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A quick lesson for Mr. Bates.

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Claude Monet is art:



Wassily Kandinsky is art:



Pablo Picasso is art:



Rene Magritte is art:



Andy Warhol is art:



Marcel Duchamp is art:



Thomas Kinkade is not art:



Every one of the above artists had a reason to paint what they painted, a message they wanted to convey, a new style or artistic idea to share. They painted because they loved to paint, or because they had to paint, or because painting gave them an outlet to express something.

Kinkade, if he even paints anything himself, paints to exploit a group of easily influenced sheeple - evangelical Christians - and make tons and tons of money off of them. He's a sleazy businessman, not an artist. His works lack any depth of style or substance, and they add nothing to the overall artistic conversation. They are the painted equivalent of a McDonalds hamburger - mass-produced, tasteless, and bad for America. The only lesson we can take away from Kinkade is the lesson that people are suckers who will buy anything, which is a lesson that …

Michael Bates: Blogger of Stupid

In this week's Urban Tulsa, Michael Bates is apparently going to expound on the profound meaning behind one of America's most prolific painters.

Thomas Kinkade.

According to Bates, we can take lessons from the "Painter of Light" about how "places...have the ability to touch the heart."

Thomas Kinkade is the very symbol of everything that is vapid and meaningless about modern consumer culture. His "art" if it can be properly called that, which it can't, is mass-produced garbage packaged with a clever marketing scheme that creates a mythos that Kinkade is some kind of New Age/Evangelical guru. The pieces themselves, nondescript scenes of cottages, rivers, trees, churches, and other such completely meaningless idyllic scenes, are sold in little stores in malls across America, as if they had no more purpose or deeper meaning than, say, a GAP sweater, which they don't.

Thomas Kinkade is the artistic equivalent of simultaneously listening to Kenny…

Black Friday indeed

A 34 year old man was trampled to death in a Wal Mart in New York trying to hold back the crowd this morning, and a pregnant woman was also knocked down and miscarried.

Really, people. Is a Playstation worth a human life? Is this what we've come to?

I'm sick of Black Friday. I think it's a despicable thing that the retailers of this country have done. They make us all so crazy about this incredible deal that's only available for 3 hours on one morning that we all have to just literally camp out the day and night before and then kill each other trying to get through the doors at 5:00 AM.

It would be more responsible, and indeed better for all involved, if these stores would run specials that lasted through the weekend, or even the next week, to attract people, and specifically did NOT open early or do anything special on Black Friday. Spread the shoppers out throughout the first week. It'd make things a lot more sane, and the retailers would still make the same a…

Happy Friday

although, since I have to work today, I'm not happy.

So I'm gonna need you to just go ahead and watch this clip. Didn't you get the memo?

Man With Apple Hovering In Front of Face Sues Rene Magritte's Estate

courtesy of The Onion:

TACOMA, WA—Michael Renfro, a 68-year-old retired CPA with an apple hovering in front of his face, announced Monday that he has filed a $15 million lawsuit against the estate of deceased Belgian artist René Magritte for unlawfully using his likeness in the 1964 painting The Son Of Man.

I love The Onion.

Happy Thanksgiving

Since most of us are off on Thursday, I'll post a bonus video.

Here's Nine Inch Nails performing "In This Twilight" at the end of the show in Tulsa last weekend.

The concert was amazing. If you were there, you know that already. If you weren't there, you missed something special.

Not sure what's going on in Mumbai

but here's a link to the International Red Cross, where I'm sure they'd welcome donations.

Nate Silver analyzes President Obama's agenda

Nate Silver, America's new favorite analyst of everything political, has come up with an analysis of Prsident Obama's agenda, breaking it down along political lines from "Progressive" to "Centrist." Nate finds that on the vast majority of issues, with several notable examples having to do with trade and national defense, Obama is solidly in the Progressive camp. Nate's analysis provides a clear breakdown of the direction our new President is planning to take this country.

To this blogger's eyes, the future looks bright.

I'm also going to direct your attention to another Kos diary. This diarist provides a scathing critique of the uncompromising, humorless, and ideologically rigid folks on the far left of the political spectrum, who refuse to accept that an Obama Presidency can really make some progress towards ending the kinds of injustices that said leftists claim to abhor. I know what she's talking about, because I used to be one of tho…

You know what I hate?

