Confessions of a Sign Hacker

21 09 2008

I have a confession to make.

I was driving to work on Friday, approaching a familiar overpass on the Seward Highway, when I noticed a hand-painted sign that someone had put up so it would hang over traffic.  I’ve seen signs on this overpasses before.  Sometimes it’s a birthday greeting, sometimes a welcome home message.  I even once saw a “No Blood for Oil” sign before the invasion of Iraq.  This one looked like it had been painted on a white sheet.  It was mostly red and blue….it….was….an…… Obama sign!  I smiled as the car got close enough to read it.  “Obama 4 Change” it said.  But then as I got closer still, I realized that there was more.  It continued, “2 Islamic Law -N- U.S.A.”  Obama for change to Islamic Law in U.S.A.??  Argh!

I was outraged, not only at the sheer stupidity and misinformation in the content of the sign, but “-N-“??  There was plenty of space to write “IN”.  And isn’t “-N-”  supposed to mean ‘and’? 

I’m glad I was in the passenger’s seat or I would have hit the guard rail.  So spouse says to me, “Do you want to take a picture of it?” (must have been remembering our photo safari in Wasilla a couple weeks ago)  I said no.  It was too depressing.  Then I noticed the car veering off at the next exit.  “Where are we going?”, I ask.  “We’re going back.”  And so we did.

The plan? Not to take the sign down as I first thought, but to quickly and surgically remove the bottom half!  Brilliant. Not only would the sign be correct in content, but the -N- and the rest of the nonsense would be relegated to the dust bin.

The procedure took about five minutes, as we discovered there were actually two identical signs, one facing north and one facing south.  I present to you, dear Mudflatters, my trophies. No antlers or moose heads from this Alaskan hunt, but something even better.

The signs are down now, but they survived all the way through the morning and evening commute on Friday.  I wonder if the original sign hangers got to enjoy the edited version…

Sign Before

Sign after

The trophies!


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465 responses

21 09 2008
Cynthia Ohio

Awesome!!

Good job, AkMuckraker!!

21 09 2008
Heidi

I love you.

21 09 2008
Independent in AZ

your spouse is a lucky person to have a partner in life such as you. strong winds in your life journey sails.

21 09 2008
chloe - Skein Chug Palin

BRILLIANT!

21 09 2008
Mainiac

I LOVE THIS!!!! MY HERO!

GO OBAMA!

21 09 2008
Snoskred

Oh now I get it..

You’re Batman!😉

21 09 2008
plaidlemur

What are all of these nutcakes worried about? Islamic law, a socialist, a secret Muslim terrorist? John McCain is getting the paranoid vote, so it seems.

…and good job on the sign.

21 09 2008
rhonorv

that’s awesome!
good job, i’m wish that for every person stupid enough to hang a sign like that there was someone like you to fix it.

21 09 2008
Valhalla

Keep looking for spray painted fingers; America’s ink-stained finger.

21 09 2008
Vlasta

Good for you! Normally I’m a free speech zealot — but hey, no one need be a stupidity zealot.

21 09 2008
Belgian Observer

Now that’s better than moose hunting!!😀

21 09 2008
Blue Idaho

You get my vote for Hero of the week!

21 09 2008
Blue Idaho

http://www.pbs.org/cgi-registry/poll/poll.pl

Everyone please take this poll.

21 09 2008
superwife

AWESOME! I love it. I’m going to keep an eye out for things like that. I live by the East High, so I only ever see “WILL YOU BE MY PENGUIN?” hahahah

21 09 2008
scaredinfairbanks

It sounds like it was an illegal sign to begin with since Alaska has very strict laws about the placement and location of roadside signs. Regardless of the message.

21 09 2008
richie

bravo! mad props to your quick thinking hubbie…

21 09 2008
Lana, KY

Great Job.

Any of you remember the DOLE / KEMP signs for the 1996 Election. This is telling on myself, but a bunch of us gathered up several of those signs around town and altered them to read :
ROLL / HEMP
They stayed up for about a day before people started to notice – then they all mysteriously disappeared. We all had a lot of fun with that one…

21 09 2008
christy kennedy

It’s already been said, but I love you too.

21 09 2008
CountryGal

I’m so proud of you!

Obama up 6 points (Gallop–MSNBC just stated). GObama!

21 09 2008
Cronopio

Excellent work😉

21 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

I love you and am laughing so hard! I love spouse too!
Khaki Salmon Palin

21 09 2008
Suchanut

I heart you too! Awesome job AKM!

21 09 2008
KTN aka Wood Corps Palin

cheers!!!

21 09 2008
pamela

Three cheers for you and your spouse!

21 09 2008
DeMo

I read your post and clapped out loud. You’re fantastic! I mean, really, hooray for you. Wow.

Keep those trophies! They’re more golden than an Oscar statue.

21 09 2008
cej

Thank-you! x.o.x.o.x.o.x.o………

21 09 2008
shelovesbaseball

This is awesome. Good job.🙂

21 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

This reminds me of Freeway Blogger.

http://www.freewayblogger.com/

Electing Obama is anti war!! hmmm maybe someone should contact them

21 09 2008
Sharon/California

Muckraker …….. YOU ROCK!

This worthy of a new topic on the forum: How I Thwarted A Bigot Today

21 09 2008
AlaskaGuy

You work?

How do you find time?!?!? Sarah has got to be keeping you really busy these days.😀

21 09 2008
karen marie

yay!

your husband is a keeper.

21 09 2008
disenchanted tore

ROFLMAOPIMP!! Just what I needed to break up a ( n otherwise rather) boring Sunday! That’s a bagged trophy I can admire😉. Keep up the good work ! And thanks for providing such a refreshing outlet.

21 09 2008
Icy Russia Palin

Arrggghhh….if there’s anything that grates at my nerves more than a right wing troll, it’s a right wing troll with bad grammar/spelling.

Oh.

Sorry to be redundant.

Loved this story, AKM!!!

21 09 2008
povertykidsteacher

Speaking of signs, I wrote yesterday that I finally secured another Obama yard sign after the previous sign had been stolen during the primaries. I put it out it last evening and it was stolen in the night. Again. But this time, thanks to Doug, I didn’t quit.

This morning, my sixteen-year-old-doesn’t-get-girls-pregnant son and I, went through the garage and found plenty of stuff that could be used for signs. We made a new one and plan to make a new one everyday if needed. I’m thinking that if this one is stolen I might post the next one on the roof. My son is rigging up a camera so we can catch the thief in the act. Ah, the trials and tribulations of being the only Democrat on the block.

Many thanks to Doug, for helping us realize that homemade signs can be just as good as factory-made ones. (And I contribute to Obama every month so I’m still doing my part there.)

21 09 2008
Peggno in SoCal aka Seagull Junker Palin

Bravo!!

21 09 2008
Chelsea

Thanks for turning an ugly story into a beautiful one, AK. That’s what stories should do.

Blue Idaho, can you fix that link? It doesn’t seem to be working for me.

21 09 2008
Meleana

Morning all, have been in self-imposed commenting diet. And btw, Meleana is in Hawaii.

It’s called sign sniping, and you might want to refine your approach a bit….?

The only way this would have been better is if the person was holding the sign up, as you did, bravely, at the docks.

Perhaps next time you could consider leaving the paranoia to be displayed in full glory, with the opposite viewed displayed right next to it. That way more people can see that you were rightously reacting to a stupid opinion in full view. Thoughts? Maybe with one of those “I’m with Stupid” messages, with an arrow next to it pointing at the dumb sign.
Aloha

21 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

AKM
Between you, spouse, and Doug, there’s hope! Well done.

Can you shed some light on a comment in a piece in today’s LA Times that the AK Bush is more blue? I realize the majority of the population is concentrated in cities, but why is the urban/rural political divide up there the opposite of here in the lower 48?

21 09 2008
recoil zoo palin

This makes my day!
Thank you both!

21 09 2008
Bobg

For those of you that think a vote for McCain won’t matter because Palin will only be Vice-President; consider this. The Social Security actuarial tables say that a 72 year old man has a one in three chance of dying in the next 8 years. That same 72 year old man has a 15% chance of dying in the next 4 years. Can you say HELLO PRESIDENT PALIN? That’s a bit scary isn’t it?

21 09 2008
OG aka Tank Dent Palin

On my weekend bike rides, I’ve been counting Obama and McCain lawn signs in the White Bear Lake/Mahtomedi area of Minnesota. So far, 15 signs for Obama and 12 signs for McCain.

21 09 2008
shoeho

You rock, AKmuckraker! And Ms. Akmuckraker too.

21 09 2008
habitual

Well done!

Maybe make up some homemade signs and keep them in the truck to “pop” up when needed?

21 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

@ Chelsea (10:24:50) :
RE: Blue Idaho, can you fix that link? It doesn’t seem to be working for me.

I think you get that software error when the system is inundated with Palinites voting over and over, try again in a few hours.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Thanks Muckracker – impacting the race, one sign at a time!

Good luck poverty-teach with the signs. Hope the camera catches them!

I drove around my town this morning and while not a lot of signs – they were all Obama. My Chicago suburban county that used to be almost completely red has been changing the past 10 years. I dream that soon it will be as comforting to reside in for a Dem – as Mudflats is NOW.

21 09 2008
Chelsea

Here is the poll I thought Blue Idaho was wanting us to take. It asks whether we think SP is qualified for VP. Right now it’s 55/45 yes/no. Please go to:

http://www.pbs.org/cgi-registry/poll/poll.pl

and cast your vote.

21 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

@ Bobg
RE: the old fart dying

Did you factor in the POW injuries etc to his shortened lifespan?

21 09 2008
Ohio Sue

My heart is SinGinG😉

21 09 2008
Gryphen

Wow Muckraker that is too cool for words!

Nicely done.

21 09 2008
pamela

Blue Idaho and Chelsea,

Try this link for the poll. http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html (I htink that’s the one you meant, re: SP’s qualifications for VP).

I think some Palin supporters must be voting multiple times – I simply don’t believe that “NOW” viewers would agree she’s qualified.

I think they spotted a poll that allows you to vote multiple times from the same computer. That very fact makes the poll useless. I’m just going to let all the Palinistas waste their time clicking. That’ll keep them off the streets! 😉 AKM

21 09 2008
V.P., Flat Earth Society

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-na-bridge19-2008sep19,0,4080461.story

Interesting article about her “Road to Nowhere” still being built to the now defunct “Bridge to Nowhere”. What a waste of money and what a miscarraige of justice.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

And now for some encouraing news from the important State of Florida:
One thought pushes fence-sitters to the left: Palin

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/state/article818181.ece

21 09 2008
squee

You might want to keep an eye out there AKM or we’re all going to fall in love with your husband😉

21 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

This Week Panel Shreds McCain On The Economy: “Unpresidential”, “Mixed Up”, “He Doesn’t Get It”

Here is the video for anyone that didn’t get a chance to see it.

http://firedoglake.com/2008/09/21/this-week-panel-shreds-mccain-on-the-economy-unpresidential-mixed-up-he-doesnt-get-it/

21 09 2008
portland oregon native

You go girl!!!
You have performed a very valuable public service!
Keep up the good work.

21 09 2008
Bobg

Chelsia-Wouldn’t you like to talk to those that voted yes to find out their reasoning? How can anyone honestly say that she has experience?

Whabs-I was being charitable. I know from experience how military injuries can affect you later in life.

21 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

I’m so glad to hear this story.
well, not that someone put it up… but that you changed it and did something about it.

21 09 2008
bwilder

Give your spouse a big kiss for me for turning the car around!
You both rock!!

21 09 2008
DonnaFL

AKM, you ROCK!

We (me and hubby) haven’t seen any signs for either Obama or mccain in our neighborhood or town in Central FL, although there are some signsfor the regional candidates. I’d expect a lot for mccain since this is a red area. Not sure what’s going on.

21 09 2008
Susan Elise

Way to go…you rock AMK! After a day of ugly ugly news all over the place….a little retribution butt kickin is a welcomed respite!

21 09 2008
PJ

That sounds like something I would have done! LOL!

21 09 2008
John Henry

🙂 Helluva Job! AKM

21 09 2008
sheesh aka Puck Mule Palin

Eggcellent! Viva AKM!

21 09 2008
Anchor Jack

Good on you !!!

21 09 2008
Bobg

PS Whab-I am 72 (same age as McCain) I am a Republican and the Palin nomination lost the Republicans my vote. I do try to think every now and then.

21 09 2008
Susie in Jersey

Here is the poll I thought Blue Idaho was wanting us to take. It asks whether we think SP is qualified for VP. Right now it’s 55/45 yes/no. Please go to:

http://www.pbs.org/cgi-registry/poll/poll.pl

and cast your vote.”

Better yet, e-mail PBS and demand that they take the stupid thing down as allowing multiple votes is useless. PBS should know better.

21 09 2008
RW

LOL AKA

Gotta love ya for it!

21 09 2008
Susie in Jersey

P.S.

I’d said a while ago that I would check the Hockey Moms for Palin site for hits. It’s had so few, it’s not even worth reporting, just a tad over 5,000.

AKM, do you have any idea how many Mudflats has since Palin was announced?

Almost 3 million. Amazing… AKM

21 09 2008
CRFlats

I love it! This blog is my secret obsession, as I stay up late, and fail my other duties, to check on the latest in the Mudpuddle.

I love the petite gorilla tactics spawned here:

The Honorarium Planned Parenthood donations in Sarah’s name sent to McCain headquarters
The polling alerts
The MSM alerts and letters, etc.

A virtual clandestine meeting place that satisfies my inner revolutionary.

21 09 2008
concernedcanadian

wtg AKM and hubby! Keep up the great work!

21 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

@ Bobg
re: “Whabs-I was being charitable. I know from experience how military injuries can affect you later in life.”

Agreed, and that’s why I think it makes it twice as frightening!

21 09 2008
SMR

@Palmdale, CA

RE: AK Bush — Palin has done several things to anger Alaskan Natives, the ones that immediately spring to mind are A) her stance on Proposition 4 (clean water) was pretty much diametrically opposed to the best interests of commercial fishermen/women — not to mention she had adverts, an ethical violation, and B) the board overseeing hunting was stripped by her, she replaced board with her cronies, for the first time since its creation there were NO AK Natives on it, then there was a big brouhaha so one stepped down and a Native was appointed. There are likely many more issues w/AK Natives in the Bush. The fact that the village of Adak has had to be closed down/evacuated/etc. while she parades around the US with mclame is a big deal.

In terms of the make-up of AK Bush residents, they are probably pretty evenly split in terms of conservatives/liberals — the Bush attracts both those who want to tote guns & those who want to preserve the environment. Fortunately for us (dems), those who live in the Bush who want to tote guns could be considered to be quite anti-gov, and will deeply resent the fact that she has allowed mclame to hijack Alaska. Whether or not that will outweigh their strongly conservative tendencies? Who knows?

I couldn’t find the article in the LA Times, so can’t really address the specifics of that article.

By the way, that is my opinion based on my 35 years in Alaska.

21 09 2008
mike's searches

Brilliant! Now, wuld you do the same if it was sanctioned by the government?

21 09 2008
Maia

You rock!!!!

21 09 2008
SMR

RE: PBS.org poll: I’ve said it before several times & I’ll say it again:

Don’t vote on that poll, it is worthless, the conservatives have a crazy email going around asking everyone to vote on it, there is no way to determine if someone has voted more than once!

Therefore, Obama supporters are much better served to write them a letter saying that the poll is worthless than to vote on it. I am sure that I am being elitist here, but am pretty sure that the dems provide the majority of the donations for that. The “liberal” programming on PBS has long been a thorn in the side of conservatives. As a matter of fact, I remember when our local public radio/tv station almost went out of business due to funding cuts by the repub-led senate………

21 09 2008
mike's searches

Sorry, “wuld” should be “would”…I went to public school…peace!

Mike
http://www.mikesearches.blogspot.com

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Bobg — that is great to hear. How many friends/fellow Repubs can you persuade? We need your encouragement and example out there. Even if some here are die-hard, DNA-Dems, I’d like to think all of us would make the same decision to cross party lines to – actually, truly, vote County First.

