I've been quiet for a few days because two things have been brewing. One, I'm trying to make heads and/or tails of the financial situation, and after much research discovered.... almost no one can figure it out (including the government). More on that later.
Next, the extremely disturbing anti-Obama ads that McCain's campaign has been airing, which have motivated chants of "terrorist" "Bomb Obama", "Kill him" at McCain/Palin rallies. One ad ties him to a "terrorist" and Palin has repeatedly mentioned his ties to "terrorists" in her speeches. Well it worked. Too well. On Friday, McCain actually had to stand up to people at his town halls and defend Obama. To which, they booed him.
Rachel Maddow (sigh) had a great commentary on this on her Friday show that actually showed photos from the 1960's of white people BOMBING black churches and establishments, to which she said simply, "Is this what you mean by bomb Obama?"
ON a personal note, I also find it highly ironic that Sarah Palin wore an all white suit at one of her rallies where Obama bashing took place. Basically, I thought all she was missing was the hood.
All this motivated CNN to run specials all weekend, with every pundit in town speculating on the Bradley Effect - basically, whether the race issue was going to play a hand in this. This was motivated by the McCain campaign's highly successful move in the last two weeks to subtly suggest to people that he is different. To quote McCain, "That one." What's worse than them trying this, is that it worked.
This is all fascinating to me because as a gay rights activist, my nose is already in the history books of the plight of other disenfranchised minorities in America in the last 200 years, including the blacks, the Native Americans, women, Asian Americans and Jews. It is mind boggling when you compare the negative rhetoric against any minority in any generation, and realize it is all pretty much the same. At least in certain basic principles. When I hear what the religious right says about us homosexuals I think...."Hmmm, sounds suspiciously like the anti Jewish rhetoric of the 1930's." Or the incredible case of inter-racial marriages in the 1960's. There was a time when women couldn't vote, and it was not that long ago.
Anyway, more on this later as things are really brewing in this country in more ways than one.
SARAH SILVERMAN AND THE GREAT SCHLEP
Anyway, onto our first video of the week, and speaking of the Jews, it's by Sarah Silverman and it's part of the "Great Schlep Movement".
She is urging all Jews in America to go see their grandparents in Florida to convince them to vote for Obama.
It starts with her blaming the Jews if Obama loses. Then she gives you step by step instructions and talking points. Which are as you can imagine, hysterical.
BETTY WHITE CALLS SARAH PALIN "One Crazy Bitch"
DONNA BRAZILE WILL NOT SIT AT THE BACK OF THE BUS
This video will inspire you and make you think.
Recently, The New Yorker magazine had a panel discussion on the election and they just released this video.
This clip is from Democratic delegate and long time party worker Donna Brazile where she talks about race, the past and the future.
No On Prop 8 HomeMade Ad
A friend of mine, Nicola Marsh, made this, and I"m starting to get a bunch of these home-grown No on 8 videos now. I hate to say it, but they are all usually so much better than the ads we are running on tv!!
Yea! Go!! Make your own No on Prop ads and send them out virally!
MCCAIN'S SIDEWALK TO NOWHERE
This was one of the more shocking videos played on newscasts last week.
Someone took a video camera to a line of "people" waiting to get into a McCain rally, while Obama supporters were across the street picketing.
Exchanges took place.
As far as best lines, I can't decide whether it's "Commie fags!" or "Obama supports terrorism."
If you're like me, you're thinking, "who are these people?!"