Web ads that pop down onto the screen and obscure the text you're reading. Or web ads that expand so that when you scroll down to read something and the ad contracts again, your screen moves and you lose what you were reading. Or, web ads that literally float over the text in such a way that you have to click them away to get rid of them. Web ads that, when you mouse over them, scream at you. Video web ads that just automatically start playing and being distracting as soon as you load a page. Ads that take longer to load than the rest of the page but still prevent you from interacting with what you're reading because of fucking javascript in the ads. Ads disguised as messages from your computer. Ads that pop under the page you're reading but still make your active window inactive so you have to click on it again to scroll down. Ads that, when you click the X to make them go away, spawn new ads that you again have to click to make go away. Ads that appear like comm…

Two perspectives on the Obama transition

Two Kossacks make articulate arguments about Obama's appointments and what they mean for progressives:

Reaper0Bot makes the argument that Obama's choice to keep Bob Gates reflects a clear-eyed realism about the situation in Iraq, and that it also represents consistency on Obama's part.

TomP says that the decision to keep Gates is worrisome, and the progressive netroots shouldn't be afraid to criticize Obama's decisions.

You be the judge.

Wingnut logic

courtesy of John Cole:

Wingnut- “Homosexuals are filthy sodomites who should not have access to marriage.”

Evil gay person- “Nonsense. I demand the same rights as you and will fight for them.”

Wingnut- “Why won’t you respect my right to free speech?”

And there you have the wingnut understanding of the Constitution.

See, there's the problem. Free speech is one thing. You're free to say that you don't want me to get married. However, when you use the law to try to enforce your viewpoint at my expense, then I get upset and start to fight back using whatever means are at my disposal.

A similar argument might go like this:

Communist: I believe that capitalists are filthy pigs who should not have access to private property.

Capitalist: Nonsense. I believe in private property and I will fight for it.

Communist: Why won't you respect my right to free speech?

See, the Communist has the right to say that he doesn't believe in private property. However, when he uses the law to try …

Civil rights victory in Florida

Florida's strict law banning adoption of children by gay people was found unconstitutional Tuesday by a state judge who declared there was no legal or scientific reason for sexual orientation alone to prohibit anyone from adopting.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman said the 31-year-old law violates equal protection rights for the children and their prospective gay parents, rejecting the state's arguments that there is "a supposed dark cloud hovering over homes of homosexuals and their children." She also noted that gay people are allowed to be foster parents in Florida.

Good to see a victory for civil rights after the disaster of Prop 8 and the other hate measures in Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas.

Re-regulate the airline industry?

MSNBC columnist presents some interesting ideas for re-regulating the airline industry. I don't necessarily agree with everything he says (what's his problem with codesharing?), but I think he's got the right idea. Air travel is just an utter debacle right now. After we fix the economy, let's do something about that.

A word about religious bigotry

John Aravosis has some insight on the marriage equality issue:

It's a common mistake to think that anti-gay bigotry isn't really bigoted if the bigot's heart was in the right place. For example, in the quote below from the LA Times, the victim offers the classic "but my persecutor thought he was following his religious beliefs" line.
Condon, the gay writer-director of "Dreamgirls" and a Film Independent board member, offered this retort to what he calls the "off-with-his-head" crowd: "If you're asking, 'Do we take discrimination against gays as seriously as bigotry against African Americans and Jews?' . . . the answer is, 'Of course we do.' But we also believe that some people, including Rich, saw Prop. 8 not as a civil rights issue but a religious one. That is their right. And it is not, in and of itself, proof of bigotry."
Well, yes they did. As do conservative Muslims who force their women to wear head to foot bl…

Hmm.

Obama's economic team just announced - Richardson not named as Commerce Secretary yet. Interesting.

Monday loldog

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It's Thanksgiving week. I hope most of you have Friday off as well. I do not. Bleah.


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President-Elect Obama's Weekly Message

44 discusses his plan to create jobs and kickstart the economy by doing sensible things like putting people to work repairing our crumbling roads and bridges.

