Mudstock II in Chicago!

2 11 2008

Today in Chicago, a group of dedicated Mudflatters gathered for the second, in hopefully a long line of Mudstock events!  I was so thrilled to get the photos and great write-up of yet another real-life get-together of the Mudflats community!  Here’s the writeup from ‘Bec Hussein of Illinois’ complete with pictures from Bec and Shikago! 

To make things interesting, three of the Mudflatters’ screen names are “Chicago”, “Chicago” and “Shikago”!  You can have fun figuring it out!

Well Chicagos, Shikago, and Chicagoans, the rest of us were with you in spirit!  Thanks for sharing your wonderful afternoon with us.

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I’m heading back to the burbs on a train packed with Bears fans (yay – they won today) and American Girl Place visitors. I just had the loveliest experience, thanks to Mudflats, and that was attending our impromptu Mudstock II – Chicago. With a “can do” attitude, Shikago, Chicago, and I (Bec Hussein of Illinois) decided that a pre-election meet-up was possible. Shikago jumped into the planning full force, and surprised us with many special mementos for the day.

The appointed hour was 11:30 AM, Sunday, November 2. The gathering place was by what we all call “The Bean” in Millennium Park, just west of Lake Michigan in downtown (The Loop) Chicago. The magnificent sculpture is actually named “Cloudgate.” But we all have come to call it The Bean because of its bean shape. It is fast becoming one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks. We opted for it over gathering at “The Picasso” in Daley Plaza, where in past decades such a meet-up would most likely take place.

First on the scene was Shikago, with his cart of equipment featuring a small American flag. My daughter (Mudflats lurker) and I were happily greeted by Shikago. I pulled on my newly purchased yellow boots, as Shikago told us how the lovely bouquet of balloons he had spent his precious funds on were ordered to the trash bin by a park security person roving around on a Segway. Something about park rules against balloons around the sculpture.  A big disappointment, but we still were quite the attraction with our signs and all. Chicago soon arrived, my yellow boot Mudflats nametags were distributed, and more Mudpuppies came on the scene.

We were joined by Carla, USABarbie, lurker Liz and her husband Walt, and Joe (sorry, didn’t catch his screenname). Next,  arrived our very special guest, Lila Bang-WalMart, fresh from her appearance at Mudstock I in Pittsburg! She was in town for a medical convention and we were so thrilled that she chose to play a little hookey from that to join us, and hold a record for participating in BOTH pre-election Mudstocks! How ironic that Lila was staying at the “W” hotel for her visit here. As a special treat, she transformed herself to a Sarah Palin impersonator, posing for a photo holding the “Elect Walt Monegan Governor” sign that Shikago had made.

Shikago had his tripod set up for the group shots, and we happily posed. There were people all around and we may have received some startling looks, but no one assaulted us. I had printed up a few business cards with the Mudflats address, in case anyone asked about us. I was sorry not one was handed out.

As we walked a couple blocks to the restaurant, we went past the forming lineup of network trucks setting up for the big Tuesday night election rally. Eurovision was doing a live shot of The Bean in one corner.

As we enjoyed lunch at Pizano’s, there was a great exchange about who we were, what we did, where we lived, and of course, all kinds of election thoughts.  Another Mudflatter, (screen name Chicago) found us at the restaurant and she joined in the conversation. A short while later, USABarbie’s boyfriend arrived, another distinguished guest. He is closely involved in the set up of the giant Obama rally for Election Night and shared what a massive configuration of sound and technical equipment is being put in place.

Shikago is sadly without a ticket for the event, but is totally psyched to be part of it and will find a spot somewhere in the massive surrounding vicinity of the tickets-only section. USABarbie will be there too, of course, and I hope some of the massive sound equipment will reach out to wherever Shikago lands. Most of the rest of us have decided we prefer the comfort of our own homes that night, with our TVs blaring and computers whirling on Mudflats and all other possible information-ready Websites.

As we all departed for our trains, busses, planes and automobiles, Shikago presented us with a lovely packet of items he had created – including a Mudstock II tee-shirt iron-on transfer. A very thoughtful and generous person, that Shikago!

All at Mudstock II agree that our fascination and knowledge of Alaska has either been sparked or expanded, thanks to Mudflats. We learned that Joe has done extensive exploration of the State and he was eager to share suggestions of wonderful spots for us all to visit. I hope to head there during the next year. Others have already been, or, plan to return in the near future.

In closing, we send our very best Chicago greetings to all the other Mudflatters/Mudpuppies from Alaska and the other “49” states, Canada, Australia, and many places around the world. This has been a most welcoming, encouraging, and sanity-strengthening community during the election. Of course, we couldn’t be prouder to have the next president of the United States, Barack Obama, as a fellow-Chicagoan. We know the road ahead will still be rocky as the country pulls together. As Shikgao said in the special prayer/meditation he wrote and read to us before we ate — our country needs healing. Obama is the one to get this started.

Now that we found Mudflats, there is no way that we can stay away from those crazy Alaskan politics. We have to see a few other chapters of this story played out. Though we all need a little break from the all-consuming obsession that this election has become, we aren’t ready to leave Alaska on its own. So you are going to have Chicago, and all the rest of the Mudflats community, hanging in there to hear AKM report what happens next. We all know how we’d like the story to end! Let’s hope it includes a new Alaskan senator in Washington, an old one off to prison, a former state employee vindicated, and the brakes slammed on any notion that a particular Alaskan governor will be able to “rear her ugly head” in 2012!

Dutifully submitted by:

Bec Hussein of Illinois


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2 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

hope every onehad fun…sish we were there

2 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

me

2 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Love you all – Chicago Mudflats! It was great fun.