21 09 2008
plwalsh

Question: What is the HUGE orange dot off the coast of Nigeria on the tracking map? What’s out there that would be tuning in to Mudflats? An aircraft carrier?

21 09 2008
GaryJ

political surgical strike = mission accomplished. Perfection!

21 09 2008
carolyn

AKM,
Geese Louise…you two made me cry. I was cheering you SO loud from Sacramento that I bet you could almost hear me in Alaska!

Go Obama

21 09 2008
Julie P

hahahahahahahahahaha! I’ve done similar. Good to know there is another kindred spirit.

21 09 2008
Soldotna Sue

I know some “nut job” Christians who totally believe that Obama is a Muslim! They will not look at the evidence to the contrary because they want to believe it! I think they believe it has something to with “the end times!” I don’t really know, but they scare me with their closed minds and uninformed opinions!

21 09 2008
White Agate

Awesome, AKM! You are definitely a writer, couldn’t resist the urge to ‘edit’ the sign, eh? Words and signs do matter, a lot, especially these days. Plus the Muslim fear-mongering thing. We humans really do a number on each other, don’t we?

Anyone got any numbers on the PP gifts in honor of Sarah Palin? My mom (!) shockingly sent me that e-mail and it just confirms what I already suspected, that she’s a closeted liberal/progressive! I hope she sends a gift.

I’ve been reading a lot about the financial crisis today, as well as Pakistan. It’s becoming a perfect storm and you wonder why Obama/Biden want this job. I also think this rescue package is being railroaded through on the backs of the taxpayers during the waning months of the Bush administration. There has to be a better, and more measured way, of solving the problem. I know we haven’t seen the bottom yet, but is this jut going to be like the S&L scandal (John McCain’s early career) or Enron, where management fat cats took the money and ran and the taxpayers bailed them out? Thoughts? I am calling all of my representatives tomorrow to let them know my concerns. As many have observed, like Iraq, these are ‘Shock Doctrine’ tactics that will have long-term effects for all of us. Let’s proceed with caution and not spend $1T and more of our children’s money with 3 days to think about it.

21 09 2008
AZtopcat

On Friday, while working at the democratic office a gentelman ( approx. 60 years) came in and said, “I have been a republican all my life and I am here to volunteer for Obama, “What can I do to help?”
One of the staffers said, “what about your family values?” He said, “Family values my ass”. Then he took out his checkbook and made a donation. I’m sure he is not alone.

21 09 2008
MinNJ

You go, AKM and spouse! Gotta love some civil disobediance! Along with Doug and the AK rally, you Alaskans are way cool (as the kids say.)

21 09 2008
Houston

You did good, son, you did good.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

A question for you Bobg — even if you are in top form at 72, would you have the stamina to hold the office of president? I’m 55 and trying to wind down. I work on a number of projects that get quite stressful, and I have aging parents to be concerned about. To think that at this stage I’d have to fulfill all the duties of the leader of the free world, in this time of crisis? Can’t imagine it. Add even 10 years – no way!

21 09 2008
clark

nice job.
the poor guy — he’s not only seriously deluded, he can’t even hand letter a sign, or come up with anything creative.

21 09 2008
thelogicalsmoker

That’s awesome…
Another great post…

I think everyone on here should watch this video:
http://andthisismyamerica.com/2008/09/21/on-a-sunday-morning-nonetheless/

…and definitely feel free to comment…i sense Obama has turned a corner…

Obama/Biden ’08

21 09 2008
rileys red

Have you seen the PBS Poll? Pushin Palin, Ugh!
http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html Please help spread the word.

21 09 2008
avahome

Good deal AK. I sure can figure what the N stood for. Now I ponder if our financial crisis had happened under Mr. Obama’s watch…would there be a noose threatened. But since Mr. Bush is not an N….silence.

Somehow we have all got to come together and get real.

21 09 2008
Ripley_6 AKA Copper Catfish P.

O.M.G….I love that you did that. I hope the perpetrators told their friends all about their banner… then they went out to see it AFTER you had “corrected” it.

Along with the others, I must say I love your fortitude and righteousness. Thank you.

GObama/Biden ’08

21 09 2008
Paris Parfait

Isn’t it incredible how incredibly stupid some right-wingers are??!! Bravo! Well done, you!

21 09 2008
Engine Nighthawk Palin

I love your stories from the trenches!

21 09 2008
CRFlats

@Palmdale Re; Rural (The Bush) vs. Urban Alaska Bluer:

I would really like to see some demographic numbers about this, but from my antidotal experience, the bush has people in it that have lived in Alaska longer, and usually several generations. Natives especially, but 60% of the bush is non-Native. Anchorage is a relative new community, and grew to it’s present “center of the universe in Alaska” status only since oil (early 70’s). Those in Alaska with longer perspectives and have more at stake for the future of Alaska are going to vote differently than those who are here for a 4-5 year stint. At least that’s my take on it from a several gen Alaskan in a bush community. BTW, I wish I could say my community was blue, but that has not been the case in the last 8 years. Oil has seeped into every nook and cranny of our beautiful state. Also, we have a large contingency of libertarians who, when pushed, usually go red.

21 09 2008
Bobg

Bec-Definitely not!!!! I am in reasonably good health though I walk with a cane because of arthritis. I must admit that I am 3/4 of the man I used to be. If I was qualified to be President and you voted for me I would tell everyone that you are an idiot.

21 09 2008
Indiana Pearl

Great job, AKM!

I had a worrisome thought this morning as I got dressed to attend my liberal Unitarian Universalist Church service, hoping that a wing-nut didn’t come in and gun down members of my congregation, that you, AKM, may find yourself the target of the whole Palin/Heath clan at some point, given Caribou Barbie’s penchant for revenge. I hope that hasn’t happened, nor that it will happen.

Keep us posted and keep safe.

21 09 2008
MissSue MI

AKM, you are my hero. And 3 cheers for your husband too!

aka Barrel McRaven Palin

21 09 2008
Jeri a.k.a. Bullpen Cola Palin

Thank you!!!!!!!

I’ve read in the news today, that the state of Alaska is being pretty much sequestered by the McCain/Palin regime, ie; nobody can get to Palins files as mayor, governer, talk to her family or friends, even state and government employes are not to talk to the press or express their opinion. I know she can see Russia from Alaska but does she have to take on the ideology of old communist Russia?

21 09 2008
poverty kids' teacher

When I wrote (at 10:24:11) that my sixteen-year-old son said he was going to rig up a camera to catch our Obama sign thief, I had no idea what he meant. Well, here’s the link to the closed circuit round-the-clock video streaming of our sign. YES! for AKM and Mudflats and YES for kids who know how to use “the email” and other technology. (He’s still fiddling with the streaming so it might be offline from time to time.)

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/obama-sign-cctv-1

21 09 2008
MinNJ

I’m going to do phones at 5…I’m sort of nervous. I think I’m good on the phone, and I could NEVER do canvassing, ooohhhh nnoooo. I know that I sound younger than I am, so I hope that I will be taken seriously. (studied music and sang all my life) OK, off to study my notes now. My father was a minister, and I always honor my commitments…wait, I marched all over Boston in the ’70s, I CAN do this! Yeah!

21 09 2008
RW

Look whats just hit MSM on ABC news

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5844710&page=1

21 09 2008
JBDC

Nice work on the signs! But more importantly, this, I think, is indicative of what America should be: PEOPLE WHO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK. This is the America of hope and promise and action that Barack Obama talks about. It is a country of citizens who are not apathetic, whose beliefs spur actions, who are courageous enough to TURN AROUND AND GO BACK when they see a misdeed, a misprepresentation, or an unfairness that does not reflect the greatness of we as a people, or we as a country. This is the spirit that has fueled and expanded Obama’s army of volunteers and supporters. Those who TURN AROUND AND GO BACK aren’t just thinking of themselves, –they are putting friends, neighbors, strangers, passersby, and posterity first, by standing up for what they believe in and attempting to address a problem, flaw, or foible. They are refusing to turn a blind eye. They are refusing to be silent. And that, my friends, is putting Country First.

21 09 2008
ladybug-red

[DonnaFL
We (me and hubby) haven’t seen any signs for either Obama or mccain in our neighborhood or town in Central FL, although there are some signsfor the regional candidates. I’d expect a lot for mccain since this is a red area. Not sure what’s going on.]

I commented on the same interesting phenomenon here in SC yesterday. Even though our state is a “given” for the Repubs, we usually see plenty of signs and now almost none. Seriously, I have seen a few McCain bumper stickers but not a single Palin sign. I think some of the more intelligent of the Republican crowd (and there are some) are embarrassed by her nomination.

21 09 2008
Bobg

Poverty kids teacher-In Maryland it is a criminal offense to remove political signs. If one is installed illegally you must contact the police or election board and have them remove it.

21 09 2008
LisaOH

Woo hoo!

Excellent-

21 09 2008
Bobg

Bec-I’m sorry, rereading my answer to you it looks like I was slamming you. What I was trying to say was that I feel a 72 YO man shouldn’t be running for the top office in the world.

21 09 2008
Kate aka chin duststrap

I continue to be amazed! Great work. I do hope everyone gets to enjoy the edited version.

21 09 2008
MadCityKaren

Bwahahahaha!! Fantabulous, AKM! Love your ‘trophies’ …

21 09 2008
AZtopcat

MinNJ- You go girl!!! I did canvassing last week and it was easy. Everyone was great and very helpful. I am spending two days this week. Makes you feel like you are really helping . Have fun.

21 09 2008
RW

I just got my Obama sign yesterday, and I’m the first in the neighborhood with the sign. The Denver office just received it’s first limited supply yesterday. Right now, it’s only one per household, with a minimum $5 donation.

I’m not sure why the signs are taking so long to get to the offices. Apparently they are getting calls everyday from people requesting signs, and there is none to give out.

21 09 2008
Cathy

You ROCK!!!

21 09 2008
jude

You go Bonnie and Clyde Muckraker….Tear down the lies!!!

21 09 2008
AZtopcat

RW- The same problem in Arizona. Can’t get enough signs.

21 09 2008
carolyn

Palin makes my stomach hurt and the thought of her close to the White House keeps me awake untill the wee hours of the morning.
I live in Sacramento, Ca and several of my friends and myself want to do a AntiPalin Rally. Anybody have any news of that happening or do you all want to join us?
GO OBAMA

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Poverty-teach – that camera is awesome. I had to click on view in popup to see it. What state are you in? With people on this blog from around the world – we could help keep an eye on it for you! I’m bookmarking it.

21 09 2008
CindyPDX

AKM!!! I LOVE YOU!
YOU ARE MY HERO!!!

ps: I would have done the same thing if I saw this here in PDX, ORegon

21 09 2008
Harley Pinocchio Palin :Palins Kick Ass Conscience

Pathetic, disheartening and scary.
Yet, what you and your husband did was courageous, hopeful and uplifting!
Once again, thank you AK!
You make us proud!

21 09 2008
Susie in Jersey

Where I live, in northwestern NJ, we can’t get any signs either. Our county office has nothing. No signs, no buttons, no car magnet, nothing. I find that very frustrating.

21 09 2008
gatormom

As the Guinness Beers ads claim – BRILLIANT!

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Bobg – no slam felt — I got what you meant. I really think the age card should be played here. If they are going to keep playing the phony Muslim and Race card. Why shouldn’t this be brought up? I have read a few articles, blogs, comments about how much grandparents/seniors really are concerned for their children and their future. This needs to be played up and some more heart-strings tugged over the issue of actual ability to fulfill duties. We’ve pretty much proven that Palin can’t/shouldn’t cover the duties.

21 09 2008
NMJ

Protect AKMuckraker!

It’s important that we enable AKM’s anonymity as a shield against She-Who-Cannot-Be-Named. We can do this by not referring to AKM or AKM’s spouse as “he” or “she”, or the spouse as “hubbie” or “wife”.

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Does anybody here think that there may be a reverse Bradley Effect possibility? That there may be some wives for instance who daren’t say they are voting D, or husbands for that matter. Rednecks who daren’t tell their friends they are voting for the black guy. Redneck pockets must be hurting too. Grandparents who don’t want their grandkids to be in one of Grumpy’s wars – that sort of thing.

21 09 2008
My
21 09 2008
deuce2AKA: Axe Diesel

Great job AK. I live in Alabama. Will someone help me make this
state blue or give me a hint as to how I can.

21 09 2008
Rust Mustang Palin

AKM and AKM Spouse–you’re both quite wonderful!

povertykidsteacher: Great kid you’ve got there.

21 09 2008
Jane

Thank you-Thank you–Love you and all that you and wife do!
You have a good woman, and God bless America for the Truth.

21 09 2008
povertykidsteacher

To BEC in Illinois – I’m in Portland, Oregon. Thanks for the support and feedback. Glad to know the stream worked since I don’t know much about that kind of stuff. Leave it to the teens to figure out how to catch Obama sign thieves. Interestingly, I’ve been telling people that any new president has to be familiar with digital communication now; McCain can’t text message. McCain and Palin obviously don’t know that the new phrase isn’t “anything you say can be used against you,” but “anything you say can be on YouTube in less than 60 seconds.”

21 09 2008
JohnW

Took the Omaha office about a week to get signs in, and they were going out the door steadily. Going to try to free up some time next week to go in and make some calls.

AKM, let the spousal unit know that you need to be treated to a special night out! I know alot of people who would speak out about a sign like that but not many who would go back and do what you did. My hat is off to you.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

MinNJ — I posted this a couple of days ago – but I think it will inspire you to read before you work the phones. Some good tips on how to move the discussion, diffuse tough spots. I thought Doug’s story about his sign down by the cruise ships gave some great tips, too.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/19/18133/1782

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Sign stream is brilliant. You can also make the thief famous on utube.

21 09 2008
Pacificnwgal

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind.
Do this, Don’t do that, can’t read the sign?

(Five Man Electrical Band, 1970)

These just jumped into my head……

21 09 2008
Pepper

I have never loved you more!

The misinformation out there is palpable. Everyone should suggest people go to http://www.factcheck.org before they make themselves look like the morons they are!!!

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Poverty-teach – I was just talking about YouTube with my husband this morning and the fact that everything – going years back – is on there. I was especially appalled at watching the videos last night of how McCain has behaved in public with his temper and foul language. I can’t claim not to use swear words – but for McCain to use them with the press and in congressional hearings! They are on YouTube for the posterity. When I heard the rumor a while back that he called his wife the c— word in front of reporters, I really didn’t believe it. But after watching his behavior on YouTube, I can easily see him doing it.

I am even more worried that McCain shuns learning basic computer technology and use. I am sure he is in the minority of 72 year olds. Don’t you agree – Bobg?!!

21 09 2008
drchill

plwalsh (10:59:04) :

Question: What is the HUGE orange dot off the coast of Nigeria on the tracking map?

I think its Ascension Island… Former military base for Britain and USA and NASA Tracking station.
Hey they’re stuck on an island watching our embarrassing train wreck unfold..

I hope they have popcorn on Ascension Island! AKM

21 09 2008
Rust Mustang Palin

UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps
“Does anybody here think that there may be a reverse Bradley Effect possibility?”

This is not without precedence. I lived in Texas when Ann Richards successfully ran against Clayton Williams for governor. There was a huge backlash against Williams when he said: “If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it.” In my town, which boasted only two Democrats (guess who), women were leaving the house each morning telling their husbands they were volunteering for Williams, but actually fetching up at Richard’s campaign headquarters.

21 09 2008
megacephalus

well, the Brits have already surrendered!

As of this week it’s SHARIA enforceable in UK courts as ‘family law’…

and guess where THAT puts women!

whip ’em. stone ’em. beat the living shit out of them so they NEED to wear a veil…

we’ll have that in the USA if we do not deal with our Muslim population…

this has nothing to do with the lies about Obama’s religion, and everything to do with the greatest threat to our Post-Enlightenment Western values.

Ask me. I live in Berlin, creeping EUrabia!

Read about ‘Pro-Köln’ and the effort to stop Islamification of Cologne…

and the ‘lib’ press here too is STILL trying to be oh-so ‘PC’. Sad.

