humans have an effect on global warming and wants to remove the endangered species protection on the polar bear.10

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  1. Johnson, Kaylene 2008. “Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska’s Political Establishment Upside Down”. Epicenter Press. []
  2. http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Sarah_Palin_Abortion.htm []
  3. Kizzia, Tom October 27, 2006. “‘Creation science’ enters the race”, Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved on 2008-08-29. []
  4. http://www.televisioninternet.com/news/pictures/sarah-palin-beauty-queen-1.jpg []
  5. , against same-sex marriage ((http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Sarah_Palin_Abortion.htm []
  6. http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Sarah_Palin_Crime.htm []
  7. http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Sarah_Palin_Energy_+_Oil.htm []
  8. Ross, Mike (August 21, 2007). “Mr. Palin goes back to Prudhoe”, KTUU-TV. Retrieved on 2008-08-29. []
  9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_National_Wildlife_Refuge []
  10. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/29/124640/036/945/578739 []

YES WE CAN!!!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Obama was brilliant this evening. His speech brought me to tears and kept me smiling and crying the whole way through. He is intelligent, articulate and sensible. I agree with everything he said. I even discussed many of the very things he said this evening with friends (and other random victims.) And thank the dictionaries above… he used the word naysayer! I love that word. I love that he is not afraid to use the English language. He is eloquent without alienating people. I will post his speech both in video and text form here and I will come back tomorrow to discuss it. Perhaps, I will continue to dissect it and analyze it and add my two cents to the topics within over the next week or so.

Obama slammed this one out of the political ballpark and we all jogged the victory lap around the bases after this convention. WELL DONE! WELL SAID! THANK YOU for being logical, reasonable and caring.

Senator Durbin introduces Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama
“The American Promise”
Democratic National Convention
August 28, 2008
Denver, Colorado

As prepared for delivery

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To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
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Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest – a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours — Hillary Rodham Clinton. To President Clinton, who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love of my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to Sasha and Malia – I love you so much, and I’m so proud of all of you.

Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

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Welcome the Crowtation!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

I thought using nifty graphics to manage the use of quotations would be nice. Then, I thought adding quotations to a site named crowgyrls… hrm… quotations… crow… quo… crowtations!!!! Clever little devil that I am… or think I am. Yay! Then I googled the word and well, I was not the first bird brain to come up with this word but I will use it anyways for block quotes on this site. So, here goes… one of our favorite quotes.

Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” — Barbara De Angelis

Biden’s Speech at DNC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Joe Biden\’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention

YAY!!!! GO BIDEN!!!!
VOTE BARACK OBAMA!

Transcript of Senator Joe Biden’s speech prepared for the 2008 Democratic Convention.

Beau, I love you. I am so proud of you. Proud of the son you are. Proud of
the father you’ve become. And I’m so proud of my son Hunter, my daughter
Ashley, and my wife Jill, the only one who leaves me breathless and speechless
at the same time.

It is an honor to share this stage tonight with President Clinton. And
last night, it was moving to watch Hillary, one of the great leaders of our
party, a woman who has made history and will continue to make history: my
colleague and my friend, Senator Hillary Clinton.

And I am honored to represent our first state-my state-Delaware.

Since I’ve never been called a man of few words, let me say this as simply
as I can: Yes. Yes, I accept your nomination to run and serve alongside our
next President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

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Senator Kerry’s Speech at the DNC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

While I realize Kerry is not so charismatic and a bit muppet-like, I STILL THINK KERRY WOULD HAVE BEEN TEN-FOLD A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN BUSH! And for those naysayers who want to discuss Kerry’s supposed flip-flopping, please do message me or leave a comment. We can discuss it.

I noticed that many people were getting up and walking around during his speech. Firstly, didn’t your parents ever teach you it is extremely disrespectful to get up while someone is speaking? HOW rude! Have you ever spoken in front of a crowd? How would you feel if dozens of people were rustling about, getting up and walking around? RUDE! You missed out on a good speech.

If you were not inspired by Kerry’s speech, you were not listening closely enough.

Kerry was spot on in almost everything he said. Some particularly interesting and important things he said I would love to share:

“[Bush] mislead the country…”

There were never any weapons of mass destruction. The Bush regime lied and they still continue to shovel money into the pockets of the oil companies and the weapon-makers. This war MUST END.

“Our mission is to restore America’s influence and position in the world, and we must use all the weapons in our arsenal above all OUR VALUES.”

