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Kerry’s getting trounced in the Pumpkin Poll! Get over there and vote! Let’s turn this around!
Another sign that the election is right around the corner is all the links to political video clips and games that have been turning up in my inbox. A sampling:
Now Watch This Drive (the Fahrenheit 9-11 trailer)
Inspirations and tools for the last push before Election Day:
I ran 7 miles this morning in my Run Against Bush t-shirt!
Here‘s a great little music video for lefties. OK, it’s a little cheesy and the guy can’t sing, but it’s worth watching anyway!
I’m going to host a MoveOn phone bank party on Election Day, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We’ll be calling Kerry supporters to remind them to go to the polls. Bring your cell phone and stop by whenever you can. For details, click here. To host your own party, click here.
And a rallying cry from Michael Moore:
Forget the laundry. Let the dirty dishes pile up in the sink. Break out the TV dinners and tell the kids to do their own homework. My friends, I need you to put your daily routine on hold for the next 144 hours.
You’ve only got to help for the next 6 days. That’s it: no long commitment. No hidden fees. You can cancel at any time, and these five albums are yours to keep, free of charge. But I need you to act now — operators are standing by.
I’m hoping you dedicate every last second of time in this final week to getting out the vote. Skip work or school next Tuesday. Play hooky for Kerry. What are you going to remember in 10 years? The memo you rewrote for LuAnn in accounting? The lecture you slept through on high modernism? Or the way it felt watching the returns come in on Tuesday night, knowing that our national nightmare is coming to a close and you helped put us over the top. Take it from me: the dishes can wait.
Let’s hope the luck holds through next week for another team from Boston…
My roommate’s new custom-built folding bike was stolen last week. It’s a rare model, so if you see a bike like this, even if you’re not in the DC area, it could be hers. More info below:
My Bike Friday was stolen from the Dupont Circle area in mid-October. This is a custom-built folding bicycle, and I would really like to get it back. Some DC bike thieves just ride the bikes around town; several friends have recovered stolen bicycles because they have spotted them. I want to enlist your help, since this is a funny-looking bike that you might notice anyway.
The bike is bright green and has noticably small 20-inch wheels. (see photo below) It says Bike Friday in large letters on the side. When stolen it had one black Jandd side pannier (not the red one in the picture.) It has a rack, drop bars and egg-beater pedals, but those may all get changed by the thief or whoever it gets sold to. The serial number on the bike is 12252.
If you catch sight of it (even months from now; this can take awhile), call me at [please contact me to get Barbara’s number] or call the police: it is registered as stolen with the DC police and they will confiscate it (Criminal Complaint Number 142-835).
Thank you! A generous and unique reward will be in order for anyone who helps recover it!
A very interesting article from the St. Petersburg Times, SPb’s twice-weekly English-language newspaper. Some excerpts:
You don’t often see Russia’s political leaders endorse American presidents, certainly not conservative Republicans. But Vladimir Putin’s recent comments at a news conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, amount to a ringing endorsement of U.S. President George W. Bush.
An apparent endorsement by Putin puts Bush into a rogue gallery of foreign political leaders whom Russia supports, including Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko and convicted felon and Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
Russia should thank its lucky stars for Bush’s first term. In fact, Bush should be placed high on the list of crazy favors Providence seems to have showered Russia with in the course of its history.
Bush’s foreign policy blunders have been tailor-made to help Russia resolve its numerous problems. First and foremost, Bush’s misguided invasion of Iraq stirred trouble in a volatile, unstable region, driving oil prices to record levels and heightening Russia’s strategic position as a relatively predictable supplier of energy. In addition, Washington’s single-minded concentration on the war on terror in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, provided a unique opportunity for Moscow to find a multilateral solution to its festering separatist war in Chechnya.
Finally, by straining the United States’ relations with its allies in Western Europe, Bush’s White House raised fears in Paris and Berlin that America could turn into a rogue nation, driving them closer to Moscow.