2 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

Looks like you all had loads of fun. (Kinda) Wish I’d been there. Spent part of the day baking for the local Obama office instead though.

2 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

FYI – “Chicago” in the group photo is Carol (in Chicago)! Then there is Chicago with the brewskie and Mudstock sign, who met us at the restaurant. Everything is coming up Chicago these days! You will probably see some shots of The Bean and the rest of our beautiful city in the election night coverage.

2 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

InJuneau —- pie? That is so nice of you.

I just emailed my daughter the pie crust recipe.

2 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

No, didn’t get around to pie, but I made them oatmeal-dried blueberry cookies early in the day and then a loaf of bread with homemade current jelly in the evening. I didn’t have the energy or the fruit around for pie today…

2 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

Bec–by the way, I will get around to giving you travel tips over on the Forum one of these days, like maybe after the election when we all try to go back to having normal lives with time to do “normal” things…

2 11 2008
Erin

Top ten!

2 11 2008
mwTHATONE40yrsAnchorage

looks like a fine party! Also. Too.

2 11 2008
GJ in Idaho

cool pixs

2 11 2008
GJ in Idaho

Ot….Erin: sweet baby pic, what his name?

2 11 2008
JBDC

You guys are awesome! And I LOVE “The Bean”–

Are there any Mudpuppies out there from the DC/Northern VA area going to the Obama rally in Manassas tomorrow (Monday) night? It’s the last campaign event before Barack flies home to Chicago for Election Day. I’ll be at the fairgrounds with 40,000 of our closest friends….

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Good morning from the Old Continent! One day to go and counting! J-1 as they say here. All you guys who made it to Mudstock II are great and looks like you had a great time in a beautiful (and lucky) city on a beautiful day. No fun stories about meeting people who cam up to chat politics?

2 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Didn’t mean to sound to cocky in my report about a win Tuesday — everyone STILL needs to vote – so it can definitely be a VICTORY party in Chicago. I know you are all doing your part, and more!

I do believe.. I do believe… I do believe.

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Woo! Nice pics! What a great bunch of folks you had there. Yay for community organizers! Great reporting, Bec Hussein in Illinois.

Hey, mhrt oregon”steve” you’re first! Woot for you. Is fawnskin the one in the red plaid jacket (from the Cleveland rally)?

InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein, thanks for the head’s up. I was wondering why I was talking to myself.

2 11 2008
braveny

very nice.. looks like you all had a great time!

2 11 2008
LA

@Bec,
Great article and pics…ohhhhhh I want to do a Mudstock here in Calif but I don’t think there are that many of us here in No. Calif….RATS

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Jamie, Floridian in France, are you getting ready to come back to the States? I have my passport ready in case things go horribly wrong on Tuesday.

2 11 2008
braveny

LA.. I am in southern Cal

2 11 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

OH YES!!! I can not begin to tell anyone just how special this November 2, 2008 was. We had an awesome time. And , AKM and you my fellow Muflatters are what motivated us.

Chief Hussein Shikago

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

There’s the community organizer, himself. Excellent job putting the whole thing together, Chief Hussein Shikago, now, go to bed!

2 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:11:56) :

You’re welcome. I’ve done that before too. You suddenly wonder why you’re feeling so lonely and like you’re having a great one-sided conversation… Welcome on over to the new thread.

@LA (23:12:46) :

Really, not many in No.Cal? I should send this site to my friends in Davis. I’m sure they’d love it and would love to be mudpuppies.

2 11 2008
Dianna

Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Looks like a wonderful time!
I am sorry about your loss but how could you know balloons would create a moment(s) of silence for 50,000?

2 11 2008
braveny

@Chief Hussein Shikago
We all were with you in spirit!

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein, I don’t mind talking to myself. I do it all the time as I live with my two cats, but it’s much nicer talking to y’all.

2 11 2008
LA

@ braveny ,
OHHHHHH I’m in Sacramento. HA…Party of 2 and counting…:)

2 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:17:21) :

Yeah, we talk to ourselves in this house too (also), and we don’t even have pets as an excuse. It’s much nicer talking to friends here though.

2 11 2008
braveny

@LA

I am in Van Nuys.. in the San Fernando Valley.. North of LA as the crow flies, but if we got enough interest, we could meet up in between somewhere yes?

2 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

That being said about it being nicer to talk to friends here, I’m soon off to bed, just as soon as I get another loaf of bread out of the machine.

2 11 2008
LA

@ InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein,
Wonderful…Davis is 20 minutes from me. YES, the party is growing!

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Um, I used to live in the East Bay, NoCal folks. Does that count? I believe there is a NoCal Gal, too, but don’t quote me on it.

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:13:53) :

Jamie, Floridian in France, are you getting ready to come back to the States? I have my passport ready in case things go horribly wrong on Tuesday.

I hope that when Obama wins it’ll be easier to talk the Big Guy chez moi that now is the time to be in the States. He is really getting fed up with the French system and the “erratic” decisions of our Pres here. Hopefully an Obama win will convince him that things CAN get better in the US and will help him get over those negative feelings about Americans.

If the worse happens, I can only say that we have a 200 square meter apt. and I will assume that by the morning of Nov 6 there should be quite a number of mudflatters in self-imposed political exile lining up outside my door looking for a couch to sleep on!

2 11 2008
braveny

I need to hit the pillows too..

Shout out to Jamie in France!

2 11 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

This may have been posted elsewhere. Just got an e-mail from my nephew that Mudflats made it on Kos today!!!

http://www.dailykos.com:80/storyonly/2008/11/2/804/81620/205/649676

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein, mmmmm, bread. I am blaming this blog as the reason I’ve gained weight in the last month. All this talk of pies and chocolate and now bread. What is a poor grrl to do?

