October 10, 2008
Terrorist Hockey Moms for Obama

A dispatch from Michigan, the state McCain forgot but my sister Pat Shure didn’t. She is an honest-to-God hockey mom who knew Bill Ayers slightly back in the 60s when he ran the Children’s Community PreSchool in Ann Arbor.

Lots of things can happen when you’re registering voters in the blue collar suburbs of southeastern Michigan.

Going from one little house to the next past the occasional American flag or tattered Red Wings banner or UAW emblem or “For Sale” sign, most people were friendly. Maybe they just weren’t afraid to open their door to a grandmotherly-looking person in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

When I asked if anybody in the house needed to register, most said “Nope, we already are,” and as always a few answered, “Nah, they’re all crooks.” (Actually, a bit hard to dispute.) Obama supporters said so right away and seemed to know instinctively that I was one of them, maybe because I was THERE.

I was a little hesitant as I knocked on a door with a Police Officers Association decal:

“Sir, are you registered to vote?”

“Un, hah, but I’m not gonna, never do.”

“Have you ever voted?”

“Sure, I voted for Nixon.”

“How’d that go”?

He chuckled. “Not so good.”

An angry dog barking at the window of another house and the sign on the door persuaded me to move on. The sign read, “My shitty opinion is none of your *!#! ing business.”

Sometimes you get to end the day with something really sweet. I was standing outside a Dollar Store in downriver Detroit late one rainy evening, smiling and holding a clipboard that read REGISTER WITH ME, LAST CHANCE. I approached a woman and asked if she was registered to vote yet. Standing ramrod straight she replied, “Chile, I voted for Truman!”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 10, 2008 08:47 PM
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I found references to this webpage but what I've been looking for since hear of them this week is information about a new, recent Republican Party sponsored initiative to finance & create a "surge" in minority reproductive sterilizations. I heard either "Hockey moms for the sterilization of welfare moms" or "Hockey moms for the "surge" in sterilizations of Obama's welfare mamas" were the name(s)? of the group(s)? on the web but haven't been able to find them. Anybody know where I can find them? I'd like to lobby my local Republican Party representative to insure some of our Republican President Bush's taxpayer financed, Wall Street Corporate Profit & Continuing Republican Prosperity Rescue/Bailout money is diverted to this noble & deserving Republican initiative. Thanks.

Posted by: american_patriot on October 10, 2008 11:35 PM

I found references to this webpage, but what I've been looking for since I heard of them this week, is information about a new, recent Republican Party sponsored initiative to finance & create a "surge" in minority reproductive sterilizations.

I heard either "Hockey moms for the sterilization of welfare moms" or "Hockey moms for the "surge" in sterilizations of Obama's welfare mamas"

were the name(s)? of the group(s)? on the web but haven't been able to find them.

Anybody know where I can find them? I'd like to lobby my local Republican Party representative to insure some of our Republican President Bush's taxpayer financed, Wall Street Corporate Profit & Continuing Republican Prosperity Rescue/Bailout money is diverted to this noble & deserving Republican initiative. Thanks.

Posted by: american_patriot on October 10, 2008 11:44 PM

I went out two days ago on my new electric bike with an experienced bicycle guy and we were looking to encourage voters to get out and vote.

Our list came directly from the Obama campaign and they are quite organized. If they run Washington like they are running this campaign, the efficiency gains will be a huge boost to our government which needs that now more than ever.

What was surprising was the number of folks, Republicans and Democrats who planned to vote for O. And we picked up a number of volunteers for election day for O. And this area is supposed to be overwhelmingly Republican. There are 2.5 acre lots just down the road selling for 300-400K in a really fancy subdivision, unlike the older more modest homes in this area. We didn't have too many homes to stop at in that subdivision but we did have one woman who said "my husband is a Democrat" and then slammed the door in our face. I don't think that marriage will last and I can't blame him if he leaves her. We found a few Fox Newsers and radio nuts who we had to abandon hope for. They are doomed to live in fantasy land forever unless they are able to become true believers for another cause.

But the best part was that in this hilly area, the experienced biker was more worn out than I was at the end of the day. The electric bike won't carry you for a full day due to insufficient battery capacity in one battery, but for about two to three hours of off and on riding, it worked well in extremely hilly areas, even though I had to pedal hard up a few steep hills. I've previously worked these areas and had to drive because walking isn't feasible in these spread out areas with steep hills and homes spread so far apart. But the electric bike made it too easy. More expensive electrics can do much better, but mine cost just $370.

Can't wait till we get electric batteries with 1-200 mile range for bicycles and motors with enough torque for towing groceries home (and safer roads for bikers). And maybe a sidecar. Then I might just give up my old cars forever. If I do go with a new auto, I'm going to go electric. It's foolish to buy anything on the market now except maybe a Prius or a clone of a Prius, of which I don't know all the models. I'll keep driving these old well kept vehicles for a while yet even though the gas costs are what they are. Manufacturing new vehicles creates enough emissions of its own.

Posted by: Buck on October 11, 2008 7:44 AM
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