Friday, August 31, 2007
Elizabeth Edwards: Backyard Campaigning in NH
Here's Sobermom's report from the Daily Kos:
On Science Education and Global Warming
A woman asked the third question, which was on the economy, global warming, consumerism, the trade deficit, and graduate science education. Yes, all in one very lengthy question. I did take a boatload of notes on this and can come back to it in more detail if people want. She talked about reducing emissions by 80% by 2050 and said that was totally doable. She did give props to Bill Richardson by pointing out that John is not the most aggressive candidate on the issue because Governor Richardson is looking for the 80% by 2040. She went into wonky beyond belief detail about permitting for carbon emissions. She talked about how we’re never going to get socks back as an industry and went on to say that the goal is to create an industry dealing with global warming that can be exported elsewhere. This morphed a bit into funding for both this and science education. Then she spoke of when she was young and how NASA excited everyone about science. A few jabs at the current occupant of the oval office later and she was on to how the right leader can create excitement by talking about the magic and wonder of science and engineering.In addition to answering complex questions, several parents brought their children. Elizabeth was was never frazzled about it. Sobermom noted Elizabeth's patience and experience, which shined through:
Before Elizabeth started she stopped the mothers with toddlers from trying to move back out of the way behind everyone. "You don’t have to move back with babies at any event of mine. I know what it’s like to have young ones. I never would have seen a movie or attended a political event if I was trying to keep babies quiet."
This is the kind of parent I want in the White House. What about you, BW readers?
Thursday, August 30, 2007
John Edwards Buzz: the Workin' Man's Candidate
Matt from Rhode Island's Future reports that the Carpenters Union intend to endorse John Edwards. This is great news for JRE and the first union endorsement for him.
Nice to be first. The Carpenters are nailing for the best candidate.
This is what JRE had to say:
"I am honored to receive the support of the Carpenters Union," said Edwards. "For more than a century, they have been fighting for working Americans and standing up for the values that have made our country great - hard work, responsibility, and fairness. America was built by men and women who worked with their hands, and it's labor that made our country great. I look forward to joining with the Carpenters to build One America, where every person has the chance to work hard and get ahead."
I read on the Daily Kos (where I first saw this) that JRE is going to be a guest at a Labor Council gathering on Monday. Ah, there is a good reason for that: the Steelworkers are endorsing Edwards too.
(pic courtesy of Daily Kos member Snud)
Other good news today: JRE pulled up to second in the polls in South Carolina today. I understand he is at a rally in Spartanburg as I type this message.
Don't count out John Edwards. He is the most electable of all of the candidates.
More buzz l8tr...
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
In Memory of Katrina
My favorite line by our noble President, who flew around for days and didn't sit foot for a long time:
Glad Edwards is considering more means for better leadership and managers from this press release:
Heck of a job, Brownie.
Former Sen. John Edwards earlier outlined a six-point plan to spur the recovery of New Orleans.
A crowd of about 200 people cheered the former North Carolina senator's most provocative proposal, a "Brownie's Law" that would ensure that federal political appointees are qualified for their jobs.
The reference is to former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who resigned amid outcry toward his agency's response to the disaster. President Bush publicly told the director "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" even as evacuees remained trapped in the Louisiana Superdome and bodies bloated in the streets.
"It was a tragedy to have people that are essentially political hacks" occupying critical governmental positions, Edwards said.
Edwards' plan also calls for federal funding for 500 new police officers, full scholarships for nurses who commit to working in New Orleans and increased funding to the state's stalled Road Home housing program. He said he will also appoint a chief recovery officer to fast-track rebuilding as well as a special Gulf Coast inspector general to ensure funds are spent properly.
Monday, August 27, 2007
John Edwards at the Livestrong Forum
More JRE buzz l8tr...
pic courtesy of the Livestrong Foundation
Update: video of the woman JRE spoke of in the cancer forum. She had to take $50K out of her health care to survive 8 months of chemotherapy and being a single mom of 4 teenagers.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Bob Geiger Takes A Break
I met him at Yearly Kos. Great person and critical thinker.
Have a good break, Bob G. Hope to see you around soon.