God...it's gonna be nice to have a President who says things that I agree with.

In honor of Magritte's birthday,

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here's a picture of my partner and me on Halloween, dressed as "Son of Man."

Breaking: Clinton accepts State

Bunches of people are reporting that Hillary Clinton has accepted Barack Obama's offer of Secretary of State, and will be announced as the nominee sometime after Thanksgiving.

My preferred candidate for the post, Bill Richardson, is being touted as Commerce Secretary. I don't know about his economics chops, but I do know he has tons of experience in Washington.

We'll see. I honestly don't know how Clinton will do as SOS. I'm a little worried about her hawkish comments toward Iran on the campaign trail; hopefully Obama can rein her in a little bit on that.

Other news reports are saying that Obama will announce his economic team on Monday, including Richardson and Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary.

Presbyterian Minister makes the case for marriage equality

Kos diarist and Presbyterian minister debunks Biblical myths about "traditional" marriage and makes the case for marriage equality.

Happy Birthday, Rene Magritte

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Google's front page informs me that today marks the 110th birthday of Belgian Surrealist artist Rene Magritte. Magritte is one of my favorite artists. My partner and I dressed up as Magritte's "Son of Man" for Halloween - wearing suits, bowler hats, and apple masks. I may post pictures of that later.

In honor of this occasion, here are a few of his greatest pieces:

First of all, here's "Son of Man:"




Next, here's what is probably his most famous painting, called "The Treachery of Images:"



The caption, "This is not a pipe," is actually quite true. Magritte's point, of course, is that this is merely a picture of a pipe, an image. You can't smoke it. He followed this up with several other "this is not a" paintings in the same vein.

Next, here's "Golconde:"



From Wikipedia:

The piece depicts a scene of identical men dressed in dark overcoats and bowler hats, who seem to be floating like helium balloons (t…

Happy Friday

And now - Monty Python announce the new Monty Python channel on YouTube:

Obama's use of complete sentences stirs controversy

Funny article by Andy Borowitz. Excerpt:

The president-elect's stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

"Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can't really do there, I think needing to do that isn't tapping into what Americans are needing also," she said.

Year Zero, the TV Show?

Trent Reznor has been "meeting with HBO" to produce a TV series based on his dystopian album of the same name:

Reznor’s “right thing” appears to be relentless work. He doesn’t just follow his muse; he chases it and wrestles it to the ground. In addition to those two albums released this year, he has been meeting with HBO to pitch his idea of writing a two-year series called “Year Zero,” which would be based on the intricate science-fiction tale that he created for a 2007 album of the same title. It also came alive for fans as an alternate-reality game on the Internet.

I would get HBO just for this. Seriously.

(Two music posts in one day? Meh. I writes what strikes my interest.)

Breaking: Supreme Court agrees to hear case challenging Prop 8

The California Supreme Court will review the legal challenges to Proposition 8.

Good news, hopefully.

The California Supreme Court agreed today to review legal challenges to Prop. 8, the voter initiative that restored a ban on same-sex marriage, but refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a ruling.

Meeting in closed session, the state high court asked litigants on both sides for more written arguments and scheduled a hearing for next March. The court also signaled its intention to decide the fate of existing same-sex marriages, asking litigants to argue that question.

Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant? No thank you; I'm busy eating razors and chopping off my toes with a jagged spoon.

MSNBC reports that Zepp bass player John Paul Jones is spreading the idea that he, Jimmy Page, and Jason Bonham could tour as Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant. As in, getting a replacement singer for Robert Plant.

Two things I want to pick out from this article. First, they discuss the possible replacements:

Billboard recently reported that Plant-less Zeppelin is leaning toward Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy and that the vocalist has rehearsed with the band on several occasions. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave is another rumored candidate, as is Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

Excuse me for a second, my spleen just jumped out of my throat and ran screaming down the street. I have to go catch it.

...

Ok, that's better.

Chris Cornell? Singing "Whole Lotta Love?" Of the three proposed alternatives, he is the one who clearly has the chops. Still, no.

Seriously, though, who in the name of all that is holy and sacred in the world suggested CHAD KROEGER?!!! That …

Senator Tubes goes down the...well, you know...

