Block the Vote?

October 28, 2008

Hello Everyone, neurologist this site

We’re seeking volunteers to help with an important project. The non-partisan Voter Action NM Watch the Vote 2008 project is seeking election verifiers to help monitor the vote on Election Day.

We realize that some of you are volunteering for a particular candidate’s campaign, website like this but for those of you looking for a non-partisan project that will have the largest database in the country for pursuing voter disenfranchisement, an excellent team of attorneys, and collaboration with Voter Action (the folks who helped file the NM Voter’s Lawsuit in 2004 and helped bring paper ballot legislation to NM), then get in touch with us ASAP.

Our nationwide, non-partisan election protection hotline (1-866-MY-VOTE-1) will be tracking the complaints coming in on Election Day, and the volunteers in NM will be dispatched to monitor problems as they arise.

Here is how you can help:

1. ∫Volunteer to be an election verifier in your county. Take Election Day off and volunteer to help monitor the polls. If interested, email Pat Leahan at: newmexico@voteraction.org. We will be providing a phone training early next week.

2. ∫Help spread the word about the hotline. Any voter who has trouble with any aspect of the voting process should call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and get that problem documented.

3. ∫Post and circulate the hotline flyer.

We hope to hear from some of you soon. Thanks!

Pat Leahan
NM Coordinator, Voter Action Watch the Vote 2008

VoterAction.org is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, pro-democracy organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of our vote and our elections.

Watch the Vote 2008 is sponsored by Voter Action and the NAACP National Voter Fund and is in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and its law school, Video the Vote, and state-based democracy organizations across the country.
Hello Everyone, this

We’re seeking volunteers to help with an important project. The non-partisan Voter Action NM Watch the Vote 2008 project is seeking election verifiers to help monitor the vote on Election Day.

We realize that some of you are volunteering for a particular candidate’s campaign, but for those of you looking for a non-partisan project that will have the largest database in the country for pursuing voter disenfranchisement, an excellent team of attorneys, and collaboration with Voter Action (the folks who helped file the NM Voter’s Lawsuit in 2004 and helped bring paper ballot legislation to NM), then get in touch with us ASAP.

Our nationwide, non-partisan election protection hotline (1-866-MY-VOTE-1) will be tracking the complaints coming in on Election Day, and the volunteers in NM will be dispatched to monitor problems as they arise.

Here is how you can help:

1. ∫Volunteer to be an election verifier in your county. Take Election Day off and volunteer to help monitor the polls. If interested, email Pat Leahan at: newmexico@voteraction.org. We will be providing a phone training early next week.

2. ∫Help spread the word about the hotline. Any voter who has trouble with any aspect of the voting process should call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and get that problem documented.

3. ∫Post and circulate the hotline flyer.

We hope to hear from some of you soon. Thanks!

Pat Leahan
NM Coordinator, Voter Action Watch the Vote 2008

VoterAction.org is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, pro-democracy organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of our vote and our elections.

Watch the Vote 2008 is sponsored by Voter Action and the NAACP National Voter Fund and is in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and its law school, Video the Vote, and state-based democracy organizations across the country.
Hello Everyone, this

We’re seeking volunteers to help with an important project. The non-partisan Voter Action NM Watch the Vote 2008 project is seeking election verifiers to help monitor the vote on Election Day.

We realize that some of you are volunteering for a particular candidate’s campaign, but for those of you looking for a non-partisan project that will have the largest database in the country for pursuing voter disenfranchisement, an excellent team of attorneys, and collaboration with Voter Action (the folks who helped file the NM Voter’s Lawsuit in 2004 and helped bring paper ballot legislation to NM), then get in touch with us ASAP.

Our nationwide, non-partisan election protection hotline (1-866-MY-VOTE-1) will be tracking the complaints coming in on Election Day, and the volunteers in NM will be dispatched to monitor problems as they arise.

Here is how you can help:

1. ∫Volunteer to be an election verifier in your county. Take Election Day off and volunteer to help monitor the polls. If interested, email Pat Leahan at: newmexico@voteraction.org. We will be providing a phone training early next week.

