Sen. Obama took a few days off of campaigning so he could visit his grandmother, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, in Hawaii. There is concern that Ms. Dunham will not live to see the elections, and this may well be the last time Sen. Obama gets to see his grandmother, the woman who helped raise him.
In a disgusting act of desperation, the GOP strategist Brad Blakeman tried to turn attention away from Gov. Palin’s $150,000 new wardrobe and insinuated that it was wrong that Sen. Obama was “taking a 767 campaign plane to go visit Grandma.”
Saying goodbye to your dying grandmother is a waste of resources?
Family values, indeed.
In honor of Ms. Dunham, and in shame of Mr. Blakeman, a donation page has been set up on Sen. Barack Obama’s website. The idea is to donate $8.60, or any multiple of $8.60, in honor of Ms. Dunham’s 86th birthday (Oct. 26th).
I added my contribution. In less than 24 hours the contributions were already over $5000. Amazing what good people can do when they work together.
This open letter written by Frank Shaeffer, one of the people responsible for the rise of the Religious Right in the United States, explains why the current Republican party is no longer serving the needs of many good Americans who self identify as Republican.
This election all Republicans who love America must vote for Obama. A vote for business-as-usual and a continuation of the Neoconservative/Religious Right/ party of corporate American alienation is a vote against America. As a former Republican activist, I appeal to your patriotism and honor.
Unless you haven’t been paying attention to the recent history of the Republican Party you will know that today Republican ideology and energy is derived from three sources:
* The Religious Right,
* The Neoconservative Movement,
* Corporate business interests.
You also should know that when it comes to the Religious Right my late father and evangelist, Francis Schaeffer, was the intellectual voice that made it happen. As his young sidekick (in the 70s and 80s) I helped take his message to a huge evangelical audience.
I mention this by way of saying that even if you hate my guts — for having dropped out of the Republican Party, for writing novels that make fun of you, and for reregistering as an independent voter, let alone for supporting Senator Obama — perhaps you should listen up. I happen to know what I’m talking about.
Read the rest of the letter from Frank Schaeffer at The Huffington Post (very Left bias, but good reporting none the less.)
Senator Barack Obama is scheduled to make an appearance today (Tue. Oct 21) at Bicentennial Park in Miami. I have the day off work so I am so totally going to try to get over there. This will be my first political rally ever, so I’m not sure what to expect. But it should be interesting.
The Miami Herald reports that the Miami rally is set to cross times with the Miami Heat game at the AA Arena, so expect heavy traffic.
Do we ever not expect heavy traffic?
The rally at Bicentennial Park is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. while the Heat game starts at 7:30 p.m.
The crowd at Senator Obama’s Orlando rally was estimated at 50,000 people, the largest at a modern day Democratic campaign in Florida. The crowd expected for Bicentennial Park is 20,000 – 40,000 people.
Bicentennial Park is on Biscayne Blvd, just seven blocks north of Bayside Marketplace.
1075 Biscayne Blvd
Don’t drive. Don’t even waste your time trying. You’re better off jogging, riding your bike or taking the bus.
Most of the buses coming from South Beach will stop either near Bayside or at the Omni Station, so you are within walking distance to Bicentennial Park.
When it is time to come home and you can’t remember which bus goes back to the Beach, remember what we learned in an earlier post: MiAMi SuCKS
Get out there and VOTE [for Obama] people!
Early voting began yesterday and will continue the next two weeks. Miami-Dade people, here are your locations and times:
(See the Miami Herald article for other counties.)
Early voting is scheduled for:
Oct. 20-24: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Oct. 25: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 26: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 27-Oct. 31: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 1: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 2: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Here are the locations:
Aventura: Aventura Government Center, 19200 W. Country Club Dr.
Coral Gables: Coral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia St.
Doral: Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections, 2700 SW 87th Ave.
Florida City: City Hall, 404 W. Palm Dr.
Hialeah: John F. Kennedy Library, 190 W. 49th St.
Kendall: Kendall Branch Library, 9101 SW 97th Ave.
Miami: Lemon City Library, 430 NE 61st St.; Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections branch office, Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW First St.; Model City Library, 2211 NW 54th St.; City Hall, 3500 Pan American Dr.
Miami Beach: City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr.; North Shore Branch Library, 7501 Collins Ave.
Miami Gardens: North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St.
Miami Lakes: Miami Lakes Public Library, 6699 Windmill Gate Rd.
North Miami: North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132nd St.
Palmetto Bay: Coral Reef Library, 9211 Coral Reef Dr.
South Miami-Dade: South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St.
West Kendall: West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd.
West Miami: City Hall, 901 SW 62nd Ave.
West Miami-Dade: West Dade Regional Library, 9445 SW 24th St.
The Herald reported long lines for the first day of voting, so go prepared: proper I.D., bottle of water, iPod, umbrella, list of who you are voting for in each category so that it doesn’t take you an hour to fill out the ballot.