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It's time to breathe a little easier.

Students at Black Hills High School in Tumwater, Washington have a reputation of predicting the next president in their Mock Elections and this year they voted for Obama, 447-225.

“In regards to the presidential election, I think we’ve called it every time,” said social studies teacher George Rother.- The Olympian

Now I know what you are saying.."Yeah, but this is a school in blue Washington State." I would agree with you but they've been right every time since the school opened in 1997, which means they predicted the double Bush wins, even though the state went for the Democratic candidate both times.

This "news" sent me looking for the other predictive vote done by kids at Weekly Reader. Either that vote hasn't happened yet this year or it won't happen as Weekly Reader is no more since this past summer. --- NYT

Any news from your area about students and their predictive votes?


Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 05:45 PM PDT

Quick. Talk Me Down.

by AnneofGreatHope

Last night on CNN Anderson Cooper's Show someone mentioned that at this time (October 5, 2000) in the 2000 campaign Gore led in the polls 51% to 40% for Bush.

I wasn't very politically aware during that campaign or else I do not remember that Gore was so far ahead of Bush in the polls so close to the election.  So I started freaking out.  Could the same thing happen to Obama?

I desperately need someone to "talk me down".

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Sun Oct 05, 2008 at 01:43 PM PDT

The real Mavericks speak up

by AnneofGreatHope

Originally published in the NY Times but picked up by Tacoma News Tribune is a story about the real Maverick family and how they feel about McCain and Palin calling themselves mavericks.  It's really a rather humorous story.

"I’m just enraged that McCain calls himself a maverick," said Terrellita Maverick, 82, a San Antonio native who proudly carries the name of a family that has been known for its progressive politics since the 1600s, when an early ancestor in Boston got into trouble with the law over his agitation for the rights of indentured servants.

Don't you love it?  Progressive politics!

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It's Saturday morning.  I'm blithely perusing DKos and other liberal and progressive websites and I think to myself, "Why not wander over and take a look at Gallup and see how those numbers are shaping up over there."  Not that eveyone hasn't already reported the good news that Obama is over 50% at Gallup today.

So I open up a new screen wander over to Gallup Daily Tracking Poll just to gloat for a minute and I notice a little tab that I never noticed before: Election Trends by Group.  So I wander over that way and what do I find?


Marital Status of Saturday readership

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Wed Oct 01, 2008 at 04:16 PM PDT

Naughty Me

by AnneofGreatHope

I know I shouldn't feel so gleeful about vandalism in my community but, I can't help it, I do!

A few weeks ago on the route I take to work a man put up a huge McCain sign. It is right at the point in the road where I have to look at it while I wait to turn.  Every morning, I sit and sneer at the sign wishing that I had the nerve to vandalize it.

I'd think, should I spray paint it with MCSame or McBush or McLame or McMad...well, as it turns out...I didn't have to do anything...

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Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 01:57 PM PDT

"The Secret" weapon to success

by AnneofGreatHope

This summer I finally got around the reading the book  The Secret by Rhonda Bryne.  Most people talked about it last fall when the authors of the concept were on Oprah.

From the book I gleened some concepts that I think are useful to campaigns and all of us.

Follow me below the fold and then let me know what you think...

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This is probably old news to most of you.  I just saw a headline that Ann Coulter is refusing to cooperate with election authorities over the accusation that she knowingly voted in the wrong precinct last February. I attempted to search on kos to see if this has had a diary before...and we all know how well that search tool works on kos. NOT.
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It's a great day to be a Democrat!  First Foley and then this.  Bob Woodward's new book, State of Denial, is giving the Repubs fits...and it won't even hit the shelves until Monday.  View video here. Watch Tony Snow spin himself silly.
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September 23-30 is Banned Book Week and as a school librarian I am here to remind you that Free People Read Freely ®. The link is to the American Library Association's (ALA) Webpage that has lots of ideas to promote this event. Check it out.This week is all about our 1st Amendment rights of free speech. So be prepared to be inspired and join in the discussion about your favorite "banned book".
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Sat Sep 09, 2006 at 10:49 AM PDT

Are we being too Dobsonesque?

by AnneofGreatHope

Let me stir the pot a bit.

I am the only one who thinks that all the attention we are paying PT/911 is actually going to increase the number of viewers of the show?  And how different is what we doing right now compared to what conservatives have done for years concerning the "liberal media".

Certainly you can remember the AFA (American Family Association) boycott of Disney back in the mid-1990s because of Disney's trip away from traditional family values. I remember seeing bumper stickers calling for the boycott thinking it was ludicrous.  But according to the article here, it worked.

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Wed Sep 06, 2006 at 10:15 PM PDT

Do you boycott Wal-mart?

by AnneofGreatHope

This last week-end I got angry with my sister because she asked me what was the point of boycotting Wal-mart when all other stores were just as bad. I was indignant.  Of course, Wal-mart is the worst.  They are the hugest and the "reddest".  Right? Then today I found this article posted in Sojourners on-line magazine comparing Target and Wal-Mart.  Hum, the differences aren't so different...Read on...

Do you boycott Wal-mart...

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If you haven't read it yet Frank Rich's editorial in the NYT "The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan" is excellent and makes clear some information rarely seen elsewhere.  Namely that when all else fails BushCo always attempt to distract the American people from the problem by changing the focus on the person and go after their character.  This "swift-boating" of Cindy hasn't worked and here's why:
The backdrops against which Ms. Sheehan stands - both that of Mr. Bush's what-me-worry vacation and that of Iraq itself - are perfectly synergistic with her message of unequal sacrifice and fruitless carnage. Her point would endure even if the messenger were shot by a gun-waving Crawford hothead or she never returned to Texas from her ailing mother's bedside or the president folded the media circus by actually meeting with her.


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