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January 15, 2005

Doris "Granny D" Haddock's Latest Dispatch : Our Velvet Revolution

@ 07:45 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Doris "Granny D" Haddock will be celebrating her 95th birthday at the counter-inaugural events in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20th. She wrote an essay for the Democracy Week website that is incredible. It'd be nice to see her essay linked up around the web as much as all the blathering about the Dean campaign paying bloggers.

Look at me: I am still alive, and I am looking at you, and you are alive. This is our world as much as anyone else's. We who are old enough or wise enough to see the edges of life can understand that we have a choice between fear and joy, and between victimization and service. All elections and other indications to the contrary, happy days are here again when we but say they are. We do not turn our hearts away from injustice or suffering, indeed we mend them as best we can with our joyful engagement and our courageous non-cooperation with the forces of fear and death. And no one can take away our joy, for even our suffering for justice and brotherhood is joyful.

This is our Velvet Revolution, American style. We resist what we must and what we can, but our victory is not in defense, but in a cultural offensive made irresistible by the power of love and courage, pulling our people together, and our own lives together, over time.

November 03, 2004

Time for another round of "If Bush wins, I'm moving to [insert country here]"?

@ 01:57 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos

Remember all those friends and celebrities who insisted they'd move out of the country if Bush won in 2000? No one I know ended up moving. And now it's time once again for those people and some new ones to start up the talk that if Bush wins, they'll move. My eloquent response? Whatever. Kos has perhaps a slightly more eloquent retort, though not directly about people fleeing the country but an appropriate response nonetheless.

I've always said today was merely a battle in a long war. The GOP built its electoral dominance over 40 years by building a massive, well-funded message, training, and media machine.

We started putting ours together last year.

You all have much to be proud of. But please don't think your job is done, or that your hard work was all for naught. It's not, and it wasn't.

This is just the beginning, not the end. Regardless of who takes that oath next January we still have a war to wage. We won't wage it with violence, but by building a solid foundation for a new progressive movement.

November 02, 2004

Audio blogging, podcasting and the crazy Bush supporter who lost her cat

@ 02:54 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Earlier today while standing in line in Davis Square waiting to vote for John Kerry, I decided to revive my audio blog. I suppose all the cool kids these days are calling this podcasting. I don't quite get that since it's moreso about the audio and less so about the device you download it to. And I don't have an iPod. I've got 12 unused posts in my account and set up a seperate site for my audio ramblings at Hear Here!. Alas, the recordings aren't showing up on the site and I'm not able to log in to my audblog account. What's up audblog? I've been thinking about setting up an account with if they'll let me pay with Pay Pal.

The story I thought I was telling via audblog this afternoon was about the crazy lady a few people behind me in line going on and on about how Bush is great and Kerry is an opportunist. Yeah, right. As if Bush hasn't taken ample opportunity to misuse his authority, etc. She lost her cat while standing in line, too.

November 01, 2004

Live Election Night Results From the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: RESULTRON

@ 08:49 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Using RESULTRON, you can receive text messages (or txt msgs) on your mobile phone as soon as there are updates in the close races we're monitoring here at the DCCC.

With RESULTRON's SMS text alerts, you won't have to rely on Fox News or CNN for breaking news on these races, and you won't have to curtail your Election Day activities — whether that means participating in GOTV efforts up until the last second, or saving a bar stool for a friend.

October 31, 2004

Red Sox parade photos are nice but don't forget to vote for John Kerry on Tuesday

@ 11:37 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

My little entry about the Red Sox parade photos I took at their victory parade the other day are getting lots of clicky clicks thanks to Google. Well, that's nice and all. But also don't forget to vote for John Kerry on Tuesday.

So ... please, please, please vote on Tuesday.

I'm baffled when I run into people who are undecided or are definitely voting for Bush. I had no idea I knew any billionaires. Who else would be voting for him?

Never Forget: The Internets Vets for Truth

@ 12:08 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The Internets Veterans For Truth are a few long-time bloggers, designers, and techies who decided (in slackerly fashion, around the end of last week) that some of the clips that've been floating around online needed to be seen by everybody.

October 21, 2004

Reverse The Curse 2004

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Reverse the Curse in 2004: Vote for John Kerry

Via the Boston Community at Live Journal.

October 11, 2004

Live Blogging from the Vote for Change Finale Concert

@ 08:56 PM | Filed Under: Music (t), Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Mike C. is blogging from the finale concert of and ACT's Vote for Change tour in DC. Or rather, he was until Bruce Springsteen got on stage to sing "Man on the Moon" with REM. The webcast audio is outstanding for those of us stuck at home. An earlier highlight was Eddie Vedder joining REM for "Begin the Begin."

