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Gay Marriage Bans Succeeding

While we rejoice in the promise that a new President Obama will bring, there are some of us in America who amidst the celebration have endured a punch in the gut this election night. Our quest for equality is not over and once more the people have spoken against us.

If the civil right bill had been decided by the general public it never would have passed. President Lyndon Johnson signed it. We need that same protection from our new president. I don’t know how that could happen but I believe it CAN happen…in our lifetime. Change in America has come. I hope the tide of change flows far enough for GLBT Americans too. None of us are free unless we ALL are free.-Val

here’s the story…
State amendments to ban gay marriage did well across the country with voters in Arizona and Florida approving proposals to outlaw same-sex marriage and Californians on the verge of passing such an amendment in their state.

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Decision ’08 Presidential Results from MSNBC

Follow the election results

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WSJ.com – Heading Off Election Day Mishaps

It’s time to cast your ballot. What could possibly go wrong? Here is a voter’s guide on common problems and what to do about them.

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Nov 4th can’t come soon enough

hang on a minute…I’m having a hot flash….

One of the good things about being a woman and being older than 50 is that you get pretty good at spotting the bullshit. There’s physical traits that people show when they are using less than “straight talk.” Women sometimes stare at you wide eyed as the offending nouns and verbs tumble from their lips. Kind of reminds me of the deer in the headlights look which can also mean total cluelessness. Not all liers are clueless though so don’t be confused. With men it’s more of a look than lid thrashing usually. They look down (or up) anyway but not toward the listener. There’s one more way to spot the lies…educate yourself. See, the B.S. expert is counting on the fact that YOU haven’t done your homework. Hence, no bologna meter!

This campaign has gone on for two years. I’m a political junkie and I’m worn out. I can’t begin to understand what my “nonpolitical” friends must feel about it all. I have to say they’ve been great to put up with my rants. This blog itself grew out of my need to vent my frustration & anger at the Bush/Cheney administration.

The secrecy and the lies coming out of Washington these past eight years have been staggering. I hardly recognize America. The next President is going to have an awful lot of undoing to do. Some things never will be undone like the 4,000+ soldiers that have died in Iraq or the unknown hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens that have perished in what has become an occupation. The millions of refugees that had to flee and live in makeshift tents or less.You can’t win an occupation. You leave an occupation and come home.

Close your eyes for a minute and remember back with me to the days right after 9/11. People were kinder to each other just passing each other on the street. Leaders from other nations said “we are ALL Americans now.” They wanted to reach out to us and help. George Bush squandered all that goodwill and invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. He and his cronies are oil men. Do you think they would have gone if Iraq had turnips instead of oil? Do you know the original name for the invasion was Operation Iraqi Liberation? (O-I-L) Did you know Cheney held secret closed door meetings on energy when they first took office and invited the CEO’s of the major oil companies and Ken Lay of Enron. To this day we don’t know what went on but reports are there was a map of Iraq and they were dividing up the oil. This was BEFORE 9/11 even happened.

There are so many things…the corporations and their monopolies. The privatization of the commons. Wall Street and $700 billion of our tax dollars to bale out the banks. The outing of Valerie Plane. New Orleans. The shredding of the Constitution. Gitmo. The suspension of Habious Corpus. The Patriot Act and spying on our own citizens. Alberto Gonzalas. The vetoes and the Republican stranglehold on Congress. “Heck-of-a-job” Brownie. AND of course Haliburton.

I just want to give you a few things to mull over before you step into that voting booth Tuesday. I’ll be there but I’ve already voted early for Obama. I’ll be there with my video camera handy in case there are any problems with folks trying to exercise their right to vote. If I see anything like that I will upload it here to my blog, youtube and www.videothevote.org

Peace & love & God(dess) bless America
Val

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Obama’s 30 minutes on TV tonight

In case you missed it on TV tonight here it is…

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video the vote

I’ve signed up to help video the vote on election day. here’s a little movie about it and why it’s important. if you want to find out more go here.
If you’re interested in helping me on november 4th in nashville send me an email at avalonfarms@hughes.net I could use an audio person (hold the mic while i shoot video)-val

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Great Poll Tracker

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/629/629/7360265.stm

I really like this because it has four different polls and you can see all of them with a click of the button. I found it at one news site I check a lot…the bbc.