2 11 2008
Melissa

great photos! Proud to be a Canadian mudpuppy!

2 11 2008
DeMo

Fan-freaking-tastic! Great reporting. Great pics. Looks like “great” sums up the day.

On that note, I might actually attempt to hit my sheets. PLEASE don’t post anything more of interest tonight. I have to get up in 4 hours.

BTW, has the font suddenly changed? Wait, don’t answer that. I’ll end up waiting for someone to reply and that will only delay sleep.

2 11 2008
Melissa

And yes, Monegan should be the next governor of Alaska!

2 11 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Mudflats on dailykos!!! I tell ya, 11/2/08 was an awesome day…
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/11/2/804/81620/205/649676

2 11 2008
LA

@ asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:21:11) :,
Fly in, I will pick you up at the airport. I have 2 kitties, a guest bedroom and make a killer pecan pie!

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Husband is getting so fed up that all my time is being consumed by election thoughts and time spent hovering between computer and CNN (sadly, my only tv connection). He is fed up with my talking about the polls, the candidates, the election. His French mentality says “you have made your choice and you have voted, why do you have to listen to all the crap and stories and arguments? But then he goes and turns on the French news on any French tv channel and – all day all night it’s now about the American election! HA! LOL!

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Night, braveny!

Jamie, Floridian in France, your hubby is French, right? Has he ever been to the States. I assume he speaks English as most countries’ peoples speak several languages.

I am going to Canada. Either Vancouver ‘coz of the Asian population or Winnipeg because I love cold and snow. I am hoping it’s not necessary, but it’s my contingency plan.

Hey, at least your prez has a hot wife. That’s got to count for–nothing.

2 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@LA (23:21:02) :

Well, I’ll have to tell them about it first! I’ll let you know if I manage to send them this way, and then you can hook up with them. I think they both teach/work at the Vet School still.

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:24:01) :

Fortunately with all the talk of pies, I haven’t yet made one recently (now that batch of brownies from a week ago that 6 adults and 4 kids nearly did in in one evening is another story…). The cookies and first loaf of bread today went to the Obama office, so I’m still ahead of the weight curve on today’s baking. The chocolate, however, is another matter, as we bought two huge bags for Halloween and only had 14 t-or-t’ers!

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@braveny (23:21:59) :

Hey to you! Where in NY are you? My parents are New Yorkers!

@asianHusseingrrl” :
I have been baking up a fury to relieve the stress and then find myself eating most of it myself to..relieve my stress. Yesterday apple pie, today pumpkin pie and banana bread (yesterday was market day so it is apple and pumpkin instead of more chocolate).

2 11 2008
LA

@braveny (23:21:59) :
I’ll start looking at the map tomorrow.

2 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Cool – as I head to bed – I see a Cali Mudflats III in the works. Go for it! We can rent Shikago out for advising on nice extras for your event.

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:27:05) :

Husband is French and speaks extremely fluent French and no Europeans, and the French in particular THINK that they speak english but don’t or very poorly. He has been to the States and, like a typical French husband, goes every time thinking he’s gonna be miserable with those Americans and ends up having a fabulous time and lots of fun with all the Americans. He’s just stubborn (a French trait?).

And NO our “First Lady” is definitely NOT HOT. Don’t like her, never have.

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

DeMo, I was thinking the same thing. I am pretty sure the font has changed. Now, go to bed!

LA, boy, kittehs and pecan pie. I am mighty tempted. I should do a tour of remaining Mudstock rallies. I think that would be a blast!

Jamie, Floridian in France, I can understand your hubby’s way of thinking. This is the first year I’ve followed the race at all because in the past, I knew for whom I was voting, so why bother? It’s different this time, and it delights me that the world is watching with such a careful eye.

2 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

Well, the bread’s out of the machine, so I’m out of here till tomorrow. Sleep well all you Western Hemisphere mudpups and have a good day all you Eastern Hemisphere ones!

2 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Side note to the Californians — I stayed up to watch “Live And Die in LA” – William Peterson’s first big movie (circa 1985). He is in the process of moving back to Chicago – post CSI. We’ll be happy to have him back!

2 11 2008
LA

@ InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein
Sweet Dreams to you

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Jamie, Floridian in France, isn’t she the porno babe? Or am I thinking of someone else? Nicholas Sarkozy’s wife, right? I am stubborn, too, and I am not French at all. Huh, Asians are the opposite. Many of them speak English fairly well, but they are embarrassed to speak it. Funny, isn’t it?

InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein, I can feel my thighs expand as I read what you’ve made. I buy chocolate for the kiddies, and then turn out the lights. So, of course, I am forced to eat all the candy by myself!

Night, Bec Hussein in Illinois. Thanks again for the excellent report on Mudstock II.

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:32:05) :

Though my husband will not talk about the election except for a few passing comments, is TERRIFIED that McCreepy might win and does see that as the straw that will finally break the camel’s back (the complete downfall of the American Empire, which he has predicted for a while – confirmed to him by the Housing/Wall Street fiasco). All French people are holding their breath waiting for Obama to be elected – someone educated, brilliant, diplomatic, and, yes, elite (a positive thing in Europe and a quality looked for in their politicians).

Europeans are amazed at 1) the stupidity and recklessness of Bush, 2) that Americans could have elected Bush TWICE and 3) that Bush is still in office and has not been impeached a long time ago. Finally electing Obama will allow Europeans once again to look at Americans with respect.

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Jamie, Floridian in France, Carla Bruni. A model who really, really, really likes posing nude. Not that attractive, in my opinion, but I’m not a guy.