October 03, 2004

Air America lands in Boston

@ 02:11 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Starting Monday, October 4, 2004 at 6am a new radio revolution takes over the Boston airwaves, AM 1200 and 1430 the new home of Air America-Progressive Talk. Offering the “other side” of the story that is dominated by the conservative talk show format.

August 17, 2004

A volunteer's perspective of the 2004 DNC Convention in Boston

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California Bloggers at the Blogger Bash Party July 2004

[Jesse James Garrett, Jason Shellen and Rebecca Blood at the Speaker Blogger Bash]

Longtime web writer/blogger Rebecca Blood and her husband Jesse James Garrett traveled to Boston from California to volunteer at the 2004 DNC Convention. Read about their adventure. [via Jessamyn]

June 23, 2004

A year ago with Howard Dean

@ 09:27 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Seems hard to believe that it was just a year ago that Howard Dean made his official announcement that he was running for the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. I remember sitting at my desk at Nokia watching the video of the speech he gave in Burlington, VT to a huge crowd of supporters. It was exciting -- the first time I ever felt inspired to get involved in politics. As much as John Kerry is not really all that inspiring, I do not want to share my birthday (inauguration day) with George Bush next year!

June 16, 2004

Fox News review of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

@ 06:09 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Fox news reviewed Michael Moore's new film 'Fahrenheit 9/11' yesterday: "As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President George Bush, "F9/11" — as we saw last night — is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty  —  and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice."

May 07, 2004

Granny D: toward a new democracy

@ 11:26 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

94 year-old New Hampshire resident Doris "Granny D" Haddock has been traveling around the U.S. since October 2003 to register new voters and raise awareness for the November presidential election. A tidbit from today's email dispatch:

"I am on a long journey to take a good, long last look at my beautiful country and to encourage as many people as I can to take up the ballot and to brighten up the colors in our fast fading democracy. It has been a long journey for me. While I enjoy making so many new friends along the way, I would rather be back in my home in New Hampshire and walking for leisure instead of in desperate search for a few more good Americans to do the right and necessary thing.

I am tired but I have a ways to go. My life has been long and grand, and I am about done with it, but I am determined to not say goodbye to all of this until I can go to my rest in the soil of a good democracy.

No political party or candidate or government can do it for us. It is our democracy, but we must live it if we are to have it."

March 18, 2004

Howard Dean's new thing ... an ugly website

@ 11:38 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Howard Dean launched his new project today, Democracy for America. I've spent about 15 seconds on the website. It's about all I can give it right now. What an amazing eyesore of a website. As a Dean supporter during his campaign, I was interested to see what he'd be up to next. I'm so disappointed. There were over 600,000 supporters and no doubt a lot of those people are talented unemployed or underemployed web workers. Not that Joe Trippi's Change for America website is any better. What are they thinking?

March 10, 2004

Howard Dean and John Kerry conspire in Washington D.C. today

@ 04:57 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

John Kerry's blog has a photo of Kerry and Howard Dean holding their hands up in the air during Governor Dean's stop in Washington D.C. today. There's no mention of this visit on Dean's weblog.

Oops. I originally wrote that this was in Boston. It's in Washington, D.C.

March 03, 2004

I Dream of Context

@ 04:09 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Dave Winer writes that John Kerry may have raised $1M from his website in one day: "This is apparently a record, at its peak the Dean campaign didn't raise so much in one day.

Dean raised (at the time) record amounts of money online when he was competing amongst nine candidates and he wasn't winning any of the primaries or caucuses either. I would hope that now that all of the attention is on Kerry as the Democratic nominee that he'd be able to raise more than Dean.

February 27, 2004

The Facts

@ 11:45 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

At last night's Berkman's Thursday weblog writers meetings someone mentioned (again) that Joe Trippi's new project "Change for America" is another way for him to take money from people. I didn't really know what to say to that so I figured I should look into the facts instead of joining the presumptions. It was never my impression that Trippi was trying to take people's money when he was working as the campaign manager for the Dean campaign. He didn't receive a salary and according to an entry on the Change for America website from February 11th (that Mike pointed out to me), he made $165,000 for his 1/3 share of the ad agency's (where he's a partner) commission on the $7M television advertising.

The facts are these:

1. I never had budget or check writing authority in the campaign -- nor did I have hiring and firing authority in the campaign. The day to day authority of these administrative parts of the campaign were placed by the Governor in the hands of Bob Rogan, his former Chief of Staff at the very beginning of my time with the campaign and lasted until I resigned.

