“I realize you’re cynical and fed up with politics. I understand that you’re disappointed and even angry with your leaders. You have every right to be. But despite all of this, I ask of you what’s been asked of the American people in times of trial and turmoil throughout our history. I ask you to believe – to believe in yourselves, in each other, and in the future we can build together.”—Barack Obama, in front of that remarkable crowd in St. Louis (via apsies) (via robot-heart)
I spent 10 minutes talking to a 71yo woman about Obama
There are times when I am making calls for Obama and I get brutally rebuffed. Sometimes it stings a little, but every once in a while I get to talk to someone truly great who inspires me to keep reaching out to undecided voters.
The darlings of Random on the importance of oral hygeine. These guys make me want to brush and floss thrice daily; during such trying times as these, you can’t really ask for much more from a band. Even if this is an elaborate scheme to avoid a toothless audience in 30 years, who the hell cares? Bravo, boys, you’ve done it again.
“It may have seemed audacious for Obama to start his campaign in Springfield, invoking Lincoln. We think, given the opportunity to hold this nation’s most powerful office, he will prove it wasn’t so audacious after all. We are proud to add Barack Obama’s name to Lincoln’s in the list of people the Tribune has endorsed for president of the United States.”—From the Chicago Tribune’s editorial endorsing Barack Obama for President. They haven’t endorsed a Democrat since they were founded in 1847. Obama has endorsements from 51 newspapers to date, which is three times as many as McCain. (via election08)
I’ve amassed an inspiring collection of al-Qaeda T-shirts, Islamic Jihad flags, Hezbollah videotapes, and inflatable Yasir Arafat dolls (really). All these things I’ve carried with me through airports across the country. I’ve also carried, at various times: pocketknives, matches from hotels in Beirut and Peshawar, dust masks, lengths of rope, cigarette lighters, nail clippers, eight-ounce tubes of toothpaste (in my front pocket), bottles of Fiji Water (which is foreign), and, of course, box cutters. I was selected for secondary screening four times—out of dozens of passages through security checkpoints—during this extended experiment. At one screening, I was relieved of a pair of nail clippers; during another, a can of shaving cream.
A must read for anyone curious about how much safer we are with the TSA’s “security theater” sham.
Here’s the gist of the story from CNN… young Jew boy imprisoned in a Nazi death camp falls in love with a German girl who risks her life by feeding him apples that she tosses over the camp fence on a daily basis for months. Eventually, he is moved to another concentration camp, but survives until the war’s end. Once freed, he moves to America.
Fast forward more than a decade later and these same two people get set up on a blind date in the Bronx. Over dinner, they discover who each other are, and marry soon thereafter.
They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
And a big part of my cold, cynical heart just melted.
“There are no black faces high in the McCain hierarchy to object to these tactics. There hasn’t been a single black Republican governor, senator or House member in six years. This is a campaign where Palin can repeatedly declare that Alaska is “a microcosm of America” without anyone even wondering how that might be so for a state whose tiny black and Hispanic populations are each roughly one-third the national average. There are indeed so few people of color at McCain events that a black senior writer from The Tallahassee Democrat was mistakenly ejected by the Secret Service from a campaign rally in Panama City in August, even though he was standing with other reporters and showed his credentials. His only apparent infraction was to look glaringly out of place.”—Op-Ed Columnist - The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama - NYTimes.com (via robot-heart) (via theengineer)
Should you make a sacrifice for someone you care about when you know damn well they probably wouldn’t do it for you?
I tend to go with no, and I tend to have a lot of burned bridges. Thoughts?
I tend to go with no and I am often told I have unrealistic expectations on the people in my life. I suppose it depends on how big the sacrifice is to you. Does it/should it matter if they reciprocate? I’m still not sure…