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16
Mar
09

the aig mess

 

Unfortunately, the AIG execs could have been easily replaced and further, those contracts could have been renegotiated prior to the payout. My feeling is that now AIG should be broken up since their involvement in the crisis is tantamount to a monopoly and the FBI should now weed out the decision makers that are responsible for their own failure. I realize the forensic accounting could take some time but it is the only way to get to the bottom of this.

03
Oct
08

New York Debate Watch: the metropolitan republican club

First Presidential Debate - The Metropolitan Republican Club

First Presidential Debate - The Metropolitan Republican Club

A stranger in a strange land…

NEW YORK — I’m still reeling from Friday night. I attended the first presidential debate night which was hosted by the Young Republicans at one of the oldest bastions of Republican support for the McCain/Palin ticket in New York City. The Metropolitan Republican Club located in the heart of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, was originally founded in 1902 during the days of President Theodore Roosevelt and established in its current location on 83rd Street in 1930.

Robert Morgan, The current president of the Republican Club started the proceedings with introductions and a reminder to the attendees to ‘keep it down’ during the debate so that both candidates could be heard but that request didn’t even last through his comments which ended with announcements that could be barely heard about other upcoming McCain events in the city including recruitment blitzes at local street fairs that occur in the city throughout the summer. It was a modest muster in comparison to the number in the Obama campaign volunteer rolls throughout the city.

As a field organizer for the Obama campaign, I knew that the evening would test my endurance on multiple levels, still I went in with a relatively open mind, a smidge of reckless feline curiosity and just the right dash of the morose to assure, if nothing else, a lively evening. And for panache, I decided to adopt an alter ego for protection against the red horde. Though I considered, Galilee O’Jesus (which would have certainly raised some suspicion I admit), I instead chose something softer, Gabrielle Peters, in honor of my other personal hero human rights activist, Peter Gabriel as my protective talisman.

And then I was in! There was not even a raised eyebrow from the ladies at the check-in table. I had done it, I had shocked the monkey. I made my way around the room. The event was modestly attended with roughly 100 McCain supporters crowding into the main room on the first floor with a large flat screen television tuned to FOX (shocker!), on one end of the room and the open bar and pizza station on the opposite end. A New York 1 news crew made the rounds interviewing but no other local coverage were in attendance. One supporter I spoke with had gone over to the Republican ticket after previously being a Clinton supporter. When I asked her why she had gone over to McCain she cited the Tony Rezko corruption scandal. I countered with the fact that Rezko also co-hosted a 3.8 million dollar fundraiser at the White House for George Bush but that didn’t seem to matter to her reasoning and she continued down the list of smears now well documented as being false.

By that time, the debate was already well underway and I turned my attention to the coverage. McCain’s angry demeanor grew more and more intense and you might think that I’m kidding but I found it was extremely jarring and even chilling to hear the crowd around me cheer each time McCain interrupted Senator Obama again and again. I gripped my bag firmly feeling utterly disconnected alone in a sea of sheep and stifled the urge to heckle. I sat there wishing that the senator would step in just as forcefully and verbally disarm McCain’s dated rhetoric and now obvious disdain in refusing to even look at Senator Obama. Was he angry at Obama? Was he angry that his week of theatrics leading up the debate had failed miserably? I crossed my fingers but no vociferous volley came back and only after a few days to reflect do I resign myself to the idea that Senator Obama did the right thing. Indeed, as many of the pundits have already reported, Senator Obama maintained his composure, stood his ground and behaved the President I wished for but lost in 2000.

Jax’s coverage at Huffington Post

23
Sep
08

Fired Up and Ready To Go!

Dear Friends,

I spent this past weekend at Camp Obama with 150 of the most passionate men and women that I have ever had the honor or pleasure to meet.  These were people like you and I who have, over the last 8 years, watched our country’s reputation on the international stage plummet to a level that I never thought I would see in my lifetime.   These are people like you and I who have lost jobs, who have lost healthcare, who have lost a home or tragically lost a beloved son or daughter in a war that never should have happened.   These are people who are ready to stand for change.

I believe this country is at a crossroads in history where the mobilization of the American voter is the key element to reclaiming a Democratic victory in November.  I have dedicated myself to helping make this a reality.  There are 45 days left.

I need your help because this is a race where we have no choice.  This is a race we must win.

How you can help

  • Volunteer your time in PA, we will transport you there and back.
  • Host an organization meeting
  • Host a debate party!
  • Volunteer your board room or office for phone banking.
  • Volunteer your contacts and pass along this message to others.
  • Help me find lawyers, who want to volunteer their time on election day at the polls
  • If you have family member in a battleground state that would like to house a field organizer like myself please let me know.
  • Host a phone bank party
  • Volunteer in the New York Office
  • Volunteer to drive volunteer s to PA and other battleground states.

I invite you to stand with us and stand for CHANGE!

CONTACT:

Jacqueline Noguera

Field Organizer

Obama for America

jacqueline@jcnoguera.com

06
Sep
08

okay folks, look I’m just sayin’…

Obama:
Occidental College – two years.
Columbia University – B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude
&
Biden:
University of Delaware – B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Versus

McCain:
United States Naval Academy – class rank 894 of 899
&
Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in journalism

(kudos to Cole Wheeler for the info)




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