21 09 2008
Quiet Advocate

You are just so precious!!! You made my day!

21 09 2008
Happy Zombie

Your editing rocks. Love how your spouse is right in it with your. No Barry White CD, no roses, no Champagne… just something to cut with. Now THAT’S romantic.

21 09 2008
cincykid

Yes we can! More to the point, yes you did!
By the way, where is Mr. Whitekeys and the “Whale Fat Follies” when we need them most? I didn’t know the Fly By Night club in Spenard had closed until I went to their website. What’s the story?

Mr. Whitekeys retired some time ago. But he was back in Wasilla last weekend to do a show! It was sold out and I missed it… I’ll have to find out how it went. Any Wasillans out there know?
AKM

21 09 2008
Suchanut

JBDC (11:25:03) :

Wow! Well said! I’m going to post that in the forums somewhere…..

21 09 2008
NMJ

Here are two good articles by ABC News:

Experts Don’t Yahoo! Over Palin’s E-Mail Practices Palin’s Email Habits Echo Worst Practices of Bush Administration Says Expert
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5830813&page=1

Critics Question Palin’s Record on “Epidemic” Rape, Domestic Violence in Alaska Effort to Tackle Sex Violence Stalled by Palin’s Office, Sources Say
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Story?id=5804581&page=1

21 09 2008
C

C aka Filter Skate Palin 😀

——–

I’d ask you to marry me, but I see you’re already taken! 😀 Can I kiss you instead??? 😀

BTW, do you think you’re famous enough up there now that word might get back to the people who originally put it up?

21 09 2008
sarah

AkMuckraker and spouse… YOU ROCK!!!

21 09 2008
Di

Congratulations!! I keep posting you forward, apologising as a New Zealander living in Belgium, knowing it’s none of my business in one way however Bush made it my business last time. I find Palin a truly terrifying option and would like to continue to live in a world that isn’t made worse by her idiocy.

It’s been pure delight to watch people gather here and see that there is hope that the Republicans might fail to lie their way into power this time.

Thank you.

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Rust Mustang Palin. Wow! what a great story. I makes me hopeful. Have been obsessively following this election since the beginning of the primaries. Staying up in the UK till 4am to watch results, debates etc. and know much more about US politics than a year or so ago. But stuff like that is priceless, you need to have lived in US I guess, am really jealous of you all right now for having O.

21 09 2008
Laurie

@megacephalus….this Sharia law debate has been going on the UK for some time now…as it has to some degree in Canada. I dont know that it will ever come to fruition ….at least in Canada.

The fact that I live in a truly multicultural society makes me happy. I have no fears or biases re: other races or religions. I do though, have an issue with people who immigrate to my country expecting that our laws change to suit thier desires.

If Muslim folk wanted to live under Sharia Law…then why not stay where it IS the law. Women in western societies have fought too long and too hard to make headway in this world. We dont need a legal system…even if it is only for a few….that goes against the basics of our democratic society.

What next? I am sure there are other “laws” from other religions etc. Does that mean we will have different laws depending on what type of family you happened to born into?

Ridiculous.

21 09 2008
Marsha

Good job!

21 09 2008
Susan, Lower 48 (TN)

RE: that PBS poll. As of 4:10p EST 9/21 there were more than 38 million votes. Yes, you read that right. You can only find the total by using the mouse to highlight the poll (or use “Select All” from menu), as it is the same font color as the background. It is a meaningless poll, really.

Here’s what I’d read over on dailykos about the wide number of reports regarding the dearth of yard signs, which is apparently a deliberate decision made at the national campaign level:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/21/115858/046

And a tip o’ the hat to AKM for public service (on so many levels). 🙂

21 09 2008
epic

I’ve been looking at the posts about McCains’ chances of dying during his administration and it occurred to me that, actually, those odds are conservative (excuse pun) because he doesn’t need to die for Palin to ascend to glory, anything that prevents him from carrying out his duties will do Sarah very nicely thankyou. Stroke, Heart attack, the list of possibilities is endless with his medical history and age.

21 09 2008
ENOUGHwiththetrainwreck

AKM — if you ever need bail – don’t hesitate to ask.

you are a fantastic person and one of the most engaged people i have ever met on the internet.

truly an honor to visit your neck of the woods via mudflats.

still HARD rock palin

21 09 2008
AnneinWA

**PRICELESS**

You are a true inspiration to me.

21 09 2008
cincykid

AKM–
Thanks for the update on Mr. Whitekeys. I look forward to hearing about his show in Wasilla if anyone has any info!

21 09 2008
epic

Oh and re that PBS poll? Both sides are using mouse macros and bots to make multiple votes

21 09 2008
RW

Susan –

Thanks for sending the link to that informative article on why it is so hard to get signs!

For those of you who haven’t read it, I’ll post the link again:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/21/115858/046

21 09 2008
Happy Zombie

povertykidsteacher… love the sign-cam. You should email KGW about… they seem to love to air youtube-ish stuff. [excitement resonates… a car drove by] Can’t wait to see your thief busted and exposed in front of the masses. [more excitement… your neighbor just pulled in and is getting stuff out of the trunk. Watching… watching… watching. Darn. Neighbor went in the house]. PS… hello from Astoria.

21 09 2008
John Nail

SPECTACULAR!!! Great job from folks here in Atlanta..

21 09 2008
Halcrow

Well, the world certainly seems to care that Americans living abroad vote for Obama.

Click the link for the full article.

(There is no problem with copyright abuse. Iv’e given the link, the header, and the original source)

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=c2aebb77-b64f-49b9-af7d-c1a800f133c5

Obama supporters rally in Ontario
Canwest News Service
Published: Sunday, September 21, 2008
WINDSOR, Ont. – Obama fever broke out on the banks of the Detroit River Saturday – on the Canadian side.

One of the largest demonstrations of support in Canada for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama drew about 300 people to Windsor’s waterfront.

No political speeches were made, no bands played, no floats rolled down city streets to attract attention.

The event – as with similar ones elsewhere in some 36 countries -was aimed at convincing about six million Americans living abroad to register to vote.

Shelley Sharpe, organizer of Windsor’s event, estimated about 100 people with American citizenship came to get the forms that will allow them get a mail-in ballot….”

© Windsor Star 2008

21 09 2008
disenchanted tore

(I hope it never comes to that but) if AKM and spouse ever needed bail money, methinks that would be THE fundraiser of the century!

21 09 2008
V.P., Flat Earth Society

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/deadlineusa/2008/sep/21/uselections2008

Fuuny video from the Guardian “Michael Palin (from Monty Python fame) for VP

21 09 2008
Mil

haHA! Go Mudflats!

21 09 2008
PDX MB

poverty kids’ teacher (11:23:07) :

When I wrote (at 10:24:11) that my sixteen-year-old son said he was going to rig up a camera to catch our Obama sign thief, I had no idea what he meant. Well, here’s the link to the closed circuit round-the-clock video streaming of our sign. YES! for AKM and Mudflats and YES for kids who know how to use “the email” and other technology. (He’s still fiddling with the streaming so it might be offline from time to time.)

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/obama-sign-cctv-1

**********
Love it! And I was jazzed to see the Merkley sign, as you can see by my name, I am a fellow Oregonion! Wish my kids were so tech-savvy…

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Great fun, did you see the cute squirrel on the sign stream?

21 09 2008
kizzy

I’m loving that…. you rascal you

21 09 2008
Sephyroth

Brilliant work! Well done!🙂

Sephyroth
http://www.sephyroth.net

Thanks Sephyroth! And for those of you who don’t know, Sephyroth is another of the wonderful tech wizards that keep the Mudflats Forum running smoothly! (clap clap clap) AKM

21 09 2008
RW

Hey Mudflats,

Looks like you got a mention today from the dailykos! http://www.dailykos.com/

WOW!

21 09 2008
wavelength

Re: the PBS “Now” poll. I emailed them to say that their poll lacked credibility as multiple votes appear to count. I also said I expected more integrity from PBS.

Re: Lack of “chum” (what an entertaining word considering TP’s alternate occupation) such as yard signs. Great plan of action proposed by ‘Joe’. DO IT OURSELVES, if need be. I will be going to the Obama Store today to buy some bumper stickers in bulk to donate to my local field office.

21 09 2008
nearlynormalized

Fear of change–phuque em–make the change and it will be healthy for all!!!!

21 09 2008
Erin

AKM for President! Who would be VP? Hell, doesn’t matter. Anyone’s more qualified than Scarah.

21 09 2008
proud2busa

Just got back from the Obama Rally in Charlotte, NC. There were so MANY people there – estimates at over 20,000!! People evidently arrived prior to sunrise and by the time we got there, the wait was a couple of hours just to get through the gate (thank goodness hubby remembered to bring water).

It was great – there were people of every demographic represented, and people seemed genuinely excited. Everyone was positive and polite. I was so proud to be a part of this group of people. They were fantastic!

This is the first time in 30 YEARS (30 YEARS, folks) that NC is considered a battle state. There is a lot of concern about the “Bubba” vote which may not be considered yet, so people were volunteering left and right to try and take NC back. While we were standing in line, we talked with as many people as possible about Mudflats and the various things we’ve learned there. . . SO THANKS to all of you who researched the WIC cut from Palin, the proof of the Bridge to Nowhere, her extreme religious views, and the stance of Palin and McCain on the economy, civil liberties and the wars.

Senator Obama was fantastic! He laid out specific plans and focused on the economy. He commented on the tax increases for the wealthy and laid out specifics on his platform (which is on the web site now) – so if McCain guys try to repaint this, you can now speak from FACT. He is truly the best choice, and we must help him help us!

I am very proud of the turn-out today, and think we have a real opportunity to grab NC! Please volunteer, donate and vote. We are fighting for moral fiber of our Country. We are fighting for religious freedom – e.g. the ability to worship freely and as we see fit, not just as one faith. We are fighting for civil liberties for the poor and oppressed, and we cannot let them down!

VOLUNTEER. DONATE. VOTE.

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Poverty kid’s Teacher

Maybe if you and your family got into your car with a couple of suitcases and drove off (only round the corner obviously), we could catch the morons in broad daylight.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Proud2BUSA – that is awesome. My niece and husband are in Raleigh and I’m sure they are supporting Obama. 20,000+ turnout is fantastic. You go NC!

21 09 2008
NMJ

It’s disturbing to me to hear so many people (omigod! I don’t think of them as just “comments” anymore!) rejoicing in the downfall of SP and the demise of the McSame campaign. These people need to watch more TV and movies. Anyone who has seen a horror movie knows that the evil monster has to be destroyed 2-3 times; you kill it, turn your back, and it rises up again and again! You never turn your back until it’s completely dead, blown apart, poof! scattered in the wind. Well, if you had any doubts of SP’s drive to reach the Presidency, check out these videos (these used to be on her church’s website):

A very good introduction to SP’s version of Pentecostal (her religion)
Sarah Palin: Pentecostal
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=naXqE4dTxPA

This video has the whole Masters Commission:Wasilla Alaska promo. Very professionally done. This church has money.
Sarah Palin’s Alaskan Armageddon (Clips)
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=8twqZpUT2NQ

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

UK lady – who would have thought you or I’d be sitting watching video of a yard sign in Oregon! LOL I see it has been adjusted so the neighbors won’t call us on spying on them. I have to finally go do some work work — but I’ll be checking back.

21 09 2008
kathryn jones

intelligence + creativity win again!

21 09 2008
RW

Okay – Just ordered a bulk order of signs from the Obama office, thanks to the info at http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/21/115858/046

I’m going to distribute them myself.

21 09 2008
pbs poll

I voted in the PBS poll and it had 38,912,466 votes.

Then i voted again a second later and it had 38,915,026 votes.

2500 votes in one second???

now that’s a fungible commodity!

21 09 2008
NMJ

poverty kids’ teacher (11:23:07) : When I wrote (at 10:24:11) that my sixteen-year-old son said he was going to rig up a camera to catch our Obama sign thief, I had no idea what he meant. Well, here’s the link to the closed circuit round-the-clock video streaming of our sign.

Fantastic idea! I’m going to keep it open so I can check it from time to time. My gosh, I can’t get over how many cool things happen in this blog…which is the only one I’ve ever posted in!

21 09 2008
John Nail

Monegan was headed to DC the day that Sen. Murkowski R (AK) introduced the : Tribal Law and Order Act of 2008,

“a groundbreaking attempt to tackle the complex jurisdictional maze that allows violent crime against American Indians to go unabated.”

He was to travel 7/22 per the ABC document.
Bill was introduced 7/23
Obviously the trip was legit due to the date of the bill and Murkowski’s sponsorship

In this release:
http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0723-19.htm

“This legislation is an historic effort to tackle major jurisdictional challenges that allow crimes against Native American and Alaska Native peoples to flourish,” said Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA. “It will also open the door for Congress to address erosion of tribal authority. It is gratifying that the legislation is receiving bi-partisan support from a wide range of Senators, as this is a tremendous step forward in the fight to improve justice for Native peoples in this country.”

An AK program that Monegan must have been involved in was highlighted in this release as an example:

“The Alaska Senate established a task force to review the Village Police Safety Officer Program. The task force published a report in February 2008 recommending enhanced efforts to recruit and retain officers, thereby increasing staffing. “

More details at my blog:
http://www.politicalbase.com/profile/jnail/blog/&blogId=4107

21 09 2008
Anonymous

The only thing that could have made the picture better ……..the Palien hanging the sign………with his t- shirt saying “ignorance is bliss”…….the ABC roundtable gutted McGeezer this am……………

21 09 2008
Laughing No Longer...

hey mudsweeties!
great work on the sign, Ak. you both rock.
we’re just not gonna take it this time!

so we took a few days off from new york and went to ocean city, maryland. tucked into the red-red portion of an otherwise blue state. what I saw, or rather didn’t see, was shocking. there was 1 mccain sign, an old one, and 1 brave obama sign for the 60 or so miles along rt. 113 in md. and delaware. usually it is ablaze with republican signs.
I walked around the hotel, pool & beach with my obama/biden tote-bag. (from buzzflash dot com) I got a lot of looks, at first I guess conditioning caused me to think they were dirty looks, but I’m not so sure they all were. I think many were inquisitive, curious looks. my husband said that seeing it on a white gal is good, its making them think. huh? ok, whatever. a few smiled here and there. but no conversations.

then our friend came by from a place on the chesapeake bay at the southern end of the md. eastern shore, so tiny that wasilla looks like a metropolis in comparison. he said something like, “i don’t care if he is a muslim, we need a change from these theives” wow. ok, i took a breath, calmly twisted my face up and said “a what?
gee, i thought because of all that reverend stuff, that he was christian…”
i just happened to have a laptop, and looked at snopes. and realized he thought the pledge of allegiance malarkey is true too. but, his assessment was that side-by-side, obama is just much smarter.
my friend said, well, hell, if I can tell ’em he’s not those things, lets go do some campaignin’!
his phone rang. ok, let’s start now. whoever that is, ask them if they’re registered and planning to vote. he started right in on his friend with questions about if his money goes as far, how much it costs for commercial fishermen to fill the tank with diesel, remember when we used to make a living?

it was a surreal encounter. it shows that the rumors are like “common wisdom” (feh, pew, ick) but that it may not be working anyway. my friend has the aw shucks country act, but he’s no idiot. he sees faux news, because its all that’s ever on anywhere down there. I think he was shocked when we watched the few minutes of keith… he really had no idea that faux news had any leaning or difference.

i see lots of hope here. an intelligent but low-information republican voter can still smell old fish through that new piece of paper wrapped around it. and rights, scarah, war, environment, etc. nice, but didn’t matter. it was ALL about the economy.

21 09 2008
NMJ

proud2busa (12:49:06) : Senator Obama was fantastic! He laid out specific plans and focused on the economy. He commented on the tax increases for the wealthy and laid out specifics on his platform (which is on the web site now) – so if McCain guys try to repaint this, you can now speak from FACT. He is truly the best choice, and we must help him help us!

Obama is in North Carolina today?! I thought he was still in Florida. Man, does he move fast!

