I am both nervous and excited about Tuesday's precinct conventions (caucuses) for presidential candidates.
I don't know if I've mentioned it here before, but I've been a Democratic precinct chair here in Lewisville for about 2 years. Though I have endorsed Barack Obama here on this blog, my only goal for running the precinct convention is to keep it fair and upbeat.
After all, we are Democrats, and we must stand together behind our eventual nominee.
I have heard rumblings that campaigns may try to derail the process with challenges, or try to get their representatives appointed rather than elected to leadership roles in the convention.
While I do understand that campaigns have to do what they have to do, and that both campaigns are training their supporters on how to run the conventions, I'm going to pre-emptively call bullshit on any attempts by anyone to derail the process.
I am the precinct chair. I will get the packet and start the process as temporary convention chair.
Nobody will "seize control" of the sign-in sheets or the convention.
Democratic Party Primary Election Day Polling Locations
Notes: 1. These locations are for Democratic Primaries only. Republicans may find their locations at www.dentoncounty.com 2. Don't forget that in addition to voting, Democrats have a precinct convention starting at 7:15 pm (or after the last voter) at your election day polling location. 3. High turnout is expected and many locations have limited parking. PLEASE CARPOOL IF YOU CAN!
Been meaning to write some of this for awhile now, and just now getting around to it. It will probably only be of interest to regular readers and fellow bloggers.
First, I'm excited to say that February's traffic for this website once again exceeds all previous records. Though the exact numbers are a bit skewed because of spam-bots, it appears that we had about 12,500 unique visitors in February.
The website has some new features that I would like to share: - Notification Emails - Recent Comments - Recent Blogs - Events Calendar - BlogRush feed - Updated Privilege Levels - WhosPlayin Store - Comment Spam Protection
WhosPlayin has a new Events Calendar to help us all keep track of the various goings-on in our community here in the Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village area. Check it out, and feel free to submit items for it.
You may notice at the upper left corner of each page in the website, I've moved the ads down and put in a list of recent comments and recent blogs. Since many people find us through search engines, they may not know about other content on the blog. This is an easy way to see what people are commenting on.
Speaking of comments, did you know that you can have this website send you a notification email whenever someone comments on a blog item? It's true. Just sign up for a free WhosPlayin account, and you can receive emails when new blogs are posted, or when comments are posted for specific blog entries that you choose.
I love to get comments on blog entries - whether you agree with what we've said or not. But one of the big problems we've had to deal with is spam bots. These are automated programs that visit blogs and post commercial solicitations for the same types of crap that we all get spam for. In February, there were about 25,000 attempts to post spam comments. From now on, whenever you post a comment, we ask that you fill in the answer to a simple question that all human beings should be able to answer.
I've updated some privilege levels. Registered users can post comments immediately and without pre-approval. Drive-by comments are as always subject to moderation to prevent hate-speech and spam. Registered users that have been around awhile will be allowed to post their own blog entries.
We have our own Whosplayin Amazon Store. In addition to the books you may see shamelessly promoted in the banner ads up top, we've also selected other interesting products that we like and think would be of interest to our readers. So go buy some crap already, ok?
Also, I'm trying out a new feed from BlogRush. You can see it in the lower left side of the page. It lists headlines from various blogs around the country. Let me know if you find it helpful.
“It is my hope that many other Texas candidates and elected officials take to the blogosphere, and bring their message directly to the constituents in their own words.” Sheila Ford went on to comment that she is not the first Texas politician to blog online, but notes that she, along with Barbara Ann Radnofsky, attended the inaugural Texas Bloggers Caucus party at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, Texas during the 2006 state party convention.
I attended a Barack Obama campaign rally and speech at the Fort Worth Convention Center last night, February 28th. I was privileged to be invited as a member of the "online media", so my assistant Trish and I were able to get down onto the floor, really close to the action.
I was amazed at the diversity of the crowd there, and so I thought I would talk to a few random strangers and get their stories on why they were there.
Click the photos for a bigger image.
Carol Lennox is a Psychotherapist and single mother from Fort Worth, who brought her bi-racial son Blake. I spoke to her about an hour and forty minutes before Senator Obama was scheduled to appear - at a time when the arena was already about 60% full. Ms. Lennox had attended the Obama rally in Dallas at Reunion Arena the week earlier, but needed to come back for "another dose" of Barack. Though Lennox says she was not old enough to vote in 1968, she does think that Barack Obama reminds her of a mixture of John Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Lennox has always voted Democratic or Independent, but Ralph Nader has no sway with her, and she says it's breaking her heart to see Nader go out this way. Lennox is concerned about Hillary Clinton's enemies.
Ann is an 18 year old first-time voter from Richardson who will be attending Hillary Clinton's rally on Saturday. She was so excited about this election that she ran out and registered to vote as soon as she got her drivers license. Ann is certain she is a Democrat, but had not yet early-voted because she was still undecided. She said that she is carefully researching for her first vote.
