Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Campaign Trail Diary: Hillary Clinton

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2008 Election Trail Dairy: Hillary Clinton


If Barack keeps rattling on about change, it's going to be mighty hard for me to win this. What can I say about Iowa. Hay bales, greasy food, and country folk. This is gonna be one hell of a campaign season.

New York:

Aahhh...it's good to be home. Back among my own people...beautiful, young, gay men. Well...1 out of 3 isn't bad.


And they said I couldn't win it. Nobody knows the Midwest better than me. What with my pro-cornhole platform and "Support our Bucks" stickers, these hicks were practically begging me to be their president!



What a day. Bill insisted on driving the bus and got us lost on the way to Texas. We ended up in Florida *shudder*. Not only were we surrounded by AARP members and drunken frat boys on spring break, but there aren't even any delegates at stake in this God forsaken state! We stayed long enough to buy some slurpies and throw a few fliers out the window, and then got the hell out.


Could this state be any freaking bigger? It's completely impossible for me to make it to all my photo ops before the polls close. Thank DARPA for the C-1000. I don't think anyone even noticed the difference. Just a few more days, and I'll be out of here faster than a diaper-wearing astronaut. Pennsylvania here I come!

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Why My Vote for Ron Paul Didn't Count

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Last summer after I moved to New York City after graduating from college. Being a socially and politically conscience gal, I started looking into registering to vote in New York when the time of the general election rolled around. What I found was a tangled web of bureaucracy – apparently “New York has a rule that you can only change your party affiliation once per year, and it goes into "affect one week after the general election." So I chose to put off registering until I had decided who I would support in the February presidential primary.

When primary season came around, I chose my candidate and decided to once again brave the bureaucracy of the New York City Board of Elections. I printed off my registration form and mailed it in a good week and a half before the cutoff date. Two weeks later, I received a letter from the Board of Elections stating that my registration was damaged in the mail and that I would have to resubmit it. It seemed mighty strange to me that my name and mailing address were somehow decipherable on my 'damaged' form. In fact, they had photocopied my form and included it with the letter – and the only thing that appeared damaged was my signature.

Obviously I was concerned that since I would be resubmitting my registration after the cutoff date, I wouldn't be registered in time to vote in the primary. Worried, I called up the Board of Elections and spoke with a woman who reassured me that my information was on record. All I needed to do was resubmit my form and my registration would be complete, counted as being on time, and I could vote in the primary.

So I sent in my form and on the day of the primary I went to vote. Oddly enough, when I got there, the woman working the booth told me they had no record of my registration. Patiently holding back my anger, I explained my situation to her and her boss. Her boss told me that most likely the paper work hadn't cleared...I believe his words were 'I wouldn't put anything past the Board of Elections.' He told me not to worry, that I could vote via affidavit and everything would be fine. Pleased at such a simple resolution, I voted and left feeling I had done my patriotic duty.

Last week, 3 WEEKS AFTER the primary election, I received yet another letter from the New York Board of Elections. This one informed me that my “recent vote via affidavit had not counted in the recent election” because I had “failed to register before the cutoff date.” Needless to say, I am livid – particularly because there is absolutely nothing I can do about this. Sure I could call the Board of Elections and yell as some underpaid civil servant, but that wouldn't accomplish a damn thing.

Just to be clear, I'm not trying to suggest that my vote was stolen because there's some kind of conspiracy against Ron Paul. I am simply using my personal experience to point out the fact that our electoral process is so backed up with bureaucratic BS that it is no longer a democracy. Hell, just look at the shenanigans in Michigan and Florida. Those poor folks knew going in that their votes would not be counted.

Our freedom is quickly being digested by a bureaucratic monster.

(As an aside, if you haven't seen Brazil, get it now. Robert DeNiro is a renegade plumber who is destroyed by paperwork. Wacky stuff)

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

OSU librarian forced to resign over 'sexual harassment'

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"A former librarian at Ohio State University-Mansfield who was publicly accused by the faculty of sexual harassment – just for recommending students read the best-selling book "The Marketing of Evil" by David Kupelian – has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the school and faculty members, alleging they violated his 1st and 14th Amendment rights." - WorldNetDaily.com

According to this article, two openly gay professors at OSU pushed for the forced resignation of a Quaker librarian under accusations of 'sexual harassment.' And what exactly was this horrible act of harassment? Librarian Scott Savage had the audacity to recommend that students read the book "The Marketing of Evil" by David Kupelian, a book that "exposes the marketing strategies and tactics of the "gay rights" movement." One of the professors stated that Savage's recommendation "made me fearful and uneasy being a gay man on this campus. I am, in fact, notifying the OSU-M campus, and Ohio State University in general, that I no longer feel safe doing my job. I am being harassed."

Unsafe? Harassed? What about the gay Iranian teen who is desperately seeking asylum to avoid being hung when returning to his home land? What about Matthew Shepard or the countless others who have been taunted, tortured and even killed simply for being gay? What about all of the women and men in this world, in this nation, who have to put up with sexual harassment in the work place on a daily basis?

It's really absurd that these OSU professors can call this 'sexual harassment' and get away with it. The fact that they are trivializes real cases of sexual harassment. And if a coworker suggesting reading for students is something they consider to be harassment, they must have very pleasant lives indeed. All they needed to do was to not approve the book, or make their own suggestion of a book to counter the message of that particular book.

Being a student in college is about learning to think analytically. You're supposed to challenge yourself by being exposed to different view points and alternative ideologies. In fact, it would have been a great experience for students to read that book as well as other books with different perspectives. That way students would be forced to think for themselves, to analyze the differing view points, and just maybe make an informed opinion on the issues.

But, unfortunately it seems that these professors are more concerned with indoctrinating their students, rather than actually providing them with a well rounded education. With their actions, they are teaching their students that when someone has a differing opinion, rather than attempting to engage in a respectful debate and exchange of ideas, you should simply attempt to silence them. Their actions represent the small-mindedness that the gay rights, and all other human rights movements, so ardently oppose.

Looks like I should deffer to the time honored wisdom of Beavis and Butthead...

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