2. ∫Help spread the word about the hotline. Any voter who has trouble with any aspect of the voting process should call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and get that problem documented.

3. ∫Post and circulate the hotline flyer.

We hope to hear from some of you soon. Thanks!

Pat Leahan
NM Coordinator, Voter Action Watch the Vote 2008

VoterAction.org is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, pro-democracy organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of our vote and our elections.

Watch the Vote 2008 is sponsored by Voter Action and the NAACP National Voter Fund and is in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and its law school, Video the Vote, and state-based democracy organizations across the country.
By Gordon Solberg.

I just got back from a short vacation, pills
and was shocked to learn that John McCain is going to be speaking in the Mesilla Plaza.

Now, patient the Mesilla Plaza is a great place, ambulance but it’s a minor venue.  It’s a place for minor presidential wannabees, such as Dennis Kucinich and Wesley Clark.  Joe Biden just spoke there, which is fine for a relatively low-profile vice-presidential candidate.  But McCain?  The big kahuna of All That’s Right?  The fact that he’s speaking in the Mesilla Plaza shows just how pitiful his campaign really is.  The McCain campaign chose Mesilla Plaza because it’s free, and because they just might fill it.  (Psychologically speaking, it’s better to fill a small venue than to have 5000 people rattling around the PanAm Center, wondering where everybody else is.)

If Obama came to Las Cruces – which he won’t – he would fill the PanAm Center or Aggie Memorial Stadium.  The enthusiasm gap between the two candidates is astounding.

As the campaign enters the home stretch, the McCain campaign is slinging mud in all directions, hoping some of it will stick.  Take the whole “socialism” schtick.  I mean, tax cuts for the wealthy isn’t socialism?  Bailing out Wall Street with $700 billion isn’t socialism?  Nationalizing the banks isn’t socialism?  But giving Joe Consumer a little tax relief is socialism, evil incarnate, the ultimate no-no?  Thanks for explaining this to me, John and Sarah!  (And Sarah… I just adored your rap routine and cute red $5000 outfit on Saturday Night Live!  You go, girl!)

I honestly don’t know anymore how intelligent Joe Consumer really is.  It’s been a wild 28 years since Reagan took office, and it sure looks to me that Joe lost his marbles somewhere along the way.  That’s why – despite everything – McCain continues to poll so well.

I’ll be voting next week, will make a final donation to Obama, and then I plan to curl up in the fetal position and hold my breath until after the election.  What a spectacle this campaign has become!  What a strange country America now is!

(I’m now updating my blog frequently.  http://newearthtimes.blogspot.com)
Hello Everyone, this

We’re seeking volunteers to help with an important project. The non-partisan Voter Action NM Watch the Vote 2008 project is seeking election verifiers to help monitor the vote on Election Day.

We realize that some of you are volunteering for a particular candidate’s campaign, but for those of you looking for a non-partisan project that will have the largest database in the country for pursuing voter disenfranchisement, an excellent team of attorneys, and collaboration with Voter Action (the folks who helped file the NM Voter’s Lawsuit in 2004 and helped bring paper ballot legislation to NM), then get in touch with us ASAP.

Our nationwide, non-partisan election protection hotline (1-866-MY-VOTE-1) will be tracking the complaints coming in on Election Day, and the volunteers in NM will be dispatched to monitor problems as they arise.

Here is how you can help:

1. ∫Volunteer to be an election verifier in your county. Take Election Day off and volunteer to help monitor the polls. If interested, email Pat Leahan at: newmexico@voteraction.org. We will be providing a phone training early next week.

2. ∫Help spread the word about the hotline. Any voter who has trouble with any aspect of the voting process should call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and get that problem documented.

3. ∫Post and circulate the hotline flyer.

We hope to hear from some of you soon. Thanks!

Pat Leahan
NM Coordinator, Voter Action Watch the Vote 2008

VoterAction.org is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, pro-democracy organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of our vote and our elections.

