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It worked! [Nov. 5th, 2008|07:04 pm]
I have spent the last three and a half months working as a field organizer for the Barack Obama campaign. That's three and a half months of seeing my wife and our kids for less than an hour each day. And my friends almost never. Except when they came in to the Obama HQ to volunteer.

It was 14 hours a day, seven days a week. My only day off was when I graduated from college, on August 9. Each day was exponentially busier than the last.

We built an army of volunteers. If you were in this army: thank you. A felon, fresh out of prison, put in full-time volunteer hours for weeks and weeks. When he got his civil rights restored, and was able to vote, it was Victory for all of us. Hundreds of members of my teams knocked thousands of doors every week until we won. Everyone agreed how important it was. no one complained. "I don't like canvassing," it was explained to me, "but I know it's what gets the votes. I can do this or I can have my health care benefits taxed."

We registered voters everywhere. In front of supermarkets. On beaches. In housing projects. Every day through October 6 my volunteers came into the office with thick stacks of new voter registrations on their clipboards. They were so proud. Deservedly so. One woman went brought in dozens of new voter registrations daily for two months straight. She knew she was winning the election.

I got to drive vanloads of new voters from public housing to the public library to early vote. We were out in the projects with megaphones: "Come out and Vote! Free Ride to Go Vote Now!" People waited in Early Voting lines for hours. We brought them bottled water and sandwiches. Once, a voter asked to borrow my phone to call his boss. "I'm going to be late", I heard him say, "I'm voting." After a minute of his boss bitching at him he said "I'm going to be late anyway. I have to vote. I guess you can fire me." I asked him, "you're not really going to lose your job over this are you?" "I don't care", he said, "we have to do this."

And we did it. And it worked. Things are going to be different now. This is the Revolution. It happened. It worked. What's next?
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Taylor Hicks is an enormous tool [Jul. 7th, 2008|12:20 pm]
I watched part of "A Capitol 4th" and horrible entertainer Taylor Hicks performed the Woody Guthrie song " This Land is Your Land"...minus the last two verses!

Here are the lyrics. Notice how the song entirely loses its meaning without the last two verses. This pisses me off. Millions of people watched that steaming pile and now think a Woody Guthrie song is a feel-good USA! USA! USA! song.

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Greetings From Fort Lauderdale! [Jun. 25th, 2008|11:56 am]
I've just arrived at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center for the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. We drove from 3:45 am straight through. The Convention Center is a sea of earth-tone jackets and guys-wearing-socks-with-sandals. If you know something cool to do in Fort Lauderdale, please post it.
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The only good William F. Buckley... [Feb. 27th, 2008|04:35 pm]
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The passing of William F. Buckley reminds us that once upon a time conservatives were articulate and educated homophobic bigot douchebags.
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First Spouse Candidates [Feb. 22nd, 2008|12:13 pm]
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[Current Location |Strozier Library]

Bill Clinton (husband of New York Senator Hillary Clinton):
Totally nailed a cute chubby intern.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewinsky_scandal

Cindy McCain (Bottle-blonde and Botoxed wife of Arizona Senator John McCain):
Beer dealer and former hardcore Limbaugh-esque drug addict who cooked the books for the Keating Five and stole narcotics from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a nonprofit that she founded to "provide health care for impoverished children".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_mccain#Prescription_drug_addiction_and_theft

Michele Obama (Wife of Radical Muslim Black Separatist Marxist Illinois Senator B. Hussein Obama ):
Made kind of stupid remark that makes her seem like less than a super patriot because the only phrase that ever comes out of her mouth had better be "USA! USA! USA!"
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/national/politics/2008/view.bg?articleid=1074519&srvc=home&position=0

Now which of these items has received the least media attention?
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Girl Scout Cookies! [Jan. 27th, 2008|08:43 pm]
I got the hookup. Support my stepdaughter Julia's Girl Scout troop!
Order by 5:00pm Monday, 1/28.
Just email me your order and you can pay when the cookies arrive (2/16/08).

Lemon Chalet Cremes
Trefoils
Do-Si-dos
Samoas
All Abouts
Sugar Free Chocolate Chips
Tagalongs
Thin Mints
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Technical question. [Jan. 18th, 2008|01:13 pm]
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Is a Mummy a Zombie? Like, those walking Mummies in old '50s horror. They're dead people, right, and they walk. But they don't eat people like a regular zombie would. Maybe it's because their mouth is covered in gauze. But they usually just look like they're trying to strangle people, not eat them. So, does a Mummy count as a Zombie?
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The Great Houdini [Jan. 4th, 2008|12:18 pm]
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Harry Houdini is a skilled escape artist, having learned how to scale a four-foot chain link fence and get out of his crate undetected. We adopted The Great Houdini last week, and our friends helped out with some boarding and some major Amish-style fence-building. Mad props to Tammy, Paul, Nasir, Tancho, Steve, and a slightly hung-over Richard!


Here are Bumblebee and Houdini destroying a Christmas toy:
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Meet Bumblebee! [Dec. 18th, 2007|08:30 am]
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Woof

Bumblebee is our new dog. A 10 month old Australian Cattle Dog/Labrador mix, we got her from the animal shelter on Saturday for George and Julia's early Christmas present. Bumblebee is named after George's third favorite Transformer character, after Kim and Julia nixed the suggestions Optimus Prime and Megatron (either would have been acceptable to me.) Bumblebee likes to fetch and chew stuffed animals, and is miraculously already housebroken and sweet as can be.
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(I was an) Extra ! Extra! Read All About It! [Nov. 6th, 2007|03:58 pm]
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[Current Location |On the Set]
[mood |okayokay]
[music |Prince - Baby I'm a Star]

I am now only two degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.
I will be in HBO's "Recount" movie (or on the cutting room floor, heh)
with John Hurt, who will be in "The Golden Compass" with Kevin Bacon.

Here's a picture from outside the Leon County Courthouse. They are hanging more Spanish moss in the tree to make it look more like Tallahassee in November. (Note: It is currently Tallahassee in November.)

My friend Tammy hooked me up with this acting gig. It was good to get a chance to work with Kevin Spacey, Ed Begley Jr., and Tom Wilkinson. Hopefully we'll all work on another project together some time.

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