Convicted felon Senator Ted Stevens has officially lost his re-election bid to Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. You might remember Senator Stevens for his...unique...view of the Internet:

Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got... an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday. I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. Why? Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially.
[...] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

This view is made all the more …

For an auto company bailout

I'll just make a quick point. I'm in favor of bailing out the auto industry. While it is true that the "big 3" have had major problems reading consumer demand and have been slow to respond to changing economic conditions, both of which have helped lead them to where they are today, the fact of the matter is that the consequences of allowing these companies to fail are simply too dire. The fallout would hit not only the UAW members and other folks employed by these companies, it would hit every industry that depends on the auto industry - car dealerships, repair shops, parts warehouses, auto supply stores, gas stations, tire manufacturers, car washes, and it would ripple outward from there. If the big 3 fail, the economic consequences would be devastating. We must not allow that to happen.

Now, I'm not saying that we should just hand the CEOs a blank check. I think that if we do bail out the big 3, we should do it in such a way that the American people get an…

Consumer activism is futile - updated

I wrote a post two years ago in which I posited that consumer activism, including boycotts, is futile. I'll excerpt part of the post here:

The nature of a market economy is to produce the cheapest, most attractive, and most marketable products to maximize consumer demand, beat the competition, and make a lot of profit. The goal of a market economy is not to create the highest quality, most durable, most efficient or overall best product, unless those attributes come about as a side effect of marketability, cheapness, attractiveness and/or profitability.

If a large enough group of consumers boycotts a particular product for some humanitarian or ethical reason, they might succeed in changing some aspect of its production, but during the boycott they will probably end up spending at least some of their money on something equally objectionable. Therefore, the group has not succeeded in creating the kind of systemic change that may have been their goal. And if not everyone participates,…

Focus on the Family focused too much on my family

...and now they're having to lay people off.

Karma much?

Happy Birthday to Howard Dean

Doctor, Governor, former Presidential candidate, outgoing DNC chair, and overall Renaissance man Howard Dean celebrates his 60th Birthday today. Sinister salutes this hero of the Democratic Party, whose 2004 Presidential campaign ignited the grassroots activists who eventually propelled the Democratic Party to victory in 2006 and 2008, and the 50 state strategy he championed that helped make that victory possible.

To honor him, here's part of the speech that launched Dr. Dean to the national stage, where he asked some tough questions of the Democratic establishment and lit the Party on fire:

What I want to know is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting the President's unilateral intervention in Iraq?

What I want to know is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting tax cuts, which have bankrupted this country and given us the largest deficit in the history of the United States?

What I want to know is why the Congress is fighting over the Patient'…

Richardson for State

With all this talk about Hillary as SOS, I just wanted to put it out there. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is much more qualified for the job. He's got the foreign policy chops that this country needs right now. Hillary can be UN Ambassador if she wants a foreign policy job.

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Quick post

Been a crazy busy weekend. My partner and I did attend the Join the Impact rally yesterday in Tulsa. Great turnout, lots of energy, lots of enthusiasm, very little media attention. I'm glad the Tulsa World covered it at least. I'll have pictures up soon.

Thought for the day

courtesy of a lot of stupid people in the media:

America is a center-right nation because we overwhelmingly elected a man who, before the election, we were accusing of being a far left socialist communist terrorist Muslim anti-american fascist, but since he won, he must've actually been running as a moderate fiscal conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. So actually, the election was a rejection of progressive politics, even though, again, while he was running, we were all convinced that Obama would turn America into a communist dictatorship, but he actually won because he really ran as a conservative. Therefore, Obama had better govern from the center-right, because by electing Obama, the American people have shown that they are overwhelmingly in favor of conservative principles, like ending the Iraq war, expanding health care coverage, raising taxes on the wealthy, creating massive government programs to fix our crumbling infrastructure and economy...and...wait...