Watch the Vote 2008 is sponsored by Voter Action and the NAACP National Voter Fund and is in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and its law school, Video the Vote, and state-based democracy organizations across the country.
By Gordon Solberg.

I just got back from a short vacation, pills
and was shocked to learn that John McCain is going to be speaking in the Mesilla Plaza.

Now, patient the Mesilla Plaza is a great place, ambulance but it’s a minor venue.  It’s a place for minor presidential wannabees, such as Dennis Kucinich and Wesley Clark.  Joe Biden just spoke there, which is fine for a relatively low-profile vice-presidential candidate.  But McCain?  The big kahuna of All That’s Right?  The fact that he’s speaking in the Mesilla Plaza shows just how pitiful his campaign really is.  The McCain campaign chose Mesilla Plaza because it’s free, and because they just might fill it.  (Psychologically speaking, it’s better to fill a small venue than to have 5000 people rattling around the PanAm Center, wondering where everybody else is.)

If Obama came to Las Cruces – which he won’t – he would fill the PanAm Center or Aggie Memorial Stadium.  The enthusiasm gap between the two candidates is astounding.

As the campaign enters the home stretch, the McCain campaign is slinging mud in all directions, hoping some of it will stick.  Take the whole “socialism” schtick.  I mean, tax cuts for the wealthy isn’t socialism?  Bailing out Wall Street with $700 billion isn’t socialism?  Nationalizing the banks isn’t socialism?  But giving Joe Consumer a little tax relief is socialism, evil incarnate, the ultimate no-no?  Thanks for explaining this to me, John and Sarah!  (And Sarah… I just adored your rap routine and cute red $5000 outfit on Saturday Night Live!  You go, girl!)

I honestly don’t know anymore how intelligent Joe Consumer really is.  It’s been a wild 28 years since Reagan took office, and it sure looks to me that Joe lost his marbles somewhere along the way.  That’s why – despite everything – McCain continues to poll so well.

I’ll be voting next week, will make a final donation to Obama, and then I plan to curl up in the fetal position and hold my breath until after the election.  What a spectacle this campaign has become!  What a strange country America now is!

(I’m now updating my blog frequently.  http://newearthtimes.blogspot.com)
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, click how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now be a good foot soldier go vote accordingly.

Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
Hello Everyone, this

We’re seeking volunteers to help with an important project. The non-partisan Voter Action NM Watch the Vote 2008 project is seeking election verifiers to help monitor the vote on Election Day.

We realize that some of you are volunteering for a particular candidate’s campaign, but for those of you looking for a non-partisan project that will have the largest database in the country for pursuing voter disenfranchisement, an excellent team of attorneys, and collaboration with Voter Action (the folks who helped file the NM Voter’s Lawsuit in 2004 and helped bring paper ballot legislation to NM), then get in touch with us ASAP.

Our nationwide, non-partisan election protection hotline (1-866-MY-VOTE-1) will be tracking the complaints coming in on Election Day, and the volunteers in NM will be dispatched to monitor problems as they arise.

Here is how you can help:

1. ∫Volunteer to be an election verifier in your county. Take Election Day off and volunteer to help monitor the polls. If interested, email Pat Leahan at: newmexico@voteraction.org. We will be providing a phone training early next week.

2. ∫Help spread the word about the hotline. Any voter who has trouble with any aspect of the voting process should call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and get that problem documented.

3. ∫Post and circulate the hotline flyer.

We hope to hear from some of you soon. Thanks!

Pat Leahan
NM Coordinator, Voter Action Watch the Vote 2008

VoterAction.org is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, pro-democracy organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of our vote and our elections.

Watch the Vote 2008 is sponsored by Voter Action and the NAACP National Voter Fund and is in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and its law school, Video the Vote, and state-based democracy organizations across the country.
By Gordon Solberg.

I just got back from a short vacation, pills
and was shocked to learn that John McCain is going to be speaking in the Mesilla Plaza.

