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VOTE. Just do it.

VOTE.

Seriously. Just do it like a Nike ad.

If you don’t like either of the major-party candidates, there’s always Nader, Paul, or other small-ticket people. Hell, just vote for Fred Flintstone if you need to – just go out and vote!

Possible stats coming during the election coverage tonight, hopefully culminating in a President Obama.

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Live Feed: Final Presidential Debate

10:00

Wow – McCain used that Joe the Plumber ‘name’ AGAIN.

Gets old fast…

9:52

Finished for the night; possibly a recap at some point tonight. Watching the rest from my friendly armchair. Comment if you wish; feel free to add lines that you thought were good.

9:43

“They know that she [Palin] is a role-model for Americans” – wait, what?

//FACEPLANT, part II.

“She’s a reformer through and through. It’s about time we had a breath of fresh air…she understands reform. By the way, she also understands special needs families…I’m proud of her…I can’t tell you how proud of her I am.”

9:39

Obama laughed (audibly) at McCain’s “my campaign is not about raising taxes,” etc.

Wow – a question about why a VP would be a better president than the other guy’s VP. Obama first. Touched on foreign policy; Biden from Scranton (another shout-out…nice). McCain’s coming next.

9:37

Obama: “(Aires [spelling?] is not part of my campaign…)

“ACORN…has nothing to do with us. The only I had to do with them was…helping them [establish some kind of ‘motor-voter-registration push].”

9:35

McCain brought up ACORN and “Mr. Harris.” Let’s see what boils over.

9:31

McCain has referenced “Joe the Plumber” almost an uncountable amount times.

Obama just did very well, I think, with the whole “terrorist / kill him / pal around with terrorists” thing at Republican rallies.

McCain: “Let me say that I am very pound of the people who come to my rallies.”

//FACEPLANT.

9:30

McCain: “I watched the Arizona Cardnials defeat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday-”

Obama: “- congratulations.”

I’m still laughing.

9:27

Obama: “And 100% of your ads, John, 100%, have been negative-”

McCain: ‘-that’s not true.’

Obama: “100%.”

9:25

What a question. If you missed it, think of this: “Will you say everything your campaign and your running mates have been saying to your opponent’s face?” Wow. This will be good.

9:23

“Even Fox News disputes it, which doesn’t really happen with me” – Obama

9:19

“If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago.” – McCain had a zinger!

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Listing of books Sarah Palin has tried to get banned

Original link here (from librarian.net)

// UPDATE

This list may or may not be true; I have been researching it (the Webster’s Dictionary caught me off guard, to be honest) and this listing, again, may or may not be true. I will update again when I find out if this is kosher or if it’s a bunch of BS.

Regardless of the [contents] of the listing being (in)accurate, there is still a point to be had here – the story referenced in the above article IS TRUE – Palin did, at some point in time attempt to get books banned from public libraries.

// Update 2 [9/7/08, 5:51pm]

Turns out the listing of texts, along with Palin attempting to get books banned, was a bunch of BS. Nonetheless, Palin DID look into getting books banned, although she did not try to ban them. Just something extra to mull over.

// End Updates

Taken from comment #11’s list; posted here in case you don’t feel like scrolling down.

This list is not only huge, but if anyone has read these titles, please leave your thoughts below; I have read a multitude of these books and still cannot fathom why anyone would attempt to get these novels taken off of library shelves. “Shades of Fahrenheit 451…” was the first thing that came to my mind.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

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“Hot Chicks dig Obama” – another McCain attack ad

Another seemingly pointless attack ad from the McCain camp has hit the ‘net. More commentary after the jump.

In addition to simply beating the “not ready to lead, too good-looking, not white enough (notice all of the white girls who are complimenting Obama in this and other McCain videos?)” horse to the ground, McCain is now pushing the title of “The One” to reference Obama again.

Although I thought my critique on McCain’s celebrity ad was pretty funny, I’m finding it hard to even fathom some sort of response to this ad, humorous or not.

“He’s a rockstar (SIC)” – What? Seriously? The man can jam out? Maybe he’ll be at moe.down and I can watch him play a set or 6 with Chuck, Rob and Al. Wait a minute, he’s a POLITician, not a MUSician. He’s running for the highest office in the United States and the best that the GOP’s people can come up with is calling him a “rockstar?” They even misspelled the word. If you’re going to attempt to poke fun at someone, do it correctly, grandpa.

And one last thing. Most atheists I know and people who could care less about religion are volunteering and voting for Obama. The messiah message, I’ll assume, is to both poke fun at and also create this illusion that Obama is attempting to paint himself in some sort of ‘savior’ light by ‘delivering’ this country from its hardships. Yes, he wants to fix what is broken in this country. Since when is that / has that ever been a negative thing? Since when has that even been something that’s ‘wrong’ or not a good thing? If Obama’s speeches and his presidency will feel like some sort of fantasy or some kind of a dream where most things went well and according to plan…well, I know who else had a dream.

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According to John McCain, 1+1=1 (or possibly less)

John McCain either faired worse than I did in mathematical endeavors, or he really, really, really dislikes gay people.

According to the above linked article, McCain ‘said he didn’t believe in gay adoption, the Arizona senator seemed to suggest gay couples who adopt children only constitute a single parent and therefore shouldn’t be able to adopt.

I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don’t believe in gay adoption,” said McCain.

Here’s a direct pull from the article:

On Tuesday, as criticism of McCain’s comments spread, his campaign elaborated on the candidate’s views.

…Sen. McCain’s expressed his personal preference for children to be raised by a mother and a father wherever possible,” the statement added. “However, as an adoptive father himself, McCain believes children deserve loving and caring home environments, and he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. John McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative.”

…so let me get this straight – John McCain’s campaign said that although he believes “children deserve loving and caring home adoptions” and even recognized that there are many “abandoned children who have yet to find homes,” he believes that the children would be better off without any parents / parental figures than they would be with two people of the same sex.

[UPDATE]

Seems like I was a bit drowsy this morning as I read into the above statement as McCain would rather the children be left in foster care than be with a same-sex couple. That is not true – “John McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative.”

The man may be a “flip-flopper” (oh, I hate that term – it’s like no one has ever changed their mind before) and not the straightest shooter out there, but hey, at least he knows the kids would be better off WITH adults would could care for and nurture them.

[END UPDATE]

Well, what about one heterosexual person of a single sex? Would you allow a single, straight woman to adopt? How about a single straight male? If the answer is no, you’re going to need one fantastic explanation, because I certainly cannot think of a justifiable reason for it, given the amount of “abandoned children who have yet to find homes.”

If the answer is yes, well then, John McCain, 1+1 is less than 1 for the first time in history.

Dear John McCain,

Are gay people really doing that poorly for themselves? It’s not like they can hold jobs, drive cars, or vote, even, so even bother allowing them the chance to raise a child? What happened to freedom in America? I’m guessing it doesn’t apply to people with a differing sexual orientation / certain beliefs that stray from the norm (read: what you want us to believe)?

Oh, that’s right – we’ve had that one before. From what I hear, it didn’t work out to well.

Yours truly…

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