West Virginia Primary Today: Clinton will win 65-35 or more

(image from here)

Workout notes 4 mile walk (same as Saturday and yesterday); pace was much better and I didn’t cough nearly as much as yesterday, and not at all while going up the West Peoria Cemetery hill. The cold seems to be running its course; I still feel a tad weak.

Personality and belief in the supernatural: Friendly Atheist makes the argument that one’s personality more or less determines how willing one is to accept supernatural beliefs. His short take on the article is worth a read.

(my mom, helping out with Spanish speaking HRC supporters)

Hillary Clinton and her supporters We’ll have to give her some credit today for what is sure to be a landslide win for her. My sister is a big supporter of her and provided me with the following report on what HRC supporters are doing in Central Texas:

Hey there!

Tonight, Monday May 12th, there will be a BBQ phone bank party at
[deleted], which is the Hillary Clinton phone bank center in
Austin. The phone bank party will start at 5pm and will go until 11pm,
so get there whenever you like as the phone bank center opens at
11am…it will be good time!!! If you can not be at the party we can
really use some volunteers to call Oregon anytime from 11am until
11pm every day until May 20th. We have Hillary buttons for callers
when they arrive as well along with beverages and food, so please
help out any day as well as we need people who can volunteer a few
hours of their time to help call Oregon to bring Hillary a victory
which would mean 3 states in a row which would mean Hillary is the
most electable!

xxxx yyyyy zzzz

For best directions, go to and check out the maps
and extra info to get to the Austin Phone Bank Center. We would
really like some help when we open at 11am so please call James Dean
at www-yyy-xxxx if you can schedule some time.

Tuesday, West Virginia will be holding their primary and we will also
have a live CNN watch party as well from 5pm until 11pm on Tuesday
with food and beverages. Hillary is poised to beat Obama by 30 to 40
points or more, and this will be a perfect opportunity to let voters
in Oregon know that Hillary is still a viable candidate, or why else
would she win by so much in West Virginia and Kentucky?

All we need to do is get as many Hillary supporters to get out their
vote in Oregon to help Hillary, who has proved to us that she is a
fighter, and will will show Hillary that we are also fighters!

I deleted the phone number and the address as I don’t want whack jobs harassing those folks. People who honestly want to help can go to the Hillary Clinton website and find Texas.

Though I’ve been very critical of their campaign tactics I respect the grit and determination of the rank and file supporters. The vast majority of them are cool people. My ire has been directed at the professionals in the campaign staff.

And yes, though I’d love it if BHO pulled off the miracle of all election miracles and won West Virginia, I’ll be happy for the rank and file HRC supporters if she wins big (as expected).

Obama campaign
Yes, overt racism still lives. Obama supporters (including the White ones) have felt it’s bite. No, I am not talking about racism of the “hey, Jesse Jackson won South Carolina” remark type, I mean the ugly “n-word” type.

Here’s the worst: In Muncie, a factory town in the east-central part of Indiana, Ross and her cohorts were soliciting support for Obama at malls, on street corners and in a Wal-Mart parking lot, and they ran into “a horrible response,” as Ross put it, a level of anti-black sentiment that none of them had anticipated.

“The first person I encountered was like, ‘I’ll never vote for a black person,’ ” recalled Ross, who is white and just turned 20. “People just weren’t receptive.”

For all the hope and excitement Obama’s candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed — and unreported — this election season. Doors have been slammed in their faces. They’ve been called racially derogatory names (including the white volunteers). And they’ve endured malicious rants and ugly stereotyping from people who can’t fathom that the senator from Illinois could become the first African American president.

The contrast between the large, adoring crowds Obama draws at public events and the gritty street-level work to win votes is stark. The candidate is largely insulated from the mean-spiritedness that some of his foot soldiers deal with away from the media spotlight.

In Geogia, a bar is selling these t-shirts:


The racist bastard selling these t-shirts is Mike Norman, owner of Mulligan’s Bar and Grill in Cobb, Georgia.

My experience: I’ve yet to encounter this. Yes, I’ve ended up getting hung up on, but that was due to people not wanting to be bothered (a sentiment that I can well understand). Yes, people have told me that they don’t like him, but not once has race ever come up.

I’ve worked: door to door in Illinois, and called: Texas, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Illinois.

Once, at a calling party, someone told one of my fellow callers that Obama doesn’t have a chance as “American will never vote for a Black man” but the guy saying it was an elderly African American man!

Unity Ticket? Guy T. Saperstein throws cold water on that.


May 13, 2008 - Posted by | hillary clinton, morons, obama, politics/social, religion, science


  1. Unfortunately racism is everywhere and the dirty little secret is that the very people who cheer on athletes and yes Obama in public talk ugly about them in private. Perhaps the overt racist are easier to deal with…at least with them you know what you’re up against.

    Comment by Rose | May 13, 2008 | Reply

  2. Yeah sis, but you know what? Most of us have our prejudices; none of us are perfect. Yet, most of us are mature enough to keep our prejudices to ourselves, or perhaps work on being rid of them.

    Note: I doubt that many of these morons are voting for HRC either; note that the bar owner who sold the “Obama Monkey” t-shirts also said hateful things about Hillary Clinton.

    Comment by blueollie | May 13, 2008 | Reply

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