Now, patient the Mesilla Plaza is a great place, ambulance but it’s a minor venue.  It’s a place for minor presidential wannabees, such as Dennis Kucinich and Wesley Clark.  Joe Biden just spoke there, which is fine for a relatively low-profile vice-presidential candidate.  But McCain?  The big kahuna of All That’s Right?  The fact that he’s speaking in the Mesilla Plaza shows just how pitiful his campaign really is.  The McCain campaign chose Mesilla Plaza because it’s free, and because they just might fill it.  (Psychologically speaking, it’s better to fill a small venue than to have 5000 people rattling around the PanAm Center, wondering where everybody else is.)

If Obama came to Las Cruces – which he won’t – he would fill the PanAm Center or Aggie Memorial Stadium.  The enthusiasm gap between the two candidates is astounding.

As the campaign enters the home stretch, the McCain campaign is slinging mud in all directions, hoping some of it will stick.  Take the whole “socialism” schtick.  I mean, tax cuts for the wealthy isn’t socialism?  Bailing out Wall Street with $700 billion isn’t socialism?  Nationalizing the banks isn’t socialism?  But giving Joe Consumer a little tax relief is socialism, evil incarnate, the ultimate no-no?  Thanks for explaining this to me, John and Sarah!  (And Sarah… I just adored your rap routine and cute red $5000 outfit on Saturday Night Live!  You go, girl!)

I honestly don’t know anymore how intelligent Joe Consumer really is.  It’s been a wild 28 years since Reagan took office, and it sure looks to me that Joe lost his marbles somewhere along the way.  That’s why – despite everything – McCain continues to poll so well.

I’ll be voting next week, will make a final donation to Obama, and then I plan to curl up in the fetal position and hold my breath until after the election.  What a spectacle this campaign has become!  What a strange country America now is!

(I’m now updating my blog frequently.  http://newearthtimes.blogspot.com)
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, click how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now be a good foot soldier go vote accordingly.

Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, pharmacy
how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now go vote for McCain-Palin. Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
Hello Everyone, this

We’re seeking volunteers to help with an important project. The non-partisan Voter Action NM Watch the Vote 2008 project is seeking election verifiers to help monitor the vote on Election Day.

We realize that some of you are volunteering for a particular candidate’s campaign, but for those of you looking for a non-partisan project that will have the largest database in the country for pursuing voter disenfranchisement, an excellent team of attorneys, and collaboration with Voter Action (the folks who helped file the NM Voter’s Lawsuit in 2004 and helped bring paper ballot legislation to NM), then get in touch with us ASAP.

Our nationwide, non-partisan election protection hotline (1-866-MY-VOTE-1) will be tracking the complaints coming in on Election Day, and the volunteers in NM will be dispatched to monitor problems as they arise.

Here is how you can help:

1. ∫Volunteer to be an election verifier in your county. Take Election Day off and volunteer to help monitor the polls. If interested, email Pat Leahan at: newmexico@voteraction.org. We will be providing a phone training early next week.

2. ∫Help spread the word about the hotline. Any voter who has trouble with any aspect of the voting process should call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and get that problem documented.

3. ∫Post and circulate the hotline flyer.

We hope to hear from some of you soon. Thanks!

Pat Leahan
NM Coordinator, Voter Action Watch the Vote 2008

VoterAction.org is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, pro-democracy organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of our vote and our elections.

Watch the Vote 2008 is sponsored by Voter Action and the NAACP National Voter Fund and is in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and its law school, Video the Vote, and state-based democracy organizations across the country.
By Gordon Solberg.

I just got back from a short vacation, pills
and was shocked to learn that John McCain is going to be speaking in the Mesilla Plaza.

Now, patient the Mesilla Plaza is a great place, ambulance but it’s a minor venue.  It’s a place for minor presidential wannabees, such as Dennis Kucinich and Wesley Clark.  Joe Biden just spoke there, which is fine for a relatively low-profile vice-presidential candidate.  But McCain?  The big kahuna of All That’s Right?  The fact that he’s speaking in the Mesilla Plaza shows just how pitiful his campaign really is.  The McCain campaign chose Mesilla Plaza because it’s free, and because they just might fill it.  (Psychologically speaking, it’s better to fill a small venue than to have 5000 people rattling around the PanAm Center, wondering where everybody else is.)