2. I recently inquired about the contract and my compensation. It turns out it was a 7% contract. Meaning that if $7 million in TV was bought 93% went to TV stations to buy the time and 7% or $490,000 was paid to the firm in which I was a partner. My firm has 3 partners so my third or share comes to approximately $165,000. I will let the grassroots and donors of the campaign decide if that was too much compensation. $165,000 is a lot of money, but it is not the $7 million the media and those leveling the attacks want you to believe either.

So why are they trying to make $165,000 sound like $7 million?

Because how do you stop a movement? How do you stop people from contributing to change their country? Its easy -- make them think the whole damn thing was a ponzi scheme to enrich a consultant.

3. My partner Steve McMahon had handled Governor Dean's media for over 12 years. And Trippi McMahon & Squier were hired as the media firm long before I volunteered to run the campaign when not many would. This is important -- because this fact means that as a 1/3 partner in my firm -- I would have made the $165,000 in 2003 if I had gone golfing in Fiji for the entire year instead of going sleepless in Burlington.

February 26, 2004

Howard Dean to Reveal Future Plans in New Haven, CT Tonight?

@ 12:06 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Howard Dean is speaking tonight at the Omni New Haven Hotel at 155 Temple Street in New Haven, CT. The first email I received passed on by a former DFA staff member included info about the event being coordinated by Connecticut for Dean. It was billed as a combo volunteer appreciation and fundraising event. A second email went out to the Massachusetts for Dean statewide list indicating that Dean will also reveal his future plans at the event. The event runs 7:30-9:30pm with Governor Dean's address at 8:30pm. The Dean for America weblog also mentioned the event but doesn't list any specific details.

Update: It looks like email #1 was accurate. According to Blog for America, Dean's big announcement/news is happening on March 18th, not tonight in New Haven.

February 20, 2004

Political Hit Man Speaks at Harvard's Kennedy School

@ 11:58 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Dave Winer and Rick Heller attended yesterday's Institute of Politics session at the Kennedy School of Government titled "REALITY POLITICS: The 2004 Road to the White House." Lynn Sweet, a fellow at IOP, led the discussion which included David W. Jones, the political consultant (hit man) who raised $663,000 from twenty six donors to fund three attack ads against Howard Dean leading up to the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries. At the Berkman Thursday weblog writers meeting last night, Rick pointed out that the McCain-Feingold law includes a section about "527 committees" that allow this sort of thing to be orchestrated against a candidate but not for a candidate. That's wrong on so many levels.

February 18, 2004

Beyond Howard Dean : It's a Movement

@ 04:01 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Sherry Moore sent this photo via an email postcard earlier today. I'm still voting for Dean on March 2nd. Like he said, change isn't easy. Hopefully it'll be Edwards in November and not Kerry. Click the photo to see a larger image. (I'm not sure where the extra whitespace on the right is from but I'll snip it off when I get home late tonight.)

February 13, 2004

Open House at Massachusetts for Dean Volunteer Headquarters This Weekend

@ 02:52 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Massachusetts for Dean sent this announcement out to its mailing list earlier today about this weekend's open house and office hours.

Massachusetts for Dean Email Newsletter, 2/13/2004

Grassroots volunteers have joined together to open the Mass for Dean campaign headquarters in Central Square, Cambridge. Stop by for campaign literature, phonebanking, lawn signs, bumper stickers, and good times. We are of the volunteers, by the volunteers, and for everybody!

Open House Saturday, 2/14/04
Noon until 5:00 pm

605 Massachusetts Avenue (near Essex Street)
Cambridge, MA 02139-4030

(617) 245-3930

The office is staffed entirely by volunteers. To volunteer, please stop by and sign up. For the coming long weekend, the office will be staffed as follows:

Saturday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monday (President’s Day), 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Come by and visit, pick up a lawn or window sign, make phone calls to Wisconsin (bring your cell phone), and learn how you can get out the vote for Howard Dean on March 2nd in your community!

Donate to the Mass for Dean Radio Ad Fund!
The grassroots organization is producing radio ads in key primary states to set the record straight about Governor Dean. We’re raising money to bring the ads to Massachusetts. Go to to listen to the ads and make a contribution. These ads are entirely grassroots created and funded.

Call Voters in Wisconsin before February 17th!
Individual volunteers can go on-line to get call sheets, scripts, and instructions. To get started, send an e-mail to with your phone number and a brief note about yourself. Phonebank captains can download call sheets and instructions at E-mail wicalls @ for additional details.

