Thank you, Senator Obama

For the first time since the Nixon Administration, my mother has registered to vote.

My mom, who actively tries to avoid knowing news because it upsets her too much, has HAD ENOUGH. She is voting for change and is on my sister’s ass to get registered by tonight’s deadline so they can vote for Obama two times. Obama made my mom a political activist! Do you have any idea how many years I tried to get her to vote for something, anything?

I can’t even imagine what my dad would have thought of that. My mom and sister, getting their American rights on, because they want their voices to count, so they can stand up and say: “No more.”

I’m so proud of them.

Anytime, Anywhere

Maybe I get cocky when I wear my America Is Scary t-shirt. People tend to stare, and sometimes make disapproving faces, so I have to keep my shoulders squared, my guard up, and be ready to defend myself, at least mentally, because shit, it can get scary out there these days.

So when stee and I were on the train from Connecticut to New York tonight, I probably should have realized I could get into some trouble. Read more

Who controls the past controls the future; Who controls the present controls the past

Today, more than ever, I miss Bill Hicks and Rage Against the Machine.

Yesterday Dan and I tried to read the paper, but had already heard all of the news items on NPR and the morning news ticker, or already read about it on the Internet or heard it discussed on some talk radio show. “We know all the news,” we realized, unable to read another New Yorker article, but feeling like we had to, because it was doing something. All we can do is stay informed, and we were so informed there was no new information to absorb. Read more

what it is ain’t exactly clear…

In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have started on that recap immediately after watching the debate. I’m so riled up I sound like Cameron Diaz on Oprah (“If you think rape should be legal? Then don’t vote!”)

But I know you feel the same way I do, as the comments threads around here have been filled with facts and debate. If you haven’t read any of them, please take a moment and see what other people are passionate about. Everybody has something at risk in this next election, and people are really getting anxious. Read more

To all of my friends

To all of my friends who used to have well-paying jobs with benefits working for the “internets,” it’s nice to know President Bush has a plan for all of you to get your jobs back from overseas, and how to get you employed again: Community College.

I mean, it’s the least you could do, slackers.