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November 05, 2008
Congratulations Everybody!

Whew! What a relief. My favorite scenario has actually come to pass.

People voted. Votes were counted. Obama won. I look like chicken little a little. The end.

Well not quite the end, in the sense that, in my state, Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages passed, which I think is quite unfortunate, and makes the progressive Obama victory just a little bittersweet...

It also made me change my "gay rights" category to "equal rights "civil rights" because this isn't about the right to be gay, it's about the right to marry whomever you wish. It's a pretty big part of that whole "pursuit of happiness" thing, if you ask me.

Update: 11/07/08 - (And yes, I just changed again. I remembered what happened with the whole ERA thing in the 80s, and how saying "equal rights" instead of "civil rights" seems to water the concept down somehow. Being able to marry whomever you wish is a CIVIL RIGHT. Ok, now I can move on...)

But alas! Time to move forward and keep up this momentum we seem to have going.

Thanks for all your information, love and support, during these past 8 years of hell.

There were some times in there when all we knew we had was each other - over the internet.

Now we are making our presence felt in the "real" world too. Good job!

Onward!

Posted by Lisa at 02:06 PM
November 04, 2008
A Message From Lawrence Lessig Today: An Urgent Plea

Lawrence published this message last night from New Zealand:
Winning Tuesday: An urgent plea to Obama supporters
.

I awoke in New Zealand today to an article in the New Zealand Herald, and I had a strange sense of deja vu. It is still Monday in America. And like the Monday before the 2004 election, and the Monday before the 2000 election, there is enormous confidence among Democrats that we are going to win this.

But as with 2000, and 2004, I have become a bit terrified about where
we'll be Tuesday. For as presented by the New Zealand Herald, however
optimistic the static view of the swing states is, the dynamic view
what is the trend is sobering, to say the least. As this graph
shows, only Florida is trending in the right direction. Every other
critical state is trending away from Obama.

Now of course, maybe not quickly enough. Of course, the advantages are
significant, especially relative to 2004. And of course, McCain would
have to move mountains to overcome the enormous machine that the Obama
campaign has built.

But here's the weird deja vu I feel. In 2004, I got on a plane Tuesday
to fly to London. When I got on the plane, I watched every pundit, as
well as Kerry's daughter, speak about how all the polls were with
Kerry. The "exit polls" indicated a clear Kerry victory. But then when
I landed, I sat it utter disbelief in the United lounge at Heathrow,
watching the Ohio numbers go against us, and therefore, delivering 4
more years to Bush.

We Democrats have trouble closing the deal. We have trouble continuing
the push to the very last moment. We have repeatedly been blindsided
by the fact that the other side votes regardless of the expected
result, while we're more contingent making the effort if it seems
necessary, relaxing when it doesn't.

Please, don't let this happen again. Please, if you're an Obama
supporter, do absolutely everything you can in the next 24 hours to
make sure every single possible Obama vote turns out to vote...

There is an energy I have never imagined could be behind any
politician. I have known for more than a decade that this man is the
real deal. And it gives me enormous hope for this democracy that we
are about to vote to make him President.

Unless we don't. Unless we let this slip by, again. Unless we sit in
our comfortable cubicle, and let politics be run by the other side.

Don't do this. Do something this time. Please at least help spread
this message. Make sure everyone who could matter here knows what you
believe. And don't stop until the clock runs out.

Here is the full text of the entire post:
http://lessig.org/blog/2008/11/winning_tuesday_an_urgent_plea.html

Winning Tuesday: An urgent plea to Obama supporters
November 3, 2008 10:46 PM - comments (13)

I awoke in New Zealand today to an article in the New Zealand Herald,
and I had a strange sense of deja vu. It is still Monday in America.
And like the Monday before the 2004 election, and the Monday before
the 2000 election, there is enormous confidence among Democrats that
we are going to win this.

But as with 2000, and 2004, I have become a bit terrified about where
we'll be Tuesday. For as presented by the New Zealand Herald, however
optimistic the static view of the swing states is, the dynamic view
what is the trend is sobering, to say the least. As this graph
shows, only Florida is trending in the right direction. Every other
critical state is trending away from Obama.

Now of course, maybe not quickly enough. Of course, the advantages are
significant, especially relative to 2004. And of course, McCain would
have to move mountains to overcome the enormous machine that the Obama
campaign has built.

But here's the weird deja vu I feel. In 2004, I got on a plane Tuesday
to fly to London. When I got on the plane, I watched every pundit, as
well as Kerry's daughter, speak about how all the polls were with
Kerry. The "exit polls" indicated a clear Kerry victory. But then when
I landed, I sat it utter disbelief in the United lounge at Heathrow,
watching the Ohio numbers go against us, and therefore, delivering 4
more years to Bush.