Massachusetts for Dean's New Volunteer Headquarters in Central Square

@ 10:59 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Rich Chouinard, a volunteer organizer for Massachusetts for Dean, took a few photos of the Mass for Dean office that the grassroots group recently set up. It's independent of Dean for America. The location is excellent -- it's a 5,000 square foot space at 605 Massachusetts Ave in Central Square. The office is home to the group's volunteer activities and a clearinghouse for materials. Click on the photo to see a larger image.

Update: If you're coming to my website by way of Dave's link at Scripting News ... Mass for Dean started up at its first Dean Meetup February 2003, not when the volunteer office opened up this week. :)

February 08, 2004

The Dean Screen in Harvard Square

@ 07:29 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Michael and I met up with other Massachusetts for Dean volunteers in Harvard Square last night to put up the Dean Screen near Au Bon Pain. The Dean Screen is a homemade kit consisting of a traveling video projector with a PVC tubing frame that supports a bedsheet on which we broadcast speeches Dean has delivered around the country. Click the photo to see a larger image.

Gabriel Ben-Yosef interviewed several people who talked about why they support Howard Dean. Check out the video on his website. Michael's tidbits are towards the end.

February 05, 2004

The bat and the perfect swarm

@ 08:05 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Jim Moore at Dean for America wrote on his personal weblog about the bat that is bringing in lots of donations today.

You decide as a individual to make a contribution.

And then about mid day--or perhaps later--you realise that you have been part of an historic event--a "perfect swarm." For most people, this will be a surprising and gratifying discovery. You realize that thousands of other individuals made a similar commitment at the same time. It feels a bit uncanny.

What is going on? Swarm power, emergence, something larger than ourselves. Here is a fun thing to do: Take a large crowd--perhaps you are giving a speech--and ask them to clap together to an aligned beat. But don't give them a lead beat. Just ask the crowd to find a beat, by paying attention to their neighbors, and syncing up as they can. I've done this dozens of times, and the amazing thing is how fast a group can come together when it wants to.

February 02, 2004

Massachusetts Patriots for Dean

@ 11:53 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Massachusetts for Dean volunteers and supporters are gathering at the big New England Patriots rally tomorrow, Tuesday February 3rd at City Hall Plaza in Boston. Organizers will be in front of the Dunkin Donuts next to the Government Center MBTA Station on the Green Line as early as 10;30am. Additional details are on the info page for the Mass Patriots for Dean event.

January 30, 2004

Sometimes a picture tells the story: a Howard Dean sign next to a Kerry sign in NH

@ 12:21 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Mike posted a photo of a Dean campaign sign next to a Kerry campaign sign that he took while we were volunteering (for Dean) in New Hampshire last weekend. The Dean sign says "Hope not Fear" and the Kerry sign says "Doubting Dean? Vote Kerry." Quite a contrast in messaging style.

January 29, 2004

House party coordinators conference call with Dean

@ 11:50 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I'm helping Amanda Boer coordinate house parties in Massachusetts for the Dean campaign. David Salie, the national director of the house party program, hosted a conference call tonight with volunteer state coordinators across the country. About thirty minutes into the call Governor Dean joined us to share his thoughts on the house party program moving forward and the campaign in general, too. He stayed on the call for at least twenty minutes and answered a bunch of questions. Dean mentioned that the perch the campaign was on weeks ago with lots of good press was not something earned from the voters. And I think that's of course good to keep in mind when the press decides to turn negative. And like he said, it's important to keep an eye on the delegate count. In New Hampshire it was 14/9/0/0/0 for first through fifth place. Coming in second with nine delegates is hardly reason to give up. Why should we let the media control the election?

And speaking of house parties ... this Sunday is Super Goal 2004: First Down for Democracy. The "home" party is if you're having friends over at your place for the Super Bowl and the "away" party is if you're going to someone else's shindig and want to bring some Dean info with you. Governor Dean will participate in a conference call before kick-off, too.

Howard Dean and Social Networking

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Howard Dean winter cap

Wearing my Howard Dean winter cap seems equivalent to being a dog owner. People out walking their dogs always seem more likely to have strangers come up to them for random conversations. This morning while waiting for the bus someone mentioned they liked my Dean hat. Mike gave me a tip once that he always has extra Dean buttons with him in case he talks to someone who is a Dean supporter. So, this morning I gave one of my extra buttons to Nora. Then later on when I was on the Red Line someone else mentioned they liked my hat. She already had a Dean button on her scarf. We talked about the Joe Trippi news and tidbits about our volunteering experiences in New Hampshire. Now I just need to remember to keep business cards in my bag so I can keep in touch with these people.

