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February 5, 2008

super tuesday

I found this interesting interactive map on the BBC website showing all of the states involved in Super Tuesday.

The first thing I noticed when looking at the map was that Hawaii seemed to be missing.

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That alone was not surprising to me as I still see maps of the US with Hawaii and Alaska missing, but on this map, Alaska was part of the map. After looking a little closer, I found Hawaii...above Alaska! It is bad enough when maps show Alaska and Hawaii next to Southern California or by Mexico, but this map could really confuse those who have geography issues.

I still have not forgotten a comment a friend from high school made to me one summer, when back in Massachusetts for a visit. She asked me how Hawaii could be such a warm state if it was located right next to Alaska! After my initial shock, I proceeded to give her a little geography lesson. That made me start to wonder just how many other people in the world think that Alaska and Hawaii are located right next to each other.

Back to Super Tuesday... I found this BBC site quite interesting and informative. Check it out if you have some free time. You can either click on one of the states on the map or you can click on one of the states listed in the little scrolling box and the delegate information for that state will show up in the larger box.

So, if you live in a Super Tuesday state, don't forget to get out there and vote!
Without getting too political, here is a screen shot of one of the widgets on my Mac:

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349 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes & 45 seconds until Bush is gone...give or take a few minutes to upload the image and then get this posted. Still too many days if you ask me.

February 19, 2008

the Hawaii caucus takes place tonight

The Hawaii Democratic caucus will take place tonight. I wasn't even aware that caucuses took place in Hawaii before this year. The Democratic presidential nominee has always seemed to have been determined before our scheduled caucus took place in past years.

We also (in my opinion) have never had a voice during past presidential primaries and past presidential elections. The election has always been determined before Hawaii's polls were closed. Even during the Bush/Gore election, our electorates did not count because we don't have enough of them to make a difference either way, even when there was a "so called tie".

During most elections, the President has been declared (by the media) by noontime here in Hawaii and since I am not a "morning person", I usually do my voting in the afternoon, again not that my vote would have counted if I voted in the morning.

Because of this, I have always been frustrated with the election process BUT this year is a historic year for Hawaii. This will be the first time that Hawai'i will actually have a voice in helping to select a presidential nominee. I feel pretty excited about being able to be a part of this process. It is the first time in a long time that I have felt a little hope about the future of our country. For more on being able to be a part of the process, check out Teachick's Persnickety Tutu blog on the subject of using our voices to vote to make a change.

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update on the Hawaii caucus

I am writing this quickly to try to remember everything. I am also pretty tired after not much sleep last night and a long night tonight and so I apologize for any grammar and spelling errors. Also, make sure to read my previous post before reading this post to get all the info in the correct order.

WOW, this was quite a night! I arrived at my voting site at 6 pm, 30 minutes before voter registration and sign in was scheduled to begin. There was already a huge line. I was lucky to get the last parking spot in the parking lot.

There were two lines, the shorter line for people already registered as Democrats and the longer one, where I stood for those not yet officially registered as Democrats. Obviously, you already had to be registered to vote to participate. I started to laugh to myself about Jill's "circus comment" (see comments from previous post). Besides the lack of organization with the possibility of people in the crowd getting upset, the only thing close to a "circus" was the one interesting woman with purple hair. Purple sweater, shirt, skirt, and hair!

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February 20, 2008

one more post on the caucus

As mentioned earlier, the Democratic Hawaii caucus turnout has never exceeded 5,000 people. Party officials printed 17,000 ballots. A record 37,182 people voted last night. The turnout was incredible! It was definitely a historic occasion that I am very proud to have been a part of.

I am too tired to think of anything else to write about today, so I will instead post a couple of photos with a link to the Star Bulletin, one of the local papers, where the photos are from and where you can read more info on the Hawaii vote.

The line at one of the voting sites (not my site):
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Inside where the voting took place:
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One more thing I wanted to add and then I will be done talking about the caucus. I asked quite a few of the "official people" last night what exactly a caucus was and how it was different than a primary. The best explanation I was given was that the Hawaii Democratic caucus was like a mini primary. We still cast ballots and vote for a candidate, but Obama or Clinton buttons, shirts, signs, etc. can be displayed inside the voting area and it is a little more informal. We did not raise hands like some caucus states did for a vote. We also did not vote privately in a little booth. It was something in between the two.

August 31, 2008

Yes. We. Can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny
of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores
and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized;
women who reached for the ballots;
a President who chose the moon as our new frontier;
and a King who took us to the mountain-top and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

We know the battle ahead will be long,
but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way,
nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We want change!
(We want change! We want change! We want change...)

