Sunday, February 24, 2008

Is It Spring Yet?

It almost felt like it today, which is why I was surprised that we didn't have a better turnout. Still respectable though. Someone described the conditions as "cold, but not brutal," which I think is about right. Here are some photos from today, as always courtesy of billyb.
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Oh Yes We Can...

Texas Republicans, with their notorious redistricting schemes, have made it harder for Democrats to vote. Or so they thought. When the students at Prairie View A&M University learned that their early-polling place was located more than seven miles from the school, what was their response? None other than to shut down the highway and march the seven miles to cast their votes on the very first day! The videos below illustrate the determination of these young people in particular, and the level of participation and excitement sweeping the country. Simply stunning.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

How Low Can He Go?

I'm not sure which is more startling, the fact that bush's approval ratings* have hit a new low of 19%, or that 19% of the population still approve of this guy. Who are these people?

*From the American Research Group

Happy Birthday Dear Lizzy...

...Happy Birthday to You!
Wishing a wonderful day to a lovely person, and the best year ever! The Political Cat is throwing a party as well, so be sure to drop in to say hello. I have it on good authority that preferred gifts run along the lines of Fancy Feast, catnip, and toys that move. Go figure. Lots of love on the internets for a dear friend! Happy Birthday Lizzy, and many more!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Another Tuesday, Another Round...

Wisconsin and Hawaii Weigh In

Watch the returns come in over at or at the WaPo.
Update 9:20pm: NBC calls Wisconsin for Obama - CNN too!
9pm: Rumor has it that Obama has a substantial lead in Wisconsin. Fingers crossed!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Presidents Day...

Here's hoping that this time next year we will be celebrating the election of a truly great president.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Well Deserved Word of Thanks...

Back in the spring of 2007 when our protest was in the planning stages there was a lot of interest, but it was anybody's guess if it would really take off. One never knows how these things will turn out. I'm happy to report these many months later that we are growing in both numbers and enthusiasm. Many thanks to each and every one of you who go the extra mile to make it happen every week - you know who you are.

It was important to me that we meet at the same time and place every week for just an hour for a couple of reasons. I wanted our group to become a fixture in the neighborhood, and I think we have achieved that. I also wanted it to be easy for people to participate. An hour a week is reasonable. Everyone is so busy with their families, their work, their lives, and my goal was for us to become a weekly presence, a constant, so that folks would always know where to find us and would feel welcome whenever they were able to make it. I wanted to be approachable and accessible. I believe we've achieved that as well. If you can't make it for a while for whatever reason, know that we're happy to have you back any time. We all do our part, and sometimes we can give more tha
n at other times, but there is one person who has consistently given his all from the beginning.

Meet billyb
Bill was all in from the start. He took it upon himself to make dozens of professional quality signs for us. Then he took it up a notch, and using his considerable carpentry skills, built our trademark "ENOUGH" sign which he assembles and disassembles every week. On cold days he sets up propane heaters, and when we wanted to build a snowman he was out snow blowing the night before. He shovels and salts to make our area safer. He comes early to hang the American flag, and his van is loaded with just about anything one might need: extra gloves, a staple gun, even a pooper scooper to avoid messy accidents in the grass. He's always a step ahead of the rest of us. Bill has literally spent hours of his time and invested a considerable amount of money to ensure that things go smoothly each week. When he learned that Dennis Kucinich would be dropping by he made thirty extra signs in short order, in anticipation of the large crowd. That's commitment. And then there's the pictures. Week after week he documents the protest and the people, without which this blog could not exist. More than anyone else, Bill works incredibly hard for all of us. Next time you see him, pat him on the back. Better yet, give him a hug...he really likes that! And be sure to also thank his lovely wife Nancy, who is responsible for processing all the photos, and of course, putting up with Bill!

Nancy and Bill
Enjoy this week's pics, and think spring!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Potomac Primary...

Check live election returns
Note: Maryland voting hours extended to 9:30 pm
due to the weather.
UPDATE 9:30pm ~ Maryland ~ Projected Winner ~ Obama
UPDATE 8pm: Washington DC ~ Projected Winner ~ Obama
UPDATE 7pm: Virginia ~ Projected Winner ~ Obama