January 27, 2004

Dean on CNN after the New Hampshire primary results

@ 11:10 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Howard Dean's weblog quite speedily posted the transcript from his interview with Larry King on CNN earlier tonight. Dean talked about his "solid second" in the New Hampshire primary. I just wish he had used some (more?) of the stuff from the main campaign website's "Stand With Us" call to action. It's the sort of inspiring and hopeful message that got me interested in Dean's campaign and politics in general in the first place.

We are going to win this nomination.

To all those who believe that America needs real change, and someone who's actually delivered change, stand with us.

To all those who believe we need a president who will stand up for what's right, even when it's not politically popular, stand with us.

The car had other plans

@ 10:52 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

We didn't make it to New Hampshire tonight thanks to a cranky car. So, it was a night of television watching. I thought Dean gave a pretty good speech at the end of the night. My roommate Meg and I are hopeful that he will be able to reach out to the rest of the country the same way he made sense to us. It will be interesting to see what he does next.

Google and Howard Dean

@ 09:38 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I'm not sure if I would go so far as to say I'm obsessed with my referrer statistics but I do check the page often enough that it's probably pretty close. It's fun to see Google putting my website above the mainstream press's blatherings about Howard Dean's post-Caucus speech (aka "The Angry Yell That Wasn't") in Iowa last week.

I wanted to spend the day in New Hampshire to do primary day volunteering but I need to work. Michael and I are headed up most likely to Salem at 5pm and then on to the party with other volunteers, staff and Howard Dean. It will be interesting to see what sort of speech he gives this time around. Maybe I'll get some audio blog posts recorded, too.

January 26, 2004

Website Referrer Spam from Joe Lieberman

@ 10:43 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Is Joe Lieberman's crew responsible for the referrer spam that I'm finding in my web stats? Yikes. How unclassy. At this point I think it's going to take a lot more than good page rankings on Google and links to his website to help this guy out.

January 24, 2004

Howard Dean's Caucus Speech in Iowa : A video from someone in the crowd

@ 08:11 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

While the media is hyper focused on the sixteen second snippet (which interestingly enough has the crowd's audio mostly removed that Dean needed to yell over), someone in the crowd video taped Dean's speech and it's online. Context is everything! The speech is available in QuickTime and Windows Media formats.

» Howard Dean's Iowa Caucus Speech

January 26 Update: Yesterday when I was on my way to Nashua, New Hampshire for another day of volunteering for Howard Dean's campaign, Steve Garfield posted a comment to this entry pointing out a CJR article analyzing the media's coverage of Dean's speech in Iowa.

January 21, 2004

Beyond the Media

@ 11:30 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Dave Winer: "Listening to reporter commentary today it seems Dean must have no chance of winning New Hampshire."

I guess I'm remaining hopeful and optimistic that people (beyond those of us already supporting Dean and the movement he represents) will see beyond what the media chooses to say. As much as I'm irritated that Michael Moore has endorsed Clark, Moore made some good points to his email list this week, primarly directed at Dean supporters.

"As one who does not support Dean, I would like to say this to you: DON'T GIVE UP. You have done an incredible thing. You inspired an entire nation to stand up to George W. Bush. Your impact on this election will be felt for years to come. Every bit of energy you put into Dr. Dean's candidacy was -- and is -- worth it. He took on Bush when others wouldn't. He put corporate America on notice that he is coming after them. And he called the Democrats out for what they truly are: a bunch of spineless, wishy-washy appeasers who have sold out the working people of America. Everyone in every campaign owes you and your candidate a huge debt of thanks."

But what I do not like about Moore's email is his reference to "Deaniacs." Hello. I am not a maniac for Dean. Don't insult our intelligence.

Quote of the day

@ 12:02 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

My youngest sister Amy called me tonight on my way to meet up with friends. I told her about the late night/early morning Dean rally I went to and asked her if she had heard of Howard Dean yet. She quickly responded: "Of course I know who he is! I read Time Magazine!" I advised her to vote for him, too. Maybe I can inspire her to host a Super Goal 2004 house party on February 1st at her apartment in Fremont, Nebraska. I had to catch the subway and lost my cellphone reception but I'm looking forward to hearing what sort of impression people in her part of Nebraska (where I spent my first twenty years) have regarding the election and Dean in particular. The Super Goal 2004 house party has two formats. The "home" party is for anyone who is hosting a superbowl party and the "away" party is for anyone who is going to someone else's party and wants to bring Dean information with them and speak for a couple minutes. My roommate Meg and I are hosting one at our place but I have a feeling the game will be on mute until the last few minutes in the fourth quarter.