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@ asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:38:06) :

The Porno Babe???? Former (unattractive) Top Model and “singer” if you like that whispy Jane-Birkin-type non-singing. Porno Babe no, but she has been with more men than the best gossip magazine can count.

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

My husband likes her sister though, who is a very good actrice (and much much prettier than her more famous sister)

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein, good night, from this Midwesterner.

2 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (
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sorry i did go back and post that there were new pictures………..but you know how it is ……..you are way down there…………….and i have been talking to my self many times before i had the duu monent………new post………I am proud of myself and every one….. i do think we are spreading the truth……..but we have to thank AKM……….just think the AK obama sign was on RM today………….and AK turned pink today Yahoooooo

2 11 2008
LA

Jamie,
Vanity Fair did an article about her several months ago comparing her to Jackie Kennedy.
I just remember her as Mick Jagger’s girl friend…one of many.

2 11 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

Morning all…
(staggers blearily off to get more coffee… back soon…)

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Jamie, Floridian in France, I wouldn’t be surprised if Carla did a few pornos. She certainly enjoys flaunting her flesh. Her sister is MUCH more attractive.

I can’t really argue with the French’s thinking about Americans and W. since I have been pondering the gross stupidity of the last eight years. I think, at this point, we are just so ready to be done with Bush that we want him as far away as possible as soon as possible.

I sincerely hope, however, that he and his cronies do some jail time. It is inconceivable to me that Clinton was impeached for his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky, but W. and pals are so far immune to being impeached. I can’t wrap my brain around it.

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein “That One” Cobra , morning to you! Have an extra slug of coffee for me.

2 11 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

Wow! I just woke up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water and I see that Mudstock II (Chicago Mudstock) has reported in! Wonderful! And our own Lila aka Bang Walmart Palin from Mudstock I (Pittsburgh Mudstock) attended as a Sarah Palin impersonator! How marvelous!

Thank you so much Bec Hussein of Illinois for the wonderful report! Thank you Chief Hussein Shikago for your hard work in organizing the second Sacred Gathering!

And so I have the great honor of sending to you from all the souls at Mudstock I to all the souls at Mudstock II and to all the Mudpuppies worldwide in EVERY LAND the Sacred Message of Greeting!

HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

2 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

mhrt oregon”steve” , I thought you meant there were new pics from the Cleveland rally! Heh. I think my brain is turning to mush from all the excitement.

2 11 2008
LA

@ HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin (23:52:20)
LOL…I thought I was the only one that did that. My computer runs day and night now.

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (23:47:51) :

I am with you on that one – but isn’t that the good old American way – I mean look at Ted Stevens, and Sarah Palin for that matter! This chicks been found Guilty of Abuse of Power and has all kinds of dirt trailing behind her and is VP candidate! You know how Europeans laughed at the Americans at the whole Bill Clinton/sex in the Oval Office debacle.

@ LA (23:44:15) :
Yeah, they are trying very hard to compare Carla to Jackie. Now they are trying to compare Michelle O to Jackie. Does that mean that they think Carla and Michelle are alike??? HAH! Carla is someone who creates a persona, a different persona for each man that she’s with. How long ago did she give an interview saying that she doesn’t believe in marriage as an institution (she is the fruit of an extra-marital affair) and now she is all gushing about “I am a nice Catholic Italian girl and marriage with Nicolas” is forever and “marriage and family” blah blah blah. Gag me!

2 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Good morning A Brit Abroad!

I have been trying to pull away to go do my aerobics…..

3 11 2008
Catwoman

Yes to a Mudflats III in California, north, south or in between – I’m in the San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills) – there have to be a few more of us Mudpuppies in LA!

If you have friends and family in California who will be voting on Prop 8, please feel free to forward the following:

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Martin Niemoeller’s poem inscribed on a stone in the New England Holocaust Memorial

On Tuesday we have an unprecedented opportunity in California, to inscribe into our state constitution an amendment that takes away fundamental rights.

Why should you care, you might ask. You’re not gay, so why should it matter.
Let me tell you why it matters.

If you think that a yes vote on Prop 8 will shield your children from seeing same-sex couples, you’re wrong. Those couples are here, and Prop 8 won’t change that.

If you think that a yes vote on Prop 8 will strengthen your traditional marriage, think again. Opposite sex couples have done a pretty good job all on their own of destroying the sanctity of marriage.

If you think that a yes vote on Prop 8 will save your church, it can’t. Plenty of churches refuse to marry couples that the state deems marriageable, as is their right under the First Amendment.

If you think that a yes vote on Prop 8 will stop gay marriage from being taught in schools, get a reality check. We’re having enough trouble getting schools to teach anything more than what’s on the standardized test, and they’re going to devote class time to gay marriage? Really, now.

Then what will Prop 8 do?

Prop 8 will open the floodgates. Not the floodgates to the “gay agenda.” What Prop 8 will do is send a message loud and clear that fundamental rights in California are up for grabs.

Easy to be smug about this when you’re in the majority, when you’re sure that you’re from the “pro-America” part of America. But – how can you be so sure? What happens when your country of origin attacks the United States? Ready to be rounded up at the race track and sent to an internment camp in the high desert? You think it can’t happen (again)? Why not? Let’s just trot out a proposition, amend our constitution (majority wins!), and voila!

Perhaps – as Martin Niemoeller so famously observed of another period marked by the steady, deadly erosion of fundamental rights – when they come for you, there will be no one left to speak up.

Please think about that when you decide whether to inscribe the deprivation of fundamental rights into our state constitution. Who will be left to speak up for you?

Send a message that your fundamental rights are not up for grabs. Send a message that hate is not a fundamental value in California. Vote NO on Prop 8.

