Lake-8 DFL Caucus Results

Lake-8, for those of you not familiar with the term, is a made up name for section of Longfellow between Lake & 38th St E. For more on this check out Jackalope Ranch.

Lake-8 roughly represents the area of SD 12-1, which I believe runs from 36th Ave S to the river, and 36th St E to Lake St E, to more like Lake-6.

Here is what it looked like heading into the caucus in the Sanford Middle School auditorium:

Signing In

Once inside:

Getting Ready

And here are the results:

DFL Caucus Results for 12-1 (Northeast Longfellow Neighborhood)

Statewide, it looks like Obama’s going to end up with something close to 66% of the vote. However, the smarter and more sexy residents of SD 12-1 threw down a whopping 71.4% for Obama.

Can you beat that?

I’ve found two:

SD62 W-9 P-08 (West of Hiawatha for ~12 blocks between 35th & 39th St). 77% Go Tillie’s Bean!
SD62 W-2 P-02 (in Richfield from Portland to 35@, Crosstown to 68th St) 77.6% Go Holy Angels!
Whittier – localhuman at 9:19 PM said his precinct went 84.3% for Obama.

My Barack Obama Endorsement

Four years ago, I worked hard to try to get John Kerry elected president of the United States after seeing the damage done by George W. Bush over his first four years in office.

Unfortunately, through a combination of fear-based politics and irrationally placed patriotism, Bush was able to squeak by Kerry. Clearly, Kerry wasn’t the most charismatic person every to run for president, but at least he understood the costs of war.

Over the past three years and three months since that election, the war in Iraq has cost 2818 more American soldiers their lives, including those of 48 Minnesotans.

Bush / Cheney's 2nd Term in Office

What’s changed:

We now live in fear.

Fear that our children will be poisoned by toys our government allows into our country.

Fear that our pets will die from tainted pet food coming from China.

– Fear that our children will eat meat in their school lunches coming from cows that can’t even stand up before their slaughtered.

Fear that our economy will continue to slide, leading to more layoffs.

– Fear that the prices of gas and food will continue to climb.

Fear that we’ll lose not only our jobs but our health insurance at the same time.

Fear that a child could go on a shooting rampage at our children’s school.

We don’t fear everything

We don’t fear terrorist attacks, plane hijackings, or invasions by foreign forces. Why? Because we’re too busy to live in fear of stuff like that.

Given a limited amount of time and energy to devote toward fear, we’re going with the legitimate options that hit closer to home.

With that in mind, I present to you the one candidate I believe has the ability to focus this country on the issues that truly affect Americans: Barack Obama.

Unlike four years ago, I don’t doubt the intelligence of any of the remaining candidates in the presidential race. But only one candidate is capable of leading this country out of fear by providing both hope and the motivation to make our country better than it is today.

I’m convinced that Barack Obama, when elected, will use the power of the presidency to motivate people to be better than they are today. He’ll do this by addressing the American people directly through TV and Internet videos that explain where we are today, what we’re capable of, why it’s important, and how we’re gong to work together to solve our common problems.

Here’s a taste of what I believe we can expect from Obama once we elect him:

In some cases, Barack Obama may need to raise taxes.

If there is one thing that can be learned from the amazing grass roots success of Ron Paul’s campaign, it’s that people do not like their money being spent without justification. In Paul’s case, he believes that almost everything government does is without justification.

I don’t believe that, and I believe that most Americans believe that government programs generally exist to solve problems that the market failed to solve on its own, such as educating all of our children, making sure our parents don’t live in poverty after retirement, and providing safe food, water, workplaces, and air through regulation.

All Americans want to know where our money is going and whether it’s doing any good. Obama has the ability to level with us about what’s working and what isn’t since he doesn’t have 16 years worth of relationships at stake in DC.

The owner of a local restaurant explained to me on Saturday night that he stood outside with his 8-year-old daughter for 2 hours earlier in the day so she could see the next president of the United States speak. While proudly wearing his Obama sticker from the rally at the Target Center, he explained that he’s most excited about seeing Obama put Americans to work on projects that make our country a better place. Let’s redirect the $2 billion a week we’re spending killing people overseas to domestic projects that put people to work (without getting them killed) and make America more beautiful.

I leave you with this video created by of the Black Eyed Peas. His motivation for this musical rendition of Obama’s New Hampshire conciliatory speech is included below the video:

I was sitting in my recording studio watching the debates…
Torn between the candidates
I was never really big on politics…
and actually I’m still not big on politics…
but 4 years ago, me and the black eyed peas supported Kerry…
And we supported Kerry with all our might…
We performed and performed and performed for the DNC…
doing all we could do to get the youth involved…

The outcome of the last 2 elections has saddened me…
on how unfair, backwards, upside down, unbalanced, untruthful,
corrupt, and just simply, how wrong the world and “politics” are…

So this year i wanted to get involved and do all i could early…

And i found myself torn…
because this time it’s not that simple…
our choices aren’t as clear as the last elections …
last time it was so obvious…
Bush and war vs. no bush and no war…

But this time it’s not that simple…
and there are a lot of people that are torn just like i am…
So for awhile I put it off and i was going to wait until it was decided for me…

And then came New Hampshire…
And i was captivated…

If the Religious Right Can’t Support Giuliani . . .

