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There's still a chance in Louisiana to make the Senate 49-51 (instead of 48-52, which in the long run could be a huge difference; flipping one Republican senator v. two on certain legislation could be crucial). Here's more information: Supporting Foster Campbell in the Louisiana runoff. Maybe a longshot, but for people who are donating things to try to ameliorate the Trump presidency, this seems like a good cause to donate to.
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Sorry to be posting so frequently today, but the text of this is long enough I thought it merited a separate entry. Read more... )

Amen.
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Mostly because I want to keep it someplace easy to find for rereading, the full text of Obama's inaugural address: Read more... )

If anyone finds the text of Lowery's benediction online, could you point me to it? Edited to add: complete text of Lowery's benediction is now here: http://norwich36.livejournal.com/161631.html
norwich36: (obama yes we can)
I was watching the inauguration with about 150 people from work, so I was trying *not* to break down sobbing with happiness the way I did on election night, but it was very challenging during several moments of Obama's speech. I thought I was safe, though, until the closing benediction; when Rev. Lowery got to "Justice shall flow like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream" (which I realize is a biblical quote, but also one MLK Jr. used a lot in his speeches--and of course Rev. Lowery cofounded the SCLC with King), I couldn't keep the floodgates closed. Though I was far from the only person crying.

I already feel like we've entered a new era. I think this strange new feeling is called "hope."
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All my fellow USA-ns know that tomorrow is the National Day Of Protest For Marriage Equality, right? That link will let you look up where local protests are taking place; it's synchronized to all start at 1:30 Eastern (10:30 Pacific). At this point I think it's more than just protesting California's prop 8, Florida's prop 2 and the other anti-gay measures that passed in the recent election; it's about building a grassroots network in favor of marriage equality so these decisions can be reversed.

I decided I wanted to make a sign to bring to my local rally/march, but I'm looking for catchy suggestions for slogans. Of course, most likely I will go with some of the ones here, but if anyone has suggestions, please let me know.
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I took a three hour break from the polls and came home to find McCain conceding. OMG. I just keep repeating that. I am completely overcome. Thank you, thank you, thank you my fellow Americans. OMG. YES WE CAN.

I voted

Nov. 4th, 2008 09:37 am
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election

I am now going to try to avoid refreshing political blogs every 30 seconds for the next 14 hours or so.

GIP

Oct. 30th, 2008 01:43 pm
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Inspired by this entertaining post, I decided I had to let my Obama fangirl fly free. Part of my recent vow to spend no more than 45 minutes online a day was to stop my recent habit of obsessively checking political blogs, because it's just not helpful for my blood pressure. (Is it Tuesday yet?) But I couldn't resist making this icon--totally shareable, if anyone's interested.

And now I am going to be virtuous and log off. Really.

Memeage

Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:50 am
norwich36: (inner geek (Lilah))
I really can't resist this meme: "As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade. The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your LJ."

So my rule for myself was that I couldn't post on any decision that I had already seen posted. I was going to go with Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which ensured the right to contraception for married couples (not single people, alas, that had to wait until Eisenstadt v. Baird in 1972), and also formed the basis for the right to privacy that Roe v. Wade relied upon. But someone already posted that one, so I'll have to go with U.S. v. One Package of Japanese Pessaries (1936), which overturned the provisions of the Comstock Act that had declared birth control devices to be obscene and therefore illegal to send through the U.S. mail.
norwich36: (Lex rage blackout)
Since a couple people asked, here is the best part of The Daily Show last night (via Comedy Central's webpage), as well as a link to the whole episode (via Hulu).

And if anyone else was as infuriated by Sarah Palin's convention speech as I was, here's a good critique of her candidacy by Gloria Steinem. A few good quotes from Steinem, in case that link goes dead )

I had to make myself stop reading commentary on her speech because steam was coming out of my ears. Fortunately, I found a good piece of fannish stress relief: a ten-minute vid of Jensen Ackles kissing people .

Edited to Add: Here's an AWESOME response to Palin's slam on community organizers: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/010538.html
Favorite quotes from this:

"[M]y dad is a community organizer, so lemme spell this out: the difference between a community organizer and a politician is that a community organizer can’t tell anyone what to do. They have to listen. So they can’t order books banned from a library to indulge their own religious sensibilities. They can’t fire someone because they didn’t follow orders to fire an estranged family member. They can’t ram through a $15 million dollar sports complex that leaves their local town groaning underneath the debt. Unlike politicians, they don’t have any power other than the power of people who want to see something changed."

"Mrs. Palin needs to be reminded that Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor."
norwich36: (colbert report)
Seriously. You are the only thing that is allowing me to survive convention season.
norwich36: (colbert report)
If anyone hasn't already seen this, I highly recommend this comparison of Democratic candidates to Joss Whedon shows . It's remarkably accurate, and also very funny.

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