September, 2008

Thank You Rachel Leigh Cook and Mehcad Brooks!

As you all know, actor Mehcad Brooks and actress Rachel Leigh Cook stopped by Drexel on Monday to help with our voter registration efforts. I have to say, they both did a great job! They got students excited and won a few converts; students who weren't going to register but ended up doing it when they realized how important this election is.

Thank you Rachel and Mehcad, as Drexel students and as Americans, for your work and dedication!

Here is Rachel registering a first time voter. I have to think that if Mehcad and Rachel were registering students all this week, people wouldn't mind being asked for the 5th or 6th time if they were registered!

I'm Looking Forward to Thursday...

...When Palin and McCain debate Joe Biden. What's that? McCain won't get to hold her hand during the debate? Oh, then it may be even more interesting!

What a wise decision by John McCain to nominate Sarah Palin to help lead the country during rough times. Country first and all... (By the way, Tony Lukes is not a "pizza place.")

Low Ranking Monkeys and Demonizing Opponents

This, from a TPM reader, sounds about right to me;

I think people really are missing the point about McCain's failure to look at Obama. McCain was afraid of Obama. It was really clear--look at how much McCain blinked in the first half hour. I study monkey behavior--low ranking monkeys don't look at high ranking monkeys. In a physical, instinctive sense, Obama owned McCain tonight and I think the instant polling reflects that.

Also, this exchange (also stolen from TPM about McCain's contempt for Obama stands out. He's either contemptuous of, or afraid of, Obama, and it shows. We all noticed how odd it was that McCain couldn't look Obama in the eye.

Personally, I thought that when Obama listed the errors in judgement that McCain made before the Iraq war was a striking moment. Nobody has ever been held to account for that, and I for one think it's about goddamn time. Good for Obama. Glad to see he won the debate.

Zach Braff and Drew Barrymore to come to Drexel Monday!

This just in..Zach Braff from Scrubs and Drew Barrymore will be coming to Drexel this Monday to help the Drexel Democrats register voters on campus!

The best way to find out more details is to come to our meeting this Sunday.

First Meeting of the Year
Sunday September 28
6:00 PM
Myers Hall

If only Turk were also coming...

Don't Piss Off Dave!

This video isn't quite the best video on the internet (see below for that video) but it is very funny. Just remember folks, don't cancel on Dave Letterman and then go on another show.

"Are we suspending it because there's an economic crisis or because the poll numbers are sliding?"

The Most Amazing Video on the Internet

Keep in mind, that's not a Sarah Palin impersonator. That's actually the candidate. That's the person who is, as we speak, a candidate for the Vice Presidency only 40 days from the election.

Just amazing.

John McCain Joins Romney, Huckabee

...In suspending his campaign for the presidency. Presumably this suspension will only last until 2012, when he runs for President again at the age of 147.

He wants to delay the debates. Obama camp says they're on.

So what has changed in the last 48 hours to bring about this stunt? The polls. Is anyone putting together a list of the politically motivated reckless decisions of the McCain campaign so far? Between the Russia-Georgia conflict, Sarah Palin, this bailout, and giving Spain the cold shoulder, is there anything that this man takes seriously besides getting elected?

Meanwhile, I hope that the College Republicans aren't don't try to back out of our debates!

Voter Intimidation at Drexel

Voter Intimidation FlyerThis was a busy day registering voters, and in the afternoon, after I got my labwork done, I went back over to our voter registration table. Our Vice President, Dadly, was there and he mentioned that during lunch, he and his friends noticed strange flyers taped to several of the picnic tables near the quad. As he described them, they sounded very suspicious, so he and I went over there to check them out.

There was still one taped to a table, and I was pretty shocked to read it. It was clearly an attempt at voter intimidation targeted at members of the Drexel community. I took it home and scanned it, and you can click it for a larger picture.

It is written as a friendly letter relaying how an "Obama supporter" explained to the author that at the polls this year, police will be checking IDs and license plates to "catch criminals" in and around the polls, including "traffic ticket offenders." This is a disgusting and offensive attempt to provide false information to citizens to keep them from voting. People aren't arrested in this country for voting, no matter how many traffic tickets they get. In fact, in PA, police officers arne't allowed within 100 feet of a polling place on election day, except when they vote as private citizens, or when required to protect the peace.


Scherer Wanks About Renewable Energy

Michael Scherer is apparently one of those Washington journalists who likes politics but gets a nasty headache from the faintest whiff of policy details. Yesterday afternoon he wrote a typically vapid post accusing both Obama and McCain of distorting the others record which has received warranted derision, but only for part of what he wrote. The other part, emphasized by his response to the criticisms (and linked uncritically by Andrew Sullivan) is just as ignorant.

Bikes Are Transportation Too

Matt asks "Is Bicycling Transportation?" because Bush's Secratary of Transportation seems to think otherwise. Matt adds:

"And encouraging people, at the margin, to substitute cycling for some of their driving trips would be good for the environment and good for public health. So I don’t see a really compelling case for shifting funding further in the direction of highways."

Which reminds me of another dastardly deed by McCain. Last December, when he killed the renewable energy tax credit extentions (by skipping a vote that failed by one vote, and his was the only absent vote), he also killed a provision about tax credits for bicycle commuting.

The bill that died contained a provision to "extend the transportation fringe benefit to bicycle commuters." The language was taken from H.R.3221, which allowed bicycle commuters to either deduct from their income taxes or be reimbursed by employers for up to $20 per month for "the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage, if such bicycle is regularly used for travel between the employee's residence and place of employment."