"If Ch…

Happy Friday

and now, economics according to Stereolab:

Civil rights rally in Tulsa this Saturday

Press release from Oklahomans for Equality:

JOIN THE IMPACT PROTEST NOVEMBER 15, 2008

Tulsa, Okla - November 13, 2008 -- This Saturday, in cities across the nation, fair-minded individuals and families will gather to protest inequality in what has become a truly grassroots movement. The passage of California's Proposition 8, rejections of marriage equality in Arizona and Florida, and anti-gay adoption laws in Arkansas have sparked a national movement against the discriminatory treatment of LGBT people everywhere. Join the Impact "seeks to encourage the LGBTQ community not to look towards the past and place blame, but instead to look forward toward what needs to be done now to achieve one goal: Full equality for ALL." Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) is honored to help Join the Impact in ensuring that the voices of all LGBT and allied Tulsans are heard this Saturday. At 10:00AM Saturday morning, we invite our community and our friends to gather at the Dennis R. Neill Equ…

The thing that irritates me the most about Sarah Palin

She's the only person in the world who could ruin the word "also."

How is that even possible?

Also.

Thought for the day

Why is Sarah Palin, who I might remind you isn't a candidate for national office anymore, still smeared all over the media like pulsating sewage, when the real incoming veep, who I might remind you is Joe Biden, doesn't seem to be getting any coverage?

Marriage equality victory in Connecticut

Connecticut joins Massachusetts (and until recently California) in recognizing that the GLBT community are human beings entitled to equal rights.

The ruling Wednesday by New Haven Superior Court Judge Jonathan Silbert followed a historic decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court.

The court ruled 4-3 on Oct. 10 that same-sex couples have the right to wed rather than accept a civil union law designed to give them the same rights as married couples.

The health department had new marriage applications printed that reflect the change. Instead of putting one name under "bride" and the other under "groom," couples will see two boxes marked "bride/groom/spouse."

Melissa Etheridge withholds CA taxes over Prop 8

Activist and singer Melissa Etheridge is protesting the passage of Proposition 8 by withholding her state income taxes.

From her article in the Daily Beast:

Okay. So Prop 8 passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.

*snip*

When did it become okay to legislate morality? I try to envision someone reading that legislation "eliminates the right" and then clicking yes. What goes through their mind? Was it the fright…

Reflections on the election - a week out

Just the fact of this election is hard to fathom. There have been change elections before this one. Reagan. Lincoln. Kennedy. All come to mind. All were defining moments in American history.

And yet, for me, this particular election has some kind of special significance. It's not just that I'm here, I'm alive, and I'm witnessing this piece of history. It's not just that America has just shaken off the shackles of the last 8 years of a criminal regime and reclaimed the best of what our democracy represents. It's not just that America has shaken off more than 200 years of history and risen above the petty politics of race to elect the most passionate, intelligent leader we've seen in a long time. It's not just that the catharsis of seeing the vindication of the movement that Obama created is an emotionally overwhelming experience. Keith Olbermann compared this election to the moon landing. It's more than that, though. The historical import…

Keith asks America to "stand on a question of love"

Keith Olbermann eloquently makes the case for marriage equality, and demands to know why someone would vote in favor of denying a group of people the right to marry:

Video here:



Full text here.

Excerpt:

If you voted for this Proposition or support those who did or the sentiment they expressed, I have some questions, because, truly, I do not understand. Why does this matter to you? What is it to you? In a time of impermanence and fly-by-night relationships, these people over here want the same chance at permanence and happiness that is your option. They don't want to deny you yours. They don't want to take anything away from you. They want what you want—a chance to be a little less alone in the world.

Only now you are saying to them—no. You can't have it on these terms. Maybe something similar. If they behave. If they don't cause too much trouble. You'll even give them all the same legal rights—even as you're taking away the legal right, which they already had. A wo…

60 years later.

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Mission accomplished?

Seventy-six percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday disapprove of how George W. Bush is handling his job as President. That's an all-time high in CNN polling, or in Gallup polling dating back to World War II.

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Hope.

Obama's 2008 convention address:

Hope.

Obama's speech to the 2004 Democratic Convention:

Make that 365: Obama picks up an EV in Nebraska

Obama has won the 2nd Congressional District in Nebraska. Final electoral tally:

President-Elect Obama: 365, Loser-Elect McCain: 162.