If Obama came to Las Cruces – which he won’t – he would fill the PanAm Center or Aggie Memorial Stadium.  The enthusiasm gap between the two candidates is astounding.

As the campaign enters the home stretch, the McCain campaign is slinging mud in all directions, hoping some of it will stick.  Take the whole “socialism” schtick.  I mean, tax cuts for the wealthy isn’t socialism?  Bailing out Wall Street with $700 billion isn’t socialism?  Nationalizing the banks isn’t socialism?  But giving Joe Consumer a little tax relief is socialism, evil incarnate, the ultimate no-no?  Thanks for explaining this to me, John and Sarah!  (And Sarah… I just adored your rap routine and cute red $5000 outfit on Saturday Night Live!  You go, girl!)

I honestly don’t know anymore how intelligent Joe Consumer really is.  It’s been a wild 28 years since Reagan took office, and it sure looks to me that Joe lost his marbles somewhere along the way.  That’s why – despite everything – McCain continues to poll so well.

I’ll be voting next week, will make a final donation to Obama, and then I plan to curl up in the fetal position and hold my breath until after the election.  What a spectacle this campaign has become!  What a strange country America now is!

(I’m now updating my blog frequently.  http://newearthtimes.blogspot.com)
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, click how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now be a good foot soldier go vote accordingly.

Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, pharmacy
how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now go vote for McCain-Palin. Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, side effects
how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, urticaria
before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now be a good foot soldier go vote for McCain-Palin.

Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
Hello Everyone, this

We’re seeking volunteers to help with an important project. The non-partisan Voter Action NM Watch the Vote 2008 project is seeking election verifiers to help monitor the vote on Election Day.

We realize that some of you are volunteering for a particular candidate’s campaign, but for those of you looking for a non-partisan project that will have the largest database in the country for pursuing voter disenfranchisement, an excellent team of attorneys, and collaboration with Voter Action (the folks who helped file the NM Voter’s Lawsuit in 2004 and helped bring paper ballot legislation to NM), then get in touch with us ASAP.

Our nationwide, non-partisan election protection hotline (1-866-MY-VOTE-1) will be tracking the complaints coming in on Election Day, and the volunteers in NM will be dispatched to monitor problems as they arise.

Here is how you can help:

1. ∫Volunteer to be an election verifier in your county. Take Election Day off and volunteer to help monitor the polls. If interested, email Pat Leahan at: newmexico@voteraction.org. We will be providing a phone training early next week.

2. ∫Help spread the word about the hotline. Any voter who has trouble with any aspect of the voting process should call 1-866-MY-VOTE-1 and get that problem documented.

3. ∫Post and circulate the hotline flyer.

We hope to hear from some of you soon. Thanks!

Pat Leahan
NM Coordinator, Voter Action Watch the Vote 2008

VoterAction.org is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, pro-democracy organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of our vote and our elections.

Watch the Vote 2008 is sponsored by Voter Action and the NAACP National Voter Fund and is in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and its law school, Video the Vote, and state-based democracy organizations across the country.
By Gordon Solberg.

I just got back from a short vacation, pills
and was shocked to learn that John McCain is going to be speaking in the Mesilla Plaza.

Now, patient the Mesilla Plaza is a great place, ambulance but it’s a minor venue.  It’s a place for minor presidential wannabees, such as Dennis Kucinich and Wesley Clark.  Joe Biden just spoke there, which is fine for a relatively low-profile vice-presidential candidate.  But McCain?  The big kahuna of All That’s Right?  The fact that he’s speaking in the Mesilla Plaza shows just how pitiful his campaign really is.  The McCain campaign chose Mesilla Plaza because it’s free, and because they just might fill it.  (Psychologically speaking, it’s better to fill a small venue than to have 5000 people rattling around the PanAm Center, wondering where everybody else is.)