January 20, 2004

Birthdays and Howard Dean

@ 12:39 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Last night's 2AM rally to welcome Howard Dean back to New Hampshire was quite an adventure. We got there around 1:15 as the crew was finishing setting up the stage areas. The Shifters, a (mostly oldies) rock cover band performed from 2am until shortly past 3am. A teacher and Dean organizer from New Hampshire came out to talk about why she supports Howard Dean and introduced a NH state official who then went on to introduce Dean. I recorded a few snippets of the short speech in audio posts in the previous entries. The airport hangar was filled with hundreds of energetic people. Joan Jett missed her connecting flight and arrived shortly after Dean but she decided to perform anyway after Dean finished up and wandered through the crowd for a few minutes. I didn't realize Dean would be speaking off to one of the sides so most of my photos were of the crowd and Joan Jett.

I don't think I could have asked for a better way to start my birthday. And of course, birthday wishes to Meryl, too! Next January 20th, I hope we share our birthday and innauguration day with Howard Dean and not George Bush, please.

As we were leaving the event, I walked past a very tired looking Joe Trippi. I only have one regret: I never gave the guy a hug. He certainly deserved one. But maybe a random stranger (who doesn't normally give hugs in general) coming up to the hardest working campaign manager might have been a little weird. I wish I had offered it anyway.

Howard Dean at the 2am Rally in Portsmouth, Audio Post #2

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Howard Dean at the 2am Rally in Portsmouth, Audio Post #1

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January 19, 2004

A Lydon Gem About Howard Dean

@ 09:40 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Chris Lydon sums it up in a recent report from Iowa.

"So we say: even if the Kerry surge is real (purchased with some $2.5 million of the candidate's own money), and even if the Edwards surge is real, the Dean phenomenon is something else. It is the future. "

January 16, 2004

Canvassing for Howard Dean in New Hampshire on Monday, Trip #2

@ 03:30 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I got a call earlier from Jen Wan, Dean for America's local organizer who is working very hard gathering Massachusetts people to canvass for Howard Dean in New Hampshire until their primary on January 27th. She wanted to know if I could canvass again (like I did back in October) this weekend. Thanks to Monday being a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr., it looks like I'll be able to participate for at least one day. Michael is going, too. The bus departs downtown Boston at 9am. Canvassing is definitely outside my comfort zone but it's really important and a great experience.

The photo is from the October weekend I spent canvassing in Dover, NH. Click the image to see a larger photo. There's also a photo gallery at Mass for Dean from that weekend. I never did get around to posting all my photos from that amazing experience. Maybe after Monday's adventure!

January 15, 2004

Going the distance for Dean

@ 01:24 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Ofer Inbar, a Massachusetts for Dean volunteer organizer, travelled with a few friends by car from Boston to Iowa last week to canvass. They are currently embarking on their road trip home. He's interviewed in a Boston Globe article today about volunteers from the different campaigns who made the journey from Boston to Iowa to help inspire Iowa residents to attend their local caucus.

January 14, 2004

Voice of Reason

@ 11:14 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Whenever I get worried about someone catching up with Dean, I talk to Mike C. and he zaps all that cynicsm. Read his letter to the Washington Post that appeared in today's paper. Now if he'd just update his weblog!

Vote by

@ 11:02 PM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I somehow managed to get through News Hour and WBUR's "Vote by Issue" website to find out which of the nine Democratic candidate's had views that most resembled mine based on various quotes for fourteen issues. Howard Dean and I had the health care issue in common and the rest was a mixed bag from the others. It was an interesting excercise but I'm afraid my attention span started to fade after question three. Dean still gets my vote.

December 27, 2003

New Year for America House Parties

@ 06:18 AM | Filed Under: Politics (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I survived my all-night-of-packing and even managed to pick up the pace and get more than one box per hour packed. It looks like I may have most everything moved in time to go to Halley's New Year for America House Party on December 30th. She's hosting one of the hundreds of similiar house parties hosted by Howard Dean supporters around the country.

October 19, 2003

Howard Dean and Mass for Dean in Dover, NH

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Howard Dean and Mass for Dean in Dover, New Hampshire

I got home a few hours ago from my weekend canvassing/volunteering for Howard Dean in Dover, New Hampshire. It was a wonderful weekend. I took a bunch of photos that I need to get developed tomorrow. I'll have more to say about the experience when I put the photos online. But in the meantime, this is a photo Jerry Sneivson of Durham, NH, took of the Mass for Dean volunteers who spent the weekend canvassing in Dover. This morning Dean gave a short speech at the Elks Lodge in Dover. As he was shaking hands and talking to people I asked Chad (Dean's driver) if we could somehow get Dean to take a photo with the Mass for Dean group. Dean has a very gracious staff -- somehow they managed to make it work. We were all assembled outside next to Dean's van so when he walked out we were ready and waiting for the photo. Click on the image to see a larger photograph.