Hope

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From a rally in Virginia on Tuesday night:

Happy Friday

A few words from the best fictional president in history:

My letter to President-Elect Obama

submitted on change.gov:

President-Elect Obama,

My deep and heartfelt congratulations go out to you and to Senator Biden on your historic and momentous victory. This is a proud moment in our nation's history, and I look forward to being a part of the change your Administration promises.

But your historic victory was accompanied, unfortunately, by the victory of three propositions, in Florida, Arizona, and California, that enshrined bigotry and discrimination into the constitutions of those three states.

Because of the passage of Proposition 8 in California, my husband and I are unsure whether our marriage is still valid. While it was never valid in our home state of Oklahoma, knowing that at least one state recognized us as equals meant a lot to us. It was a real blow to us that millions of Californians believe that we are second-class citizens, undeserving of the same rights that heterosexual couples take for granted.

I urge you and Senator Biden to take a leading role in advancing…

change.gov

President-Elect Obama (love typing that) has a new website up for his transition team - change.gov.

I've decided to give President-Elect Obama the benefit of the doubt as much as I can during the transition. Some progressives, including my own husband (screw you California!), are jumping on him for picking Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff. I get why they're upset - Rahm's not exactly a progressive, but from what I've been reading, he knows Congress really well - knows the inner workings, the politics, the little things that he can use to get stuff done. That's what you need in a Chief of Staff, isn't it?

Also, I'm really pleased with the idea of Robert Gibbs as Press Secretary for President-Elect Obama. He took on Sean Hannity on live television recently and rhetorically kicked Hannity's right-wing tush all over the floor. That bodes well.

President-Elect Obama. Ok, just one more time. President-Elect Obama.

*squee!!*

North Carolina called for Obama

Another kick to the Republican genitals. I'm fine with that.

Final electoral vote tally: Obama 364, McCain 173.

There's a word out there that describes such a victory. It starts with an L, and ends with "andslide."

Suck on it, righties. Suck on it till your teeth fall out.

Since the Mormon Church found it necessary to butt its nose into my marriage,

I will support JeffLieber's "Modest Proposal," an excerpt of which follows:

Proposition P, or The Defense of Religious Leaders Who Did Not Wear Magical Underwear, would change the California constitution so that only prophets identified and revered BEFORE 1820 would be recognized.

Once Proposition P is law, any non-traditional prophets... say ones that claimed they could find gold by putting stones in a white stovepipe hat or who, for years, promoted the practice of polygamy... would be devalued as second-class and believers in these modern, substandard prophets would not be allowed to claim their values as valid as those who believe in, like, totally REAL God.

Jeff Merkley pulls it out in Oregon

After a really tight race, Jeff Merkley has defeated incumbent Senator Gordon Smith to give the Democrats their 57th seat in the new U.S. Senate. Way to go, Jeff. Now get to work.

Thought for the evening

Oklahoma is experiencing tornadoes, and lightning strikes are causing wildfires. We also happen to have been the state that gave the highest percentage of the vote to John McCain last night.

I wonder if God is punishing the red states?

*giggle*

Ztruth and FGO are terrified of a tiny little hammer & sickle.

Poor, poor, deluded righties. Scared of a little hammer & sickle. Scared of their own looming irrelevance in the face of an overwhelming rejection of their tired, backward, bigoted, and idiotic ideas. Scared of the coming Revolution.

I watched that Faux Noise video that ZTruth posted. The Soviet flag was raised for like a second, and then there was a clear indication that someone forced it out of the picture. I'd say someone got a little bit silly during the rally and then someone else told him the Communist flag wasn't appropriate. But of course, Faux Noise has to exploit it for all it's worth, because as we all know, Obama is a secret Muslim who goes to an anti-American Christian church, and he's also a communist socialist fascist terrorist. Or something. Did I get that right?

God, you morons are going to get a lot of carpal tunnel syndrome if you have to fanatically post and repost each other's screeds every time President Obama does something that m…

It's morning in America again.

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Fist bumps all around, folks.

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Oh, ok

Well, that's good at least. Still, a shitty, shitty thing.

The state attorney general, Jerry Brown, has said those marriages will remain valid, although legal challenges are possible.

Thanks, you homophobic piles of roach dung.