We Democrats have trouble closing the deal. We have trouble continuing
the push to the very last moment. We have repeatedly been blindsided
by the fact that the other side votes regardless of the expected
result, while we're more contingent making the effort if it seems
necessary, relaxing when it doesn't.

Please, don't let this happen again. Please, if you're an Obama
supporter, do absolutely everything you can in the next 24 hours to
make sure every single possible Obama vote turns out to vote.
Volunteer for a phone bank, or use my.barackobama.com to phone bank
from home. And beyond this, do the sort of things that too few of us
ever have the courage to do: Express to your friends, and anyone you
know, why you want them to support your candidate. Send an email with
a personal story, or an argument important to you, to as many people
as you can. Apologize for the intrusion, but intrude nonetheless. (How
weird is it that engaging people about democratic issues in a
democracy is generally viewed as inappropriate). And don't let up
until 8pm Pacific time.

I'm doing this. I'm exhorting you. I'm writing to everyone on my
twitter/facebook/indenti.ca/flickr lists. If I can find an smtp server
that will let me, I'll dump an email to as many of my friends as I can
telling them they this is so important. And when my plane lands in the
US Tuesday morning, I will join my wife (who is running a phone bank
in San Francisco), spending the day on the phone). I will mark myself
as weird in doing all this, no doubt. But we can all afford this, if
only just once in our life.

I understand the other side has their reasons. I respect them, even if
I disagree with them. But I am genuinely afraid about what happens to
our side if we let this slip away. There is enormous energy and
passion among young people for Obama. There is a passion and hope that
makes me cry each time I think about it among African Americans, and
those who think about and live the discrimination of our past, and
present. There is an energy I have never imagined could be behind any
politician. I have known for more than a decade that this man is the
real deal. And it gives me enormous hope for this democracy that we
are about to vote to make him President.

Unless we don't. Unless we let this slip by, again. Unless we sit in
our comfortable cubicle, and let politics be run by the other side.

Don't do this. Do something this time. Please at least help spread
this message. Make sure everyone who could matter here knows what you
believe. And don't stop until the clock runs out.

Posted by Lisa at 06:29 AM
November 03, 2008
A Little Song and Clip To Go With This Year's Strategy

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been thinking a lot about what we can do this time around to protect ourselves against another repeat performance of either the 2000 or 2004 elections. We were tricked both times in different subtle ways, and it is my hope that whoever might be planning to tamper with this year's elections will realize that it's a bad idea to do so with everyone watching.

I've had this little anthem (lullaby version) in my head this last week, and I thought I'd share it with you.

It's based on some things I learned from my own archived news footage from the 2004 election about strange things going on with the actual vote count in relation to the exit polls. The Bushies tried to tell us it was the exit polls that were incorrect. But that didn't make sense then, and it makes less sense now.

This clip is a re-edit from a clip within the documentary from Dorothy Fadiman's Stealing America - which was released a few months ago across the country. (The movie uses a lot of footage from my and thePete's video archive from the 2004 election.)


(Video - 11 MB)

From Judy (to Wolf Blitzer): "Well, we're trying to figure all this out right now Wolf. Apparently, what has happened is that the Associated Press, they were feeding numbers into us, and then suddenly, those numbers changed."

High Res version of this video clip - 230 MB (Sorry there is no hi-res version of either song recording.)

This year, let's stay up and watch until we know the votes have been counted correctly -- which, we know from the polls, could only mean a huge win for Obama.

Here's a sorta "traditional" version of the song:
Staying Up All Night (campfire version)

Here's a lullaby version of it for my biggest fan :-)

Here are the words (roughly, depending on version):

Stayin up all night
stayin up all night
and you'll be there with me
and it'll be alright
you can call us crazy
and we hope they're right
until the race is called
I'm stayin up all night

Stayin up all night
Stayin up all night
and we'll all watchin
cause we've seen the light
what happened last time
it just wasn't right
until the race is called
we'll be staying up all night

and you can call us crazy
and we hope you're right
until the race is called
we'll be stayin up all night


RE: Plan B

Well, if they try to tell us that Obama has lost in "another close race," I say we demand a recount and hit the streets - Ukranian style.

So it might be a good idea to try to take Wednesday off work if you can, to:

1) rest up after being up late Tuesday night

and

2) be available for a protest, if we need to have one

So again - the main plan is to just watch and win :) - which should be easy enough. But if the bullshit hits the fan in the middle of the night again, let's be ready to deal with it head on Wednesday morning (Plan B) - by emailing phoning our representatives endlessly - and, hittin the streets!

Posted by Lisa at 05:39 AM