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Bec in Ill

Funny old world aint it! I love it, makes me feel that I am part of something.

Well Obama did say we were all citizens of the world.

Take it from me, this citizen is scared witless of what would become all of us if scarah got anywhere near the n codes. End of days indeed!

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Sunday fun — poverty-teach — nice setup of the drive-off in the mini-van and wave to the camera. We’ll be watching. Am I going to have to take my laptop into the bathroom – so I don’t miss a minute of the minicam Obama sign watch?!! Yikes!

21 09 2008
Cal Al

Brilliant!
Thank you AKM and AKM spouse!

21 09 2008
cool maps

I thought some of you might enjoy looking at this web page.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/

It has maps (red/blues states) results from 2004 presidential election. It also has a lot of variations. It changes the size of a state based on electoral votes. It shows a map of results by county. It shows gradients based on percentage which party won. i found it interesting anyway.

21 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

somebody please tell me why people buy into Palin’s bull crap!!! this woman can ‘t answer any questions worth answering!!! She knows nothing people! Sorry Alaskans she is empty headed!!! Why are the people in florida buying into this junk???

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

UK Lady — guess where I’m typing from. Can’t believe it.

Where in UK are you from? I can’t wait for Obama to be our president so I can make another visit to the UK (and other countries) and not feel the hate again (or disgust). Just got my renewed passport – and I’m ready!

21 09 2008
akmuckraker

LMAO!!! I just checked on povertykidsteacher’s yard sign, and saw them loading up the car with luggage and driving off! I wasn’t sure if they took the suggestion to drive around the block and see if we could nab the sign thief…but then the passenger waved at the camera!

This is so excellent! I’ve got a window open with the yard sign in it, just in case! What intrigue!😀

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/obama-sign-cctv-1

21 09 2008
fivehusbands

You made my day!

21 09 2008
Alice

Good for you. Thanks for doing that.

21 09 2008
Meleana

Megacaphalus:

Your post is interesting. This seems almost like the religious groups whose practices prohibit them from seeking medical care for their children. Doesn’t a judge still have to consider the primary effect on the family members (death, mutilation, rape, humiliation, starvation, neglect) before religious practices under the U.S. system? Does anyone have any experience with this?

21 09 2008
phoebe

@UK Lady

I know what you mean…..since the old gipper selected the church lady I wake up each morning with a certain dread…this site gives me a connectedness, like those of us who protested the Vietnam War felt in the 60’s.

Peace

21 09 2008
quills

BRAVO!!! as usual, the mccain campaign is only telling HALF THE TRUTH…

mad props and love to you xxoo.

21 09 2008
anon

I keep seeing a kid on a bike riding by their house. I think he was looking at the sign.

21 09 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Cobra

Oh nooo… it’s all too exciting for words, but it’s past my bedtime. It’s dark here now but I can still see daylight on the other side of the world – it’s pretty amazing really.

Just wondering, if the sign thief turns up at night, are there street lights?

21 09 2008
anon

i just spotted the culprit on the sidewalk!

its a squirrel!

21 09 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Cobra

Megacaphalus + Meleana,

The truth about Sharia courts in the UK is a little more complicated than the first post implied:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4749183.ece
has more information. Basically they are claiming they are “arbitration” and using an arbitration act to make rulings enforcable – this is not okay with British lawmakers:
“Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, said: “If it is true that these tribunals are passing binding decisions in the areas of family and criminal law, I would like to know which courts are enforcing them because I would consider such action unlawful. British law is absolute and must remain so.”

21 09 2008
Eeecee

Funny they haven’t take your Merkley sign, too – it must be a personal beef against Obama, not just Democrats. When the Obama sign goes, make some prints of the thief in action and pass ’em around the neighborhood. You can bet that neighbor won’t be invited to the next block party. PS I’m in Portland, too.

21 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

Povertykidsteacher, please tell your son he is brilliant! I can’t stop smiling. =)
I’m also in Oregon! I am thinking of putting our Obama sign in our front window so it won’t get stolen, but I’m afraid it will lead to someone breaking our 80 year old window.

If the sign is stolen, is your son able to go back and watch the footage? I’m talking a screencap, if I see anything. ; )

21 09 2008
TheraP

WAY TO GO!

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Bec in Ill

Northampton, a large town halfway between London and Birmingham. Where are you. If you are ever in UK would love to meet you and you can stay at my house, we could share a bottle or two and laugh about all this once O is pres.

p.s. think the squirrel looks very suspicious.

21 09 2008
TheraP

My Obama sign can’t be stolen. As it is presently spray-painted on a huge blue tarp on my chimney!

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Phoebe – peace to you also

21 09 2008
RW

TheraP – we might need a pic of that one too!

21 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

OMG, I have so much to do today, but instead I’m watching a sign.
EEP! A person just walked by, and startled me.

21 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

You Rock!!! I worship at your altar AKM!

Great article – http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08265/913531-109.stm

Palin’s Not Ready….
Sarah Palin doesn’t know anything about the problems of Pittsburgh, or most of America, says Alaska native THEA AGNEW BEMBEN

21 09 2008
antsy

Great job AKM and MR. AKM — Whoever erected those signs should go to jail for performing a hate crime.

You are the best. And so are Doug and Povertykidsteacher and her son. I bet we are all keeping a close eye on that sign.

21 09 2008
povertykidsteacher

Thanks to everyone for your support. The trip around the block didn’t result in a capture. Next time son says he won’t wave to make it more realistic. Yes, son says he can go back and watch the recorded footage which is, he says, the whole idea. Yes, he says we have a night vision camera and he knows how and when to switch it on and off. Changing my online name to TeachKids.

21 09 2008
Andrea

@ UK lady – are you interested in helping us to maintain this blog?!

http://www.englandforobama.com

if so email me at info@andreamann.com
🙂

21 09 2008
Andrea

PS nice one on the signage demolition front, AKM😉

21 09 2008
Meleana

aka Flag Cobra-

Thanks for the link to the UK sharia court story. Sudden intake of breath.

I welcome the global discussion, however. It may be people’s bias and fear of the Muslim religion that properly advances a rational discussion of the viability of ANY cultural, religious “tribunals” having ANY role in a family court or otherwise. I fear “Christian” tribunal thinking above all other religions, frankly.

21 09 2008
C

C aka Filter Skate Palin 😀

—-

Oh great. Now I have to check your blog AND watch a sign. What will I ever do after the election??

Go Obama-Biden ’08!!

21 09 2008
proud2busa

@NMJ –

Yes, he was in Charlotte today. He started speaking around 2 PM, and it was exhilerating. We are talking this up with all of our neighbors just to get them engaged in the process. This is the first time in a long time that we could turn this state blue. We really want to make that happen, and ensure our 15 electoral votes go to Senator Obama!!! I am so proud of him. I am so proud of all the people who showed up today, and I can’t believe how connected everyone feels in trying to make this a reality.

21 09 2008
RW

LOL – There are 34 of us from around the country – staring at a sign!

21 09 2008
John Nail

From Atlanta – McCain is running scared in NC now. It is tied and SC we are only -6 as well. He is Sending in more staff…

Obama drew 20,000 to the rally IN the arena with 8-10K outside in Charlotte.

He has 200+ staff. McCain 20-25…wants to get to 40…

I worked NC in the primary and we had huge turnout and a blowout win…..

21 09 2008
RW

povertykidsteacher – will you come out and say hi?

21 09 2008
John Nail

Great line from a HuffPo

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/menachem-rosensaft/mccain-campaign-cries-wol_b_128077.html

“If John McCain and his GOP flacks thought they could get away with it, they would blame Barack Obama for the Great Depression, the 1876 massacre at Little Big Horn, the bubonic pandemic of the 1340s, and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. And they would probably run ads alleging that Mrs. O’Leary, whose legendary cow is alleged to have started the Chicago fire, was an Obama public safety adviser.”

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Andrea

Count me in! Will email you tomorrow, when I can stop watching this sign and chatting to all my new friends here. Can only cope with 2 windows, not very computer savvy.

21 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

“Yes, son says he can go back and watch the recorded footage which is, he says, the whole idea. Yes, he says we have a night vision camera and he knows how and when to switch it on and off.”
******************
He’s 16? Isn’t technology amazing? Kids are such fast learners, too. I’m not making a lot of sense, here. haha! This is inspiring, to say the least!

21 09 2008
RW

They are going to come out and take a bow:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/obama-sign-cctv-1

21 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

OMG check the sign!

21 09 2008
joan

I reiterate:

“Evil only flourishes when good men (women) do nothing”.

Thank you, AKM!!!

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

UK – I do believe we drove through your town on way from Stratford back to London when! I’m Chicago area. Last time we stayed in York area. Ancestors galore from there. So a meet-up some day would be delightful!

Obama sign still standing. AKMuckraker – maybe you could add a gallery of Obama signs to your blog and people can send in their pics!

OMG how funny – just saw the Mudflats sign. You go Oregon!

21 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

Aw, that was precious!♥

21 09 2008
KAMERUN SCOOP

How to kill Mccain ? Ask to Palin.

http://www.agoravox.fr/article.php3?id_article=43844

21 09 2008
C

C aka Filter Skate Palin 😀

———

LMAO!!! I saw that lady hold up the sign in front of the streaming camera!!!

Too funny!!!

21 09 2008
Jackie Lee

Cheers to the Resistance!

There is no better place I know to see how people are standing up in the face of Republican distortions.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Poverty-teach – your family is great!

21 09 2008
sandybeach in WA

Nice shoutout there TeachKids and son! I’m all over ustream trying to figure out how to do this and am stuck. I guess I’ll have to wait for my 15-year-old to come home and help. Darn kids have it all figured out😉

Good work and good luck catching the culprit!

21 09 2008
mizkay aka spackle camshaft

Hey, PovertyKidsTeacher and son – I just saw you via the webcam! Loved the Mudflats sign!

21 09 2008
sandybeach in WA

You guys are cracking me up – good dog! I see shadows…can you send a little of that vitamin D up to Seattle?

21 09 2008
disenchanted tore

RW (13:40:43) :

LOL – There are 34 of us from around the country – staring at a sign!

Make that NO LESS than 35! And the Obama canine takes a bow for the viewers! ROFLMAO😉

21 09 2008
C

C aka Filter Skate Palin 😀

You should add the video link to your widgets!

Dogs for Obama!! ;D

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

PovertyTeach & son

You are bloody fantastic! and your dog is gorgeous

21 09 2008
RW

Muckraker – I wonder if you can embed the code and put it on the right side of your blog. You can adjust the dimensions.

21 09 2008
marti

We are cracking up here in our hotel room in D.C. watching live streaming video and people chit-chatting. Guess we should get a life! – but wouldn’t it be cool to see the thief!!

21 09 2008
RW

The thief probably knows they are home. It’ll probably happen at night. Wonder if we’ll be able to see the sign!

21 09 2008
TeachKids aka Povertykidsteacher

Okay friends, the sign’s going to be there for a while (or not). Please get back to posting your funny and perspicacious comments about the “Palin McCain” ticket and posting links, summaries and more. Thanks again and as always, kudos to the First Citizen of Alaska, AKMuckraker.

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

My boyfriend thinks I am bonkers, says he might as well have lived on his own for the last year or so, I guess he just doesn’t get it.

21 09 2008
gregornot

Excellent work, my friend, gregor
Kind, Regards, Gregor
Nuclear and Indigenous Items of Interest blog http://gregornot.wordpress.com/

21 09 2008
drchill

AKM & Gender & ID

By now most of you have wonder who is AKM? Some have recalled posts that refereed to my wife, that were later edited.

Some have surmised that AKM is an elderly Gentleman, probably a retired lit. teacher, who spends his idle time in deep thought.

Others have seen reference to AKM as a woman and are delighted to revel in ‘her’ woman power – “You go girl.”

I’ve seen posts from other sources that refer matter of factly to his gender.

The latest theory is that AKM is a composite.

Who else could attend two rallies take photos write a great blog and – still have a life? A busy multi-tasker?

And as I’ve said before, AKM is/are certainly capable of throwing a curve ball, of dropping breadcrumbs down the wrong path.

My advise is that if someone seems to know who AKM is/are, they don’t know the -first- thing about him/her/them.

And if someone actually DID know, and said so here, they wouldn’t actually be a friend to him/her/them.

I recall someone likened AKM to the authors of the federalist papers.
I like that. It was really one person, well probably more, uhh who cares?

Just read what they say. Its the message not the author(s).

21 09 2008
Susan

AKM and spouse – Thanks for your daring!

And check out this Washington Post Editorial…Can’t wait to see the debates!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/20/AR2008092001763.html

21 09 2008
Icy Russia Palin

@Andrea: Nice to see you here….several of us have been looking for you on the Forum. Have you joined? What name are you using?

21 09 2008
NMJ

drchill (14:05:06) : AKM & Gender & ID

Well said.

21 09 2008
MildlyDisturbed

McBush.
(clean and worksafe)

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Muckraker – would you be able to provide some kind of official letter to my clients to explain why I will be unable to complete the work they are paying me to do until after election day? It would be most appreciated. Thank You.

BTW — Obama is MY senator and I will be most happy to give him up for the high cause of the nation and the world, come January.

I recently visited Arizona and I would like to suggest – it IS famous fas a lovely place to retire, and there is one who urgently needs to do so — back there to one of his 7+ homes. Maybe he could help run the Budweiser beer distributorship there. Oops – Carly says he isn’t capable of running a big company. … I hear they need docents at the Grand Canyon.

21 09 2008
NMJ

Icy Russia Palin (14:09:33) : …Nice to see you here….several of us have been looking for you on the Forum. Have you joined? What name are you using?

Are you serious? Have you not been reading the above comments, or are you just name-dropping? And yes, I’m a bit ticked off by your apparent disregard for AKM’s privacy and safety.

21 09 2008
RW

Bec in Illinois – I think I’ll need that same letter.

I’m an internet entrepreneur – but now I’m spending way too much time on this election

21 09 2008
Tom from PA

Quick question….I had my 19 yr old son register earlier this year before going back to college.How do I get an absentee ballot for him. I will be visiting him this weekend. Yes..he supports Obama or he wouldn’t be getting his ballot🙂

21 09 2008
NMJ

Icy Russia Palin I apologize. My bad. I should have searched the page for Andrea before hitting the keyboard. You are completely blameless and I am an idiot.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Tom – you have counties in PA, right? I’d call your county clerk to find out for sure.

21 09 2008
RW

Tom from PA – I would contact your local Obama office. They have voter registration forms, and mail in ballot applications. They’ll make sure that your son will be able to vote.

21 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

So these “Christian” religious hicks making these banners claim Obama is a “Muslim”?

Don’t they understand that BOTH religions are Zoroastrian?

That means that BOTH religions are 100% PERSIAN in their Cosmology (ie. (GASP) IRANIAN)

The WEST did not understand this until the scholarship of the 1850’s. Hasn’t word reached Alaska yet?

IRANIAN!

And, remember, the Persians invented crucifixion too as a system of state punishment! These are kick ass people genetic experiment people!

So, therefore, ALL Christians and ALL Muslims are essentially Iranian in their thinking.

Nobody in the Middle East is ORIGINAL at all! All is complete plagiarism from the same Cliff Notes.

So maybe ALL, therefore, are traitors to the Renaissance where you are supposed to come up with some reasonably ORIGINAL creative thought? Huh?

Maybe BOTH are guilty of a foreign Cosmology (ie. Star Gazing World Ages, World Messiahs, End Times, Judgment Day Between the Sheep and Goats, Armageddon, Satan, Angels, Demons, Heaven and Hell – all Zoroastrian ideas – NOT Jewish, NOT Christian, NOT Muslim Cosmological “ideas”.) All ideas completely ripped off from a much older Mesopotamian culture. The ABRAHAMIC religions are COMPLETELY un-original! When, oh when, will people understand this?

Are there ANY educated people on Earth who have ACTUALLY investigated the ideas of their so called “religions”. Does anyone investigate the ORIGINS OF IDEAS amid the Overpass Banner Makers down at the Wasilla Bible Church?

Sheesh!