California has approved Prop 8, thus invalidating my marriage and telling America it's OK to treat some people as second-class citizens.

Thanks a lot. Oh, and thanks, too, to Arizona and Florida, for also telling me I'm not equal under the law.

Congratulations to the Mormons and the Catholics for bringing a new spirit of hate and discrimination to an otherwise great election.

Hey all you righties saying Obama is "not your president"

Why do you hate America?

A few pretty incredible things about this election

1) Indiana hasn't gone for a Democrat since 1964. This time, it did.

2) Missouri has voted with the winner of the Presidency in every election for 100 years. Except in 1956 and 2008.

3) Barack Obama is the first Democrat since Jimmy Carter to win with more than 50% of the popular vote.

Not to mention the fact that 200 years of history have been shattered into bits, and America has listened to its better nature for the first time and seen beyond skin color to elect an intelligent, passionate, eloquent, and determined African-American man to the White House - by a huge margin.

We don't have to stare at the news for days on end waiting for legal battles and crises and electoral idiocy to play itself out in Florida or Ohio. We don't have to wait, biting our fingernails, on the edge of our seats, as the Supreme Court steps in to hand the election to one of the candidates.

This time, we know who won. We know who won decisively, with no tricks, no treachery, no lies, no suppressio…

Obama's speech

Here's a video of President-Elect Obama's speech last night.

Yes we can.

Just a reminder of what we've accomplished tonight.

OBAMA WINS!1111!111!!!ONE!!!!!

YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!! YES WE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Election Liveblog

Ok, here we go. Stay tuned for updates.

7:33 PM So far McCain's chances are razor thin. He's already lost New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, and Indiana and Virginia are too close to call. Florida looks like it's going to be an Obama win soon.

Shit, I'm calling Florida for Obama at this point. 89% in and about a 4 percent margin?

7:35 PM - That fucker Inhofe has just been called. Bleah.

7:37 PM - Georgia & Alabama called for McCain. That's fine.

7:40 - Chuck Todd enjoys writing the word Bush?

7:40 - I have been handed food. Taking a break.

8:00 - Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Rhode Island, all called for Obama. Doy.

Come on, gimme Virginia and Ohio.

Ok, Arizona has just been declared "too close to call!" Wow. That's McCain's home state. Bad news for the big mac.

8:15 - I haven't really been following the Oklahoma races, but it is my understanding that I voted for the loser in all of the major races. Ah well, no surprise there.

8:…

Numbers starting to come in from Indiana and Kentucky

and so it begins...

Why I voted for Obama today

Eight years ago, I was a cynical, idealistic, radical, 21 year old college student. I didn't believe that there was a real difference between Bush and Gore, and I didn't think that either of them would do what I thought needed to be done. I saw Gore as a milquetoast corporate-controlled candidate, and I saw Bush as a far right moron. I voted for David McReynolds, the Socialist Party candidate for President, who got something like 7,000 votes nationwide.

Something happened to me between 2000 and 2004. I saw Bush do some really, really awful things to the country. I saw him fail to prevent the worst terrorist attack on America's soil. I saw him react to that disaster by attacking a country that had nothing to do with it. I saw him give tax breaks to the rich, gut social programs, and begin to create a surveillance society that started to break down constitutional barriers of privacy. I saw him take a hammer to the wall between church and state.

But I still had very little co…

VOTE.

No, really.

Vote.

Vote now.

Drop what you're doing and vote.

Vote.

Did I mention that you should vote?

Sinister election liveblog reminder

Remember - be here tomorrow at around 7:00PM Central to hook up with the official Sinister liveblog of the election, straight from the election night party I'm having with some friends. I'll post a single entry and update it as the night progresses.

Meanwhile, have you voted yet?

Something happened in the last few hours...

fivethirtyeight.com's electoral predictor has jumped down to a 1.9% McCain win percentage. That's down from more than 3% earlier today. There's just a thing that says "developing" with a Drudge-like siren on it right now, but I'm keeping an eye on it. Maybe something just broke?

Update: Here's the latest polling post. Looks good for tomorrow.