Please forward this message.

p.s. You need the “wonk” version? Here it is:
If you think that it was “just a bunch of liberal, activist judges” that got us to this point, think again. In May, 2008, a majority of the justices on the California Supreme Court voted that the denial of marriage to same-sex couples was an unconstitutional denial of rights as guaranteed by the California Constitution. Of these justices, all but one had been appointed by a Republican governor. These are conservative, thoughtful justices, who have been on the Supreme Court for decades and who have been retained through majority vote numerous times. Was their wisdom and judgment good enough for you yesterday but not today?

And perhaps the real problem here is our initiative system. We usually think of constitutional rights as being something beyond the reach of “whatever the majority wants today.” “Majority rules” – that’s legislation, right? Isn’t a constitutional right supposed to be more enduring than legislation? If a constitutional right can be determined by majority vote, then what good is a right? Why bother having a constitution, if there are no limits to “majority rules”? Unfortunately, California adopted an initiative system many decades ago whereby our constitutional rights have been placed up for grabs, to be determined by whatever the majority wants today. Unlike the national constitution (or other states’ constitutions), it doesn’t take a 2/3 vote of anyone, or a ratification by any ¾ majority, to amend our state constitution. We vote for propositions to amend the constitution right alongside propositions that are statutes. We already live in a dangerous situation in California, where our fundamental rights have little protection from the whims of the majority. A vote for Prop 8 will make that theory a reality.

And, finally, try this one on for size: in California, it takes a 2/3 vote of the legislature to pass a budget, and super-majorities of the people to enact tax increases and school bonds. But it takes only a simple majority to deny people basic fundamental rights. What is wrong with us when we protect our pocketbooks more than we protect our fundamental rights?

3 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Jamie, Floridian in France , Michelle Obama has more class in her little finger than Carla Bruni does in her whole body. I don’t particularly care about affairs or marriage (though I don’t like the two to cross paths), but I DO care about being more than strictly ornamental.

As for Palin/Stevens, et al, it’s discouraging. One of the senators from MN, Norm Coleman, is in the middle of an ethics scandal, but he might still keep his seat.

The fact that four out of ten people think Palin COULD be president is beyond disheartening. I would be a better president, and that’s not saying much. At least I would be able to intuit that President Sarkozy wouldn’t just call me up to chat. In addition, I know more than Roe v. Wade, and I can name the newspapers I read. I guess I could be vice prez, at least.

3 11 2008
LA

Jamie,
If I remember correctly ( and thats doubtful with my CRS) they were comparing her sense of style with Jackie. Plus the article was written by a man and he thought she was hot.
People re-invent themselves all the time don’t they…hummm.

3 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

Catwoman, hear hear! I gave money to no on Prop. Hate, and it is simply unfathomable to me that people want to legalize discrimination. Besides, it’s not like straight marriages have been doing so well for the last, oh, forever or so. I don’t see much sanctity in hetero marriages these days, so might as well let LGBT folk have a stab at being miserable, too!

I hear that the no side is winning, but only by a hair. I can’t believe that many people are giving in to fear and hatred.

3 11 2008
Deuce2 AL

Great pictures. I am sure you all had a great time. Would love to
have one here, but I doubt that many Alabama Mudflatters exist.
I have given many cards with the site address, but I suppose
not many checked it out. Perhaps one will become available
nearby and I can drive to it. Can’t wait to vote on the 4th.
AKM, thanks for all you do for us.

3 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

All right, Mudflatters, this Midwesterner is going to hit the sack. Night, all, and see you on the flip side.

3 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

did you guys hear the AK human obama sign was on RM

3 11 2008
LA

@ asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN (00:08:18) :
Sleep well

3 11 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

Now I’m back, with coffee… Just want to say that Swedes find the corruption scandals amazing. In the last 10 years I can remember a Swedish politician being forced to resign because she bought a chocolate bar with her “work” credit card and a couple of others who had to resign for not paying their TV licence. Then there’s Carl Bildt who’s generally sleazy with dodgy links to mining companies, but I think he’s nothing compared to what you lot have to put up with. On the other hand, you can have political correctness gone mad (like the chocolate bar case).

I do so want the right guy to win this time, I’m so fed up of the boyf squirting coffee through his nostrils when someone mentions the US and democracy in the same sentence. He’s not even a political animal really…

asianHusseingrrl”that one”MN for VP! You’d get my virtual vote…

3 11 2008
LA

@Catwoman,
Very few “yes on 8” signs up here in Sacramento and MANY “No’s. But the ads they have been running here are vile. And I do believe Arnold the Moron endorsed Yes on 8.

3 11 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Food, wine, great company and it looks like a very interesting restaurant – and it’s in Chicago! It shoulda been me, I tell ya.😀

3 11 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

mhrt oregon”steve” (00:09:42) :

did you guys hear the AK human obama sign was on RM
—————————————
You can download Rachel’s shows from her site.😉

3 11 2008
LA

@Aussie,
We have been chatting about a Mudstock version in Calif. We have great wine here…interested…..:-)

3 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

One last thing about Carla Bruni – her so-called “style” was put together by John Galliano of Dior. She is someone who, on her own, dresses like a bourgeois french housewife – dark slacks and a sweater over the shoulder. Boring! She is dressed for official stuff by other people who do her no favor by putting her in skin-tight outfits.

And yeah, we don’t much like her husband either.

Good night asianHussein. Nice chatting and being catty with you!