I, myself, believe that there IS a Creator in the Infinite Cosmos. That there IS a Force in the Universe/Multiverse worthy of the name “God”. I am a SPIRITUAL person and I am hopeful. But the sorry beings on this planet as shown by their conduct over the last 3,000 years are utterly incapable of understanding anything, whatsoever, about this SPIRITUAL REALITY.

Sources:

http:[***DELETE THESE BRACKETS FOR LINK***]//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroaster
(I, myself, take the long view of 1700 B.C. or even further)

In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World’s First Prophet
by Paul Kriwaczek
http:[***DELETE THESE BRACKETS FOR LINK***]//tinyurl.com/3v5jov

Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth
by Giorgio De Santillana and Hertha Von Dechend
http:[***DELETE THESE BRACKETS FOR LINK***]//phoenixandturtle.net/excerptmill/santillana.htm

The Temple of Man
by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz
http:[***DELETE THESE BRACKETS FOR LINK***]//www.robertschoch.net/The%20Temple%20of%20Man.htm

Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View
by Richard Tarnas
http:[***DELETE THESE BRACKETS FOR LINK***]//www.cosmosandpsyche.com/

The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View
by Richard Tarnas
http:[***DELETE THESE BRACKETS FOR LINK***]//findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_n21_v43/ai_11597179

As they say in Pittsburghese “Yinz Overpass Banner Makers (OBM’s) in Alaska just ain’t edumacated.”

It’s the 3rd Quarter against the Eagles. The Steelers are losing 10-6. They need to adjust against McNabb to keep the pass routes in front of the secondary in 3rd down coverage.

Back to the Game!

21 09 2008
Andrea

@ UK Lady – brilliant*, thanks! look forward to hearing from you

@ Icy Russia Palin – sorry, been snowed under this week and not joined in on the whole forum thing yet😉. will do shortly.

*she said, in a very British way😉

21 09 2008
John Nail

McCain’s Firewall Breaking – Cavalry Being Sent to NC – All 10 of them

Obama drew 20,000 to a really in Charlotte today with another 10,000 outside the arena….The polls are tied!!!

Obama has 35 offices and 200+ staffers, McCain has 14 offices and 20 staffers.

Their answer to the tied polls – open 10 offices and send in 5-10 more people in now….

WOW! Thats the type of cavalry that is going to turn the tide…a platoon coming in late

21 09 2008
greta
21 09 2008
AK49

I just tuned into the web-cam. Couldn’t help be think, here is a all american residential street, with good working class people, and who would know what insurgency lurks here? The good people here put up a home-made patriotic sign for their candidate of choice (Free Speech lives!). To protect the neighbors privacy, a piece of tape is strategically placed. The rain threatened, and the young man covered the sign with protective plastic (Safe Signage practices). The trespasser would tromps on this good family’s Rights doesn’t have a clue the ARMY he/she takes on along with that sign! ONWARD!

21 09 2008
marksmyword

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

21 09 2008
LJP aka Revolver Trooper

Tom in PA–There is a Dept. of PA website with all the information.

You can go to the site below and download an absentee ballot (or your son can). Ballots can be mailed or delivered in person to the county election office. They must be received by the Tuesday before the election. If he downloads it, you could pick it up and then take it to the country. If you mail it, mail it early, early, early.

http://www.dos.state.pa.us/voting/cwp/view.asp?
a=1193&q=442991&votingNav

If the link doesn’t, just google “PA department of state absentee ballot”

Most election rules are set by “departments of state” in each state and carried out by counties or the equivalent, so an internet search will turn up deadlines, etc. for the state in which you live.

21 09 2008
AK49

Oops! Sorry for all the typos in my post. Can’t juggle Sunday chores, Mudflats, AND another window. This is the most time I have ever spent on my computer. I could add up the past 3 weeks and it would double by life-time usage.

21 09 2008
Dee

Kiss kiss;hug hug 😀

21 09 2008
TurboKitty

What a wonderful piece of activism you and your husband committed. Just inspiring…I am making my own Obama signs for our Campaign for change HQ and giving them away…they’re going like hotcakes too…

Thank you also to whomever had the inspiration to donate to Planned Parenthood…I forwarded that along to everyone on my newsletter list and apparently it’s caught on…

Let us be the change we wish to see…

21 09 2008
disgustedfemale

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

Years ago as a young hippie girl, I read a poster “The only way to win the revolution is to live as if we already won”…have tried to do that in my small way

oh back to hippie days POWER TO THE PEOPLE

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin (14:25:02) :

Well that told them! I stand in total awe of your wisdom and education. I don’t understand any religion that is judgemental or god that is cruel. I don’t understand any philosophy that can’t live and let live. In our hearts we should all know if something is good or bad, right or wrong, and we all have to live with ourselves if we do the wrong things.

Tried to read In Search of Zarathustra once. Tiny brain wasn’t up to the job.

21 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

LJP aka Revolver Trooper (14:35:01) : ,

Get back to the Steeler Game! We need your full concentration!

21 09 2008
Mainiac

BEC:\
LOL Good one

21 09 2008
Sue

@Hamlets Mill Yes, some people actually believe he is Muslim “sleeper.” My neighbor, who is a very sweet lady, says she is afraid he will “turn out to be a Muslim.” Other people, I suspect, find this a socially acceptable answer when the real reason is they won’t vote for a black man. My son, an Obama supporter, told me about a survery (I think he said it was taken by some group at Stanford) where only dems. were polled, and 30% said they would not vote for a black man. This worries and upsets me greatly. I know that the world is not a utopia, but I just cannot understand how people could dislike Barack Obama because he is black. He is so intelligent, kind, interesting, and thoughtful; he truly cares about the American people. He is a Christian man who walks the walk, not just talks the talk.

21 09 2008
AK49

The following is my cut & paste note to my e-mail list. Feel free to cut & paste to your own:

—————cut here———————————–

Dear Friends:

We may have thought we wanted a woman on a national political ticket, but
the joke has really been on us, hasn’t it? Are you as sick in your stomach
as I am at the thought of Sarah Palin as Vice President of the United
States (or horrors, President Palin)?

Since Palin gave her speech accepting the Republican nomination for the Vice Presidency, Barack Obama’s campaign has raised over $60 million dollars. Some of you may already be supporting the Obama campaign financially; others of you may still be a little honked off over the primaries. None of you, however, can be happy with Palin’s selection, especially on her positions on women’s issues. So, whether or not you support the Obama campaign financially, may I suggest the following fiendishly brilliant alternative?

Make a donation to Planned Parenthood. In Sarah Palin’s name. And here’s the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her name, they’ll send her a card telling her that the donation has been made in her honor. Here’s the link to the Planned Parenthood website:

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

You’ll need to fill in the address to let PP know where to send the “in
Sarah Palin’s honor” card. I suggest you use the address for the McCain
campaign headquarters, which is:

McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street
1st Floor
Arlington, VA 22202

21 09 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

plwalsh (10:59:04) :
Question: What is the HUGE orange dot off the coast of Nigeria on the tracking map? What’s out there that would be tuning in to Mudflats? An aircraft carrier?

drchill (11:58:50) : Ascension Island

Actually it’s an artifact of the traffic tracking system. I had this problem a couple of years ago on a site and found that for some reason certain Mid-West U.S. service providers (Cox as I recall) sites are assigned to locations off the African shore.

21 09 2008
kimbers Chop Meth Palin

Well done AKM!!!! Thank you!!

Meanwhile, in the MSM, the beat of the Palin exaggeration drum goes on:

From next weeks Newsweek:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/160088

‘ The principal achievement of Sarah Palin’s term as Alaska’s governor, a natural-gas pipeline project backed by $500 million in state tax money, might never be built unless Canadian authorities can strike a deal with some of the country’s angry Indian tribes. Approximately half of the proposed pipeline would run through Canada; native tribes who live along its route complain they haven’t been consulted about it and are threatening to sue unless they are compensated. Representatives of the canadian tribes, known as First Nations, say Palin and other pipeline proponents are treating them with disrespect. The tribes’ lawyers warn that the courts are on their side and say the Indians have the power to delay the pipeline for years—or even kill it entirely by filing endless lawsuits.

Palin’s advisers say they considered these risks before they committed state funds to the project earlier this year. The state hired Canadian lawyers, who produced a lengthy report warning about possible lawsuits and cautioning that First Nations in Canada’s Yukon Territory could be among the “most litigious.” The report estimated that the Indians could delay the pipeline for up to seven years. But Jeffrey Rath, a lawyer for First Nations, says this timetable is “wildly optimistic.” He notes that one of his clients, the 250-member Prophet River First Nation, litigated an unrelated land claim for 11 years before recently settling. Liz Logan, chief of a First Nations umbrella group in British Columbia, told NEWSWEEK that TransCanada, the company Palin’s administration selected to pursue the project, has “very much downplayed the extent of the legal difficulties they face in Canada.” One of Canada’s top pipeline experts, Professor Andre Plourde of the University of Alberta, agrees that the seven-year timetable proposed by Palin’s lawyers for sorting out First Nations claims is “optimistic indeed.” ‘

and something else that keeps nagging at me:

Just why IS Todd Palin always at her side??

21 09 2008
reveur1147

You go, AJM !! A splendid effort, thank you !!😉

Found a WONDERFUL site this morning that I want to share:

I hope I did this link correctly; if not, would someone please leave a message how to add a link to a comment ?

21 09 2008
laura lee

OMG this terrific! I just checked and the counter was at 64!!!

The first time I heard Palin speak my gut reaction was HELL TO THE NO!!! This angry, sub-par VP candidate is a HUGE joke! Reject Limbaugh has the NERVE to say “Oh why can’t women just get on board and support her – isn’t that what they wanted – a female in office?” Uh, nooooooo. I don’t want a dumb-@ss power hungry family-failing NRA fanatic taking away my personal rights. That’s like ordering steak and getting a bowl of maggot-infested oatmeal instead. Hardly appealing.

I’ll admit that prior to her announcement I was lackluster in my support of Obama as I was for Clinton. However, he’s the party choice and I’m on board that train 100%. I just got my OBAMA t-shirts from an Etsy artist and can’t wait to wear it. And I got one for the husband also. He figures if I’m this riled up then it must be important.

Oh yes – It’s nice to see that pretty much the entire state of Alaska has been banned to speak to anyone about Palin. Wow that sure smacks of an information blackout. You’d think we were in the 70’s and only had three channels on television.

He’s an old fart and she’s a farce. What a perfect couple! Lipstick on your collar gives your game away, Strawberry Red and mine’s Pig Parfait!!!!!!!!

OBAMA 08′ OH YEAH!

21 09 2008
wired differently

Poverty/Teach – I am so loving the webcam. NCLB notwithstanding, it makes me grind my molars when people assume today’s kids to be know-nothing, video-game addicted illiterates. This election is making so many young people like your son aware, in a very real way, why it is so important. BTW, I love Portland.

To those of you who are having trouble getting signs or bumper stickers– you really can make your own pretty easily, a la Poverty/Teach. I know you all have computers. I have made two smallish ones for my car just on regular paper. The one has a picture of the Munch painting ‘The Scream’ (Google image search) next to the words Palin McCain (Palin first on purpose). The other has some clip art lips and the slogan: Hey Sarah! My daughter wants to choose, too! Print ’em out and tape ’em to the inside of the back car window.

21 09 2008
NMJ

This Daily Kos page has instructions for making a donation do double-duty. Instead of just donating, order signs, buttons, etc. from the Obama store and have them delivered to your local headquarters (or use them yourself). Doing it this way is great if you’ve been wanting signs, etc., and headquarters has been out:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/21/115858/046
Many of you are making periodic donations to the campaign anyway, some are looking to make that one last lump sum donation once you can figure out how much you can afford. Understand that a donation through any of the normal campaign contribution pages/links is THE SAME for your campaign contribution purposes as a payment through the campaign’s official OBAMA STORE on its website — EXCEPT YOU WILL GET LAWN SIGNS, POSTERS/PLACCARDS, BUMPERSTICKERS, BUTTONS.

21 09 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Bec in Illinois (14:12:07) :… I hear they need docents at the Grand Canyon.

You mean he could speak as an eyewitness as to how it developed from a tiny stream bed?

21 09 2008
nancy-INDIANA a.k.a. buck shot palin

as usual lots of great things on here. i really liked the post about keeping AKM’s identity private, i definitely second that. no need to refer to AKM as he or she especially considering the kind of people we’re up against.

love the webcam, i really hope you get your sign thief!

keep up the good work AKM, as usual you’re my hero yet again today.

21 09 2008
wavelength

I bought some bumper stickers in bulk at the Obama.com store and had them delivered to an Obama campaign office in Florida. I think they could really use them there.

21 09 2008
Tom from PA

Thanks for all the help.
The way I have it figured, if the election was held today and all the toss-up states would come through as they currently lean, Barack would win by 8 electoral votes. That is far too thin for my liking. Losing a state like Minnesota could tip the scales. In my opinion though, there are at least 8 “magic moments” left in the campaign for Obama/Biden.
9/26-The 1st debate..Foreign policy..there will be sparring. Although this reportedly McCain’s forte, if you remove the word “surge”, he has nothing. Obama is far more intelligent, articulate and most of presidential (the key).
9/27-The start of the Hilary Sent Me crusade. Do not underestimate this fine woman. She has previously campaigned for Barack in New Mexico, Colorado,Ohio and Florida and every on has made a comeback. She is calling out her supporters to give money and field support. Hilary begins in Michigan…her supporters stage a rally in NH
10/2-The Vice-Presidential debate…already discussed at length. Could have major implications.
10/5-My anticipated date (guess only) of when the Palin tax returns may appear. It will be after the debate and at this date, the longest any candidate has held out since Watergate.
10/7-The 2nd Presidential debate-Town Hall meeting. If Barack can handle questions from Bill O’Reilly and come out well on top, the only that should be stumped from audince questions is McCain.
10/10-The date the Troopergate investigation is preliminarily scheduled to conclude and the results announced. If it comes to fruition, it cannot be good for the Palin-McCain ticket.
10/15-The final debate…domestic issues. I can’t wait for this one. All the lies get to be rebutted. Pass the popcorn
11/4-I still feel that there are a groundswell of newly registered voters…inner city..college campuses who have never been polled. The grass root organization is far better organized then that of McCain and growing in leaps and bounds. They know who the likely Obama voters are and will get them to the polls if they have to drive them there themselves.
Let the games begin!!!

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Poverty teach & son,

Am a bit worried you may be tipping the thief off with that window sticker – what am I saying? they are dumb anti free speechers.

Great video clip over on the Huffington Post politics page – Faux News getting their knickers in a twist as we say in the UK – they look like deers in headlights.

21 09 2008
Charlotte4OBAMA

YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME.

AWESOME.

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME.

HAAA HAAA right wing haters.

Obama 4 President

21 09 2008
zandor

Hello. That’s pretty awesome what you did.

21 09 2008
pvdugas

BRAVO BRAVO – America thanks you!!!

21 09 2008
sweetebony

There are 69 viewers waiting for the sign thief lol

21 09 2008
NMJ

What do Palinators (or Palinbots) do when they surround SP and worship her?

They are Palivating.

21 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

AKM–

You never fail to amaze me and lift my heart! And you are a lucky person to have a spouse that would aid you in this “necessary act of civil obedience”. English writing purists would agree that this action was not only necessary, but vital!

21 09 2008
acerunner

Greatness!!!!

21 09 2008
TheraP

I’ve posted many, many links to the Obama sign watch!

It’s the web just great?

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

LOL Molten Contra — McCain may not be THAT old – but I bet he could try and cover up about why the Colorado River is in such dire straights! All these years as a senator for AZ – I bet he voted on a lot of destructive things for their ecosystems.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

The Emmys are on tonight? Huh? Had no idea. I’d rather watch the Obama Sign!

And UK Lady – if you haven’t gone to bed — I got tired of all the football (so sad – 2nd loss for da Bears) — I’ve turned to BBC AMERICA – where I usually go when there isn’t anything good on TV!