. . . who can they support?

AMERICAblog is reporting on a story that says the right-wing religious crowd (theocrats?) won’t throw it’s support behind the Rudy Giuliani if he’s the nominated candidate for the GOP. The guy loves marriage so much he’s done it three times. You’d think that’s something they could support. Oh, divorces? My bad.

So, if they religion-based voters can’t support Rudy, where should they turn? I’m thinking Obama would be a good choice since he’s a man of faith. My only concern is he may not be of the right kind of faith.

Does he use his faith to justify discriminating against gays? Nope.

Does he use his faith to justify wars? Nope.

Does he use his faith to mandate women’s health choices? Nope.

I’d love to see Obama win over people of faith who’ve been led astray by people who’ve abused their belief system.

Perhaps they’re open to hearing a message of tolerance, peace and understanding after seeing what intolerance, war, and xenophobia has done to this country?

Thoughts on Obama in 2008

Rick Klau makes an interesting case for why Obama is a great candidate:

Thoughts on 2008 : tins ::: Rick Klau’s weblog

The biggest thing he has going for him is that there are so many people from across the spectrum who see him as a candidate they could support. It’s not that they support his positions 100% of the time – in some cases, they may not support many of his positions at all – but in him they see a man who’s smart, articulate, curious, and perhaps most importantly, a man whose judgment they will trust.

We live in a country where we were lied into the Iraq war, the length of the war, the costs of the war. We’ve heard denials of problems at Walter Reid, have uncovered politicking within the GSA and politicizing of federal attorney positions. We hear denials of connections to top fundraisers, fake press, and unstable influentials, including Ken Lay, Jack Abramoff, Armstrong Williams, Jeff Gannon, and Ted Haggard.

With that in mind, “a man who’s smart, articulate, curious, and perhaps most importantly, a man whose judgment they will trust,” sounds like a candidate with a good shot at winning.

Oh, and he’s raising a lot of money from a lot of people.

Famous First Names: Calling Hillary “Hillary” vs. Sen. Clinton

Kos summarizes a few blogger’s opinions on what name should be used to refer to Senator Hillary Clinton when writing about her. Some seem to think it’s disrespectful to call Hillary by her first name rather than by her title, Sen. Clinton.

Daily Kos: Titles

Clearly, Hillary has no problem with it, since it’s the exact branding they’re going for. In fact, given their heavy use of the first name “Hillary”, it could be argued that bloggers are doing the Clinton campaign a favor by reinforcing brand Hillary. I haven’t seen the Clinton campaign’s bumper stickers yet, but I’d be willing to bet they’ll emphasize “Hillary!” on them.

I’m with Kos on this one. Hillary’s first name has become her brand and she isn’t running from it. I see that as a benefit over Joe, Dennis, Sam, Bill, and John. The only other candidate with a powerfully unique first name is Barack, although his last name qualifies as well.

Here’s a quick brainstorm of other first-name famous folks:

  1. Brittany
  2. Elvis
  3. Goldie
  4. Gwyneth
  5. Mookie
  6. Demi
  7. Wolf
  8. Emmit
  9. Sigourney
  10. Clint
  11. Arnold
  12. Denzel
  13. Uma

Can you pair up all 13 with their last names?

Barack Obama vs Hillary Clinton Web Stats

Hitwise is a service that aggregates Internet traffic to look for marketing trends. It’s pretty powerful stuff. Bill Tancer from Hitwise blogs about interesting and timely stats he mines from their data and pulled together some interesting stats comparing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama based on search traffic for their names. Check out the post for a lot of interesting nuggets.

One I found particularly interesting shows which states each candidate is strongest in based on search volume for their names:

Bill Tancer – Hitwise US: Obama versus Clinton – Barack Advantage in Key States

Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton
New York
New Jersey

That’s very interesting, since Ohio, Florida, and Michigan are all important battleground states and Obama may have an edge in each.  MO is also a battleground state and leans toward Clinton. I’m sure either candidate could take large blue states like NY, IL, and CA, so they’re less important from an electoral college standpoint. Hawaii and Kansas probably won’t be the deciding states.

Google AdSense and Barack Obama

It’s not every day that I get a chance to read a post involving both online advertising and politics, so imagine my pleasure in reading this piece from Rick Klau:

Browsing a news article today about Barack Obama’s swing through New Hampshire, I was struck by the AdSense ad block on the right: an ad for Barack’s own site at, an ad for, a site run by my buddy Ben Stanfield designed to encourage the Senator to run for President, and an intriguing third ad placed by Barack’s fellow Senator, Dick Durbin.

Klau offers a great analysis of the intentions of the advertisers targeting Obama related news stories and search terms. Klau’s a politically active guy in Illinois who works for FeedBurner, the company that powers the RSS feeds for The Deets. He throws out his 2008 presidential prediction at the end of the post:

For the record, I think the “draft Obama�? sites will be short-lived. I think he declares by mid-January (I have no inside knowledge of any timeframe, just what I read in the papers). And I think he wins the nomination and the Presidency.

I like his thinking. Do you think he’s right?