October 17, 2003

Making House Calls for Dr. Dean in New Hampshire

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With cold weather and the resulting partial hibernation looming, I figured this weekend was the best time to participate in one of the Massachusetts-to-New Hampshire canvassing caravans for Howard Dean. I figured if I wrote about it here then I'll be extra inspired not to back out. I'm a mixture of excited and freaked out that I've committed myself to going door-to-door to talk to New Hampshire voters about why I'm voting for Howard Dean. As an added bonus, Governor Dean is joining us for breakfast Sunday morning and participating in a few house calls of his own later on that day. Hopefully I'll be able to take a few photos and have interesting stories to share.

October 08, 2003

Recall the Recall?

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Last night was reminiscent of a night not too long ago. Yet again, a Republican won a race that seemed way out of their league. I'm glad I don't live in California and now have Arnold Schwarzenegger as my governor. I'm embarassed by it and I don't even live there. Howard Dean had an interesting take on the situation. I read somewhere (wish I could find the source) that you have to wait six months after someone is in office until a recall can be proposed. Will anyone be inspired to try to recall the recall?

September 16, 2003

Howard Dean Rally in Boston on September 23rd at 11am in Copley Square

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Two topics seem to be consuming all my time lately: music and politics. The Rock & Roll Library moved into new office space in Allston recently so I've been helping get the office set up.

I've also been trying to make the effort to get more involved as a "Mass for Dean" volunteer. I found a venue for tomorrow night's Dean Social in the Bistro du Marche room at Marche Movenpick in the Prudential Center. Over 60 people have RSVP'd. Dean Socials are informal gatherings for Howard Dean supporters and people curious about Dean to get together in an informal setting to discuss his candidacy. Everyone is welcome to join us at 7:30pm.

The big local news is that a Boston rally with Howard Dean is taking place at 11am on Tuesday, September 23rd outdoors in Copley Square. It will be great to finally see Dean speak in person!

August 30, 2003

Linked Up With Howard Dean

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Howard Dean's zany Internet team is unveiling DeanLink, another opportunity for Dean supporters around the country to connect with each other. It's similiar to Friendster but looks more useful and focused on politics. And it's all about our favorite guy in politics. A few hours after I set up my account, Frank in Tulsa, Oklahoma sent me a message via the DeanLink website. Upon first glance I figured it was someone working directly for the campaign sending out welcome notes to newcomers. The note from Frank was actually an interesting, thoughtful note from a Dean supporter who used to live in my part of the world and thought he'd say hi.

As if there weren't enough reasons to be won over by Howard Dean and his stunning campaign, now we have DeanLink. What will they think of next?

August 26, 2003

Howard Dean's Rally in NYC Tonight

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We didn't make it to New York City today for Howard Dean's rally in Bryant Park tonight, alas. Mike is enjoying the festivities close to the stage according to the IM messages he sent me a few minutes ago. Apparently we should look for the red Philly for Dean banner stage left about 10 rows from the front and we'll be able to see his group. The event is being broadcast on CSPAN2 at 9:30pm EST for those of us who can't be there in person. It's also being broadcast live on the web at

August 21, 2003

Everyone Needs a Theme Song

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Michael wrote an excellent theme song in honor of John Ashcroft's multi-city tour promoting the Patriot Act. Rumor has it a holiday carolling book is in the works, too.

August 19, 2003

Boston to NYC Bus for Howard Dean's Sleepless Summer Rally?

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I was hoping the Mass For Dean group would be able to get a bus organized for the upcoming Howard Dean rally in New York City on Monday, August 26th. Mike in Philadelphia (who is responsible for the Phillies jersey that Dean wore at the recent rally in Philadelphia) contacted the Mass For Dean group about a bus from Boston to New York City but apparently they aren't organizing anything for that event and focusing on a Portsmouth event instead.

I'd really like to go to the New York City event and it would be great to see a bunch of other Boston area people there, too. Should we organize our own bus? Post a comment or send me an email if you're interested. The Philly For Dean group organized a bus that costs $20 round trip per person and includes lunch and movies in the bus. Why not do something like that from Boston, too! It might be a few dollars more but probably not much.

Update 8/22: There's just not enough time to make arrangements for a bus. Maybe another time!