If Obama came to Las Cruces – which he won’t – he would fill the PanAm Center or Aggie Memorial Stadium.  The enthusiasm gap between the two candidates is astounding.

As the campaign enters the home stretch, the McCain campaign is slinging mud in all directions, hoping some of it will stick.  Take the whole “socialism” schtick.  I mean, tax cuts for the wealthy isn’t socialism?  Bailing out Wall Street with $700 billion isn’t socialism?  Nationalizing the banks isn’t socialism?  But giving Joe Consumer a little tax relief is socialism, evil incarnate, the ultimate no-no?  Thanks for explaining this to me, John and Sarah!  (And Sarah… I just adored your rap routine and cute red $5000 outfit on Saturday Night Live!  You go, girl!)

I honestly don’t know anymore how intelligent Joe Consumer really is.  It’s been a wild 28 years since Reagan took office, and it sure looks to me that Joe lost his marbles somewhere along the way.  That’s why – despite everything – McCain continues to poll so well.

I’ll be voting next week, will make a final donation to Obama, and then I plan to curl up in the fetal position and hold my breath until after the election.  What a spectacle this campaign has become!  What a strange country America now is!

(I’m now updating my blog frequently.  http://newearthtimes.blogspot.com)
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, click how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now be a good foot soldier go vote accordingly.

Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, pharmacy
how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now go vote for McCain-Palin. Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, side effects
how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, urticaria
before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now be a good foot soldier go vote for McCain-Palin.

Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
By Steve Klinger.

Ah, visit this site
how quickly Americans adjust to adversity. On the Huffington Post today is this blog headline: Could You Survive In Poverty? Take the Quiz.

Undoubtedly, medical before the ink is dry on the severance checks from General Motors, the publishing houses will find money for the new round of self-help books, such as the following:

•    Living at Home on $10 a Day
•    Frommer’s Guide to Habitable Highway Overpasses
•    Rent Out Your Parked RV to a Homeless Family (In Exchange for Yard Work)
•    Dumpster Diving for Dummies
•    Idiot’s Guide to Stealing Copper
•    Prosper Today With Manhole Covers
•    The Alternative Cook Book Volume One: Roots and Lizards

And the new TV programs:

•    Garage Sale Roadshow
•    Flip That Travel Trailer
•    Survivor: The Staten Island Landfill
•    Extreme Makeover: Winterize Your Coleman Tent

Does anyone else see the disconnect between what’s happened to the distribution of wealth in this country (the wealthiest fifth of U.S. households now account for 50 percent of all income) in a free-market economy and the traction John McCain’s Joe the Plumber tour seems to be finding in recent days with working-class Americans? Joe himself earns $40,000, not $250,000, he’s not a licensed plumber and he owes back taxes. He himself would benefit from Obama’s tax plan. But if he had the thriving small business he dreams of, his hypothetical $250,000-plus income would be taxed at a higher rate. Now that’s socialism! How dare a lazy black man with a Muslim middle name and terrorist pals suggest that the wealthy bear more of the tax burden than the poor and the middle class? Redistribute that wealth and pretty soon we’ll be living under totalitarianism!

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the economic-political gospel from someone no less authoritative than Sarah Palin (at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday):

“See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record… Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free.”

So will all those rank-and-file capitalists promptly return their Social Security checks and reimburse Medicare for their hip and knee replacements now? Will Palin give back the higher taxes she bragged about collecting from oil companies to help out ordinary folks who live in Alaska? Will McCain please take his meds now so he can remember supporting higher taxes on higher-income Americans (and can keep track of the former secretaries of state who endorsed him)?

That Fear Card is one helluva joker, isn’t he? One day he’s Jeremiah Wright, then he’s Barack the Celebrity (The One), then he’s William Ayers, then he’s Tony Rezko, and now he’s whatever hardworking Average Joe you please, with Obama’s hand in his pocket. Because, never mind the Republican-led deregulation mania that turned your 401K into chump change and let the company that shipped your job to China offshore its own headquarters to the Cayman Islands so it wouldn’t have to pay corporate taxes. No, that’s not relevant, like the imminent danger of the elite, frappuccino-sipping, freedom-robbing socialist Muslims who would turn your dream riches into handouts for lazy, thieving minorities.