21 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

Tom from PA (15:12:10) :

Thanks for all the help.
The way I have it figured, if the election was held today and all the toss-up states would come through as they currently lean, Barack would win by 8 electoral votes. That is far too thin for my liking. Losing a state like Minnesota could tip the scales. In my opinion though, there are at least 8 “magic moments” left in the campaign for Obama/Biden.
————————————–

Excellent analysis. Very helpful. Thank you.

21 09 2008
shifter

I almost feel like I know you! You could be me! Thanks!

21 09 2008
santijose

good for you! I would have love to see their faces when they see your copy editing.

21 09 2008
RW

Emmy’s or Obama sign. LOL Good one!

Obama sign for me too!

21 09 2008
Frank aka. Lier Skunk Palin
21 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

Bec in Illinois (15:27:54) :

The Emmys are on tonight? Huh? Had no idea. I’d rather watch the Obama Sign!

And UK Lady – if you haven’t gone to bed — I got tired of all the football (so sad – 2nd loss for da Bears) — I’ve turned to BBC AMERICA – where I usually go when there isn’t anything good on TV!
———————–
Bec,

My condolences on da Bears. The Steelers lost too 12-6 to the Eagles. Bummer. But 60 Minutes is on now. I consider this some insight to the first debate. “Thoughtful Ongoing Analysis” vs “The Surge” AND “Have I mentioned it? I was a POW.”

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Tom – one more post before I force myself to do 15 minutes of work work — on the NBC News tonight they were discussing your state and the close race there and the great economic troubles of the working people of PA. They interviewed one woman who said “Palin has done great things for Alaska” – in hope she could do this for PA and the USA. You gotta get more Alaskans Against Palin news injected into that state! For real!

Could we set up a “pen pal” system – where every person that says/thinks something like that would get a personal note or email from one of AKM’s friends up there? Seriously!

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Bec in Ill

No – still up – 12.30 here. Have been suffering from severe sleep deprivation since the darn primaries. Boyfriend says he’s just suffering.

I think we watch different versions of footie. I watched American football at a US base near Oxford a few times, it was v exciting but I hadn’t a clue what was going on.

My bf’s team is Aston Villa, they are useless.

21 09 2008
Tom from PA

Bec..I send everyon I know who likes Palin to this site…and a lot more who don’t🙂

21 09 2008
RW

Well – I’m off to make my protest sign. See ya in a bit

21 09 2008
reveur1147

ok, since no one saw my request to tell me how to post a link to a website, I will just tell y’all to go to Women Against Sarah Palin dot com. It is WONDERFUL😉

Later all ! Enjoy !

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

UK – I’m 55 – still don’t have a clue. I keep having to ask my husband – was that good for the Bears? Do they get the ball now? I DO know baseball and basketball though – and soccer – but still can’t easily tell when they are off sides. When your kid plays these games – you finally learn. No football players in my family. Nuff said.

Mudflattians – I think there are more people on the Obama Sign TV than here (74 right now) – but they are having a great chat and I bet povertyteach’s son is having a blast and a wonderful experience!

Mudflats – the internet done right.

21 09 2008
Harley Pinocchio Palin :Palins Kick Ass Conscience

reveur1147 (14:57:27) :

You go, AJM !! A splendid effort, thank you !!😉

Found a WONDERFUL site this morning that I want to share:

I hope I did this link correctly; if not, would someone please leave a message how to add a link to a comment ?
===================================
THE EASIEST WAY
highlight the address of the page you want too link too.
it is located in the address bar of your browser.
once it is highlighted, right click on it and choose copy.
then right click in the comment area of this page and choose paste.

21 09 2008
reveur1147

aaarrrggghhh ! I’ve got uber-bloggitis ! Make that Women Against Sarah Palin dot blogspot dot com. Sorry

21 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

Sue (14:45:19) :

@Hamlets Mill Yes, some people actually believe he is Muslim “sleeper.” My neighbor, who is a very sweet lady, says she is afraid he will “turn out to be a Muslim.” Other people, I suspect, find this a socially acceptable answer when the real reason is they won’t vote for a black man. My son, an Obama supporter, told me about a survery (I think he said it was taken by some group at Stanford) where only dems. were polled, and 30% said they would not vote for a black man. This worries and upsets me greatly. I know that the world is not a utopia, but I just cannot understand how people could dislike Barack Obama because he is black. He is so intelligent, kind, interesting, and thoughtful; he truly cares about the American people. He is a Christian man who walks the walk, not just talks the talk.
———————————————————
Sue,

Yep. In a normal intellectually aware electorate this election would be over. But not in this currently amazingly dumbed down nation or morons. I don’t think the racist vote is 30%. I HOPE we have come further than that. I think we have. 5-10% of the electorate of this country will NEVER vote for a black man even if Jesus Christ came back as black. But, hopefully, an increase of the black vote, students, and newly registered voters will off set that. We have to try to the last voter.

If we get President Palin because of racism, then that is the fate of our nation and we have deserved it. It will set every man, woman, and child in this country back 100 years. As the Greeks believed, character is fate. I still think we are better than that. At least we are now all here on the Mudflats. We will all go down together if it comes to that. We shall see.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

reveur — I had to learn the difficult way — but just put the link in your post with the http:// in front – and WordPress auto-links it! It sure would be helpful to have this in the info in the directions – because it says to use tags – but you don’t need to for links!

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Bec in Ill

I’m 56, no kids sadly. Don’t think anybody really knows the offside rule, they keep changing it.

Can’t believe there are 77 0f us sad sacks watching an empty street, LOL

If anyone is trying to click on it, you need to press the pop up at the moment, under the picture.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Sorry reveur — I learned the hard way that you don’t need to use code – just enter the link in your post starting with the http… and WordPress autolinks for you. It sure would help if they had this in the instructions – because they say you can use code – but you don’t need to for links!

21 09 2008
kayinmaine

Hi everybody! I’m over on the Obama Sign USStream video/chat and just wanted to say hello from Maine! *waving*😉

21 09 2008
NMJ

Bec in Illinois (15:33:50) : Could we set up a “pen pal” system – where every person that says/thinks something like that would get a personal note or email from one of AKM’s friends up there?

I think that would backfire on us. We would start getting attention as a group that uses McSame dirty campaigning and harassment. Can’t say it’s not attractive, tho’. Personally, I’ve always wished for a laser cannon mounted on the hood of my car. You know, those L.A. freeways…

21 09 2008
concernedcanadian

Way to go Poverty teach and son! You guys are great and I take my hat off to you for trying to catch the theif. Would the culprits know that you have a cam on the signs? I’m visualizing some old man creeping into your yard when it gets dark and snagging it. lol

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

For those who watched the opening skit on Saturday Night Live last nite (not Tina Fey this time) — it was a pretty good skit about McCain and his commercials. I read on Politico that Al Franken helped put that skit together. I love Al – and sure hope he wins the senate seat in MN. You can donate to his campaign over on Daily Kos. http://www.dailykos.com/

Kos is an Illinois boy. Tina Fey was at Chicago’s Second City before SNL. We have great people here.

Here is the link if you want to read about and watch the skit
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13684.html

21 09 2008
jo in AK

wonderwoman…….

21 09 2008
winstonsmithcloned

nice work man.

at this rate, when you type Mudflats into Wikipedia, you are going to get
a result explaining Social Reformer/Activist with links to this blog.

you go Dude.

21 09 2008
NMJ

winstonsmithcloned (16:06:32) : at this rate, when you type Mudflats into Wikipedia, you are going to get a result explaining Social Reformer/Activist with links to this blog.

…and Community Organizer.

21 09 2008
HerEssay

Mudflats…I’m on the opposite side of the country from you but I’m gonna hafta come up there just to shake your hand! I’m here in a sleepy little Southern town still living the Civil War and a link to your site has been posted on our local “gossip” site. And it wasn’t me! There’s another one of us here! Blessed Be.

21 09 2008
richie

obama and mccain are on 60 minutes now. obama just gave a great answer to the surge question-if that’s what he is coming with on friday, then he’ll do great.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

NMJ says to Bec – I think that would backfire on us. We would start getting attention as a group that uses McSame dirty campaigning and harassment.

—I guess I worded it too strongly and broadly, because I didn’t think of it like that – really unsolicited contacts – but if there was a way to hook up, via friends and groups – letters from AK – that might really help. So many people have mentioned the positive Palin comments from their friends and relatives. We need an antedote! Fast.

But that laser cannon could come in handy, as well!

21 09 2008
UK lady AKA turning turtle Palinps

Night all, 1.15am here. Hope to see the vid of a red handed thief tomorrow, keep watching if you can, toooo funny.

Loved the SNL sketch this week. Tina Frey next week! YAY!

21 09 2008
MJC

Hi All,

My husband and I took the 3 hour drive from Augusta, Georgia to Charlotte, NC to attend the Obama Rally today. By the time I arrived in downtown Charlotte at 11:00 a.m. the line was wrapped around a couple of city blocks. There was an estimated 18,000 to 20,000 Obama supporters in attendance.

I truly don’t think the Obama campaign expected this kind of turnout because the outdoor location of the rally could not hold this size crowd.

Unfortunately, I as well as many others did not make it in close enough to the rally to see Obama speak, but I could atleast hear him.

I was only slightly dissapointed that I did not get to see Obama speak, because I spent a couple of hours waiting in line chatting it up with all of the other enthusiastic Obama supporters waiting in line with us.

I truly enjoyed the experience and was so overjoyed by the size of the crowd and the diversity of the crowd. It was an overwhelming feeling sharing this day with people whom I’ve never met before, that were brought together for a cause greater than ourselves, to stand together in support of a man who will take a stand and fight for us on the day that WE THE (smart) PEOPLE elect him into the highest office in our country.

I now have the courage to go get an Obama/Biden sign and proudly display it in my front yard! I am a tiny blue spot in a sea of red, in Augusta, Georgia. ;D

Go Obama/Biden !!!!

21 09 2008
wired differently

So now we’ve got the blog, the forum, which doesn’t seem to have cut down comments traffic on the blog all that much, and now the stream on the webcam! It seems that we’ve got a lot on our minds and are finding ways to share those thoughts.

Dr Chill– thank you for pointing out that we need to respect the desire of AKM to remain anonymous and genderless. It is kind of natural to wonder about it, though, not to mention awkward to refer to s/he/they. As a woman, it is exciting for me to imagine that a woman’s voice could have created such a powerful groundswell of activism. Gender politics, in addition to racial politics, plays a big role in this election, in ways that we won’t even understand for a long time to come. That said, AKM, I will do my best to honor your wishes.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Dabbing my eyes – MJC! Mudflattian proud2busa was there, too!

21 09 2008
furysmom

Thank you!!!

21 09 2008
antsy

MJC I am a tiny blue spot in a sea of red, in Augusta, Georgia. ;D

That was great you made the trip and you are right, it is wonderful to be time with hopeful people. Your sign might inspire more.

21 09 2008
ENOUGHwiththetrainwreck

there were 1058 folks that have introduced themselves on the forum.

YIKES. we are a town……..i nominate AKM for mayor. do i hear a second?

still HARD rock Palin reporting for duty !!

21 09 2008
ds55

It took some scrolling to find the link to the Obama campaign sign webcam. Here it is for anyone else still searching: http://tiny.cc/NOe0O

21 09 2008
Sparky Fungible Commodity Palin

AKM and AKM’s Pookums are my heroes! Grassroots activity is a wonderful American tradition and you make us proud….really nice editing on your part(s)!

arrrrgh (oops, that’s my pirate rearing her disgusted head) to the original turd signmaker.

21 09 2008
Cal Al

McCain and Obama on 60 minutes.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4463698n

21 09 2008
MJC

Bec in Illinois,

Yes, I know Proud said she was going. Has she reported her adventure yet?

21 09 2008
ds55

There’s live chat with the live webcam. Fun!
http://tiny.cc/NOe0O

21 09 2008
Trudger

LOL! Awesome political proactivity. 🙂

21 09 2008
AK49

I morphed into WildAKSalmon on the web chat. But must now say g’nite and tend to the kiddies & their homework. I’ll check back in early AM, ’cause I’ve got the MUDFLATS JONES!

21 09 2008
nswfm

Yay to both of you!! Way to go!

21 09 2008
Lisa in Baltimore, MD

i love you.
you’re my hero.

21 09 2008
MJC

Thanks Kimber chops, for the Pipeline to Nowhere story. More of Palins lies being uncovered in detail!

21 09 2008
katbur

Three cheers to the both of you!!! Nice trophies!

21 09 2008
Sue

I just saw the webcam pic. It must be in Oregon….it has a Jeff Merkley sign. WHERE in Oregon? I am in Grants Pass. Our local dem. headquarters didn’t have any Obama signs and had a waiting list of over 110 people, so I am going to order one online.

21 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

richie (16:16:24) :

obama and mccain are on 60 minutes now. obama just gave a great answer to the surge question-if that’s what he is coming with on friday, then he’ll do great.
————————————–

Richie,

I watched all of it. This is a very telling preview of the debates. The short, quick, condensed answer-a-thon. I thought they BOTH did well in expressing their political messages. But I think McCain revealed the chink in his amour in a very GLARING way when he said CATEGORICALLY that SARAH PALIN is able to TAKE OVER as President of the United States on DAY ONE!

Absolutely NO THINKING PERSON ON EARTH would accept that assessment. Zero. Nada. Zippo. That is fifth from the bottom of the class stuff. That is “get endless second chances because you are a legacy admission student” in life.

Save that sound bite for a “before and “after” combo ad AFTER Sister Sarah completely embarrasses herself before 40 million people in the VP debate. No matter what debate format she is given, with even a marked down Ace Hardware factory seconds clothes line, she will hang herself in front of that audience. There is absolutely no way she can have the chops unless she is wired or gets the questions in advance. Biden should just frame every question with the Cosmic truth of the crossroads facing us. Endless war. Financial catastrophe. The BushCo record. The complete and total failure of the Republican Party. And that the McCain/Palin new platform of “reform” is another Johnny-Come-Lately “marketing” LIE.

21 09 2008
arkangel3

Best…work…of…vandalism…EVER! 😀

21 09 2008
MJC

mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna:
Thanks for the really good article on PALIN IS NOT READY.

21 09 2008
fixthebroken

There is a claim of 60,000 people at a Palin speech in Florida

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/21/palins-florida-debut-draws-thousands/

Not sure I believe that. But it is known where she went was *VERY* safe and *VERY* Republican. She wouldn’t dare venture out of the comfort zone bubble like O and JB do every day.

I would ask if anyone on here attended the rally, but my initial assumption is many of those that attended probably don’t use a computer too often. I could be wrong though.

21 09 2008
fixthebroken

There is a claim of 60,000 people at a Palin speech in Florida

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/21/palins-florida-debut-draws-thousands/

Not sure I believe that. But it is known where she went was *VERY* safe and *VERY* Republican. She wouldn’t dare venture out of the comfort zone bubble like O and JB do every day.

I would ask if anyone on here attended the rally, but my initial assumption is many of those that attended probably don’t use a computer too often. I could be wrong though.

21 09 2008
CindyPDX

That STREAM LINK IS AWESOME!!!!!
and fun too!🙂
What did you think of the HUGE amount of rain we finally got today??
It’s been months since rain like that here in Portland

21 09 2008
Harley Pinocchio Palin :Palins Kick Ass Conscience

I noticed some of you had a question about how to post links
here in the comments. I made a real quick how to for everyone.
For those of you with a need for a little help, click the link below.
Hope it helps some of you.

How To Post Li nks In Mudflats Comments Questions Answered Here

21 09 2008
Harley Pinocchio Palin :Palins Kick Ass Conscience

LOL and I just messed up, got a phone call while I posted
brb

21 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

love the webcam on the Obama sign

21 09 2008
21 09 2008
obama sign

http://digg.com/politics/Live_WebCam_Setup_to_Catch_Obama_Campaign_Sign_Thief

if you have a digg account go here and digg the Obama sign cam up! right now there are only 2 diggs. Come on mudflatters!

21 09 2008
MJC

fixthebroken,
I can’t believe she only gave a 20 minute speech. She must have been surrounded by her base supporters.