Reverend Reuben Thompson of the Community Christian Church in Fort Worth brought his son Reuben, age 11 - whom he says inspired him to come to the rally. It was their first presidential campaign rally, although the elder Reuben admitted that he was indeed old enough to have voted in a few presidential elections. Thompson was originally pulling for Hillary Clinton, but says he has become more convinced that Obama is the "most brilliant" of the candidates. Thompson said that although faith does play a role in his decision, he had not been moved by the propaganda being used to paint Obama as a Muslim. When asked about political discussions in the Church, Thompson was careful to point out that he tries to steer clear of politics in the pulpit, though he did say that the subject had come up from time to time in private conversations.
I didn't catch the names of these ladies, but they are mother and daughter. I believe the grandmother was also there with them. I had to get her picture because she was just too cute with the braids and glasses. I think the girl told Trish that she was 8 years old. I love to see our future generations of politically involved Americans.
Shari Buhan is a Denton resident and volunteer precinct captain for the Obama campaign. She had just come from Denton where she had been distributing literature around the old courthouse square. Shari is one of the few people I saw at this event that I already knew.
(Check back soon for the scoop on these other folks...)
Jose Rosas (left) is a 40 year old Navy veteran, business owner and insurance agent from Saginaw.
Azu (right) supports Barack Obama with every button he can find, and had these words for Hillary Clinton: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!"
Sonya (left), 26, of Arlington and Sara Hernandez (right), 31, of Fort Worth. Though she was holding an Obama sign, Sara admitted that she was undecided at this point, and planning on going to see Hillary Clinton on Saturday.
Toni, 59, of Fort Worth supports Barack Obama, but her husband - at home - supports Hillary Clinton.
Ike and I are watching the national news, which of course is covering the campaigns. Out of nowhere, he asks me, "Mom, if the democrats win the Presidency, will we have to change the Pledge? Will we have to say, ...and to the Democracy for which it stands...?" I'm a proud mama.
So, we're all draggin' ass here in the Southwell household today. Whosplayin' was up late last night attending and downloading from the Obama rally in Ft. Worth. But he's got to get up and go to work and make me some money!
I was up late waiting on him to get home since I wasn't able to go - I HAD to know all about it! How close did he get to Mr. Obama? What did Obama say? Did Steve buy me a shirt?
Ike's been having morning sinus-induced migraines with vomiting - fun... NOT! (Feel sorry for that little boy, he's missing his annual field trip. Awww... It does suck, really. I had volunteered to go chapperone the trip. We even went to Tom Thumb last night to get special food for our brown bag lunches. I think he was more excited and now more disappointed by the fact that he was excited I was going with him and now we weren't going. But he said this morning that he didn't want to get his friends sick. He's such a sweet kid. Well, sweet when his not pissy. That's when "Mike" comes out and Ike goes into hiding. (Think Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. Ike, at the age of 4, decided that when he was angry, "Mike" came out. When he is nice, he's "Ike.")
And well, Seth... ok, he never - unless he's seriously ill - has a slow morning. He took the words, "rise and shine" literally. The kid wakes up and starts singing. Loudly. Which doesn't do well most mornings for the rest of the household that are morning grumps: two parents that are doing all they can to get their "go juice" (a.k.a. coffee) so that they can make some feasible attempt at getting on with the day, and one brother that likes to sleep in. Even Hank, our catahoula/heeler dog stays away from Seth in the mornings. I love that he has energy and happiness in the mornings, but SERIOUSLY!
I need a nap in a big way. Maybe I could get Ike to snuggle with me and enjoy a day in the bed. Oh... just 5 more minutes of sleep.
I know as I write this, it's nearly 1 AM, and I've got to go to work early in the morning. I'm bone-tired, and I have an ingrown toenail that is throbbing. I was on my feet from 5 pm to nearly 10:30 pm.
At 4 PM, I drove to Fort Worth with my assistant Trish, to attend the Barack Obama rally there at the convention center. Until tonight, I can honestly say that the last presidential rally I attended was for Reagan-Bush 1984.
But this was quite different. Orders of magnitude different. This was 25,000 screaming people. Barack Obama is like a rock star.
Since his campaign started, I've been a bit uneasy about what I've perceived as a bit of a cult of personality with regard to Barack. But I think the more I've watched, the more I've realized - and it really hit home for me tonight in a big way - that this movement is not about Barack Obama. What impresses me the most is the diverse group of people that have joined the movement.
What Obama says is honestly nothing that mainstream America would find new. What IS new is that there is a politician with the guts to say what we're all thinking, and ask for OUR help in getting it done.
Well, I intend to write more. But it's late, and I'm starting to get stupid. I interviewed about a half dozen folks from all walks of life. I've got some pictures and video to post. I have some observations to make, and I'll share an embarrassing moment.
I have, in my lifetime, witnessed some historical moments. I hope that tonight turns out to be one of them.
All of you folks I met tonight, it was a pleasure. Thanks!
Sorry folks, I know it seems like this website has turned into the Obama channel. I assure you that the Obama Channel is CNN. Our friend Stephen Webster attended the Obama rally last week in Dallas and sent this footage:
Oh, and just in case you are one of the 4 people in America left who hasn't seen this video: You've gotta watch. It's got super-babe Kate Walsh (Addison on Grey's Anatomy) in it too:
And then there's this one that Annatopia put together:Music: "Gotta Work" by Amerie