Got that? Now go vote for McCain-Palin.

Me? I voted early, just in case the latest incarnation of the Fear Card might change my mind.

Guess I’ll curl up with a good new book, like The Alternative Cookbook, Volume Two: Delectable Grasshoppers the Sterno Way.
To the Editor, find

Many thanks to Las Cruces City Councilor Sharon Thomas for raising the issue of the law firm contracted by city staff to represent us on the El Paso Electric franchise agreement.   Proof of the cozy relationship between top city officials and El Paso Electric is their choice of Keleher & McLeod, more about  an Albuquerque firm that has as one of its biggest clients Public Service of New Mexico, the state’s other large electric utility.

This is an egregious display of poor judgment by City Manager Terrence Moore and his legal department.  What experience does Keleher & McLeod have in representing the city end of utility negotiations?  What’s their incentive to produce an innovative agreement advantageous to Las Cruces  when it could set precedent detrimental to a principal client?  Meanwhile there are excellent firms in the state which routinely represent municipalities in these kinds of negotiations.

Mr. Moore dismissed Councilor Thomas’s objections, saying it is his prerogative to make such decisions.  If this is an example of his conduct of city business, I hope he won’t be making decisions for us much longer.

Charlotte Lipson
Las Cruces
To the Editor, sales

Many thanks to Las Cruces City Councilor Sharon Thomas for raising the issue of the law firm contracted by city staff to represent us on the El Paso Electric franchise agreement.   Proof of the cozy relationship between top city officials and El Paso Electric is their choice of Keleher & McLeod,  an Albuquerque firm that has as one of its biggest clients Public Service of New Mexico, the state’s other large electric utility.

This is an egregious display of poor judgment by City Manager Terrence Moore and his legal department.  What experience does Keleher & McLeod have in representing the city end of utility negotiations?  What’s their incentive to produce an innovative agreement advantageous to Las Cruces  when it could set precedent detrimental to a principal client?  Meanwhile there are excellent firms in the state which routinely represent municipalities in these kinds of negotiations.

Mr. Moore dismissed Councilor Thomas’s objections, saying it is his prerogative to make such decisions.  If this is an example of his conduct of city business, I hope he won’t be making decisions for us much longer.

Charlotte Lipson
Las Cruces
To the Editor, sales

Many thanks to Las Cruces City Councilor Sharon Thomas for raising the issue of the law firm contracted by city staff to represent us on the El Paso Electric franchise agreement.   Proof of the cozy relationship between top city officials and El Paso Electric is their choice of Keleher & McLeod,  an Albuquerque firm that has as one of its biggest clients Public Service of New Mexico, the state’s other large electric utility.

This is an egregious display of poor judgment by City Manager Terrence Moore and his legal department.  What experience does Keleher & McLeod have in representing the city end of utility negotiations?  What’s their incentive to produce an innovative agreement advantageous to Las Cruces  when it could set precedent detrimental to a principal client?  Meanwhile there are excellent firms in the state which routinely represent municipalities in these kinds of negotiations.

Mr. Moore dismissed Councilor Thomas’s objections, saying it is his prerogative to make such decisions.  If this is an example of his conduct of city business, I hope he won’t be making decisions for us much longer.

Charlotte Lipson
Las Cruces
In the new issue of Rolling Stone is a sobering look at ongoing efforts by Republicans to suppress votes in numerous states, seek ambulance with a focus on New Mexico. Authors Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Greg Palast, who documented election fraud in books on the 2004 and 2000 elections, respectively, claim the Help America Vote Act actually gave vote-suppression advocates the tools they sought to disqualify and remove voters from the rolls based on technicalities and arcane interpretations.

These tactics are more effective in very close elections than those with a wider margin. But before you make your plans to celebrate an Obama victory next Tuesday, give this article a read and think about volunteering to be a poll watcher.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/23638322/block_the_vote/print

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