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PSA: Protect California Gay Marriage

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Debate night at Obama Headquarters in Nashville

Bridges Academy provided The food and it looks great & I’m hungry. (lots of pasta dishes) but the food line is really long and looks a bit overwhelming so I will sit here and start blogging. I’ll eat later tonight when Emily gets here.

In the back of the room are people on cellphones calling voters. This room has been busy every time I’ve been down here. They can always use more help though and if you want to come down and give it a whirl they’ll even give you a script (you don’t need to know what to say) I hope you know by now that it takes all of us to bring about the change we so desperately need. Did you see the DOW today? Down over 500 points. Damn! How low do you think it will go? We all must do more than just vote.

Stacy Beyer is about to sing….

She just sang her song YES WE CAN! She also handed out copies of the song on cd.

This another singer…Keith Floyd

The DJ, Robert Luke is playing music at the moment and I can tell he really really likes his job. I really really like the music choices. Toe tappin’ going on here. Like the hat too…one of his other jobs tonight is to try and quiet the crowd during the debate so we could hear everything. This is not always an easy job. “Ok folks…settle down…”

I can’t overstate the excitement in the room. People came tonight to watch history but I think we all could feel a sense that we are part of it too. The momentum of Obama’s campaign is so inspiring. We have really been through it all these last 8 years. People are fed up. I’m not so sure Tennessee is going to be a “red” state in November. I hope everyone takes advantage of early voting October 15th – 30th because on November 4th I think the polls are going to be very very long lines.

Nick Wells, state field director for Obama’s Tennessee campaign said that if the election were to be tonight not only would Obama win, he would pick up 8 “red states’ that went to Bush in 2000 & 2004.

Needless to say, his “good news” went over pretty well…

Ms. Thompson (I think her name is Felisha) sorry I didn’t get that…she is introducing folks and keeping things rolling along befor the debate. I have been here from 6p on and they have had music & speakers right up to debate time.

later….

Everyone took their seats as it was almost 8pm. The big screen up front was turned on and the lights dimmed. For me it was a matter of one more formality before Obama is sworn in. My mind is made up and has been for a long time. So is just about everyone I know. I turn on the TV and all I hear about is undecided voters. I can’t think of any that I know. I’m a decided voter. I’ve decided I want Obama to be the next President for one simple reason. He’s the most qualified.

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women gathering on the internet against palin

This an example of the strength of the internet in this year’s election. YES WE CAN! Each and every person can do SOMETHING to combat the lies in mainstream media. Hey women check out this site…here’s just a few facts I found on it…

From www.womenagainstpalin.com

Their Agenda Against Women
• McCain voted against The Equal Pay Bill for 
Women. He said women ‘need education and 
training’ instead.

• Palin wants to outlaw abortion in every form, 
including for victims of rape or incest.

• McCain voted against the family and medical 
leave act, making it harder for women and men 
to take time from work to care for loved ones.

• Palin cut special needs funding in Alaska by 
62% yet claims to be a special needs advocate.

• Palin wants to teach creationism in the schools, 
making it harder for our teachers to compete 
with up-and-coming nations in science education.

• McCain opposed spending to prevent 
unintended and teen pregnancies.

• Palin does not believe that humans contribute to 
global warming and she wants to take the polar 
bear off of the endangered species list so she 
can drill for oil in Alaska.

• McCain opposed legislation requiring that 
abstinence-only programs be medically accurate 
and scientifically based.

• McCain’s health care plan will require that 
benefits be taxed, the first time this would ever 
happen in America’s history. This will make it 
next to impossible to pay high medical bills with 
insurance benefits.

http://www.womenagainstpalin.com

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