Here is a story about Gay Marriage – my brother’s first, long-time, live-in girlfriend Julie (with whom he was a community organizer with ACORN) was, quite a number of years later one half of one of the six gay couples (with then girlfriend Hillary) that sued the state of Mass to be able to marry. I read an interview of her and she explained what made her do it. She and Hillary have a beautiful daughter together who, when the daughter (Anna?) was mayeb 6 or 7 decided to make a list of all the people she knew who were in love. She listed all the parents of her friends. when Julie asked why she and Hillary weren’t on the list, Anna replied, well, you aren’t married and only people who are married are in love. That is when they decided to fight for the right to marry!

3 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Oh, forgot to ask – heard on French radio this morning that, according to today’s Florida-USA Today Poll, Obama is now up 11 points. True?

3 11 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

LA, now you’re really making me envious. MMMMMMendocino …..😉

3 11 2008
LA

Jamie,
I just looked at 538 and they have them even….RATS.

3 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@LA –

I don’t see those numbers. CNN Poll of Polls through Nov 1 has Obama 53% – 46%. Still close, but that puts Obama comfortably above the 51% that they said would assure him the election. With those higher numbers it makes it seem that more people have finally made their decision.

Yioes! I have CNN Int. on in the other room and I hear McCain shrieking with his Penguin’s quack quack voice, spewing those lies!

Well, I finished my gym, so that means that I have earned the right to sit on my butt in front of the computer with a cup of coffee and pie for the rest of the day!

3 11 2008
Lita

Great pics and great bean! And another time I end up sniffling at the computer after reading a moving mudstock post.

My thoughts are with all Americans tomorrow. Hope, hope hope.

3 11 2008
LA

Jamie,
According to an article on HuffPo, Obama will be in Jacksonville tomorrow.
Did your Mum make up her mind yet?
What kind of pie?

3 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@LA –

I JUST sent off an e-mail to mom asking her if she has voted and/or made up her mind (I actually asked her if she has found the courage to vote the Democrats in). I then offered to buy her vote – offering to send her a nice gift of she voted Obama – I told her I would do anything for votes.

I made apple pie yesterday, my husband brought me pumpkin for a pumpkin pie, and I have 2 brown bananas that need to be turned into chocolate chip banana bread today. See what I have to do to get through this very stressful time? Oh, and hubby (though we both try and stick to our diets) brought home a very French hazelnut meringue/hazelnut cream cake yesterday that is calling me from the fridge…

3 11 2008
Epic

LA (00:49:11) :

Jamie,
I just looked at 538 and they have them even….RATS

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538 also says that out of 10,000 simulations less than 200 came up with a win for McCain and all 200 had him losing the election if he loses just one of these states: CO, FL OH, NC, VA, ND,

He will lose at least one of those.

We’ll have a result, not a 270 or a concession, but a statistical certainty by 23:00 EST. I betcha

3 11 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Thanks to Sarah Palin, We Get to See the Cruelness of the GOP as It Really Is

“Back in the 1840s, there was a group called the Know Nothings. They were against immigrants and for real Americans. (“Real American” did not then, as it does not now, refer to Indians; it refers to descendants of English immigrants.) The movement was based on fear. Irish and German Catholics were going to take over. They would take orders from the Pope-in-Rome (one word). Their values were not “our values.” They drank. Their nunneries were virtual brothels and when the nuns had babies they practiced infanticide.”

http://www.alternet.org/election08/105807/thanks_to_sarah_palin,_we_get_to_see_the_cruelness_of_the_gop_as_it_really_is/?page=1

Larry Beinhart is the author of Wag the Dog

3 11 2008
LA

Jamie,
Just looked at Electoral-Vote. com. O 48% to McWeasel 45% but from what I have been reading over the Web and on Mudflats, I think it might be higher in favor of Obama.
Well, you can only do what you can with your Mum. I gave up on my Godmother; she voted McWeasel which was not a surprise. I did get her to concede that Obama’s program was very well done and he is a great public speaker. Plus she voted on Prop 2 here in Ca. You pick your battles I guess.
Oh pie…I don’t bake much anymore except during the Holidays. OHHHH hazelnut anything is wonderful.

3 11 2008
LA

Epic,
I hope so. Being out here on the West Coast is horrible waiting. I don’t think my stomach can take much more.
I will be camped out in my den with the large TV, wine and Tums.

3 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@LA

I am a compulsive passionate baker – I bake when I am happy, stressed, sad, bored (well, since I don’t work anymore…) all the time.

I did see on 538 that their list of polls gave O a +2 to +13 advantage over McWeasel (good one!) or McPenguin?. But I try and focus on the state to state. And pray for Florida.

Where are Brit and Aussie. You two are usually here now.

3 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Oh, sorry Aussie. I see ya’ out there!

3 11 2008
Suhialah

Chicago Muflats is Fun !!

3 11 2008
Bunbunx2

Hope to see ya there . Chicago is fun

3 11 2008
HRHRx2

I will be going there too !

3 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

NEW THREAD KIDS AND I WAS FIRST FOR THE FIRST TIME!

3 11 2008
MJC

Wow, you guys and gals are AWESOME!

3 11 2008
upnorth MN aka hose Hussein hotrod

skipping down to the bottom, just to say…Way to Go Chicago Mudflatters!! And thanks for the detailed account and the pics. I heart you all!!

hose Hussein hotrod

3 11 2008
rachelbirds

Sounds like a great time —
to Mudflatters everywhere —
victory’s in sight!

http://www.thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com

3 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

Together – we shall throw mud around the world!

I love Mudflats. Thanks ever so much for bringing us together AKM.

So happy the Chicago Mudflatters made the effort. Very cool.

3 11 2008
Shove Maggot "That One" Hussein aka the problem child

Terrific time in Chicago. Really sorry I missed it.

3 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pittsburgh

Great JOB! I was at MUDSTOCK l. Wish I could have been at MUDSTOCK ll. You will be in encouragement to other regions. Oh, LOVE THE BOOTS.