21 09 2008
Sue

It took 6 tries, but I FINALLY got my order in. :::::sigh::::::::

21 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/deadlineusa/2008/sep/21/uselections2008

Great video of Michael Palin, from the Monty Python crew, for President.

21 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

@bec – Here’s a great story to share from an Alaskan…

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08265/913531-109.stm

Palin’s not ready
Sarah Palin doesn’t know anything about the problems of Pittsburgh, or most of America, says Alaska native THEA AGNEW BEMBEN

21 09 2008
Hope C.

BRAVO!

21 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

great video

21 09 2008
Enjay aka Turbine Yukon

Here is another post to the “Sign Watch Web-Cam”

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/obama-sign-cctv-1

21 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

mvngfwd – good article and written by someone who lives in miz failin palin’s neighborhood

21 09 2008
Barbara

Great Move!!!! I love it. Maybe someone can help me with a problem that I have with my Obama yard signs. They keep disappearing during the night. I can’t tell you how much this infuriates me. Someone is trespassing, stealing and violating my freedom of speech. The suggestion that everyone has given me is to take my sign down at night, but I shouldn’t have to and I refuse. So, I am open for suggestions. Is there anything that I can coat the sign with that would stay sticky and messing without destroying the plastic sign itself? Is there something I can place on the ground around the sign that will ruin the culprits shoes? At first I thought that it was kids, but no after 4 signs stolen over a week, I am beginning to think that it is one of the many McCain supporters around me. I just want to make sure they don’t do it again.

21 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

It amazes me of how people still believe Obama is a Muslim. They believe what they want to believe! How is it, when he was connected to Rev. Wright for 20 years….we all saw what a circus this was. Which one is it? Christian for over 20 years and there is definitely evidence of Obama being a Christian. How could we forget it! No evidence what so ever of being a Muslim!

These people are f*cking IDIOTS!!!

A friend of my boyfriend, was telling me of an experience he had riding with a relative in his rig in East Texas. His cousin went on his CB radio and said “Obama”. The responses over the CB was very disturbing. He said one guy said, “a n*gg** would never be his President”, and he has an automatic pump rifle. While another guy came on the CB and said “I got your back.” Another came on and said, he has a box of granades waiting.

There are some real SICK ASS people in this world. Because of a person’s ethnic background…they make threats like this! I pray God does not have mercy on their souls!!! People with this type of hate, does not need to exist in this world!

21 09 2008
redstarcafe

Way to go, AKM! Some good ol’ folks woulda had to hire a plane and try to shoot it from the air!

21 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

Thanks MJC! I liked it so much I reposted it for others to send around.

21 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

Attach lots of little bells to the sign (like cat bells) or replace it the next day with a “McCain for Obama” sign.

21 09 2008
GrammaConcept

OK…..thie following is sooo relevant….do with it as you will, y’all…..
Peace and Love,GrammaConcept

Subject: My Holiday with John McCain:

I just got this from a friend. He checked it with
snopes and urban legends, and it appears to be real.

The writer is a professor at UC Santa Cruz who actually discloses her
identity and email address.

> Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2008
> Subject: My Holiday with John McCain: a first-hand account
>
> (Note from Kate: This shocking account was written by Ana
> Dubey, a friend of my cousin and her husband, who have known Ana for
many years. Ana has a PhD in psychology and has a private practice in
San Francisco .
> My cousin’s husband went to business school with Ana’s husband, who
> has since started
> and sold a number of successful companies. Ana’s husband is currently
a
> Managing Director of a private equity firm in the Bay Area.
> Ana and her
> husband are not political activists and don’t have any
> personal ax to grind.
> In fact, in writing this account of her experience with
> John McCain, Ana is acting outside of her own economic self-interest
as she and her husband are
> among the top 3-5% of our population who would benefit from
> the McCain
> tax/economic policies. Please pass this on to anyone you
> know who might vote
> for John McCain.

Also please post it on blogs and send it to newspapers and radio stations..

> *MY HOLIDAY WITH JOHN McCAIN*
>
> *It was just before John McCain’s last run at the
> presidential nomination in
> 2000 that my husband and I vacationed in Turtle Island in
> Fiji with John McCain, Cindy, and their children, including Bridget
(their adopted Bangladeshi child).
> It was not our intention, but it was our misfortune to
> be in close
> quarters with John McCain for almost a week, since Turtle
> Island has a small number of bungalows and their focus on communal
meals force all vacationers
> who are there at the same time to get to know each other
> intimately.
> He arrived at our first group meal and started reading
> quotes from a pile of
> William Faulkner books with a forest of Post-Its sticking
> out of them. As an
> English Literature major myself, my first thought was
> “if he likes this so much, why hasn’t he memorized any of this yet?”
I
> soon realized that McCain
> actually thought we had come on vacation to be a volunteer
> audience for his “readings” which then became a regular part of
> each meal. Out of politeness,
> none of the vacationers initially protested at this
> intrusion into their
> blissful holiday, but people’s buttons definitely got
> pushed as the readings continued day after day.

> Unfortunately this was not his only contribution to our
> mealtime
> entertainment. He waxed on during one meal about how
> Indo-Chine women had
> the best figures and that our American corn-fed women just
> couldn’t meet up to this standard. He also made it a point that all
of us should stop Cindy
> from having dessert as her weight was too high and made a
> few comments to
> Amy, the 25 year old wife of the honeymooning couple from
> Nebraska, that she
> should eat less as she needed to lose weight.
> McCain’s appreciation of the beauty of Asian women was
> so great that David,
> the American economist, had to move his Thai wife to the
> other side of the
> table from McCain as McCain kept aggressively flirting with
> and touching her.

> Needless to say I was irritated at his large ego and his
> rude behavior
> towards his wife and other women, but decided he must have
> some redeeming
> qualities as he had adopted a handicapped child from
> Bangladesh. I asked him
> about this one day, and his response was shocking:
> “Oh, that was Cindy’s
> idea – I didn’t have anything to do with it. She just
> went and adopted this
> thing without even asking me. You can’t imagine how
> people stare when I
> wheel this ugly, black thing around in a shopping cart in
> Arizona . No, it wasn’t my idea at all.”

> I actively avoided McCain after that, but unfortunately
> one day he
> engaged me in a political discussion which soon got us on
> the topic of the
> active US bombing of Iraq at that time. I was shocked when
> he said, “If I was in charge, I would nuke Iraq to teach them a
> lesson”. Given McCain’s
> personal experience with the horrors of war, I had expected
> a more balanced point of view. I commented on the tragic consequences
of
> the nuclear attacks
> on Japan during WWII –- but no, he was not to be
> dissuaded. He went on to
> say that if it was up to him he would have dropped many
> more nuclear bombs on Japan. I rapidly extricated myself from this
> conversation as I could tell that his experience being tortured as a
POW didn’t seem to have mellowed out
> his perspective, but rather had made him more aggressive
> and vengeful towards the world.

> My final encounter with McCain was on the morning that
> he was leaving
> Turtle Island. Amy and I were happily eating pancakes when
> McCain arrived
> and told Amy that she shouldn’t be having pancakes
> because she needed to
> lose weight. Amy burst into tears at this abusive comment.
> I felt fiercely protective of Amy and immediately turned to McCain
and told him to leave her
> alone. He became very angry and abusive towards me, and
> said, “Don’t you know who I am.” I looked him in the face and said,
> “Yes, you are the biggest asshole I have ever met” and headed back to
my cabin.

> I am happy to say that
> later that day when I arrived at lunch I was given a
> standing ovation by all
> the guests for having stood up to McCain’s bullying.
> Although I have shared my McCain story informally with
> friends, this is
> the first time I am making this public. I almost did so in
> 2000, when McCain
> first announced his bid for the Republican nomination, but
> it soon became
> apparent that George Bush was the shoo-in candidate and so
> I did not act then. However, now that there is a very real
possibility
> that McCain could be elected as our next president, I feel it is my
duty as an American citizen to share this story. I can’t imagine a more
> scary outcome for
> America than that this abusive, aggressive man should lead
> our nation. I have observed him in intimate surroundings as he really
is, not how the media portrays him to be. If his attitudes toward
women and his treatment of
> his own family are even a small indicator of his real
> personality, then I
> shudder to think what will happen to America were he to be
> elected as our
> President.
> —
> Mary-Kay Gamel
> Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theater
> Arts

21 09 2008
Anonymous

KIDSTEACHER previously known as povertykidsteacher

Please give your son a big hug tonight from this blogger. I hope you know that your son has created a lot of fun and a lot of hope because of his clever technology skills. Is it possible for him to keep the cam going until after the election? Seeing Obama’s name there every day would be such a positive affirmation for US all. It would encourage us to hang in there and hope for the best all the while giving us the chance to instantly connect with other Americans and allow us to voice our opinions. This little endeavor could end up being such a positive force in our country, a fantastic change agent to watch, and even an opportunity to create a little historical miracle.

21 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1571756,00.html

I don’t kmow whether I believe some of that story re Turtle Island, but here’s one from Time as to a time McCain was there

21 09 2008
deuce2AKA: Axe Diesel

The Republican party carries more bullshit than a John Deere
manure spreader. Thank GOD for Mudflats and all his/her mudpuppies.

21 09 2008
Harley Pinocchio Palin :Palins Kick Ass Conscience

Obama sign is awesome

21 09 2008
drchill

wired differently (16:18:56)

There’s no reason to think AKMs voice is or is not that of a woman.

Don’t let ideas of gender get in the way of doing what you want…

Check out AKMs first posts.
The very first ones; and notice the number of replies.
If you’re willing to work in relative isolation and do what you believe in, then you may be rewarded with the admiration of a few, or of many.

You never know until you try.

You go girl !

21 09 2008
laura lee

AH HA! I just a couple folk bow to the camera – the sign is still there – you have 100 viewers!!!

21 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

GrammaConcept (17:53:43) :

OK…..thie following is sooo relevant….do with it as you will, y’all…..
Peace and Love,GrammaConcept

Subject: My Holiday with John McCain:

I just got this from a friend. He checked it with
snopes and urban legends, and it appears to be real.

The writer is a professor at UC Santa Cruz who actually discloses her
identity and email address.
—————————————-

Sorry, but the letter is probably a smear and a fake.

http://www.tellingthoughts.com/us-politics/my-holiday-with-mccain

And it is NOT on Snopes or Urban Legend.

The recent New Yorker article on Cindy Lou is much more telling. And it is truthful.

21 09 2008
laura lee

sorry you think i could type in complete sentences – i’m not really stupid i just play dumb on tv:)

21 09 2008
GT

PRIOR POST:
megacephalus (12:06:13) :
well, the Brits have already surrendered!
As of this week it’s SHARIA enforceable in UK courts as ‘family law’…
and guess where THAT puts women!
whip ‘em. stone ‘em. beat the living shit out of them so they NEED to wear a veil…
we’ll have that in the USA if we do not deal with our Muslim population…
this has nothing to do with the lies about Obama’s religion, and everything to do with the greatest threat to our Post-Enlightenment Western values.

*__*
“Post-Enlightenment Western values” include slavery, colonialism, marxism, fascism and unfettered, environment-destroying capitalism.

Sharia courts in non-islamic majority countries are seen by some as a thin end of a wedge that could destroy a generally fair and desirable system of Western Law.

The alarm is unwarranted if you take the time to learn how the Sahria principals are implemented to work with exisitng British legal system WITHOUT compromising English Legal principals. In India, which inherited and continues to apply English Law and which has a sizable Muslim minority, the application of Sharia principals over decades has done nothing to erode fairness, sexual equality or any of the basic principals of English Law.

On the other hand, while people like you were busily fretting over manufactured angst, The fundamentalist Christian Bush administration passed and renewed the freedom-suppressing Patriot Act, instituted torture, warantless wire-tapping, government intrusion into private communications, abolition of Habeas Corpus, international kidnapping, voting district gerrymandering, suppression of non-republican voter rights, abolition of corporate oversight and a steady creeping into schools of fundamentalist Christian claptrap to the detriment of science and critical thinking.

21 09 2008
sweetebony

Trolls have invaded the web cam

21 09 2008
C

C aka Filter Skate Palin 😀

——

Hey, did anyone else get banned from the video stream??

How did that troll get in??

21 09 2008
sauerkraut

just checking in to see what’s new in mudflatville.

you peeps are just as crazy as you were the last time I checked in.

and… and… I see kayinmaine has finally checked in!

Great story, gramma, but when I sent an email it returned immediately with the notation “no such address.”

I haven’t had a whole lot of respect for McCain since he laid down for Bush’s swiftboating dogs back in 2000, lost most of the rest when he went to Iraq and declared it safe – without telling the people at home that he had on a double-thick flack jacket and was surrounded by a battalion of soldiers – but he just totally lost half the nation when he claimed on 60 Minutes that Palin could take over from day one. If he truly believes that, why doesn’t he just step aside and allow her to be the headliner? I mean… she’s already getting more attention than he is so he ought to step aside and allow her to pick her own VP. Perhaps Ann Coulter is available? She’s been pretty darn quiet lately so she must not have anything to do.

Love the idea of having a “McCain with Obama” sign on my front lawn. With all the bells and whistles, VP.

21 09 2008
sauerkraut

Trolls?

Explains why I cannot get on.

21 09 2008
Harley Pinocchio Palin :Palins Kick Ass Conscience

sauerkraut (18:35:54) :

Trolls?

Explains why I cannot get on.

try here and see if you can use the video stream
I made a post

http://change-obama08.blogspot.com/2008/09/how-to-post-links-in-mudflats-comments.html

21 09 2008
Harley Pinocchio Palin :Palins Kick Ass Conscience

its not links……its the obama sign video

21 09 2008
GT

My previous post may have made it seem that I support wholesale implementation of Sharia law or that I am anti-Christian. Not so.

The westerners that came to American shores replaced Native American Indian laws and practices with their own. Laws and systems evolve to serve the ever-changing ethnicity mix in a given place and the ever-changing social mores. This is only a bad thing if the changes are either supported or opposed unthinkingly. Embrace change, but embrace it thoughtfully.

21 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2008/09/22/080922sh_shouts_saunders?yrail

oh boy, this article in the new New Yorker is priceless! Called ‘My Gal’, about you-know-who.

21 09 2008
laura lee

Tips for keeping your Obama sign from being boosted:

1. Set up spectacular flood lights focused on the sign.
2. Put up a notice that says SMILE YOU”RE ON CANDID CAMERA!
3. Thoroughly wet the ground to the consistency of mud in a five foot diameter all around the sign.
4. Place the sign in a giant bear trap.
5. Chain a Pitbull to the sign (OK just kidding no sense making the animal suffer like that!)
And while we’re at it, since Christmas is coming create the Obama logo with red/white/blue lights to display in your window.

21 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

The webcam is fabulous – what great night vision!

International Neighbourhood Watch!🙂

21 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

laura lee (18:51:34) :

Tips for keeping your Obama sign from being boosted:

Does anyone have a fake skunk?😉

21 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

laura lee (18:51:34) :

Tips for keeping your Obama sign from being boosted:

My husband’s answer to such problems is invariably “220 volts”😉

21 09 2008
GrammaConcept

To:….HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin:

Thanks for the link….really interesting up-to-the-minute stuff…..

http://www.tellingthoughts.com/us-politics/my-holiday-with-mccain

After reading All of it, I am left with this thought…….:
We’ll see……

and, for the heroic sign editing couple…..:
GOOD WORK!……..I am encouraged and more ready to jump on my chance when it (probably) comes…

21 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

It has gotten ugly on the obamacam site. Kinda sad really.

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Cessna – thanks so much for the link to the LTE in the Pittsburgh paper from an Alaskan. Perfect place to have it. Now — it should be sent to the Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, etc. etc. papers. Really! Chicago papers will publish LTEs from out of staters. Hearing it directly from an Alaskan is the best antidote.

I really have suspected what was said in the beginning of the letter. I know there are many transplants in Alaska, or those who have family in the lower 48 with a much broader country and world view. But for those who really know no other existence, how could theirs compare to our major cities or even our rural areas and the completely different issues that are faced here. Racism by “remoteness” has to be common. And that secession bent also appears close to the surface.

