Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rock Band is Pro-America

So today I was excited to come home and play around with Rock Band 2, which had come in the mail yesterday.  My favorite part, after the singing, is creating the characters to be in my band.  Since 'tis the season, and the Election Night Hootenanny is coming up, I thought it would be fun to create a band leader I can believe in.

Wow, Rock Band.  I thought you were hip.  With it.  Part of the younger generation ready for change.  Why don't you just come out and say it?  Is my avatar not allowed on XBOX Live because he's not like you and me?  Does he pal around with terrorists?  Or are you just saying that it's enough that he rose up to where he is, but you're not ready to see someone whose not "classy" in the top spot? 

Feeling oppressed, I sang a few songs with local Obama, then headed back over to the character editor.  Only this time, there was a new girl in town...

I think she just winked at meAnd is she ready to rock?  You betcha!  I think I'll nominate her to play Bass.  Because Bass is kind of like Vice Guitar. 

And if my aging guitarist keels over during our next gig, that's cool.  She's totally qualified to play lead guitar. 

She has much more guitar experience than Obama, anyway.  All he is is a lead singer.  And he wasn't even in the band that long; he practically started touring the day he arrived. 

It doesn't matter that she's never toured Japan.  She puts this Country First. 

All aborad the Straight ROCK Express.  Its's time to get mavericky up in here.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Underdog

The Republicans have been making a lot of noise lately about voter fraud.  The Reupblicans party of Ohio is suing the Secretary of State.  McCain tried to hammer Obama with ACORN in the last debate. It has become clear to me that this noise is really a smoke screen for a systematic effort to disenfranchise new voters, poor voters, and minority voters who overwhelming support Obama. 

Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are doing some great reporting on the subject in Rolling Stone, on public radio, and on their own site Steal Back Your Vote

Some alarming claims:

  • On Super Tuesday, one in nine Democrats who tried to cast ballots in New Mexico found their names missing from the registration lists. [RS]
  • In Florida, GOP officials created "match" rules that rejected more than 15,000 new registrants in 2006 and 2007 — nearly three-fourths of them Hispanic and black voters [RS]
  • Colorado holds the record: Donetta Davidson, the Republican secretary of state, and her GOP successor oversaw the elimination of nearly one of every six of their state's voters. Bush has since appointed Davidson to the Election Assistance Commission, the federal agency created by HAVA, which provides guidance to the states on "list maintenance" methods. [RS]

What this means to me is that no matter how much Obama is ahead, he is going to need to carry a huge vote cushion on election day in order to win.  As Sly and the Family Stone said back in 1967, "you're the underdog and you've gotta be twice as good."