3 11 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

Good Morning Mudpuppies!

Boy I am emotional today. Read the fantastic blog about our Chicago puppies and looked at the pictures. Got a little teary eyed while smiling all the way through the report. Fantastic!

Thank you for sharing!

3 11 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Hussein "That One" Cobra

I love the yellow wellies! (As we Brits like to call ’em).

3 11 2008
Emjay

How lucky you guys were to be able to meet in person. I lived in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for eight and a half years, but have been in New England for a long time now. I would have joined you if I had still lived out there. Glad you had a great time meeting up.

3 11 2008
disenchanted tore

Congratulations Mudstock II attendees! We were all there in spirit but nothing like the real thing!

Bec, I bet we could make someone’s holiday season very happy if ALL of us muddies ordered yellow boots. LOVE. YOUR. BOOTS.!!

3 11 2008
ThirtyFiveUp

Super panorama of Millennium Park showing ice skating and the Anish Kapoor Cloudgate sculpture.

http://www.chicagotraveler.com/virtual-chicago/halfs/millennium-park.htm

3 11 2008
mwTHATONE40yrsAnchorage

this is such a great community of compassionate and intelligent thinkers! No wonder http://www.mudflats.wordpress.com is such a popular website! the Alaska Muckraker even has a store open now……. where will the next Mudstock be held, I wonder!! ??

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

So glad you all like our Mudstock II report. I just wanted to point out that Shikago has on his own, much-used green wellies! I’m afraid mine were fresh out of the box. Shikago is the real deal.

3 11 2008
Northern Exposure

Awesome Shikagoans!! Thanks for the report. Good to see the bean, your shining faces, and read about all the enthusiasm. You must be so proud of that Junior Senator of yours.

3 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Mudflats rule! Inspiring story and pics-

Any mudpuppies in the Denver area who want to hold Mudstock III? I’d love to hear from you…

3 11 2008
suchanut

I love that Beanie thingie! And to see you all posing in front of it is great! I love to put the faces with the names! You all look simply marvelous!

Bec – nice boots! 🙂

Lila – excellent SWWNBM impersonation – be careful tomorrow! 🙂

Shikago – nice smile🙂

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

On a serious note, part of our discussion over lunch at Mudstock II was about healthcare and the devastation that a few Chicago-area mudflatters have experienced from disease and illness. I know many other Mudflat bloggers from around the country have shared their healthcare horror stories. It won’t happen overnight, but we are all so hopeful of what an Obama administration can bring to shedding light and helping solve the inequities in health insurance, medical care, and disease research. Here’s to better healthcare for all!

3 11 2008
braveny

Where did you find the boots????

I love all the pictures, I really hope we can get a mudflt meeting for us in California!

3 11 2008
Cutegirl

It was great to see the Chicago reps at Millenium Park. I was born on Chicago’s south side and lived in the city and suburbs for 50 years. I still think Chicago is #1, even tho I now live in CA. Was back there in 2004 and visited the park. Love the bean and the two face water features. I was sad when I heard the Berghoff closed; had many good lunches there. McCain and Palin said some nasty things about Chicago in past weeks and they made me MAD. They don’t know what a great city Chicago is. Good for you all!!

3 11 2008
Sirenoftitan

I normally lurk on this site but it’s getting so close to tomorrow that I felt I had to break cover.
As I’m in Britain, I’m trying to figure out how to keep going tomorrow night following the coverage of your election. I’ve been obsessed for weeks now – much to the bemusement of my spouse and kids.
Here’s hoping that you guys will get a better deal with healthcare – it’s wrong that good medical care is dependent upon what you earn.

3 11 2008
braveny

Oh Bec, I agree. Healthcare really needs to get some attention. I work in Healthcare and see the rising costs every day. Barack’s Healthcare plan is a much better plan than McGrumpys. I can only hope he can get the support to put it into place.

3 11 2008
mvngfwd

Bravo Mudstock II!!!! Count us in for the Mega Mudstock in Alaska….just say where and when. After spending Saturday at the Obama Little Havana office here in Miami, my Obamacan was blown away by the energy and excitement. The mix of volunteers was wonderful and the place was packed. We did calls, canvassed neighborhoods and then picked up dinner for the hungry troops back at HQ. He loved it! As effective as I have tried to be with Repubs and Undecideds, he has been really good with other Repubs who are surprised by his passion for Obama. You have to understand that he has voted Repub his entire life except for ’04 when he lost a bet over WMD in Iraq with me and voted for Kerry. We are small business owners who are in “that” income bracket, pay for health ins for our employees, and plan to grow our business substantially this year (thankfully). We truly believe that Obama is best for the nation and best for us. We even made sure all our employees had the time off to vote early. But more importantly, our “conservative” friends have been secretly telling my husband that they are leaning Obama too but not telling anyone. He has been talking to them as a financial conservative Repub who is solidly for Obama. Even his father who is always in for a good debate with me (so lopsided since I am a political junkie and usually am able to trump him on false historical data) said “well, I hope you are ready to support your mother and I WHEN Obama wins”. This is huge coming from him….it must pain him to acknowledge that McCain is losing. Or maybe, just maybe he is seeing the light and doesn’t want anyone to know? One can HOPE after all, right?

3 11 2008
Ennealogic

Thanks for the great write-up and the pictures, Bec! And thanks to Shikago who, it sounds, did a terrific job in organizing this get-together.

Please know this Mudpuppy would have loved to be there with you all. Go Chicago! (All of you!)

3 11 2008
lynn hussein hussein (MA)

Barack’s “ground game” is not just about the election. It’s a revelation about how we–the people–can mobilize to work together to strengthen our communities. It’s a vision of citizen activism re-making democracy from the ground up.