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant.
We've been asked to pause for a reality check.
We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. We want change!
(We want change! I want change! We want change! I want change...)

The hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA;
we will remember that there is something happening in America;
that we are not as divided as our politics suggests;
that we are one people;
we are one nation;
and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast;
from sea to shining sea - Yes. We. Can.

September 7, 2008

si se puede cambiar

I know many of you may be thinking, is this going to turn into a political blog? I promise to not post more than one post a week (I am thinking Sundays) and you can always ignore these posts if you want.

I would also like to share two excellent blog posts, both that articulate the same concerns I have much better than I ever could:

pssst, republicans: comfortable has no place in politics ~ bleeding espresso

Sarah Palin ~ Casey, Italy and Other Good Stuff

October 14, 2008

97 more days

I meant to do this on 99 more days, but missed that boat.
(sung to 99 more bottle of beer on the wall...)

97 more days of Bush/Cheney in office,
97 more days of Bush/Cheney.
Make sure to vote to keep their twins out,
Vote Obama and Biden for Hope and for Change.

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I know, I know, I will never make it as a lyricist. It was the best
I could come up with. Anyone else have ideas for a verse?

October 21, 2008

vote early if you can

If your state supports early voting...don't wait, VOTE!! It's easy!! I voted today!! First day for early voting in Hawaii. No lines. Five minutes and I was done. I didn't get a sticker like Annie did but I am saving my little slip of paper with my voting ballot number on it, hoping that it will be a very memorable souvenir representing the hard work so many have contributed to electing a president who will finally bring us the change this country needs.

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Photo from the front page of the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper (Steamboat, Colorado).
My aunt is 2nd from the left. How cool is that?


Barack the Vote!!!!
Obama/Biden '08

October 27, 2008

hope changes everything

"Having hope means that one will not give in to overwhelming anxiety, a defeatist attitude, or depression in the face of difficult challenges or setbacks." Hope is "more than the sunny view that everything will turn out all right; it is believing you have the will and the way to accomplish your goals." ~ by Daniel Goleman
(Thanks for the quote Kim.)

One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world.
(I don't know the origin of this quote...found it on a YouTube video.)

VOTE!!


Obama/Biden '08

October 28, 2008

Give Love ~ VOTE for HOPE ~ Obama '08

It has been inspiring seeing so many positive Obama videos and blog entries. I found this video through Annie's blog entry - Creative Campaigning. Make sure to check out Annie's post and all the great links, including a link to Kathy's blog entry on riding for change.

I love this video ~ Give Love, a song for hope.

VOTE FOR HOPE
by M.C. Yogi

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Change begins when we believe / in a brighter day a better way to succeed / together we can make it better you and me / so we can be safe and prosperous and free

Ladies and gentleman beautiful intelligent / friends of all ages races and measurements / us citizens world wide residents / what ever your religion is or sexual preference / there’s no separateness one things connecting us / the planet we inhabit plus all the different elements / that’s the reason why we need a new president / someone who understands interconnectedness / and won’t go to war based on false evidence / who’s not addicted to oil and aggressiveness / who believes in global warming and he’ll fight pollution / instead of shredding and abusing our constitution / the candidate in 08 that we’ll be choosing / is Barack Obama cuz he’s gonna offer real solutions / lets get involved and offer all our contributions / vote for hope join the movement of the revolution

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Change begins when we believe / in a brighter day a better way to succeed / together we can make it better you and me / so we can be safe and prosperous and free

I hold this truth to be self evident / it’s time for Barack Obama to become president / that’s why I’m calling to my nation and my generation / this is our moment no more waiting or procrastinating / we gotta make it happen; time for some action / it don’t matter if your black white asian latin / we gotta vote for hope; and steer clear of fear / regardless of the garbage they put in our ears / the talking head on the radio and television / spinning the facts treating us like we’re little children / but even with the propaganda they can’t stop us can they / cuz we know in our souls that we’re gonna stand up / & let our voices be heard word to the people / lets make sure this election is fair and equal / no more illegal war dying on a distant shore / and that’s the reason why Obama’s who we’re voting for / he can restore our reputation in the world / and that’s the reason why Obama’s who were voting for / so we can be prosperous free and feel secure / and that’s the reason why Obama’s who were voting for

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Change begins when we believe / in a brighter day a better way to succeed / together we can make it better you and me / so we can be safe and prosperous and free


Obama/Biden '08

November 4, 2008

the next president of the United States of America!!!!

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January 20, 2009

at last...

It was a glorious day today!

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