Again — just plain “scare ya shi*tless” at the thought of Palin as president – or even vice president.

21 09 2008
DownInMississippi aka Jeep Pike

Best part of the yard sign deal is the conversation–I’ve been laughing my ass off! And what’s great is that I can leave and come back and it’s STILL funny!

I love ya’ll

21 09 2008
DownInMississippi aka Jeep Pike

So glad to hear about Charlotte today from those of you who went!

To Bec in Ill: Could you please Zerox your letter (excuse) from AKM and send me a copy!

21 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

@bec- my pleasure! Good idea about getting it out to local papers. I’ll work on So. Florida. Any takers for the rest?

21 09 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Revlon Red Palin

mvngfwd, try Harley’s link to the webcam, it works perfectly for me, and doesn’t show anything going on

http://change-obama08.blogspot.com/2008/09/how-to-post-links-in-mudflats-comments.html

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

Cessna — Good idea about getting it out to local papers. I’ll work on So. Florida. Any takers for the rest?

Should we try and contact the letter writer, give her all the email links to the different papers, and ask her to submit to them? We really need it to come from her.

DowninMiss — I’m not sure what letter you meant?? I had referred to one written by an Alaskan I read on the link above. ?? Be happy to help but I’m not sure.

21 09 2008
DownInMississippi aka Jeep Pike

Bec, I meant the one you requested AKM to write for you to your clients–I need one too. lol

21 09 2008
DownInMississippi aka Jeep Pike

Bec, sorry, it was probably someone else who asked AKM to write that letter . . .all the comments start running together and I am not going back! lol

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

OH — LOL — You too? I’m finally TRYING to put together a mailing I needed to do last week and figuring out Mail Merge in Vista WORD for the first time. But I keep ALT-Tabbing back to the Obama Sign cam. Most unproductive!!

21 09 2008
Bec in Illinois

I did request that letter – or “note for the teacher” about not getting my work done. I’ve gotten myself too deep into this blog, this election, this cause, our future. But it is worth it and the best and most wonderful lesson and experience in just how wonderful people can be. Or at least – how fabulous OBAMA supporters can be! Are there really this many warm-hearted, caring, and hard-working McPalin supporters out there? Can’t imagine it!

21 09 2008
dr.anon

GOOD JOB! Keep up the excellent work! Go Go Go!

21 09 2008
Rubo

I posted this on the forums but it didn’t have a proper title. Snoskred had a wonderful idea so I thought I’d post it here, too, with it’s new title.

The Apprentice

The Palin/McCain campaign reads like a bad reality show script that has taken the worst of the worst and waved it in front of the American public like the cheap entertainment that it is. This is not T.V. and the republican version of “Beauty & the Geek” is more like a really bad episode of “Blind Date”. Only it isn’t cheap or entertaining. It’s an ominous glimpse into what a future with just one station looks like. They will be everything from producers and directors, publicists and accountants, best boys, extras and walk-ins to the back door bootleggers selling pirated photos and tapes to generate publicity.

In other words, in charge of a whole shebang that whether it was a republican with a democrat congress or a democrat with a republican congress that got us here will not matter one whit in the minds of most Americans at the gas pump, grocery store or unemployment line. These vaporous “Chains of Love” must be broken. It’s time for the two parties to come up with a script that combines a version of “Swapping Wives” (not Biden for Hillary or McCain for Palin) meet in “Hell’s Kitchen”, exchanging instead of dividing and learning to work with each other’s teams to win the top prize. You don’t even have to pretend to like each other; you just have to get it done.

“Date My Mom” and “Marry My Dad” just doesn’t cut it any more.

We need to write the script ourselves if we want to find digestible television in our presidential elections. We have the best/worst possible inspiration behind us that tells us what kind of script NOT to write and pass off as reality to a public suffering a humiliating loss to several rounds of “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader”. We have hit the internet and we are ready for that challenging category of ‘for, of and by the people’, American History for $4 Trillion.

America has become a nation of “Room Raiders”, peering into closets and under beds looking for clues that go beyond the obvious producer picks of marketable good looks and special interest selling points. And we are the ones who get to say “Next”. We’re going for the “Dirt” and there is more reality in that than in this twisted version of “Meet My Folks”.

We must get rid of the Screen Actors Guild club membership and the reality show mentality that would put a twisted parody of “Survivor” and “America’s Next Top Model” into the White House with a “Married By America” stamp of approval.

If you think you can dance now, hang on to your nuts, because the “Fear Factor” has just begun and you’re in for a hell of a blow job.

And the hurricane hasn’t even hit yet.

21 09 2008
Femalady

I really appreciate your bravery in altering th signs. I would not have been that brave! Thank you and thank you for the wondeful Video cam of the sign! Kiss the very bright boy and Thank Him for all the fun!

21 09 2008
Edna_Mode

Hilarious article on fivethirtyeight.com on F$!%ing yard signs:

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/09/breaking-obama-campaign-organizers.html

A market opportunity for CafePress, I say!

21 09 2008
Barb from Illinois

Oh looks like the neighbors just got home! I’m so hooked on the PovertyTeachers web cam! Mudflatters rock!!

21 09 2008
Leather Steak Palin

McCain was asked on 60 Minutes – “In your judgement can you see her [Palin] as President of the United States?”

McCain shook his head left and right (meaning No) and answered “Absolutely”

“As President of the United States?”

“Absolutely, absolutely” still shaking his head left and right

Hum…

21 09 2008
ND aka Chase Rooster Palin

Greeetings All from Sri Lanka!
AKM, I love your blog and addicted to it and to DailyKos. And Rachel and Keith too thanks to SP.
Yes, a world away, we are watching too the dangers Amereica is facing. Good luck to you all for all the hard work. You guys are the reason why USA is the most advanced nation in the world. Dont let it go in reverse.
TeachKids, watching your sign from across the world. Can come and roost on it and herald the morning in for you. What do you say.
You can see me as a orange spot below India. Keep going all. The world is watching you.
Chase Rooster (don’t you love my name!)

21 09 2008
LEE

Good news for Obama. The Seattle times has endorsed him for president.

21 09 2008
Sparky Fungible Commodity Palin

LEE (21:14:02) :

Good news for Obama. The Seattle times has endorsed him for president.

I don’t know why, but this just made me choke up a little. Perhaps because I’m originally from WA, perhaps because I respect the Seattle Times…

doesn’t matter…I’m totally cool with this. Go Obama Sign!

21 09 2008
maaaty

Wonderful snip.

21 09 2008
GT

“Senator McCain, who told The Wall Street Journal in March that “I’m always for less regulation”, now asks voters to believe he will be a champion of tough, unblinking oversight. He’s outraged that Wall Street’s preening Masters of the Universe threw a drunken toga party and smashed all the furniture – but he helped buy the beer and told the police to look the other way.

This is the man who’s going to reform the US economy?”
Washington Post

21 09 2008
thisniss

+1 badassery
+1 style

Vive la Résistance! Viva l’Obama!

21 09 2008
Demyan Lavor

wow Not bad!!!

22 09 2008
Mary

You two are great!!!!!!🙂

22 09 2008
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22 09 2008
muffinity

whenever I’m feeling that anything good in the whole world is a lost cause, when I’m too sad & angry to keep going, I come to you Mudflats. You & your fans ALWAYS make it better!! This story, and you & hubby, rock like all get out!!!

22 09 2008
tdmphotography

Good job!

22 09 2008
muffinity

BTW, I live in Australia & I’ll help watch the sign!!

22 09 2008
Staci J. Shelton

Fabulous…it’s so sad that we are so driven by intolerance and fear (not to mention prejudice) in this country. The only thing I’m afraid of is a McCain-Palin whitehouse. Awesome job! We need to all follow our instincts more…

22 09 2008
chisaku

That was very brave of you! Well done!

I’m not in to this president thing as it doesn’t affect me in Europe… but… I hope it turns out alright with no violent battles whatsoever.

22 09 2008
thesanguinevampire

Kudos to u…!!!

22 09 2008
Sole Sister

Yay, good job! Team work🙂
I so hope the original sign hangers got to see what you’d done, they’d be hopping mad! LOL

22 09 2008
r4f4

Ok

22 09 2008
22 09 2008
fireweednectar

Well, I’m glad your so proud of yourself…and that you’ve got such a “strong” fan base.

But it seems to me you have this idea that because someone has bad grammar they have no right to voice…but then again you didn’t like the message anyway, so you used the poor construction as an excuse to chop away in part what someone wanted to say, much the same way Charlie Gibson and company does.

Proud of your editing hack job? I hope no one ever tries the same on you.

22 09 2008
fireweednectar

*you’re*

Wouldn’t want to get silenced because I don’t live up to your standards!🙂

22 09 2008
D

Obama will ruin this country! McCain-Palin “Country First”

22 09 2008
clydethepenguin

Briliant! I think they’d make a nice table runner.

22 09 2008
Jean

hhhmmmmmbbbwwwwaaa ha ha ha ha! well done..

22 09 2008
notopalin

You are my personal hero. Keep up the good work!

22 09 2008
childofeurope

This isnt about Obama Vs McCain… It’s plain stupidity!
Job well done.

22 09 2008
sonnypi67

Kudos to you sir! Kudos!

22 09 2008
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22 09 2008
mcloide

and I thought that I would only see this kind of signs in 3rd world countries. Good job man…

22 09 2008
nothoney

You, sir, are a special sort of awesome.

s.

22 09 2008
blogdodexter

Nice!

Dexter
SP, Brasil

22 09 2008
NY911Witness

Real Truth Squad ftw! It amazes me how these lizard brains repeat these debunked memes like retarded parrots- maybe he/she confuses the US with the UK.

22 09 2008
Tee

Now this is a great way to start the day!

*high five*

22 09 2008
kimy

kudos!!! good job. we need to stop the lies!! it is unbelievable how many people believe this bull shit. but I guess considering 50% of americans still believe iraq was behind the 9-11 terrorist attacks, I guess not that unbelievable.

regarding carol’s remark – you were not censoring, just editing for accuracy!

22 09 2008
Ohio Sue

Just went and got some dunkin donuts munchkins so I could sit here and look at the sign – i’m on a real stakeout…….

22 09 2008
Carol

So I guess it just depends on where you draw the line that determines what is censorship? For the record, I don’t like inaccuracies on either side nor smear campaigns. I would not have liked to see that sign either. But it wasn’t yours to edit. What if I wanted to edit words that offend me out of the books in the library? Oh, wait, someone’s already being criticized for alegedly wanting to do that.

22 09 2008
steadycat

Priceless.

22 09 2008
MJ "revoltingpawn"

What a stoke of genius to modify the sign instead of removing it. 99.9% of us would just have kept on driving. We all need to sometime to take a little time to counter ignorance in society.

Why couldn’t the sign maker just put up a vote for McCain sign? I wonder if they were ignorant about Obama not being a Muslim or just to chicken to say what the really wanted to say – Obama is a n*gger.

Ideas and Revolution – If you’re not outraged you’re not reading this blog

22 09 2008
Dollface

Awesome🙂

22 09 2008
cheenee

WOW!😀 Nice one!

22 09 2008
Jaxie

Since grammar is mentioned, I thought I’d point out a possible typo in your post…shouldn’t it be “this overpass,” or “these/those overpasses?”

22 09 2008
jean beverly

this is a poll asking ‘do you think sarah palin is qualified to be vice
president?’ and conservatives have organized a yes vote. take a minute
to tell them differently.

> http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

22 09 2008
shawn barr

I think “confession” is the right word to start off your thread…

22 09 2008
Anonymous

I received an email and was not sure who it was from, so I just plugged in Biggest Rally in AK History in my yahoo search. This article plus the pictures of the overwhelmingly anti-Palin rally in AK blew me away! From, the media coverage, writen and TV showed us how much Palin was loved. How she threw out the corrupt polititians, even in her own party, a true maverick.

Being in New York City, this was the kind of press she received. Personally, I am a Democrat, but can respect others, not having to agree with them. In this case, #1 Palen seems as corrupt as the ones she replaced. #2 Knowing that McCain voted with Bush 92% last year, and 100% this time, picked Palin after one meeting (basically to woo the Repubican base with Palin) it couldn’t possibly be as good as portrayed. #3 Not knowing that Alaskans were for Obama, and many didn’t even like Palin, makes me want to visit AK, it seem like a pretty cool place, with a bunch of smart people!

I do have a question for the Palin/McCain ticket (as Sarah likes to say), I wonder if Senator Obama had a child out of wedlock, or even worse, had a child who had a child out of wedlock what would they say? hmm

22 09 2008
Anonymous

By the way Mud and spouce, you both sound pretty cool. 🙂

22 09 2008
romantitus

BRILLIANT!!!!!

I’m personally a big fan of grammar (although mine sucks… I just think those of you whose doesn’t are awesome.) Bravo Mudflats and Wifey!!!!!

22 09 2008
carlconway

some friends of mine once changed a sign in henry county, KY from ‘Rebel Hill’ to ‘Black Power.’

this strikes me as a somewhat similar situation.

oh bubba.

22 09 2008
Anonymous

Please forgive my misspelling of Palin’s name, but honestly don’t care for her or her lies

22 09 2008
colombiancoffee

Awesome job! I think what you did was great and I think you have an awesome husband for having the idea to cut off the bottom!

22 09 2008
babbo

I’m surprised the people who made the sign figured out how to use stencils to make the letters in the first place!

Now, if everyone would stop just accepting lies, maybe we could get our country out of the trouble it’s in.

peace,

babbo
http://www.daddybrain.wordpress.com

22 09 2008
hnimrot

Good Job. I am Indonesian (some part of Obama’s life. Hahaha), and I take a preety good look of race 08. Some people must be brave, and you have it. Good luck.

22 09 2008
Leeon Simon Andrew

Great work!!

22 09 2008
Jennifer Zaranis
22 09 2008
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22 09 2008
rileys red

If you get time, check out Freeway Blogger. Scroll towards the bottom. Here is the link:

http://freewayblogger.blogspot.com/

Thanks Mudflats for all you do!

22 09 2008
Ames

Well done buddy. I do things like this sometimes: when I see Hannity/O’Reilly books on display at “bestseller” tables at Borders or Barnes & Noble, I try to cover them up with something better… like The Audacity of Hope🙂.

22 09 2008
renaissancetrophywife

Nice job. By the way, did you see Juan Cole’s article where Palin is compared to a Muslim fundamentalist? Definitely turns the tables.

http://renaissancetrophywife.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/whats-the-difference-between-palin-and-muslim-fundamentalists/

22 09 2008
Anonymous

Way to be brave and thanks for sharing your story and new sign with us. You are real heroes!

22 09 2008
kate aka chin duststrap

The sign thief webcam was mentioned on the HuffPo! More signs popping up here-as much as I want to take down my neighbours McCain signs, it’s just a McCain sign and not offensive like the one AKM took care off.

23 09 2008
thesanguinevampire

i am not an American. I hail from India but i have been following the current Amercian political scenario and i truly support Obama. If i was there i would rallied for him and would’ve work hard to see him there…

thats why kudos to your act of bravery…!!!

23 09 2008
biscuitmom

I’m 60 years old, and I want to be AKMuckraker when I grow up…
kudos!

23 09 2008
Akguy

My score for removal of those signs is up to 4. Watch the overpass on Lake Otis and one on N lights by Lake Otis. Didn’t think about surgery!

23 09 2008
Molmar

Good for you!! I am tempted to tear the “N” off of the stoopid “Nobama” bumper sticker I have seen around town, so that all the ridiculous neo-cons who don’t belong in Austin anyway just have Obama stickers on their huge, gas-guzzling sedans and tanks, or whatever it is they drive

24 09 2008
KittyKitty

You are the best. Your little “caper” made me laugh out loud. I am so scared for this country – God help us all if McCann/Palin (or, as she said, Palin/McCain) get elected. It’s a terrifying thought.
Keep up the great work – I lOVE your blog.

30 10 2008
thelogicalsmoker

Congrats on the best political blog award…
You have have quality stuff…
Rock on!!!

http://andthisismyamerica.com/2008/10/31/the-manifestation-of-a-movement/




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