I’ll be fascinated to see how the extraordinary networks the campaign has facilitated will be deployed once we can say those wonderful words, “President Barack Obama.” Thanks for sharing stories from Mudstock I and II. I look forward to hearing what else the Chi-town mudflatters get up to, and how all the rest of us proceed to take back our country.

Now light your blue candles and sing along with this old spiritual:

Dick Cheney’s gonna weep, gonna mourn
Karl Rove is gonna weep, gonna mourn
Republican Army gets drownded
Dick Cheney’s gonna weep…

3 11 2008
SMR

Thanks to everyone for lighting the fire in Chicago. It’s a sad sad thing that we’ve not done something similar for mudflatters here in Alaska!!! I am jealous.

Your little group is like a microcosm of the Obama effect — drawing people together, united by Hope.

So, my Alaskans friends near Anchorage, when are WE going to get together???

3 11 2008
USABarbie

Hi Mudpuppies!

Yes, MudstockII was wonderful! It was great meeting such wonderful, committed people.

Tomorrow night, we will be witnessing history. Especially those of us lucky to be here in Chicago. For those who do not have tickets, boyfriend tells me that in addition to Butler Field (near Petrillo bandshell), there will be five other locations along the lakefront that have speakers and Jumbotrons.

One of the confirmed locations is near the Lincoln statue at the south end of Grant Park. I will post the others as soon as he has them. If I understand correctly, all attendees (ticketed or not) need to be screened to get into any of these locations. Remember, no chairs or coolers. Also, bring an ID.

Many thanks to Bec and Gary for setting up Mudstock II.

Bec, you’ll get a kick out of this one….I used to babysit Billy Peterson’s daughter. I worked with his first wife Joanne back in the late 70s and Joanne would volunteer at Victory Gardens Theater when Billy was acting there. They had NO money so I helped out by babysitting Maite on nights they both were at the Theater. Who knew…..?

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Cutegirl — I sure hope you are a White Sox fan (still!) Berghoff’s daughter reopened a different place – mostly catering/banquets but I think lunch still – haven’t been yet. Beer is available in stores. Loved that sauerbraten, though.

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Barbie – that is too cool! Little crush on Billy. He is going to be at Steppenwolf soon. My daughter, son-in-law and friends are now doing the starving actors thing, carrying on the great Chicago tradition!

Thanks for the updates on where people can go Tuesday night. Sound system in excellent hands. Any guesses on crowd numbers?

3 11 2008
Shove Maggot "That One" Hussein aka the problem child

Sirenoftitan (10:34:53) :
Thanks for coming out of the mudwork! I suggest you take a nap to improve your longevity tomorrow night. I am an hour ahead of eastern time zone, and expect that I will end up crashing out too early if I don’t get a nap in first. But how can I sleep?!

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Target sells the yellow boots – for anyone wanting to prepare your wardrobe for future Mudstocks! $24.99

(one bad review of them – but mine were fine)

http://tinyurl.com/68etbv

3 11 2008
USABarbie

Boyfriend says they are prepared for upwards of a million at various locations around lakefront. I have no idea how that will work security wise.

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

A million? Gee – I think that is low. But we’ll see. Depends on weather. Just checked — high 71, low 46. No rain. That will be pretty darn nice on Tuesday in Chicago!

3 11 2008
disenchanted tore

SMR (10:57:22) :
So, my Alaskans friends near Anchorage, when are WE going to get together???
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That should be a piece of cake, SMR. You know I truly believe it was all of the fabulous Alaskan anti-Palin/Pro-Obama/Obama Sign rallies that lit a fire under the rest of the lower 48 to start organizing their own Mudstocks! Y’all just need to hang around for an hour so more and find a place that can accommodate the crowd!

AKM, MUDFLATS, muddies/mudpuppies- thanks for the inspiration and support!

3 11 2008
Chicago

Thanks for the organizer of this event!
FYI to Carol: my sweet, little old cat had to be put to rest Sunday evening–thank you for the kind words.

3 11 2008
disenchanted tore

Chicago- I’m soooo sorry for your loss. Little old cat will always have a special and bright spot in your heart while freely romping like a kitten over the Rainbow Bridge.

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Chicago – so sorry about your cat. Enjoyed meeting you yesterday.

3 11 2008
USABarbie

Sorry to hear about your furbaby. It’s hard to let them go.

3 11 2008
chicago

oh no!!! I can’t believe I missed this! I went to Wisconsin this weekend because my grandpa was sick and I didn’t even know this was going on because all of last week was so crazy I didn’t get on here to check up like normal. I would have loved to meet the other Chicago people on here! I did get to stop by the democratic headquarters in the small town where my grandparents live and the people there brought up the Alaska rallies while I was talking to them…so mudflats you are alive and well in even the smallest towns in the lower 48! That is something to be proud of! I was having a heart attack driving this 25 mile strip of lonesome road into the town because I saw so many McCain/Palin signs (about 7 huge ones on farmland) but once I got to town and turned on my grandparents street the Obama signs started in full force!

3 11 2008
futurexpat?

Congratulations, Chicago Mudflatters! I was at the first one in Pittsburgh (with an h, please), so I know you had a great time. I’m thrilled to see that Lila Bang Walmart also made it there.

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Sorry about the missing “g” Pittsburgh! Typed my report on the train and was going to go home and check if I had the right PA city and forgot. Had Pittsburg IL on my brain I guess. My bad.

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Getting late – i meant “h”

3 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Sorry another “chicago” missed the event. We may have to have another one some day.

4 11 2008
Shikagoridian

Voted today, hoping to make the panhandle blue!
Was Palin dressed to vote or take a life?…




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