August 16, 2003

Howard Dean's Sleepless Summer Tour : NYC August 26th

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While George Bush is on a month-long vacation in August, Howard Dean's Sleepless Summer Tour takes place in cities around the United States. The rally finishes up in New York City's Bryant Park on the 26th from 8:30pm-11pm at 42nd Street between 5th and 6th. If my notebook computer didn't weight 4,000 pounds I'd bring it with me since Bryant Park has free Wi-Fi. Too bad the tour it isn't coming to Boston, too. The tour runs Saturday, August 23 through Tuesday, August 26th with stops in Falls Church, Virginia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Spokane, Washington, San Antonio, Texas, Chicago, Illinois and New York City.

August 07, 2003

My first Howard Dean in 2004 Meetup

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I attended my first Howard Dean in 2004 Meetup in Cambridge a few hours ago organized by the local Mass for Dean volunteer group. The particular Meetup I RSVP'd for was supposed to be held at TT The Bear's in Central Square but it moved to Upstairs at the Middle East at the last minute. The Middle East crew was very accomodating and the room worked out very well. When I went to get another soda, I noticed that the bartender had placed a note written on napkins on top of the bar that read "Thank you for tipping." I asked him if that was a hint for the group and he nodded. I think future Meetups would benefit by having a tip jar that is either passed around or placed in a prominent place. It's important to take care of the people working at the venues -- especially if the space was donated.

The project for the night at Dean Meetups around the country was a letter writing campaign to 40,000 undecided voters in New Hampshire. I was really impressed with the way it was organized. Everyone received a little letter writing kit-of-sorts that had a small leaflet with two names/addresses and instructions, nice quality stationary and matching envelope, two stamps and a business card with the Dean website and wireless alert information. I don't remember the last time I wrote one letter, let alone two. Especially by hand. Several people around me mentioned that their hands hurt from having to use a pen instead of a computer keyboard. Hopefully the people I wrote to will be able to read the letter I wrote despite my sloppy handwriting.

As trite as this may sound, it really felt like I was part of something tonight. Something that in a few years I can look back on and remember that I participated in a campaign that really mattered. Besides, I don't want to share my birthday with another George Bush inauguration.

As an added bonus at the Meetup, Brad Searles gave me a music tip: go see British Sea Power at TT The Bear's on Sunday night. I listened to an MP3 on the band's website and they sound great. Looks like there's something to do Sunday night!

July 28, 2003

Matte Elsbernd for California Governor in 2003?

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Matte sent out an email to friends asking for feedback about his possible run for Governor of California. Apparently you just need one more vote than the next candidate, some cash and sixty signatures.

I live 2-1/2 blocks from the state Capitol. I could be at work in 10 minutes, even in 100+ degree heat. I could run the Govenor's Blog. I could become the first bleached blond politican (or did that freaky politician from Ohio who got kicked out of Congress ever have bleached hair?). » more

July 15, 2003

The Real Thing : Howard Dean

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I was interested in politics the most from the ages of 12-17. In 7th grade I decided that someday I would run for president and Jesse Jackson would be my vice president. Then I went to college and started to care a lot less. It wasn't until learning about the Green Party during the last presidential election that I became less appathetic and I finally voted for the first time at the age of 27.

Several months ago David Drucker asked me if I had heard of Howard Dean, the Democratic presidential candidate he was supporting. I wasn't impressed with any of the Democrats from the last election and I assumed that theme would continue into the 2004 election. David insisted that Dean is a great guy so I figured I should investigate further. But laziness set in and I never got around to checking out the Dean website or even doing a search on Google. in April I stumbled across the Howard Dean in 2004 Meetup. I finally spent some time on the campaign website and discovered that David had good reason for having such enthusiasm amidst an otherwise uninteresting cast of characters. I'm doing freelance/contract work and don't have health insurance right now so I was pleased to read about Dean's support of Universal Health Care.

His team's brilliant use of the Internet as a grassroots platform has been spectacular to watch and participate in, too. On the last day of the 2003 Q3 fundraising, I was glued to my computer monitor hitting refresh every 30 minutes watching the bat graphic on Dean's Blog for America website change as the money kept coming in. This week Dean is even a guest blogger on Stanford Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig's weblog.

I haven't had a chance to attend a Dean Meetup yet but I'm looking forward to making it to the upcoming August 6th gathering in Boston.

I've read that Ralph Nader might join the race under the Green Party. I voted for Nader in the last election and don't regret that vote at all (it helped the Green Party get established in Massachusetts on a local/state level). It would be such a stupid move this time around. Nader (and the rest of us) would be better off showing support for Dean. Another four years of George Bush? I'll pass.