Sad news- Obama's grandmother dies a day before the election

That's sad. The woman who was instrumental in Barack's upbringing has died - one day before her grandson is to be (hopefully) elected President. My heart goes out to Senator Obama and his family on this tragic loss.

(This is a "breaking" news banner on CNN right now - no link available yet.)

Non-Oklahoma Endorsements

Here are my other endorsements. These are for races or issues that will not be on the Oklahoma ballot.

Candidates:

Oregon Senate: Jeff Merkley. A good Progressive Democrat to replace a bad Republican.

California U.S. House 8th District: Cindy Sheehan. I endorse Cindy's campaign as a protest against Nancy Pelosi's spinelessness in the face of the criminal Bush regime.

Colorado U.S. House 2nd District: Jared Polis. Polis would make history as the first openly gay candidate to be elected to Congress as a non-incumbent. He's also a good Progressive.

Minnesota Senate: Al Franken. Let's honor Paul Wellstone's memory by putting a real Progressive back in his seat.


Issues:

California: No on Proposition 8. Protect marriage equality.

Florida: No on Amendment 2. Don't write discrimination into Florida's constitution.

Arizona: No on Proposition 102. Arizona defeated this attempt to write discrimination into the state constitution in 2006. Let's defeat it again.

Find your precinct

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Remember that you can still vote early tonight until 6:00pm at the Tulsa County Election Board.

Oklahoma residents who are not in Tulsa should click here to find their local election board.

Above all else,

Good stuff from internal poll data

NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll shows Obama with a significant 8% lead nationally. To put this in perspective, the final poll before the '04 election showed Bush ahead by 1%.

But here's what is really interesting:

Looking inside the numbers, Obama leads McCain among African Americans (90 percent to 3 percent), Latinos (68 to 27), 18- to 34-year-olds (59 to 38), independents (48 to 38), blue-collar voters (51 to 44), suburban voters (49 to 44) and Catholics (49 to 46).

McCain, meanwhile, has the advantage among evangelicals (78 percent to 19 percent), those 65 years old and older (53 to 40), white men (54 to 42) and white women (48 to 47).

This is not good news for McCain. Despite how loud and obnoxious they tend to be, evangelicals are not a huge portion of the electorate, and that lead isn't going to be able to overcome Obama's advantage in the other groups. Plus, evangelicals tend to concentrate themselves in states where McCain is already strong, and that's not g…

Can someone please translate this Palin quote into English?

She continued: “And there must be something about San Francisco and he because it’s like I heard on Fox News today, it’s like a truth serum where when he’s there, he seems to be more candid, and remember it was there that he talked about, there you go, the bitter clingers, the cling-ons, all of us, I guess, you know holding on to religion and guns and, um, so something about he being there in San Francisco.”

*blink* - did she just call her supporters Klingons?

Final Sinister endorsements

Candidates:

President/Veep: Barack Obama & Joe Biden
US Senator: Andrew Rice
OK House District 1: Georgianna Oliver
Corporation Commissioner: Jim Roth & Charles Gray
State Senator, District 33: Tom Adelson

Propositions:

Vote No on the Tulsa Streets package (Props 1 & 2)
Vote No on State Question 735 (Tax exemptions for injured vets - there are a lot of people who need exemptions, not just vets)
Vote No on State Question 742 (Hunting as a right - idiotic referendum)
Vote Yes on State Question 743 (Allowing wine makers to sell directly to retail package stores)

Now, go forth and VOTE.

Monday Loldog

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Ok, show's over. Move along...

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Halloween is over. I'm hungover. But let's brighten the day with a really adorable picture of my dog in costume:



Last night my partner and I joined some friends at this party put on by the folks who do ghost tours here in Tulsa. They were supposed to show us videos of "anomalies" and such, but they couldn't get their video equipment working. It was kind of lame. Then they had this "seance." I got called up on stage to participate in some kind of spirit summoning circle. The leaders kept calling to these two specific ghosts that are rumored to haunt the venue where the party took place.

Predictably, nothing happened, although the event leaders were trying their damnedest to convince us that there was "something" there. Lots of "Did you hear that?" To which I responded, "No." One person in the circle actually said, "They want me to channel them, but I'm not comfortable doing that in a crowd." Come on,…