This is perhaps the most understated statement of the century. We cannot continue to depend on might. While we have the largest military in the world, it is finite. We are spread too thin. We must use diplomacy. If we continue to use our guns, disregarding the opinion of other countries and the good-faith contracts we made for ourselves (the Constitution) and others (International Laws, Geneva Convention, etc.); we will lose all credibility. The past eight years have been a virtual open drain where we have lost almost all political legitimacy. The Bush Administration depended upon military might and forgot the all important notion of ‘good-will’ even when doing so directly conflicted with international law. Political legitimacy is an essential component of state power and efficacy; and we must restore ours by reuniting our words with the core liberal values this country earned so much respect for worldwide. This can only happen through true diplomacy, through obeying the international (and domestic) laws we helped create, by following international standards.

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Bill Clinton’s Speech at the 2008 DNC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I think this whole speech was worth watching and reading. I will comment in general later but please listen to it, read it, ingest it on your own. Then, we can discuss it.

Transcript of President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention (8/27/08)

In the end, my candidate didn’t win. But I’m very proud of the campaign she ran: she never quit on the people she stood up for, on the changes she pushed for, on the future she wants for all our children. And I’m grateful for the chance Chelsea and I had to tell Americans about the person we know and love.

I’m not so grateful for the chance to speak in the wake of her magnificent address last night. But I’ll do my best.

Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she’ll do everything she can to elect Barack Obama.

That makes two of us.

Actually that makes 18 million of us because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November.

Here’s why.

Our nation is in trouble on two fronts: The American Dream is under siege at home, and America’s leadership in the world has been weakened.

Middle class and low-income Americans are hurting, with incomes declining; job losses, poverty and inequality rising; mortgage foreclosures and credit card debt increasing; health care coverage disappearing; and a big spike in the cost of food, utilities, and gasoline.

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No Way, No How, NO McCain!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The wonderful Hillary Clinton

Transcript from Hillary’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention to follow:

I am honored to be here tonight. A proud mother. A proud Democrat. A proud American. And a proud supporter of Barack Obama.

My friends, it is time to take back the country we love.

Whether you voted for me, or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose. We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines.

This is a fight for the future. And it’s a fight we must win.

I haven’t spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women’s rights at home and around the world . . . to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people.

And you haven’t worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership.

No way. No how. No McCain.

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Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Monday, August 25th, 2008

She is truly inspiring. Their connection is palpable. One gets the sense they truly care about one another and like each other a lot. This is a healthy relationship. I like them. Here was her speech.

Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic convention (as it was prepared).

As you might imagine, for Barack, running for President is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother Craig.

I can’t tell you how much it means to have Craig and my mom here tonight. Like Craig, I can feel my dad looking down on us, just as I’ve felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life.

At six-foot-six, I’ve often felt like Craig was looking down on me too…literally. But the truth is, both when we were kids and today, he wasn’t looking down on me – he was watching over me.

And he’s been there for me every step of the way since that clear February day 19 months ago, when – with little more than our faith in each other and a hunger for change – we joined my husband, Barack Obama, on the improbable journey that’s brought us to this moment.

But each of us also comes here tonight by way of our own improbable journey.

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o-eight-o-eight-o-eight

Friday, August 8th, 2008

What an interesting date! I wonder if it means something. Should I buy a lottery ticket just in case? I find meaning where there is none. This is largely due to an overly superstitious upbringing. Worried I might actually break her back, my mother trained me to have the most awkward gait to avoid cracks in the sidewalk. Her superstitions taught me social lessons through practical application. And while the laughing sometimes made me a skosh self-conscious, as an adult I am immune to outright laughing.

I have since perfected my gait and the newly learned crack-stomping is almost unoticeable to the naked eye of the average passerby. I am also pleased to announce my mother’s back is in tip-top shape. Though, one could question her mental stability. Incidentally, I can now laugh at just about anything to do with myself (or you, doesn’t matter). And when people point and laugh at my eccentric behavior, as happens on a regular basis, I join them and rapidly watch the confusion trickle over their innocent little faces. My mother’s living-will bequeathed upon me the vast estate of our family humor and the empire of its intellect.

I am constantly refusing to buy into superstitions and not simply because I wish to walk in a normal manner. With every opportunity I walk under ladders, spill salt, cross paths with black cats; unless the black cat has fleas, in which case I curse the owner of its mother, asking, “WHY? OH, WHY DID YOU NOT LISTEN TO BOB BARKER?” I have even broken a mirror or two in my life. Though, there is enough circumstantial evidence to prove the theory of 7 years bad luck. But I would counter with pride that it is not luck, it is will that has afforded me such an interesting life. Will coupled with poor choices, mixed in with some olived naivety and voila…a disaster cocktail is born. Ah, well… some of us learn the hard way!

Bananas!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

I love these gorillas! How exciting! Too bad discussing them so publically is tantamount to handing them to the hunters, poachers and exploiters. =( 

Read more about them here.